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Wakeup Call: More important things

Some sporting thoughts before sunrise …

>> My Wednesday column addresses the NHL’s inexplicable All-Star snub of James Neal. My thanks to the athlete for insight and the Penguins’ Jason Seidling for information contained herein.

>> Anyone who missed it on the blog yesterday, please check Craig Adams’ comments. They will, as the entry states, be my final words on this.

>> Final thought I had on the way out of the building after the 2-1 victory: If the NFL investigated the Browns for their inexcusable bungling of the Colt McCoy concussion, what will the NHL do to the Hurricanes for doing precisely the same thing to Jeff Skinner last night?

Answer: Nothing.

I don’t care that the Penguins’ doctors cleared  his return. I don’t care that, as Carolina coach Kirk Muller later described it, Skinner was ‘feisty’ to return. That 19-year-old kid was fresh off missing a month to a concussion, and he was knocked senseless by Brooks Orpik. He staggered twice after trying to get back to the bench.

No way, no how should he have returned to the ice.

>> Thoughts and prayers in two directions for the Steelers, to Mike Tomlin for losing his father at age 63 and to running backs coach Kirby Wilson, who has an unimaginable road to recovery. All of Scott Brown’s coverage is on our Steelers page.

>> Also part of that coverage were Art Rooney II’s revealing remarks about the offseason to come, notably his less-than-definitive statement on Hines Ward’s future. You’d think that’s one management already knows. If Ward is serious about coming back — assuming the Steelers will have him — sounds like he’d better be ready to play for the love of the game. Meaning minimum wage.

Interesting, too, was Rooney’s declaration that Ben Roethlisberger needs to find a way to stay in the pocket next season. It’s a great point. Ben’s going to be 30 by then, and he’s not going to mimic Fran Tarkenton forever. Anyone who wants a glimpse at what Ben might look like as a pocket passer, check out film of the Tennessee game when he had the first of the two ankle injuries. I promise you’ll like it.

>> The Nailers have been put up for sale, and hockey in Wheeling could go dark.

>> Serious question: If I wrote a column about the future of soccer in Pittsburgh, would you read it?

Why or why not?

76 Comments

  1. Soccer? Is it time for the World Cup again?

  2. No we don’t wan’t soccer. We want NBA!

  3. I’d love to see an MLS team in Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh has more than enough corporations to get the sponsorship.

  4. I would read a soccer article. A growing sport. A lot of fun. Plus, an entire generation is out there that doesn’t know what a Chili Goal is.

  5. How do you stop teams from sending guys back out? How do you stop guys from demanding to be sent back out? There’s already a rule about 15 minutes in a quiet room and that’s clearly not being enforced. Kris Letang more or less admitted in an interview this morning that he’s the one who wanted to go back out in the Montreal game. Ideally, if a guy takes a hit like that, he’s out for 48 hours for observation. But how would you even begin to enforce that? You can’t. It’s a cultural, macho thing.

  6. I would read a column on soccer – as long as you approach it seriously. It annoys me when sportscasters and writers – both local and national – treat soccer like some kind of annoyance that won;’t go away. Well, it won’t because a lot of people play at all age levels, indoor, outdoor, all year long. I played for years, and have one of my kids excited for the chance to start playing too.

    DK: It’s the planet’s most popular sport, with no close second. Why wouldn’t I approach it seriously?

  7. Soccer is one of my favorite sports to watch and play. Would love to hear your thoughts Dejan.

  8. Jones and McGahee both go to arbitration! Both pushing their luck to remain Pirates…

    DK: A little surprising, considering Jones’ — admitted — tenuous status.

  9. Soccer? I’m all for it. I want to see the Pittsburgh side on it. I don’t think I have to list the reasons. ;)

  10. As a high school soccer coach, I love soccer coming to Pittsburgh and would be glad to see your take on it!

  11. If the question really is “If I wrote a column about the future of soccer in Pittsburgh, would you read it?” then my answer is no I would not read anything about soccer, and as much as the people above say they would I highly doubt that is true. If people really cared about soccer it would be much more popular here in the United States and the MLS would not be struggling financially like it is now. There are always going to be the soccer fanatics who want more coverage, and I understand that, but most people just don’t care about the “other football/Futbol” The Trib sport’s page doesn’t even write about soccer. You already do enough good writing, don’t waste your time on soccer.

  12. 7 Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Spring Training Tracker

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/st2012

    PIRATE BLOGS

    8—Pirates Prospects

    Winter League Playoffs 1/17 — Navarro and Hernandez Power Los Tigres

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/01/winter-league-playoffs-117-navarro-and-hernandez-power-los-tigres.html

    9 The Green Weenie

    Karstens, Meek Ink Deals

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2012/01/karstens-meek-ink-deals.html

    10 Rumbunter

    Pirates Farm System Climbs in Rankings, Wes Freeman Interview

    http://rumbunter.com/2012/01/17/pirates-farm-system-climbs-in-rankings-wes-freeman-interview/

    11 Raise the Jolly Roger

    McGehee, Jones exchange arb figures

    http://raisethejollyroger.com/2012/01/mcgehee-jones-exchange-arb-figures/

  13. SPORTS WEBSITES

    15 Fox News

    How ‘Baseball Wives’ star Anna Benson keeps 12-year marriage interesting

    http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2012/01/17/how-baseball-wives-star-anna-benson-keeps-12-year-marriage-interesting/

    16 Top Prospect Alert Minor League Blog

    Q&A With Pittsburgh Pirates Prospect Wes Freeman

    http://topprospectalert.com/2012/01/16/qa-with-pittsburgh-pirates-prospect-wes-freeman/

    17 Fangraphs

    Pirates Jameson Taillon Makes Successful Debut

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/pittsburgh-pirates-pitching-prospect-jameson-taillon-scouting-report-video/

  14. Steelers Blogs

    -Behind the Steel Curtain

    Birth Father of Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/1/17/2714475/birth-father-of-steelers-coach-mike-tomlin-dies-of-apparent-heart

    One Horrible Game, One Horrible Drive, One Horrible Plan and One Horrible Play

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/1/17/2711445/steelers-2011-season-review

    Steelers Running Backs Coach Kirby Wilson Remains Hospitalized, Family Releases Statement

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/1/17/2714574/steelers-running-backs-coach-kirby-wilson-remains-hospitalized-family

    -Steelers Depot

    The Terrible Podcast

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/01/the-terrible-podcast-divisional-round-talk-plus-steelers-roster-talk-episode/

    -Steelers Gab

    Allen or Lewis to Get a Shot to Start at CB Opposite Taylor in 2012?

    http://www.steelersgab.com/2012/01/17/allen-or-lewis-to-get-a-shot-to-start-at-cb-opposite-taylor-in-2012/

  15. Pitt Blogs

    Cardiac Hill

    Latest “Real” Reason Fraud Left: His Kids Didn’t Like Pittsburgh

    http://www.cardiachill.com/2012/1/17/2713943/real-reason-fraud-left-his-kids-didnt-like-pittsburgh

    WVU Blogs

    Metro News

    Davis Still Committed To WVU

    http://www.wvmetronews.com/wvu.cfm?func=displayfullstory&storyid=50380

    WV Illustrated

    From the Cheap Seats: Stop the Coaching Carousel…I Want to Get Off

    http://www.wvillustrated.com/story/16525533/from-the-cheap-seats-stop-the-coaching-carouseli-want-to-get-off

    Men’s Basketball Interviews Prior to Game Against Marshall

    http://www.wvillustrated.com/story/16538372/mens-basketball-interviews-prior-to-game-against-marshall

    PENGUIN BLOGS

    —Pensburgh

    How Are the Pens Doing? Games 34-43

    http://www.pensburgh.com/2012/1/17/2690067/how-are-the-pens-doing-games-34-43

  16. Morning Links Title song Remember Me, Fleetwood Mac Penguin album 1973. One of the two Mac albums Bob Weston played guitar on. Bob Weston passed away on January 3.

  17. Anyone happen to catch the score of the Pitt women’s basketball game last night? How does losing 120-44 even happen? Granted, it was the #2 ranked Notre Dame, but losing by 76 points? Seriously? If I’m not mistaken the combined Big East record of the men’s and women’s basketball teams is now 0-12, both sitting dead last.

  18. Sad to hear about Tomlin’s dad passing. It must’ve been really hard on his brother who was talking with him when he collapsed.

    It’s never easy losing a dad you loved.

    Foo

    ……….

  19. No. Not unless I was having trouble sleeping and needed something to help.

  20. I would read the soccer article. I have been a soccer fan for a long time (at leasat on the international level). I would love to see an MLS team come here. I think it would do well. There is a base. When Chelsea played Roma here in 2002 or 2003 a lot of tickets were sold at Heinz Field.

  21. No thanks on soccer.

  22. I’d be very interested in hearing about the future of soccer and/or NBA basketball in Pittsburgh.

  23. I know next to nothing about Soccer, but I’d read it. I learn a lot on this blog about all the sports you post about, including hockey, football, and baseball. How about you usual posters, CWalton, Milo, Groat, aglebagel, Arriba, Dan, JAL, suckmeter, what do you all think? One thing I won’t read about is golf UGH! ;)

  24. Would never read any soccer article. Only time I acknowledge soccer is when I need a nap and put it on tv to bore me to sleep

  25. Sucks I didn’t know there was a soccer “present” in Pittsburgh. I’d be more interested in reading the future of the Culinary Institute than a soccer article…and I’m serious.

  26. NO. That’s it—just NO.

  27. I would read about soccer. Funny how people think the game is boring when the reality is that it very close to hockey in scoring. Last night Pens and Hurricane player 3 periods and OT and ended 1-1. Many soccer games have more goals than that.

    Lionel Messi does things on the soccer field that Sidney Crosby does on the ice.

  28. Please. Any sport that the final is 2-1 and it’s considered a high-scoring game is not for publication. Next you’ll be writing about college lacrosse or rugby. Stick to the big 4.

  29. Dejan – here’s a serious answer to your serious question. And for others, I am answering the QUESTION – would I read a column about soccer. I am not using that as a jumping off point to answer a question never asked, about the merit or popularity about soccer.

    ANSWER: I would BEGIN to read it. If it made a point that I found interesting, surprising or valid, then I would finish the column. If it turned out to be a slash job on our viewing habits and sports interests, then no, I would not make it past the opening paragraph.

    Not saying you WOULD do that, Dejan. But let’s face it; many professional writers have written the whiny what’s-wrong-with-ugly-Americans-that-they-don’t-watch-the-world’s-number-one-sport. (Note again the first sentence of this paragraph.)

    I put those whiny complains by writers or soccer fans in the same dust bin as the whiny complaints about soccer itself by soccer haters.

    Fans – watch what you want to watch. I will occasionally watch too. Occasionally.

    Dejan – write what you want to write. I will give it a chance and not assume it’s, well, like some of the others.

    I will support both as long as we don’t whine about it.

    (Am I whining now?)

  30. I’d read a soccer article, only because I enjoy your professional take on all things sports.

    After spending some time in Europe, and seriously trying to watch the game, I just could never get into it. Definitely one of those “more fun to play” sports. It reminded me of some seriously dull hockey from the late 90′s.

    I would rather see some top notch rugby in Pittsburgh before I’d pay to watch soccer.

  31. January 18

    31 days until Pirate Spring Training

  32. Dejan – I would read a blog post about soccer, not an article. I wasn’t indoctrinated with soccer as a youth and now as a parent I have precious little time to sit down and watch an entire game of something I DO like, let alone learn an entire new game.

    That being said, as soon as my kids want to play it, I will have to learn it and then maybe I will like it. Who knows.

  33. I consider one of the successes of my parenting life that, although I would have preferred her choosing softball, I encouraged my youngest daughter when she wanted to play soccer. I went to her games and cheered loudly. I even went to some of her practices. I also brought her team juice boxes (ugh) . . . . . which I never did when I was coaching Little League baseball!

    That being said, I would rather read about bowling . . . . miniature golf . . . . bocce . . . . professional acting, I mean, wrestling than soccer.

    Just because soccer is so popular in other parts of the world doesn’t mean it’s palatable for us. The rest of the world thinks so highly of baseball and softball that they took it out of the Olympics. Other than JV USA——Canada——there are no professional football leagues across the world.

    I respect other countries but feel no need to be like them. I had Turkish coffee twice: once in Jordan and once in Syria (at least I gave it a second chance). I disliked it immensely both times. I have no need to “like” what other countries or cultures like. I respect them for their misguided taste in coffee AND sports, but I have no desire to be drenched in it.

    I prefer a column on Bruno Sammartino or John Cena! Their shows sell out more than soccer.

  34. I’d read a column about Soccer. Since becoming a Soccer dad, I read more about it than I have in the past. Which was nothing.

  35. I would certainly read the column about soccer, I just might not like what it has to say…
    but I’ll save my more specific opinions about the sport for when the column is written. ;)

  36. I’d only be interested in an article about soccer in Pittsburgh if it was about the whereabouts of Stan Terlicki and had “Save Sobieski!” in the title. Otherwise, absolutely not.

    In all seriousness, soccer has been the next big sport for almost 30 years. I guess the groundswell of support for it has been slow in the making.

    And the fact that it’s the world’s most popular sport is irrelevant since none of those other countries have the variety and level of sports that the US offers.

  37. YES on soccer, but only because I need to break this Ripkenesque streak of reading everything you write.

  38. I would be interested in your soccer article based on this perspective. Pittsburgh still has the Riverhounds in addition to all the other major league sports in town, and is planning a new stadium. In my area, Norfolk/Virginia Beach, we have thousands of children playing soccer, two colleges with good soccer programs (ODU & W&M), a socccer stadium built years ago, no major league sports, (AAA and AHL) and yet the USL left here some time ago. By most logic the USL should flourish here, yet it is Pittsburgh with a team.
    What is it that makes soccer more viable in PGH than here? Quality of ownership, money of the owners, depth of ties to the local soccer community?
    Also, is soccer viable in Pgh long term with the USL or does it have to step up to the MSL?

  39. Wanted to add, you’re dead on about James Neal. What an insult. I hope he goes on a scoring tear to embarrass the people who decide this stuff.

  40. Jonathan Mayo on MLB.com has two consecutive interesting articles up about the top pitching prospects in baseball [lefthanders—righthanders].

    It would appear that our #1 Draft choice, Garrett Cole, is only considered Mayo’s 4th best pitching prospect from last year’s draft, behind Seattle’s Danny Hultzen (Virginia), Arizona’s Trevor Bauer (UCLA—Cole’s own college team), and Baltimore’s Dylan Bundy (high schooler).

    Pirates’ own Jameson Taillon is listed as the 3rd best righthanded prospect in the Minors; Garrett Cole is listed as the #6 righthander.

  41. Honestly, I think more people are interested in soccer in our area then ever before. The youth programs are getting bigger and strong and the investment at Station Square also tells you something about the strong influence that is taking place in our area.

    Me personally, my kids don’t play soccer, they play basketball, baseball and football so i would not have much interest to be honest with you but I think a lot of people would be intersted in this topic.

    Me personally, I can’t get enough of anything that has to do with the Pirates. I know they are bad but I continue to hold out hope and I love their direction. So, please provide more Pirates news, etc.

    DK, keep up the great work!!!

  42. DK – I would trust that you would take it seriously, but so few sports guys do (among them guys a bit older than you that have been doing it locally since we were kids) that they just belittle the sport because they never played it.
    Yes, I’d rather play than watch, like probably most people who have played, but I appreciate the game very much. And while I understand why there’s not a ton of coverage – we’re even talking about building a stadium that holds 3,500 people, so about the size of the Palumbo Center – I would appreciate your take on the state of the game locally.

  43. No thank you to soccer column.

  44. Groat2Maz2Strangeglove

    I think time will tell as it relates to Cole and Taillon. Every year that list changes when someone has success and someone struggles. These guys are just comming out of the gate so they have a long way to go. I’m just thrilled that they are on the list. We have come a long way in the last few years. Let’s just hope that we have a couple super stars. We could sure use them!!!

  45. Nearly 50% of James Neal’s goals come in the third period? Simply the most telling stat you published. I could not be more impressed with Neal’s performance. He’s been everything expected and more. Scoring, backchecking, going to the high traffic areas and clearing opposing players out like the are mite players. He and Malkin are simply playing on a different level right now, but I think something being missed is the play of Chris Kunitz. He is creating the space that allows Malkin and Neal to operate. Like his linemates, he is impactful on every shift. I don’t think he’s getting enough credit for his own contributions.

    Absolutely no excuse for Skinner being allowed to return to the ice last night. None. Completely irresponsible on the part of all of those involved in that decision making process. I am beyond any understanding of the thought process involved in placing the career of one of the NHL’s brightest stars in jeopardy in order to win ONE game.

    I would read anything you write, Dejan, including a column about soccer, though I have almost zero interest in the game unless played at international level. I would likely learn something from the column, but I find the game slow and boring, and think the great majority of players are prima donnas. Every time I see a soccer player writhing on the ground after being tripped, I think of Ryan Malone returning to the ice with packing sticking out of his broken nose after taking a puck square in the face.

    3 victories in a row for Pens–still none over an elite Eastern Conference team this year. Letang on the way back is great news, and J. Staal returning in a few weeks will be a big lift. Fleury playing well last three….never get too high, never get too low. Go Pens.

  46. @DK-

    Did you hear Klinsmann talk at the USSoccer summit meetings or whatever they were called…? Need more of his thinking and his type of drive to get the better players playing at the top level of international play. And that’s happening.

    This past year, with football played at an incredibly blah level and offenses having their way unfettered by most defenses, I’ve turned more and more to the EPL and the Champions League with more intent than ever. Just better drama and action at the highest level than football this year.

    So yes, bring the soccer column… just not too much of the old Spirit talk… though the old video you posted was great!

    Sidebar: did anyone think that if the Niners were wearing black and gold (steelers unis) against the Saints that they’d have been flagged at least three times for unnecessary roughness or leading with the crown of the helmet?

  47. @CWalton Couldn’t agree more re: Kunitz

    @Naje Said the very same thing to the wife re: Steelers and penalties (or non-penalties) in that game

  48. JAL’s #13 listing above is a very interesting perspective on the Pirates from an out-of-town baseball writer.

    It lists the Pirates as #28 (of 30) in Power Rankings of 2012 Major League teams.

    It also contains an interesting view of the Pedro Alvarez drafting and performance vs. Eric Hosmer of Kansas City (top 3 in 2011 AL Rookie of the Year) and Buster Posey of Giants (2010 NL Rookie of the Year). Both were draft picks after Pedro in the same draft.

    I shudder when I read the article. Fortunately, Pedro proved this wrong with his much improved performance in Winter Ball . . . . . oops!

  49. Cwalton ~ yes on Kunitz….even HCDB said that when he was talking to the reporters after practice one day not that long ago. Kunitz isn’t young, he plays hard and gives his all. I just hope he holds up a few more years, as the Pens definitely rely on him to open up space for Malkin and Neal.

  50. Watch Lionel Messi at work

  51. Despite the demands of a real life, I try to read every word written on this blog by Dejan and all the commentators. Have for years-going back to the old blogs with DK’s former employer. It is the only blog I read routinely and certainly the only blog in which I regularly read the comments. Heck, some of you are like a favorite character on a television show-can’t wait to see what you say next! So, yes I would read about Soccer, despite my ambivalence toward the sport. In fact, I enjoy reading about things I know little about, which is a lot, because I think it helps me as a person Also, Dejan is sort of Mr. Pittsburgh-knows and loves the city more than anyone I can think of in the media. The potential for professional soccer certainly has potential cultural, economical and, yes, political impact on the city. It is an issue worth throwing into the marketplace of ideas that a column and blog affords.

    Thanks for the market research.

  52. Oily Steel,
    It’s hard NOT to have guys on a “best prospects list” when your team is so frequently drafting in the top 4.

    Whoops, I forgot about Tony Sanchez, that .208 batting, non-throwing out base runners Tweeter.

    I look forward to the day when we are drafting in the 20′s and SCOUTING actually helps us have more top prospects——like the dreaded, evil Yankees.

  53. Would love to read about soccer.
    When you mentioned the line about the Riverhounds stadium last week, I wanted to join your chat to ask about why you had reservations about Pittsbugh supporting a soccer team/stadium of that size? I don’t live in Pittsburgh, so I was curious. I was away from the computer though on chat day.

  54. JAL,
    That Messi listing was totally unfair!!! I went there thinking it was one of the musicians you choose for your morning lullabies.

    You have to attach a warning label that the dude is a soccer person.

    I have been a couple times to the neat, intimate building in Wheeling to watch the Nailers, I have been to see the Wild Things play independent league baseball, but I haven’t been to a soccer match since my in-college daughter “retired” after her sophomore year of high school {although I DID go to see Stan Terlicki play twice at the Arena! Of course, I also went to see the Pittsburgh indoor Lacrosse team play at the Arena the year they were here.}.

    Please, JAL, no more soccer recommendations without proper warning!

  55. Dejan,

    Your comments regarding the hasty return of Skinner to the game is on target, and I feel denotes just another case of the NHL’s culture of “it’s just a headache, get back out there and play tough guy” attitude. Not excusing, just explaining an observation – until enough time has passed or the league as a whole expieriences a new low type of situation (such as a Crosby or Stamkos career being run short due to the cultural response to injury), this will continue to occur.

    I was reminded the other night of this cultural response when watching a documentary on the 1972 Summit Series – Paul Henderson got absolutely clocked, the doctor told him he had a “light concussion” (after he immediately reported a headache and dizziness), and he begged and pleaded to be allowed to play. The doctor obliged, and he ended up scoring the biggest goals of that series.

    Wouldn’t happen in today’s hockey, and it’ll happen even less frequently in a few years.

  56. DK,

    Soccer? No thanks. Soccer is for dudes who can’t play anything else.

    JClare

  57. In the US, non-professional soccer is very popular, partly because kids can kick a ball earlier than they can develop or use the skills that they need for baseball or hockey or football or basketball (on the latter , they are too short). And there really isn’t the same kind of financial commitment necessary, especially when it comes to Hockey. But when it comes to talking about professional soc . . .zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.

  58. DK- Honestly, if you write it, I think most of us will read it. I am not a soccer fan at all, but as you say, its the world’s most popular sport. I think what a lot of the issues on soccer in America is that “we” don’t understand it. The degree of difficulty to play the sport is as high as any other. Its not just kicking the ball around the field.

    The big question is, would an MLS team make it in Pittsburgh?

    I agree that a NBA team (Kings anybody?) in Pittsburgh would be a better start. I know people have always said that Pittsburgh isn’t a NBA town, I don’t understand why though.

  59. DK,

    If anyone were to write an article on soccer I couldn’t imagine a better person for the job than you! Your work is always excellent- one of the reasons I’ve followed you from your old employer to this one.

    I’m an avid soccer fan and think Pittsburgh could get behind it on the MLS level. I was fortunate to watch the LA Galaxy and Barcelona play in LA a couple years ago and wow was that amazing! If Pittsburgh got to see that kind of talent I think some may change their minds on the sport.

  60. Soccer? YES PLEASE!!!

  61. Groat

    Identified Messi as a soccer player in post 29. Still, a video worth viewing if you like athletic talent in action.

  62. I was actually going to tweet you and ask for it. I don’t follow MLS but I follow the Riverhounds. What a great group of guys who are doing wonderful things both on and off the field. I would welcome the article.

  63. The mega popularity of American football compared to the hatred of real football in this country is another symptom of that “we’re #1″ mentality that so many Americans have. I guess most people haven’t realized that we really aren’t number one in much but obesity and military spending. Real football is wonderful, and at this point despite its inferiority to Ligue 1, Premier League, La Liga, etc. I would be so very excited to get an MLS team here in Pittsburgh. I know lots more bars are gettin into showing high profile international games, and I see a ton of jerseys all over the place here. Plus the increased foreign populations (India, Mexico, etc), the future of football could be quite bright here!

  64. I’m not sure how well we’d support an MLS team (but then, what’s attendance like league-wide?). But back in the ’80′s the Spirit used to outdraw the Pens. They were one of the better teams in the league, had the whole Hot Legs promotion, some great players with a lot of international flavor (Terlecki, Child, Dumbovic, etc.), and a pretty good rivalry with Cleveland. Then for some reason the moved to Chicago for a few years, and when they came back it was never the same.

  65. First time commenter. Very disappointed (but not suprised) by the soccer bashing going on the comments.

    DK – I for one would enjoy a soccer column, given it doesn’t turn into the typical bashing columns you see in some papers. I believe you’re above that, though. The quality in the MLS isn’t great compared to the rest of the world (which has a lot to do with ratings and attendance – EPL games at 7am draw better U.S. audiences than MLS games), but I’d love for the city to eventually get an MLS team. I’d certainly support it more than if an NBA team came here (both being longshots).

  66. I believe that based on the feedback so far, Dejan, your future soccer column is sure to generate some discussion! Let me just say in advance that I would prefer the freaking Milwaukee Bucks to move to Pittsburgh (wait, do they still exist?.. yup) before the the LA Galaxy.

  67. Yup I would read it.

  68. Kudos to the Pirates for getting Styx as one of the Skyblast bands for the upcoming season. It must have taken tremendous effort to scour the soup kitchens, ditch digging crews and assisted living facilities to get the band back together. I guess the game must not conflict with the band’s other gig-the Iowa State Fair. Good grief.

  69. @JohninOshKosh Now, you have to be careful ’round there here parts. Steeler fans love Styx like kinfolks. Very passionate about some stuff, to the point of blindness. See Ike Taylor, Pirates, occasionally, MAF, mullets, etc…. Gotta be careful.

    Having said all that–hahahhaha! Funniest comment I have ever seen on this blog. Assisted living facilities….hehe.

  70. Thanks CWalton_67. I don’t exactly live in hipster central. Not uncommon to hear Styx or REO Speedwagon being blasted around here. But if the Pirates are trying to capture the area’s youth…well

  71. Sitting one row from the top of Heinz Field at the Winter Classic. Styx is announced as a surprise guest, and they play “Renegade.” Uber-excited Caps fan behind me yells, “Oh my god! Styx! How did they get THEM to show up for this?” I mean, you’d have thought Gaga and Jay-Z were singing a duet.

    Guy next to me turns around and says, “NHL probably called their house on a Saturday night.”

    Might have been the best part of the Classic.

  72. Unless it was a “Where are they now” story on former Spirit players, I wouldn’t read an article on soccer. I will watch World Cup and Olympic matches, but not the MLS or the women’s league. Too much “inaction” for me of kick the ball 50 yards then kick it 50 yards the other way. And acting after being touched that makes WWE scripts look real.

    Could care less about NBA, too, and I live outside Philly so it’s not like I’m where there isn’t a team. Followed the NBA while I was growing up, but couldn’t care less about it now and for about the last 25-30 years. Too much star treatment on fouls and traveling. Still remember a play where the player got the ball 35 feet away from the basket and scored on a layup…..without taking a single dribble. And he wasn’t called for traveling. And no, he didn’t get there in 2 steps either. More like 4 or 5. Just got turned off by it.

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