Life Is Great When You're a Pittsburgh Penguins Fan

Jon Fisher@@Jonfisher21Correspondent IIMarch 21, 2009

PITTSBURGH - MARCH 17: Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins skates around Tobias Enstrom #39 of the Atlanta Thrashers on March 17, 2009 at the Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Penguins defeated the Thrashers 6-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Can somebody please help me?  My brackets aren't going as well as I hoped.  Well, OK, the only screwups I have so far are Wake Forest and West Virginia (go figure).  Anyway, back to the main point of this article. 

I love sports, but most importantly I love the Pittsburgh PenguinsPittsburgh teams usually let you down.  The basketball Panthers let you down.  The football Panthers never win you anything (thanks to a 3-0 loss to Oregon State, no bowl win since 2004).  The Steelers and Penguins are the city's heart and soul (the Pirates don't even count, so don't get me started). 

I went to the game last night with my girlfriend and, man, was it fun.  We beat the Kings, 4-1. 

I love watching the Pittsburgh Penguins.  Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, newly acquired Bill Guerin and Chris Kunitz, Jordan Staal (I personally hate him, but his recent play is swaying my mind), and many more that fit the mold of a perfect team.  We have Fleury, who is easily one of the best goalies in the NHL.  Rob Scuderi and Mark Eaton as one of the best penalty killers in the league.  I could go on, but it could take a while. 

This article is about the Pittsburgh Penguins and how they will win the Stanley Cup this year.  Personally, I think the Cup this year will include the Pens and the hated Red Wings.  We are a better team than last year.  I know so because of this recent 11-0-2 run we're on.  Thanks to Disco Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero's new acquisitions, we are a better team with hope of a Stanley Cup. 

Oh yeah, just for the record:  I love our new coach.  Michel Therrien was a numskull who: A. Didn't know how to coach superstars.  B. Shuffled lines way too much which created less chemistry.  C. (Insert any critical remark you have against him, because I have too many).

This is the dawning of a new age.  The Penguins are destined for a championship one of these years.  We finally have grit and scoring, along with experience.  Kunitz won a championship with Anaheim.  Guerin is 36 and has been in the playoffs many times.  I used to think last year's team was better, but I don't think so anymore. 

Let's do some analyzing, shall we?  We don't have that underachiever Therrien (WAIT A SECOND.  This sounds like someone we once knew...BILL COHWER!)  The experience that we had last year didn't produce:  Roberts, Hall, Ruutu, etc.  We have instant chemistry with Kunitz, Guerin, Malkin, and Crosby.  On top of it all, we have a great coach and were hot at the right time.

I think I've made my point, don't ya think??  Besides the fact that we're statistically a better team, I honestly like this team better.  We have a lot more depth than last year.  We've got 11 guys with 10 or more goals.  Not even the Red Wings have that statistic. 

As I've said before, we are a better team than last year with more potential to do great things in the future.  Our minor league system is going strong and that will hopefully lead us to future championships as well. 

I'm going to leave you all with a statement.

Ovechkin is a cocky, arrogant, and pompous hockey player. 

Malkin is a non-selfish, exceptionally talented, and an unassuming player. One that deserves an MVP.

That's all that needs to be said.