I grew up during a bygone era before salary caps and free agency, when our beloved sports heroes spent their entire careers with one team.
How I wish it still were so. It broke my heart to hear Marc-Andre Fleury bid adieu to the ‘Burgh at a press conference last Thursday.
“It’s been such a long time, a great ride,” said an emotional Fleury. “ [...]
Buried deep within the Penguins’ glorious Game Five victory over the Predators on Thursday night is a most disturbing pattern. One I feel compelled to write about in hopes of dispelling any bad juju or lingering negative mojo.
Go back with me eight years, if you will, to June of 2009. Led by superstar Pavel Datsyuk and perennial Norris Trophy [...]
I confess. When the Penguins beat Nashville in Game Two on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup Final, I started feeling giddy about our chances to repeat as champions.
Then I was reminded that the last team to have a shot at winning back-to-back Cups had gone up 2-zip as well. Indeed, the Detroit Red Wings defeated our Pens [...]
Laboring under the mistaken assumption that Penguins general manager Jim Rutherford stood pat at the trade deadline, I started to compose a piece for PenguinPoop based on Kenny Rogers C&W classic, The Gambler.
The one where he sings, “Know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em.”
I was convinced JR had held ’ [...]
According to the Holy Bible, Sunday is a day of rest.
It appears our Pittsburgh Penguins heeded that time-honored spiritual truth yesterday afternoon at PPG Paints Arena. While the Detroit Red Wings came ready to play—the black and gold appeared to take the day off en route to a dismal 5-2 defeat.
“They outcompeted us,” said Pens forward Tom [...]
I must admit. Watching last night’s Penguins-Blues game on the big screen TV at the Pennsbury Pub and Grille, I was pulling like mad for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury to do well.
“I hope ‘Flower’ gets a shutout,” I repeated at least three or four times to my good friend, Dave Yelich, in an obvious breach of sports etiquette.
Fleury almost did, too [...]