(John McDonnell/The Washington Post)


If given the choice in early March between the Caps winning their division and the Verizon Center faithful serenading Alex Ovechkin with deafening “MVP” chants, I’d likely have just gone to grab a bowl of veggie chili. And then chosen the division winner option, I guess. With chopped onions and shredded cheese on top.

But sometimes choices aren’t necessary. You can get your division title, and your veggie chili, and your MVP chants. And every media outlet will mention them. The chants, I mean. There’s a distinct anti-veggie-chili bias in the lamestream media.

Joe Beninati: “The fans, cheering MVP inside of Verizon Center to salute the Caps’ captain, Alex Ovechkin.”

Mike Wise: “Before Alex Ovechkin’s Hart-worthy rocket to put the game away made the building erupt with the sound of “M-V-P! M-V-P!,” something strange, almost foreign, had taken root in the Washington Capitals’ locker room at Verizon Center.”

AP: “Ovechkin capped the celebration with the empty-netter, prompting chants of “M-V-P!” throughout the sold-out arena.”

RMNB: “At this point, a quiet night for Alex Ovechkin means a goal to clinch a division championship, a crucial assist, and one literally earth-shattering hit. Verizon Center serenaded Ovechkin to “MVP” chants and signs, cheering him on in his comeback season. It was a perfect night.”