Thinking back to "happier" times for myself, I went looking for the game thread from last year's SCF clinching game.
The Link posted here is to the Pensburgh game thread for last year's Stanley Cup clincher, June 4, 2008, the night the Red Wings won their 11th Stanley Cup, and, given the events of last Friday night, a lifetime, and then some away, now.
I'm sharing the link for a couple of reasons. Not only am I trying alleviate the hockey depression that's befallen me the past week (beyond checking out a few highlights, peeking at a couple of SBN blogs, and reading some of your fanposts, haven't really paid attention much to the post series goings on, as might be expected), but also, to highlight the incredible growth of Pensburgh over the past 12 months. If you look at that game thread, you'll see approximately 8 posters, including D.O. from Die by the Blade (Sabres), Mike @ MHH (Avalanche), Rangers fan cityhockeyfever, Seattle football guy SSReporters, and three Red Wings fans. Outside of a first minute cameo from a "Rather Dashing", Frank was the only primarily Pens fan in the building.
We got to 335 comments on the night, not a bad number for the number of people we had, and it was a lively enough, and above all polite time, which was part of the reason I came back and stuck around all this year....but the point I'm really trying to make here is perhaps best seen by taking a look at the game thread of game 7 of this year's SCF, or, really, for any of the game threads all along during the playoffs, where this Pittsburgh Penguins blog was amply represented by Pittsburgh Penguin fans.
It's more than slightly ironic that, as a Red Wings fan foremost, I can still say, in a crotchety old man's voice, that "I was here when...." Bottom line, though, having been witness to the growth of this website over the past year, here's a hearty congrats to Frank, and Hooks and JD and Lavender, and to all the rest of you crazy Pens fans....