When asked about the Philadelphia Flyers’ success in the Consol Energy Center (the Pittsburgh Penguins’ new home), Peter Laviolette jokingly credited a rib joint in Weirton, Virgina. Apparently DeeJay’s ribs won’t be to the Flyers as Qdoba burritos once were to Dan Bylsma, as Puck Daddy’s Harrison Mooney passes along an amusing story of rejection.
Here’s what wonderfully-named store owner (and self-professed Penguins fan) Dewey Guida told the Steubenville Herald-Star about rejecting the Flyers’ future rib advances:
“So many Penguins are my friends, I’ve had so many Stanley cups at my place,” Guida said. “So for sure, let everyone know – I am a Penguin fan, not a Flyer fan.”
“No more ribs for them. And I pray, I hope, that the Penguins beat their skates off.”
The story behind the rib-spurning is actually quite amusing and charming, as you can read in that Herald-Star story. Here’s a nice little synopsis of how the rib merchant and Penguins fan got caught up with those pesky Philly Flyers.
“It started out so innocent,” Guida said with a laugh. “Peter Laviolette and I have been friends for years. It goes back to when he was actually coaching the Nailers in Wheeling. We became friends, and we’ve kept the relationship up over the years, as I have with other coaches, like Scotty Bowman and Eddie Johnston.”
If you’re like me, it’s a great story and all … but now I just want ribs. (Hides all known Flyers memorabilia.)