Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> My Friday column comes on the day the Penguins will report for training-camp physicals, with actual skating starting tomorrow morning.
The concept I pose is whether or not the team would be better off with a single, temporary leader for however long Sidney Crosby is out. You’ll find out who my choice is, as well.
>> Loved what Dick LeBeau had to say about the Steelers’ defense yesterday. Sometimes, especially in a physical game like football, it all really comes down to the want-to. There was no question last week the Ravens wanted that game more.
That said, I still wouldn’t mind seeing a little more of Ziggy Hood or even Cam Heyward on the defensive ends if Brett Keisel and/or Aaron Smith should struggle again in the early going against Seattle. As Mike Tomlin pointed out, nothing else that the Steelers hope to achieve on defense matters if they give up 5 yards per rushing attempt.
>> Am I the only one who directly associates the kind of weather we’ve gotten the past 24 hours with high school football?
There’s just something about the first time you put on long sleeves or even a jacket that makes you feel like you’re climbing up the bleachers somewhere, with the smell of a bake sale and a marching band playing in the background.
>> I’m idly curious: If Tino Sunseri somehow, magically channeled his inner Tom Brady and completed 39 of 40 passes for 500 yards this weekend against Iowa, would that be enough to get anyone to believe in him?
I’m boldly guessing neither will happen, and Pitt’s Todd Graham will have to make a hard call in going with walk-on Trey Anderson.
>> Here is the transcript of our multifaceted chat yesterday. Thanks again to all.