Tuesday, October 25, 2016


     There's no crying in baseball! There is if you're Mrs. Black-N-Gold and our Pittsburgh Pirates aren't playing in the World Series. Again. But the Fall Classic gets under way tonight as the Chicago Cubs clash with the Cleveland Indians. Either way, one team is going to end a looong World Series drought when they win. Or, can MLB go on strike before the 1st pitch? Wishful thinking but that's doubtful. Today Mrs. Black-N-Gold breaks the matchup down scientifically to give you her thought-provoking prediction for the 2016 World Series.


Chicago-If Mrs. Black-N-Gold doesn't have to see Bill Murray's mug adorned in Cubs garb again, it will be too soon. Same with Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder. Then there's comedian Bob Newhart, he wasn't alive when the Cubs last won in 1908, but it's close. 

Cleveland-Comedian/game show-host Drew Carey has worn his Cleveland fandom for years, even before it was considered cool. NBA star LeBron James won't get to make it to opening night in Cleveland, he's got a little ring ceremony of his own to participate in as his Cavs receive their rings the same night. One fan that should be available for the game is former late-night talk show host Arsenio Hall. 



Chicago-While Vedder is originally from Chicago, his band Pearl Jam rose from the ashes of Mother Love Bone and the Seattle grunge scene. Of course, there is the band Chicago. They were alright until they let Peter Cetera get behind the mike. But you can't deny Chicago Blues. All of that makes up for Styx, Survivor and REO Speedwagon. 

Cleveland-Only Cleveland would have a song called "Cleveland Rocks" that was written by an English musician (Ian Hunter and Mott the Hopple). Mrs. Black-N-Gold remembers the Michael Stanley Band opening up for Donnie Iris. Joe Walsh was in the James Gang before he became a hired hand for the Eagles. Nine Inch Nails got their start in Cleveland. And Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are from the Mistake by the Lake. Cleveland does have this little tourist trap in their town that you may have heard of: The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. 

Sorry, Cleveland. To quote Muddy Waters-"The blues had a baby and they called it rock & roll." Without the Blues (Chicago) there would be no rock & roll (Cleveland). 



Chicago-One of the most famous delicacies to hail from the Windy City is their deep dish pizza, a delectable combination of pizza dough, tomato sauce and cheese. Another culinary classic is the Chicago-style hot dog. It's a dog dressed in mustard, relish, tomatoes, a dill pickle spear, onions and sports peppers. Hmmmmm. Mrs. Black-N-Gold will stick with the pizza. 

Cleveland-Mrs. Black-N-Gold read that Cleveland is famous for its city chicken. There isn't even chicken in city chicken. They're also known for a sandwich that's called the Polish Boy. It's kielbasa on a bun covered with barbecue sauce or hot sauce and french fries and coleslaw. This sandwich sounds a little too familiar to Mrs. Black-N-Gold. 



Chicago-The Cubs have turned former Pirates C David Ross into a Chicago icon thanks to Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant and the "Grandpa Rossy" moniker. 

Cleveland-We all know that Cleveland manager Terry Francona was raised in the 'Burgh. His father Tito is from Aliquippa. But did you know the Indians had little-used and light-hitting Pirates INF Michael Martinez on their roster this season? They also have former Pirate OF Rajai Davis. 

Advantage-Cleveland (or Disadvantage, depending how you look at it).

     And there you have it. Now the only thing left for Mrs. Black-N-Gold to do is make here pick. What's it gonna be? Cubs? Indians? Awww, you already know the answer to that 'cause I sold my soul for Black-N-Gold. Wait till next year! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


     Michael, Michael, motorcycle, it's a hockey night in Pittsburgh! Our Pittsburgh Penguins return to the home ice of PPG Paints Arena tonight to faceoff against the Florida Panthers. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pens are coming off another embarrassing road loss, Saturday night's stinker in Nashville, 5-1. One goal isn't going to get it. Give us Goals, Goals, Goals! 2)The defense has gone into hibernation with the injury to Kris Letang. Pull yourselves together. We need the D! 3)There was a Sidney sighting at Pens practice yesterday. The only thing was, C Sidney Crosby wasn't wearing his usual non-contact sweater. Will the Captain make an appearance on the ice tonight? Slap me silly! Let's Go Pens!!!!

Monday, October 24, 2016


     What the "L"? Our Pittsburgh Steelers lost their 2nd game in a row yesterday, falling to the New England Patriots 27-16 at Heinz Field. For better or worse, Mrs. Black-N-Gold looks at The Good, The Bad & The Ugly from yesterday's contest.


Some people may find solace in the fact that the Steelers hung with the Pats for most of the game. And that after a rocky start, QB Landry Jones played a decent game in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. But this is the NFL, folks. There are no moral victories. The only good thing about this game is that our Favorite Black-N-Gold Football Team has a bye next week. That gives them time to rest, heal and re-group for their divisional battle in Baltimore in 2 weeks. 


Do you know what's bad? When you get a team that rarely makes mistakes to commit 2 turnovers and you come away with 0 points. How can you allow this to happen? It's also bad when your head coach chooses to attempt a 54 yard field goal when your down 27-16 in the 4th quarter on a 4th and 2. Coach Tomlin, why aren't you going for it? K Chris Boswell missed his 2nd field goal of the day on that try and the Steelers gave the ball back to New England on downs. That seems like some bad coaching to Mrs. Black-N-Gold. 


10 penalties for 85 yards was very ugly. The Steelers hung with New England for most of the game but an unnecessary roughness penalty, false starts on offense, holding on a punt return and offensive pass interference penalties certainly didn't help the Steelers cause. After looking like a well-disciplined team earlier in the season, the Steelers have recently reverted back to their sloppy, undisciplined ways. Clean it up or it will continue to be ugly. 

Most of the AFC North stayed in the loss column yesterday. The Steelers fell to 4-3 but still lead the division. The Bungles won and the Baltimorons lost. They're now in a tie for 2nd at 3-4. The Clowns continue to be cellar dwellers with their latest loss putting them at 0-7. 

As Mrs. Black-N-Gold said, the Steelers get the week off. Hopefully, when they return to action in Baltimore on November 6, they'll have some starters return from injury (Cam and/or Ben perhaps? Or will we see Bud Dupree come off IR or Ladarius Green make his long-awaited debut from the PUP list?). Yesterday's loss was to an AFC rival so that's not good. However, the Steelers can still take the division and try to get a bye and/or home playoff game. Either one would go a long way. But first, they've got to beat the Baltimorons on the road. Get ready to get back in the win column. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!

Sunday, October 23, 2016


     Yoi and double yoi! Our Pittsburgh Steelers look to get back in the win column this afternoon at Heinz Field when they battle the AFC East-leading New England Patriots. These are your keys for today's game. 1)Ok, Steelers. It's time to pick yourselves up, dust yourselves off and shake off last week's loss in Miami, where the Steelers were dismantled by the Dolphins 30-15. Sure, there is a laundry list of starters out for this game but the plan remains the same. Bring your A game! 2)The Steelers need to impose their will and control the line of scrimmage in this battle or it's going to be another long day. Surely there are some players on the defense that would love nothing more than to rock Pats QB Tom Brady's world. And don't forget about their twin tight end threat, Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. Hit 'em early, hit 'em often, hit 'em HARD! 3)QB Landry Jones has to step up and show us what he's got in place of the injured Ben Roethlisberger. Putting points on the board early is a good way to start the day. Don't wait to see what the New England defense gives you. Take what you can get. Score early, score often, score BIG! Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!

Saturday, October 22, 2016


     Hop in the Cordova, baby, we're going bowling; it's a great day for hockey! Our Pittsburgh Penguins take their show on the road to Nashville tonight to faceoff against the Predators. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pens came back to find the win column Thursday night in a 3-2 thriller over San Jose, scoring all 3 goals in the 3rd period. While that's cool that the Pens were able to come back and win it, sleepwalking through the 1st 2 periods is not a good thing. You gotta play all 60 minutes! 2)This is the 2nd of back-to-back games for the Preds. They fell last night in Detroit, 5-3. A win in Music City would be music to my ears! 3)The high flying Pens have yet to reach 4 or more goals in a game this season. They're facing a Nashville team that has high expectations but has stumbled to 1-3-0 to start the season. Turn up the Goals, Goals, Goals! Let's Go Pens!!!!

Friday, October 21, 2016


     Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Mrs. Black-N-Gold has all The Black-N-Gold News for you. She has the latest on our favorite teams the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. It's only Black-N-Gold, but we like it.

                                                THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS 


Following last week's performance in the win against the Jets, QB Ben Roethlisberger was named FedEx Air Player of the Week. Congrats, Big Ben! 

There was a rumor last week that free agent signee TE Ladarius Green was close to practicing with our favorite Black-N-Gold Football Team in anticipation of coming off the PUP list. That has not happened, as of yet. If/when Green does take the field, Mrs. Black-N-Gold will let you know. 

Roster moves were made between the practice squad and the team as injuries continued to wreck havoc with the Steelers depth chart. CB Al-Hajj Shabazz was released and WR Cobi Hamilton was promoted from the practice squad in the run-up to the Dolphins game. 

The moves didn't help much. The Steelers were embarrassed in Miami by a score of 30-15. Hamilton did catch his 1st NFL TD pass. Congrats to Cobi! The Steelers suffered another kind of loss in this game. #7 tore the meniscus in his left knee. Ben had an MRI Sunday night and surgery on Monday to repair the tear. Word was that he'd miss at least 1 game. Now it's said that he could be out 4-6 weeks. Get well soon, Ben!

More roster shuffling took place. OL Brian Mihalik was signed while OL Matt Feiler was released. Feiler was then signed to the practice squad as OL Austin Shepherd was released.

The AFC East-leading New England Patriots come to town for a 4:25pm kickoff at Heinz Field on Sunday. It's a chance for QB Landry Jones and the rest of the backups to shine and keep the Steelers from losing a 2nd straight game. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!


Our Pens made a roster move leading up to last week's opener. They claimed G Mike Condon off waivers from Montreal to backup Marc-Andre Fleury and sent Tristan Jarry to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. 

An announcement was made that Pens owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle no longer had the team up for sale. What is Mrs. Black-N-Gold supposed to do with the money she'd been socking away in an effort to buy her Favorite Black-N-Gold Hockey Team?

The Pens hit the ice for real last week when they raised the banner and opened against the Washington Capitals. The Pens started the season on a winning note, pulling out a 3-2 shootout win. A few days later, they defeated the Anaheim Ducks by the same score of 3-2. 

The Pens suffered their 1st loss of the season to finish up their homestand, falling to the Colorado Avalanche 4-3 in OT. They then took their show on the road to Montreal and were blanked by the Canadiens 4-0. In that game both F Conor Sheary (eye) and D Kris Letang (upper body) suffered injuries. Coach Mike Sullivan listed them as day-to-day. In other injury news, G Matt Murray (hand) has resumed practicing with the team but remains out of the lineup. Speaking of Murray, his hand was healed up enough to recently sign a 3 year contract extension. Congrats, to Double M!

Last night the Pens returned to home ice for a Stanley Cup Finals rematch with San Jose. Down 2-0 in the 3rd, down to 4 defensemen, the Pens came from behind to sink the Sharks 3-2. Saturday night they look to stay in the win column with a win in Music City. Let's Go Pens!!!!


This week in Pirates history, the 1971 and 1979 Pirates became World Series Champions. Will we ever see another for our Favorite Black-N-Gold Baseball Team? Mrs. Black-N-Gold doesn't know, she just hopes so. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2016


     Great balls of fire, it's a hockey night in Pittsburgh! Our Pittsburgh Penguins return home to PPG Paints Arena tonight for a Stanley Cup Finals rematch with the San Jose Sharks. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Following Tuesday's pathetic 4-0 loss at Montreal, the Pens have lost 2 straight. #3 would not be great. You've got to score to get on the board. It's all about Goals, Goals, Goals!  2)In their latest loss, the Pens were 0-8 on the power play. That's not the Penguins-way. Take advantage of the man-advantage. Man-up! 3)The Penguins continue to log big minutes in the penalty box, too. This won't do. Stay outta the box and put it on the net! Let's Go Pens!!!!