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Friday, January 26, 2021

the pittsburgh question
Now that it’s looking more likely that the Pittsburgh Penguins will be staying put in the Steel City, Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell probably won’t have to resort to calling in the United Nations keep the team from moving.

“The U.N. has standing,” Rendell insisted to bewildered reporters at a news conference. “The Penguins are in the NHL, and the NHL plays some of its games outside of the United States, clearly making this an international issue. Let anyone try to deny it.”

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman did just that in denouncing Rendell’s action.

“This is not a matter for the U.N.,” Bettman said. “We are a self-governing sport of limited popularity, and we intend to remain that way.”

Yes, it’s just a funny fantasy scenario. But what a sight it would be to see Mario Lemieux brought up before an international tribunal…

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/26/2007 08:51:35 PM
Category: Hockey, Comedy
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The thermometer here currently reads 20 degrees Fahrenheit. And folks, that’s an improvement from earlier in the day, when the mercury dipped to 9 degrees.

Just to prove this isn’t merely the carping of a displaced Floridian, there is official confirmation that it was, indeed, remarkably cold in the Big Apple today:

The last time it was this cold in the New York metropolitan area, [Penn State meteorologist Todd] Miner said, was Jan. 28, 2005, when the low temperature reached 5 degrees in Central Park.

Mr. Miner said that a mass of arctic air descended on parts of the Northeast overnight, pushing temperatures 10 to 20 degrees below normal over an area stretching from the northern Appalachians to the New England coast.

So winter’s bite finally makes an appearance, albeit without snow. Good thing I broke down a couple of days ago and bought a pair of gloves. (Yes, I already had a pair, but they were raggedy things, that I’m not sure were even mine to begin with; my new ones are nice, black leather by Calvin Klein, surprisingly a size Medium.)

by Costa Tsiokos, Fri 01/26/2007 08:24:43 PM
Category: Weather, New Yorkin'
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