EN Reader L.J. Sparvero spotted this at the Penguins game last night. After L.J. washed out his eyes with sulfuric acid, he was kind enough to send us the picture.
There are so many things wrong with this, we don't even know where to begin....
First off, Roberto Clemente was a baseball player. Not a hockey player.
Second, No. 21 is retired by the Penguins for Michel Briere who died under horrible circumstances of his own. Is it really necessary to combine the two tragedies, even if it's unintentional?
Third, we don't care if you put our name on it, it's still a Reebok Edge-Super-Duper-Mega-Ultra-Awesome-Humungo-Women-Will-Want-You Uniform System jersey.
We do give this guy credit for creativity and taking a chance but still... we call a jersey foul.
-EN reader Brenna wanted to pass on a word of thanks to the Mellon Arena staff its actions during Saturday's game against the Devils:
"I was hoping you
could post a HUGE thank you to the staff at Mellon Arena for me. I couldn't
afford tickets this year, and didn't manage to get the money for game one
together in time, so I didn't have a ticket. I came to the arena at 3 p.m.
Saturday to secure a good seat at the big screen. I was the first one there and
the ushers remembered it all night. When one of them had a friend with an Igloo
Level ticket he couldn't use, they came and gave it to me. So I really want to
send a huge thanks to Tom and the ushers outside for giving me a huge gift
Saturday night! This is why the arena staff at Mellon is the best sporting
event staff I've ever come across."
EN-Someone get Tom and company raises. A few days later, Brenna sent us a photo of her new wheels and the license plate she chose:
We assume this means Kris Letang will have to settle for KRISKAR.
-EN Reader John Falcone showed us the unique birth announcement he put together for the newest member of his family:
EN-Tampa Bay has already offered Jack a three-year deal worth $4.2 million in the hopes he will shore up their terrible defense.
EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Dave Molinari's recap from last night.
-Bob Smizik says it's time to be concerned.
-Does Jordan Staal deserve a raise?
-Evgeni Malkin and Alex Ovechkin want to be able to represent their country in the 2014 Olympics in Russia.
-If you didn't see Paul Bissonnette ring Matt Bradley's bell last night, here you go:
-We neglected to report that Bradley came back for four shifts in the third period last night.
-Former Penguins forward and ESPN analyst Matthew Barnaby says the NHL needs to promote Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby (above) better.
-Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo! asked us what Crosby-Ovechkin means to us.
-Are the Capitals the Penguins' biggest rivals?
-The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins have a seven-game road trip coming up.
-The Wheeling Nailers begin their 17th season tonight.
-Jordy Trottier, a nephew of former Penguins hall-of-famer Bryan Trottier, is playing for the Mahoning Valley Phantoms in Boardman, Ohio.
-Martin Brodeur (right) made 25 saves for the Devils in a 1-0 shutout win at Atlanta. It was his 97th career shutout.
-Devils forward Brian Rolston is dealing with a high ankle sprain.
-The Devils shuffled their line combinations.
-Trent Hunter's overtime goal gave the Islanders a 4-3 win at Tampa Bay. The Lightning is now 0-2-2.
-The Islanders are using defenseman Mark Streit as their top defenseman.
-The Rangers are still having trouble with their top line.
-Rangers forward Scott Gomez and Dmitri Kalinin are dealing with minor leg injuries.
-Flyers coach John Stevens isn't happy with his team.
-Montreal forward Saku Koivu is dealing with an undisclosed injury.
-The Canadiens unveiled a ring of honor Wednesday night:
-It's amazing how the Canadiens embrace their glorious past. They treat their great players like legends. It makes us wonder why the Penguins don't do more with some of their former greats like Ron Francis or Paul Coffey. The Penguins don't have the history the Canadiens do (no one does), but we hope they do some sort of formal jersey retirement for the likes of Kevin Stevens, Tom Barrassso, Peter Ahola, etc. before Mellon Arena is closed.
-The Hurricanes are doing away with the pregame skate.
-Carolina forward Tuomo Ruutu is dealing with a groin injury.
-With defenseman Bryan McCabe dealing with a back injury, the Panthers are depending on Cory Murphy to run their power play.
-Former Penguins forward Ryan Malone scored his first goal as member of the Lightning last night.
-The Blackhawks fired head coach Denis Savard (above, top). He was replaced by former
Avalanche and Blues coach Joel Quenneville.
-There seems to be some belief that former Penguins coach Scotty Bowman, now an executive with the Blackhawks, had a hand in Savard's firing. (Kudos to EN reader Jarrett Rathke for the heads up.)
-Did Savard get a fair chance in Chicago?
-Check out the goal Chicago's Martin Havlat scored Wednesday night against the Predators:
-Brad Boyes had a goal and an assist for the Blues in a 6-1 blowout of the Stars.
-With Henrik Zetterberg dealing with a groin injury, the Red
Wings recalled forward Darren Helm from Grand
Rapids of the AHL.
-The Red Wings unveiled a statue of former player Alex Delvecchio last night.
-Blue Jackets forward Mike Peca had a hearing over his run-in with an on-ice official.
-Alex Burrows' (right) overtime goal gave the Canucks a 4-3 win at Detroit.
-Andrew Raycroft made 16 saves in his first game with the Avalanche and beat the Flyers, 5-2. The Flyers are off to a 0-3-1 start.
-Mikko Koivu had a goal and four assists for the Wild in a 6-2 win at Florida. Minnesota's Antti Miettinen scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season.
-Wild forward Marian Gaborik is dealing with a lower-body injury.
-Canucks forward Rick Rypien's dad could beat up your dad.
-The game of Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff has fallen apart.
-The agent for Colorado forward Paul Stastny wants a long-term deal for his client.
-Attention hog and Stars forward Sean Avery doesn't feel like talking to the media right now. Such a shame.
-Even with forward Patrick O'Sullivan back in the lineup, the Kings are keeping former Penguins prospect Matt Moulson on their top line. Fire Ray Shero.
-With defenseman Derek Morris dealing with a hand injury (an official stepped on his finger with a skate), the Coyotes recalled former Penguins prospect Ryan Lannon from San Antonio of the AHL. Fire Ray Shero.
-The Sharks aren't exactly quick to drop the gloves this season.
-Young Sharks forward Devin Setoguchi and Torrey Mitchell are mooching off teammate Jeremy Roenick.
(Photos: Crosby-Peter Diana/Post-Gazette; Brodeur-John Amis/Associated Press; Savard-Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images; Burrows-Paul Sancya/Associated Press)