This is a big week in Pittsburgh Sports.
Tonight, our beloved Buccos take on the Chicago Cubs in a single elimination wild card game. I've never really been a baseball fan before, but man this team is making a strong argument. Everywhere I've been this morning, folks are wearing Pirates caps and jerseys and talking about the game. The whole city is involved. It's exciting. I kind of wish I was going tonight. I want to be there, to drink in the excitement of it all, to savior the situations that will make up the final outcome. Alas, youth group. But still...this city has caught the fever big time, and I'm pumped!
And then, while I might just be in the minority on this one in our fair city, I'm even more excited for tomorrow night's affair, when the Pittsburgh Penguins will kick off their season against the Dallas Stars. I. Love. Hockey. After a weekend of baby showers, my wife and I noticed that we had received enough Penguins related apparel to keep the boys decked out in black and gold for a week without having to do laundry. I live and die with the Penguins, to the point that there is a noticeable shift in my mood whether they win or loose. Even though I have to be up early on Friday, and even though there's a lot going on, and even though it's a Western Conference late starting game, you can bet that I'll hang in there through 3 full periods of play to see if Phil! is really all he's been promised to be.
Sports are a funny thing. My friend Matt doesn't get it. He wonders why we invest so much time and effort and energy and money into watching millionaires beat the snot out of each other for an hour. And on a certain level he's right. But on another level, sports are something to belong to. These clubs (and the Steelers too I suppose) are my clubs. I want to be a part of their successes, and I want to scrutinize their failings. They are a welcome distraction from the homework and readings and other things that are happening at school and work right now. They are a sense of calm and a source of stress all at the same time.
So what are my predictions? I think the Bucs take it tonight. I know Chicago has a good pitcher, but he's just one man. He can be beaten. And also for that matter, if the Bucs win tonight I think they win the world series. Just saying.
The Pens? I'm praying against all hope that Sid and Phil! get their mojo on right away, because if they do the Penguins win this game 83-0.
Happy sports everyone!