Pittsburgh picks Yanni over NHL

If you know anyone from Pittsburgh, or anyone who claims to be a Pittsburgh fan, you have undoubtedly been told how much of a better sports town Pittsburgh is than ANYWHERE ELSE ON EARTH. Because Pittsburgh, in case you didn't know, has "real" fans that just don't exist in any other city on this planet.

Well Pittsburgh, if scheduling a Yanni concert during the NHL Playoffs at Mellon Arena causing Games 4 and 5 to be played back to back is what a "real" sports town does... you're right, the rest of the world just doesn't have the same outlook on sports you do.

Excerpt from Ted's Take:
"It is a shame that both teams will have to play back to back games later in the series because the Pittsburgh building - against NHL rules - booked a series of concerts and forced the league to alter the playoff schedule. This is bad for the league, both fan bases and for the players."


  1. You're welcome to rag on the pens, given that you're a pro caps blog, but this is really the NHL's fault. The pens-caps series starts a day later than every other series (for Saturday TV purposes), so there's no reason that it couldn't be the one scheduled to finish last too. The other 3 series have a double off day built in. With that in mind, there's no reason you couldn't have game 5 on Sunday in DC, game 6 on Wednesday in Pittsburgh, and game 7 Friday night back in DC. That would put the finish one day behind the Det-Ana and Bos-Car series and seem perfectly reasonable. Yanni is a fun scapegoat, but someone at the league office is just bad at this.

  2. Hey someone has to pay for that fancy-schmancy new arena! So go Yanni! Plus since the Caps are sooooooooo good, you should be able to handle back to back games with no problem. LET'S GO PENS!!! :)

  3. Yanni? Isn't that what Sid the Kid listens to to pump himself up before games?

  4. Last time I checked, the Pens don't own the Mellon Arena. They have a lease, but Mellon Arena is free to schedule other events in the building if they so choose, because...well...it brings in money, and that IS the goal.

    This has absolutely nothing to do with the Pens, NHL, or the "fans".

  5. It's funny how Pittsburgh fans have a hard time reading before they comment. First, the knock here isn't so much against the Penguins as it is against the town of Pittsburgh, which boasts that it is a "hockey town", yet seem fit to scheduling Yanni concerts that conflict with the NHL Playoffs. Secondly, the post refers to scheduling concerts that are "against NHL rules". Whether a team leases or owns the building they are in there are rules both the team and the facility have to abide by, this appears to be one of them. So nice try, but there is nothing but FAIL for the town of Pittsburgh on this topic. GO CAPS!

  6. First of all, I don't see how any of this is even relevant, being that game 5 is in Washington.

    If anything, the fail is on Washington.

    Every game up until game 5 is every other day. Game 3 is on wed. and 4 is on fri. - both in pittsburgh. then game 5 in washington on sat.

    So what's the problem here? Tell the NHL not to fail at scheduling. It has nothing to do with Pitt.

  7. You have to look at the entire series schedule. Under "normal" circumstances:

    Game 4: 5/8 (in Pitt)
    Game 5: 5/10 (in Was)
    Game 6: 5/12 (in Pitt) -- Yanni Extravaganza
    Game 7: 5/14 (in Was)

    The 14th is the last day for all round 2 games in the NHL. So because of the concert Game 6 had to fall on either 5/11 (the chosen date) or 5/13. Either way they do it 2 games have to be back to back so everyone in Pittsburgh can get their Yanni fix. Why they chose games 4 and 5... I don't know, but if it wasn't those 2 then either games 5 and 6 or 6 and 7 would have had to been back to back.

    Actual Schedule:
    GAME 4: @ Pittsburgh, Fri. 5/8, 7 p.m. ET
    GAME 5: @ Washington, Sat. 5/9, 7 p.m. ET
    GAME 6: @ Pittsburgh, Mon. 5/11, TBD
    GAME 7: @ Washington Wed. 5/13, 7 p.m. ET

  8. 5 and 6 should have been back to back. everyone knew this would go at least 5 games, but at least there's a slim chance that a 6th game wasn't needed