Being tasked with writing a post about reasons to hate the Pittsburgh Penguins was incredibly intimidating. Where do you start? There could be entire books written about the franchise's loathsome history, and their unlikability through the years.
But instead of having to choose just a handful of reasons, I decided to compile a list of 29 reasons to hate the Pittsburgh Penguins. Why 29? Because I like keeping with themes, and to honor the hilarious goaltending of Marc-Andre Fleury.
1. Their stupid name and the dumb animal they represent.
2. Their lame city which I always picture as being overcast.
3. Their bandwagon fans, who upon reading this have already started compiling a list of reasons why they're not really bandwagon fans.
4. The same "fans" that allowed their crappy team to file for bankruptcy twice (!) despite the emergence of their original rigged draft pick savior Mario Lemieux, who would eventually go on to buy the franchise that owed him $32.5 million in deferred salary.
5. The very same fans that helped lead the Penguins to the league's worst attendance record in 2003-2004, just prior to…
6. The 2005 NHL Draft Lottery
8. Sidney Crosby not recognizing that physicality is part of playoff hockey
9. Their "mastermind" GM, Ray Shero
10. Their ability to make Jarome Iginla temporarily unlikable
12. Sidney Crosby trying to pick a fight with Tuukka "you serious?" Rask
13. Kris Letang's dumb greasy looking haircut.
14. Their fan base's insistence that Marc Andre Fleury continues to be an elite goaltender.
15. How similar the Bruins and Penguins looked in NHL 94 ("WAIT NO WHICH WAY AM I GOING?!!!")
16. Matt Cooke
17. Stupid America-hating Sidney Crosby robbing the U.S. of a gold medal in 2010
18. Matt Cooke
19. Mario Lemieux's hypocritical rant about violence in the NHL while also still signing the checks for...
20. Matt Cooke
21. 'Sudden Death'
22. This logo
24. For allowing Hal Gill's name to be on the Stanley Cup
25. Ulf Samuelsson
28. Ulf Samuelsson
29. Matt Cooke
So here's to you, Pittsburgh. May you enjoy many more years of record-breaking regular seasons and disappointing playoff exits.