PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. — Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> My Tuesday news coverage is of the NHL’s realignment. I’ll offer much more on this tomorrow, but let me just add today that I sat in the same press row as the Winnipeg Free Press, Montreal Gazette and Ottawa Citizen. Small room, too. Very cool. You could tell all of them were wondering what the Pittsburgh guy was doing there.
>> Couldn’t the NHL have realigned the Bruins to some other planet?
>> Dave Wannstedt needs to show a little dignity after being fired. There’s a reason you very, very rarely hear fired coaches taking shots at their successors, and his comments to TribLIVE Radio yesterday about Tino Sunseri illustrate why. Even if you’re right (and he isn’t), you look classless.
This is what I heard when I read those:
“I’m still sore the university dumped me.”
“I recruited Tino, so he can’t be all bad.”
“Tino is a really good quarterback who, after his parents do the right thing and transfer him to Duquesne, will prove that I was right.”
>> The Pirates are making Pedro Alvarez their default third baseman going into 2012, Neal Huntington said yesterday right as he fully confirmed that Alvarez will not play winter ball.
>> Nate McLouth? Sure, why not? He’d be better than Xavier Paul’s 4 for 44 off the bench, he can play center, and the only good ball he’s played in the majors came in Pittsburgh. He’d probably be eminently affordable, too.
And I can attest directly that he’d love to return.
>> Too good to be true: The Cleveland Plain Dealer has made a video montage of the Browns’ various successes against the Steelers over the years. Lots of grainy Jim Brown footage, as one might expect.