Fan Asks Why John Wall Is Not Playing

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Where is John Wall?

For starters, this is hockey, and Wall plays basketball.

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Photo: Mike Hickey

After Sunday’s All-Star Game, Alex Ovechkin made a sweet gesture by teaming up with Honda to donate a car to Ann Schaab and her hockey team, the Washington Ice Dogs. A few days later, after the Capitals shut out the Pens, Ovechkin met up with Ann and a few of her teammates in the Capitals locker room. They took photos together. It was cute.

What makes it even cuter is Ann’s stern words for Ovi. According to team president Mike Hickey, while Ann was happy to see her date again, she was not so happy with Ovi starting a nine-player scrum late in the Pens game.

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Photos: Under Armour

Just like RMNB, Under Armour was founded in Maryland. And just like RMNB, Under Armour has an inordinate amount of Maryland Pride.

Last week the clothing company put online two new styles of basketball shoes that any Marylander positively must own. Named after Baltimore’s Mobtown, the limited edition shoes feature a clear rubber outsole showing the Maryland flag design. You won’t want to walk in the mud in these. The inner sole and back of the shoe feature Maryland flairs as well.

The shoes come in red and black and are part of the Mobtown series, which was first released to the public in 2011. They are Under Armour’s first casual sneaker. You can get them on UA’s website for $99.

Check out these photos.

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Photo: Steve Oleksy’s Instagram

Hockey players are tough; here’s another story about that.

Let’s go on a trip to PPL Center, where the Hershey Bears on Wednesday night took on the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. Thirty-two seconds into the game, Steve Oleksy took a rough run from defenseman Brandon Manning.

Binky was like oh hell no and dropped his gloves. As Manning and Oleksy pawed at each other in the corner, Oleksy’s helmet came off. Manning’s stayed glued to his head.

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Photo: Frederick Breedon

Last night, as I wrote about Alex Ovechkin fulfilling the birthday wish of a five-year-old at practice, I noticed something in the bottom left corner of Chuck Gormley’s photo. (My crazy art school eagle eyes see all the pixels.) It was a glove, and that glove had a special inscription.

I fired up the RMNB Enhancing Machine.

Turns out it’s Evgeny Kuznetsov‘s glove and it is stitched with the name KUZY. Take a look.

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Photo: @ChuckGormleyCSN

After Caps practice concluded on Monday morning, Alexander Ovechkin remained in his skates to welcome another Alexander onto the ice. The other Alexander, who turned five years old on Monday, had his birthday wish granted: to skate with the Russian machine at Kettler Capitals Iceplex.

Sportsnet’s Gene Principe captured a precious photo.

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RMNB reader Bridget L. took her three-year-old son Max to the Caps’ morning skate on Wednesday. The mother and son sat in the first row and watched as the team readied itself for the rival Flyers that night.

Amazed by what he saw, Max could not stay seated. He stood up at the glass near star center Nicklas Backstrom. Bridget thought it was a good time for a photo op, so Max grinned as wide as he could while mom snapped away.

A few seconds later, something adorable happened.

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Steve Oleksy was only supposed be with the Caps for a day. But after Nate Schmidt’s brief sojourn to the Bears turned into a multi-month absence, Steve O is here for the foreseeable future. He just won’t be playing in many games, if any at all. Still, Oleksy has to be ready.

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Photo: Chris Gordon

With the Caps/Flyers game on national TV tonight, we were denied the calls of the DC Sportscaster of the Year Joe Beninati and his loyal sidekick Craig Laughlin. That also means no Joe B suit of the night.

Hold that thought. RMNB’s Chris Gordon came through in the clutch post-game. Above, check out a relaxed Beninati, sans tie, kicking it in the bowels of Verizon Center.

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Photos: Washington Caps Instagram

In random Caps celebrity news, recent call-up Steve Oleksy presented NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon with a personalized Caps jersey.

I’m not quite sure why Gordon was in in the bowels of Verizon Center this evening. Maybe it’s because the Wizards play the Spurs tonight at 7 tonight. Or maybe Alex Ovechkin is ready to take his talents to Daytona Beach and, oh great, now I’m worried.

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