The season has been put on hold, a lockout is in place, and exhibition games are being cancelled, but Sidney Crosby and teammates aren’t hanging out on “Flower’s” couch, gamin’ hard on some Call of Duty. Instead, a group of ten to twenty Penguins have been meeting at the Southpointe Ice-o-Plex for their own preseason workouts.
They’ve been paying out of pocket for the rented surface, and are making the effort to self-evaluate their performance and progression. One leader will take the reigns on a given day and run the selected drill or scenario as a self-appointed coach. A number of the guys have also admitted to working out together outside these ‘players-only’ meetings. Recently amongst a group of 17 skaters were the likes of Crosby, Letang, Kunitz, Cooke, Neal, Kennedy, and Dupuis. They finished their session with a friendly scrimmage and left after two-plus hours of work.
Knowing the misery our boys’ endured following their self-destruction in the playoffs, I’d bet these pick-up practices will continue into the near future. It’s great being a Penguins fan and we’re lucky to have such a devoted organization, from top to bottom. I can tell ya now there are tons of guys clubbing for days on end, and feel like they are on vacation with the lockout in place. It goes for most sports, not just hockey, but Sid and the gang are in the minority. Hopefully we benefit from it once the season begins. Just keep in mind that every last guy on that ice has an overwhelming dedication to the game, not to mention GM Ray Shero, Mario, and Ron Burkle. That’s a whole lot more than most NHL franchises can account for; a group that Pirates’ Management and their blasphemous agenda should be identified with.
I’d have a hard time not being in that ‘majority’, and a million in the bank might drive me to a back-water alley in China, holed-up in a dumpster with a necrotic hangover and screaming, “Bangkok’s Got Me NOW”… Woah, good thing I’m writing this, bank account is still empty, dog asleep next to me, funny dream…
Yeah, far from original, I know. But damn, aren’t we lucky?!