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  • Pittsburgh Penguins Receive Stanley Cup Rings

    Just look at all that gold.

    Yes, that one ring could probably bail you out of your credit card debt.

    Well, congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins who received their Stanley Cup rings last night.

    From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

    The Penguins presented their championship rings in numerical order at a private dinner last night, which meant that captain Sidney Crosby had to wait and wait and wait for the serious bling that was to come. It was, of course, worth the time to place an ornament with the heft of a rock on his finger.

    Crosby showed off the white and yellow gold band decorated with 167 diamonds, which was enough ice to replicate the surface at Mellon Arena.

    “It’s a pretty nice ring,” Crosby said with classic understatement.

    Rings were made for 52 players, coaches, staff and executives, and most were presented in person at a dinner at LeMont Restaurant on Mount Washington. The ceremony was held three days before the Penguins begin defense of their title, which team officials hoped would mark the end of the celebration and get the players in the proper frame of mind to begin another title journey.

    Ironic that after four months on the ice, you get rewarded with more ice.

    (Thanks to James Mendez for that last line.)

    Go Pens!  The quest to defend the Cup begins Friday in Pittsburgh.


  • Penguins Dethrone Detroit, Raise Third Stanley Cup

    Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins

    In a frantic game 7, the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Detroit Red Wings and brought the Stanley Cup back to Pittsburgh.  Final score: 2-1.

    Sidney Crosby had to leave the second period with a yet undisclosed injury.  In the collision that took him from the ice, it appeared that he collapsed on Johan Franzen’s back.

    Evgeni Malkin  led the playoffs with 36 points and earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason MVP.

    Crosby became the youngest captain of a championship team at 21 years old.  He currently resides with Penguin co-owner and Stanley Cup champion Mario Lemieux.  Interviewed after the game, Lemieux said Crosby could stay with him as long as he wished.

    From the WTAE Pittsburgh:

    Detroit’s reign is over and the Pittsburgh Penguins are the Stanley Cup champions for the first time since 1992 after winning a thrilling Game 7 in the Red Wings’ house.

    After falling behind 2-0 and 3-2 in the series, the Pens completed their championship comeback with a 2-1 victory in the decisive game of the Stanley Cup Final on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.

    Max Talbot scored twice in the second period to give the Pens a 2-0 lead.

    Pittsburgh played much of the second period without captain Sidney Crosby, who was checked by Johan Franzen as they chased a loose puck in the neutral zone, landed on Franzen’s back and appeared to injure his midsection or left leg.

    The action went down to the last second, with Pittsburgh goalie Marc-Andre Fleury making two dynamic saves within the last 3 seconds to seal the victory.

    It did appear that Detroit fans were booing when it came time to award the Cup.  Tsk. Tsk.  Pittsburgh applauded Detroit last year.

    Pittsburgh succeeded in slowing down Detroit, forcing the Red Wings to play chess.

    It’s a miracle on ice.  Pittsburgh wins the Stanley Cup.


  • Pittsburgh Steelers Pick Up Biggest Ring Yet

    steelers-super-bowl-ring-2009The Pittsburgh Steelers picked up their Super Bowl LXIII rings last night, and this is the biggest ring yet.

    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has the story:

    The Steelers’ Super Bowl ring keeps getting bigger, and Joe Greene, who picked up his sixth last night, could not decide which he likes more.

    You have six kids, you love them all equally.

    “There is no best,” Greene said.

    The latest, which weighs in at 3.7 ounces and contains 63 diamonds that go 3.61 carats, is Greene’s and the Steelers’ biggest, by far, dwarfing their ring from Super Bowl XL.

    Counting all the diamonds, it was another whiteout night across town in Pittsburgh.

    “It is a beautiful ring,” said Greene, who earned four as a Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Steelers and two more as a scout. “Beautiful, beautiful ring.”

    Greene is one of five club employees who have earned six rings, including Dan Rooney and scout Bill Nunn. At one time, 22 players owned four Super Bowl rings, earned over six seasons in the 1970s.

    Gotta love “Mean” Joe Greene.  I do, and I’m glad he’s still a part of the franchise.

    Twenty-eight team members joined the “two ring” club.

    The ceremony was supposed to last until 11 p.m., but Ben Roethlisberger left first:

    Ben Roethlisberger was the first to emerge at 7:43 p.m., holding the large box with the large ring inside. He jumped into his Porsche and sped across town to Mellon Arena for the game.

    That was the Penguins game at the Igloo, Stanley Cup game six.  The Penguins topped Detroit 2-1 and have tied the series at 3-3.  Friday night is do or die for each team.

    As I write this, I’m wondering what I’ll be thinking six months from now as I look back on this post.  Two days hence, we’ll know who gets to keep the Stanley Cup for a year.  Six months down the road, and the Steelers will be well into the 2009 seasons, battling cold games in Pittsburgh.

    Let’s go Pens! Take the cup!

    And congratulations to the Steelers.