As Penguin Nation licks its collective wounds and tries to push through the disappointment of being eliminated from the NHL playoffs, I’d like to offer my humble, positive perspective on what being a Pittsburgh sports fan means to me:
A) It’s a game.
B) Out of 30 teams, the Pens were one of eight still playing Tuesday night — good job, boys!
C) While Lord Stanley’s Cup is the ultimate prize (and I’ve had the privilege of watching “my team” hoist it three times in my life — a joy that fans of many other NHL teams don’t know), for me the excitement of seeing the Penguins play so well throughout the regular season was rewarding enough. Anything past that is “icing.”
D) See A.
As someone who cheered the black and gold on, even in the lean years when they couldn’t make the postseason, I’m grateful to see the boys of winter win any playoff games.
Sure, they may have fallen short of some people’s expectations but, in the end, only one team can win 16 games. We won seven this year, and it was fun celebrating those victories.
So while many fans inevitably lay blame, hypothesize on what they think the Pittsburgh Penguins need to do to “fix” the team and call for heads to roll — I’m going to calmly put my throwback Mario Lemieux jersey and my silly “Let’s Go Pens” and “Buckle Up Baby” towels away with the fall clothes and support our Buccos until (and hopefully well after) the Pittsburgh Steelers take the field.
Besides, it’s too hot to wear a hockey sweater now anyway. If you disagree with my opinions, please see point A.
Die-hard Pens Fan (with a life)