Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> My Friday column challenges three of the Steelers’ defensive players to find a way to get to Tom Brady, physically or mentally. If they don’t do it, there’s an excellent chance no one will.
>> Baseball is awesome.
It’s beautiful even if it’s ugly.
It moves at just the right pace even when it’s long.
There’s no clock, no hope truly dashed until the last pitch … once, then twice, then as many times as St. Louis can send up David Freese to illustrate it again and again.
If you didn’t stay up last night, suffice it to say you missed the best World Series game since the last time Bill Mazeroski faced Ralph Terry.
>> Marc-Andre Fleury is so sharp in shootouts that you can drive yourself nuts just trying to imagine a way to beat him. To me, you come at him with speed, which was why I found it stupefying that the Islanders didn’t use Michael Grabner. Grabner is one of the league’s fastest skaters and has decent hands.
>> Give the Penguins a ton of credit, not just for the third-period comeback — their first in a couple years, actually — but also for how they stormed the Islanders’ zone all night. All that kept them from running up a rout was their own shooting, particularly that of Evgeni Malkin and James Neal, who missed repeatedly until Neal finally nailed one on a tic-tac-toe in the third.
Oh, and let’s not ignore that Steve Sullivan has played well on that unit, too. Guy still doesn’t have a goal through 12 games, but he created all kinds of offense. Looks like he’s just a little off.
>> Maybe the most agonizing aspect of Pitt losing Ray Graham and Cam Saddler to season-ending injuries is that Todd Graham now gets a full-blown mulligan for this miserable debut season.
>> Here is the chat transcript from yesterday.
I’ll cover the Steelers this weekend, of course, and the Wakeup Call will return Monday