So, amid the Penguins playoff hoopla and anticipation for Game 5 on Saturday night, did anybody run across this gem from Uncle Scottie Burnside of ESPN.com: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=5169892
I am actually sitting in a lounge at JFK airport with Uncle Scottie, and he cannot say if the Phoenix Coyotes would become the Winnipeg Jets upon a return to that cold Canadian city. I can only hope so, because the Winnipeg Coyotes doesn’t sound right or look proper.
Plus, if the Jets do make a comeback we might see this: http://www.icejerseys.com/images/vintage_collection/winnipeg_jets/away_jersey-1991_big.jpg
Just about the coolest sweater of any non-Original Six club, I’d say. What says yinz? Coolest sweater not worn by an O-6er: firstname.lastname@example.org
ON SECOND THOUGHT
I won’t take back every positive word I wrote about my Montreal experience, but the littering of the ice by Canadiens fans during Game 4 did leave a sour taste in my mouth.
Classless is the word that comes to mind.
I spoke to several members of the media far more familar with Montreal than I and, sadly, they shared stories of similar incidents during Canadines home games. Sigh. To me this is as shocking as finding out Brennan and Booth had actually kissed on their first case; sadder than seeing Diane leave Sam at the door after insisting she’d be back to Cheers in six months; and more disappointing than Venom in Spider-Man 3. (Clearly my pop cultural references are way too tied into TV and film. (“Is it possible, even conceivable, that you’ve confused me with that gang of backward children you play tricks on, that you have the same contempt for me as you have for them?”)
Anyway, before Penguins fans cast stones in the directions of Montreal’s hockey-mad citizens, keep in mind those Pittsburghers who booed the Canadian anthem before Game 3 of Round 1 in 2007.
Flight is boarding, gotta jet (pun intended).
–ROSSI, from New York