Rejoice Pittsburgh readers, I'm back and I'm better than ever. And after having left, it seems not much has changed since. It's time to shake things up.
Every time some big story makes the rounds, you'll find at least 10 different articles on the story and most of them share the same points of view. So what's the point of reading them? It's regurgitated garbage and quite frankly completely worthless. Now that's not to insult my co-writers...or is it?
Case in point, the Sidney Crosby situation. He has been sidelined with a concussion since January, forcing him to miss the remainder of the 2010-11 season and putting into question if he'll be ready for the start of the upcoming season.
Rumors have swirled. A couple hundred articles have been written. Most fall in one of three categories: 1) pointless updates that shed no light onto the situation; 2) articles making a case why he should retire; and 3) articles stating what should/will happen in Crosby's absence.
Look, the fact is, no one knows when he will be back. Crosby doesn't even know. All the updates and speculation are pointless and a waste of everyone's time.
What can be taken away from all of this is that going off of similar scenarios, concussion recovery has generally been 9-10 months for sports players that have lingering effects as Crosby has. Does that mean he'll be back by October? No. He's the best player in the world, precaution will be taken.
It's a pretty safe bet to assume however that he will be back at some point this season. Whether that is in October or in March, he'll be back this season.
There's one very important point in all of this: The Penguins don't need Crosby to make the playoffs; they need Crosby to win the Stanley Cup.
As long as Crosby is back by the playoffs (again, most likely he will be) the Pens will be fine. Crosby has missed time before and the Pens were no worse off.
The Penguins have a deep roster and when not completely hampered by injuries like last season, they are among the elite teams in the league. With the safe assumption that injuries will not amount to such drastic proportions, there's no reason to worry if you are a Penguins fan.
All this worrying does is make you forget that the Pens have a star-filled lineup and are a great team, from top to bottom, including ownership and management. Pittsburghers are spoiled, whether you realize it or not.
A few tips? Take a step back. Breathe. Let it sink in that your team is expected to be serious contenders for the Stanley Cup each year. That's a good thing.
Hockey season is about to return and now is the time to enjoy that and not worry about situations which you cannot resolve yourself or find concrete answers to.
Oh and did I mention to hold you over 'til then there's a team that plays not too far away in Heinz Field called the Steelers? Their season is kicking off (no pun intended) with a bang against the Ravens on September 11th.
Soon it will be October and "Let's Go Pens" chants will echo throughout Consol Energy Center for a second season and a very talented and experienced team will be competing night-in and night-out with fast-paced, high-octane and intense hockey for sport's ultimate prize: The Stanley Cup.