Monday, January 16, 2017

SLAP SHOTS

     Hop in the Cordova, baby, we're going bowling; it's a hockey night in Pittsburgh! Our Pittsburgh Penguins return to home ice tonight at PPG Paints Arena to faceoff against the Washington Capitals. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Revenge will be on the Pens minds following last week's 5-2 loss at Washington. The Caps also blistered the Pens the time before that, 7-1. It's payback time! 2)Thanks to Saturday's 6-3 loss in Detroit, the Pens have lost 3 straight, giving up 15 goals during that streak. De-Fense! 3)The Pens have been putrid on the road this season. They do much, much better at home where they're 18-2-2. There's no place like home & there's nothing like Goals, Goals, Goals! Let's Go Pens!!!!


Sunday, January 15, 2017

THE 50-YARD LINE

     Kansas City here we come! Our Pittsburgh Steelers take their postseason show on the road today when they clash with the Chiefs in Kansas City. These are your keys for today's game. 1)The Chiefs enjoyed a bye last week while the Steelers battled the Dolphins to advance to the divisional round of the playoffs. KC Coach Andy Reid has a career record of 19-2 following a bye. If the Steelers lose it's bye-bye. If the Steelers win, they move on to the AFC Championship Game in New England. Win and you're in! 2)In the 4th game of the season, KC came to town and the Steelers crushed them 43-14. Surely, they'll be on the lookout for revenge. Again, the Killer Bs need to "B" ready and set the tone quickly by getting on the board and taking the fans out of the game. Score early, score often score BIG! 3)The defense needs to look out for QB Alex Smith's favorite target, TE Travis Kelce. The special teams need to keep return man Tyreek Hill boxed in. Hit 'em early, hit 'em often, hit 'em HARD! Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!


Saturday, January 14, 2017

SLAP SHOTS

    Get in the fastlane, Grandma, the bingo game is ready to roll; it's a great day for hockey! Our Pittsburgh Penguins close out their road trip tonight in Detroit when they faceoff against the Red Wings. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)After a December to Remember, the Pens are suffering from an earl January swoon by dropping their last 2. Their penalty kill has gone AWOL. In Thursday's 4-1 loss to Ottawa, the Pens allowed 2 of 5 power play goals. For the week, they've given up 8 of 13. Kill 'em all! 2)In the 3 games played since their bye week, the Pens have allowed their opponent to score 1st in each game. Score early, score often, score BIG! 3)As a matter of fact, the Pens have only scored 3 goals in their past 2 games. Crank up the Goals, Goals, Goals! Let's Go Pens!!!!


Friday, January 13, 2017

THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

     Start spreading the news! Because Mrs. Black-N-Gold has it all for you. She's got the latest information for Black-N-Gold Nation on our Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Pirates. It's time, once again, the another edition of The Black-N-Gold News.


                                            THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

STEELERS

Some of our Steelers received good news this week when All-Pro announcements were made. Congrats to WR Antonio Brown who made 1st Team All-Pro and RB Le'Veon Bell and G David DeCastro who were named 2nd Team All-Pros. 

And we can't forget that our Favorite Black-N-Gold Football Team also won their Wild Card matchup with Miami. The Steelers dominated the Dolphins in the 30-12 victory. The win gave the Steelers their 35th postseason W, most in NFL history. 

Unfortunately, the win did come at a price. It looked like QB Ben Roethlisberger suffered an ankle injury when he showed up to post-game interviews in a walking boot. The boot was removed later in the week as Ben claimed it was precautionary so as not to re-aggravate a previous foot injury. 

Also, OLB Coach Joey Porter was arrested on the South Side following the game. He has since been released on bail and placed on leave by the Steelers. Peezy got a reprieve later in the week when the 6 counts were reduced to just 2, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. His status with the team is still up in the air. 

More bad news as OLB Bud Dupree received a fine to the tune of $18,231 for his hit on Miami QB Matt Moored. Bud is expected to appeal the fine to have the amount lessened.

Apparently the Steelers were quite pleased with LBell's performance in the playoff game. Since then, word has emerged that they plan to place the franchise tag on #26 while they negotiate a long-term deal. Mrs. Black-N-Gold will keep you posted as this and other stories develop. 

In the meantime, get ready for more playoff action. The Steelers take their show on the road for a showdown with the Chiefs in the divisional round. Kansas City here we come for a 1pm kickoff. Winner plays for the AFC Championship. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!

PENGUINS

Our Pens continued to move players around as they prepared to return to the ice following their bye week. They re-called G Tristan Jarry and D Chad Ruhwedel from Wilkes/Barre-Scranton. 

The Steelers weren't the only team to win on Sunday. Our Favorite Black-N-Gold Hockey Team picked up right where they left off, in the win column. They trounced Tampa Bay Sunday evening 6-2. 

A schedule change was announced for the Pens home gave versus Philly for March 26. That will now be a 7pm faceoff. Mark it down. 

Congrats to C Evgeni Malkin. Geno will join C Sidney Crosby at the end of the month for the NHL All-Star Game. Hallelujah Hollywood, the boys are going to LA!

More moves as the Pens re-called D David Warsofsky and sent Jarry back down to the Baby Pens. 

The moves didn't help. The Pens went to Washington on Wednesday and lost to the Caps 5-2. 

So they made another move. They sent D Chad Ruhwedel back down to WB/S. 

Something happened to the Pens last night that hadn't in the past 90 games. They lost 2 straight games in regulation when they fell to the Senators 4-1. They'll try to get back in the win column when they close out their road trip tomorrow night in Detroit. Let's Go Pens!!!!


PIRATES

The hot stove has gotten ice cold for our Pirates, of late. However, the Bucs did lose a player recently. The White Sox claimed PF Wily Garcia off waivers from our Favorite Black-N-Gold Baseball Team. 

Other than that, the only noteworthy news is that they Buccos began voluntary mini-camp on Monday. We're getting closer to Opening Day. Pitchers and catchers report to Bradenton on February 14 and position players on February 17. 

The Pirates avoided arbitration with 2 RHs last night. They agreed to a $2.3 million deal with Drew Hutchison and $2.2825 million deal with Jared Hughes. They have until 1pm today to come to terms with RHs Gerrit Cole and Juan Nicasio, LH Tony Watson and SS Jordy Mercer. While teams are still allowed to negotiate with players before their hearing date, the Bucs, typically do not do so. If anyone else agrees to terms, Mrs. Black-N-Gold will let you know. 

Until then, hope springs eternal. Let's Go Bucs!!!!! 






Thursday, January 12, 2017

SLAP SHOTS

     Eddie Spaghetti, it's a great day for hockey! Our Pittsburgh Penguins continue their road show tonight when they faceoff against the Ottawa Senators. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pens look to get back in the win column following last night's loss to the Caps, 5-2. Veto the Senators! 2)In their only meeting this season, the Pens pasted the Sens 8-5. Rock the Goals, Goals, Goals! 3)The Pens lone goals last night were both courtesy of the power play. Man-up! Let's Go Pens!!!!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

SLAP SHOTS

     Lookout, Loretta, it's a great day for hockey! Our Pittsburgh Penguins take their show on the road tonight to faceoff against the Capitals in Washington, DC. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)This game has all the makings of a barn-burner. It's the President's Trophy winner versus the Stanley Cup winner. Guess what? We got the Cup! 2)The Caps are 1st in the league in goals against, allowing an average of just 2 per game. The Pens bring their #1 ranked goals per game offense to town (3.5). It's all about the Goals, Goals, Goals! 3)The Caps are 3rd in the NHL on the penalty kill at 86.8%. The Pens have the 4th best power play at a 22.6% clip. Take advantage of the man-advantage and man-up! Let's Go Pens!!!!


Monday, January 9, 2017

THE 50-YARD LINE

     You gotta win to get in! Our Pittsburgh Steelers advanced to the divisional round of the playoffs yesterday and gained some revenge when they demolished the Miami Dolphins at Heinz Field 30-12. Mrs. Black-N-Gold takes a look at the game, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.


GOOD

Oh! There was a whole lotta good goin' on! This was on both the defensive side and the offensive side. What do you expect with a 30-12 score?

First of all, congrats to RB Le'Veon Bell who set a new Steelers rushing record in his 1st career playoff game. LBell ran 29 times for 167 yards and 2 touchdowns. Juice was loose, proving that Bell is a BEAST. And let's not forget WR Antonio Browns contributions. AB caught 5 passes for 124 yards and 2 TDs. Then, there was QB Ben Roethliberger. Big Ben came up big with a 13 of 18 day for 197 yards, 2 touchdowns, 2 interceptions and a 105.3 passer rating. Yes, the Killer Bs brought their A game yesterday. And don't forget the offensive line. They paved the way for Le'Veon's record-breaking day and kept Ben clean for most of the way (just 1 sack). 

And how about that defense. They held Miami RB Jay Ajayi to just 16 carries for 33 yards. They also recovered 2 fumbles and picked off 1 pass. That goes along with their 5 sacks, 6 TFLs and 9 QB hits. And at one point, they forced Miami turnovers on 3 consecutive series. No doubt about it. This D came to play!

BAD

I gotta tell ya, as GOOD as the defense and offense were, the special teams was their usual not-so-special selves. K Chris Boswell shanked a PAT. They allowed a fake punt to go for a 1st down. They gave up 119 yards on kick returns for a 29.8 yard average. They allowed a 58 yard return at one point. Good thing the D bailed them out. Poor special teams play won't get you to payday. The further you go in the playoffs, the more your porous special teams will be exposed. Clean it up. 

UGLY

With a 30-6 lead well in hand going into the 4th quarter, Mrs. Black-N-Gold couldn't help but wonder why Ben, Bell & Brown were still in the game. Especially after Ben landed awkwardly, at one point and was then wearing a walking boot on his ankle after the game. Ultimately, some of the starters sat late in the 4th quarter but what was the point in leaving them in the game? Coach T, don't you want your men healthy for the rest of the ride through the postseason? When you've got the win in hand, put your playmakers on the bench. 

Our Steelers are back at it next week in the divisional round of the playoffs. They'll travel to KC to face the Chiefs. You may recall that the Steelers slaughtered KC 43-13 in week 4 at home. It may not be that easy this week on the road. Get ready for more playoff football. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!