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Welcome to the circus. It is going to be a busy day, so settle in. We are going to be running a liveblog in addition to updating a post once the signings start.
In the liveblog we will have the Twitter feeds of all the major reporters in the NHL know, and EKLUND. Some of our blogging friends will stop by as well.
For comments please be aware that we can only moderate so many at a time, so don't get pissed. We'll be around all day so we will try our best to get everything approved and what not.
Kick the tires and light the fires:
As far as important off the ice days, today is about as big as they come. After this ends, nothing will be the same.
There are a lot of great Penguin blogs on the Internet. Over the summer we're asking some of those blogs to guest post over here. It's a great way to discover a new blog you may not be reading and it's easier than having to come up with our own material...
I grew up a poor kid in Southwest PA. I started out sharing a bedroom with my two older sisters in a small two-bedroom place in the Christy Park district on the southern end of McKeesport. A lot of the guys who passed over college to take jobs in the Duquesne Works lived in that area, and my dad was one of 'em. Until the mills shut down.
So as a young sports fan, it was a bit of a struggle to adequately express team support on shirts and such, cos official team gear has never been and never will be considered low-cost. Most of the sports shirts I got then were from World of Values, the Strip District and Gabes.
I started the Great Moments In Unlicensed Pittsburgh Sports Merch series in late August 2009 to highlight the highs and lows of these very same generic local sports shirts. I was heading to North Carolina to vacation by hiking the tallest mountain in Eastern North America (say somethin'...) and needed something to autopublish on PSAMP in my absence. The site is pushing 3 and a half years now, and I can count on 2 hands the amount of weekdays without new content, so I wasn't about to leave my readers hangin'. I thought of potential posts, but ended up settling on a huge pile of unlicensed shirts and stuff that were cluttering up my apartment.
Living and working in NYC now (and missing the Burgh with all of my heart), these unlicensed pieces represent a tie to home and my life in PA...and it keeps me grounded. I wanted to use my time here on Pensblog to highlight a few of my favorite generic Pens pieces that've published on PSAMP as well as a sneak peak at one that'll post later today. They're an important part of the local sports fabric for me, and I hope that even the ugliest and most hilarious ones hold some soft spot with you.
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