Brief and to the Point …
>> My Friday mini-column for the Trib’s playoff Insider feature is about the Flyers’ goaltending.
Such as it is.
I’ll repeat that Joe Starkey and I flipped regular column days because of travel plans. Joe takes a look this morning at the Wizard of Oz factor.
>> The other thing that changed was that the weekly chat will be today at noon.
>> For those who struggle with reading beyond headlines, here’s a link to the Monday column in which I asked the Penguins after Game 3 to not bother returning to Philadelphia “until you’re prepared to take the ice with some semblance of dignity, discipline and, yeah, maybe even a shift or two of defense.”
If you or anyone you know claimed I advised the Penguins to unconditionally forfeit Game 4, then you flat-out didn’t read the column.
That’s not a backtrack on my part. It was right there in black and white on Monday morning.
>> Raise your hand if you were really worried Neil Walker would hit. He’s 9 for his past 20.
On the other hand, the Pirates still have a stunning six position players with batting averages below .200, and poor Yamaico Navarro is still seeking his first hit through just five at-bats. The small-sample-size thing is starting to wear off. Some of these players would do well to start hitting this weekend.
>> That’s it for me here, as I’ll save most of my thoughts for our hourlong talk this afternoon. Heading over to cover the pucks again tonight and for however long the Penguins preserve their season. Even if that’s two months from now, I’ll be with them every step of the way.