Bagel shop puts Alex Ovechkin jersey in fridge

I go to a lot of delis during my work week. Typically, I find things like drinks in the deli coolers. Maybe coleslaw. Never have I seen an Alex Ovechkin jersey.

“Yes, I have a jersey in the [fridge],” said Blane Barbour, the owner of Bageltime Deli in Marlboro, N.J. “I’m cooling Ovechkin off so he doesn’t hurt us in the playoffs.”

Of course, the obvious next question is why an ardent Rangers fan in New Jersey would even own an Ovechkin jersey. Turns out Barbour is a huge hockey fan and memorabilia collector who has jerseys for many NHL stars. Come playoff time, though, they turn from collectors’ items into amulets.

“It’s playoff time; now it’s business,” he said. “I mean, the Rangers are not playing well. I’m trying everything. I have to put my Rangers jerseys in the ovens with the bagels, heat ’em up. I’m cooling Ovechkin down, so now I have to heat the Rangers up.”

Barbour’s shop is more in Devils country than Rangers country, but as you can see, his shop isn’t exactly subtle about which team it supports. And as it turns out, Barbour is hardly the only Rangers supporter attempting to put Ovechkin on ice. There’s Boomer Esiason, for example.

And then there’s this guy.

And they appear not to be alone, either.

Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.

sports

dc-sports-bog

Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Comments
Show Comments
Next Story
Dan Steinberg · May 8, 2013

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.