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Pens' bandwagon growing

May 13, 2008 - Neil Rudel

OK, it's taken me this long, but I've creeped onto the Penguins' bandwagon.

I have a hockey background, having played on the streets of Westmont while growing up in the shadow of the Johnstown Jets and attending games, for $3.50 per ticket, at the War Memorial.

We usually played 3-on-3 -- a center, defenseman and goalie -- and Instead of skates, we wore hunting boots. The streets were glazed, and we piled up chunks of snow for goals. We'd check, of course, and the puck would glide and we'd carry the mail, as Mike Lange would say.

Now I only have a passing interest, but my kid likes to watch plus I need to know which players make the best posters for the latest Mirror series.

One thing I've noticed is how quickly the games move along, in part because commercials in hockey are minimal. This sport could be marketed way, way better, given that college basketball and football TV timeouts are five minutes long and dropped in several times per half. Not to mention the NFL seemingly breaking every other play.

Maybe that's why the NHL is on something called Versus.



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