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As a Penguins fan, I am used to being subjected to various comments regarding bandwagons, bankruptcy, and relocation.  I have few responses to most of it, largely because I don’t care. I am a Penguins fan and I am what I am.

The “Max Talbot  called Alex Ovechkin a name” story is so overplayed and remarked about at this point that I shouldn’t even chime in…….but I will. Sometimes, sloppy seconds (Too Soon?)…..ah nevermind.

Regardless of whatever was said, did ANYONE notice the timing of Talbot’s remarks? I couldn’t imagine a better time to push the long standing rivalry with Washington then right around the Winter Classic 2011 announcement.

Note to  current Caps Fans (longstanding fans can skip this part): The Penguins and the Capitals used to play in the same division together. The Patrick Division: NY Islanders, NY Ranger, NJ Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Historically one of the toughest divisions in the NHL.

A common remark about the Penguins is: Gary Bettman has a conspiracy to make sure the Penguins win every year.  (Has anyone checked the latest status on which division Washington plays in currently? 2 Stanley Cups in the division, neither of which belongs to the DC area.) The Southeast Division sported 2 winning records last season, somehow Atlanta managed to finish over .500 and frankly, that stuns me.

Actually, however, my issue is NOT with Caps fanbase. I have met a few Caps fans that defy the “bandwagon regime” and honestly, that’s pretty cool. My final visit to the Igloo was on my birthday this past season and I had to watch the Pens suffer another loss to the Caps. I met great Caps fans that night and shook their hands after congratulating them when their team won. I would be more concerned if someone actually admitted to being a Florida Panthers fan (please, they just don’t exist)

My exception is with Ted, and we all know who Ted is, don’t we?

It’s not so much that I have an issue with Big Ted being a fan of his investment, that detail is actually pretty cool but he’s no Mark Cuban

I find it completely fascinating that Ted will use social media to reach out to fans but rarely will respond to anyone who is not a Caps Cheerleader. I also find it funny how this part of his blog never reached his Twitter feed but everything else he does, manages to get tweeted?

The internet is a double edged sword, my friend…..I can only imagine this piece didn’t get shot out openly most likely because we all have better things to do in our collective days than having to sift through thousands of replies. I will certainly concede to that, I find it equally overwhelming.

That being said and if that is indeed the reasoning. why make such a post that you know for sure is going to get blasted? I am pretty sure your star asset has been called much worse than a feminine product on the ice. Lord knows, I’ve called him plenty worse and shockingly even defended his hit on Brian Campbell (worthy of a major, not a suspension…but that was just my opinion).

Whatever, my only response that I left as an “Unmoderated comment” to your blog was as follows:

Not to mention the Cup winning goal….after Dan Carcillo tried to beat him down in a previous series…

I would be “out of box” for not pointing out a certain “arrival” that was announced mid-season (thus making all sorts of comments about feminine hygiene incredibly relevant)

It’s called heart, and it’s a requirement in Pittsburgh….deal with it!

If that’s a tough thing to conceive, then allow me to direct you to the Stanley Cup Scoreboard, something about 3 – 0…..


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  1. Amber

    July 29, 2010 at 8:55 am

    Awesome post Brian! I tweeted the link for Ted’s Take and can’t believe how mature he was in his post. I’m sure we could find some very good evidence of his “superstar” antics on the ice.

  2. OneSmugPug

    July 29, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Heh, this was not a Metzer post and I have seen plenty of Ovechkin material, I could go for days about him, great talent edgy game, somewhat reckless

  3. OMGitsJen

    July 29, 2010 at 9:06 am

    People who don’t know how to conduct themselves in public shouldn’t be surprised when they get called out on it… and their bosses shouldn’t get upset since they should have tried to correct that behavior before it got to that point. What an embarrassment.

  4. bmetzer

    July 29, 2010 at 9:27 am

    This one is all on the Pug. Love it! Nice work Todd!

  5. Evilpens

    July 29, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I Put the Pens winning the SC as a response to OBESE & UGLY Ted

  6. OneSmugPug

    July 29, 2010 at 10:22 am

    I feel so bad that I left out “The Arrival” remarks…hence it’s now updated…..

  7. Skaboy107

    July 29, 2010 at 11:49 am

    Great work on this one. My DC friends love to call Syd, the Cry Baby. I inform them that he cries into his Stanley Cup and wipes the tears away with his gold medal. Ovenchicken just fades away.

    Looking forward to seeing the new barn.

  8. Stokes

    July 29, 2010 at 3:21 pm


    The last Caps/Pens game at the Igloo, my brother and I battled Ted through email, jobbing back and forth. it was fun and comical, but also surprising that he played along, considering we were ANYTHING but Caps cheerleaders. it was fun because were (supposedly) actually jobbing the owner of the Caps, but it was also comical because of the crap he was typing back to us.

  9. Walshy

    July 29, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    I just had a look at the blog by Ted, kinda funny he bothered…. Its also amazing how many people forget about the old Patrick division rivalry between the Caps and Pens. The old Stastny save that basically saved our first cup run….

    That is how far back it goes, bah we dont have bandwagoners…

  10. OneSmugPug

    July 29, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    @stokes through email is one thing, but taking it to an open forum. (Facebook, Twitter) …I’ve never seen him do it. I bet the emails were hysterical though.

  11. Stokes

    July 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    i understand what you’re saying, Pug. Yes, they were. his arrogance is off the charts.