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Wakeup Call: Will Duquesne support new coach?

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Brief and to the Point …

>> My Friday column is about the Penguins needing to move forward tonight. And I’m not just talking about moving forward from the Game 1 debacle.

>> Spent part of the day at the Penguins’ and Flyers’ practices, then went about a block and half across Uptown to the Palumbo to meet Duquesne’s new basketball coach, Jim Ferry, at his introductory news conference.

Here’s a video snippet of our interview.

Ferry is an accomplished coach, as his background demonstrates. And he’s done a ton of winning in the past two seasons with — as he reminded — a potentially third consecutive strong group at LIU-Brooklyn due next season. Two NCAA tournaments in a row is an achievement, no matter the conference.

All that, and Ferry comes across — as I hope the video illustrates — as an earthy, no-nonsense guy. Not much flash, but a serious demeanor befitting the son of a transit cop. (His father was in the audience yesterday.)

So, what’s a guy like that doing coming to Duquesne?

Why, other than a $600,000 paycheck that surely represented a raise, come to a school where the administration is famous for not caring about its basketball program?

Time will tell. As you can see in the video up there, Ferry spoke highly of the administration and its commitment, though he obviously wasn’t going to do anything less. We’ll see if the Dukes can go from the ninth-highest spending program in the Atlantic 10 to one that takes its national scouting coverage, facilities and other costs more seriously. One would think that will happen if only because athletic director Greg Amodio just hitched his wagon to Ferry not only having a winning record — remember, Ron Everhart was getting those — but also contending for an NCAA berth.

That won’t happen next season, not with the terrific recruiting class that was lost. Not with Ferry stating bluntly yesterday that players from LIU will not be following him to Duquesne. It’s going to be a rough class.

The very least the Duquesne administration can do is to give Ferry and his staff the resources to recruit to the max. But then, the very least is usually what one can expect from Old Main.

>> I could go on and on about the Pirates’ offensive struggles, but anyone who stayed up late last night and watched the end of that game … ah, I’ll stop here.

Or not.

It’s not just Pedro Alvarez. It really isn’t. This team has six regulars batting .190 or lower. Not bench guys. Regulars. Neil Walker is 1 for 18 with one walk. I don’t care if you’re facing Sandy Koufax, Steve Carlton and Fernando Valenzuela, that’s terrible for a major-league team. Or a minor-league team.

Chris Capuano, whose fastball wouldn’t bend a soggy paper towel, struck out five of his first eight batters. Four of them were caught looking!

>> The NHL has done a lot of good things under Brendan Shanahan’s oversight as discipline czar. But there’s no rational way for the league to justify letting Nashville’s Shea Weber off with a $2,500 fine for slamming the head of Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg into the glass like a pro wrestler. Not once but twice.

It was deliberate, malicious and dangerous, and the ruling is an absolute joke.

What’s worse, it now sets the precedent for what qualifies as suspendable in these playoffs.

>> Here is yesterday’s chat transcript. Thanks to all for participating.

It will be all pucks for me from now until … what, two months from now?


Comments

  1. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    Thanks for posting a link to the chat transcript. Great chat as always. Why do people take cheap shots at Smizik? The guy is a legend!

    DK: Agree with your last sentence there. One of Pittsburgh’s all-time best.

  2. Josh says:

    “Skate forward, pass forward, shoot forward, eat, sleep, drink and dress like a bear forward.”

    Haha…love it.

  3. bob hasis says:

    I had always thought Everhart was doing well in the circumstance he was in. He made sense when he spoke. Whatever caused the “exodus” of TJ and others, hasn’t been told? Did Everhart step on someone’s toes?

    I believe that job is not attractive and the program is boring. They can’t get a big-time coach and can never recruit anyone even close to being a McDonald’s All-American.

    So mediocrity will persist and prevail.

  4. Naje says:

    @Playoffs by 2012…

    Do you really think that what Smizik is doing every day now even comes close to his legendary status?

    Another of Alvarez’ prolific strike out looking… my Lord someone needs to, well, nevermind. It wouldn’t matter. That guy’s tied up in so many knots it would take Sherlock Holmes to untangle them. He’s terrible. No idea how to hit. Paralysis by analysis.

    But one thing is for sure: you cannot hit, if you do not swing.

  5. Leah Backus says:

    I’m feeling a lot better now than I did yesterday about the Penguins loss. I realized that with most people calling for the series to go to 6 or 7 games, they were going to have to lose at least one. Also, DK is right (in what he said in the chat and elsewhere). Sometimes, the better team just wins. It happens. It doesn’t mean that you give up, start calling for players to be benched or traded, or like one…individual…on the Penguins official site, call for the entire team to be blown up and rebuilt if they can’t win the Cup this year. It also occurred to me that some of the same people (myself included) who were getting on Bylsma for tinkering too much with his lines in the latter part of the season are now dogging him for not making *enough* changes.

    I think we all need to take some hints from the late, great Douglas Adams. Don’t panic. Never let a Vogon read you poetry. And always remember your towel.

  6. Playoffs by 2012 says:

    @Naje

    I think it speaks volumes that he could have “hung it up” and never been heard from again, but he keeps writing. I personally enjoy him (always have and always will), even when he doesn’t write something that I agree with.

  7. I so much want to like and support Pedro . . . . . . .

    . . . . but when he strikes out three times, including twice with his bat never leaving his shoulder——and, worse yet, in the 9th inning when team is down a run, never offering at anything——he leaves me nothing to support and even less to like.

    He’s not in the line-up for his glove!!

    TAKE A HACK!!!! SHOOT THE PUCK!!!

    DK: What an awful at-bat. Like I said, Pedro isn’t alone but …

  8. Naje says:

    @Playoffs…

    I think he was a very good writer… a bit acerbic at times, but he produced a great deal of good and above average work. And he’s very good about answering email.

    I enjoy his writing. He was must-read for me (as DK is). Problem is, he’s not really writing anymore, just stirring the pot. I’d rather listen to his takes on the radio where he would have a bit more control of the back and forth.

    Perhaps it’s the small band of consistent posters and their agendas that turn me off. Hard to call his work “writing” when it’s an italicized graph or two explaining to you what you are about to read. But I do appreciate his longer pieces.

  9. Leah,

    Quoting “The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy” a little highbrow for us’ns!!

  10. It’s only 6 games!!!
    It’s only 6 games!!!
    It’s only 6 games!!!
    It’s only 6 games!!!
    It’s only 6 games!!!
    It’s only 6 games!!!
    It’s only 6 games!!!
    It’s only 6 games!!!
    It’s only 6 games!!!
    It’s only 6 games!!!
    It’s only 6 games!!!
    It’s only 6 games!!!
    It’s only 6 games!!!
    It’s only 6 games!!!

    I’m trying to convince myself.

  11. Naje says:

    @ DK -

    What does a coach say to Alvarez after a performance like tonight’s? After a statue-esque >l (that’s a backwards K attempt) in the 9th inning with your team down 1 run?

    Would there be a closed-door session? A brief session with the whole group at the many bad at bats (and you can throw Walker’s DP in with the very bad at bats)?

    DK: Any manager singling out anyone in this miserable offense would lose a lot of credibility, I’d imagine. Other than Andrew McCutchen, Alex Presley and maybe Casey McGehee, who would you leave out of a meeting like that?

  12. Leah Backus says:

    @Groat — How can it be highbrow? You got it. ;-)

  13. Naje says:

    @DK….

    Oops… I’m still laughing at your answer. Sad.

    I meant a brief team gathering to point out the general issues they have with hitting (pitch recognition, swinging at pitches in the/their zone, hitting it where it’s pitched, etc). Wondering if this would be a case where Hurdle would have a chat with Alvarez in his office about the Ks and the 9th inning at bat. I would love to know what he was thinking there. I mean, wow.

  14. Craig Brewer says:

    I believe Hurdle changed a lot of culture on this team- I think the Bucs would be 0-6 if JR is still there (or Tracy), but I want to throw out the idea of some regular AB’s for Hague and Casey and/or Jones…I feel like in trying to shuffle people in and out, they are getting a game against a stud, then sitting…then tonight we got nothing versus Capuano. Maybe they stink, maybe it is only 6 games, but maybe guys need to get consistent swings when it is Halladay, Lee, Worley, Kershaw, and Billingsly.
    Hurdle’s won a lot more than I have, but platooning has to be extra tough when your game in is a top 3 Cy guy…

    On the positive, it was a great night for playoff hockey. THREE OT games, and one went 2! Throw in some baseball, and man…nice night of sports.

  15. Excellent column, DK. Proper, appropriate, no panic, calming.

    Of course, there is no Penguin fan left in Pittsburgh to read your column and be calmed, because they have all already jumped off the Fort Duquesne Bridge.

    Still 4 outta 7, right?

  16. Dejan, I ‘clicked’ on your link to the “video snippet” for the new Duquesne coach, but all I got was empty screen.

    Actually that may be appropriate. Ferry may be a nice guy and an all right coach, but Duquesne will go nowhere as long as Greg Amodio is AD. He is in over his head. The only thing he is accomplished at is covering his own rear end. He’s a used car salesman, following in the cerebral paths set by Bud Selig.

    Vision——what’s that? Loyalty——one way only! Pucker up, Mr. Ferry!

    DK: Fixed the video, Groat. Thanks.

  17. Thanks for fixing the video, DK.

    You asked the right question, right on the nose. Only time will tell if Ferry had his manure radar tuned in appropriately.

  18. Deb says:

    Morning DK.

    I really liked your article. I would like to dispell yet another “myth” about the Penguins team. THE POWERPLAY IS NOT UNDER PERFORMING WITH SID AT THE POINT. There.

    Seems when fans and Trib reporters (looking at you Rossi and Yohe) get tired of blaming Sid for “the teams sudden defensive woes” which you dispelled with great ease, the next pitch is to “blame Sid for failure of the powerplay.” “Get Sid off the point,” or “split the powerplay to seperate Sid and Geno,” yells the reporters out of ideas.

    However, I went back and looked at the stats. 14 games PRIOR to Sid’s return to play, the Pens had 10 ppgs in 49 chances, for a 20.4% conversion rate.

    During the 14 games AFTER Sid returned, when Sid was largely playing the point, the Pens had 9ppgs in 45 chances, for a 20% conversion rate.

    So, the woes and sighs an cries for “two powerplays” and “Sid and Geno can’t produce on the same powerplay” etc…need to reflect: there is no difference in PowerPlay performance 14 games prior or 14 games post.

    Those shouting for ‘Sid to be moved of the powerplay’ clearly have a different agenda than ‘fixing the powerplay.’ As stats show, it was performing at 20% both before and after Sid.

  19. RightSaidTed says:

    I’m most concerned about Walker at this point. Nobody really expected Pedro to come out hot, but if NW cannot get it going that will be a huge setback for the team.

  20. JAL says:

    JAL’s Sing Sing Sing (with a swing) Morning Links

    GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

    1- MLB Transactions

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/pittsburgh_pirates/

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)

    http://gobuccos.com/pittsburgh-pirate-news/

  21. JAL says:

    6 Rumbunter

    Shingles & Lots of Singles: Talking San Francisco Giants with Around the Foghorn

    http://rumbunter.com/2012/04/12/shingles-lots-of-singles-talking-san-francisco-giants-with-around-the-foghorn/

    7 McEffect

    Recap 4/12 | Dodgers 3 Pirates 2

    http://www.mceffect.com/2012/04/recap-412-dodgers-3-pirates-2.html

    8 WHYGAVS

    Game 6: Dodgers 3 Pirates 2

    http://whygavs.com/pittsburgh-pirates/april-2012/game-6-dodgers-3-pirates-2.html

    9 The Green Weenie

    Buc Lineup, Game Notes

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2012/04/buc-lineup-game-notes.html

    10 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Still stuck

    http://raisethejollyroger.com/2012/04/still-stuck/

  22. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES

    11 CBS Sports

    Pittsburgh at Los Angeles-Game Preview

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/gametracker/preview/MLB_20120412_PIT@LAD/piratesdodgers-preview

    12 SF Chronicle

    Giants’ home openers – from homers to home cooking

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2012/04/12/SPB71O2G94.DTL

    13 Indianapolis Star

    Indianapolis Indians’ home opener features Starling Marte, but stay could be short

    http://www.indystar.com/article/20120413/SPORTS18/204130327/Future-Pirate-steals-hearts-Indians-fans

    14 Dorchester Reporter

    Summer Game is on, as is springtime nuttiness

    http://www.dotnews.com/columns/2012/summer-game-springtime-nuttiness

    15 Chicago Tribune

    Pittsburgh Pirates – TeamReport

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-rt-bbo-pirates-teamreportmtze84cc7w0n4-20120412,0,2753591.story

  23. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    20 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Trai Essex Will Be Back in Pittsburgh Again

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/4/12/2944684/trai-essex-will-be-back-in-pittsburgh-again

    Anniversary of Holmes Trade Brings Up Same Questions Regarding Mike Wallace

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/4/12/2943175/anniversary-of-holmes-trade-brings-up-same-questions-regarding-mike

    Steelers’ Guards To Return After Doug Legursky Inks His RFA Tender

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/4/12/2944670/steelers-doug-legursky-signs-contract

    21 Steelers Depot

    - Mychal Kendricks vs Kevin Zeitler

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/04/mychal-kendricks-vs-kevin-zeitler/

    22 Nice Pick Cowher

    Steelers Make Progress to Add 3,000 More Seats to Heniz Field

    http://www.steelersgab.com/2012/04/12/steelers-make-progress-to-add-3000-more-seats-to-heniz-field/

  24. JAL says:

    PENGUIN BLOGS

    26 Pensburgh

    Game One collapse to force Pens to look in the mirror

    http://www.pensburgh.com/2012/4/12/2943385/game-one-collapse-to-force-pens-to-look-in-the-mirror

    Soccer(football)

    27 Sky Sports

    Werner explains Comolli exit

    http://www1.skysports.com/football/news/11669/7668351/Werner-explains-Comolli-exit

    28 World Soccer Daily

    World Soccer Daily: Stories you need to read, April 12th 2012

    http://www.worldsoccer.com/247/world-soccer-daily-10-stories-you-need-to-read-12th-april-2012

    29 Daily Telegraph

    Wigan stun EPL leaders Manchester United 1-0 while Man City bounce back to beat West Bromwich Albion

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/soccer/wigan-stun-epl-leaders-manchester-united-1-0-while-man-city-bounce-back-to-beat-west-bromwich-albion/story-e6frey4r-1226324471216

  25. JAL says:

    Title Song, Sing Sing Sing (With a Swing), 1936. Written and first recorded by Louis Prima. One of the biggest songs of the swing era it continues to be used in motion pictures, most recently in The Artist and Bart Got a Room. Three versions today, the first by the writer, Louis Prima, which is one a few recordings with the lyrics. Second version by Benny Goodman Band from the 1937 movie Hollywood Hotel, one of the best bands ever assemble with Gene Krupa on drums, Harry James on trumpet, and Lionel Hampton on vibes. Third is Benny Goodman again from the famous 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. You can hear significant differences between the 1937 and 1938 versions even though the band only has two different members on trombone and tenor sax. Harry James and Gene Krupa left in 1939 to form to form their own bands and Hampton did the same in 1940.

  26. RobertoForever says:

    So people are calling for calm and patience after a Pens loss that represents 14% of the series, but are saying the sky is falling after 6 games that represent 3% of a regular season?

    Yankees and Sox are 1-5. Angels have only 3 HR’s, the same as the Pirates. Let’s cut these guys and bring up more awesome rookies like Matt Hague. They will be able to knock in a run when the bases are loaded. Oh wait…..

  27. Jandy says:

    “12.Leah Backus
    April 13th, 2012 – 1:22 am @Groat — How can it be highbrow? You got it. ”

    ZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Oh, Hi Groat!
    I didn’t know you have a Billy Guerin jersey :)

  28. Andrew says:

    Dejan, With game 1 under their belt, how do you think the rest of the Pens-Flyers series will play out?

  29. bdubb says:

    The NHL has two options. Be the beautiful sport it really is when played in the Olympics or be a thug league like it is now and not set any precedent or standard when it comes to thug acts. In case you haven’t heard, concussions are a huge topic these days. Now you have some thug slam Hetteberg’s head twice into the turnbuckle and the most he gets is $2500?? I could afford that fine. I am not sure how many fans still long for fights and thug acts. I for one am not one who cares to see a fight or cheap shots. Of course, I really stopped following hockey once the rules got looser with holding and interference and the flow of the game slowed.
    Wake up NHL. Allow the game to be played the way it was meant and get these “intimidators” out of the game. No skill should equal no contract. Save that for the minor leagues

  30. Jandy says:

    Shea Weber is one lucky guy. he should have been sitting at least 2 or 3 games. Instead he only got a slap on the wrist. Playoffs or not, Shamahan (intentional spelling) really dropped the puck….again. He started off strong the first part of the season, hitting offenders with suspensions left and right. Then he grew softer as the season progressed. Right now, he’s as big a joke as Campbell was. Only thing is, it’s not funny.

  31. Billy Ray Valentine says:

    Still not feeling good about the Pens chances in the series but I having a feeling we might see a much improved defensive effort tonight and a classic bounce back Fleury shutout.

  32. TJA says:

    I know some hitting instructors teach “patience at the plate”…you know a walk is as good as hit sort of thing. And if this gives the Pirates some base runners with the speed at the top of the order…stolen bases, make something happen on the base paths. That all being said…the AB for Pedro last night in the 9th…man, those balls were in the strike zone. I suppose for everyone…swing at something…anything close and put the ball in play. It’s kind of like Bubba Watson in his golf career…no “formal” training. If its a club or a bat….Just hit the ball!

  33. Leefoo says:

    Naje……#11…….’Statue-esque’………hilarious….(if it wasn’t so sad).

    But El Whiffo DID hit some balls hard yesterday. And, he DID hit that ball out of Dodger Stadium (in batting practice).

    He’s gonna be a star!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    .

  34. Leefoo says:

    Let’s talk about a GOOD team. Steelers sign Pope, Cotchery and Essex. VERY good under the radar signings.

    Foo
    .

  35. LuckyNKentucky says:

    We don’t get the feed down here, so we can’t watch and didn’t see the game and Pedro with the bat on his shoulder, but it seems like last week and in ST he was swinging at everything and now he’s looking at everything? Didn’t Billingsley, the other night, have some 5 and 6-pitch innings? Does it change from night to night with the Pirates? I’m as confused as Pedro about this. I still say it’s a head thing, maybe for the whole team.

  36. Bizrow says:

    Don’t be shy, sign up. Just need to know where you currently reside

    Dejan’s Lunatic Nation – at the Trib,

    Arizona – Tucson, Chandler

    Arkansas – Rogers

    Austrailia – Mackay

    California – Bakersfield, San Francisco, UNION CITY, Los Angeles, Newport Beach, Hollywood, Huntington Beach, Yuba

    Canada – Toronto

    Colorado – Ft Collins, Estes Park, Denver

    Connecticut – Cos Cob, Bridgeport, Wallingford

    Costa Rica

    Delaware. Newark

    District of Columbia

    Florida – Palm Harbor, Orlando, Valrico, Gainesville, Daytona Beach, Oviedo, Tampa, Jacksonville, Sarasota

    Georgia – Marietta, Atlanta

    Germany – Leverkusen/Cologne

    Hawaii – Honolulu

    Idaho – Mountain Home, Coer d’Aline

    Indiana – Indianapolis, Burns Harbor

    Iowa – Bettendorf

    Illinois – La Salle, Peru, Payson, Chicago, Palatine (3 inmates there), Lincoln Park, Grayslake

    Japan – Tokyo

    Kentucky – Louisville, Bowling Green

    Louisiana – Slidell

    Maryland – Arnold, Odenton, Severn, Baltimore, Waldorf

    Massachusetts – Boston

    Michigan – Kalamazoo, Eaton Rapids, Lansing

    Mississippi – Biloxi

    Nebraska – Omaha

    New Hampshire – Barrington

    New Jersey – Chesterfield, Princeton, Roxbury, Lebanon

    New York – New York, Smithtown

    North Carolina – Asheville, Hickory, Charlotte, Raleigh, Charleston, Wilmington

    North Dakota

    Ohio – Cincinnati, Columbiana, Westerville, Green, Hilliard, Toledo, Louisville, Columbus, Perrysburg, Pickerington, Youngstown, Cleveland, Olmsted Township, Liberty Township

    Pennsylvania – Downtown, Hopewell, Indiana, North Wales, Franklin Park, Forest Hills, Lansdale, Philadelphia, DuBois, Reading, Crafton, Arnold, Wexford, Mt Lebanon, Canonsburg, Lancaster, Huntington, York, Boiling Springs, Philly suburbs, Morningside, Harrisburg, Lawrenceville, Bradfordwoods, Norristown, Hanover, Clearfield, Sewickley, DuBois, Plum Boro, Slippery Rock, Wilks-Barre, Sharpsville, Bessemer, Greensburg, Washington, Imperial, South Side, Duncansville, Newville, Sheppton, Grove City, Butler, Allentown, Ross Township, Blairsville

    The Phillipines

    South Carolina – Duncan, Longs, Columbia

    South Korea – Seoul

    Tennessee – Smithville, Nashville

    Texas – Tyler, San Antonio, Belton

    Vermont – North Bennington

    Virginia – JAL, Hampton, Rescue, Richmond, Front Royal, Woodbridge, Suffolk, Warrenton, Springfield, Virginia Beach

    Washington – Seattle, Nine Mile Falls, Spokane, Sammamish

    West Virginia – Martinsburg, Morgantown

    Wisconsin – Madison, Oshkosh, Hortonville

    165 locations represented in the blog,

    Go Pens, Go Bucs

  37. Ryan says:

    Its a great day for hockey! Great, concise article DK.

    I noticed Asham did not play much the second half of the game, yet he wasn’t injured. I could not figure out why he was basically benched. I thought, mostly, since the Flyers cut it to 3-2 early in the third, they wanted to shorten the bench. That is until I read your chat transcript. He basically didn’t play after he passed, rather than shoot, on a two on one. I understand the coaches were unhappy with this play, but Asham is a playoff performer.

    I guess, the question is, was there another turnover/poor play I missed or was his benching strictly due to the one play?

  38. Jandy says:

    Ryan, can I put my two cents in here on Asham? If indeed he was benched because of one or two “bad” passes, then Malkin should be benched every game. Same with Sid and some of the others. I hope that’s not the reason. Asham is a proven playoff performer. Why cut off your nose to spite your face????
    Not picking a fight with you, just stating my “humble” opinion.

  39. Kentuck Knob,

    There has been much talk about Pirates having the least walks in the Majors.

    Capuano, a Phi Beta Kappa Duke grad by the way, walked 5 in his last outing. It seemed obvious last night that the Pirate hitters had been instructed to take some pitches and run up the pitch count. As a team philosophy/strategy that made sense. However, the hitters looked like they were trying to order breakfast in a foreign language!

    Capuano had 7 strikeouts in the first 3 innings, 5 looking. Pedro topped it off in the 2nd inning with looking at 5 straight pitches with his bat never moving. {A virtuoso performance he enjoyed so much that he repeated the exact same non-activity in the 9th inning, with the Bucs down a run and his bat holding the possibility of a tie game!}

    The Pirates did end up with 2 walks later in the game——but in this game, despite 7 hits I think, the Pirate hitters seemed to be outthinking themselves. Certainly they were not “seeing the ball; hitting the ball.” The called 3rd strikes were right down Broadway!

    The weird thing is: I was pleased with Pedro’s 2nd K (of three) because he at least swung the bat hard twice. Faint praise indeed!

    Rod Barajas popped up for the final out, but properly he was up there swinging for the fences!!

  40. Bob Apjok says:

    They mentioned on ESPN’s PTI that $2500 was the max fine in the CBI for that. Dont know if they were correct, but that could explain the low number

  41. Milo Hamilton says:

    @Foo

    Doug Legursky signed yesterday too. Steeler fans should read this take on Mike Wallace’s media blitz by the Trib’s Mark Kaboly.. Great insight on the lengths an agent will go to try to get his guy paid. Wallace’s agent is Bus Cook, Brett Favre’s agent. That explains a lot.

    http://blog.triblive.com/steel-mill/2012/04/12/teams-interested-in-trading-for-wallace-but-will-steelers-listen/#.T4cMaWB7eCI.twitter

  42. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Groat,

    Appreciate the insight. Sounds to me like Pedro is in rebellion somewhat. Looking at pitches in the 9th when one swing can tie it. Cutch said on his Twitter that, “if a few of those missiles we hit fall in, it’s a different game”. Now, another home opener in SF. Just what the doctor didn’t order.

  43. Craig Smith says:

    What the Pens need to do to win Game 2.

    http://gopenshockey.com/?p=13

  44. Corey says:

    Totally agree on the Weber deal. NHL totally botched this. I read on another site that this fine, based on Weber’s salary, is the equivalent of a $16 ticket for a normal person making $50,000/year. That is hardly going to deter anybody. The NHL basically just told to goons of the league that it’s open season if you want to sucker punch anyone… because it’s the playoffs, and emotions run wild during a heated series.

  45. Jandy says:

    Bob Apjok, that is correct, the highest fine the NHL can levy is $2500. What a joke! Webe should have been suspended for several games.

  46. Arriba Wilver says:

    I see, based on the comments last night and the last couple days, that the baseball commenting on the blog is already in mid season form. After 6 games Pboy is already calling people delusional and claiming to be right about the Pirates for the 4th consecutive year, and others posters are questioning the “fanhood” of people they disagree with, and telling us what “real” or “true” Pirates fans should believe. All is right in the blog world.

    I really liked DK’s comment in the chat that the blog was like Jagr’s humor, always there and only as annoying as you let it. :-)

  47. Wilver Dornel,

    You are “sunshine on a cloudy day.”

    Pittsburgh Boy has spent too long on the Left Coast. Crazy IS contagious!

  48. Jandy says:

    “Zetterberg said he was mad after the hit, which cracked his helmet in two places.”
    Found this gem on the MLive website.

    Shamaham, you really blew this one!

  49. Ryan says:

    @Jandy

    No problem…your reply of “cutting off your nose…” is what I was thinking. I agree he is a playoff performer and he is a valuable player which is why I was curious if he was injured or benched. It was curious to me to see his playing time become nonexistent in the third.

  50. CWalton_67 says:

    Where are you, Billy Guerin?

    Put Sid back with TK and Cooke. It worked.

    @Jandy–agree on Asham. He’s a playoff performer and that 4th line needs to roll.

  51. 21sthebest says:

    I wouldn’t say Duquesne doesn’t care about its basketball program. They haven’t made a lot of good decisions for a long time, but Everhart came from a Division I program and did pretty well. They’ve made improvements to Palumbo and two years ago Everhart asked for more money for the program and they got it. I’m not saying they’ve done things very well but in my opinion, to say they don’t care is a pretty broad and unfair statement.

  52. Jandy says:

    Ryan, thanks for the reply :)

    CWalton, I like Sid with Dupuis and Sully too. Either line can score. I hope to see that fourth line get more minutes tonight!

  53. Kenerdivanis says:

    I’m trying to get confirmation, but I believe Pedro Alvarez has just struck out again.

  54. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Kent D.,

    Great!

  55. If Pedro is standing in his shower with a bat, he is as big a threat as in the batter’s box.

  56. Milo Hamilton says:

    I have a suggestion for Pedro. Hats for bats. Keep bats warm. Gracias.

  57. Jandy says:

    K-nerd…was that an at bat, or was that with another girl?????

  58. LuckyNKentucky says:

    J-girl,

    He’s married, so with the bat.

  59. Jandy says:

    As if that matters to a lot of them? ;X just sayin….

  60. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Amen, Mother T.! He’s K-dro, not A-Rod. LOL

  61. Milo Hamilton says:

    Pedro is married to the daughter of former Notre Dame & Arizona baseball coach Pat Murphy. He was probably responsible for the dearly departed toe tap.

    He gave the single greatest pep rally speech I ever heard the night before the Pitt/Notre Dame football game in 1989. Lou Holtz & Digger Phelps also spoke that night. It worked. Notre Dame killed Pitt.

  62. LuckyNKentucky says:

    I think Pedro is a good person from what DK has shared and what we know about him. Seriously, he’s no A-Rod or Clemens as a person, but just a little confused and out of whack. I believe he’ll make it.

  63. Jandy says:

    Lucky, I believe you,I was merely being facetious. LOL. I TOLD you before, I am often irreverent ;)

  64. LuckyNKentucky says:

    With good reason if you follow sports, Jandy. Almost makes a preacher cuss, to use another old, worn-out cliche’.

  65. Kenerdivanis says:

    @Milo

    LOL. Love the Major League reference.

  66. MarkV says:

    Where is The Great Dick Tarnstrom when you need him?

  67. Jandy says:

    Oh Lucky, I can cuss with the best of ‘em ;)

  68. bob hasis says:

    In response to DK’s response to Naje @#11, Cutch, Presley, and McGehee must not be left out of any line-up, at least for now. Conversely the ones who MUST be left out are Barmes, Pedro and Barajas.
    The hitting coach MUST tell Walker and Harrison that they only have warning track power, so forget about home runs, just make contact and drive the ball – hard somewhere.
    As was originally intended by management and the snake oil salesman Hurdle, Jones and Hague should be strictly platooned at first base. I would do that very same thing in right with Tabata and McLouth. Navarro is a bench player or a AAA regular.

    Barmes and Pedro are already at the top of the league in K’s. And it’s only going to get worse.

    For now this seems to me, to have the most potential. The pitching is very competetive

  69. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Bob,

    Does this mean you aren’t the President of the Clint Hurdle Fan Club?

  70. Arriba Wilver says:

    Bob–so who would you put at SS? Cedeno’s gone (thank you).

  71. JohninOshkosh says:

    @Groat:

    “Capuano, a Phi Beta Kappa Duke grad by the way”

    It’s always about beloved Duke and Eruditio et Religio with you Dukies-aint it.

    Also-bone to pick-you must not have sat in your lucky chair last night. Thankfully, I dozed off before Pedro’s Susan Wagner audition.

  72. LuckyNKentucky says:

    John,

    Great Susan Wagner comment. You must have gone to Duke, too. Pedro has a ways to go before he gets his statue–or maybe not.

  73. BenderHeel says:

    Agree about the Weber fine – should have merited a suspension. Not only for the hit itself, but for the intent behind it. Outside of a Todd Bertuzzi or Dale Hunter attack, I don’t know if you could possibly find a clearer intent to injure an opponent. The punishment should have been meted out regardless of the time of year and person committing the act.

  74. bob hasis says:

    @ Arriva Wilver
    Barmes has no range whatsoever, which was evidenced very clearly in LA, and he can’t hit worth a dime which we all have seen; with whom is now on the roster we have nothing to lose, so I’d be forced to use Harrison. But really, I’d prefer to be grooming Chase d’Arnaud.

    @LuckyNKentucky
    You are correct, and when you get tired of listening to his twangy empty rhetoric, full of cliches, you and I among many others with be in agreement

  75. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Bob,

    I was just “foolin’ with ya’” as they say here in KY, but I do like the guy. I’m not subject to anything he says and I’m guilty of worn-out cliches’ myself, so that part doesn’t bother me. That’s what makes this blog a good one. We can agree to disagree (another worn-out cliche”) without making each other feel like an idiot. Appreciate your comments.

  76. Arriba Wilver says:

    bob–so, am I correct that you are punting on the Pirates doing anything this year? I understand a certain amount of angst with Barmes. But it isn’t clear yet whether his seeming inability to go to his left (I’d be more worried if it was his right) is because of the coaching positioning. Walker’s gotten more balls on the left side of 2B this year than last year already (seems like, anyway). I got to think that has something to do with them positioning Barmes more to the left to help out at 3B. But, of course, I don’t know. But Harrison and d’Arnaud are definitely not upgrades defensively (and d’Arnaud the jury’s out on his offense also).

  77. JohninOshkosh says:

    Naje:

    Awesome “statuesque” line (in #11)

    but: Elle Macpherson=Statuesque
    Pedro=Statuesque only if referring to the statues outside Big Boy Restaurants

    and @Arriba (#49) Why didn’t you chime in last night on the thread? I felt like there was only a few of us awake watching that game and two of us, Milo and myself, were both fighting falling asleep.

    Happy Friday and Good Weekend to all the blog dudes and dudettes

  78. Craig Smith says:

    About the Weber-Zetterberg incident.

    Factors:

    1. It was his first incident of supplemental discipline.
    2. He didn’t charge, board, use his elbows, etc.
    3. He did proceed to sneak out of the arena as quickly as possible.
    4. Zetterberg, as big as he is, basically laughed at Weber’s attempt to injure him.
    5. While it is a classless play, it’s not actually dangerous to a big, tough guy like Henrik Zetterberg.
    6. He tried that junk with the Detroit Red Wings, who have Todd Bertuzzi dressed and ready to go – Is that really a wise decision for Shea Weber? He will wish he had just gotten a suspension after they get ahold of him.

  79. Jandy says:

    OshKoshB’Gosh, you have a wonderful Friday the 13th too. Play the lottery, you may win!

  80. Jandy says:

    Craig, I like Weber from what I’ve seen of him. he’s a fine player. He basically took Z by the head and rammed his head into the glass, BREAKING HIS HELMET IN 2 PLACES. That’s nasty. I don’t care who does it or what the result is. This is hockey, not WWE. If Todd Bertuzzi were wise, he’d play hockey, not Retribution. He’s be the unlucky person to get the 3 or 4 game suspension.

  81. JohninOshkosh says:

    @Jandy:

    I always tell people that I already won the lottery-it was the night I met my wife. And that my kids have their mother’s looks and their father’s luck!

    As for Friday the 13th? Four times, count em four times, I have had things happen to me that required me to get stitches on Friday the 13th. Started in third grade when a girl ran into me with her bicycle on the sidewalk and cut open my ankle.

    Still not superstitious though!

    Take care!

  82. bob hasis says:

    @Arriba Wilver
    I said I’d be GROOMING d’arnaud for the future. That statement cannot be made to apply to Hurdle’s buddy Barmes.
    I can’t comment on your thought of positioning, but Walker has fielded several balls already on Barmes’ side of second.
    I fully realize Harrison is not a major league shortstop – or anything – but he does have speed, he hustles and makes contact at bat way more than Barmes. His fielding is also a ?
    One more thought; I think our starting pitchers are a bunch of #3 starters, and the bullpen is very solid

  83. Arriba Wilver says:

    bob–I think you either misread my post a little, or are dodging the tougher questions. I acknowledged that Walker had gotten to some balls on the left side of 2nd. But you didn’t answer the penultimate question (at least directly), are you punting on this year? It affects what people think should be done tremendously. And my view is sitting Barmes at this point is saying, “we’re talking about 2013 or 2014.”

  84. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Bob,

    We are grooming d’arnaud–in the minors where he belongs right now. Shame we can’t do that with some others.

  85. Baywatch says:

    I feel a trade coming on before too long, for the new Cleveland Indian, Johnny Damon! I’d be perfectly cool with packaging him off with one of our minor league pitchers, or even JMac. Of course, Cleveland signed Damon because they’ve started off even WORSE than us at the plate! But when the Indians get a few of their injured guys back he might become expendable … and yes, they’re even talking about him playing center field some in Cleveland … He’ll be 39 in November! I guess I say all this, OF COURSE, because I’m all in with PLAYOFFS BY 2012!

  86. Baywatch says:

    Duh … the “him” I forgot to mention is Tabata!

  87. Milo Hamilton says:

    Q: What is the only major league team without an RBI from the 3rd or 4th spot in the order ?

    A: New York Yankees.

  88. Chris says:

    I’m glad we’re all ready to judge Alvarez on 11 at bats. I agree last nights game he was pretty bad, but the night before he made a lot of good contact. His first at bat he was about 5 feet short of a 2-run homerun and his other at bat would have been at least a single if the second baseman didn’t make a ridiculous leaping catch of his line drive. If he were 3 for 11 with 2 homeruns, i doubt anyone would be crying about his performance last night

  89. Milo Hamilton says:

    If my Aunt Mary had a mustache, she’d be my Uncle Fred.

  90. Chris says:

    Craig,

    I’d have to say that factors 2-6 that you listed are kind of bogus.
    He didn’t charge, board, or use his elbows… what he did was WORSE than that, and it clearly wasn’t an accident.
    Who cares if he snuck out of the arena?
    And Zetterberg at 5’11″ 185 lbs, didn’t “laugh it off.” He had this to say :

    “In my view, it was pretty bad,” said Zetterberg who was “a little woozy” after the game. “I heard he got fined. I guess the bar is set. I thought it was dirty. I thought it was a direct hit to my head. If we look at what happened the last few years with all the head injuries, I think that shouldn’t belong in the game.”

  91. Jandy says:

    And Milo keeps on rollin’ ;)

  92. Chris says:

    I’m just saying there’s a reason why you need a larger sample size to judge baseball players, it’s not that crazy.

  93. Arriba Wilver says:

    Just to be accurate, Pedro has 13 AB’s, 7strikeouts and no walks.

  94. Baywatch says:

    I’m sorry, the sample size sorta carries over with me. It’s Pedro’s horribleness from last year that has run into this year. And don’t get me wrong: I feel for the guy. I DEFINITELY think it’s a mental thing for him, with his approach … just not aggressive enough. Mostly, I just wonder how far they’ll let it go … will it be next week, next month or what.

    But back to the carryover … I think it was DK (forgive me DK if I’m wrong) who once said an All-Star’s work should be factored from the previous season since the All-Star break to the current game. Well … To hear the latest from Hurdle, he’ll start against Cain so as to “bundle” him some at bats.

    And Chris, you are absolutely right about looking at it differently if he was 3-11 with two home runs and some RBIs. Just the other night, after the Power started their season, my son noted that Josh Bell struck out three times in each of his first two games. But he doubled in a run in each of those games. NO PROBLEMA! :-)

  95. BenderHeel says:

    Arriba: Seriously? 7 Ks in 13 ABs? That’s 9th-guy-in-a-Little League-lineup bad.

  96. Mike A. says:

    While I am loathe to espouse conspiracy theories, I must admit that my first reaction to the non-suspension of Shea Weber was, “Boy, the NHL REALLY wants that Nashville franchise to succeed”. Without Weber for a game or three, the Wings (IMHO) become a heavy favorite in that series. It just seems funny that as soon as the Preds become everybody’s ‘sexy’ pick to win the West, they are treated by the Czar of Discipline (Oh, sorry, “Player Safety”) like Mike Rupp following the Staal kneeing incident. Just sayin’….

 
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