Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Friday, February 22, 2013
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Are we starting to see cracks in the foundation of the House that Coach Cliché built? First there were rumors of grumbling in the locker room during the season as the Steelers played their way to an 8-8 record and out of the playoffs. It seemed some players were only out for themselves, not the team. Examples of this would be Mendy’s absence from the game in which he was inactive. Butterfingers Wallace sat out OTAs and training camp and spent the season dropping passes through his butter fingers. Lamar Woodley disappeared from the field but not the trainer’s room, Twitter, or Facebook. People were concerned that cutting some of the leaders of the team (Ward, Smith, Farrior) would cut off the team’s nose to spite its face. Perhaps it’s more a case of the team not developing players and/or leaders. As the years go by, more and more of the players that earned Super Bowl rings will be leaving, either by choice or by necessity. We’re hearing stories of “anonymous teammates” and of players speaking out of turn. It seems that as more and more of Coach Chin’s players depart the scene and Coach Cliché’s players dominate the locker room, it’s all crashing down like a house of cards. These players are acting more like school children instead of the professional athletes that they are paid handsomely to be. As free agency and the draft draw near, GM Colbert and Coach Cliché need to take a hard look at the players they bring into the fold. You don’t just want players that can perform on the field. You also want model, upstanding citizens in the locker room and in the community. Pick your players wisely. Go Steelers!!!!!!
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Friday, February 15, 2013
It's a great day for hockey! Your Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Winnipeg tonight to ground the Jets. These are your keys to tonight's game. 1)The Pens blocked 23 shots in their win over Ottawa on Wednesday. Gimme a "D". Gimme a "Fense". What's that spell? D-Fense! 2)Sid had another 3-point game on Wednesday. He has recorded 4 3-point games in his last 7 contests. Feed it to the captain. He knows what to do with it! 3)The Pens are 15-3-0 in their last 18 matchups versus Winnipeg, outscoring them 73-43. Goals, Goals, Goals, baby! Let's Go Pens!!!
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Monday, February 11, 2013
It’s that time of year again, folks. Time for pitchers and catchers to report and hope to spring eternal. Your Pittsburgh Pirates are looking to contend for the NL Central crown and, in the process, avoid a 21st consecutive losing season. Are you familiar with the phrase “when they think they have the answers, I change the questions”? The Pirates have a similar mindset in that they never have the answers and continuously have questions. Considering the Pittsburgh Baseball Club has had 20 straight losing seasons, I’m going to look at 20 questions for the 2013 campaign.
1)What’s up with the right field and first base platoons? Will any player ever step up and take control of one of these positions? How many candidates are there? Let me count the ways: In right field we have Travis Snider (anyone with the twitter tag LunchBoxHero is a fave of mine), Jerry Sands (came over from the BoSox in the Hammer deal) and Jose Tabata. First base is looking at a GI Jones/Gaby Sanchez platoon. Which brings us to our next question.2)Can GI Jones duplicate his output of 2012, 27 HR, .274 BA, 86 RBI? If so, that may answer the first base question.
3)Can Homeboy Neil Walker stay healthy? He was on his way to a good season last year but got derailed in the closing months due to a balky back. Is Homeboy back (pun intended)?
4)Can Clutch continue to be clutch and win the MVP?
5)Who is leading off?
6)Can Starling Marte make it through a full, big league season and live up to his potential?
7)Is Petey ready to step up to the plate and protect Clutch by batting cleanup?
8)Can the catchers throw anyone out any baserunners? I would like to think that Russell Martin is an upgrade over Barajas both behind the plate and at the plate.
9)Can the pitchers help out their catchers by holding runners on base and have a quicker delivery to the plate?
10)Can Grilled Cheese be the next Hammer?
11)Can AJ do it again this season?
12)Will the real JMac please stand up?
13)Will Gerrit Cole make his MLB debut this season? If so, when?
14)Can Boney Hurdle get this team over the hump and keep them in contention without falling apart as they’ve done the past 2 seasons?
15)Can Charlie Morton come back from Tommy John surgery and contribute?
16)If the Pirates fall out of the race, will Neal Huntington have a fire sale?
17)If the Pirates are in contention at the trade deadline, will they pull the trigger on a deal to get them into the playoffs?
18)If he falls to them, will the Pirates draft Mark Appel?
19)If Grilled Cheese is not the answer for the closer role, who is?
20)Like the Nationals added William Taft to their President’s race, will the Pirates add another pierogie?The Pirates no longer have the Astros to make them look good in the NL Central. The Cardinals are going to be without Chris Carpenter but I don’t think that’s enough to slow them down. The Brewers have steroid issues hanging over Ryan Braun’s head. Maybe his brawn is medically enhanced. Corey Hart is also hurt and it’s not known when he’ll return. The Reds have pretty much stayed pat except for the addition of Shin-Soo Choo. The Cubs have been relatively silent this offseason. Does all this mean the Pirates can contend or, at the very least, have a winning season? Only time will tell. I will make a bold prediction though and say that this is the year the streak ends. 87 wins, 75 losses. Someone right this down and we’ll see where we’re at in October. Let’s Go Bucs!!!!!