For many Washington area hockey fans, they’ve built their love of the sport by seeing Alexander Ovechkin’s electrifying plays – be it the amazing goals, huge hits or sweet assists on other teammates goals. Watching Ovechkin celebrate with his teammates anytime he’s on the ice when a goal is scored causes you to forget that he is the greatest hockey player on Earth. A year ago, it wasn’t difficult to find tickets to Washington Capitals game, and anyone who wanted to see a game could typically Rock The Red, go to the Verizon Center and buy tickets. Those days are gone, with the Nation’s Capital becoming enamored with not only “Great 8”, but also with Ovi’s teammates – Mike Green, Nicklas Backstrom, Alexander Semin, Semyon Varlamov, Tomas Fleischmann and others.

While the NHL season is on break, a lot of DC fans are likely encountering a dilemna of loyalty when watching the Olympics: None of the players they love are on Team USA, and cheering for Ovechkin and Semin means Rocking The Red for Team Russia.

GuysNation’s favorite female sports reporter – Liz Drabick (co-host on 106.7 The Fan’s “Overtime” Radio Show with Holden Kushner, contributor to The Mike Wise show on the same radio station as well as other outlets) stated on a recent edition of the show that she encounters this loyalty dilemna.  Though I don’t have an exact quote to provide (until she grants me an interview), the sentiment she expressed was that she isn’t going to root AGAINST Team USA, but that she wants to cheer FOR the players on Team Russia who she’s grown to love.  Although her co-hosts gave her a tough time for the sentiment, saying she was turning her back on her country, I couldn’t disagree more.

What Drabick and countless D.C. area fans are doing is to show LOCAL loyalty that trumps patriotism, and why not?  Alex Ovechkin and Semin SHOULD be players that you support in their endeavors so long as their primary job is to win games for your favorite team.

If it comes down to Team USA vs Team Russia, loyalty could be tested even further, but when considering whether to cheer for Team Russia or Team Canada in their upcoming game, it’s an easy choice to make (especially considering the fact that the sole Capital whose talent and birthright are sufficient to be considered for a spot on the host-nation’s squad – Mike Green – got snubbed by our neighbors to the North).