Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> Everyone is innocent until proven guilty. You’ve probably read that a time or twenty in recent days as it relates to the Penn State child rape scandal. It’s true, and there are great and noble reasons behind the statement. It’s one of the pillars of our democracy.
That said, the Jerry Sandusky interview on NBC last night made me close to literally ill.
>> Mike McQueary, in an email to teammates obtained by NBC, said, “I did the right thing.”
This actually was the tiniest bit easier to handle when you couldn’t hear either of these guys.
>> Earlier yesterday, I had a wonderful time at Pitt’s basketball practice. Thanks to Jamie Dixon, Greg Hotchkiss and everyone else for their time and thoughtfulness. Looking forward to writing on the topic for a column in the near future. Some stuff that might surprise you.
>> Check this out …
The NHL decided yesterday not to suspend Milan Lucic for deliberately running Ryan Miller there. The goaltender is not fair game out of the crease. It’s in the rulebook.
What the league did, essentially, was tell the Sabres to take care of this themselves.
>> The Penguins’ next home game after tonight is Nov. 21 against the Islanders. Thus, that’s going to be the next game circled on everyone’s Sidney Crosby watch.
When he plays, he plays.
>> Hines Ward will be in Canton someday, and deservedly so. But he quietly dropped to No. 4 on the depth chart Sunday behind Jerricho Cotchery, which means he might actually be No. 5 once Emmanuel Sanders returns.
Say what you want about that being the right decision — it certainly is where Sanders is concerned — it’s still a tough and admirable one by Mike Tomlin. Not all coaches could do it.
>> The Steelers’ scene probably will be a bit quiet the next few days, with the bye week coming. You’d have to think the timing for the bye is about as good as they could get, especially in allowing LaMarr Woodley to get back. Could be Ben Roethlisberger could use a spell, too.