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D.C. Sports Bog: It's a Rap for the Caps

Rapper Wale, the Capitals' newest fan, meets one of his latest subjects, Alex Ovechkin, at Verizon Center.
Rapper Wale, the Capitals' newest fan, meets one of his latest subjects, Alex Ovechkin, at Verizon Center. (Photo By Boris Bystrov)
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

"I don't know who Wale the rapper is," Ted Leonsis said Saturday night, a few minutes after the Caps' shootout win over the Hurricanes.

"You will soon," his son, Zach, said.

"He's coming to hockey games now?" Leonsis asked.

"He's the one who raps about [Alex] Ovechkin," Zach explained.

"Of course," Leonsis said.

So then Wale -- the D.C. rapper and sports fan, who often mixes his teams into his lyrics -- met the Leonsises. Ted asked how he liked it. Wale promised they would be seeing a lot more of him at Verizon Center.

"Let's have a sit-down with Dan Snyder next," Wale said as we left. "We need to have an intervention with that dude, like, stop wasting money!"

We all went down the hall and waited outside the locker room for Ovechkin to emerge. One of Wale's first Twitter updates from the arena was this: "im the only black person here." Now he was saying he'd become a regular, and pledging to bring more fans from "around the way." So I asked if he really planned on returning for more hockey.

"That [stuff]?" he asked. "Dog, I'll be back. . . . The shootout was so cliché, though. Oh, Ovechkin wins it, in a shootout, in overtime, the first hockey game I go to. Like, really? Sure. I could have told you that was gonna happen before I went."

Wale told us about his single "Chillin," which drops on Friday and features an appearance from Lady Gaga. He talked about his passion for D.C. sports, and the sad state of that passion in recent months. And he talked about Ovechkin, whom he called the city's biggest star. A few minutes later, the Russian came out.

"I heard you put my name?" Ovechkin asked.

"In like three songs," Wale said. "You got me a lot of new fans."


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