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Happy 6.25% Day

Postby penny lane on Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:52 am

6.25% chance of the penguins winning the draft lottery in 2005. The opportunity to draft Sidney.
I remember it was a Friday afternoon... I remember walking saturday morning at north park; everybody busted out their penguin gear. local 1250 radio was still on the air and they talked about the ticket personnel staying till midnight or later. Season tickets from Australia ... winning the lottery was only a step towards becoming a legit hockey franchise. Sid ; his talents, skills, and determination to be the best, was the guy climbing up the mountain and dragging the team along.

As a penguin fan always remember the moment of JOY at the envelope opening on 7/22/05.



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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby Jim on Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:00 am

I do remember it... and the horribly long and boring televised lottery...
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby Hawkeynut on Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:23 am

Holy crap! 9 years ago!?!?

I'm getting old.
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby MalkinIsMyHomeboy on Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:28 am

Imagine if the Rags had gotten Sid...woof...
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby wondermoose on Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:36 am

I kissed two dudes in joy and celebration. 10/10, do not regret.
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby PensFanInDC on Tue Jul 22, 2014 10:59 am

I was walking into Montgomery Mall when I got a text from my brother that said "We got Sid" I turned to my then fiance and told her that Penguin hockey was about to get a lot better; that she would be able to experience what it's like to watch a world class talent play for your team for a long time.
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby pcm on Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:02 am

10 years is a long enough gap between superstars.

#TankforMcDavid2015
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby sjnhiils on Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:08 am

I was at Club Julian watching between sets and another guy and I were screaming when we got Crosby. People looked up from their bench presses and treadmills at us like we were nuts. Little did they know.
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby mikey287 on Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:13 am

Yeah, I remember sitting in my living room watching this...I was sitting there and as they were shaving down teams, I was thinking, "ok cool, we can get a really good player..." and then further, "ok, well, what if we got Crosby..." and then further and further until we got him...really terrific...it's been an absolute thrill and an honor to watch his entire career...
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby Lt. Dish on Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:16 am

Nine years?! Already?! And to think he was only 17. Imagine having the weight of an entire NHL franchise on your shoulders at 17.

I don't think I believed Sid was going to be a Pen until draft day, and even then, I was thinking, "OMG, don't Lindros us..." It was implausible to me that we could be struck with such fortune for a third time (I'm counting Jags).

Then Geno made his Great Escape the following summer...

We are the 6.25%! :wink:
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby no name on Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:24 am

I remember streaming this at work after work so i could watch it. Watched in the basement office with no one else around. Watching waiting, waiting, waiting think it got down to us and Amaheim and we won. I was about on the floor i was running around that room so excited. Got home and told my wife called my closest friends and we talked about it for a while. It was a great day to be a Pens fan.
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby sil on Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:33 am

I am the 6.25%
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby sjnhiils on Tue Jul 22, 2014 11:41 am

As bad as I felt in 2004 when we lost out on the number one pick, this certainly made up for it. We ended up with Malkin and Crosby instead of Ovechkin. It couldn't have worked out better.
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby canaan on Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:03 pm

I was working at Jays @ southpointe. there were like 6 people in there genuinely excited. man hugs were exchanged between myself and pensblog adam.
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby Mad City Mike on Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:08 pm

We were driving through La Crosse, WI from the south with our puppies. For some reason, I turned on some local sports radio station right before the end of the lottery. The news at the top of the hour said it was down to two--Pittsburgh and Anaheim. We were just pulling out of a parking lot to go up on the bluffs when they said the Penguins had won the lottery. We both screamed in joy. I have to say, the view from the top of the bluffs was made much more magnificent by what had just happened.

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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby Three Stars on Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:12 pm

I was on call in the ICU when I found out.
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby Mad City Mike on Tue Jul 22, 2014 12:15 pm

sjnhiils wrote:As bad as I felt in 2004 when we lost out on the number one pick, this certainly made up for it. We ended up with Malkin and Crosby instead of Ovechkin. It couldn't have worked out better.


Hey, we would have gotten Sasha Pokulok, too :lol: .
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby skullman80 on Tue Jul 22, 2014 1:53 pm

I was in Florida, was supposed to go the beach that day.. stayed inside and watched the drama unfold. Ordered season tickets the next day after doing student rush during the dark years.
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby FreeCandy44 on Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:04 pm

Wait a tic....

THERE WAS HOCKEY BEFORE 2005??!!!
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby sjnhiils on Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:09 pm

Mad City Mike wrote:
sjnhiils wrote:As bad as I felt in 2004 when we lost out on the number one pick, this certainly made up for it. We ended up with Malkin and Crosby instead of Ovechkin. It couldn't have worked out better.


Hey, we would have gotten Sasha Pokulok, too :lol: .

Maybe the Caps are cursed after all.
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby mikey287 on Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:19 pm

Sasha was a big man, that fell hard. Concussions derailed him, unfortunately.
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby sil on Tue Jul 22, 2014 2:46 pm

2004, 31st overall pick...Pittsburgh Penguins select...Johannes Salmonsson.

Spoiler:
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby Pitt87 on Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:06 pm

Don't kid yourself... it was 100% day:
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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby no name on Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:41 pm

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Re: Happy 6.25% Day

Postby Big Easy Pens Fan on Tue Jul 22, 2014 3:42 pm

As most of you know I'm from the Big Easy. There was virtually no live coverage in that part of the world of the hockey lottery at that time so when I got to work a friend, and the only other hockey fan who worked for the same place I did told me that the Pens had won the lottery and that meant, of course, Sid. I told him "you're kidding me right". He said no he wasn't kidding and that the Pens won the right to the top pick. Of course I know it meant Sid was going to be a Pen. Now I come up every year and watch my favorite team play because of this gift of fate. :fist: :D

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