Newest Washington Capital Dustin Penner has a reputation for being a jovial sort, quick with jokes, happy to poke fun at himself, and active on social media. This is not a bad thing for reporters covering a sometimes non-jovial bunch, especially in recent seasons.
In any case, Penner lived up to his reputation in his first few hours as a Capital, asking Barack Obama for a bed to sleep in, making a Rounders joke about Alex Ovechkin, promising to visit the fictional barbecue joint from “House of Cards” and wearing… something during his flight to meet his new team in Philadelphia.
.@BarackObama hey i know this is last minute & I hate asking on such short notice but can I crash for a few days? I’m great with kids— Dustin Penner (@Dustinpenner25) March 4, 2014
As for the White House petition to allow Penner to stay in the East Wing, it actually exists. The text:
We the undersigned request the Obama administration designate the Newly acquired left wing for the Washington Capitals as their official house guest.
We request he is allowed entry to the East Wing and is allowed to sleep on any couch of his choosing, as long as he provides linens for said couch.
We request his designation stays in place for the duration of the 2013-2014 NHL hockey season, and remains in effect until the Capitals win the Stanley Cup or are eliminated from the playoffs.
As of this writing, the petition has six signatures.
HEY JOHN BECK EXISTS
Remember John Beck? He’s trying to revive his career by signing with the BC Lions of the CFL, who currently have about 17 quarterbacks on their roster. Mike Shanahan, you might recall, staked his reputation on Beck.
JUST JARED ON THE CAPS/NATS
Via Hollywood gossip site Just Jared, which broke the news that Brooks Laich was dating Julianne Hough:
Julianne skipped all of the festivities happening during Oscars Weekend to fly to D.C. to see her boyfriend Brooks Laich play hockey with his team the Washington Nationals. Such a supportive gal!
Indeed! Bet she isn’t here to support the Nats, though.
GEORGETOWN’S BACK ON THE BUBBLE
Well, I guess the Hoyas were never really off the bubble. But the home win over Creighton on Tuesday night again has the Hoyas looking like an NCAA tournament team.
WHAT TO WATCH TODAY
The Wizards host the Jazz at 7 on Comcast SportsNet. The Caps are in Philly at 8 on NBC Sports Network. George Washington hosts Saint Joseph’s at 9 on CSN+. All radio and TV listings are here.