Wednesday, May 26, 2010
On Our Soapbox: This Hossa Hate Has Got To Stop
So when we woke up yesterday morning, we had this article to read from Ron Cook. Penguins fans worst nightmare - Hossa and the Blackhawks vs. the Flyers.
Because we can think of a worse one. How about Flyers versus Red Wings? Or how about Canadiens versus the Canucks? Or oooh worse yet, the Capitals versus the Red Wings?
Those are worse.
Way, way worse than the Flyers versus Marian Hossa. What if Marian Hossa was a Flyer? Our careers as bloggers would be over.
That might have been the first time we have agreed wholeheartedly with Ron Cook. He makes some good points in the article.
There is a hatred between the fans and the players that might be the worst in sports.
When the Flyers and Penguins faced off in the playoffs last season, we thought that each city was going to explode.
We will never like the Flyers and we will never like their fans. (Except for like the three that we know who are awesome and we like them despite that flaw in their personality.)
You know a rivalry is bad when even the players hate each other. Penguins/Flyers games at Mellon Arena were ridiculous, raucous affairs where fans would beat each other up and players would just attack each other.
No self-respecting Penguins fan would root for the Flyers. And there are Penguins "fans" somewhere who are going all the way for the Flyers.
Well, Marian Hossa.
Oh, you mean the RENTAL Marian Hossa, the man that was supposed to be in Pittsburgh to HELP THEM WIN THE CUP? Not STAY WITH US FOREVER AND EVER OMGZ!
Because who did we trade for him? If you can't name who off the top of your head immediately then GTFO.
Yeah, he picked the Red Wings over the Penguins. Honestly, that stung. But he didn't owe us anything, he wasn't promised to us like an arranged marriage. He could leave if he wanted to.
And guess what? He got his. He lost the Cup AGAIN. He chose the wrong team. Well, that sucks. This is his third time in the Finals and we're rooting for him to win it.
Here's our issue with these "fans" way of thinking. If Hossa signed with the Penguins then where would the team be? There would be no Brooks Orpik as a Penguin. Fleury would not have been signed to an extension. Jordan Staal would be a Maple Leaf.
So as dedicated Penguins fans, we'll take a minor slight from a top-six forward to keep the players that will let us win a Cup.
Get over it. This isn't a grudge to keep. This is ridiculous.
Granted, Noodles has a huge influence in this blog and she loves the Hawks and Marian Hossa. But this is coming from all of us. We are disappointed in the thinking of other fans.
We thought that Pens fans were better than rooting for a cross-state rival because of one man.
Now it's your turn, what do you think? How do you feel about this whether you're a Pens fan or not?
We want to know.
And this is what LeTude had to say about this whole thing:
P.S. if you're a Pens fan, and are seriously rooting for the Flyers, you're not a Pens fan. Don't blame it on having a grudge for Hossa. Don't blame it on the Hawks personal lives. Grow up and get over it. Hossa is one man who was in Pittsburgh for 3 months. 21 year old boys will be 21 year old boys.
The Flyers have always been and will always be the Penguins most hated rivalry, no offense to Flyer's fans, we know you feel the same way :) Honestly just because we share a state doesn't mean we share teams. Get your minds right or get the fuck out.