Okay, I’m worried now.

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My circle of family and friends, my fircle if you will, have been discussing the Penguins possibly leaving the Burgh for months now with each conversation going like this:

PittGirl Fircle Member: I’m really worried the Pens are going to leave.

PittGirl: The Pens are not going to leave.

PittGirl Fircle Member: I don’t know PittGirl. It really sounds like they might leave.

PittGirl: The Pens are not going to leave. Shut up.

Now? I’m not so confident.

After years of shitastic play, finally we’re a contender again. We’ve got some fresh meat in the godlike forms of Crosby, Staal, and Malkin. We’ve got experience in Recchi (who I worshipped as a high schooler). We’ve got a Neanderthal enforcer in the form of Laraque. We’re winning games in exciting shootout fashion (The shootout is of course the best thing to happen to hockey since Mario came back). And NOW they’re ready to head to Vegas or Kansas City.

I’m going to put my anger at Mario aside for a moment to become a sobbing mass of begging hotness at his feet.

Really. PLEASE don’t take the Pens.

There’s a last ditch meeting scheduled for Thursday and if the Gov’nah, Lukey, and Danny Boy don’t make a deal to keep the Pens here … well, I don’t know what I’ll do, but you can be damn sure it will involve a remote-controlled pigeon.


  1. mario schmario
    March 7, 2007 8:24 am

    “kansas city penguins” has a nice ring to it. because as soon as they get their new expensive pittsburgh stadium, they are going to suck ASS like the pirates. let’em go.

    on the other hand, look how quickly cleveland got a new team when the browns moved to baltimore.

  2. Lauren
    March 7, 2007 9:20 am

    The Pirates, um, “suck ass” because their ownership is a bunch of tightwads who refuse to hang onto any type of promising player for more than 3 years. Oh yes, also because in baseball if you hit .250 and get, oh, 25 homeruns, you get a $10 million/yr contract.

    Oh, and that whole thing about having Crosby, Malkin, Staal, etc.? Remember how fun the Steelers Super Bowl parade was? Yeah, well, when Kansas City is having theirs for their new hockey team and you’re sitting at home thinking “this sucks, that should be me getting drunk at 11:00 a.m.” you might feel a bit differently about them leaving…

  3. mario schmario
    March 7, 2007 9:52 am

    if THIS team’s owners want to move THIS team to another city, it will not be long before pittsburgh has another hockey team to replace it.

    entertainment/concessions tax preserved and hockey season once again for all.

    i don’t remember how fun the super bowl parade was, because i avoided that whole drunken yinzfest. i did, however, appreciate that one of our teams was successful.

    face it, pittsburgh may no longer have the economic base to support three top teams. i wish to hell our state, regional, and local leaders worked this hard to bring corporate headquarters and good jobs to pittsburgh. then it might be a different story…

  4. Puma
    March 7, 2007 10:54 am

    You never want to lose a team. The expansion-Browns will not be competitive anytime soon, and it actually costs more to start a new franchise than retain the existing one. Especially in a farm club sport like hockey or baseball. All those levels of affiliation have to be rebuilt.

    I used to work as a part of the state government. This is just a pissing contest, and Rendell hates to lose. Before hockey’s collective bargaining agreement was implemented, the Pens were on the way to becoming the Pirates. Now he’s over a barrel with a young winning franchise and the risk of alienating Pittsburgh more than he has. Whether the Pens stay or go… we’ll still need an arena. It’s inevitable.

    I hate to simply side with the Pens, but they really are getting a dose of Rendell’s ego right now. It’s a save-face for him to do this on his own timeframe.

  5. gjhead
    March 7, 2007 12:30 pm

    “The Pens are not going to leave. Shut up.”

    My discussions still end like that!