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D.C. magazine readers vote Alex Ovechkin “worst local athlete”

Jun 26, 2012, 11:26 AM EDT

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You could say Alex Ovechkin had a down year in Washington for the Capitals. His scoring was down, he didn’t look like the dominating offensive threat he used to be, and he was being sat down for large chunks of time during games. But is he the worst athlete in the city? According to the readers of a D.C. publication, yes he is.

Washingtonian Magazine readers voted Ovechkin as the “worst athlete in the city” in their “best of the city” issue.

Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog brings us some sanity in this insane, troll-filled world.

BUT HE IS NOT THE WORST ATHLETE IN WASHINGTON. I mean, sorry, he’s not a worse athlete than, say, Xavier Nady. And no offense is intended to Xavier Nady here. I think you could make a strong argument that Ovechkin is also not worse than Jan Vesely, or Aldrick Robinson, or Dennis Wideman. I could keep going, and get Mr. Ovechkin out of the Bottom 5 pretty quickly.

There’s a lot of unlikable players in Washington and that’s not taking into account Redskins quarterback Rex Grossman or Wizards forward Andray Blatche either. Hell, Ovechkin isn’t even a top five worst guy on the Capitals, never mind the city.

Sounds like some rival fans of the Capitals had some fun voting on this at Ovechkin’s expense. Good work, trolls!

  1. wethog66 - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    I have lived in the DC area all of my 36 years and I know no one who reads DC Magazine. Should sum things up right there.

    • bcjim - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:15 PM

      Its “Washingtonian Magazine” and lots of people read it. At least the cover…while waiting to buy groceries.

      You’re right though, not too many Caps fans are subscribers is my guess.

  2. kfretts - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    It is like any other major sports city, when the athlete does not play to what the fans expect he is the worst athlete. Only when they win awards or championships are they voted the best athlete.

  3. bmscalise - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    I doubt this was trolling. People just interpreted “worst” as “most disappointing” – a title that certainly fits Ovie’s season. The actual “worst” athlete would be 4th liner who barely plays or a scrub on the Skins special teams – an athlete that most people wouldn’t even know. Of course people are going to use a poll like this to call out a player who fell far below expectations, and to criticize them for it is silly.

  4. myspaceyourface - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    I have a girl friend that used to live in D.C. and she has said all along that this guy is a pig.

    • babykaby - Jun 27, 2012 at 6:01 AM

      He must have turned her down. Maybe she was the pig?

  5. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:12 PM

    I guess with Brad Lidge gone the people of DC lacked a consensus #1 choice in this poll. Still, this really shows what Caps fans know about hockey…or at least how loyal they are to their team.

    • babykaby - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      I can guarantee it was NOT Caps fans that voted Ovechkin worse anything. True Caps fans love Ovechkin. More than likely people who don’t know hockey, just know they haven’t won the “big one”, or root for other teams made this vote.

  6. capsfan19 - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Yea this article really does show alot of caps fans are morons…
    I’ll be at a party and bring up the caps with fans, “you guys see they fired bruce?” “ha damn dude…. Who’s bruce?” “wooooow…”
    Its rediulous. the minute we start doing well people actually watch the games!!
    When i went to a bears phantoms in philly after the winter classic it blew my mind to see hockey fans in another city. I was real jealous of how knowledge so many of the flyers fans in attendance were.

    • babykaby - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:08 PM

      Like I said above true Caps fans did NOT vote Ovie worse anything. Any Caps fan with any sense at all will tell you Ovechkin IS hockey in D.C.

    • jpelle82 - Jun 26, 2012 at 2:00 PM

      i’ve been to caps games since i moved here, there’s a big difference in the fans at the verizon center compared to the fans at the old US Air arena. most of the idiots at caps games these days dont even know what icing is. the caps were terrible back then but at least the fans knew what was going on. i cant even take my kids there to see the pens when they come to town anymore because of the embarassing morons that show up with their profane signs and t-shirts…they know they hate the penguins but dont even know the rules of the game. pretty funny but sad at the same time, living in NOVA i see and hear morons like elliot in the morning spew off nonsense all the time. there are very few people in dc who can name any of the caps hall of famers, or even know who the coach was before bruce boudreau.

  7. obamablowz - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    Wait till October’s issue after they see RG3 play…

  8. cliverush - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Ovie may have had a minus number while on the ice against the Bruins but his hitting every time he was on the ice had an impact. True hockey fans know the value of a player like him. He needs a coach who will help improve his defensive skills. Or you could just send him north to Causeway St. We will take him.

  9. gunnyhighway88 - Jun 26, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    There’s no way that real Caps fans voted for this. He is loved around here by every Caps fan i know.

    • obamablowz - Jun 26, 2012 at 3:44 PM

      And all 7 caps fans voted i see.

  10. sfbookreviews - Jun 26, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Calling Ovie the worst local athlete is absurd. But, he is most definitely the most disappointing. With past achievements and current expectations taken into account, this past season was a disaster for him. I think that’s why he “won” this distinction.

  11. stakex - Jun 26, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    The Capitals still sell out every home game, and trust me…. those people are not coming to watch Semin.

  12. oviii8 - Jun 27, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    Please tell me, what has John Wall done? He never gets crap, but he is the worst local athlete.

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