Long-suffering fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins, enduring the longest winless streak in a franchise that never has had a winner in 16 futile National Hockey League seasons, have let their frustration out of the bag: About a dozen of them hid their shame by wearing brown paper sacks over their heads Saturday as the Penguins failed to win again for the 12th straight time.
"I just couldn't take any more," said John Michanowicz, a dentist from Fox Chapel and a season ticket holder for nine years. "Maybe management will see enough bags and get the message. We're not getting anything for our money.
"I don't mind them losing if they give the effort. We'll suffer through if they would hit somebody or give a check instead of just skating up and down."
Attendance is off about 2,300 a game. Last year the team lost $1.2 million averaging 11,299 a game.
A banner in the Civic Arena read: "No Class plus No Pride plus No Scoring plus No Defense plus No Management plus No G.M. plus No Coach plus No Muscle plus No Guts plus No Wins equals No Playoffs plus No Fans."