Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> I’ve long been convinced that items like the ESPN report yesterday about the Pirates potentially listening to trade offers for Andrew McCutchen — a report a high-ranking team source told me is wholly off the mark — probably doesn’t happen to other franchises that often.
I could be wrong, but I have a really hard time imagining fans of other teams getting all worked up at the team almost immediately, rather than questioning the veracity of such a concept. It’s like the starting point is this premise that the Pirates are absolutely evil and stupid and everything else, and all judgments begin there.
>> Three games for the hit on Kris Letang by Montreal’s Max Pacioretty sounds about right. Pacioretty is not some multiple offender, and he’s not that far removed from having his head crushed into the glass by Zdeno Chara last spring. It’s not like some powerful individual message had to be sent.
But the league standard is far more important, and this qualifies as a three-gamer if Letang’s hit in Winnipeg on the Jets’ Alexander Burmistov was a two-gamer.
Here’s the Brendan Shanahan video on the suspension.
>> Why doesn’t the NFL do videos like that?
Think that might alleviate a lot of the grumbling, particularly from the Steelers?