The one relentless joke about Pittsburgh Penguins fans? They're all on the bandwagon. Nobody cared about hockey in Pittsburgh through years of futility, yet when that futility brought them Marc-Andre Fleury, Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, boom. Gone was the chance that the team would move to Kansas City, and there were the fans, selling out the arena as if they had never left.
We all know that Pittsburgh is a pretty solid hockey town regardless. The bandwagon thing is one of those jokes that might have a little bit of truth to it, but it's never really all that serious. When your team finishes in last place for four straight years, fans are going to stop showing up. It happens. We understand.
Still, guys, that doesn't mean you should be calling attention to it.
This tweet from the Penguins' official Twitter account went out earlier on Monday. It has since been deleted, which is just silly because this is the Internet and nothing is ever really deleted.
Hey guys! When did you hop on the bandwagon?!
The responses live on despite the deleted initial Tweet. They are a gold mine.
@pghpenguins the caps. I hate them now and im a born and raised in washington dc. They are the only home team i don't root for. #gopens— Jacob Fury (@thescorpionerd) February 13, 2012
@pghpenguins Became a Pens fan for one reason. Sidney Crosby.— Nebyu Taddese (@PrezNebz) February 13, 2012
@pghpenguins I used to watch the Leafs a few years ago, but stopped. After Sid scored @ the Olympics, I became a #Pens fan— Josie (@CrosbysStache) February 13, 2012
@pghpenguins I used to be Leafs but when I realized how much better #Pens are and my best friend at the time loved them so I switched!— Katee Cooper (@katee_cooper) February 13, 2012
@pghpenguins: I was a Bruins fan but when it was Crosby's draft year I said I would jump to who ever drafted him #Pens— Clinton Butts (@CarDoctor1980) February 13, 2012
@pghpenguins unfortunately it was my local "team" toronto but once I seen what crosby and the boys could do I was mesmerized! RT?— Carder (@carder85) February 13, 2012
And perhaps the most ironic of the bunch...
Hahahahah Did @pghpenguins REALLY just ask everyone how/if they converted to being a Pens fan? #1reasonCapsfansarebetter— Mike Stancik (@MikeMooch2) February 13, 2012