Look, I usually don’t try to work blue around here, but this issue is roiling the Caps community right now, and there’s no clean way around it.
Alexander Semin, you’ll recall, has an internal team nickname based on a homonym of his last name, a nickname that sounds sort of like “just,” and a nickname that at least one teammate has used on live television before.
So now we go to Wednesday night. The game has ended. Comcast SportsNet’s Al Koken is interviewing Ovechkin on the ice, with the audio playing for 18,000 people in the building and thousands more on television. Koken specifically asks Ovechkin about his tying goal, when he and Semin were attempting to jam the puck in the net.
The Caps media corps listened to this clip about 15 times on Thursday, and we still can’t tell exactly what he said. The choices:
“I saw Semin, just goes [and] puts arms up, so I just saw this and I was kind of excited.”
“I saw Semin, [Unprintable Nickname] goes [and] puts arms up, so I just saw this and I was kind of excited.”
You be the judge.