Man, my buddy Jim just one-ups himself with each successive episode of Yinz Luv Da Guins. I called him crazy when, at the beginning of the postseason, he promised to make a new show after EVERY playoff game. There's some serious determination in that one.
So the newest episode is, of course, one of the best yet. The show was done and published before Detroit clinched their Finals berth, but Jim had a feeling about the potential matchup, per se. At the end of the show, he put together an absolutely unreal montage of last season's Finals heartbreak and the trials and tribulations of the 08-09 season. And he perfectly set it to Muse's "Invincible."
I just got chills 4 times while typing that. And then another 2 times when I re-read. No joke.
The recap of the clincher against the Canes is nice and all, but stay for the montage at the end. REALLY makes you wanna see redemption for the Pens this season. I'm all about this Finals series being about 2009, and not what happened in 2008, but you'd be foolish to say that the agony of losing to this same team last year doesn't play a minor role in how you view the upcoming series.
I talk about our Penguins bar in Manhattan a bunch here, so you'll be pleased to know that we're officially overtaking the Mets/Yankees/Jets/Giants/Rangers/etc jerks that are oh so common in these parts.
Thanks to Cara for the pic, but also to Ian for supplying the flag. And mind you, this is just outside Herald Square, right across the street from the Empire State Building, so we're doing work pretty much in the heart of the city. I could probably throw something and hit Madison Square Garden from Foley's, so I'm sure the Rangers fans in that area are just tickled to see the Penguins' colors flying right nearby.
You knew it was coming. With word of the Penguins winning the East getting to the Far East, it was a foregone conclusion that China Jack would take notice. He pulled out the broom to show how much he enjoyed the Penguins' sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes.
With Jack on our side, the team has a higher ceiling than ever. Word on the street is that the Wings and Blackhawks are searching other Asian countries for their own good luck charm.
But Jack is the original. Cheers to Jack's toast, and CHEERS PENGRINS!
Sent in by Allison, this is Wilkes Barre/Scranton Baby Penguin Connor James holding, well, a small pony head on a stick. This is the closest I'll ever get to an actual Pittsburgh Penguin with a miniature horse, so yay for that I guess.
At least I think that's a clarinet. My entire musical endeavors involved the plastic recorder in like 2nd and 3rd grades, and like a minute of piano lessons which I immediately gave up about a year or two later. So don't trust my judgment on which instrument is which.
But who cares about that. All I see/hear is the Penguins theme song, righteously played on some thing. Too bad this isn't longer...that's my only critique.
Big Ben is so unstoppable that he would've had this thing solved in like a minute. That is, unless the concussion symptoms showed up right before he made his attempt.
There's really not much I can add to a video of a guy solving a Rubik's Cube. I mean...I could give tips on some sick song this guy could've put in the background, but that's another story. So instead, I'm going to point out a seemingly insignificant part of this vid that really made me smile.
Right in the credits, the Cube-solver gives thanks to anyone who watches his feat. Immediately after the thank yous are given, he appropriately throws out a GO PENS! remark. And this is the stuff I live for.
At our Penguins bar in Manhattan, we recently had a wee bit of trouble with a belligerent Pittsburgh fan. Nothing major...just not the stuff you're used to expecting from someone rooting for the same teams as you. This dude came to his first game with us late in the Washington series...as we've been getting greater numbers of "new" fans showing up as we advance deeper into the playoffs.
Dude was wearing a Steelers hat, and stuck around after the game to hang with some of the "regulars"...those of us that have been watching Pens games together since last season. He made a remark to my friend Heather that he wouldn't mind if the Pens went 0-82 as long as the Steelers won the Super Bowl. Then he facewashed Heather.
He's not allowed back.
This video shows how Pittsburgh fans are SUPPOSED to react to the local teams. Here we have a guy making a video with the Steelers as the main subject. However, he realizes that we're way into Penguins season, so a shoutout to continued success in the current Stanley Cup run for the Pens is the classy way to go.
The Steelers are great and all, but if you're a Pittsburgher, and your mind isn't primarily on the Pens right now, then I think you need to get yourself checked out. Or at least don't make snide-ass comments about the Pens when you're in a Penguins bar after a Penguins playoff game amidst plenty of Penguins fans.
Whatever...just wanted to point out how sick this Cube-solver is for giving love to the Pens. And to ridicule the ignorant "Penguins fan" that rudely entered our bar and acted like he owned the place.