littlemoonboot wrote:People can call the playoff punching bag history whatever they like, but they certainly had a rivalry relationship between 08-10 before OV started sucking, and it has diminished since.
It's also not the same because Semin and Bruce are gone, two people with their "Crosby problems" and Bruce with his butthurt remarks and penguin slapping commercials. Who really hates Adam Oates? And Backstrom is a nice guy. Jay Beagle is just that guy Asham put to sleep.
The Penguins are public enemy #1 in DC among their fans. That won't change. Seems to me Pens fans kind of shrug that off or almost even feel sympathy for their train wreck situation right now (save for a few Ovechkin jokes sprinkled around.)
I agree with this.
I also find that, while I'm a very empathic and sympathetic person overall, I struggle to find sympathy for the segment of Caps' fans who apparently never saw this coming. Maybe that makes me a bad person, or maybe just a fan who enjoys seeing them learning a lesson through comeuppance. I know some knowledgeable Caps' fans (there are some!) who absolutely saw this day coming closer and closer with every boneheaded roster and coaching move GMGM made and started lining their doomsday bunkers with printouts of Teddy's blog when Varlamov was traded. They see the Caps have become all about a brand--not a hockey team--now.
I've warned some arrogant and hubris-filled young Pens fans I know to enjoy this time and use the freedom and peace of mind that success brings to really learn the game and become knowledgeable stakeholders of the franchise. Even with the stable ownership we're blessed to have now, you never know how players, economics, and CBAs shake out going forward. Being a Pens fan now entitles you to zilch in the future. I learned this having fully experienced 4 Super Bowl and the 1979 World Series wins before I turned 12 (and walking, barefoot and in a blizzard, 10 miles to school
Don't get the wrong idea: I'm still an absolute blast at parties.