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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 is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

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