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“Ovechkin on PEDs?” writer has radio fight, stuns listeners

Dec 6, 2011, 4:06 PM EDT

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When we last checked in with John Steigerwald of the Washington (Pa.) Observer-Reporter, he was accusing Alex Ovechkin of using performance-enhancing drugs. That was yesterday.

Since then, Steigerwald’s piece has been scrutinized by Deadspin, SB Nation and Yahoo! Puck Daddy writer Ryan Lambert, who conducted the most thorough evisceration — an evisceration that earned him a spot on Steigerwald’s Trib Live Radio show.

The interview aired earlier this afternoon (here’s the audio) and it was contentious right off the hop. The two argued for nearly 30 minutes over a myriad of topics, including Steigerwald’s brother (Paul, the Pittsburgh Penguins play-by-play man, who Lambert called “a loathsome homer”), if Ovechkin’s mother was ever on steroids (Steigerwald insinuated she was) and if Sidney Crosby is a vampire (which was either the high or low point, depending on your view).

It was, um, interesting.

Some Twitter reactions from around the hockey world:

Shawn Roarke, NHL.com: “I still can’t put into words the radio interview between Lambert and J. Steigerwald. Holy canoli.”

Adrian Dater, Denver Post: “Interview of the year.”

James Gordon, Ottawa Citizen: “This is just unreal.”

Michael Hurley, NESN.com: “I now know what it would sound like if an Internet commenter hosted a radio show.”

And now, the final (and perhaps most definitive) word on this entire situation…

Mike Commodore, Detroit Red Wings defenseman: “Every player has been tested for ‘roids multiple times every year since new CBA. Ovi never failed. Argument over.”

  1. pens919209 - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:13 PM

    It seems that John Steigerwald is actually the one on drugs… though certainly not of the performance enhancing variety.

    • abrienza428 - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:21 PM

      Seriously. Just wow. He spent most of the time explaining that it was only his opinion and he couldn’t come close to proving it. No crap. That’s why people are dismissing it and ridiculing him for it.

      This guy is an embarrassment.

  2. swizzler16 - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    it was interesting, “interview of the year” is a stretch, and might be an embellishment. clearly most of these hockey media types aren’t familiar with the legend that is David Pratt

    • elvispocomo - Dec 6, 2011 at 6:21 PM

      “MMA is not a sport!!!!!” comes to mind…

  3. drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    What an asshole.

  4. drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:22 PM

    This whole interview involves Steigerwald changing the subject.

    • drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:22 PM

      And relying on supreme conjecture.

  5. drewsylvania - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    If I were in the room with Steigerwald, I’d probably go Jim Everett on him. This guy is truly brainless.

  6. danphipps01 - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:43 PM

    High point. Definitely the high point. The sheer absurdity of it seals the deal. Just ’cause the guy’s got a bit of a glassy stare and spends a lot of time in darkened rooms these days doesn’t make him one of the undead.

  7. baywatchboy - Dec 6, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    If Ovi is on PED’s, they’re not helping.

  8. govtminion - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    This is going in my favorites folder… that’s one of the best things I’ve ever heard.

  9. stevefromsacto - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    Now can Ovie sue this moron for libel? Or maybe his mother can.

    • IRockTheRed - Dec 7, 2011 at 7:40 AM

      I wish he could.

      Alas, the three criteria are:

      1) It can’t be true.
      2) It has to be said maliciously.
      and the big one:
      3) It has to be reported as fact, not opinion.

      Steggasauruswold was hiding behind that last one big time. Neither of them can prove it wasn’t opinion, so, no lawsuit.

      Sucks, but there you have it.

  10. stakex - Dec 6, 2011 at 5:49 PM

    John Steigerwald is such an idiot.

    In his mind its fine for throw around one of the most serious accusations you possibly can about an athleat based on complete BS (its not “evidence” of any kind… not even flimsy)… yet he grills Ryan Lambert for calling him and his brother “homers”, which they clearly are? Wow, give me a break.

    Any sports reporter who gets their “evidence” from internet forums is an complete an utter failure at this job. This guy needs to be fired, and no one employing him has any credability until he is.

  11. nypdlady - Dec 6, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    I think we should talk openly about PEDs, child molestation, racism, sexism, equal opportunity and so on but when a tabloid journalist or not, recklessly writes about or speaks about a single individual regarding serious accusations of consuming PEDs that writer needs facts. Facts are not whispers or intense discussions or heartfelt opinions. Facts are dates, times, places, with who, what, where, and when attached. John Steigerwald now admits he made a MISTAKE when he wrote in his column for The Observer that Ovechkin’s doctor was arrested for bringing in PEDs from Canada. Steigerwald didn’t have the smuggling doctors name nor is this bad man OVIE’s doctor.

    I hope Steigerwald’s peers continue to hold his feet to the fire and take him to task for such reckless, dishonest opinions. I also hope The Pennsylvania Observer realizes John Steigerwald is trying to advance his own career at the expense of not just Ovechickin but of every child, adult, league player and league in America!!

  12. ynonamesleft - Dec 7, 2011 at 12:53 AM

    I find it so depressing that both this moron and Mark Madden are associated with Pittsburgh.

  13. jpelle82 - Dec 7, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    this is a joke right? sounds like pittsburgh’s version of elliot in the morning…morons spouting off

  14. Scott Hopkins - Dec 7, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    Hello? ALL OF YOU making comments and doing a one sided trashing of John Steigerwald. Are you all actually making the point, the implication that Ryan Lambert is any better?? That Lambert is actually a credible sports writer?? REALLY? Have any of you ever read the TRASH that Lambert writes? Give me a break people. They are both MORONS!! Anyone media entity that employs either of them is not a credible entity and I have wondered for a long long time why anything that either one of them writes is ever published.

    Get over it. Ovechkin is a big boy, he can take care of himself. Let Sterigerwald and Lambert act like the morons that they are, and let them tear each other apart and ruin each other. Will be the BEST THING to happen to sports and sports media.

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