Oy. Hockey and politics just never mix. Over in Pittsburgh, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl wanted to hang up some banners featuring giant pictures of Sidney Crosby and goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. For whatever reason, the city council didn’t like the idea and now there won’t be any banners. Maybe the council figured sending Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to Detroit was enough good mojo.
Speaking of the Penguins, USA Today has a nice piece on lifelong Penguins fan Ryan Malone, whose father played for the Penguins in the late 70s/early 80s. For all the talk about Sidney Crosby, it’s been interesting to see how many other Penguins, like Malone (and Jordan Staal, Pascal Dupuis, etc.) have stepped up to propel Pittsburgh into the playoffs. Kevin Allen reminds us to remember Colby Armstrong and Erik Christensen, two Penguins who were traded to Atlanta for Marian Hossa and Dupuis. It can’t be fun to be traded away from a team going to the finals.
Also, Adrian Dater reports playoff ratings are up, which is always nice. It’s also a good sign for the playoffs. Hopefully, the Lakers won’t make it into the NBA finals. Then hockey will really have a chance to shine.