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Are the Washington Capitals the drunkest champions ever?

Are the Washington Capitals the drunkest champions ever?
Published On: Tue, Jun 12
Dec 9, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Brian Boyle (11) is congratulated by teammates after he scored against the Washington Capitalsduring the first period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Ovechkin is upside down, drinking beer out of the Stanley Cup. A pair of Washington Capitals teammates hold him in the air, like frat boys at a keg stand. When at last they set him back to earth, Ovechkin appears bleary-eyed and rip-roaring drunk. The crowd cheers and Ovechkin holds a hand to his ear, a pantomime that seems to implore, a€œLouder, please.a€

And Washington fandoma€™s bemused reaction to all this seems to say, a€œDrunker, please."

The Caps will have a victory parade on Constitution Avenue on Tuesday and it seems fair to wonder if theya€™ll still be glazed. Their myriad celebrations since winning the Cup on Thursday are possibly among the most publicly soaked in alcohol in sports history, though it's hard to say how hard teams partied before the social media age.

Suffice to say the Capitals have been on a multi-day bender from the Las Vegas Strip to the Georgetown waterfront. And give them this: They haven't taken their Dionysian pursuits to private clubs away from the madding crowd.

The Caps have taken to the streets and shared their Cup and their joy with Washingtonians who have captured much of the merriment with their cell phones. The 25-second clip of upside-down Ovi has been viewed on the internet, oh, something like 692,000 times.

The epic scale of these celebrations suggests the prodigious feasting of antiquitya€™s Homeric heroes, though keg stands a€” or, in this case, Cup stands a€” seem more closely aligned with the Greek life ofA Animal HouseA than ofA The Odyssey.

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