therock48880 wrote:I never once read on lgw that Therrian was the problem. If you read my posts, I said I read it on LETSGOPENS.COM I came here simply for clarification, which I got and then wished the Pens luck next year. Yet, you continue to get mad and attack me.
If you ARE here on a purely fact seeking mission please be sure to relay the information you've learned back to your fellow Detroit fans there because from the visits I've made to LGW.com the b.s. about anything Pittsburgh there is more than just a little misinformed and flies fast and furious. Gracious winners of the Cup the majority of you are not. From your suggestions to boo Mario Lemieux, to the mass exodus of players leaving our team, to the constant bashing of Therrien as a major jagoff and terrible coach, and not to forget the demeaning criticism of all Penguin fans as fair-weathered and least informed in the league...just to name a few.
Trying to reply to any of these unfair accusations on your site I've realized is a lost cause since the lack of respect for outside posters there (especially Pens fans) is ugly at best.
So to clear up some of these issues in case they haven't been already answered by above posts:
- Mario has done more for this city and team than any player/owner for any team in the history of the league arguably and he challenges even the Steeler greats for the most revered person in Pittsburgh sports history, which is saying something. He did everything humanely possible to try and keep the Pens here before finally admitting that there were no more options left, but to consider moving the team, and only then did the politicians finally get off their butts and work with him to keep the team here.
- The core group of Pens players are WELL INTACT even after losing Hossa to Detroit and Malone leaving, in case you didn't notice. What kind of hockey fan would not want to be building their team with Crosby, Malkin, Fleury, Staal, Orpik, and Whitney as the centerpieces to their franchise for the next 5-10 years??? There is no MASS EXODUS as others have clearly pointed out. You can make a case that Detroit is better off for the next season or two obviously, but try admitting that Pittsburgh isn't far behind them, and actually exceeds their outlook for the longterm future.
- Therrien may have come off as whiny to fans in Detroit in finals, but without even going into the endless "clutch and grab" debate that he was clearly fed up with, there is no denying how far he has advanced this team in the short two and a half seasons he's been here. Even with the pleasure of coaching superstars like Malkin and Crosby, he has done a masterful job of turning this team around in a short period of time with the help of our GM and getting this team to play to its full potential even with serious injuries to major players throughout the regular season at times. Criticizing him and the job he's done so far here is jeuvenile and shortsighted from both Pittsburgh and Detroit fans, just look at the facts.
- While it is probably pointless to try and defend Pittsburgh fans hockey knowledge compared to Detroit fans since the tradition in Detroit is clearly longer and deeper, the lack of respect in this area is still very annoying. Hopefully from your visits here you can start to get a true appreciation for how many knowledgable hockey fans there are in Pittsburgh nowadays and help dispel the silly bandwagon fan mentality that seems to permeate the majority of people on LGW.com. Judging fan hockey knowledge is tough to do no matter what criteria is used, but as everyone knows there are morons at both ends of the spectrum that cancel each other out. Just attending a Pens game in person here in Pittsburgh though I think would be enough to convince you of the rabid following this team has here now and just how knowledgable the fans are here. The games are truly electric nowadays most of the time and unquestionably moreso come playoff time. Not sure the same could be said for Joe Louis, as hard as that may be for you to admit. Even your own Detroit reporter was impressed by the atmosphere in The Igloo (even though you may have ridden her out of town by now for her opinion when she stated it). Detroit fans I think may be a tad spoiled by their hockey success over the past 10-15 years which is understandable, and I do not doubt their knowledge of the game has diminished in that time, but at the same time Pens fans need to start being given the respect they deserve too and who knows, perhaps shortly down the road we will become spoiled in a similar manner, much like after our 2 Cup win in the early '90s. It happens.