As the National Hockey League prepares for the Stanley Cup playoffs, an interesting comparison is occurring here in Pittsburgh. Penguins ownership has blitzed the trade market to aid the first-place team in gaining yet another world championship. Management has left no stone unturned in acquiring only the finest players to assist a team with a current 15-game winning streak. Their commitment to excellence is unparalleled in professional sports. Penguins fans, recognizing this, have rallied in enthusiastic appreciation for the ownership's zeal.
In contrast, the Pittsburgh Pirates ownership, when its team was in first place over the last two years, refused to make the key acquisitions at the trading deadline to aid the team in competing for a division championship. The excuses are many, but the facts are clear. Pirates management will continue to deceive the real Bucco fans as to new "strategies" and "plans." Owner Bob Nutting has no intention of changing anything as long as 2 million "fireworks fans" continue to show. The season started as the Penguins pursue a championship, its roster improving weekly. The Pirates and their mid-level talent has retaken the field and we're asked yet another time to believe.