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Alexander Ovechkin Can't Drive 55

Rachel Nichols had a nice "so now you know" profile about the NHL's goofy MVP on E:60 last night. What do you think happens when a toothless, 23-year-old adrenaline junkie gets handed $100 million?

The major takeaway from the story is that Ovechkin likes to have fun, which is both shocking and appalling to people like Don Cherry. However, it is also very lucrative for luxury car makers like Mercedes Benz. Ovechkin took Nichols for a spin in his new SL 65 supercar that he boasts of taking up to 180 m.p.h. He boasts about a lot of things actually. He wants to let everyone know—without actually letting them know, you know?—that he is someone who enjoys a little unspoken depravity. (Although the infamous strip club receipt that is making the email rounds is almost certainly not his. The club in question is in South Africa, which is not exactly convenient for post-game relaxation therapy.) Bottom line: Party Man likes to party and the fact that people are bothered by it only makes it more fun for him.

Oh, and we sort of ribbed ESPN for their Nick Adenhart/NASCAR flub that was really just an unfortunate coincidence and not anyone's fault, but you do have to wonder if any of the producers of E:60 thought about the juxtaposition of Alex's "play hard, live fast" lifestyle with another story featured later in the program. It was about former Dallas Cowboy DB Dwayne Goodrich, who is currently serving a 12-year sentence for vehicular manslaughter. If you want to do something, do it, I guess.


E:60 - Alexander the Gr8 [Full video @ ESPN]

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