Ovechkin Celebrating "Like Drunk College Roommate"

Chad Dukes weighed in on Alex Ovechkin and Bryce Harper, among other D.C. sports topics 

Ferrall On The Bench
June 14, 2018 - 12:02 pm

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With a recent Stanley Cup win for the Capitals and uncertainty surrounding Bryce Harper’s future with the Nationals, D.C. radio personality Chad Dukes dropped by CBS Sports Radio to discuss all things Washington sports.

The Capitals won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history last week, causing euphoria among fans.

“They identify so much with that team,” Dukes said on Ferrall on the Bench. “Everything that you think about hockey and the reason why it’s developed the hardcore fan base that it has, we were experiencing in tidal-wave formation here. They’re crushing beers . . . and they’re dropping f-bombs left and right on the National Mall.”

Caps’ star Alex Ovechkin’s behavior in the days following the win has especially turned heads.

“[Ovechkin]’s been viewed as a somewhat odious figure,” Dukes said. “I don’t know how he can be now. I mean, the broken English, the f-bombs, all of the beer, the videos of him dancing, schlepping the Cup through the terminal at the airport – he’s handling it the way your drunk college roommate would handle it if he won the Stanley Cup. Who can’t relate to that?”

Scott Ferrall, a diehard Penguins fan, knows this feeling of excitement and accomplishment all too well.

“It’ll never be better than this win,” Ferrall said. “Once you win ’em, it’s the greatest thing in the world. You’re just on cloud nine. There’s no denying that. There’s just nothing like that first one.”

Dukes agreed, saying, “It was one of the most overwhelming experiences I’ve ever had. I would stack it up against any Lombardi trophy, any NBA championship, any of that stuff that comes along.”

Now D.C. has another team to get excited about: the 37-28 Nationals. Dukes and Ferrall also discussed the future of the Nats with star Bryce Harper, who has gotten a lot of media attention since Wednesday when an anonymous National League executive ripped his talent and character.

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo fired back at the anonymous executive, calling them gutless and cowardly. Dukes says Rizzo defending Harper was a political move.

“He wants to re-sign Bryce Harper,” Dukes said, “What’s he going to do but take a flamethrower at those comments?”

The bigger concern, Dukes said, is the mentality of D.C. fans. Many believe Harper has wanted to leave since he joined the team. This came to a head when Harper arrived at Capital One stadium in a Las Vegas Golden Knights sweater.

“The entire area turned against him,” Dukes said. “I had call after call mother f-ing that guy on my phone.”

Ferrall doesn’t understand this hostility.

“I mean, how stupid are you?” he asked. “He’s from there. I mean, how pathetic are you? Really, they’ve turned on their best player and now he’s Public Enemy Number One?”

Dukes agrees, saying that Harper has done everything he is supposed to do, like sporting Redskins hats and attending Capitals games.

“We just have to ruin stained glass windows,” Dukes said. “We have to take a rock and throw it straight through them. I just hope it’s not anything that he’s going to hold a grudge against.”