It still probably hasn’t sunk in by now that the 2018-2019 Pittsburgh Penguins’ season is over. And to be quite honest, it’s perfectly fine if you’re feeling lost right about now, too. After all, we Penguins fans aren’t used to this feeling of emptiness this soon in the calendar year.
You see, the temperatures in Pittsburgh haven’t climbed above 70 degrees for more than a half dozen times so far in 2019, yet here’s the thing – as the weather improves in the Burgh, we yinzers typically find ourselves inside glued to the TV every other night during this time of the year for at least another month or two. It’s gonna be pretty weird to have the luxury of doing other things instead of watching hockey like going outside during evenings, making it to more crossfit classes, or maybe even getting to bed earlier. Pretty sad shit, if I’m being totally honest. Healthier, yes. But definitely sad.
So what am I getting at here?
Well, last night while I was doing my little postgame scroll through Twitter like a crackhead as I normally do (by the way, check out yesterday’s TweetCap if you haven’t already), I came across this rare good tweet from Pat that put it all in perspective for me:
Imagine last night happening without Twitter. Wouldn’t be me. I’d rather be shot dead than live in a world without Twitter (sad part is I’m kinda not lying).
So it got me thinking. It’s been 14 years since the Penguins last finished a season without winning a single playoff game. What other things were going on in the world 14 years ago besides Twitter not existing? Well, thanks to my service (and Wikipedia), I went out of my way and looked up things going on in the world between the months of October 2005 and April 2006 (or the last time the Penguins played a season without recording a playoff win).
Update: Pat’s a wrong idiot. Twitter was founded on March 21, 2006.
Also me (wise old man) to Pat:
Anyways, in no particular order, here’s some of the shit I came across:
- Sidney Crosby was a rookie (full disclosure – didn’t have to look that one up).
- Mario Lemieux still played hockey (that one, either).
- The Nokia 1110 was the top selling phone (250 million were sold in 2005). Check out this piece of shit:
The first iPhone didn’t come out until 2007. Imagine having a phone that doesn’t have easy access to porn. Wild.
- Wayne Gretzky was the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
- Joe Thornton was traded by the Bruins to the Sharks. He’s since played over 1,000 games in San Jose.
- “Brokeback Mountain” came out (get it?).
R.I.P. in peace, Heath.
- Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey divorced. Very sad.
- Kobe Bryant scored 81 points in an NBA game. What a fucking ballhog.
- Eminem married Kim. Again.
- Eddie Guerrero died. R.I.P. in peace.
- Jared McCann was 8-years old.
- The Steelers won Super Bowl XL.
- The GOAT (John Madden) was still doing color commentary on football games.
- There were only 13 crossfit affiliates.
- NHL games were broadcasted on OLN (the goddamn Outdoor Life Network).
- The “Evolution of Dance” was uploaded to YouTube.
- “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” came out.Update: still haven’t seen it.
- “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey was the top song of 2005.
I want to diss this song so bad, but it’s kind of a banger.
- Xbox 360 was released.
- Joe Sakic was named captain of the Canadian Olympic team in Torino (Sidney Crosby wasn’t even on the roster). Sweden ended winning Gold while Canada didn’t even medal lol.
- I was 15-years old.
- Vice President Dick Cheney almost killed a guy.
Alright, so you get the point. It was a very long time ago the last time the Penguins weren’t so good. But here’s the funny thing – they still recorded a 100 point season this year and also extended their playoff appearance streak to 13. Keep some goddamn perspective, will ya.
P.S. – The haters and losers (of which there are many) can go fuck off. Guaranteed we’ll be better next year.