Saturday, February 25, 2017

SLAP SHOTS

     Hallelujah Hollywood; it's a hockey night in Pittsburgh! Our Pittsburgh Penguins return to home ice (sort of) to phaceoff against the Philly Flyers tonight for a Stadium Series matchup at Heinz Field in the Battle of Pennsylvania. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)We don't like them and they don't like us. They'll try to play their Broad Street Bully brand of BS hockey by trying to rough us up. Don't fall into this trap. Play your game of high-tempo, high-scoring hockey and stay out of the penalty box, to boot. Smack 'em in the mouth with some Goals, Goals, Goals! 2)Following Tuesday's 3-1 win over Carolina, the Pens are now 25-0-0 when leading after 2 periods. Score early, score often, score BIG! 3)The Pens are 1-2 in outdoor games. Even that record, ok? F Philly. Give 'em L! Let's Go Pens!!!!




Thursday, February 23, 2017

THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

    What's the news across Black-N-Gold Nation? Mrs. Black-N-Gold has the information. She's got The Black-N-Gold News for you, everything from our Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates and Steelers.


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PENGUINS

It's been another injury-filled week for our Penguins. It seems our Favorite Black-N-Gold Hockey Team is turning black & blue. The Pens managed a 4-3 victory in OT versus Winnipeg but lost both D Olli Maatta & D Justin Schultz to injuries. Maatta underwent surgery to repair a broken hand and is expected to miss 6 weeks. Schultz is in concussion protocol with no timetable for his return. Get well soon, Olli & Schultzie! The Pens called up D Steve Oleksy and Cameron Gaunce from Wilkes/Barre-Scranton to help on the blue line.

The Pens fell to Columbus on the road on Friday, losing 2-1 in OT. They sent F Josh Archibald back to WB/S the follow day. They looked totally flat and out-of-sync on Sunday when they lost to Detroit 5-2. However, they did get back in the win column Tuesday night with a 3-1 win in Carolina. They saw D Trevor Daley leave that game with a lower-body injury. No word yet on the severity of that injury. Maybe GM Jim Rutherford will pull the trigger on a trade to get some healthy bodies in here before the March 1 deadline

The Pens will play next on Saturday night. The Philly Flyers come to town to faceoff with the Pens at Heinz Field for the NHL's Stadium Series. Keep on PUCKN'. Let's Go Pens!!!!

PIRATES

As the early stages of spring training began for our Pirates, they still had the business of arbitration with LH Tony Watson to settle. Our Favorite Black-N-Gold Baseball Team won that battle with their closer. This was the final year of arbitration for the lefty as he is set to enter free agency following this season. Will Watson finish the season with the Bucs or will he be another deadline deal like Mark Melancon of last year? We'll have to wait and see.

C Francisco Cervelli has been battling a foot injury in the early going. If he continues to have issues, it may effect his status with Team Italy for the WBC. Currently, Frankie C is day-to-day. Pirates players that are participating in the WBC will leave camp to report to their respective teams on March 5.

1B Josh Bell has been working his way back from offseason knee surgery. He's starting hitting live BP pitching but has not been cleared to participate in Grapefruit League action. The 1st games for the Buccos are this Saturday when they have split squads take the fields.

3B Jung Ho Kang has pleaded guilty to his 3rd DUI offseason in his native South Korea. He has been fined and will be sentenced on March 3. Once that process is complete, we'll have  a better idea of where Kang is. Remember, he may face disciplinary action from both MLB and the Pirates and has stated that he will into rehab, as well.

Mrs. Black-N-Gold doesn't know how the rest of Black-N-Gold Nation feels but she's ready for the Buccos to play ball. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

STEELERS

The NFL combine starts this weekend. That means our Steelers will get a look at their potential draft picks and asses the situation. They have 8 picks in this year's draft.

Meanwhile, our Favorite Black-N-Gold Football Team took care of 1 of their own this week. LB Steven Johnson was re-signed to a 1 year contract.

Speaking of taking care of business, OLB Coach Joey Porter had some business to resolve regarding his altercation and arrest on the South Side back in January. Peezy please guilty to disorderly conduct and paid a $300 fine. Hopefully the coach will keep his name out of the police report, in the future.

The Steelers will be getting busy soon. They have the aforementioned Combine plus there will be the matter of free agency right around the corner. We'll also find out soon if they plan to apply the franchise tag to free agent RB Le'Veon Bell.

Mrs. Black-N-Gold will keep you updated on everything that transpires for the Steelers this offseason as we countdown to kickoff. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!








Tuesday, February 21, 2017

SLAP SHOTS

     Hop in the Cordoba baby, we're going bowling; it's a great day for hockey! Our Pittsburgh Penguins take their show on the road to Carolina tonight to faceoff against the Hurricanes. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pens look to get back in the win column tonight following Sunday's 5-2 loss to Detroit. Nothing would be fina than a win in Carolina! 2)In Sunday's loss, the Pens were shutout on the power play, going 0 for 4. Take advantage of the man-advantage! 3)Scoring just 2 goals in a game isn't going to cut it. The Pens have to find a way to find their legs and clean up their game. And, as always, rock the Goals, Goals, Goals! Let's Go Pens!!!!


Sunday, February 19, 2017

SLAP SHOTS

     Get that dog off my lawn; it's a great day for hockey! Our Pittsburgh Penguins faceoff against the Detroit Red Wings this afternoon at PPG Paints Arena. These are your keys for today's game. 1)The Pens look to get back in the win column following Friday night's 2-1 loss to Columbus in OT. Gimme a W! 2)Detroit is 25th in the league in goals against, giving up an average of 3 goals per game. That's good news for the Pens, they're ranked #1 in the NHL in goals per game at 3.5. Gimme some Goals, Goals, Goals! 3)The Red Wings power play is 30th at a 12.2% rate. Hopefully, the Pens 22nd ranked penalty kill can take advantage of Detroit's porous power play. Kill 'em all! Let's Go Pens!!!!


Friday, February 17, 2017

SLAP SHOTS

     Buy Sam a drink and get his dog one, too; it's a great day for hockey! Our Pittsburgh Penguins take their show on the road to Columbus tonight to faceoff with their Metro division rivals the Blue Jackets. These are your keys for tonight's game. And congratulations to the Captain. Sidney Crosby recorded his 1000th career point in last night's game (before delivering the game-winning goal himself). Congrats, Sid! 1)After last night's dramatic come-from-behind, 4-3 win in OT, the Pens look to keep it in the win column on the road. We're 35-13-7 with 77 points. They're 36-15-5 with 77 points. We don't like them and they don't like us. It will be a playoff atmosphere in Columbus, especially considering the fact that they've never won a playoff series. They'll try to bully us and dictate the pace of play. They can't hit what they can't catch. Speed kills. Bring your A game! 2)Columbus is 5th in the league in goals per game at 3.2. Guess what? We're #1 at 3.5. Crank up the Goals, Goals, Goals! 3)Columbus has the #3 power play at 22.8%. The Pens power play is no slouch, either, coming in 5th at 21.5%. Man-up! Let's Go Pens!!!!


Thursday, February 16, 2017

SLAP SHOTS

     Mrs. Black-N-Gold is smiling like a butcher's dog 'cause it's a hockey night in Pittsburgh! Our Pittsburgh Penguins faceoff against the Winnipeg Jets tonight at PPG Paints Arena. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)In Tuesday night's 4-0 win over Vancouver, C Sidney Crosby recorded the 999th point of his career. Wouldn't it be cool for the Captain to (finally) get #1000 tonight in front of the home crowd? Slap me silly, Sidney! 2)Tuesday saw the return of C Evgeni Malkin to the lineup. Geno didn't disappoint as he scored the 1st goal of the evening and assisted on another. Welcome back, Geno. Make me a milkshake, Malkin! 3)Winnipeg is 28th in the league in goals against, giving up an average of 3.2 per game. The Pens continue to sit atop the league in goals per game with 3.5. Rock the Goals, Goals, Goals! Let's Go Pens!!!!


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

     Start spreading the news! That's right, Black-N-Gold Nation! Mrs. Black-N-Gold is bringing you all the information with the newest edition of The Black-N-Gold News. She's got Penguins, Pirates and Steelers for you.


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PENGUINS

Our Penguins continued to battle the injury bug during an up-and down week. The Pens defeated the Avalanche 4-1 last week but lost F Bryan Rust to an upper-body injury when he left the game in the 3rd period. He's expected to miss significant time while he recovers. Get well soon, Rusty!

Our Favorite Black-N-Gold Hockey Team called up F Josh Archibald from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Friday. In just his 2nd NHL game, Archie scored 2 goals, the 1st 2 of his NHL career, Saturday night in Arizona. Unfortunately, the Pens lost but they did get a point, falling 4-3 in OT.

The Pens saw the return of C Evgeni Malkin to last night's lineup. Geno's return helped the Pens return to the win column, too. He scored the 1st goal and assisted on another to lead the Pens to a 4-0 shutout of Vancouver. C Sidney Crosby also had an assist to put him at 999 career points, 1 away from the coveted 1000. Sid will have a chance to reach that plateau in front of the home crowd tomorrow night at PPG Paints Arena when they face the Winnipeg Jets. The Pens are currently 35-13-7 with 77 points, good for 2nd place in the tough-as-nails Metro division. Let's Go Pens!!!!

PIRATES

Several of our Pirates were named to WBC rosters as spring training was ready to get under way. OF Andrew McCutchen was named to Team USA, C Francisco Cervelli will play for Team Italy, OFs Starling Marte and Gregory Polanco and RH Ivan Nova will represent The Dominican Republic.

3B Jung Ho Kang's trial date has been set for February 22 in his native South Korea. This is stemming from the DUI charge that he faces for fleeing the scene of an accident in December. Due to the circumstances, there is no ETA for Kang's arrival at spring training.

Our Favorite Black-N-Gold Baseball Team acquired RH Pat Light from Minnesota. To make room, the designated RH Lisalverto Bonilla for assignment. Bonilla was claimed off waivers by Cincy. The Bucs traded for INF Phil Gosselin. They sent minor league RH Frank Duncan to Arizona to complete the deal. They also DFA'd RH Nefi Ogando. And the Reds claimed Ogando off waivers, too.

Pitchers & catchers reported on Monday to the newly-christened LECOM Park, formerly known as McKechnie Field. Position players report on February 17. Spring is just around the corner and so is Opening Day. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

STEELERS

It may be the offseason, but our Steelers were busy this week. They signed TE Xavier Grimble and LB Anthony Chickillo to 1 year contracts.

And some members of our Favorite Black-N-Gold Football are recovering from offseason surgery. WRs Demarcus Ayers and Sammie Coates both recently underwent core muscle (sports hernia) surgery. They are expected to be ready for OTAs in the spring.

The combine and the draft will be here soon. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!