Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> This is my Wednesday column, entitled “Bring back Jaromir Jagr.”
The headline speaks for itself, I guess, but I’ll be interested to hear your feedback on the actual content. My sincere hope is that even people with deep preset feelings on the topic enter with an open mind. I’d imagine there was an entire generation of Penguins fans who know nothing more about Jagr than that they were supposed to boo him every time he touched the puck, even though they might not have known why. Jagr’s history here — the whole history — deserves more than that.
Above all, though, the point I make is that Jagr can help the 2011-12 Penguins. And that should be management’s primary concern, as well.
>> If you’re one of those who booed Jagr, this is required viewing.
>> Jagr could return, and so could Plaxico Burress?
We’ll see on both counts, obviously, but Ben Roethlisberger has been in touch with Burress and added that it would be “awesome” if he returned to the Steelers.
I’m not anywhere close to being sold on that idea. And never mind Burress’ off-field issues. (If it wasn’t for mandatory sentencing in New York, no one would even remember what he did wrong.) Rather, I’m not sure I’d prioritize wide receiver when I’ve got Mike Wallace as one of the best big-play guys in the league, Hines Ward still being some version of Hines Ward, and two pretty promising youngsters in Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown.
Whatever money the Steelers can spend needs to go toward people who can cover wide receivers, not to another receiver.
>> Give Charlie Morton a break. And I mean that literally: Great move by the Pirates to skip his start, providing a chance to catch his breath and, more important, get the zip back in that arm.
That said, give him a break figuratively, too. The fuss kicked up yesterday over Morton skipping a start, you’d think the Pirates didn’t have two off-days coming up in the next two days. They do. And someone was going to get skipped, anyway. Might as well have it be the guy who’s struggling the most. Last time this happened on the schedule, Jeff Karstens was skipped. Not doing that now.
>> Little stuff that can get lost in a box score: Chris Resop not only gave the Pirates 1 1/3 very timely scoreless innings, but he also threw all 14 of his pitches for strikes. Doesn’t happen often with a number that high.
Resop appears to be regaining his April form.
>> My hope is to get over to the yard for the matinee today. But I’ll be checking in here all day regardless, for discussion on … well, whatever you want.