Friday, April 23, 2010
GET OVIE YOURSELF
There's no such thing as much ado about nothing. It's a fundamental contradiction in terms. If there's much ado, it's got to be about something, and whether you think the snow job that Alexander Ovechkin gave one of the Canadiens young flag bearers before Wednesday's game at the Bell Center was innocent or despicable, the debate it's generating qualifies it as something more than nothing. I've watched the video a dozen times with a dozen different people and the overwhelming consensus is that Ovechkin came off as a bully when he skated full speed towards the kid before applying the brakes at the last second and showering the little guy with ice chips. Spare me the argument about the kid having a great story to tell to his buddies at school. Nobody likes to be humiliated in front a live audience of 21 thousand plus and millions more watching on telev ision. The snow shower is an insulting gesture at any level of hockey, and for a grown man and one of the game's most prominent players to do it to an elementary school-aged child who was undoubtledly enjoying what had to be one of the highlight moments of his young life was adolescent and mean-spirited. Even if he didn't mean to do it - and the video provides stark evidence to the contrary - Ovechkin owes the kid an apology. An autographed stick and a jersey wouldn't hurt, either.