Penguins Savior

Our Savior

I wasn’t going to talk about this because I thought it was a ridiculous topic to discuss. But since it IS Penguins news (there’s not much of it in August) and since it’s such a hot topic among newspapers, other than the Tribune and among fans as well, that I thought ‘why not’. 

If you haven’t heard yet, there’s some Penguins fans that are actually mad at Mario Lemieux for tricking fans that the Pens were going to leave Pittsburgh and making money for basically just himself.

Now when Lemieux came out and said that leaving Pittsburgh “wasn’t a possibility” was probably a mistake on his part by stating that. For the last few years, every Pens fan, including me, constantly worried about the Pens possibly leaving Pittsburgh for Kansas City or Las Vegas. So to come out and say leaving Pittsburgh was never going to happen is probably something he probably would want to take back.

But am I mad about it? No, not even close. Do I think it’s something to get mad about? No, not even close.

Let’s go over the obvious. Mario Lemieux has saved the Pens from leaving THREE TIMES. How many times in this day and age do you see that? How many times do you see the loyalty that Mario had for the Penguins? Exactly, not much. Other owners would’ve either given up or went to another city for the big bucks.

However, Mario knew how important the Pens were for not only Pittsburgh, but for hockey and the NHL in general. He saw the potential on how good the Pens could possibly be with all the high draft picks they were getting. He knew that the city of Pittsburgh would worship the great players such as Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin (and we have) like we did for him (and we did).

So what did he do? He made sure the Penguins would stay at home in Pittsburgh for at least 30 more years…Super Mario has done it again.

However, many supposed “Penguins fans”, threw that out the window and started to get a little miffed that Lemieux ‘played them’ and the government. It’s an unfortunate world we live but hey, in order to beat a politician, you have to be one. Like I said, it’s unfortunate, but it’s true. He decided to get every little penny, nickle and dime out of this situation and he did. Though like I said before he’s saved this franchise three times so I think he has a right to do that.

Another issue that some of the ‘Mario haters’ are spewing is that they’re upset about the casino that will be placed on the North Shore of Pittsburgh. What they don’t know is that the casino was going to built there anyways, so why complain about it? Well supposedly it’ll cause more crime which if you think a casino will cause more crime, you’re clueless. Add to the fact that the city of Pittsburgh will be MAKING money and not losing it with the casino and I don’t see what the fuss is all about.

“He knew how to strike at the heart of the fans and the city,” she said. “I think he really duped the people of Pittsburgh, and he’ll definitely get away with it because of who he is.”

Or maybe it was because he saved the Pens from leaving three times now? Or maybe it’s because the Pens will have a new state-of-the-art arena for fans, like you, to enjoy for the rest of your life? But hey, let’s complain because Mario got more money for himself and played hardball with the politicians. Little crazy right?

Bottom line is that the Penguins will remain in their home in Pittsburgh for a very, very long time (add a couple Stanley Cups in the coming years to boot). We’re beyond lucky to have Mario as the owner of our Penguins and some people I guess just need to realize that…and that’s sad.




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