KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> My Monday column is about the Steelers’ seriously sloppy victory. With the emphasis being on that last word there.
>> My first time in Arrowhead Stadium, though I’d been to the place across the parking lot in 2006 to witness the worst single baseball series ever played. I’m not going to link to my coverage of that, but you can Google it rather easily.
>> I don’t get out much when traveling on assignment, but I made an exception yesterday to check out the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum. Simply awesome. First class. And so much Pittsburgh.
Above, you can see a pic I took of Satchel Paige pitching to Josh Gibson — those are statues on a miniature field — to make up the greatest battery in Pittsburgh history, maybe baseball history. And they were never Pirates.
>> I see a pattern forming where everyone will ask Sidney Crosby about every head hit delivered in the NHL from now until the end of time, as if he is the primary arbiter of that. The cheap shot by Max Pacioretty on Kris Letang the other night in Montreal was the latest.
Canadians, in particular, are always looking to their hockey superstars for some sort of Buddha-like guidance, the kind that Wayne Gretzky so piously delivered even as he surrounded himself by thugs. Mario Lemieux wasn’t that guy — the enduring “garage league” crack aside — and Crosby won’t be it, either. He’s just not the type.
Someone asked him about head shots over the summer, he said his piece, and that will be that.
>> My weekly appearance on TribLIVE Radio will be pushed back until tomorrow morning because of travel back to Pittsburgh today.