Sunday, June 14, 2009

City of Champions (and Lakers) Continued

Pittsburgh continue to celebrate, with an especially close bond between the Penguins hockey players and their most devoted fans on the South Side, where players and coaches partied and once again shut down Carson Street when fans gathered to be part of it. Penguin stars also appeared at the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game, sharing in the celebration of the first Pirates World Series win in 1906 against the Detroit Tigers, who were in town. (I wouldn't want to be from Detroit today, since Detroit lost the Cup, they lost that 1906 World Series, and today they lost the game.)

Tomorrow the craziness reaches its apex, as the official parade for the Penguins is held downtown. Some streets will be closed as earlly as 2:30 am for the parade at noon. Anyone going to Pittsburgh tomorrow for any other purpose may well never get there.

But tonight, Pittsburgh is ignoring what I was watching, which was the fifth and final game of the NBA Finals. A 16-0 run in the second quarter pretty much decided it, as the Lakers won with a dominant team performance, including some highlight reel shots--probably one that makes his all-time highlight reel--by Kobe Bryant. Bryant is by all accounts still clearly the best player in the game, and this accomplishment added to his status in basketball. After the Lakers lost in the finals last year, Bryant kept playing, leading the U.S. team to an Olympic gold medal, and then right into this championship season. He won the MVP for the finals.

Update 6/16: The victory parade for the Penguins in Pittsburgh drew an estimated 375,000 people on a sunny day. The local media is chortling over the efficiency and lack of real trouble over the celebratory events of the past few days, in contrast to the destruction and looting in Los Angeles after the Lakers win.

1 comment:

Doc Anchovy said...

Yea, but that's the NEW South Side. My wife and I ran an old bar on Carson Street in the late 70's for a while. It looks like Squirrel Hill now.