I’m trying to like the Penguins. I really am. I feel guilty, because absolutely everybody everywhere says that
So I’ve been trying to catch Penguins games when I can, I’ve been trying to pay attention to them when they turn up in the news and whatnot. I’ve even been deliberately trying to watch them with an uncritical eye. Most other teams I just watch and whatever strikes me, strikes me- bad, good, weird, whatever. But with the Penguins, God help me, I’ve been trying to find thinks to love, or at least things to respect.
Here’s what I’ve come up with:
However, even the might of The Savior doesn’t make
Okay, forget the numbers. Let’s say the numbers are lying, the true glamour of the Penguins is something qualitative, not quantitative. After all, they make for some great highlight reel footage, right? I mean, virtually every game they play, even when they get their asses whooped overall, there’s at least one pretty stylish goal, yeah? And hey, I’m a style junkie, so I should definitely be able to get a fix off a Penguins game. But the problem is, when
Yet, in spite of all this, in spite of their unimpressive record and very inconsistent play, the commentators act as if
The best the Penguins have to offer will always and inevitably end up in the highlight clips, therefore, there’s no reason to watch the actual games. Everything between the money shots is filler. The really worthwhile teams- the ones who might actually save hockey, if you're one of those who believes that hockey needs salvation- are the ones that manage to make their whole game gorgeous, or at least shot through with threads of beauty or brutality or kink or craziness or grace. I fell for hockey over a nearly random play that I caught on a television I was barely even paying attention to, which is another story for another time, but the point was that the team I was watching was capable of making even the most ordinary bits of the game into something amazing. The Penguins, as a group, just can’t do that. I hope some day they can, I believe it is probably within their ability (yes, even without the venerable