'Pens Knitting Lady' Sat In The Front Row At Washington, And Embodied Everything That Is A Caps/Pens Playoff Matchup
I know 'Pens Knitting Lady' is an institution. I know this is her shtick of sorts. I know she didn't travel to Washington, purchase tickets right behind the net, and become so turned off by the non-competitiveness of a lopsided matchup that she looked into her purse for anything that she found more compelling than Capitals postseason puck. The performance of the annual underachievers she was rooting against had absolutely nothing to do with her decision to pack her sewing kit and bust it out mid-period of a playoff game. I wish it did because that would be the ultimate sign of disrespect, but apparently the knitting lady would have no problem knitting her way through overtime of a Game 7.
Still, symbolically speaking, this is a terrible look. Consider the visual of a woman in a Mario Lemieux being up against the glass, on the road, partaking in an hobby that's known to pass the time, while a series that is widely considered to the unofficial Stanley Cup Finals is playing out in front of her. How is that not a flawless representation of the ho-hum, carefree mentality that Pittsburgh fans have towards a series whose outcome seems inevitable? The Washington Capitals loaded their roster like they were heading into a battle for ages, and less than two games later a woman is sitting front row personifying the general level of concern of her entire fanbase by knitting herself a scarf to stay warm while her team is cool under pressure. I don't even care if what's taking place in that picture isn't as bad as it looks, because the Capitals' play isn't as bad as the 0-2 hole they are in suggests. Perception might not equal reality, but - with Washington bound to choke away "their" season faster than the 'Pens Knitting Lady' can stitch them a comfort blanket to curl up in the fetal position under - it's close enough.