"It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything else begins again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains come, it stops and leaves you to face the fall alone." --- Bart Giamatti, on baseball
Mario's threats are real but right now he's just posturing for the best deal from the city. And it seems to be working; they've already dropped their request of the Pens' contribution to the arena from $4.1 million per year for 30 years to $1.6.