One of my favorite things about the sports world is how it brings communities together. No city is a better example of that than Pittsburgh. I love watching how the Penguins are supporting the Pirates in their playoff run this season. From playing baseball on ice after practice to raising the Jolly Roger in Consol Energy Center after this weekend’s win, the city pride is palpable.
I don’t know much about baseball, and I’m not going to pretend to be a big Pirates fan, but you can’t help falling in love with the way the city of Pittsburgh is cheering as one right now.
But let’s hope they don’t get crazy with their celebrations. I’m convinced James Neal got his upper-body injury during that baseball game after practice last week. And that’s the last thing we need. It’s been nice to see other players stepping up in his absence, and it’s fun to see the abilities of younger players shining through — but I would like to have the Real Deal back in uniform soon.
It seems like Geno is working pretty well with whoever is on the ice with him so far. And so long as we keep getting the puck to Crosby and Kobasew, I’ll feel pretty good about our goal-scoring opportunities. Here’s hoping they can turn this into a bit of streak…
Next game is Tuesday against the Hurricanes. I’m looking forward to it because my sister lives in Raleigh and fancies herself a ‘Canes fan now. It’s funny how distorted peoples’ minds get when they move down south. I won’t hold it against her though. At least she’s paying a little more attention to the greatest game in the world. We’ll also get to see the Staals in action, which is always entertaining. Is the Staal Brothers drinking game still fun these days? The answer is always yes.