Monday, September 26, 2016

THE BULLPEN

     The crack of the bat, the thrill of the hit! Our Pittsburgh Pirates begin their final home series this season tonight at PNC Park when they clash with the NL Central-winning Chicago Cubs. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Another home game, another loss for the Pirates as they dropped their finale with the Nats yesterday, 10-7. Mrs. Black-N-Gold is a little weary from this horrible weekend so forgive her if she's unable to do the math. Regardless of whether the Bucs are still in contention for a Wild Card spot at 4.5 games back with 7 games to play, they still need to right the ship, find the win column and finish strong. Raise the Jolly Roger! 2)The Pirates put up plenty of runs yesterday. Unfortunately, it still wasn't enough. Gotta have more Hit, Run & Score! 3)The Buccos bullpen was unable to hold the lead in yesterday's loss. You got to know when to hold 'em! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Sunday, September 25, 2016

THE 50-YARD LINE

     Yoi and double yoi! Happy Pigskins & Pirates Day! Our Pittsburgh Steelers hit the road to take on their cross-state rivals the Philly Iggles. These are your keys for today's game. 1)The Steelers are off to a 2-0 start. That's the 1st time that's happened since 2010. If it's 3, it's for me! 2)Through 2 games, the Steelers defense has registered just 1 quarterback sack. That came Sunday when Cincy QB Andy Dalton fell down and OLB Arthur Moats got to him. Philly is starting a rookie under center in Carson Wentz. Give the kid a real welcome to the NFL. Hit him early, hit him often, hit him HARD! 3)The Steelers have not won in Philthedelphia since 1965. The last time the Steelers played in Philly, back in 2008, QB Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 8 times. The offensive line needs to see this doesn't happen again. Give Big Ben the time he needs to fly high against the Iggles. Score early, score often, score BIG! Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!



THE BULLPEN

     Baseball fever, catch it! Happy Pirates & Pigskins Day! Our Pittsburgh Pirates close out their series this afternoon against the Washington Nationals at PNC Park. These are your keys for today's game. 1)The Pirates look to take the series by bouncing back in today's rubber game. The Nats celebrated on the Bucs home turf last night with a 6-1 win that helped them clinch the NL East. Scoring 1 run is no fun. Make baseball fun again. Give us more Hit, Run, & Score! 2)The Pirates are still not mathematically eliminated but they are 4.5 games out of the last wild card with 8 to play. It ain't easy but stranger things have happened. Refuse to lose! 3)The Nationals will start RH AJ Cole, 1-2, 4.68 ERA. Highly-touted Pirates rookie RH Tyler Glasnow returns to the rotation today. Glasnow is 0-1 with a 4.11 ERA. Got to get a win over Washington. Gimme a W! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Friday, September 23, 2016

THE BULLPEN

     Play ball, not work ball! Our Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series with the Washington Nationals tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pirates walked off with a win in dramatic fashion last night, 6-5 in 11 innings. We need more Hit, Run & Score! 2)Word before last night's game was the Nats had champagne and Bud Light on ice to celebrate clinching a trip to the postseason. A win tonight would be nice. Put the Nats on ice! 3)The Pirates will face Nationals RH Joe Ross, 7-5, 3.48 ERA. The Bucs counter with RH Ivan Nova, 5-1, 2.93 ERA. In Nova's last outing, versus Cincy, Nova suffered his first loss in Black-N-Gold. Be a Super Nova! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

     Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Everything is coming up Black-N-Gold this week as Mrs. Black-N-Gold gives all of Black-N-Gold nation the latest information on our favorite Black-N-Gold Teams, the Steelers, the Pirates and the Penguins.We send you now to our Black-N-Gold Newsdesk.


                                            THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS 

STEELERS

Good news for some former Steelers. The following players and/or coaches were nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame: LBs Levon Kirkland and Joey Porter, G Alan Faneca, WR Hines Ward, K Gary Anderson, and coaches Buddy Parker and Bill Cowher. Congrats to all. Hope you make the cut. 

More good news, this time for a current member of our favorite Black-N-Gold Football Team. RB DeAngelo Williams was named FedEx Ground Player of the Week. Congrats to DeWill!

WR Antonio Brown received some bad news this week. The No Fun League fined AB $15,000 for the shoes he wore and the twerk he worked in the opener against Washington. Considering #84 got some more up-front money from our Steelers this offseason, Mrs. Black-N-Gold is sure it's just a drop in the bucket, besides, the money does go to charity. She just hopes that 1 day 1 of AB's celebrations don't get too out of hand and end up costing the Steelers a game. 

Another game against the Cincy Bungles, another win for the Steelers. The good guys defeated the defending AFC North champs in the home opener at Heinz Field last Sunday 24-16. 

On Sunday, the Steelers travel across the Keystone State to battle the Philly Iggles at 4:25pm. Both teams are 2-0 someone will find the loss column this week. We all know who that will be. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!

PIRATES

Our Pirates continued their road trip this week as they tried to stay in the playoff picture.

They phinished off Philly last week with a 15-2 pasting of their cross-state rivals. 

From there it was on to Cincy. The Bucs battered the Reds 9-7 in 10 innings in the opener. In Saturday's doubleheader, the Buccos took game 1 by routing the Reds 10-4. They also took the nightcap, pounding Cincy 7-3. The Pirates could not complete the Cincinnati sweep on Sunday. they dropped the finale 7-4. 

Another week, another Pirate wins NL Player of the Week honors. Congrats to INF Sean Rodriguez! SRod was named Co-Player of the Week. 

The Pirates continue to deal with injuries late in the season. C Chris Stewart, who is on the 60-day DL, had arthroscopic surgery on his left knew. His expected recovery is 6-8 weeks, plenty of time before the start of spring training. Get well soon, Stew! 

The Pirates opened a 3-game series in Milwaukee this week. The Bucs took the opener 6-3. They continued their winning ways in Milwaukee (it doesn't seem like Mrs. Black-N-Gold should be typing those words, right?) with a 4-1 victory on Tuesday. The Buccos couldn't complete the sweep. They were beaten by the Brewers on Thursday 3-1. In that game, LF Starling Marte returned to the starting lineup following a 15-game layoff for a bad back. The Marte Partay didn't last long. He had to exit the game early when his back flared up again. Earlier in the day, the Pirates obtained veteran LH Phil Coke from the Yankees for cash considerations. He's expected to join the team tonight. 

Our favorite Black-N-Gold Baseball Team returns home tonight for their final homestand of the regular season (see how Mrs. Black-N-Gold is keeping her hopes alive). The open a 3-game set with the Washington Nationals while they're sitting at 4.5 games back for the final Wild Card spot. They'll then face the NL Central-winning Cubs for 4 games before finishing out in St Louie for 3. Time to go on a tear. Right the ship and raise the Jolly Roger. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

PENGUINS

While some of our Penguins continue to play in the World Cup of Hockey, most of the team converged on the Lemieux Sports Complex this morning. It's the start of training camp for our favorite Black-N-Gold Hockey Team. It's time for the puck to drop on another season. Raise the banner and defend the Cup. Let's Go Pens!!!!





THE BULLPEN

     Make baseball fun again! Our Pittsburgh Pirates open up their final homestand of the regular season with a 3-game set against the Washington Nationals that begins tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Lower it. The Pirates took 1 step forward and now 2 steps back with last night's 3-1 loss to finish out the road trip in Milwaukee. The Bucs bats went silent, producing just 1 run on 5 hits. That's not going to get it. For sure, you've got to Hit, Run & Score! 2)The Pirates are just 3-13 in their last 16 at home. Is PNC Park the un-friendly confines? To add insult to injury, the last time the Black-N-Gold faced the Nats, Washington whitewashed the Bucs in 2 outta 3. The only win came in an 18-inning affair when LF Starling Marte ran into a pitch that produced the game winner.  Right the ship! 3)Washington will start LH Gio Gonzalez, 11-10, 4.83 ERA. The Buccos go with RH Jameson Taillon, 4-4, 3.39 ERA. Gonzalez is the kind of junk-ball pitcher that gives the Bucs bats fits. The Pirates are 76-76 and 4.5 back in the Wild Card with just 10 games left. Find the win column. Keep calm and raise the Jolly Roger! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Thursday, September 22, 2016

THE BULLPEN

     Rounding 3rd and heading for home! Our Pittsburgh Pirates close out their road trip tonight when they battle the Milwaukee Brewers. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)With last night's 4-1 win, the Pirates have won 6 straight in Milwaukee. #7 would be heaven! 2)The Bucs look to clean house tonight in Brewtown. Break out the brooms! 3)The Bucco have scored 4 or more runs in their last 7 games. Ya gotta have more Hit, Run, & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!