Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> Really enjoyed Joe Starkey’s column today about the response of the Pirates’ fan base to their seriously modest success to this point. Speaks very powerfully to the city’s deep feelings about the baseball club.
>> Raise your hand if you thought this team could be 37-37 on June 23, almost entirely on the strength of its pitching.
>> Two things I liked seeing on the NHL Awards show last night:
1. The obvious is Dan Bylsma getting coach of the year. I’ve described at length my feelings for the Penguins’ work ethic last season that was the best I’d ever seen for that franchise, as well as how admirable and smart it was for Bylsma to stick to his system after all the injuries. So, it was nice to see the league’s broadcasters cast the right vote.
2. Did you happen to notice that every single player nominated was in attendance, even the members of the recently losing Canucks?
With all due respect to other sports, that kind of fraternity exists only in hockey.
>> I can feel this Jaromir Jagr thing happening. Didn’t necessarily feel that way a day earlier, but I do now. Just makes too much sense all-around.
>> I’ll be trying to arrange a chat for us sometime around noon. I’ll let you know in this space the when and where if I can pull it off.