In my "Wish List" article last week, item #5 was a statue in front of the Consol Energy Center for Mario Lemieux. I pegged the probability at 90%, based mostly on a Dave Molinari column from last November that gave me a good feeling that it would happen.
Well, Lemieux statue supporters got another dose of good news today, with Mark Madden revealing that the inanimate doppelganger of #66 may be unveiled on December 27, 2010 - the 10th anniversary of his awe-inspiring comeback.
Madden noted that this anniversary, which falls just days before the Winter Classic on January 1, would be part of a week-long HockeyPalooza in the Burgh. That sounds to me like a pretty fantastic way to wind down 2010 and kick off 2011.
If ever an athlete has deserved such an honor in this city, it's clearly Lemieux, who has saved the Penguins so many times I've lost count. As Madden mentions, Mario reportedly did not want the statue, but in this instance, I'm glad he was overruled.