ABOVE: "P.B.& G.photographer, Dave Navis, was able to sneak in to snap these top-secret photos of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland. This massive machine uses 14 trillion electron volts of power to collide protons and hopefully (?) replicate the "Big Bang". Coincidentally, that is almost as much energy as the t.v.'s in Pittsburgh will use on Friday night for the Stanley Cup final.
A couple months ago, right after Pitt lost to Villanova in the NCAA basketball tournament, I wrote a column that delved into the combined championship records for all Pittsburgh teams. Since we are on the verge of a very significant game in the history of Pittsburgh sports, I thought it would be apropos to reprise the portion of that story that dealt with the actual championship game records....
As the players mob Dupuis, the grim reality will hit the 20,000 assembled fans in "Hockeytown". They 're going to have to watch Sidney Crosby parade around "The Joe" with THEIR Stanley Cup. For Marian Hossa, he will have completed a thoroughly-miserable playoff finals with no goals. He will also go down in the hockey annals as the guy who missed out on two consecutive Stanley Cups with two different teams.
RIGHT: We'll once again hear that memorable ditty composed by Mike Lange: "Lord Stanley, Lord Stanley, GIVE ME YOUR BRANDY" (and Iron City, Coors Light, Jaeger Bombs, etc.
Oh, one last thing. The parade is going to rival the most recent Steeler parade in attendance. Fans will close the Parkway trying to get to the airport tonight. Brace yourselves Pittsburgh, this is going to be a championship we won't soon forget. Oh, and you Pitt students, no couch-burnings! This is Pittsburgh. We don't have to have a riot to celebrate another championship!!!
ABOVE: This is a WVU vintage couch-burning, however, Pitt couches seem to burn the same way. Let's keep those couches stashed in those frat houses!