Just one day before the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins are set to begin battle for the NHL's Eastern Conference crown, the teams came together to ask that their series not be the impetus for the return of Wiz Khalifa's rap anthem "Black and Yellow."
"I know our fans are very excited about this series, and it is well-known that both teams where the colors black and ye- well, I don't even want to say it, in case the words somehow summon the song," said Penguins general manager Ray Shero. "While on the ice we will be enemies, off the ice we agree that we don't want to hear that song ever again."
Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" came out in 2010 and earned heavy play during the Steelers' run to an AFC title. Its life was extended in the spring of 2011 when Boston fans adopted the Pittsburgh rapper's hit and played it during the Bruins' Stanley Cup title march.
"It wasn't so bad two or three years ago, I guess," said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. "But, my god, I don't know if I can take a rebirth. Plus, it's really more of a Pittsburgh song, which makes it kind of pathetic for Boston fans to use it. Hell, let's let Pittsburgh own that ear murder."
Oddly, the teams didn't request a ban beyond "Black and Yellow," meaning organ music and horrible '70s and '80s jock rock will still be a feature of the series.