As I type these words, we are still over 24 hours away from dropping the puck on the last game of this year’s NHL playoffs. It has come down to a winner-take-all game 7 for the 2009 Stanley Cup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Detroit Red Wings. While the home team has won every game of the series so far, with game 7 to take place in Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena, the outcome is by no means assured.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t start celebrating now if you’re so inclined. The shirt shown here is already for sale, as is a similar shirt celebrating the Penguins as champions.
I should note that I have no question as to the wisdom or motives of the people making and selling these shirts. They are selling them because people are buying them. That’s the American Way and may it ever remain so. It’s the people buying them that I’m a tad more curious about. I can see several reasonable scenarios for preemptively purchasing one of these shirts: 1) You’re going to a party after the game and you want to be on the cutting edge of style in the event of a Red Wings victory; 2) You’re rooting for the Penguins and would love to wear this shirt afterwards to tweak your Red Wing-rooting friends; or 3) You think it might be a valuable collectible one day so you’re buying it as an investment.
The Unreasonable Scenario, as I see it, would be this: You’re buying this because you know the Red Wings are going to win and you want to be in prime position to say “I told you so” to all the doubters. Why is that unreasonable? Well because (duh!) you don’t actually know the future. Oh, the Red Wings may win; I very much hope they do, but don’t kid yourself that it’s over before it starts. Even if we agree on the premise that the Red Wings are the better team, the hard truth is that the better team doesn’t always win. The Penguins have a lot of weapons and a lot of hunger, and if you think they can’t win, you’re kidding yourself.
That being said, Go Red Wings! If they win, you may feel free to buy me one of these shirts (I take a 3X since, you know, these things shrink in the wash).