January 05, 2018
By: Gwen Begley
Well Lehigh Valley, if you know me or follow me on twitter, its pretty darn obvious that I am a raging Pittsburgh Penguins fan. A lot of people have written me off, called me names, but some have had the decency to ask why.
Yes, I was born and raised in Philadelphia, and yes, I was a Flyers fan. This doesn’t mean I am no longer a Flyers fan completely, but it does mean that I now prefer the Penguins, whom I have also been a fan of since childhood.
Growing up, my dad worked closely with the Philadelphia Phillies and the Flyers. Before I was ten, he moved to Pittsburgh where he would then work closely with the Penguins until I was around eighteen. Now if you ask me, those are pretty impressionable ages. I was never taught to hate the Flyers, and I was never taught to hate the Penguins, therefore, I loved both!
Then came the year 2009 to about 2012 or ‘13. The Flyers went through a purge of all my favorite players and coaches. Mike Richards, Jeff Carter, Luca Sbisa, Joffrey Lupul, Martin Biron, Michael Leighton, Simon Gagne…just to name a few. I disagreed with nearly every decision the organization made, and as we all know, none of those decisions have worked out.
Meanwhile in Pittsburgh….we all know that 2005 was a HUGE year for that Penguins team. They may have finished dead last in the Eastern Conference in ‘04, but boy oh boy did they make it big after the lockout. Along came Sidney Crosby, and before you think that I only like the Penguins because of him, you’re wrong. I liked the Penguins before Crosby, then I LOVED the Penguins after him.
Whether you love him or you hate him (most hate him) there is no denying that he is the best player in the National Hockey League. There is simply no denying statistics when you have a guy that scores 1.327 points per game, only behind Bobby Orr, Mike Bossy, Mario Lemieux and the great one, Wayne Gretzky.
The Pens have had their ups and downs, but they’ve been a heck of a lot more consistent and loyal (to me) than the Flyers over the past ten years. I shouldn’t need a reason for being a Penguins fan, but there is my attempt at one.