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Live from New York. Well, JFK airport, anyway.


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

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:

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:


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

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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