Well, I guess the Penguins gained that much-needed “maturity” they were lacking when they were incapable of putting the Flyers away in four games.  The nerve.

They made THAT look easy didn’t they?


1.  Yesterday, I realized for the first time that Evgeni Malkin is not growing a playoff beard.

I kind of applaud him for that because there are so many players that should never grow beards.  I’m looking at YOU, Sidney Crosby.

Also, the Television Without Pity recapper had this to say in his American Idol recap last week:

Oh, and I should probably spend a few words talking about the mayor of David’s town and his Rollie Fingers mustache. It’s insane. It’s immaculate. It is in the hall of fame of egregious and meticulous mustaches, alongside Chester A. Arthur, John Waters, and Sidney Crosby in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

My family calls it a quasi-porn stash.  I call it a MAJORLY FUG stash.

2.  Michelle Wright went and put some playoff beards on her colleagues and the results kick ass.

h/t Mikey from 96.1 who wrote:  

Sally Wiggins’ beard looks like candy would fall out of it if you rub it right. Not nice candy though. Bullshit candy like Bit O Honey’s and Good N Plenty’s.

Hey, I love Good ‘n Plenty!  Bullshit candy is peppermints, butterscotches, Tootsie Rolls and orange jelly beans.  In other words, everything my grandmother ever kept in her “candy” dish.

3.  The best comment made by the announcers during yesterday’s Penguins game:

The Flyers need a touchdown to get back into this game.

That made me laugh.

4.  Is it wussy of me to want Dallas to win?  I’m just saying, I’d like to avoid the Red Wings if at all possible.

5.  The Pensblog let Chad Hermann have it with a vicious post and by spelling his name wrong.  As I said previously, I love Chad, but I felt calling every Gary Roberts fan an immature bandwagon-jumper was a bit of a wide brush to paint with.

Also, lest you decide PittGirl is a bandwagon jumper, I still remember exactly what Tom Barrasso did when the Pens won their first (or maybe second) Stanley Cup.  I remember exactly how in his euphoria he started running in place on his skates with his hands up in the air.  Like it was yesterday.

Bring it.

6.  When they were presenting the Trophy to Never be Touched and Sid was getting his picture taken, the crowd sounded like it was chanting something and we couldn’t make out what it was.  It sounded like, “We want…”

What did they want, damn it?!  Mario?  Cheaper beer?  Dallas?  The suspense is killing us.


  1. Mrs Pitsberger
    May 19, 2008 11:05 am

    PG, I’m pretty sure it was “We want the Cup.” That’s what I was chanting, anyway.

  2. unsatisfied
    May 19, 2008 11:10 am

    first of all — that stupid flyers shirt that the kid’s holding — shouldn’t it be “WHY NOT US?” if a sentence starts with “why”, it’s gots to have a question mark in it.

    just sayin’.

    #1 — let’s end the playoff beard thing — for everyone. let’s put it in a discard pile along with viagra commercials, “the hills”, and dubya.

    #2 — I love michelle wright. but, what’s the deal with guy junker’s “beard” — what, is he amish? even more reason for my point in addressing #1 above. btw — wendy bell never looked hotter.

    #4 — the red wings would make for a classic final for the pens. I don’t care which team we get — just long as we keep kickin’ ass and takin’ names.

    #5 — DUUUUUDE.

    #6 — sounded like, “WE WANT THE CUP!” to me….

  3. Monty
    May 19, 2008 11:16 am

    Sid’s face looks like Robin Williams’ knuckle.

    I readily admit to shamelessly stealing that from Knocked Up.

  4. spoon
    May 19, 2008 11:16 am

    high upon my perch in F2 it was indeed WE WANT THE CUP along with GO HOME FLYERS, HEY HEY HEY GOODBYE, MAAARRRRTTTYYY and BLOOD CLOT!

    good times indeed!

    I’m hoping for dallas so I would get 2 games out of my package instead of 1 with detroit.

  5. beaner
    May 19, 2008 11:31 am

    oh, no, you don’t think Tootsie Rolls are real candy?
    I (heart) tootsie rolls.
    but other bullshit candy–whatver you call those chewy fruity things that are shaped like half moons & have sugar on them…and the original lifesavers, esp. the green & yellow ones…blehhhhhh…and those pink round lozenge things that are supposed to be mints…and Goobers.

  6. Katie
    May 19, 2008 11:34 am

    #3 = best line ever!

    After the game I called a friend who was on a trip out west and had stopped in Boulder, CO, for the weekend. Him and his friends managed to find a bar to watch the game in and oddly enough there were a bunch of Flyers fans there too. Even as far as Colorado the Flyers idiots tried thinking they had a chance with this game. Happy to report my friend and his group mocked them mercilessly after that crushing shut out. :-D

    Let’s Go Pens!

  7. Sooska
    May 19, 2008 11:39 am

    #6 “WE WANT A CUP’ PittGirl, most defintely they were demanding a Cup. You could hear it plainly on the radio, which I had turned UP with the TV sound turned DOWN.

    Tommy B jumping up and down and runnign in place..priceless memory! “Spit shine your shoes we’re goin’ dancin’ with Lord Stanley!” WHEEE!

  8. Bram R
    May 19, 2008 11:45 am

    Then you will also remember Mario Lemieux’s awesome playoff “beard”, which actually made him look about 12 years younger.

    Also, hate to say it, I don’t think citing the details of the Penguins *last* Stanley Cup year makes you any less of a bandwagon jumper. It makes you more of one. If you can cite any details of Fin de Sicle Penguins action, that would prove your point.

    Me? I’m resolving maybe to check out the next playoff game.

  9. Dan (Not Onarato)
    May 19, 2008 12:03 pm

    Im torn…I think that Id like to see a Pens Stars match-up just because of the home ice but then again I want to see just how well they match up with Detroit…

    Regardless…I hope to have another Newspaper to frame once they win!

  10. Tony
    May 19, 2008 12:30 pm

    I might feel a little better about that sign if the kid actually knew how to spell “Fleury”. It’s the thought that counts, I guess…

    Tommy B doing his Snoopy dance was from the Chicago series. I’m sure of this because I just happened to have watched that game on Saturday night, from the 10 Greatest Penguins Games” DVD collection. Was hoping it would be a good omen. So far, so good.

  11. Burgher Jon
    May 19, 2008 12:56 pm

    Not to be nit picky, but it’s “We Want THE Cup” not “We Want A Cup” there’s only one, and it’s about time it spent the summer in Pittsburgh again.

  12. Bill
    May 19, 2008 1:12 pm

    All those Flyer fans wearing those orange shirts looked like 15,000 prisoners escaped and went to a hockey game!

  13. Mike
    May 19, 2008 1:24 pm

    I haven’t laughed out loud like I just did about Sid’s face looking like Robin Williams knuckle, well in a very long time. I woke the dogs. Great line from Knocked Up.

    I remember Brian Trottier at Three Rivers, on the slip and slide with The Cup. I heard The Cup never took as much abuse as it did when the Pens won it.


  14. John
    May 19, 2008 2:13 pm

    Talking about Trotts sliding on the tarp at Three Rivers brings back such great memories. I wasn’t at the first celebration at Point State Park, but I was certainly at the second one. To see Trotts (a man who already had a handful of Stanley Cups by this time) slide around on the tarp like a little kid told me all I needed to know about how important the Stanley Cup is to the players. Bring on Detroit or Dallas!

  15. Magnus Patris
    May 19, 2008 2:22 pm


  16. Mitch Cumstein
    May 19, 2008 3:12 pm

    Can’t wait for Saturday…

    I’m not so much a bandwagon jumper on-er as I am just relatively new to the world of hockey fandom. As an uninitiated fan, I do have one question that gets down to the finer details, beyond the scoring and net-minding.

    From what I’ve seen of Gary Roberts, he has a PRESENCE and can steal his opponents’ soul with a simple glare. People seem to get excited about Laraque, and maybe he’s a badass, but I have yet to see him jump in there and give the Pens a spark like he could. In this series, he left that up to Tyler Kennedy. I’m not saying he has to fight, but what does he bring to the table?

  17. Lauren
    May 19, 2008 3:34 pm

    Yes, Pittgirl, but do you recall Barrasso letting in that heartbreaker to David (SOB) Volek in 1993? Or how about Tom Fitzgerald in 1996?

    Yes, I was 7 the last time the Pens won the Cup. These are my memories. I hate Tom Barrasso. Grr.

  18. Mike
    May 19, 2008 4:09 pm

    WHAT!?! Hate Tommy B? That is ridiculous.

    Wasn’t ’96 when he got caught cheating on his wife and she stab him in the groin?

  19. Displaced Burgher
    May 19, 2008 4:36 pm

    Lauren, how dare you speak the name of He Who Must Not Be Named To Pens Fans around here! ;)

    I was 9 years old at the first Cup celebration, and I remember sitting on my dad’s shoulders straining to see the stage. I remember Kennywood broadcasting Game 1 of the finals the next year during our school picnic & impromptu “Let’s Go Pens” chants starting all over the park. I remember nervously walking up to Joey Mullen when I saw him in the stands at one of my brother’s games (his son was on the opposing team, and I still have the autograph on a piece of paper in my scrapbook from childhood). I remember buying Student Rush tickets in high school & cheering for Matthew Barnaby like crazy (nothing better than sitting in A level seats for $20). I remember crying watching Lemieux’s post-game press conference when he came back, all the terrible years, dumping off what seemed like our entire team at the 2003 trade deadline, wondering if my team was going to be here next year, the next year, and the year after that… and now all of a sudden I’m 10 years old again. This year has been really special, and I hope everyone realizes it.

    And if just a few of those bandwagoners stick around when the bad times come again (and come again they will), then I’m fine with them jumping on board now.

  20. xena
    May 19, 2008 9:41 pm

    I had a huge crush on Brian Trottier. I still do. Now I have a crush on GR, because he is the only one who is old enough for me to crush on and if he were to star in a movie it would be Die Hard or Braveheart or Gladiator. And if Chad Herman wants to call me an immature bandwagon-jumper, he’s welcome to come over here and get a Warrior Princess ass kicking.

    What I remember from the first cup win was Mario Lemieux on the ice for all of a five-minute major penalty against the Pens and the North Stars never getting a shot on goal. He played defense like his life depended on it. Certainly the Stanley Cup run did.

  21. Still A. Fan
    May 19, 2008 11:17 pm

    how can you hate tootsie rolls? i own their stock (TR) and its been a great steady performer. i bought it around ’97 or so when i read that it was a good recession-proof stock. i bought it and harley davidson and they both pay out dividends like….like…..like……ok this is boring, i’ll stop.

    not even the vanilla ones in the blue wrappers for special occasions? come on, they’re like, pure sugar!!!!

  22. Still A. Fan
    May 19, 2008 11:19 pm

    i have the cup winning came on VHS against north stars. i think i’ll watch it this weekend….cept i’m not sure where my VCR is????????????????????????

  23. Dan (Not Onarato)
    May 20, 2008 10:57 am

    Still…I have that same game on tape too!

  24. detroit lady
    May 20, 2008 5:09 pm

    Go REDWINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!KICK THE PENS ASSES>>>>>>>>>>>

  25. eileen
    May 20, 2008 6:18 pm

    The thing I remember most about the first time the Pens won the Stanley Cup.
    It was the very last time I got carded in a bar.
    I was almost double the legal age.