Wednesday, January 18, 2006

As if things couldn't get worse for the Penguins

While the Steelers are one win away from a Super Bowl appearance, and with no Neil O'Donnell to ruin for them should they get there, the other pro sports team playing in Pittsburgh has had a rough year.

Mario's been injured more often than he's been in the line-up, Sergei Gonchar has been perhaps the biggest disappointment of the free agent crop, Mark Recchi has failed to look like the player who was such a force prior to the lockout, Jocelyn Thibault has not lived up to their expectations as a solid #1 goalie and a mentor to Marc-Andre Fleury, Dick Tarnstrom looks like a shell of his former self, and the new coach is criticizing them at every turn. This will inevitably result in a mutiny. Bet on it.

The one bright spot, rookie sensation Sidney Crosby, has had to fight back criticism that he's a diver, a whiner, and a locker room cancer, all at the tender age of 18.

They've suffered yet another set back. Ziggy Palffy is retiring.

"I have agreed on all matters related to my retirement with the Pittsburgh management," Palffy told the Sport daily. "There is no point in suffering any longer."

It's a shame Pens fans don't have that same chute to pull to end their everlasting suffering.

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