Pittsburgh Penguins Fans: Proving a New Level of Fanaticism

Sterling EbyAnalyst IMay 8, 2009

PITTSBURGH - MAY 06:  Forward Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals celebrates a Capitals goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins during Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinal Round of the 2009 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Mellon Arena on May 6, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

Let's start this article off by saying there is a difference between a fan and a fanatic.

Fans are the group of people cheering for their team when it scores a touchdown or goal. Fans wear their team's colors through thick and thin.

What's a fanatic? A fanatic is the drunk guy that messes with Tie Domi and gets thrown in the penalty box to his own displeasure.

In sports, you can say there are a group of fanbases whose stadiums you already know you don't want to visit with the wrong colors. I would never want to go to Fenway Park wearing a New York Yankees hat. I would never go to a Phillies game wearing a Mets jersey. And now, I would never wear an Alexander Ovechkin shirt to Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh.

A kid in Pennsylvania was arrested for threatening Ovechkin's life. First off, the kid was 17 years old. The threat he said in an Internet message board said:

"I'm killing Ovechkin. I'll go to jail. I don't care anymore."

When Johnny Damon jumped ship from Boston to the New York Yankees, even Damon didn't receive death threats. Brett Favre went from Green Bay to New York, and I'm even sure he didn't receive death threats.

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It's dangerous enough with all the threats Ovechkin probably gets on the ice, not to mention he is getting threats while the other team has weapons in hand; however, a game is a game.

This article is picking fun at Penguins fans; don't take it too seriously...I don't wanna receive any death threats if my article hurt your feelings.