It was Monday afternoon, and Wonder Woman was on the phone, and before I could even get a question out, she asked one herself.
“I am so excited,” said Lynda Carter, the actress who played Wonder Woman in the 1970s TV series. “God, this town is on fire, isn’t it?”
Yeah, I guess it is, huh? And Carter, a Washington Capitals fan, has had a front-row seat for all of it. There she was for Game 3, spotted at Capital One Arena in a red Nicklas Backstrom jersey. The Caps won that one, 3-1, and Carter on Monday said she planned to be out again for Game 4, in the same outfit. Don’t want to jinx it.
“I’m wearing the same pants, the same shirt, the same jewelry, and my hair exactly the same,” she said. “I’m keeping it the same.”
Stars, they’re just like us.
“All Caps. Go Caps,” she said. “This is truth, justice and the American way.”
For Carter, an area resident whose husband and children were born locally, too, these Stanley Cup finals have been such a thrill. This place has been “heartbreak city” for so many years, she said. Now there are bands on the street. Big, joyful smiles.
“We are one, I will say,” she said.
Carter is a pretty joyful hockey fan herself. She said she has read everything she could find on The Save. (“It was really something,” she said.) From conversations with Cal Ripken, she knows about how great athletes have an intellectual understanding of the game. She recalled watching hockey in L.A., sitting up close, watching players crashing against the glass.
“I mean, it’s a lot different in person than it is on television,” she said. “I really don’t care the size of your TV. It is very different.”
Carter said she was a fan of Alex Ovechkin, the Capitals captain, whom she described as a veteran loyal to his team and his town. She also mentioned goalie Braden Holtby and praised the dedication of Washington’s players.
“I think what I admire the most is the team effort,” Carter said.
When asked whether Carter had any advice for Caps fans, she countered, again, with another question: “Do they have any advice for me?”
“Do you take anti-nausea pills, or — what do you take? I don’t drink. I don’t smoke,” she said. “What do I do? No, I would not venture to give Caps fans any advice, whatsoever. Noooo. Except, it’s just, we’re all in it together. That’s it. We are the Capitals. We’re the Caps.”
Which is not exactly advice, but whatever. I am not going to argue with Wonder Woman.
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