In Defense of the Penguins

Yesterday I wrote a post about my goofy reasons for rooting for the Wings, now in the interest of balanced coverage, I present three goofy reasons to cheer for the Pens.

1. I discovered Evgeni Malkin.

Remember how the first time you fell in love you felt like you INVENTED falling in love? That’s how Evgeni Malkin’s playing makes me feel; like I INVENTED sitting on the couch being dazzled by hockey. I like his playing so much that I feel surely I am the first person in the world to have noticed his awesomeness. This happened twice to me this year; first with Vincent Lecavalier, and then with Evgeni Malkin. These guys are so riveting on the ice that the mere act of watching them play has filled me with a sense of ownership as a fan.

When you are a brand new hockey fan, and your new obsession involves absolute immersion in the hockey blogosphere and media, you spend a lot of time trying to “catch-up”. This is, of course, a futile experience. I’ll never catch up with those of you who have been watching hockey all your lives. When you spend all your time feeling a few steps behind, it’s extra fun to feel like you’ve “discovered” a player all by yourself, without outside influence. I know a lot of you have been watching hockey for quite some time, and you think you know more than me (and most of the time I am happy to agree with that assessment), but I’m proud to inform you, I INVENTED loving Evgeni Malkin. You can thank me for paving the way. Heh.

2. Talbot and Iceburgh locked in a loving embrace.

I have found no reason not to love Maxime Talbot. In fact, the more I investigate him, the more I find to love. Take this picture for example:

Maxime Talbot and Iceburgh INVENTED having fun.

I want to see a lot more adorable player-on-mascot action. As far as I know, the Detroit Red Wings don’t have anyone anywhere near as fun as Talbot on their roster, and the closest thing they have to a mascot is a dead, rotting octopus. Major advantage to Pittsburgh in this category.

3. The Pensblog

You really can’t argue with The Pensblog (well, you can, but it’s not advisable). Usually hilarious, often ridiculous, and occasionally truly offensive, The Pensblog (along with IPB) is paving the way for fan generated, reader interactive, sports blogging. I love how they don’t try to be something they’re not, and they make no apologies for what they are. Day in and day out, The Pensblog is chugging away, providing us with such gems as Law & Order: Pensblog Unit- Fluery vs. Conklin. When accused (rightly so, IMO) of being too cavalier with terms like “gay” and “homo”, they brought us Pensblog Charlie, one of the most important hockey figures of our time. You might not enjoy their tone, but you’re the fool if you can’t respect their consistency and clarity of message. I so enjoy Pensblog that I consider them a perfectly good reason to cheer for the Pens.

13 Responses to “In Defense of the Penguins”


  1. 1 jonhoepfinger May 22, 2008 at 3:40 pm

    Kate, you need the equivalent of Pensblog charlie, on the Caboose.

  2. 2 Heather B. May 22, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Jon, Blobby doesn’t count?

  3. 3 Amanda May 22, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    Ha – I love the Pensblog! The Pshops are brilliant by themselves, and what Buffalo fan can’t appreciate WWGRD?

    I hope that person in the Iceburg costume is a chick, cuz if it’s a guy that picture’s a little more disturbing… hee.

  4. 4 Jonathan May 22, 2008 at 5:23 pm

    I thought about blobby, but mentioning him, might make him come back. And really Kate doesn’t need blobby in her life.

  5. 5 alix May 22, 2008 at 5:59 pm

    Holy crap. That picture is ADORABLE!

  6. 6 amy May 22, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    That photo with Talbot and Iceburgh is so ridiculously awesome.

  7. 7 Chaz May 22, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    That image of Talbot and Iceburgh is now burned in my brain. I vow to smile non-stop until Monday.

    Thanks Kate!!!

  8. 8 Pookie May 22, 2008 at 8:28 pm

    I so enjoy Pensblog that I consider them a perfectly good reason to cheer for the Pens.

    Amen to that! Also, thank you for inventing loving Malkin, because I’ve definitely benefited from being able to love him, too! If not for your trailblazing ways, I’d be stuck loving Sid alone. That would suck.

  9. 9 Schnookie May 22, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Katebits, Katebits, Katebits, how many times do I have to tell you? Talbot and Iceburgh couldn’t have invented fun because Alex Ovechkin did. God. You are such an ignorant newbie fan — you will never catch up to my vast knowledge.

    Okay, you totally made up for that mistake by including IPB in there with your praise for Pensblog. Talk about being grouped with august company! :D

  10. 10 Katebits May 22, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Well, Sid is nothing to scoff at, Pookie.

    Dammit. I forgot about Ovechkin. Well, Talbot INVENTED being fun AND not annoying. How about that?

  11. 11 Shari May 22, 2008 at 10:35 pm

    Great picture Kate! I could see Goose giving Sabretooth a big ol bear hug! Their about the same height,aren’t they? I really miss the boys. Sigh. What made me even more emmotional was reading Daniellias post over on Sabre Kallisions. Beautiful post Dani.
    There is a restraining order on Blobby people! Do we really need to see the return of Katebits blobby bloodstained, pretty white snowboots that she stomped him with? Wow. Say that 3 times fast!

  12. 12 Anne May 23, 2008 at 10:05 am

    I’m pretty sure I’m the first person to ever love Ryan Malone. True story. Not even his own mother loved him before I did. It’s miraculous, really.

  13. 13 Schnookie May 23, 2008 at 10:14 am

    Well, Talbot INVENTED being fun AND not annoying. How about that?

    Okay, I’ll give you that.


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