August 14, 2008

Lemieux Buries It and Enjoys Your Free Dinner Offers

Today was a very special day for the Pittsburgh Penguin franchise and their fans. The groundbreaking ceremony for the new arena took place this morning as work will now get underway, in time to open the $290 million building for the 2010-11 season.

Mario Lemieux was of course present along with Pens President David Morehouse, CEO Ken Sawyer, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, Allegheny County Chief Executive Dan Onorato and Pennsylvania's biggest weasel, Governor Ed Rendell.

Even at 42 years old, Lemieux can still bury it.

After the ceremony, Lemieux spoke to the press and dropped the fantastic nugget on us:

"It wasn't a possibility," Lemieux said during a groundbreaking ceremony today for Pittsburgh's new $290 million hockey arena.

"We had to do a few things to put pressure on the city and the state, but our goal was to remain here in Pittsburgh all the way. Those trips to Kansas City and Vegas and other cities was just to go, and have a nice dinner and come back."

Dear Kansas City,

Thanks for the filet mignon

Mario Lemieux

Dear Las Vegas,

Thanks for the complimentary casino chips and
tickets to Sigfried & Roy.

Mario Lemieux

After hearing that quote, Paul McGannon, who heads NHL21, a group organized in bringing hockey to Kansas City said, "I'm glad that it helped Pittsburgh get their new building."

In the words of thePensBlog: STUNNED

Mr. McGannon is also somewhat delusional:

"Matt Fulks: Do you have a favorite team or is there one you’re pulling for in the playoffs?

Paul McGannon: My favorite team is Kansas City — we’re just not in the league yet. It’s just a matter of time. I’m confident in the future that we’ll get either an expansion team or a relocated team. But I would probably say geographically right now, St. Louis is my favorite team because it’s the nearest city. We like teams in the Midwest to do well. Of the four remaining, I’d say Detroit is the favorite to win."

Keep trying buddy.

Ballhype: hype it up!

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