” You know what?” Letterman told the Whitefish Review in 2015. “I used to say, every day, ‘I am so sick and tired of shaving.’ I had to shave every day, every day, for 33 years. And even before that when I was working on local TV. And I just thought, the first thing I will do when I am not on TV is stop shaving. And everybody hates it. My wife hates it. My son hates it. But it’s interesting. I’ve kind of developed a real creepy look with it that I’m sort of enjoying. And I can tell that people are off-put by it. And the more people implore me to shave, the stronger my resolve is to not shave. So the day that I shave, I’ll call you.”
Letterman — sitting close to the ice, and not wearing obvious colors of either team — was shown on the big screen during the first period. The Caps played Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” during that video; Zevon was long a favorite of Letterman’s in his late-night years. Letterman pumped his fist in enthusiasm. For life.
UPDATE: Here is an interview I conducted with Letterman early in the third period, as he was attempting to return to his seat.
Steinberg: I wanted to ask why you’re here and who you’re rooting for, I guess.
Letterman: Well, the second question — who do you think we’re rooting for?
Steinberg: I really don’t know.
Letterman: It’s the Capitals. I went to school with Ovechkin.
Steinberg: Oh, you did?
Letterman: Yeah, I did. We were roommates at Ball State.
Steinberg: Oh, cool.
Steinberg: So who do you think is going to win?
Letterman: I still think the Capitals are going to win.
Steinberg: I still don’t know why you’re here.
Letterman: Well, why are you here?
Steinberg: They make me come. Honestly, I’m sitting downstairs because someone took my spot upstairs, so I’m not even watching the game. I’m here talking to you.
Letterman: Well, we’re talking to you. Thank you, nice to see you, good luck. Roommates, two years, Muncie.
Steinberg: What did he study?
Letterman: Home ec.