THE STANLEY CUP, as everyone knows, will not be coming home to Pittsburgh this year. The Penguins, who had led their series against the New York Rangers 3-1, lost three games straight to exit the playoffs. After the final game Tuesday night, boos echoed through Consol Energy Center. The indictment of the fans soon was followed by a shake-up at the top, with the firing of general manager Ray Shero. His successor will decide the fate of head coach Dan Bylsma and his assistants. Big changes in the lineup of players also are expected over the summer, which should help the Penguins’ faithful recover from their disappointment and greet their new team with cheers.
IT’S A SHAME that the Penguins’ season wasn’t like a movie with a great ending, but sometimes movies don’t have the best ending. An ideal ending for “Million Dollar Arm,” which opened in local theaters Friday, would be Major League Baseball success for the two young men recruited in India to play baseball in America. The movie is a true story based on a book by sports agent J.B. Bernstein. He went to India and found Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who had no baseball experience but had arms strong enough to join the Pirates farm system as pitchers. Mr. Patel returned to India, but Mr. Singh is still a Bucs prospect recuperating from injury. “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm, who plays Mr. Bernstein in the movie, and Mr. Singh went to PNC Park on Sunday to promote the movie, which Post-Gazette film critic Barbara Vancheri called “an inspirational, old-fashioned family film.”
EVERY DOG has its day is another explanation of the New York Rangers’ triumph, but these days canine success can be quite refined. As the Post-Gazette’s Elizabeth Bloom reported, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra held tryouts in Heinz Hall for 10 dogs and their handlers for the opportunity to perform with the orchestra in Leopold Mozart’s “Hunting Horn Symphony,” which calls for dogs to bark alongside horn soloists. Lucky dogs will bark up a storm at a free concert during the Three Rivers Arts Festival in June. No boos then.