Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>>Maurkice Pouncey apologized for the drivel he posted on Twitter Sunday, something I raised here on the blog yesterday morning.
Within the same hour, Pouncey retweeted a follower who recommended that he pay his critics no mind. In the days leading up to the game he now claims devastated him, while his teammates were preparing to play without him — again — he was hawking T-shirts on Twitter and Facebook. And within an hour of the end of that game he now claims devastated him … well, you know.
This guy’s a real piece of work, at least until he proves otherwise.
Wish him well at the Pro Bowl.
>> The remaining three-quarters of the Penguins will host the Senators tonight. Best advice: Shore it up defensively, get Steve Sullivan off the point, and protect Evgeni Malkin at all costs.
Malkin can get it done. I’m a believer. He’s supposed to skate between Chris Kunitz and Pascal Dupuis, and those are two eminently capable, skilled wingers. Given Malkin’s traits of pretty much chasing the puck and creating offense on his own, there is no hard reason he shouldn’t continue producing points.
>> Paul Maholm is a Cub. Congrats to him, and thanks for years of professionalism. For those of you who are fans, Chicago’s first visit to PNC is May 25.
Most tenured player on the Pirates’ roster: Evan Meek.
I’ll bet even Meek isn’t aware of that.
>> The college football season ended last night with the only game of any consequence. Imagine what it would have been like to have two or three weeks of such games.
>> The Riverhounds will build a soccer stadium at Station Square. My skepticism about a soccer fan base aside, I have deep reservations about a) committing a critical, visible piece of riverfront property to anything that doesn’t meet excellent design standards and b) Forest City, owners of Station Square, is Cleveland-based and has hardly been a friend to the city or its sports scene, as some might recall.
If this is successful, great for the Riverhounds. But they’ll need to make sure it’s done right, and their choice of a partner is a lousy start.