Pittsburgh's abuzz, and with good reason. For the first time in at least three weeks, the temperature climbed above 60 degrees, and we've had a strikingly beautiful day. Also, there's some kind of hockey game tonight.
I'll be watching Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals tonight and making notes all along the way, posting them when it becomes convenient for me to do so -- hopefully at the end of each period. If scheduling, battery life and accessible Wi-Fi allow, I'd like to be able to do this for every game of the finals, and from a different location for each game. Tonight I'm at Spice Cafe in Oakland -- a dark and colorful basement bar in the shadow of the University of Pittsburgh. It's been a pretty solid and steady location for hockey-watching during these playoffs, and there are usually a fair number of Pens fans here, mixed with the college students who stay in town over the summer. Tonight, I'm one of four people in the joint. I don't know where everyone else is, but if I had to guess, they're split between the Mellon Arena and a variety of crappy chain bars Downtown and on the South Side. But I'm mainly here because my buddy is the bartender, and that works well for me.
Okay, Marc-Andre Fleury just fell down coming out of the tunnel, and I've got a beer and a burrito coming my way. More after the first period.