Vladimir Fedorenko

Photo credit: Vladimir Fedorenko

We get questions about Evgeny Kuznetsov on a pretty much daily basis. (Quick: Don’t expect him in DC until after 2014 Sochi Olympics.) The frequency of the questions was a bit bewildering considering how much we’ve covered the guy, but a tweet from RMNB reader and known sportsyapper @dylanwheatley83 tipped me off to something.

I checked out Kuznetsov’s wiki page, where I found this passage:

He has publically stated that he will never dawnd a Washington Capitals jersey as long as Alex Ovechkin is there. His reasons are based that Ovechkin’s work ethic may rub off on him as a bad influence.

Uhh. What?

Let’s try it again, and this time I’ll do the dick move where I sic everything that’s ungrammatical:

He has publically [sic] stated that he will never dawnd [sic] a Washington Capitals jersey as long as Alex Ovechkin is there. His reasons are based [sic] that Ovechkin’s work ethic [sick unbelievable] may rub off on him as a bad influence.

Obvious defacement.

Okay, put your IT nerd hats on. If you jump into the history of that wiki entry, you see that this line was a recent addition the article– dated 20 March 2013, one day after Ovechkin scored a goal in a well-fought but losing effort in Pittsburgh. The edit came from a static IP: 72.29.250.1.

72.29.250.1 seems to spend most of his (and I’m using “his” in a gender non-specific way) time helpfully updating team and league information for foreign players, although he has also been slapped on the wrist for some “unconstructive” edits to entries on the adult film actress India (nope, not gonna look it up), some Canadian radio broadcasters, and a couple Muslim leaders.

And where is this troll coming from? Boston? Pittsburgh? Traceroute gooooo!

edmonton

Edmonton! Because Canada is and always will be ground-zero for hockey-crazy. That and the poutine is why we love ‘em.

Shine on, 72.29.250.1, you crazy diamond.

One last time: Evgeny Kuznetsov will probably join the NHL after the Sochi Olympics.

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  • sausaged

    uhhh, extreme bro, extreme.

  • http://twitter.com/kat326 Rachel Cohen

    RMNB: Hockey Writers, Meteor Reporters, and Wikipedia Detectives. :’D

  • Jon C.

    Real talk: it’s probably Don Cherry or Mike Milbury.

  • johnnymorte

    This is not a fan but a terrorist attack by Hockey Canada. If you recall, it was Hockey Canada that ordered the slash on Kharlamov’s leg in the ’72 summit series. The cold war on ice is far from over. They will do anything to protect their Golden Boy Sid’s chances for cup glory.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bscarbro Benjamin Stewart William Scarb

    God, I love this site.

  • Schultz (not Jeff)

    Dude, you crack me up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nodnarbeleets Brandon Steele

    melrose ?

  • Rhino40

    Let’s try it again, and this time I’ll do the dick move where I sic everything that’s ungrammatical:
    hahahahahahahaha))))))) best!
    Peter, if I didn’t know better, I’d swear we were related…FTR that is a high compliment (even though I am as “sober as a judge” as I write this).

  • Yv

    Good job of tracing. I’m suspecting that it belongs to one of CBC comment crew member, like no-name former player Stock?, etc. I watched the CBC feed for the first time during the first away Caps game vs Jets and was amazed how their 3-4 commentators trashed Ovi and Caps, despite they beat them 3:0. It was absolutely awful, even worse than Milbury and PMg, if it is possible. It is good to watch a replay of the game just for educational purposes.

  • Rhino40

    …and, (incidentally) great romanciers graphiques (graphic novelists). Which is to say: where’s my comic for this week?!?!?!

  • Hockeynightincanada

    CBC sucks…….Just replace every network with TSN and expand. TSN is even better now that Pierre no longer works for them.

  • http://www.russianmachineneverbreaks.com/ Peter Hassett

    Rachel was out of the country last week and it’s her birthday today– we’ll have a new one next week!

  • http://twitter.com/mikeholden Mike Holden

    ” known sportsyapper”

    Awesome.

  • http://twitter.com/dylanwheatley83 dylan wheatley

    i still think ribs is behind this

  • Guest

    the map location makes it close enough to be originating at Grant MacEwen University in Edmonton.

  • http://twitter.com/kat326 Rachel Cohen

    Between being in Sicily for 10 days, getting stuck in the Hartford airport for 5 hours, and celebrating my birthday, there was no time to put a post together. We’ll be back next week!!!

  • Rhino40

    Oh….my bad. Seriously, I hope your trip–other than the extended layover in Hartford–was an enjoyable one–except for day trips to Mexico, I haven’t left the US since 1979…something I hope to change one day. Also, Rach':
    день рождения
    (Is birthday)
    сделать партию
    (Make party)
    Xaxaxaxaxa
    (Requires no translation)
    Best,
    Rhino

  • http://twitter.com/Freedoooom Chase

    The IP is a Weatherford Canada Partnership, its a oilfield company(think Halilburton).