Have you heard the news? It's all over town. Actually, it's all over Black-N-Gold Nation as Mrs. Black-N-Gold brings you that internet sensation. That's right. It's time for another edition of The Black-N-Gold News featuring the latest on our Pittsburgh Steelers, Pirates and Penguins. It's been a few weeks so Mrs. Black-N-Gold has some catching up to do.
THE BLACK-N-GOLD NEWS
In the run up to our Steelers regular season opener in Washington this past Monday night, the Steelers placed OLB Bud Dupree on IR (groin surgery). They also re-signed OLB Steven Johnson.
Our Favorite Black-N-Gold Football named their captains. QB Ben Roethlisberger is the offensive captain. DE Cam Heyward and CB William Gay are the defensive captains. S Robert Golden is the special teams captain.
The Steelers signed G David DeCastro to an extension. DeCastro inked the deal just under the wire as the Steelers don't negotiate contracts during the regular season.
The Steelers kicked off their 84th season in Washington on Monday Night Football in impressive fashion. They defeated the defending NFC East champs with an emphatic 38-16 win. Thanks to his performance in the victory, RB DeAngelo Williams was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week. Congrats to DWill!
The Steelers now get ready for a showdown with Cincy for the home opener Sunday afernoon. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!
Our Pirates may be playing out the string but Mrs. Black-N-Gold still keeps tabs on our favorite Black-N-Gold Baseball Team, no matter the outcome. Good thing because things have not been good for the Bucs.
The were blanked by the Brewers 10-0 to complete a sweep in front the faithful at PNC.
The Buccos hoped the return of 3B Jung Ho Kang from his rehab at Indy would give the team a spark as they opened a series with St Louie. It didn't help. they were decked by the Cards in the opener 12-6.
RH Jared Hughes was named the Pirates nominee for this year's Roberto Clemente Award.
Some more roster shuffling was done in hopes of saving the season. INF Pedro Florimon and RH Trevor Williams were called up. To make room, LH Kelvin Marte and RH Curtis Partch were designated for assignment. Still, the Pirates fell to St Louie 9-7.
Williams picked up his 1st MLB win in the series finale with St Louie. The Buccos clipped the Cards 4-3. Congrats to Me Llamo Trevor!
The Bucs made it 2 straight with a 4-1 win over Cincy in their series opener. RH Ivan Nova turned in his 2nd complete game in his short time with the Black-N-Gold. Manager Clint Hurdle picked up the 500th win of his Pirates career. Congrats to Clint!
Hurdle found that he'd have to wait a considerable amount of time before he got win #501. Cincy edged the Buccos the next night 4-3. The Pirates jumped to a 4-0 lead in the next game only to fall 8-7. Then Cincy made it 3 out of 4 by shutting out the Bucs in the finale 8-0.
Some good news for one Pirates. 3B Jung Ho Kang was named NL Player of the Week. Congrats to the Kang Show!
It was announced that 2B Josh Harrison would be out 4-6 weeks with a right groin strain. Considering the Pirates aren't likely to go on an epic run and go deep into the postseason, JHay's year is done. Get well soon, JHay!
To add insult to injury, the Pirates lost their opener Monday night in Philly 6-2.
More injury to insult: RH Gerrit Cole was placed on the 60-day DL. Joining him is his favorite backstop, C Chris Stewart as well as C Elias Diaz. Get well soon, Cole Train, Stew and Elias! Meanwhile, C Jacob Stallings and LH Zach Phillips were recalled. The Pirates also obtained LH Wade LeBlanc from Seattle for cash. Then the Pirates actually went out and won a game, defeating Philly 5-3. The Bucs were right back in the loss column last night, falling to Philly 6-2. They'll play the finale in Philly tonight, trying desperately to get back in the win column. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!
Not much going on with our Penguins. They continue to show Lord Stanley's Cup a good time. And fans that are jonesing for hockey were treated to some exhibition hockey yesterday at Consol Energy Center. The World Cup of Hockey was in town. It was an opportunity to see some of our Favorite Black-N-Gold Hockey Team as well as some of the best players from around the league and the world.
Real hockey starts in less than a month. Let's Go Pens!!!