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City of Champions...once again...

Posted on: June 13, 2009 4:36 am
Originally I had no intentions of turning the television to that channel, last time I did, well, it didn’t end the way I would have liked it.  So last night I didn’t want to jinx them…but couldn’t resist the pull, the urge and here it was on NBC.  A little after 10:30 pm, I was on the edge of the couch, with six seconds to go, listening to the announcers discussing about the game maybe coming down to a face off. 

Then, there it was.  A great save by Marc-Andre Fleury and the Penguins would soon be hoisting the cup.  Through the game, they were giving credit to Crosby and Malkin but in the end, it was a team sport with a goal tender who struggled the last time he was in Detroit, shining through. 

So at the end, I found myself doing the same thing I did when the Steelers won the Superbowl in February.  Jumping up and down and screaming with excitement and crying…literally, tears streaming down my face.  This astounded my husband…he already knew I cried during football season, now I’m crying at hockey. 

While they were still showing the Cup being passed around, my daughter comes out and asks if we won the Powerball.  I told her no, almost as good though.  She knew I got excited at football, but she never saw me watch a hockey game.  She asked why I cared…I said, because they’re from Pittsburgh and I cheer on Pittsburgh teams.  “But you don’t live in Pittsburgh anymore”…to which I responded, I’ll always be a Pittsburgh girl at heart. 

So when it comes to hockey, don’t get me wrong, I know a little bit about it, but this is one sport that if someone would call me a homer, I’d agree whole heartedly that I was.  Ask me throughout the years, who I pull for, it would be the Penguins, win or lose.  No, they don’t inspire the same passion in me that the Steelers do, but I would never denounce them, either. 

It’s not that I’m clueless about the game, I would watch time from time before the strike, but somehow, when that happened it was a shrug of the shoulders and went on with my life.  Yep, I know what a power play is, I know what checking, high sticking and even what a face off is.  I kind of have an idea what icing is, but to be honest, the hat trick still baffles me. 

Last night what I knew about hockey didn’t matter.  I was watching a game, in hopes that a repeat of last year wouldn’t occur.  After all, this time last year, it was the Penguins skating off the ice in Pittsburgh while the Redwings were hoisting the Cup.  And for six seconds, a game that I watched with some interest, but little passion, had me on the edge of my seat.  It would not be Crosby or Malkin that would shine that night, but Talbot and Fleury.

So my daughter looked at me as I tried to explain with this look of “so?” on her face.  She didn’t understand the feeling of pride that went through Pittsburgh when not only the Steelers won the Superbowl, but the Pirates won the pennant the same year.  She wouldn’t, she wasn’t even a gleam in her fathers eye at that time.  What it was like to hear the city that you love was referred nationwide as the City of Champions.  Nor would she understand the excitement when the Penguins, with Lemieux and Jaggr at the helm when they tried for a three-peat in the 90s. 

She wouldn’t understand how storied this Penguins franchise will become in the future.  That a team, which was on the verge of being uprooted was purchased by a former Penguins Stanley Cup winner and other fans who did it to keep the team in Pittsburgh.  Or how that former player, battled his own adversities with cancer, to comeback and be considered one of the greatest NHL players in recent history, would turn the team around through his ownership and help them win the cup, despite a shake up in the team this year.

Guess if she did understand, she wouldn’t have shaken her head in bewilderment, when, towards the end of the celebration, the arena erupted into cheers and the cameras showed Mario Lemieux  hoisting the Cup over his head and there I was, tears flowing freely, clapping at the television because the moment I was waiting for finally arrived.

Last night, and for a little while, the City of Pittsburgh will be celebrating.  The second time they'll be welcoming sports champions home.  Make no mistake, Pittsburgh is the city of Champions.  The Steelers Superbowl win, being the first franchise to win six rings in the Superbowl era NFL...and now, welcoming back the 2009 Stanley Cup winners, with a two time former Cup winner coming back with them, very much a part of that team even though he's hung up his skates. 

For me, again, I might not be a part of the celebrations, but my spirit will be with them.  And my heart...well, you can take the girl out of the city, but you can't take the city out of her heart...nor can you take out the teams that represents...the City of Champions. 

Congratulations to the Penguins, 2009 Stanley Cup Winners.


Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: June 18, 2009 5:57 pm

City of Champions...once again...

Another interesting tidbit.....Pittsburgh is the first city to hold the Lombardy and Stanley cup trophies at the same time

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2009 11:44 am

City of Champions...once again...

How cool is that though Steelhat...

The Bears have won the Caulder Cup more then any other team in the AHL.  Thats pretty cool.  (Google is a wonderful tool). 

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: June 16, 2009 11:43 am

City of Champions...once again...

Well...I'm not a winner...but as a fan of the teams (yes even a homer fan)...I can say that "my" teams are (now if we can kickstart the Pirates).

Not sure about your question though...were you a fan before they won ... or....just hopping on the bandwagon?  Tongue out

Since: Feb 2, 2007
Posted on: June 14, 2009 7:37 am

City of Champions...once again...

You nailed it again Mom. Captured the moment with all the periphery. Just an aside, on the same night, the Calder Cup was brought back to Pa. for a record 10th time by the Hershey Bears.

Since: Jan 6, 2009
Posted on: June 13, 2009 4:03 pm

City of Champions...once again...

mom! Since I was born in Pittsburgh, does that make me a partial winner also. Tongue out Congrats to the Penguins!

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: June 13, 2009 2:13 pm

City of Champions...once again...

MM...looking forward to the pickem season myself (so is my

The Wings played great last night and by the 3d period, they kept the Pens on defense, controlling the puck most of that period.  It was a great game and a great series...the Wings proved over and over why they were defending Champions.  Definitely made it exciting...even for non-hockey fans.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: June 13, 2009 11:38 am

City of Champions...once again...

Even though I am an avid Wings fan, I definitely appreciated the extent of Fleury's performance in Game 7.  Congrats on the win, and good play from everyone but Malkin (can't stand him and the favors the league gave him).  But I won't get into that.

Hope to do some football pickem with you again this year!


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