Sunday, December 4, 2016

THE 50-YARD LINE

     Yoi and double yoi! Our Pittsburgh Steelers return home to Heinz Field today to battle the New York Giants. These are your keys for today's game. 1)The Steelers have won 2 in a row. However, those wins came at the expense of the winless Clowns and a Colts team that was without their starting QB. These Giants are 8-3. Time to stand tall and take care of business. 3 straight would be great! 2)Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was drafted #11 overall in the same draft that Giants QB Eli Manning went #1. Of course, Eli has the pedigree and was highly regarding coming out of college. But Ben is no bum. They both have won 2 Super Bowls apiece. Wouldn't it be nice to see Ben get the better of Eli? Score early, score often, score BIG! 3)Of course, Eli's main WR Odell Beckham, Jr. is a downfield threat. But he's proven that he can be knocked off his game if you get your licks in and disrupt his route. Hit him early, hit him often, hit him HARD! Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!


Friday, December 2, 2016

SLAP SHOTS

     How much fried chicken can you eat; it's a hockey night in Pittsburgh! Our Pittsburgh Penguins continue their homestand tonight when the faceoff with the Detroit Red Wings at PPG Paints Arena. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pens are #5 in the league in goals per game at 3.0. The Red Wings are 24th in with 2.3. Rock the Goals Goals Goals! 2)The Pens are 9-2-1 on home ice. Love that home cookin'! 3)With their 6-2 win on Thursday night, the Pens matched their season high in a game. Score early, score often, score BIG! Let's Go Pens!!!!


THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

     What's the news across Black-N-Gold Nation? Mrs. Black-N-Gold has the information. She's got everything that's news for our favorite Black-N-Gold teams, the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates.


                                            THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

STEELERS

Our Steelers received good news and bad news this week. First, Steeler DL Stephon Tuitt was named AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance versus Cleveland. Congrats; do it Tuitt! Now the bad news as another player was suspended for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. RB Karlos Williams received a ban of 10 games.

Our Favorite Black-N-Gold Football Team celebrated Thanksgiving with a win in Indy last Thursday night. They carved up the Colts by a score of 28-7. They remained in a tie for 1st in the AFC North when the Baltimorons won their game against the Bungles on Sunday. 

This week, the Steelers return to Heinz Field to battle the New York Giants. That's a 4:25pm kickoff versus the -3 Giants. You gotta want it to win it. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!

PENGUINS

Our Penguins sent D Derrick Pouliot to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on a conditioning assignment last week. That move should help him get back into game shape if/when he's needed. 

Our Favorite Black-N-Gold Hockey Team exacted some revenge on the NY Rangers. They routed the Rangers 6-1. Unfortunately, they fell right back into the loss column the day after Thanksgiving when they traveled to Minnesota. They were whipped by the Wild 6-2. But in an up-and-down week for the Pens, they got back in the win column on Saturday night. They edged the New Jersey Devils 4-3 in a shootout. 

Pouliot was recalled from his conditioning assignment at WB/S on Monday. 

After a 3-day layoff the Pens returned to the ice Wednesday night. The break did not do them any favors. They fell to the Isles 5-3. 

The Pens returned home last night and returned to the win column. They spanked the Stars 6-2 to start a 3-game homestand. Can they remain in the win column? We'll find out when they faceoff against the Red Wings tomorrow night. Let's Go Pens!!!!

PIRATES

Mrs. Black-N-Gold was going to say that the hot stove hasn't even gotten lukewarm for our Pirates yet. Boy was she wrong. They did lose 2 key members of last season's team. It was announced on Thanksgiving that former utilityman Sean Rodriguez signed a 2-year deal with Atlanta. It looks like he went from Sean Rod to Sean Gone. The Gatorade coolers of Pittsburgh can all breath a sigh of relief. So long, SRod. And Pirates fans don't have reason to re-Joyce. OF Matt Joyce has agreed to a 2 year contract with Oakland Best of luck to you, so long as your business doesn't conflict with our Favorite Black-N-Gold Baseball Team. 

The Bucs also cut ties with another player. The Pirates said so long to LH Jeff Locke when they designated him for assignment. They also signed former Dodgers minor league RH Lisalverto Bonilla. They signed 2 pitchers to minor league contracts, as well. RH Jason Stoffel and LH Dan Runzler are also invited to spring training under their new deals. 

The Pirates had until midnight to tender arbitration-eligible players. Those players include SS Jordy Mercer, LH Tony Watson, RH Gerrit Cole, RH Jared Hughes, RH Drew Hutchison, RH Juan Nicasio and LH Wade LeBlanc. 

Now that the new CBA is done, things are expected to heat up for Pirates GM Neal Huntington and the Buccos as the winter meetings commence on Monday in Washington, DC. Several players are said to be on the trading block including CF Andrew McCutchen, 2B Josh Harrison, LH Tony Watson & 1B John Jaso. According to reports, no one is safe as ownership continues to cut payroll. Got to have that "financial flexibility", ya know. The Bucs are said to be burning up the phones of MLB GMs everyone in an attempt to unload Cutch and his salary.  Mrs. Black-N-Gold will continue to cover the bases if anything develops. Hopefully the Pirates don't abandon ship completely. 

Meanwhile, in Pirates legal news, 3B Jung Ho Kang has found himself on the wrong arm of the law again. He was recently busted in his native South Korea for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident. You may recall that Kang was also accused of sexual assault in Chicago back in June. That situation remains unresolved as the accuser is either uncooperative or missing, depending on the report that you read. Either way, if/when Kang's legal problems are settled, he'll still have to answer to MLB's commissioner for his allegations, too. 

Again, as news develops for the Buccos, Mrs. Black-N-Gold will be sure to give you the play-by-play. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!





Thursday, December 1, 2016

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 Dallas Stars. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)With last night's 5-3 loss, the Pens say good bye to an up-and-down November. Tonight is an opportunity to turn the page. Make it a December to remember! 2)A problem for the Pens has been a lack of consistency. You've got to play all 60 minutes. Be 60-minute men! 3)Last night the Pens found themselves in a 3-0 hole and didn't even get on the board until the 3rd period. Rock the Goals, Goals, Goals! Let's Go Pens!!!!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

SLAP SHOTS

     No sleep till Brooklyn; it's a great day for hockey! Our Pittsburgh Penguins take their show on the road to Brooklyn tonight to faceoff against the New York Islanders (I know, that sentence doesn't make sense, right? Playing the Islanders in Brooklyn?). These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)With Saturday night's 4-3 shootout victory, the Pens have won 2 straight. If it's 3, it's for me! 2)The Isles rank 25th in the league on the power play at 12.9%. This is good news for the Pens since they're #28 in the NHL in penalty kill at 77.2%. Kill 'em all! 3)The Pens are 8th in goals per game, at a 2.9 clip. They may have an opportunity to pad that stat since New York is 24th in goals against, allowing an average of 3 per game. It's all about the Goals, Goals, Goals, baby! Let's Go Pens!!!!



Sunday, November 27, 2016

THE 50-YARD LINE

     Our Pittsburgh Steelers are thankful for a Thanksgiving night win over the Indy Colts 28-7. Now that Mrs. Black-N-Gold's holiday weekend has calmed down and she's sobered up and awakened from her food coma, it's time to take a look at The Good, The Bad & The Ugly from the Steelers victory. See if you and your fellow friends in Black-N-Gold Nation agree.

GOOD

There was a lot to like in this convincing win. Like Thanksgiving dinner, there was lots and lots of good stuff. For instance, the defense continued to point the arrow up with 3 sacks and 2 interceptions. Both of the picks came from members of the much-maligned secondary, S Mike Mitchell and CB William Gay. Mitchell feasted on the Colts offense for much of the evening, delivering some of the hardest hits of the night. The D also held RB Frank Gore to just 28 yards on 15 carriers. And who could forget the goal line stands on back-to-back series? Yes, the defense looked like the Steelers D of old. But don't get too excited. Remember, the defense was dominate against an 0-11 Cleveland Clowns team and an Indy Colts team sans QB Andrew Luck. But this performance gave the Steelers consecutive wins on the road against teams that were .500 or worse. That's something we haven't seen in these parts in a long, long time. 

Let us not forget the offense. They looked pretty good, too. QB Ben Roethlisberger connected with WR Antonio Brown for 3 touchdowns. That was the first 3 TD game for AB in his career. And Le'Veon Bell carried the ball 23 times for 120 yards and a touchdown. The offensive line also kept Ben clean for another week. Plus, there were no turnovers. It doesn't get much better than this. 

BAD

It's a shame the special teams unit didn't get in on the action. They allowed a 35 yard reception on a punt fake that led to Indy's only score of the game. They also continue to give up huge chunks of yardage on returns, losing the field-position battle. If this keeps up, (not so) special teams coach Danny Smith may want to consider updating his resume (Mrs. Black-N-Gold is available for the gig). 

UGLY

Two things looked particularly ugly to Mrs. Black-N-Gold. First, was the fact that the defense allowed the Indy offense to march down the field on them not once but twice. Thus the goal line stands. They would never have been in the position to defend the goal line had they not given up big chunks of yardage and failed to get off the field on crucial 3rd and 4th down situations. 

Secondly, the touchdown celebration by AB and LBell led to an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty that contributed to Indy's TD. You're excited. We get that. But you don't see your teammates running around, acting the fool and getting flagged for it. 

Both of these points may be Mrs. Black-N-Gold just nitpicking but they are points that need to be recognized and addressed by the coaching staff. It's details such as these that can make or break you come playoff time. 

Now our Steelers stand alone atop the AFC North with a 6-5 record. They'll have a week to rest their weary bones as they get ready to battle the New York Giants at Heinz Field next Sunday afternoon. Meanwhile, the rest of the division plays today. The 5-5 Baltimorons travel to Cincy to face the 3-6-1 Bungles. And the 0-11 Clowns will face the aforementioned Giants. The Giants are no slouches at 7-3 so be ready. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!




Saturday, November 26, 2016

SLAP SHOTS

     I'll be cow-kicked, it's a hockey night in Pittsburgh! Our Pittsburgh Penguins return to home ice tonight at PPG Paints Arena to faceoff against the New Jersey Devils. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pens look to get back in the win column tonight after getting pummeled by the Wild yesterday, 6-2. Find the net and find the win column! 2)The Devils also lost yesterday, 5-4. Give 'em hell! 3)Giving up 6 goals while you only score 2 just won't do. G Matt Murray is expected to start tonight between the pipes. The D has got to help Murray. And, of course, don't forget the Goals, Goals, Goals! Let's Go Pens!!!!