Thursday, April 29, 2010

Alex Ovechkin

OH SOMEWHERE IN THIS FAVORED LAND THE SUN IS SHINING BRIGHT…
THE BAND IS PLAYING SOMEWHERE…
AND SOMEWHERE HEARTS ARE LIGHT…
AND SOMEWHERE MEN ARE LAUGHING AND SOMEWHERE CHILDREN SHOUT…
BUT THERE IS NO JOY IN WASHINGTON…
THE MIGHTY O.V. HAS STRUCK OUT…
FOLLOWING MONTREAL’S 2-1 VICTORY LASTNIGHT…
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN SAT IN THE CAPITALS LOCKER ROOM WITH HIS HEAD DOWN…
AND SIMPLY SAID…”I’M IN SHOCK RIGHT NOW”…
HE WAS NOT THE ONLY ONE…
THE OWNER OF THE CAPITALS TED LEONIS WROTE THIS IN BLOG THIS MORNING…
“LASTNITE’S LOSS WAS DEEPLY PERSONAL AND DEEPLY AGONIZING TO ME”…
ALTHOUGH LEONIS INSISTS…HE WILL NOT DO ANYTHING RASH…
THE MESSAGE WAS CLEAR…
THERE WILL BE CHANGES IN THE OFF SEASON…
BUT THE GAME LASTNIGHT…AND THIS SERIES…SPEAK TO A MUCH LARGER QUESTION…
IS OVECHKIN A WINNER???
HIS TALENT IS NOT AN ISSUE…HOW CAN IT BE???
OVECHKIN IS THE MOST EXCITING PLAYER IN THE GAME…
AND HIS TROPHY CASE IS PROOF OF THAT…
BUT THOSE AWARDS ARE PERSONAL…
NOW TAKE A LOOK AT THE TROPHY CASE OF SIDNEY CROSBY…WHICH ALSO HAS A HART…AN ART ROSS…AND A ROCKET RICHARD…
BUT IT ALSO HAS A WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP…AN OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL…AND A STANLEY CUP…
IN EVERY SPORT THERE HAVE BEEN GREAT ATHLETES…WHO WERE UNABLE TO WIN A CHAMPIONSHIP…
THE LIST INCLUDES…
1) DAN MARINO…
2) STEVE NASH…
3) MARCEL DIONNE
4) CARL YASTRZEMSKI…
5) AND WARREN MOON…

THE DIFFERENCE FOR OVECHKIN IS THAT HE IS STILL YOUNG…HE DOES NOT TURN 25 UNTIL SEPTEMBER…
BUT AN ATHLETE ONLY GETS SO MANY CHANCES…
AND LASTNIGHT OVECHKIN AND THE CAPITALS WASTED ANOTHER ONE…
AS A RESULT…TODAY THERE IS NO JOY IN WASHINGTON…
BUT THERE’S PLENTY OF IT IN PITTSBURGH…