Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …
>> My Friday column is about Sidney Crosby. I hope you have a chance to read it.
If anyone has questions about it, the comments section is below. If there are any newcomers, please know that there is a delay for anyone’s first post. After that, they go up automatically.
>> My deep appreciation to the many people who helped with the information that led to the Crosby column. Been seeking answers to some of these things for a while, and they wouldn’t have happened without the trust and cooperation of some good people.
Also, let me give a shout here to Josh Yohe, our new Penguins beat guy. He’s doing fine work.
>> Speaking of Yohe, here’s what Ray Shero told him yesterday: “We’re making the playoffs.”
Might sound like bravado, but Shero is right to be disappointed with this group and its six-game losing streak. Talk all you want about the guys who are missing, but the guys still there are better than this.
>> The NHL All-Star Game comes with a low profile even within the hockey world, so it won’t generate much ire that James Neal was left off the rosters announced yesterday. Only Evgeni Malkin was chosen.
So, let me be a lonely voice of ire with this deeply researched, intricate case for Neal’s qualifications: He’s No. 6 in the league with 21 goals.
There. That’s it. Didn’t take much effort.
>> Not much matters for the rest of the Pirates’ offseason more than Charlie Morton’s recovery from hip surgery. Rob Biertempfel reports from Bradenton that it’s going well.
>> Troy Polamalu got some serious roaming charges dropped. Good for him.
>> I’ll be skipping Monday’s column, then return Wednesday. Just taking the weekend off. But again, I will be around today here on the blog to address any questions and stuff.