A Call To Fair Weather Penguin Fans

David MatuszakContributor IOctober 2, 2009

PITTSBURGH - MAY 21: Penguin fans arrive for the game between the Carolina Hurricanes and the Pittsburgh Penguins prior to Game Two of the Eastern Conference Championship Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Mellon Arena on May 21, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Good day all of you fair weather Penguin fans. As you may know, the NHL season is officially under way. You have had all summer to bask in the glory of a Stanley Cup victory with the rest of the Penguin loyal. Now, however is your time my friends.

It is time to drop that heavy burden and that ugly title that follows you around from day to day and shines brightly come April when the playoffs are just around the corner. I invite you now to come out of that shell; dawn that jersey that is folded up in the drawer, and come join us for what is looking like an exciting season of Pittsburgh Penguin Hockey.

"But the Steelers are still playing, and college football is having a season like you would never believe, and better yet baseball is about to go into post-season."

Well my friends, life is unfair but to consider yourself a true fan of any team, whatever else is going on at the time doesn't matter. The only thing that needs to matter for those few solemn hours is that game.

"But they're playing on the same day as another sport and my favorite team in that sport is playing as well."

Wow, the excuses keep pouring in, don't they? Well, put a t-shirt of one team on first and put the jersey of the other on top of that, my friends, because the world of sports waits for no man, woman, or child.

Use that "last" button on your remote, and keep going back and forth. If one looks like an exciting game then brush the dust off that radio and turn up the volume.

So stop with the excuses all of you fair weather Penguin fans and join us, the true fans of Penguin Hockey. Join us for the wins and the losses through hell and high water, the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.

It is in your hands. You are the only one who can shed that rookie title of "fair weather fan." What will you do?