Brief and to the Point …
>> My Wednesday column is … well, you’ll see. Suffice it to say I was standing in a snowfall Saturday afternoon and caught up in the moment.
>> The panic at both ends of the Pirates-Yankees A.J. Burnett talks, I can promise you, is not shared by the teams themselves. This is how these things go, as I’ve been writing for a week now. They’ve lasted several months, based on others I’ve covered. And there are all kinds of reasons for that, not least of which is that neither team is in need of a pitcher or a lump of cash in mid-February.
Relax. There’s no sign that it won’t get done.
>> Part of the fun of being a passionate follower of sports is paying at least some attention to the opposition. As well as some appreciation.
The great Teemu Selanne will play in Pittsburgh tonight for possibly the last time. Especially if you’re there, enjoy every shift. And I mean that. Follow him — not the puck — around the attacking zone when Anaheim is in the Penguins’ end. He has one of the most natural, elegant offensive instincts you’ll ever see.
Oh, and he’s still fantastic at 41.
>> Also appreciating an out-of-town entity, the Red Wings added to their status as the greatest franchise in sports over the past two decades by extending their home winning streak to a mind-boggling 21. That record stood in the NHL since 1930.
>> If it’s worth $20 million to West Virginia to leave the Big East right away, why is Pitt apparently willing to passively wait out the two years?
The Panthers owe all involved a detailed explanation if they end up sitting still.
As for the Mountaineers, it’s easy to see it was the right move financially and otherwise, and it’s highly telling that the Big 12 thought enough of this to have chipped in some of the money.
Might the ACC do the same to get Pitt and Syracuse in right away?
As always in college athletics, one move ups the ante for the next.