Holy Beer Gut, Batman! Alexander Ovechkin Practically Looks Like Me!

Whoa. Would you get a gander at that girth around his gut? Unbelievable. Professional athletes in the offseason: they’re just like us! Well, just like me, except my spare tire-like beer gut is more of a year-round thing as opposed to an example of simply letting oneself go a bit during downtime, but still.

Washington Capitals superstar (and a wild and crazy party animal guy of some renown) Alexander Ovechkin recently sat down for interview (which is embedded here on the Capitals’ website) and it appears he has put on a few pounds over the last couple of months while living the high life in his homeland of Mother Russia. But can you hardly blame him? The guy is like a friggin’ rock star over there. And in Russian rock star terms, that means he’s essentially the equivalent of how popular Quiet Riot was here stateside in 1983, because that’s the band who is currently shooting up the charts over there in Moscow. Also big in Russia right now: acid-washed jeans. Sure, the Iron Curtain fell years ago, but those mad Russians are still woefully behind on all the American pop culture fads.

But that’s not what’s important right now. What matters is that Alexander Ovechkin, who is one of the most skilled and electrifying players in the NHL, has a beer gut. I have never felt like I had more in common with a professional athlete more than I do right now. Throw in the acid-washed jeans I’m wearing right now and Ovie and I are practically like twins.

[H/T D.C. Sports Bog]

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  1. MaddRush

    July 20, 2011 at 5:41 pm

    Net! Actually the Russians are quite up to date on all the American pop culture fads, most of them however, are not too crazy about our HipPop culture that’s been destroying the music business around the world since the mid 80’s, and therefore rock and metal is still alive and well, there and in most of Eastern Europe and Scandinavia, as is Jazz, Classical and Folk. The only thing that is “still woefully behind” is our perception of the other side, as its always been. As far as Ovi’s concern, I’m predicting further deterioration and points decline! He is a party kind of a Russian with a short expiration date. But you don’t have to take my (former player/band member/and currently touring, Emmy award winning sound mixer) word for it, as I’m a little biased. Go Rags!

    • teri

      July 21, 2011 at 9:15 am

      I think you mean “nyet” which is Russian for “no.” And it’s “HipHop” not “HipPop.”

      And not all NHL players get soft and fat in the offseason. As a matter of fact, very few do. Most have very rigorous workout schedules all summer. Check out the fitness training run by Gary Roberts (http://www.fitnessinstitute.com/gary-roberts-hpc/) and attended by many NHL’ers, including Steve Stamkos. Chris Chelios, even in retirement, is a fanatic about his own fitness and helps other, current players, stay in shape and improve their conditioning in the summer. I think Ovie just has such a high opinion of himself and his value to his team that he thinks he can do what he wants. He will have a big surprise when he gets to training camp and is puking his guts out after a few skating drills. Or maybe not. Maybe, like Jagr when he played for the Rangers, Ovie just does as he pleases and no one dares say anything. Either way, it’s the Cap’s problem. And having their “superstar” (who mails it in during the post-season) out of shape is fine with me.

      • MaddRush

        July 21, 2011 at 5:19 pm

        (I think you mean “nyet” which is Russian for “no.” And it’s “HipHop” not “HipPop.”) – Thanks for the tip! Haven’t had Russian lessons since 7th grade in 70’s when my family immigrated from Leningrad. HipHop is basically Rap. HipPop, is a word some of us in the music production business use to describe Raps infestation of all of the styles of Pop music, making them sound virtually the same. I shouldn’t expect anyone to know or understand that, so my bad.

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