Recently, I joked on the air about the Penguins not losing a game for the rest of the season. Is that going to happen? The odds are against it, but if and when they lose, I am now convinced that it won’t be because of the dreaded “Law of Averages.”

Our sports producer, Michael Bennett, periodically provides a good sense of wisdom to both me and Guy Junker. After Sunday’s win over Washington, the three of us were sitting around talking about how long the Penguins can keep winning. He simply stated: “Why does the Law of Averages have to come into play? Maybe the Pens are just that good!”

And you know what? He’s right. This is a darn good hockey team. They have a system and they stick to it. They are getting good goaltending, timely hitting, and big plays when needed.

What’s really nice to see is the fact that this is a team that doesn’t have to rely entirely on their young superstars. Several role players are stepping up, and you can see the confidence grow from them from game to game. Plus, I can’t say enough about the work Michel Therrien has done keeping this team together and convincing them they need to improve.

So, how long will the Penguins keep winning? I would say quite a while!


Over the last several weeks, I’ve been getting a lot of emails from Penguins fans claiming WTAE does not cover their team as much as the Steelers. I’d like to address that. Our station covers the Penguins rather extensively. We are frequently at the team’s pre-game skates and practices, we also staff a reporter to do postgame reports on game nights. Penguins fans, I understand your passion. Your team is having a great season. They boast some of the best young stars in the game. They have a great shot to make the the playoffs for the first time since 2001. As the kids say: It’s all good! You should be happy. Heck, I’m happy! You should be proud. I’m proud! But, you shouldn’t compare Penguins Coverage to Steelers coverage. I know a lot of Penguin fans feel slighted by perceived favortism by the local media to the Steelers over the Pens and other teams here in Pittsburgh. But, you really can’t compare the Steelers to the Penguins. It’s like comparing apples to oranges. The NFL plays a 16 game schedule as opposed to 82 for the NHL. In the NFL, the games are only once a week, and each game is perceived to be vital to the team’s success. In the NHL, a team’s season has many peaks and valleys, it’s much more of a marathon than a sprint. As Penguins fans, you shouldn’t feel inferior to Steelers fans, your team is just as important. But, since winning the Superbowl, the Steelers are viewed a little differently than they were in past years. People want 24/7 12-month-a-year coverage of this team, especially now that they have a new head coach and are entering a new era. My suggestion to Penguins fans: Relax, enjoy your team’s great season and believe me when I tell you, if it’s important to you, it’s important to us. We promise to give you all the importnat Penguins coverage you require and we won’t sell you short!