Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> The Pirates achieved 82 yesterday for a 19th time in a row. Ever since I contacted Elias Sports Bureau a few years back, it’s been publicly known that their streak is the longest in the history of professional sports. But the understanding anytime I’ve used that term is North American professional sports.
Which leads me to ask, and I’m being totally serious: Is there a longer losing streak anywhere in the world in any team sport where the athletes are paid?
What about English Premier League soccer?
What about Pakistani cricket?
Or New Zealand rugby?
Again, totally serious. I’d love to know if anyone could concoct a way to find out even a head start, and I’m perfectly willing to take it to the next level of official confirmation. There just has to be some team somewhere that’s done worse than the Pirates over the past two decades.
>> Yesterday’s Times Square news ticker in New York, courtesy of reader Dan Hopper …
>> Spent some quality time with select Penguins yesterday at their annual golf outing in Sewickley, the results of which you’ll find in my Friday column that coincides with reporting day for training camp.
In the meantime, here are a couple questions I had for newcomer Steve Sullivan …
I’ve always liked Sullivan’s game, as I’ve been saying, and his spending any amount of time under Barry Trotz in Nashville is a huge plus in the systematic sense. I strongly suspect you’re going to like him, too, if the wheels are still there. (Dan Bylsma says they are.)
>> The Steelers are complaining about the Ravens’ blocking techniques, three days after the fact.
Sorry, but that rings hollow to me.
I was in Baltimore after that game Sunday, and the visitors’ locker room was packed with media asking all kinds of questions, including about the Ravens’ blocking, and that never came up. Instead, they talked about how they stunk.
They did. Leave it at that.