The Pengyunz are not going to die (Post-Gazette) after all. The franchise will get a new arena in Pittsburgh in a deal that will be announced tonight.
I am happy for my friends who are a fan of the flightless birds. Having gone through the historonics of getting a venue built, I have a lot of empathy for them. The empathy ends there though 😉
Let’s do a quick rundown of what this all means:
Regrettably, the Penguins staying keeps the Atlantic Division intact. Had the move to KC happened the Caps would have been poised to move into a more logical division. Realignment with two divisions (a topic for another day) could fix this problem, but that would be too obvious.
Mario Lemieux doesn’t blow two decades of goodwill for potentially pennies (maybe nickels) on the dollar more when he sells the team. Way to not wet the bed, Mario. I’ll bet he’s celebrating by scarfing down cheeseburgers and chain smoking.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettmen actually did something right for the first time since…
The Pittsburgh area politicians don’t have an angry fanbase to contend with in the next election.
Washingtonians don’t get to say “if Pittsburgh is such a great hockey town why isn’t there a team there?” to all the transplanted Penguins fans who are always badmouthing D.C. sports. Either way, Yinzer provincialism will continue unabated and be passed down to the next generation, despite it being raised here.
Along those same lines, whining about the tyranny of Gov. Ed Rendell will continue because *gasp* he happens to be the first governor elected from the largest city in the state in 80 years.
I am looking forward to the rivalry continuing and hold out hope for revenge on the ice.
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