Thursday, April 30, 2015


    Tonight the first round of the NFL Draft kicks off in Chicago. The entire draft weekend runs from April 30-May 2. Our Pittsburgh Steelers have 8 total selections and many, many needs. Today, Mrs. Black-N-Gold takes a look at some of the needs the Steelers may fill beginning with their first selection, the 22nd overall pick this evening.

     No doubt about it, the Steelers needs begin with the letter "D", especially since the defense looked so dismal at times last season. They're also looking to replace some veterans that are no longer with the team mainly S Troy Polamalu, CB Ike Taylor, DE Brett Keisel and OLB Jason Worilds. The Steelers do have internal options but some of them such as S Sharmarko Thomas, DL Daniel McCullers, DE Stephon Tuitt and OLB Jarvis Jones are unproven.

     The Steelers have brought in many defensive players for visits leading up to the draft. A few are as noted for their off-field issues as they are for their play on the field, notably CB Marcus Peters(kicked off team) and DE/OLB Randy Gregory(marijuana). In today's NFL, you have to weed (pun intended) through the baggage and roll the dice.

     The Steelers are expected to draft cornerback and/or outside linebacker early, possibly in the first round. The Steelers haven't drafted a corner in the first round since 1997. Since this draft is looked upon as deep at outside linebacker, the Steelers should take a pass on OLB in the first round (maybe even the second round, too) and get themselves a shutdown corner. In this day and age of pass-happy offenses, you need a man who can cut the field in half for the defense.

     While the Steelers definitely need to go "D" in this draft, they do have some depth issues on the offense, as well. It's time to find a replacement for TE Heath Miller. Get a man in there now so Heath can help groom him. Also, considering the scramble for a replacement when RB Le'Veon Bell was hurt last year, and the fact that backup DeAngelo Williams is injury-prone, you need some depth at that position, as well.

     Should the Steelers do any trading up or down in this draft? That remains to be scene. However, draft picks are looked upon as oh-so valuable in today's NFL. It would be best to hold onto what you've got unless your trading up for a sure thing. If you can get more picks and still get your man, then, sure trade down. Just don't waste your picks. The Steelers have had a bad habit for many years of cutting multiple picks before they even lineup for the Black-N-Gold. Choose wisely, choose carefully. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


     Let's go, let's go, he can't hit, he can't hit! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series in Chicago tonight as they look to sink the Scrubs at Wrigley Field. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pirates send RH Gerrit Cole to the mound. Cole is 3-0 with a 2.19 ERA. Chicago will start RH Kyle Kendricks, 0-0, 5.74 ERA. Cole has won 7 consecutive starts dating back to last season. #8 would be great! 2)The Bucs dropped their second in a row to Chicago last night 6-2. The Buccos bats are mired in a slump as they were only able to scrap together 5 hits in this game. Break out the Hit, Run & Score! 3)The Pirates look to Cole to stop the bleeding as they try to avoid getting swept in the Windy City for the first time in 7 years. All aboard the Cole Train for a Pirates win! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


     Hit the ball and touch 'em all! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series in the Windy City tonight as they battle the Chicago Scrubs. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)It's a battle of lefties as the Pirates pit Jeff Locke, 2-0, 3.32 ERA against Chicago's Travis Wood, 1-1, 3.24 ERA. Locke and load and get good Wood! 2)In last night's opener, the Bucs were blanked 4-0, scratching out just 4 hits. We need more Hit, Run & Score! 3)Chicago has won 3 in row. Shut the front door on win #4! Lets Go Bucs!!!!!

Monday, April 27, 2015


     Mrs. Black-N-Gold has calmed down since our Pittsburgh Penguins suffered elimination at the hands of the New York Strangers following Friday night's 2-1 OT defeat. The Pens have conducted their exit interviews and cleared out their lockers, heading for the golf course. For some, their futures are uncertain.

      Over the weekend the Pens front office did make clear the futures for GM Jim Rutherford and Coach Mike Johnston. It was announced that both would return next season. What about the rest of the coaching staff? And how about the entire team, for that matter?

     It was speculated repeatedly during the regular season that the team would be blown up and re-built from the ground up if the Pens exited the postseason early. Well, here we are with a round one flameout. Where do the Pens go from here? Early reports are that ownership flat our refuses to trade the core of the team, Cs Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, G Marc-Andre Fleury and D Kris Letang. Over the weekend it was reported that both Sid and Geno have expressed a desire to remain in Pittsburgh. Although both finished among the league points leaders, both also underperformed badly during the playoffs. Flower is coming off a career year and was the one bright spot in an otherwise dismal postseason. Tanger had another injury-riddled season and finished the year on the IR.

     Yes, injuries did play a major role in the Penguins season, yet again. This fact was made abundantly clear when Rutherford failed to consider the salary cap whilst he was dealing with the injuries to his roster. Thus leaving the Pens shorthanded at the end of the regular season. Hopefully this will be a shortcoming on the GM's part that he corrects during his tenure in Pittsburgh.

     And as the Pens were falling apart down the stretch, their coach was doing his best John Russell impersonation behind the bench. For those that don't know, Russell was the stoic, lifeless coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates during the end of their playoff-free years. When the Penguins needed a fire lit under them to keep them moving, Johnston just stood their, without so much as a match.

     For sure the Pens will have to say goodbye to some of their greybeards who have outlived their usefulness and their contracts. We may have seen the last of Chris Kunitz, Rob Scuderi and Craig Adams in Black-N-Gold. Here's hoping that this regime becomes a little more open to integrating the youngsters into the lineup. They didn't exhibit that trait this season and neither did the previous regime. How do you expect the next generation to get their feet wet if they're not allowed in the pool? Besides, Mrs. Black-N-Gold heard too many times during the NY series how fast the Strangers are. Some young, fresh legs may inject some life into a stagnant Penguins locker room.

     The Pens need to get young and to get Sid and Geno the supporting cast that they so desperately need and deserve. They've wasted too many years with too little talent beside them. And if Rutherford and Johnston ultimately prove that they're not up to the challenge, don't be slow to show them the door. There's only so many times that fans can say "Wait until next year". Let's Go Pens!!!


     Hey batter, batter, batter, batter! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their road trip as they open up a 3-game set tonight at the friendly confines of Wrigley Field against the Chicago Scrubs. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pirates send RH Vance Worley to the bump. Vanimal's record on the young season is 2-1 with a 4.00 ERA. He'll face Chicago RH Jason Hammel, 1-1, 5.19 ERA. The two squared off last week at PNC Park with Worley getting the 4-3 victory. That win started the Bucs on their current 5-game winning streak. Unleash the Vanimal! 2)The Pirates starting rotation has a 1.88 ERA in their last 13 games. Sink the Scrubs! 3)The Pirates have won 8 of their last 10 and are victorious in their last 5 games at Wrigley. Give 'em more, Hit, Run & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Sunday, April 26, 2015


     Look at me, I can be in centerfield! Your Pittsburgh Pirates close out their series against the Arizona D-Bags this afternoon. These are your keys for today's game. 1)Last night's 2-1 win gave the Buccos 4 straight. #5 would be great! 2)The starting rotation has an ERA of 2.79. They'll look to lower that today as they send LH Francisco Liriano to the hill. Frankie has a 3.00 ERA but at 0-1 he's still looking for his first W. Frankie will face RH Jeremy Hellickson, 1-2, 4.58 ERA. The Pirates are also looking for their first sweep ever in the desert. Break out the brooms and Raise the Jolly Roger! 3)The Bucs have only managed 4 runs in Frankie's 3 starts. Give him more Hit, Run & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Saturday, April 25, 2015


     Stop the presses, stop the presses! It's time for Mrs. Black-N-Gold to fill you in on the latest from your favorite Black-N-Gold teams, the Penguins, the Pirates and the Steelers. Yes, boys and girls, it's time for another edition of The Black-N-Gold News.

                                              THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

The Penguins-The Boys of Winter made short work of their spring. Unfortunately, our Pens were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs with last night's 2-1 OT loss to the New York Strangers. New York won the series 4 games to 1. G Marc-Andre Fleury played out of his mind the entire season, recording 10 shutouts to lead the league and set a new team record. The Flower also was named an All-Star for the first time in his career and was team MVP. However, illness and injury dogged the Pens all season and salary cap restrictions made it difficult for GM Jim Rutherford to maneuver the roster. This team has many questions to answer in the offseason. Chief among them is the status of the GM and Coach Mike Johnston. What will the Pens do to the team, as well? Do they continue to ride with the core of Cs Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin, D Kris Letang and the Flower? Mrs. Black-N-Gold will keep you in the loop for all things Penguins during the offseason as our team gears up for a run to Lord Stanley's Cup next year. Let's Go Pens!!!

The Pirates-The Buccos completed their sweep of Milwaukee on Sunday, 5-2. On Monday they welcomed the Chicago Scrubs to town for a 4-game series, losing the opener 5-2. They made it 2 straight loses to the Scrubs with Tuesday night's 9-8 loss. In both games, the Bucs bullpen, considered a strength going into the season surrendered multiple leads and appeared to be a weakness for the NL Central-contenders. The Pirates got back in the win column with Wednesday's 4-3 win and followed that up Thursday afternoon with a 5-4 victory. The Pirates packed up the Jolly Roger and waved it in the Arizona desert last night, winning 4-1. The Pirates continue their series vs. the D-Bags tonight as they go for 4 wins in a row and try to get RH AJ Burnett his first win since returning to the 'Burgh. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

The Steelers-The Steelers continue to make roster moves and visit with potential draft picks as they ready for the first round of the draft this Thursday, April 30 in Chicago. RFA FB Will Johnson signed his tender. The Steelers claimed LS Brandon Hartson off waivers to add some depth during the offseason. Some more players visited the South Side this week. They included: CBs Steven Nelson from Oregon State, Marshall's Darryl Roberts, Bryce Callahan of Rice, Utah's Eric Row and Doran Grant of Ohio State. They also visited with North Dakota State DT Kyle Emmanuel. Looks like they're loading up for a run on defense in the draft this year. The Steelers also began their voluntary workouts at their facility this week. WR Antonio Brown made news as it was rumored he would pass (pun intended) up the voluntary OTAs as well as the mandatory practices and, perhaps, training camp if his contract isn't re-worked. AB's current deal runs through 2017. Brown refuted these statements when he was quoted as saying he is missing workouts this week due to the birth of his newborn daughter. Again, these are considered VOLUNTARY workouts and he wouldn't be the first Steeler to miss them. All of Black-N-Gold Nation will continue to hold their breath over this situation and see what happens when the workouts are mandatory. Maybe the Steelers have AB's replacement pegged in this week's draft. We'll continue to cover this story (non-story?) as it develops. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!


     Let's go, let's go, he can't hit, he can't hit! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series in the desert today as they battle the D-Bags of Arizona. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Pirates RH AJ Burnett starts tonight. At 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA, AJ is still looking for his first win since returning to the Buccos. He'll face D-Bags RH Rubby De La Rosa, 2-1, 6.00 ERA. Snakebite the D-Bags! 2)The Pirates have only managed 3 total runs in AJ's 3 starts. Got to give AJ the support he needs. Be an athletic supporter. Hit, Run & Score! 3)The Pirates have won 3 straight. #4 would be great! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Friday, April 24, 2015


     We want a pitcher, not a belly-itcher! Happy Bucs & Pucks Day! Your Pittsburgh Pirates take their show on the road as they open a 3-game series tonight in the desert against the Arizona D-Bags. These are your keys to tonight's game. 1)The Pirates took the final 2 in their 4-game set with the Scrubs, winning yesterday 5-4. Tonight they go for 3 straight. If it's 3, it's for me! 2)These 2 teams don't like each other. Remember, we took out their best player, 1B Paul Goldschmidt last year. The following day they retaliated by plunking CF Andrew McCutchen. They no longer have jagoff manager Kirk Gibson so we'll see whether they want to play beanbrawl again. Hit 'em early, hit 'em often, hit 'em HARD, Hit, Run & Score! 3)The Pirates start RH Gerrit Cole, 2-0, 2.65 ERA. The D-Bags answer with RH Josh Collmenter, 1-2, 3.38 ERA. All aboard the Cole Train for another victory! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


     Shave my face with a rusty razor, it's a great day for playoff hockey! Happy Pucks & Bucs Day! Your Pittsburgh Penguins take their show on the road tonight for game #5 in their best of 7 series with the New York Strangers. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Down 3 games to 1 the Pens face elimination in the Big Apple. Go hard or go home! 2)Ya know, it was a around a year ago that the Strangers were down to the Pens 3-1. As hard as it is to admit it, NY turned things around and won 3 straight to take the series. The Pens need to play fast and loose. Believe! 3)The Pens have had trouble finding the net and are due to breakout in a big way. Goals, Goals, Goals, baby! Let's Go Pens!!!

Thursday, April 23, 2015


     Let's play two! Your Pittsburgh Pirates finish out their homestand this afternoon as they play the finale of the 4-game set versus the Chicago Scrubs in the friendly confines of PNC Park. These are your keys for today's game. 1)Chicago has RH Kyle Hendricks, 0-0, 6.10 ERA on the bump. The Pirates send LH Jeff Locke to the mound. Locke has looked good early going 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA. Locke and load! 2)The Pirates look to finish this series on an even keel while Locke goes for his 3rd straight win. If it's 3, it's for me! 3)These are not the Scrubs of old. They're young and they're hungry and they've gotten to the Buccos bullpen in every game in this series. The Pirates can't waste any at-bats or opportunities. They were 1 for 6 in last night's 4-3 win, leaving 6 Bucs on the pond. The final key is really quite simple: Hit, Run & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015


     Scratch my back with a hacksaw, it's a playoff hockey night in Pittsburgh! Happy Pucks & Bucs Day! Your Pittsburgh Penguins look to get back in the win column and even their series against the New York Strangers tonight at Consol Energy Center. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pens started off Monday's 2-1 loss on the wrong foot, not registering a single shot on goal through the first period. Mrs. Black-N-Gold doesn't claim to be a hockey expert. However, didn't these players learn in junior hockey that you don't score goals without shooting the puck? What the puck, Pens, shoot it. Fire up the Goals, Goals, Goals, baby! 2)Many pundits said following Monday's loss that it was a shame the Pens didn't play the entire game like they did the final period. You've got to play all 60 minutes! 3)The Pens have to even this series up. You don't want to give them a 3-1 lead and take it back to MSG. You gotta want it, to win it! Let's Go Pens!!!


     Play ball! Happy Bucs & Pucks Day! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series against the Chicago Scrubs tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Chicago starts RH Jason Hammel, 1-0, 5.11 ERA. The Pirates go with RH Vance Worley, 1-1, 5.84 ERA. Vance started off the season in a bad way, giving up 6 runs in 6 innings in a loss at Milwaukee. He followed that up with a much better performance against Milwaukee at home. He gave up just 2 runs in 6 innings while striking out 6. However, Worley surrendered 4 walks in that contest. The free pass will come back to bite you in the a$$. Unleash theVanimal! 2)The Pirates squandered an 8-6 lead in the top of the 9th last night and lost to the Scrubs 9-8. You got to know when to hold 'em! 3)The Pirates have dropped 2 straight. #3 would not be great. Raise the Jolly Roger with some Hit, Run & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


   Hey batter, batter batter! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their series against their division rivals the Chicago Scrubs tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)It's a battle of lefties as Chicago sends Travis Wood, 1-1, 2.31 ERA to the mound. The Pirates counter with Francisco Liriano, 0-1, 2.08 ERA. Be Filthy Frankie! 2)In last night's series-opening, 5-2 loss, the Pirates surrendered 14 hits to the Scrubs while only scratching out 5 for themselves. They also allowed heralded rookie Kris Bryant his first 3-RBI game. This team is not the Scrubs of old. The Bucs need to prove that they can beat a team that doesn't have the name "Milwaukee" etched on the front of their uniforms. Don't sleep on the Scrubs. Score early, score often, score BIG with a heavy dose of Hit, Run & Score! 3)In Frankie's last 8 starts vs Chicago he is 4-1 with an 1.84 ERA. Even the series and get back in the win column! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Monday, April 20, 2015


     Happy 420! Mrs. Black-N-Gold celebrates the Stoner's Holiday by listenting to the classic Muddy Waters tune "Champagne and Reefer". The song appeared on the album Muddy "Mississippi" Waters-Live. The disc was released in 1979 on the Blue Sky label and was produced by Johnny Winter.

     Muddy starts out the song by asking you to give him champagne when he's thirsty and give him reefer when he wants to get high. He feels there should be no law on people that want to smoke a little dope (agreed!). Besides, it's good for your head and will relax your body. From the sound of it, Muddy likes to get high with his lady, too. He says to bring his woman and set her down there by his side. He also likes to lay his head down on his baby's breast when he gets high.

     Muddy digs the reefer and likes getting high. He's got no time for anything other than that champagne and reefer. He closes out the song by declaring that he'll stick with the reefer. He ain't going to be messing around with no cocaine.

     Many other notable musicians agree with Muddy. This hit has been covered by the likes of Buddy Guy, The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Gov't Mule, Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Black Crowes.

     Mrs. Black-N-Gold is going to celebrate 420 the right way. You can have your whiskey and your cocaine. Mrs. Black-N-Gold will pop open a bottle of the bubbly and fire up a doobie! Until next time, boys and girls. Keep It Bluesy!


     Batter up! Happy Bucs & Pucks Day! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their homestand tonight as they open a 4-game set against the Chicago Scrubs tonight at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pirates completed a sweep of the Brewers with yesterday's 5-2 win. The Pirates have scored 5 runs or more in each of their last 3 games while winning 3 in a row. We want #4 with more Hit, Run & Score! 2)Scrubs RH Jake Arrieta, 1-1, 1.98 ERA will battle Bucs RH AJ Burnett, 0-1, 2.25 ERA. AJ is looking to get in the win column for the first time since returning to Pittsburgh. Get the W and raise the Jolly Roger! 3)5 of the Pirates 6 wins have come against Milwaukee. The Pirates are anxious to prove they aren't a one-trick pony kinda team. Sink the Scrubs! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


     Great balls of fire, it's a playoff hockey night in Pittsburgh! Happy Pucks & Bucs Day! Your Pittsburgh Penguins faceoff against the New York Strangers tonight in Game 3 of their opening-round series at Consol Energy Center. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Strangers had the best road record in the league during the regular season, 28-11-2. Pens need the home crowd to be rowdy & loud. Don't let NY come in and get an early lead and blow the wind out of the building. Knock the Strangers off their game.Score early, score often, score BIG! 2)The Pens have paid 12 visits to the penalty box in 2 games. Stop giving them the man-advantage. Man-up! 3)The Pens look to build off of Saturday's 4-3 win in NY. Crank up the Crue and the Goals, Goals, Goals! Let's Go Pens!!!

Sunday, April 19, 2015


     Extra, extra, read all about it! Get the latest news and up-to-the-minute info on your favorite Black-N-Gold teams right here with Mrs. Black-N-Gold's Black-N-Gold News.

Penguins-Our Pens clinched a playoff spot on the final day of the regular season last week, blanking Buffalo 2-0 to punch their postseason ticket. G Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his 10th shutout of the season to lead the league and set a new team record. To ready themselves for the playoff run, the Pens made some roster moves. They re-called D Brian Dumoulin and Scott Harrington and F Scott Wilson from Wilkes Barre-Scranton. The Pens faced off against the New York Strangers at Madison Square Garden on Thursday night for Game 1. The Pens couldn't keep out of the penalty box and gave up an early goal that set the tone for the game, a 2-1 Strangers win. The Pens bounced back in NYC on Saturday night with a thrilling 4-3 victory. They continue to commit numerous penalties, leaving themselves short-handed. However, Mrs. Black-N-Gold is glad to report that there was a Sidney Crosby-sighting in the Big Apple. The Captain and fellow C Evgeni Malkin were held to just 3 shots on goal in Thursday's loss. Sid came back in a big way Saturday, putting not 1 but 2 pucks on the net. The series is tied 1-1 and shifts to Pittsburgh for Monday night's game. Let's Go Pens!!!
Pirates-Last Saturday night our Pirates were shutout for the first time this season, 6-0 in Milwaukee. Unfortunately, it would also be the first time this week. The Pirates were held scoreless 3 different times in the past 7 days. The Tigers blanked the Bucs 2 days in a row. The Pirates did manage to take their first series this season as they blasted the Brewers on Sunday, 10-2. RH Casey Sadler picked up his first Major League win in the spot start. CF Andrew McCutchen sat out last Saturday night's loss with a sore left knee but hasn't left the lineup since. The Pirates did erupt for 5 runs in a 5-4 Home Opening victory over Detroit with RH Gerrit Cole picking up his first win this season. Following Thursday's off day, the Pirates found the scoreboard and the win column Friday night, a 6-3 win over Milwaukee. They followed that up with another victory last night, beating down the Brewers by a score of 6-2.The Bucs also made a roster move this week, re-calling C Chris Stewart from his rehab assignment to come off the DL. To make room for Stew, the Pirates sent C Tony Sanchez back to Indy. The Pirates will go for their first sweep of the season today as they break out the brooms for the Brewers. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!      
Steelers-Our Steelers started out the week by re-signing S Will Allen. Allen helps add depth to a depleted Steelers secondary. Meanwhile, a former member of the secondary, free agent CB Ike Taylor decided to join teammate Troy Polamalu in retirement. Ike decided to hang up his cleats rather than try and latch on with another team when the Steelers made it clear they wouldn't bring him back. All the best to Ike! In an effort to re-stock the Steelers roster, the team had some more college players lined up for visits this week. TEs Cameron Clear of Texas A&M, Jeff Heuerman from Ohio State, and UAB's Kennard Backman were expected to visit Pittsburgh. Also coming for visits were WVU G Quinton Spain, Washington State DT Xavier Cooper and DE/OLB Randy Gregory of Nebraska. The Steelers signed Australian P Jordan Berry to compete with fellow Australian P Brad Wing, too. Australian punter. Is that a new trend developing on the South Side? Anyway, to help with all of this player-shuffling, the Steelers announced that they named Terry Cousin as they're Player Engagement Coordinator, whatever that means. If it can lead the Steelers to their 7th Super Bowl, I'm all for it. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!


     One, two, three strikes, you're out! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series against the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon at PNC Park. These are your keys for today's game. 1)Pirates have won 2 straight by a combined score of 12-5 and look to make it 3 in a row over the Brewers. Break out the brooms. Sweep the Brewers with some Hit, Run & Score! 2)Meanwhile, Milwaukee has dropped 4 straight. #5 would be great! 3)Milwaukee RH Matt Garza, 1-1, 4.22 ERA will face Pirates RH Gerrit Cole, 1-0, 3.27. All aboard the Cole Train for another Pirates win! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Saturday, April 18, 2015


     I'll be cow-kicked it's a great day for playoff hockey! Happy Pucks & Bucs Day! Your Pittsburgh Penguins look to even their series tonight against the New York Strangers at MSG. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)In Thursday's game-1 2-1 loss to NY, the Pens gave the Strangers 5 power plays, 4 of them in the first period alone. Stay out of the penalty box and put the rock in the box! 2)C Sidney Crosby and C Evgeni Malkin pulled their Houdini act, registering just 3 shots between them on Thursday. Light the lamp and light up New York! 3)The Pens need to steal one from NY and get back on home ice even at 1-1. Take a bite out of the Big Apple with Goals, Goals, Goals, baby! Let's Go Pens!!!


     Root, root, root for the home team! Happy Bucs & Pucks Day! Your Pittsburgh Pirates battle the Milwaukee Brewers tonight at PNC Park in game 2 of their 3-game set. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pirates got back in the win column in last night's opener, blasting the Brewers by a score of 6-3. They've beaten Milwaukee in 4 out of 5 games this season. #5 would not be jive! 2)Milwaukee starts RH Kyle Lohse, 0-2, 11.17 ERA. The Pirates go with LH Jeff Locke, 1-0, 3.00 ERA. Locke was supposed to start last night's game but Manager Clint Hurdle threw Mrs. Black-N-Gold a curve and started RH Vance Worley, instead. The Pirates pounced on Lohse on Sunday in a 10-2 win. Lohse has also posted a 7.56 ERA in his last 3 starts in Pittsburgh. Make a loser out of Lohse! 3)After putting up goose eggs during their 2-game losing streak, the Pirates pounded out 11 hits for 6 runs in last night's win. That's what I'm talkin' 'bout, Willis. We want more Hit, Run & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Friday, April 17, 2015


     The crack of the bat, the thrill of the hit! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their homestand tonight as they open a 3-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)In the past two games, both losses, the Pirates have scored 0 runs and only managed 5 hits. They haven't drawn a walk since Saturday. It's ok to get on base and score against the other team, ya know. The opposing pitcher's feelings won't get hurt. Please always remember and don't ever forget: Hit, Run & Score! 2)Pirates pitchers have looked excellent of late. They tamed the Tigers for just 3 runs in the past 2 games. Tonight it will be a battle of unbeatens as Milwaukee starts RH Jimmy Nelson, 1-0, 0.00 ERA against the Bucs LH Jeff Locke, 1-0, 3.00. Last week, the Pirates made Nelson look like the second-coming of Nolan Ryan as he blanked the Bucs, 6-0. Hit him early, hit him often, hit him HARD! 3)The Pirates have lost 2 straight. #3 would not be great, raise the Jolly Roger! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Thursday, April 16, 2015


     Get in the fastlane Grandma, the bingo game is ready to roll 'cause it's a great day for playoff hockey! Your Pittsburgh Penguins faceoff against the New York Strangers tonight at MSG for game one of their first-round playoff series. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Sure, the Pens didn't look their best down the stretch. But this is for all the marbles, the Stanley Cup playoffs. Take the Strangers and their fans out of it early. Dictate the tempo of the game and knock them off their's. Score early, score often, score BIG! 2)The Strangers captured the President's Trophy for scoring the most points in the NHL. They're heavy favorites in this series. The underdog role is new to the Pens. In spring's past, the Pens have gone into the playoffs as the favorite, only to suffer defeat at the hands of the underdogs. No pressure here. Play fast, play loose, play to win! 3)Strangers G Henrik Lundqvist helped stone the Pens last year in the playoffs to knock them out. Pack up the Motley Crue and the Goals, Goals, Goals, we're coming for you King Henrik! Let's Go Pens!!!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


     Hey batter, batter, batter! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series with the Detroit Tigers tonight. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pirates look to bounce back in the rubber game of this set after losing last night, 2-0. The Kitties held the Bucs to just 3 hits. Take the win & take the series with more Hit, Run, & Score! 2)The Kitties send RH Alfredo Simon to the bump. Simon is 1-0 with a 5.06 ERA. He'll face lefty Francisco Liriano. Frankie has a 2.57 ERA and is looking for his first win on the young season. Be filthy, Frankie! 3)With last night's shutout, the Kitties have recorded 3 in the early goings this year. Score early, score often, score BIG! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


     Root, root, root for the home team! Your Pittsburgh Pirates look to catch the Detroit Tigers by the tail tonight in game 2 of their 3 game set at PNC Park. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Following yesterday's 5-4 Home Opening win, the Pirates have scored 15 runs in their last 2 games. We want more Hit, Run & Score! 2)Our Buccos have won 2 in a row. If it's 3, it's for me! 3)The Kitties will start RH Shane Greene, 1-0, 0.00 ERA. In Greene's first win of the season he gave up 1 unearned run in 8 innings on 4 hits will issuing 1 walk and striking out 5. He'll face RH AJ Burnett. AJ didn't get the decision in his first start but has a 3.38 ERA on 5 1/3 innings, allowing 4 hits, 2 runs, 1 walk and fanning 7. In AJ's last 8 starts versus Detroit, Batman is 5-1 with a 3.83 ERA. Tame the Tigers! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Monday, April 13, 2015


     Take me out to the ballgame! Your Pittsburgh Pirates celebrate their Home Opener at PNC Park this afternoon as they square off against the Detroit Tigers. These are your keys for today's game. 1)Following a 6-game road trip to start the season, the Bucs are back at PNC where they owned one of the best home records last year, 51-30. There's no place like home! 2)The Pirates exploded yesterday, 10-2 over Milwaukee, taking their first series of the season. They recorded 13 hits, 2 of them 3-run homers. Our Buccos were 7 for 11 with runners in scoring position, leaving only 4 men on base. We want more Hit, Run & Score! 3)The 6-0 Kitties send RH Anibal Sanchez to the mound. Dirty Sanchez is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA on the young season. He worked 6 2/3 innings in his first start, giving up just 3 hits and 2 walks with 6 strikeouts. He faces RH Gerrit Cole. In Cole's first start he managed 5 innings against Cincy, surrendering 3 runs on 5 hits with 2 walks and 6 strikeouts. He'll be looking to lower his 5.40 ERA. Hop aboard the Cole Train for an Opening Day win! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Sunday, April 12, 2015


     Rounding third and heading for home! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series in Milwaukee this afternoon against the Brewers. These are your keys for today's game. 1)The Pirates try to take their first series of the year this afternoon by winning 2 of 3 in Milwaukee. Raise the Jolly Roger and take the series! 2)The Pirates only managed 2 hits in last night's embarrassing 6-0 loss. They were without CF Andrew McCutchen who has a sore left knee. Got to make up for Cutch's absence. Score early, score often, score BIG! 3)RH Casey Sadler gets a spot start today in place of LH Francisco Liriano who is on the paternity list. Casey faces RH Kyle Lohse, 0-1 with a 21.60 ERA. In Lohse's first start of the season, he lasted 3 1/3 innings, surrendering 8 runs. The game plan is really quite simple: Hit, Run, Score & Win! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Saturday, April 11, 2015


     Get it while it's hot! Mrs. Black-N-Gold brings you the latest info from your favorite Black-N-Gold teams, the Penguins, Pirates and Steelers. It is now time for another edition of The Black-N-Gold News.

                                         THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS

Penguins-Black-N-Gold hockey continues to take a beating. The Pens have dropped 5 straight. The injuries continue to pile up, too. D Kris Letang is out for the season (if they make the playoffs). Letang did manage to win the Pens Defensive Player of the Year Award. D Derrick Pouilot was named Rookie of the Year while G Marc-Andre Fleury is your team MVP. Congrats to all! Meanwhile, Pouilot was out for Friday's 3-1 loss to the Isles and is listed as day-to-day. The Pens faceoff against the Sabres tonight in Buffalo. If they win, they're in. They may even have a chance to back into the playoffs if they lose and get some help. Can the Pens make a 9th straight trip to the postseason and pull out of this months-long malaise? Let's Go Pens!!!

Pirates-Pittsburgh's Black-N-Gold baseball team started the week by finishing up the exhibition schedule in Philly and cutting the roster down to the 25-man limit. RH Charlie Morton was placed on the 15-day DL. He was joined on the disabled list by RH Brandon Cumpton, C Chris Stewart, OF Jaff Decker and INF Justin Sellers. With Morton on the DL, the Pirates inserted RH Vance Worley into the starting rotation. The Pirates also DFA'd INF Pedro Florimon and RH Stolmy Pimentel. The Pirates announced that OF/1B Andrew Lambo, and RHs Arquimedes Caminero and Rob Scahill made the team. The Pirates season didn't start off very well. They were swept in Cincy, scoring only 6 runs in the process. Some good news coming out of the Buccos front offices were that they locked up 3B Josh Harrison to a 4 year deal with club options for 2019 and 2020. We'll see more of JHay All Day! Finally, on Friday, the Bucs got off the schneid and in the win column in Milwaukee, beating the Brewers 6-2. They'll continue their series tonight and tomorrow before the Home Opener Monday afternoon against the Detroit Tigers. LH Francisco Liriano will miss tomorrow's start due to paternity leave. RH Casey Sadler will start in his place. Frankie will return for Wednesday's assignment. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Steelers-Everyone's favorite Black-N-Gold football team remained busy this week during the offseason. RFA CB Antwon Blake signed his $1.54 million tender. Other RFAs FB Will Johnson and S Robert Golden have not yet signed their tenders. Things started to heat up draft-wise as several players visited or will soon visit the South Side offices. They include Stanford CB Alex Carter, Washington CB Marcus Peters, Virginia LB Max Valles, Virginia LB Eli Harold, Utah DE/LB Nate Orchard, Ole Miss CB Senquez Golson, Auburn TE CJ Uzomah, Auburn WR Sammie Coates and UCF WR Breshard Perriman. The Steelers also released their schedule of preseason opponents. They'll play the Vikings in the Hall of Fame game on 8/9. They're also scheduled to visit Jacksonville, play Green Bay, shuffle off to Buffalo and get a visit from Carolina. All dates and times have yet to be announced. The league released a statement that RB Le'Veon Bell will be suspended for 3 games this season for his part in Pot-Gate. Bell will also be fined. He is expected to appeal the decision. The Steelers also exercised their 5th year option with G David DeCastro. Of course the BIG Steelers news was that S Troy Polamalu has decided he will retire, thus ending his illustrious 12-year career in the Black-N-Gold. Mrs. Black-N-Gold wishes Troy all the best and thanks him for always giving us his best. Thank you, Troy! Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!


     One, two, three strikes, you're out! Happy Bucs & Pucks Day Part II! Your Pittsburgh Pirates continue their road trip in Milwaukee as they battle the Brewers tonight in game 2. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pirates got off the schneid last night with a 6-2 win to start the series. Let's go for 2 in a row! 2)RH Vance Worley will face RH Jimmy Nelson. Nelson posted an unimpressive 2-9 mark with a 4.93 ERA last season. Worley looks to continue his renaissance with Pittsburgh following an 8-4, 2.85 ERA season last year. Chew 'em up, Vanimal! 3)Last night the Pirates 4-6 hitters went 6 for 12 with 4 RBIs, 4 runs, 2 HRs & 2 doubles. Give 'em more Hit, Run, & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


     Let's go hunt moose on a Harley, it's a great day for hockey! Happy Pucks & Bucs Day Part II! Your Pittsburgh Penguins close out the regular season as they shuffle off to Buffalo to faceoff against the Sabres. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Even though the Pens lost to the Isles last night, somehow, someway they can still make the playoffs a 9th straight season if they pull a victory out of their hat tonight. Win and we're in! 2)A win shouldn't be too hard against the NHL's worst team, right? The Sabres are 23-50-8 with 54 points and are angling for the #1 pick in the draft. The Pens may not even need a win, just get 1 point if they get some outside help. Mrs. Black-N-Gold doesn't want to see the Pens back into the playoffs. Beat Buffalo like a rented mule! 3)Have the Pens been listening to the Motley Crue lately? Break out the Goals, Goals, Goals! Let's Go Pens!!!

Friday, April 10, 2015


     This morning Black-N-Gold Nation woke up to some not-so-shocking news. Steelers S Troy Polamalu has retired. We all knew this day would come, yet we'd hoped that his career would never end. The Steelers organization, their fans and the city of Pittsburgh embraced Troy and he embraced us, always giving 100% and laying it all on the line, both on the field and off.

     When the Steelers traded up in the 2003 draft to land USC S Troy Polamalu with the 16th pick, many Steelers fans weren't sure what to expect. Many hadn't even heard of Polamalu much less knew what he could do. Although he didn't start a game as a rookie he was named the Steelers Rookie of the Year in 2003. Troy was just getting started. Throughout his glorious career, #43 has garnered numerous accolades. He was named to 8 Pro Bowls, was a 5-time All-Pro, 2010 Defensive Player of the Year, Steelers 2010 MVP, a member of the NFL's 2000s All-Decade Team, named to the Steelers 75th Anniversary Team and the Steelers All-Time Team. He was also named AFC Defensive Player of the Week 5 times and led the Steelers to 2 Super Bowl Championships as well as a 3rd appearance in the Big Game.

      And who can forget the tremendous plays that Troy would make? The pick-six of Flacco in the AFC Championship game? The (non)interception of Peyton Manning in the AFC Championship game at Indy? The many times Troy hurdled the line of scrimmage to get to the opposing QB? With 770 tackles, 12 QB sacks, 32 interceptions and 5 TDs, the list goes on and on. Of course, it was always just Troy being Troy.

     Pundits are now wondering if the Steelers will scramble to find his replacement, the next Troy Polamalu. The answer is "no" because there will never be another Troy Polamalu. He was a once-in-a-generation player who graced us with his presence for the past 12 years. His exemplary conduct both on the field and off, especially in today's NFL, truly amazed us. We'll miss the long, flowing locks unfurling from beneath his helmet as he races towards an opposing quarterback. We'll miss his leaping through the air with the greatest of ease to pick of an errant throw intended for the opposition's best wide receiver.

     But let us not mourn the end of Troy's stupendous career. Let us celebrate the fact that we were worthy of watching such a career unfold, before our very eyes. To Mrs. Black-N-Gold, #43 is #1. Thank you, Troy Polamalu for all that you've done for the Steelers and the city of Pittsburgh. See you in Canton.


     Eddie spaghetti, it's a hockey night in Pittsburgh! Happy Pucks & Bucs Day! Your Pittsburgh Penguins close out their regular season home scheduleat Consol Energy Center tonight against the New York Islanders. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)This could be the Pens last chance to punch their ticket to the playoffs. Bring the Energy to the Consol with Goals, Goals, Goals! 2)The Pens have lost 4 straight. #5 would not be great! 3)The Isles have the league's 26th ranked penalty kill at 77.9%. Hopefully, the Pens can save their sputtering power play, now ranked 8th at 19.4%. It's go time. Go hard or go home. Man-up! Let's Go Pens!!!

Thursday, April 9, 2015


     Put me in coach! Happy Bucs & Pucks Day! Your Pittsburgh Pirates take their show on the road as they open a 3-game set tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Both the Bucs and Brewers are off to 0-3 starts. Raise the Jolly Roger in Milwaukee! 2)LH Jeff Locke will face RH Mike Fiers. Locke and load! 3)Both the Pirates and Brewers have only managed 6 runs each in their first 3 games. Get on the board with some Hit, Run, & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


     Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks! Your Pittsburgh Pirates wrap up their series in Cincy this afternoon as they try to salvage one in this series. These are your keys for today's game. 1)RH AJ Burnett returns to the mound for the Pirates after spending last season in the wasteland that is known as Philthedelphia. He's expected face RH Anthony DeSclafani. For his career, DeSclafini is 2-2 with a 6.27 ERA. Give 'em the ol' Hit, Run, & Score! 2)The Pirates have lost 2 straight and are limping out of the gate. #3 would not be great! 3)In last night's 11-inning 5-4 loss, the Bucs left 11 men stranded and were 3 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Bring those Buccos home! Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


     One, two, three strikes, you're out! Your Pittsburgh Pirates are back at it again tonight as they battle the Reds in Cincy. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pirates start RH Gerrit Cole against Cincy RH Mike Leake. Leake is 4-0 with a 2.75 ERA in his last 8 starts versus the Bucs. He hasn't lost to the Pirates since May 5, 2012. Hit him early, hit him often, hit him HARD! 2)The Pirates left 6 runners on base in Monday's 5-2 Opening Day loss. Can't leave those Bucs on the pond, especially when Cincy has Aroldis Chapman to come in and close the door. Score early, score often, score BIG! 3)Last season, Cincy owned the Pirates going 12-7 against our Buccos, outscoring them 92-67. The Pirates had a mark of 3-6 at Great American Ballpark. Find the win column with a heavy dose of Hit, Run & Score! Let's Go Bucs!!!!! 

Tuesday, April 7, 2015


     Get in the fastlane, Grandma 'cause it's a great day for hockey! Your Pittsburgh Penguins continue to fight for their playoff lives as they faceoff against the Senators tonight in Ottawa. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)The Pens took the weekend off as they lost to 2 playoff also-rans, 5-3 in Columbus and 4-1 in Philly. They're 2 points ahead of Ottawa in the playoff race. Find the net and find the win column! 2)The Pens are a putrid 3-8-1 since March 14. The only team worse than the Pens has been AZ. AZ has beaten the Pens twice in this stretch. How low can you go? You gotta want it to win it! 3)During the Pens 3-8-1 stretch, they haven't scored more than 3 goals in any game. Crank up the Crue and the Goals, Goals, Goals! Let's Go Pens!!!

Monday, April 6, 2015


     The crack of the bat, the thrill of the hit! Yes, baseball fans, it's time for the cry "Play Ball" to ring throughout stadiums across North America. Your Pittsburgh Pirates begin another season of baseball as the NL Central division promises to be one of the most loaded and exciting divisions in the Major Leagues. As the Pirates ready for this afternoon's opener against their division rivals, the Cincy Reds, Mrs. Black-N-Gold gets you ready with her Pirates preview.

     The Pirates play in one of the most competitive divisions in baseball, the NL Central. There are also teams outside of the division that look locked and loaded. The division rival Cubs are expected to contend with new manager Joe Maddon and mega-free agent pick up Jon Lester to bolster the rotation. The Padres have stocked up for a playoff run, picking up Justin and Melvin Upton, Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Craig Kimbrel, etc. The Marlins are expected to make a run with $325 million-man Giancarlo Stanton and company. The Codgers, Gnats, and Cardinals are all stacked from top-to-bottom. Milwaukee was in first place in the NL Central for most of last season. Cincy is expected to contend with a healthy lineup.  And you can't discount the World Champion San Fran Giants.

     When the Pirates finally broke through to the postseason in 2013, the city erupted as the Buccos bounced Cincy from the Wild Card game and took St Louie to five games in the NLDS. Last year's Wild Card game was a different story as San Fran came to town and gave the Bucs a Giant beatdown, 8-0. All the more reason for the Pirates to take it to the next level, the NL Central title. It's time to stop messing around with the Wild Card and the Pirates know that. That's why they gave LH Franciso Liriano, today's Opening Day starter, the richest free agent contract in Pirates history. It's also the reason they brought back RH AJ Burnett. And why they won the bidding for Korean INF Jung Ho Kang. It's also why the Pirates bullpen will do their best imitation of the Cards' bullpen and bring the heat this season.

     Although many fans were grousing that the Pirates could have done more to move up in the NL this season, signed a big-name free agent, or made a trade that would upgrade the roster, the Pirates feel the moves they made are enough to punch their ticket to the top of the NL Central and give them a one-way ride to the World Series.

     If the Pirates hope to get over the hump, they'll have to get off to a fast start and take care of business in the division. 28 of their first 38 games are against NL Central rivals. In an 162-game season, you may run a marathon but you need to get out of the gates quickly. The Pirates will also have to learn to win on the road. The Bucs were 37-44 away from PNC Park last year. They need to remember to drive in runners, too. No leaving any Bucs on the pond this season.

    The Washington Nationals starting rotation is looked upon as the best in the Majors. St Louie's starters are nothing to sneeze at, either. The Pirates rotation is not considered a strength going into this season. Both Liriano and RH Gerrit Cole missed stretches last year due to injury. Burnett is 38 years old and coming off a season in which he led MLB in walks (96) and losses (18). He also had surgery for a hernia in the offseason. LH Jeff Locke was given a spot in the rotation following a lousy spring. When RH Charlie Morton was put on the DL, it was only then that Manager Clint Hurdle put RH Vance Worley in the rotation.

     The relievers boast many new hard throwers as well as LH Tony Watson and RH Mark Melancon, All-Star pitchers last year. If either Watson and/or Melancon regresses, there are many guys in the bullpen packing heat that could take over.

     There will be a new face behind the plate as C Francisco Cervelli tries to pick up where Russell Martin left off. He's got some mighty big shoes to fill. Backup Chris Stewart starts the season on the DL. Tony Sanchez will have limited time to prove that his breakout spring wasn't a fluke.

     The infield looks loaded. They'll have All-Star Josh Harrison at 3B for a full year. SS Jordy Mercer will look to improve upon his terrific 2nd half from last season. 2B Neil Walker will try to break more Pirates records this season. Let's face it, all eyes will be on 1B Pedro Alvarez. Pedro tries to learn a new position as he also tries to find his home run swing.

     The outfield looks like the most talented unit on the team, with the highest upside. LF Starling Marte and RF Gregory Polanco are expected to reach CF Andrew McCutchen's stratosphere soon. The Pirates have so much confidence in Polanco's abilities that they traded away safety net Travis Snider.

     Hurdle is calling the Pirates bench the best he's had since he's been in Pittsburgh. Jung and UT Sean Rodriguez are expected to spell the infielders. OF/1B Corey Hart is considered the right-handed bat that will platoon with either Polanco in right or Alvarez at first, should his gimpy knees hold up. OF/1B Andrew Lambo had another bad spring but will be the lone left-hander to pinch hit off the bench

     Mrs. Black-N-Gold was really feeling it for this team back at the beginning of Spring Training. She was thinking 93 wins and the NL Central title. As Spring Training progressed, she began to wonder. Like every team, this team has many "ifs" and will need their health to stand up and the question marks to be erased.

     Can Pedro find his swing at 1B? Will he be able to throw anyone out if the opportunity presents itself? Can Kang, Rodriguez, Hart and Lambo be counted on from the bench? Can the starting rotation step up? Will Cole take his game to the next level and become the ace? Will the bullpen put the heat on opposing batters? Can Walker stay healthy and prove he deserves a long-term deal? Will the outfield prove that they are the best in baseball? Will Cervelli help fans forget Martin? And, most importantly, did the front office do enough to get this team out of the Wild Card and to the top of the NL Central?

     Half way through Spring Training, Mrs. Black-N-Gold was thinking that this team is good for 88 wins and another trip to the Wild Card. But then, something happened. Hurdle started playing his regulars more in Grapefruit League action. And they began to look good. Sure, they still had their moments, that's why it's Spring Training.

     Now that the games really matter, Mrs. Black-N-Gold still thinks your Pittsburgh Pirates can win the NL Central crown this season. She's going to split the difference and give them 91 wins. They are going to meet the Chicago White Sox in the World Series and win, bringing their 6th Championship to the Steel City. Mark it down and see you in October. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!


Sunday, April 5, 2015


     Hallelaujah Hollywood, it's a great day for hockey! Your Pittsburgh Penguins continue their road trip as they play intrastate rivals the Philly Cryers this afternoon. These are your keys for today's game. 1)Philly came into out house on Wednesday and pummeled our Pens 4-1. It's payback time! 2)The Pens blew a 2-0 lead yesterday to the Blue Jackets and lost 5-3. Our favorite Black-N-Gold hockey team is dangerously close to missing the playoffs. Lately, it seems like this team has tuned out Coach Mike Johnston. The way they've been playing, they seem more interested in golf season, than playoff season. You gotta want it, to win it! 3)The Pens skate into Philly today looking to avoid a season sweep from their cross-state rivals. Pack up the Goals, Goals, Goals and get a win, baby! Let's Go Pens!!!

Saturday, April 4, 2015


      Great balls of fire, it's a great day for hockey! Your Pittsburgh Penguins take their show on the road to Columbus as they battle the Blue Jackets this afternoon. These are your keys for today's game. 1)Columbus has tied a franchise record, winning 8 straight. #9 would not be great! 2)Through their last 5 road games, the Pens are a putrid 1-3-1. Go from road weary to Road Warriors! 3)Columbus is coming off a 4-3 shootout victory over the Isles on Thursday night. The Pens try to get back in the win column following Wednesday night's 4-1 loss to Philly. With only a handful of games left in the regular season, find the net, find the win column, find some Goals, Goals, Goals, baby! Let's Go Pens!!!

Friday, April 3, 2015


     Stop the presses, stop the presses! It's time again for the latest edition of Mrs. Black-N-Gold's "Black-N-Gold News". Mrs. Black-N-Gold attempts to amaze you with the latest, up-to-the-minute news coverage on your favorite Black-N-Gold teams: Pens, Pirates and Steelers.

Penguins-Our Pens appeared to have bounced back last weekend, going 2-0 over the weekend over  playoff also-rans, Arizona and San Jose. They even saw the return of F Patric Hornqvist and C Evegni Malkin. Things were looking up. Then they lost D Kris Letang to a concussion in the shootout victory over the Sharks. Tanger remains out and is day-to-day. They are also still without the services of D Christian Ehrhoff. Things got off to a good start Wednesday night at home against Philly. C Sidney Crosby scored his 300th career goal. Unfortunately, that was about it, as Philly continued their dominance of the Pens at Consol Energy Center, winning 4-1. To add insult to injury, Geno missed that game with an undisclosed injury and is again day-to-day. Some good news is that 19-year old F Kasper Kapanen, the Pens 1st round pick in 2014, has been called up to the Wilkes Barre-Scranton Baby Pens. He is expected to join the big club once the NHL playoffs begin as the Pens will have no cap restrictions then. There's only a handful of games left in the regular season as the Pens push for playoff position. The New York Strangers have already wrapped up the Metropolitan Division title but there's still time to catch up to the Isles and Craps who are both one point ahead of the Pens' 95 points. Let's Go Pens!!!

Pirates-Our Pirates closed out Grapefruit League action at 15-11 with a few ties thrown in. They'll play the Sillies in Philly this weekend as a tune-up to get them ready to "Play Ball" in Cincy on Monday. Manager Clint Hurdle announced this week that LH Jeff Locke will be in the starting rotation and RH Vance Worley will work out of the bullpen for the time being. The Bucs also re-opened negotiations with RF Gregory Polanco on a long-term contract. The Pirates tried that last spring and could not come to an agreement with El Coffee. Hopefully they'll come up with a better brew this time. Other roster moves this week include LH Clayton Richard declining his opt-out clause. He'll remain with the Buccos in extending spring training. He's next stop is expected to be Triple A Indy. Also, RHPs John Holdzkom and Rob Scahill were option to Indy and RHP Blake Wood was assigned to minor league camp as the Pirates look to get down to the 25-man roster. The Bucs also acquired 1B Hunter Morris from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named later. CF Andrew McCutchen left Wednesday night's game versus the Baltimorons as he appeared to pull up lame when he held up running out a ground ball to first. Cutch and the Pirates feel it is a minor thing and he'll be good to go on Monday. Mrs. Black-N-Gold will bring you her preview and bold prediction for the Buccos to get you started for the season on Monday. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Steelers-Not too much news out of the Steelers Southside facility this week. They did re-sign DE Clifton Geathers to a 1-year deal. Geathers did not dress for any games last season after the Steelers brought him on board following Brett Keisel's injury. There was a rumor during the middle of the week that S Troy Polamalu was scheduled to make a big announcement. It turned out to be just that, a rumor. Coach Mike Tomlin visited with the Pirates while in the area for pro days. He mentioned he could use RHP Jared Hughes at TE and CF Andrew McCutchen to return punts. Let's hope the Steelers situation isn't that bad and he was just kidding. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!                                                          



Thursday, April 2, 2015


     Well, your Pittsburgh Pirates season opener in Cincinnati is just days away. As I'm sure you're well aware, a few storylines have already developed during a relatively quite spring training. Just as New Yorkers will have to hear about A-Rod's return and Marlins fans will have to hear about Giancarlo Stanton's massive contract all season, there a stories that will follow our Buccos for most of the 162-game schedule. Today, Mrs. Black-N-Gold takes a look at three of those storylines. You'll laugh, you'll cry. It will be an emotional rollercoaster. Run, don't walk, to see these exciting stories play out on the field at PNC Park.

1)The Saga of Jung-Ho Kang-The Korean import made headlines even before he stepped into the batter's box. The $16 million man was reported to have said that he expects to perform better at shortstop this year than incumbent Jordy Mercer. Cue the gasping fans and the jaded media. Everyone was ready to burn young Kang in effigy. The infielder and his interpreter tried to smooth things over as best they could. In his defense, Jordy took it all in stride, welcoming the competition. Kang didn't win over any fans with his poor showing in spring training, either. Although lately, his bat has shown signs of life. Will the bright lights of the big city deter Kang or will he take Pittsburgh by storm? Stay tuned for the next exciting installment.

2)Pedro's Big Move-Former first round pick Pedro Alvarez took a fall from grace last summer. Following two straight seasons of 30+ home runs, El Toro tanked in 2014, falling to 18 homers. To add insult to injury, he threw away his gig at third base thanks to his erratic throws across the diamond. This season, Pedro will attempt to establish himself among the league's first basemen while also trying to find his swing. Can Pedro save his career and put himself back into the home run race? This move promises to bring plenty of drama to the hearts of Pirates fans everywhere.

3)AJ Part II:Batman Is Back-This is a story that will warm your heart. Make sure you have a box of tissue for this one. Our hero returns, as fan favorite AJ Burnett proves you can go home again. AJ turned down megabucks to come back to Pittsburgh to help bring a championship to the Steel City in his final season.

     There you have it. The three storylines Mrs. Black-N-Gold thinks will burn up the talk show lines and leave you wanting more. One thing is for certain, the Pittsburgh Pirates could be this summer's blockbuster, #1 hit. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015


     Scratch my back with a hacksaw, it's a hockey night in Pittsburgh. Your Pittsburgh Penguins faceoff tonight for Rivalry Wednesday versus the Philly Cryers at Consol Energy Center. These are your keys for tonight's game. 1)Philly limps into Pittsburgh following a 3-2 shootout loss to San Jose on Saturday. They are now eliminated from the playoffs. The Pens defeated the Sharks 3-2 in a shootout Sunday and have won 2 in a row. If it's 3, it's for me! 2)Philly usually comes to Pittsburgh and smacks our Penguins right off their game. Set the tone and dictate the tempo. Score early, score often, score BIG with Goals, Goals, Goals! 3)The Cryers are 12-2-1 at Consol. Give 'em something to cry about! Let's Go Pens!!!