Pittsburgh Penguins. Pittsburgh Pirates. Pittsburgh Steelers. Has Mrs. Black-N-Gold got all the news for you. That's right, Black-N-Gold Nation, Mrs. Black-N-Gold has all the information because it's time for another edition of The Black-N-Gold News.
THE BLACK- N-GOLD NEWS
When last we saw our Penguins, they were still in the midst of their 1st round series against the Columbus Blue Jagoffs. Well, our Favorite Black-N-Gold Hockey Team made short order of the Blue Jagoffs, bouncing them from the playoffs with last weeks 5-2 win to take the series 4 games to 1.
Once the Pens finished out Columbus, they sent Fs Tom Sestito & Josh Archibald and D Cameron Gaunce back to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Meaanwhile, they were left wondering if they would face the Toronto Maple Leafs or the Washington Capitals in the 2nd round.
The Pens found out Sunday night that they would take their show on the road to the Nation's Capitol to faceoff against the Washington Capitals in round 2. They took Game 1 in DC on Thursday night with a 3-2 victory. In that game, F Chris Kunitz returned to the lineup. Last night the Pens made it 2 games to 0 with a 6-2 whitewashing in Washington. In that contest, the Pens saw Fs Patric Hornqvist & Tom Kuhnhackl and D Ron Hainsey all leave the game. No word yet on their status.
The Pen return to home ice on Monday night. That will be a 7:30pm faceoff on NBCSN. Let's Go Pens!!!!
It's been an up and down week for our Pirates. Last Friday night, the New York Yankees came to town for an interleague matchup. The Bucs took the opener 6-3. The Pirates blew game 2 with an 11-5 loss. However, our Favorite Black-N-Gold Baseball Team were able to take the series with Sunday's 2-1 victory.
The Buccos were bitten by the injury bug more than once this week. It all began when they put UTIL Adam Frazier on the 10 day DL with a hamstring. They called up RH Dovydas Neverauskas from Triple A Indy. That move didn't really help the Bucs as they were crushed by the Cubs that night, 14-3 In that contest, Neverauskas became the 1st born & raised Lithuanian in MLB histroy.
Another injury hit the Bucs when they placed LH Antonio Bastardo on the 10-day DL. They called up RH Johnny Barbato from Indy to take his place. Then the Pirates lost a 1-0 contest to the Cubs.
The next day, Neverauskas was sent back to Triple A and INF Gift Ngoepe was called up. The move must have help because the Pirates clipped the Cubs that night to salvage a win, 6-5. It was another night of firsts as Ngoepe became the 1st African born player in MLB.
The Pirates moved on to Miami on Friday to start a 3-game set. On Friday, the Bucs blasted the Marlins 12-2. Yesterday, they placed another player on the 10-day DL. This time it was INF David Freese and his balky hammy. They called up OF Danny Ortiz from Triple A. They then defeated the Marlins 4-0 thanks for RH Ivan Nova's Greg Maddux-like performance, a complete game shutout with under 100 pitches. Today the Buccos look to break out the brooms. Complete the sweep. Let's Go Bucs!!!!!
Our Steelers had a busy week, as well. The regular season schedule was released for our Favorite Black-N-Gold Football Team but that wasn't all.
The Steelers exercised their 5th year option for LB Ryan Shazier. Shazy will make $8.718 million this season.
The NFL announced that they conditionally reinstated suspended WR Martavis Bryant. Hopefully, Bryant can return to his play-making ways and stay off the commissioner's radar.
The draft kicked off on Thursday night. The Steelers selected Wisconsin OLB TJ Watt with the 30th overall pick. In the 2nd round, the Steelers picked USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster. They had 2 3rd round picks; CB Cameron Sutton from Tennessee and Pitt RB James Conner. The made Tennessee QB Josh Dobbs their 4th round pick. In the 5th round, they selected Utah CB Brian Allen. Their 6th round pick was Louisville LS Colin Holba. The Steelers closed out their draft by selecting Western Michigan LB Keion Adams in the 7th round.
The rookes will get a chance to show their stuff this weekend when rookie minicamp gets under way. Let's Go Steelers!!!!!!