A hospital attendant rolled me down the hallway into a spacious physical therapy room. Fresh off of spinal fusion surgery, I waited my turn for a physical therapist to work with me on the simple things: getting out of a chair, walking, and climbing stairs. After such a surgery, which includes cutting through muscle, bone grafts, and rods, every patient requires daily PT post-operation. Continue reading “Watching Game 7 from a Hospital Bed”
Journalists and broadcasters alike are junkies for statistics and streaks. They illustrate talking points, provide context, and fill up copy space and broadcast time alike. But in Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin, a particular stat hung a phantom monkey on his back during the regular season.
We’ve been spoiled, Pittsburgh. Last year’s Stanley Cup run has turned a portion of the Penguins’ fan base into Augustus Gloops from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We wanted our sweep of the Columbus Blue Jackets and we wanted it right there and then on Tuesday night. Continue reading “Stiffen Up, Pens Fans.”
At this juncture of the season last year, pundits and fans alike wondered aloud, “Is Sidney Crosby finished?” His goal-scoring and overall point totals were sloping downward, and his play seemed tentative. Coach Mike Johnston’s defensive posture of play seemed to clamp a vice on Crosby’s freewheeling play that fuels itself on speed, positioning, and creative passing. Continue reading “The Restoration of Sidney Crosby”
It’s a game played on a surface that causes multi-car pileups on highways and with skill that rivals any other professional sport. It’s hockey. Here are three poems about shot-blocking, a shootout, and a line brawl. Continue reading “Who Says Poetry & Hockey Don’t Mix?”
Nice Guy. Tries Hard. Loves the Game. That’s the bio of Pittsburgh Penguins right winger and resident sniper, Phil Kessel. Fresh off an election season where the popular parody account @EvegeniMalkinEgo printed “Phil Kessel for President” t-shirts through Sin Bin Apparel, Kessel appeals to the popular vote in Pittsburgh more than ever. He and teammate Kris Letang even did some campaigning of their own, taking pictures of themselves donning the tees. Continue reading “Phil Kessel: The Guy Next Door”
After a Stanley Cup victory this past summer, the Pittsburgh Penguins are off to a solid 10-3-2 start to the 2016-2017 campaign. With a glut of young talent like Conor Sheary and Scott Wilson, the Penguins are cultivating the next generation of playmakers and scorers.