*Honest miscommunication on our part.
We were told the contest ended on March 30th at midnight.
Midnight is 12:00am, meaning the first minute of March 30th.
But the contest actually ends at midnight Tuesday night.
But Qdoba already shut the entries down.
First, a Qdoba update.
Stephen thanks everyone for their support.
And we thank you, too. Good shit.
Stephen had no part in what was said on this blog recently.
But Qdoba struck back (1:00am Tuesday morning):
Too bad the Penguins (and we as a blog) gave Qdoba free advertising all through the playoffs last year.
Not giving the prize to Stephen will mean Qdoba will never run an online contest as long as we're alive.
Give Stephen his rightful victory, and they never hear from The Pensblog again.
And then James The Boss Baetke chimed in trying to look like the victim:
Sorry, James. Can't hear you from way back there in third place.
Or maybe it's just 'cause we have Qdoba wrappers in our ears.
Regardless, Stephen is waiting in the wings, recording his victory speech live from a Qdoba.
It's been reported by the Post-Gazette that it looks like the NHL is leaning toward putting the 2011 Winter Classic in Pittsburgh.
But talk about ambiguous reporting.
Look at this:
-- Title reads "Winter Classic likely at Heinz Field."
Okay. Got the reader's attention.
-- First sentence states that "things are falling into place."
Oh, man, this article is gonna be juicy.
-- Molinari says the Penguins and NHL are declining comment.
-- Molinari then says PNC Park has already been ruled out as a possible site for the game and was never a serious candidate to host it, because of the larger seating capacity at Heinz Field.
Uh...has he watched the last two Winter Classics?
Fenway Park holds like 200 people, and it got a game.
-- The rest of the article consists of saying the Steelers play a home game on December 23 then finish the regular season on the road the following weekend. Further details will be known when the NFL beats off on their schedule-release party next month.
So, where exactly are "things falling into place"?
All you read in this article are assumptions while Dave Molinari plans the Winter Classic by himself.
But since Dave Molinari has sparked the conversation, we might as well address the pros and cons of a Winter Classic in Pittsburgh, whether it be at PNC Park or Heinz Field.
A few people emailed this in this morning.
Guess they played this clip at the Pens game this weekend, and it left people stunned.
Looks like another run of the mill video, until the :41 second mark. Kids were asked to show off their goal celebration dance.
So who's making that into a gif?
The last few weeks, the Penguins haven't exactly lit the world on fire.
But they haven't been horrible either. And that's why this was a really big weekend of wins.
That's why this was a HUGE weekend of wins.
Not because of the standings, because that's not going to matter. But because the Penguins secondary guys are picking up the slack in Malkin's asbence. We know Bing is going to get his, but when guys like TK, Cooke, Koon, Tenk, and Dupes get it going, it is massive.
Where would the Pens be without Dupes?
Counting his shootout game-winner, he has six game-winning goals this season.
18 goals this year overall.
And plus Cooke sets a new career high for goals in a season.
Now the Penguins have a little bit of time to rest up with only two games this week. And that should cue up Malkin's music in the Mellon arena sound system. Speaking of Malkin, no clue how we forgot to post his speech from the Dapper Dan dinner earlier this week.
After the jump an abbreviated cap, no anthems, and a bunch of other shit.
Do you hate this bitch's face already?
Want to bring pain to her ego?
After the jump, a call to arms.
Listen to the game at [WXDX]
Know the Enemy:
5:00 pm seems like a strange time to start a hockey game.
We continue on the final homestand in Mellon Arena history.
Today, the Maple Leafs visit the old girl.
Alexei Ponikarovsky will face his old team for the first time.
Luca Caputi returns to the Igloo to play against the Pens.
The Leafs have been winning recently.
They've been victorious in five of their last six and eight of their last ten.
They remain last in the Eastern Conference and three points behind the Carolina Hurricanes.
Johan Backlund getting the start for Philly.
Wish he didn't get injured. Could've had some chicken-wing fun.
Newsflash: The big-time penalty killers for the Penguins will not be scratched at any time for the rest of the season, including the playoffs. So there goes the convenient "scratch Adams" crowd.
In the 9 games before this one, the Pens hadn't scored more than 3 goals in any of them. They only won 3 of those 9. Without the PK beasting the world like it has, the Pens would've lost all 9.
The PK is what's holding this team together.
Switching up the personnel is the last thing you want to do.
We don't know much.
The things we're experts in aren't things you put on résumés.
But we do know one thing...
MAF is coming around to his usual Spring self. If the PK can hold shit together long enough for the Pens offense to come around on a consistent basis, the Pens will once again be playing into May.
No FSN mention.
Don't know why it irks us so much.
ESPN recap mentioned it.
If you haven't listened to THE FAN yet, you might want to put it on whenever.
Listen to the game at [WXDX]
Know the Enemy:
The final homestand in Mellon Arena history.
You may be visiting the Igloo at some point within the next six games.
In fact, you may be there for every game.
On the other hand, you may have never been to the arena at all.
But you know what she's stood for.
You know what she's meant to this team and its fans.
For every Penguin fan, the Igloo holds a special place in our hearts.
This is the only home we've ever known.
Old Lady Mellon is taking her final bow.
She will see more hockey once this homestand ends.
She will once again welcome the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
If all goes well, she could see games all the way into June.
Across the street sits a magnificent new building.
The Consol Energy Center is what we've been waiting for.
It's what we dreamed about.
But it's not the Igloo.
Nothing will ever be the Igloo.
After the jump, Hate Week concludes.
I'm back, jack.
This time we take a look at the Flyers organization.
Yes, the coincidences are disturbing bakawk.
Before I get to that, the boys wanted me to pass this along:
Pens clinch playoff berth with win or OT/SO loss against Philly.
If it isn't mentioned during the FSN broadcast, they just don't know what's going on.