What's even better than the prospect of the Winter Classic itself? This, from the Pens' website:
"Mario Lemieux will be joined by fellow Hall of Famers Paul Coffey, Ron Francis and Bryan Trottier and “youngster” Bill Guerin as the Pittsburgh Penguins Alumni team takes on the Washington Capitals Alumni Dec. 31 at Heinz Field as part of the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic weekend."
I'm more excited about Lemieux playing in a hockey game, any hockey game, than I have been about any NHL regular season contest this year. It doesn't matter how old he is. What Mario Lemieux does on the ice isn't subject to the whims of time. He's not showing up on New Year's Eve to go through the motions. He's showing up to orchestrate the power play from the half boards, to set up Coffey streaking in from the point, to split the defense at will, and to score from behind the net off of Don Beaupre's rear end. This is going to bring up terrible memories for Caps' fans, especially if Kevin Stevens "takes control in the overtime period."
I'm taking the Over. Poise and Finesse will be on hand to witness the Event live, and you can expect coverage commensurate with a presidential election or the discovery of intelligent life on Mars.