CINCINNATI – Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> My Monday column is off the Steelers’ finally-shut-one-down victory here, with an emphasis on the shutting down. Seems like a while since we’ve seen one.
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>> I think I now know why I felt ambivalent about whether or not the Penn State-Nebraska game should have been played. A powerful statement could have been made if it were canceled, but it would have come across mostly as punitive. The statement that was made with the pregame ceremony and generally good behavior was much more positive. Nothing wrong with that.
I’ll say it again: Based on the facts at hand, no one inside Beaver Stadium on Saturday was culpable.
>> Pitt got a fine showing from Tino Sunseri in Louisville, and the offense looked very much like it’s supposed to. So what was Todd Graham doing inserting Mark Myers on second down of a crucial drive to throw a pass that nearly was intercepted?
It’s about winning, not making the coach look clever.
>> Small world: Spotted John Van Benschoten here outside the stadium yesterday. He’s a Cincy native, and he wasn’t exactly hiding it, wearing a No. 47 Bengals jersey with the initials “JVB” for the nameplate. Dude’s a diehard.
John V, for those who don’t know, pitched for the Pirates and now is in the Padres’ system.
>> Heard yesterday that Ryan Doumit’s got quite his choice of teams, and he still hasn’t really narrowed down the list.
>> How about the curious case of the Baltimore Ravens?
>> Have you ever seen a quality NFL team get so sky-high to face one particular opponent and pretty much just sleep through the rest?
I mean, seriously, Seattle?
>> Sidney Crosby tomorrow, anyone?