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Wakeup Call: Vegas odds on Malkin 71:1

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LAS VEGAS — Brief and to the Point …

>> The Wednesday column addresses the laughable suggestions some have been making about trading Evgeni Malkin.

I’d love it if you guys took a crack at that challenge I issue in that final sentence.

>> You’ll also find on the column file a video of a couple questions I asked 71, who generally appeared relaxed, comfortable and almost having fun in doing the interview at a semi-podium. Kind of surprised me.

>> Don’t know if Ray Shero can put it any more bluntly: He isn’t trading Jordan Staal.

>> The Pirates in Morgantown? Maybe.

>> The Pirates in first place again? Not yet, but maybe.

Just 2 1/2 back, and this so soon after their season was sent into an irreversible, inevitable tailspin last week in Baltimore.

Sorry for the brevity. Really long day that started three time zones away, 106 degrees, two long walks, blah, blah, still the best job in the world, not complaining … but I’m going to let the column do the talking today.

Well, a pic, too, from the Fashion Mall along Las Vegas Boulevard …

Comments

  1. pipecock says:

    Following up a 4 game slide with a 3 game winning streak that is such a not big deal that no one has mentioned it in the media, really… sounds like how a good team would respond!

  2. millec311 says:

    Dejan,

    I really liked that piece you had on Tabata the other day, his throw from right field definitely did remind me a little bit of Clemente. Did you get any video footage from that interview? Or just from the Clint Hurdle interview?

    Too bad he hasn’t quite turned it around offensively.

    Also… can you unblock me from twitter? I don’t know why I was blocked…

    DK: Only from Hurdle, sorry. There are times when I feel an interview will go better for the interviewee by not sticking an iPhone in his face.

    I’d need your Twitter handle to unblock.

    Oh, and I’m glad you liked the column.

  3. Reading says:

    Speaking of 71, Barmes-Pedro hit and run to score Pedro from first was reminiscent of Pagan-Stargell hit and run in 8th inning of Game 7 of 71 Series. Maybe Virdon called that one from the dugout last night.

  4. Juan Pizarro says:

    DK,

    that pic brings back memories – the Venetian is where I worked when I lived in Vegas!

    Biz – last I checked I did not see my new home location (Singapore) on your ever-expanding list. Did I miss it?

    thanks,
    Juan

  5. David W. Hannen says:

    Dumb, unrelated, non-sports question? How does the block/unblock work on twitter? I thought a user had to block someone specifically. If DK didn’t block millec311, is he automatically blocked?

  6. JAL says:

    JAL’s This Sporting Life Morning Links

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    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/

    4 Pirates Prospects Draft Pick Signing Tracker

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012draft

    PIRATE BLOGS

    5—Pirates Prospects

    Pirates Notebook: Hot Hitting Continues Against the Twins

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/06/pirates-notebook-hot-hitting-continues-against-the-twins.html

    Prospect Watch: Jameson Taillon Finally Has a Dominant Start

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/06/prospect-watch-jameson-taillon-finally-has-a-dominant-start.html

    Pirates Engaging Clubs in Trade Talks, But Market is Slow Right Now

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/06/pirates-engaging-clubs-in-trade-talks-but-market-is-slow-right-now.html

    Pirates Officially Announce Three Deals; Create More Bonus Pool Flexibility

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/06/pirates-officially-announce-three-deals-create-more-bonus-pool-flexibility.html

    State College Player Notes: Joely Rodriguez, New Draft Picks

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/06/state-college-player-notes-joely-rodriguez-new-draft-picks.html

    First Pitch: Headley Seems Like the Perfect Fit

    http://blogs.piratesprospects.com/williams/first-pitch-headley-seems-like-the-perfect-fit/

    Plouffe the Magic Batter

    http://blogs.piratesprospects.com/creagh/plouffe-the-magic-batter/

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Minor League Roundup: Jeff Karstens Has Had Enough Rehab; Jameson Taillon Has Just Had Enough

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2012/6/19/3098371/minor-league-roundup-jeff-karstens-has-had-enough-rehab-jameson

    7 Rumbunter

    Two Surprising Teams Do Battle in Pittsburgh

    http://rumbunter.com/2012/06/19/two-surprising-teams-do-battle-in-pittsburgh/

    8 McEffect

    6/19 Recap | Pirates 7 Twins 2

    http://www.mceffect.com/2012/06/619-recap-pirates-7-twins-2.html

    9 The Green Weenie

    Bucs Bop Twins 7-2

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2012/06/bucs-bop-twins-7-2.html

    10 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Correia wins at home, bats stay hot

    http://raisethejollyroger.com/2012/06/correia-wins-at-home-bats-stay-hot/

    11 WhyGavs

    Game 66: Pirates 7 Twins 2

    http://whygavs.com/pittsburgh-pirates/may-2012/game-66-pirates-7-twins-2.html

  7. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    12 CBS Sports

    Pirates-Twins Game Peview

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/gametracker/preview/MLB_20120620_MIN@PIT/twinspirates-preview

    13 Fox News

    Pirates trying to end a losing trend

    http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2012/06/19/pirates-trying-to-end-losing-trend/

    14 Chicago Tribune

    Pirates Report

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/sns-rt-bbo-pirates-teamreportmtze86ju580gu-20120619,0,4911707.story

    15 Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Twins suffer an off-the-wall defeat

    http://www.startribune.com/sports/twins/159643815.html

    16 MSF

    Pittsburgh Pirates: Contenders or Pretenders?

    http://www.midwestsportsfans.com/2012/06/pittsburgh-pirates-contenders-or-pretenders/

    SPORTS WEBSITES

    17 PBC Site

    Correia earns first home win of season vs. Twins

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_06_19_minmlb_pitmlb_1&mode=recap&c_id=pit

    Mazeroski, Virdon join Hurdle on Bucs’ bench

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120619&content_id=33581324&vkey=news_pit&c_id=pit

    Notebook: Hurdle still considering shuffling rotation order

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20120619&content_id=33576582&notebook_id=33578154&vkey=notebook_pit&c_id=pit

    18 Sweetspot

    Joel Peralta revives old-school cheating

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/25867/joel-peralta-brings-back-old-school-cheating

    19 Fangraphs

    What Is Kevin Youkilis Worth?

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/is-kevin-youkilis-worth-anything/

  8. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    20 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Steelers LG Willie Colon Offers Insight Behind Two Season-Ending Injuries

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/6/19/3096509/pittsburgh-steelers-offensive-line-willie-colon-injuries-maurkice-pouncey-david-decastro

    Steelers Coach Mike Tomlin All But Assured of Extension

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/6/19/3096481/pittsburgh-steelers-coach-mike-tomlin-salary-contract-extension

    Steelers Records: OLB LaMarr Woodley Eyes Steelers Career Sack Leader Jason Gildon

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2012/6/18/3094193/steelers-olb-lamarr-woodley-eyes-steelers-career-sack-leader-jason

    21 Steelers Depot

    - Former Steelers RB Mewelde Moore Signs With Indianapolis Colts

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2012/06/former-steelers-rb-mewelde-moore-signs-with-indianapolis-colts/

    22 Nice Pick Cowher

    Who Starts At NT For Steelers: Hampton, Ta’amu, or Neither?

    http://nicepickcowher.com/2012/06/18/who-starts-at-nt-for-steelers-hampton-taamu-or-neithers/

    Pitt Blogs

    23 Pitt Blather

    Keeping the ACC Intact

    http://www.pittblather.com/2012/06/19/keeping-the-acc-intact/

    24 Cardiac Hill

    Athlon Releases 2012 Big East Football Predictions

    http://www.cardiachill.com/2012/6/19/3095222/big-east-football-predictions-acc-expansion-pitt-syracuse-pittsburgh-panthers-2012-schedule

    WVU Blogs

    25 Metro News

    Wellman ‘Runs Over People, Through People’

    http://www.wvmetronews.com/wvu.cfm?func=displayfullstory&storyid=53355

    26 WV Illustrated

    Impressions On WVU Players At Summer League

    http://www.wvillustrated.com/story/18824197/impressions-on-wvu-players-at-summer-league

    Soccer(football)

    27 Sky Sports

    Rooney return lifts England

    http://www.skysports.com/football/match_report/0,19764,11065_3472069,00.html

    28 Daily Telegraph

    England, France through to European Championships quarter-finals

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/soccer/england-france-through-to-euro-2012-quarters/story-e6frey4r-1226402445328

    29 World Soccer Daily

    World Soccer Daily: 10 Euro 2012 stories you need to read, 19th June, 2012

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    PENGUIN BLOGS

    30 Pensburgh

    Ray Shero’s goal: signing Jordan Staal

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  9. JAL says:

    Ian Whitcomb, This Sporting Life, The Sporting Life was a big hit on the west coast and other parts of the US in 1965. He had another big hit with You Turn Me On, also 1965. Whitcomb has continued performing, has written books on music, and in 2010 began The Ian Whitcomb Show on XM satellite radio, Channel 24.

  10. John Lease says:

    Barmes at .200! I’m flummoxed.

  11. Ace McTasty says:

    Does anyone other than a vocal fringe minority seriously suggest trading Geno? I can’t imagine there’s a significant portion of the fanbase that calls for such a thing.

    That said, I suspected there would be some backlash if he succeeded playing for Russia after the playoffs he had. Not fair, but not unexpected.

  12. bdubb says:

    DK, you have wrote two things today, one in the article and 1 in the blog, that basically points to the fact that you can’t listen to the callers on talk shows. You can’t listen to what the fans are saying.

    I don’t live in Pittsburgh nor do I listen to Pittsburgh talk radio but any fan that sits there and calls in and complains about Malkin or suggests after 3 losses in a row the season is over is not someone you would talk to in the bar because they are the irrational, the “you better always be perfect type.” Who cares about them? You can’t win arguments with them. They are probably the same ones who think Crosby is weak for not playing through injuries to the head. I don’t put any stock into what those people say.

  13. dcpinpgh says:

    For the last sentence in the article.

    The Herschel Walker deal was a big win for Dallas.

    Also, I would say that Oilers won the Gretzky trade. Since they won the cup after the trade while the Kings lost in the finals.

  14. radio wave says:

    Hankwill win the trophy.
    Rangers don’t score, where would they be without him?
    And the nyc media blitz!

  15. TJA says:

    was at the game last evening. loved the double steal with harrison and cutch. that kind of speed on the basebaths is exciting and can make a pitcher nervous. nice game…everything came together last night.

  16. Milo Hamilton says:

    @radio

    You and your communist Rangers propaganda. :)

  17. likeabugonarug says:

    dc – You are correct about Walker, but there is a caveat. Jones got away with some things after that deal that I’m not sure would ever happen again and played a big part with their turnaround (I lived in Dallas at the time and enjoyed their 1 win season SO much!). The deal was supposedly for either the players he received OR the draft picks. Some how he weaseled that into getting both. And those picks turned out to be big as well as I think he was able to turn around and trade some of the players he got in the trade.

  18. NMR says:

    -The Gretzky trade?! The equivalent of selling Babe Ruth to the Yankees?! Quick, name one player sent to Edmonton…

    Call this the “Flooding the System” Syndrome. There is only the slimmest of chances that the return in one of these mega trades actually surpasses the star in question. That is the essence of what makes said star a star. Cliff Lee has left a trail of failed prospects a mile long.

    -Good for Morgantown, bad for the Pirates.

    Nutting & Co. have to maximize their market share wherever they can. State College leaves opportunity to expand Pirate territory far more than Morgantown. The Steelers and Pens seemingly have the lions share all the way to the Susquehanna while Central PA trends more towards Phillies fans. Should be no surprise why. Losing the Pirates affiliate from that equation only further compounds the problem.

    The Pirates are missing an opportunity by not embracing Central PA, in my opinion. Sure, short season Low-A ball is about developement, not winning, but here is a market that is going out of their way to support ANYBODY that puts a good product on the field. These are loyal people. Hook them into the system and they’ll absolutely stay on board for the product once it reaches Pittsburgh.

  19. Drew71 says:

    Dejan – How’d you know Malkin would be on the escalator just right then?

    Cool. A Fashion Mall. Just what I envision when I think of Dejan.

  20. Milo Hamilton says:

    @NMR

    Martin Gelinas, Jimmy Carson.

  21. NMR says:

    Although proving my point, I’m very impressed. Not surpised, but impressed.

  22. Milo Hamilton says:

    @Drew

    There’s a Starbucks in the food court.

  23. Drew71 says:

    Milo – It must have a dress code. Thus the Fashion Mall.

  24. JohninOshkosh says:

    What an hilarious image of Dejan walking around the Fashion Mall. A little window shopping at Dolce and Gabbana? Perhaps, he was looking for his next look for the “Showdown.” T-shirts will be a bit pricey there. Great stuff.

  25. CWalton_67 says:

    Greatly enjoyed the column on Malkin. And I agree that he is no longer 1a to anyone, including Sid. The word from the column which stood out is–extraordinary. He’s so skilled, so driven, and clearly a team player who wants to win. For what could you possibly trade this guy? I very much hope he’ll be around Pittsburgh for a very long time and quite possibly end up with a statue of his own.

    Someone fix Pedro’s hat. And get Cutch a haircut.

  26. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Pedro can wear his hat on a chain around his neck as far as I’m concerned, as long as he keeps hitting. His average is up to .214. About 40 more points and he’s back to superstar status with the HR’s, RBI’s, etc. Cutch is just stylin’. Looks good with it, too. Hair doesn’t bother me. When I grew up, we wore it long. Lincecum’s would have been short to us. Like it short now, though.

    BTW, the Fashion Mall here is called the Bargain Barn. All fashions, books, furniture from 10 or 15 years ago. More than slightly used.

  27. Drew71 says:

    Leave the hat alone.

    It’s his rally cap.

    (and I bet he hasn’t changed his underwear since Saturday)

  28. Forget having that Garrett Jones bobblehead in the dugout . . . . .

    make sure Maz and the Quail are in the dugout as long as this winning streak continues!!!!!!

  29. LuckyNKentucky says:

    A hearty Amen to both of those, Groat. Virdon could probably still run down a fly ball.

  30. NMR says:

    @Lucky

    Isn’t it crazy how quickly that batting average shoots up when it starts that low?

    Basically three multi-hit games and it’s up 20 points. 20 more points and I don’t care if it plateaus, I’ll be happy.

  31. LuckyNKentucky says:

    NMR,

    Right on all accounts. It shoots up this time of year, but later in the season, after around 4-500 AB’s, it’s harder to raise it. .230 or so sounds astronomical. Similar to a Carlos Pena-type season. That would be wonderful for Pedro, the franchise and all of us diehards. Groat’s one-game WC on the road would be closer to reality, too.

  32. tdb1977 says:

    I agree about the hat. He is getting paid millions to play baseball, he can wear his hat however he wants. It doesn’t bother me one bit. I occasionally pull the hat over my ears like that, but its to protect them from getting more sunburned then they already are. I’ve been known to walk around a golf course like that.

    I’m the furthest thing from being a Steeler fan – but are you going to tell Troy to cut his hair since you don’t like Cutch’s long dreeds?

    These are things that bring personality to teams. Each player does it his way. As long as at the end of the day, they hit the ball and make good contact with it, play the field with minimum errors, and continue to pitch the way they are, then they can do whatever they want. At least we have a winning ball team on the field right now. Not many times over the last 19 years Pirates fan can say that.

    I haven’t been in Western PA the entire 19 years of this losing streak. I’ve only been here for 10 of them when I moved here from CT. I went to my first Pirates game 6 years ago and haven’t stopped rooting for them since that day. That days 6 years ago, I stopped rooting for the Red Sox and I went all in with the Pirates.

  33. JohninOshkosh says:

    1. @Groat: are you still of the belief that Russell Westbrook should be kept off Team USA for the London Games? The USA needs to team him with Kevin Durant, our best international player, to give the Europeans trouble. Man its sucks that three of the currently reigning champions of the four major sports are the Cardinals, Giants and in all likelihood the Heat. Thanks to the Kings!

    2. In the saddest pop culture news of the week, the malevolent internet has claimed another American icon. The great Matt Groening announced that last week was the final week of the unimpeachable brilliant “Life in Hell” comic strip. It was due to poor sales to print outlets. I weep for the future.

  34. Jandy says:

    Busy this morning, but took a break and you guys are rocking this blog lol.
    Leave hair alone…remember what happened to Sampson when his was cut?
    NO HAIRCUTS! :)

  35. JohninOshkosh says:

    @Lucky:

    I’ll have to check out a “Bargain Barn” store someday. Love to refinish/refurbish furniture while listening to ballgames on the radio!

  36. dcpinpgh says:

    @ NMR

    unless you are into participation trophies, you play to win. The Oilers won after the trade with pieces from that trade. Gretzky went on to win zero more cups.

    If the Pens trade any of the big three and they win more cups then the person they traded away, the Pens win.

  37. LuckyNKentucky says:

    John,

    You could occupy your entire summer on this place. We actually almost bought a piece a few years ago, but the guy wanted almost as much as a new one in a furniture store. The best items there are things he sells really cheap like old Bibles, old shirts, etc. The guy used to buy storage lockers before it was the trend and before all the Storage Wars, etc. on TV. Now, he gets his “inventory” all over. One of my co-workers, who is also a minister, has bought a bunch of Bibles there and gives them away to new converts, etc. He also has several shirts from there. One says “1977 Ping Pong Tourney Champs” so it has to be new.

    BTW, DK started this shooting a pix of The Fashion Mall. Wonder if he’s been to Gold and Silver Pawn.

  38. Oshkosh b’gosh,

    I thought of you last night, and almost came back to make comment here, as I watched the 2nd half of that NBA Finals.

    My problem with Westbrook, despite his 40 + points last night, is that the one man stuff, especially isolation like NBA stresses, doesn’t work against the international defenses. You saw his last 2 possessions.

    I think Chris Paul, Rajon Rondo, Derek Williams-type point guards work best against those international zones and their teamwork, and Coach K (I actually first tried to spell out his last name here—what a dummy I am!) is not going to have 4 point guards on his team. I think he LOVES Chris Paul——who doesn’t?!

    However, Westbrook certainly was the MAN last night! He made his case on the best possible stage! He can shoot! But can he pass? And not just an “NBA assist” where he passes to a guy on the right point who stands there for 3 seconds before throwing up a 3-pointer, but a penetrate-and-dish pass. Westbrook’s shooting stats are GREAT! His passing stats are so-so at best.

    At least in my humble opinion . . . . .

  39. Krzyzewski——I was leaving out the 1st ‘z’

    It’s obvious!

  40. The NBA Finals give me great conflict.

    Shane Battier is an important part of the Heat line-up——he does all those little things that the 3 “Superstars in their own minds” do NOT . . . . quick passes around perimeter, boxing out, in-your-face defense. That tip-out rebound he did with around 14 seconds left was one of the plays of the game, I thought, to stop the Thunder. Shane Battier plays basketball to win, not for glory! Goodness, where did he go to college?!?

    However, I do NOT root for teams who use money to collect All-Stars——the Yankees, the Red Sox, the Lakers, the Rangers prior to salary cap. So I hate the Lebron/Wade/Bosh Heat!

    Go Thunder. Take basketball all the way to July!!!

  41. JohninOshkosh says:

    @Groat:

    Sure glad I am not one of the deciders for Team USA. Derrick Rose’s injury has caused quite the problem as he would have been the unequivocal choice. Westbrook may be out of gas by the time London comes around. Plus if his outside shooting goes cold, that presents a problem. I bet they end up going with Paul and Williams.

    BTW, love the nerd chic look the NBA ballers are sporting these playoffs. Nerd is the new James Dean!

  42. Oshkosh b’gosh,

    Didn’t Rondo get sent home by Reinsdorf/Krzyzewski two summers ago for something at last cut? Did it ever come out what he did?

    I agree that Rose and Paul would be the best “head” for the beast the NBA will bring to the Olympics. Too bad about Rose.

    Your boy sure made his case last night though!

    Ya know, Dejan would be spinning in place at so many NBA post in a row if he were here!

    Good thing that right now he is out buying used concert t-shirts at the Bargain Barn or whatever that fashion place is.

  43. bob hasis says:

    @bdubb #12

    It is impossible to discuss anything reasonably with unreasonable people. My favorite cliche in that regard is this, “Never get into an argument with an idiot; passersby and onlookers might not be to determine who is who”.

    Any negativity about Crosby, Malkin or Staal comes from one of them!!!

    DK, I was relieved to hear from Shero – through the article by Josh Yohe – that he intends to sign Staal. There isn’t a GM in the league who would not LOVE having our three centermen.
    This is why you draft, this is how you build a winning team. The supplemental pieces naturally gravitate then fall in the right places.

    If Geno doesn’t win, the NHL will have lost plenty of credibility.

    Our three C’s are all spectacular, all uniquely different in their skills set, and each brings that difference every night. Yet they are all very very capable in their way of playing.

  44. Mike A. says:

    Would you also not consider the Gretzky trade a win for Edmonton considering the money Bruce McNall paid Peter Pocklington likely allowed the Oilers to remain in Edmonton? If the fans get to keep their team in their market, they win the trade.

    FWIW, I was ready to name Jimmy Carson and Martin Gelinas, too. Gelinas also contributed to Carolina’s Cup in 2006, if I’m not mistaken. Had a pretty good NHL career.

  45. radio wave says:

    at Milo:
    Concerning the trophy award tonight. I’m laughing with you. My point is , and we have all seen this many times before, a nyc player who shouldn’t win, does win because of the nyc media blitz.
    If it turns out I’m right later tonight, then it will be the second biggest upset this week, it will be surpassed if and when JS is acquitted in his trial, which I predict will happen.

  46. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Trade Malkin, makes no sense to me, but what do I know.

    Pens are one or two defensive pieces away from taking the whole thing, the playoffs showed that.

    Wait, can 71 play defense?

  47. buggee says:

    Jandy digs the long hair

  48. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Whoa RW, big prediction on JS.

    Is it wrong for me to hope that he is innocent in this mess?? By no means do I think he is and all evidence shows otherwise, but the tapes released yesterday might show that the cops dropped the ball, what a shame.

  49. AJS says:

    71 CAN play defense when he wants to. He has shown spurts of pretty good defense in the past. However, when he gets in the scoring zone he was in ast year, his defense goes to the toilet.

  50. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Can Paul Coffey come out of retirement?

  51. radio wave says:

    at Ryan: #48
    Don’t get me wrong. I believe he’s guilty, but this could be OJ#2.
    You have a majority of jurors who are indirectly connected to the University. They want to protect the institution. If they find not guilty, then they can claim nothing happened, there was nothing to cover up, Paterno was wrongfully fired, etc.
    As you foks in Pittsburgh put it, “I’m just saying.”

  52. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Definetly a possible OJ#2.

    I don’t know about if the jurors could be swayed because of PSU ties, but the judge kinda seems as if he could be.

  53. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Off that messy subject…….

    How cool is it that CH invited Virdon and Maz into the Pirates dugout for this series? The dude amazes me with his baseball I.Q. and leadership on a daily basis. I wish we had some of his type of leadership around these parts. Anybody have any idea what books it is that he reads? I really am a CH fan, in case you can’t tell.

  54. LuckyNKentucky says:

    Ditto that, Ryan.

  55. buggee says:

    @Ryan: “Chicken Soup for the Soul”. And “The Necroscope”.

  56. NMR says:

    @rw & Ryan

    Don’t take this personally, but your assumptions on the jury selection are exactly why Penn Staters take offense when outsiders presume that we are the ones that “don’t get it”.

    There is nobody that wants Sandusky, Curley, Schultz, and soon to be Spanier put away MORE than Penn Staters. What he did to those kids is first and foremost, but there is no question that he has also damaged the reputation of a place many people hold as their own. You cannot overstate the level of anger that many in the community hold towards him.

    Nobody of sound mind can beleive that he or PSU escapes these trials with a clean slate, regardless of verdict.

  57. NMR says:

    Rick Reilly at ESPN wrote a great column this week regarding the trial.

    Just a sad, sad time.

  58. Mike A. says:

    I am NOT, in ANY way, advocating trading Geno. However, I think it’s fair that a case could be made that because the league appears to be heading back to the “clutch and grab” days, where “defense” will be a more valued commodity, that Staal and his PK prowess, would be more valuable to the Pens than Geno because his enormous skill will be somewhat mitigated by the style of play permeating the 2013 and beyond NHL.

  59. Mattygabe says:

    DK,

    I think your challenge becomes particularly difficult once you consider that the qualifier that Malkin gets (“guys like that”) – there have only been a handful of players like Malkin, and a select few that had been traded.

    Not even getting into when they were traded – Malkin may not have even entered his prime yet. Unprecedented.

    I honestly don’t think an answer exists.

    DK: Gretzky counts. But it doesn’t have to be limited to hockey. Any sport.

  60. radio wave says:

    at nmr #56
    I have no illwill or negative feeling about the University or PSU grads.
    Last comment on this whole mess, the judge seems to be in a hurry to get somewhere else.

    My only concern with PSU is that I am an Ohio U grad, and we open the season at PsU this year.

  61. Evan says:

    @Ryan

    I saw something on KDKA last year when I was in the Burgh on CH. He had the Bible and My Utmost for His Highest and a biography or leadership book on his desk. Can’t remember what the third book was.

  62. buggee says:

    Given the general concensus of residents of Central PA with regard to the Sandusky case, it causes me to wonder how jury-selection was accomplished so quickly.

    Also, there’s a picture of Sandusky and his attorney in that other online paper and the two men are smiling and look like they’re sharing a good joke and “let’s go get ‘em, Jer” moment. UGH!

    Not saying he’s guilty–I wouldn’t presume to make that judgement–and merely as an FYI: in ancient Korea (the Silla Dynasty), royalty engaged in a practice called “The Shameful Death”, where the perpetrator of whatever heinous offense was led out into the deep forest during cold seasons, and their shoulders and knees were shattered and a numbing blow was delivered to their larynx and they were left to die through either asphyxiation or scavanger-consumption (or both).

    For some reason when reading of this Sandusky case, my mind recalls that grim history lesson from a North Korean Grand Master, and I consider the pros and cons of a civilized penal approach. Thankfully it doesn’t happen often.

    Needless to say I think I’d rather discuss that big ole Bucco win last night. Be well blogatics

  63. Jandy says:

    buggee, Jerry Sandusky deserves to suffer a lot of pain for a long time for what he has done. (there isn’t a doubt in my mind he is guilty as h*ll). Maybe start with maple syrup all over him and secure him on a fire ant mount. A good start.

  64. DemonDachshund says:

    Geno and Crosby are special players. Staal is a very good player.

    You don’t trade away a special player to keep a very good player. Period.

    DK: This.

  65. LuckyNKentucky says:

    That’s a harsh punishment doled out by Mother Teresa, a known humanitarian. (The same one who reference Samson in the Cutch hair non-controversy). J-Girl has hardened since just this morning.

  66. Jandy says:

    Lucky, I know you’re bustin on me, but I have children, grandchildren. This sickens me so badly, it’s hard to speak of just how much. If he had done something to *MY* grandchild or child, I would be behind bars right now, because he’d be six feet under.

  67. Jandy says:

    My ex’s grandmother had a theory for dealing with criminals of heinous crimes. Jsut capture them, then hand them over to the family they had wronged. Let them take care of it. Sounds good to me.

  68. LuckyNKentucky says:

    J.

    All those sound like good punishments to me. I am bustin’ on you. I have no use for alleged pedifiles or any sex offenders. God forgive them. It’s hard for us to. (Love the sinner, hate the sin).

  69. radio wave says:

    Just thought folks would like to know while listening to sirius/xm mlb radio, former Mets GM Jim douquette commentedhow great it was to see Virdon and Maz with the team last night. I guess MLB has a rule as to how many people can be in the dugout, and the Bucs got a special exemption to allow it.

  70. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @RW

    CH needed an “OK” from Rod Gardenhire, his old teammate to allow it as well.

  71. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @NMR

    No doubt PSUers are upset and they should be. Huge clowd over what was one of the most prestigous univerisities in the country.

    They should be upset, they should want justice…….somethings are just seeming to be a little fishy.

  72. Millec311 says:

    Thanks for the reply. Not sticking your iphone in his face does sound like a good idea. You painted the picture well anyway though. My twitter handle is millec311, I don’t know if I said something as a joke that sounded serious, but I won’t do it again!

    DK: Done, Chris. The blocking was an error COMPLETELY on my part. My apologies.

  73. Jandy says:

    Lucky, you’re much nice than I am.

    I finally got the hubby to turn on the game, and BOOM, Cutch hit his homer in the seventh. Then bing bam boom, more hits and runs scored. Fun. Then he changed the channel on me again ::sigh::

  74. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Jandy

    You might need to keep turning the game on in spurts…..and send the old man elsewhere!

  75. NMR says:

    @radio

    Didn’t take your words as such. Just feel that since DK apparently doesn’t get many opinions other than those that say all PSU members are innocent(his words), mine and others should be heard.

    I also agree with the general sentiment that this is not something that is nice to talk about, but I feel it should be.

    Every single victim also thought that nobody wanted to hear about it.

    The saddest part of all the testimony was when each one of the victims mothers admitted that she still had not asked her son what happened at Sundusky’s house.

    PSU can raise all the money and have all the vigils they want, but unless people as a whole dismiss this notion of abuse as a taboo, it won’t help victims come forward.

  76. JohninOshkosh says:

    @Jandy:

    The first and only time I will presume to give anyone marital advice. The greatest invention ever made for furthering marital bliss: the DVR.

  77. Jandy says:

    Ryan, now that’s a good idea!

    NMR, I feel so outraged (as a mother) that I cannot understand how a mother CANNOT ask questions.

  78. Jandy says:

    OshKosh, I always listen to advice. lol! I honestly watch very little television other than hockey, football, and the car shows my hubby likes…Pass Time anyone?…that it really doesn’t matter. Heck, it’s been 7:30 or 8 until I got to sit at all and watch some tv. Summers are so busy. My hubby is a sub-contractor and I get to be his “secretary” so plenty to do.

  79. NMR says:

    @Jandy

    Absolutely.

    Part of that is the sick nature of how Sandusky chose his victims. Those poor kids didn’t have parents like you. One of them had the type of parent that bragged to their neighbor that they’re going to “own Sandusky’s house” at the expense of her son’s harm.

    I cannot get the unjust combination of the one victim shamefully wearing a hood out of the courtroom while Sandusky and his rat attorney confidently strutted out smiling later on. It just isn’t right.

    I would’ve loved to see some kind of show of support from the student body like they did with the vigil after the case broke. It makes me mad as h*ll that after all the outrage, it feels as though everyone is just there to see the circus. The victims are just part of the show.

  80. Jandy says:

    “The victims are just part of the show.” Exactly! This is WHY the victims hesitate to come forward. It’s a vicious side show to be part of. It just makes the outrage all the more palpable. This entire situation infuriates me. I better shut up now :X

  81. bob hasis says:

    @Groat #133 (from last night)

    It saddens me to have to tell you that those All-Stars you were associated with may have been given inaccurate instruction, and perhaps so did you along the way.

    There is no question that at times you must throw off of “the wrong foot” (as you accurately said) to attempt to complete a play because of a lack of time available at that instance.

    Just think logically for a moment; Does a pitcher throw off of “the wrong foot”? Does a catcher? Does an outfielder? Does a 3rd baseman? Does a quarterback? Does a javelin thrower? So why is it appropriate for a shortstop to use the “wrong foot” and have it be OK

    For strength/power of the throw, for accuracy of the throw, it has ALWAYS been taught to plant – and I’ll include step – and throw.

    You cannot give me evidence I am wrong, nor can you find an expert to challenge.

  82. NMR says:

    The sad irony is completely lost on people like Starkey who capitalize on the victims spotlight and use it not to talk about them, about what they think, what they feel, what they know, but about what HE judges as being true.

    There was absolutely no reason to write that article when he did other than to piggyback on the headlines of the trial. Poor timing and even worse taste.

  83. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @Bob

    Are you still trying to discuss the “plant and throw” for a SS?? How about, throw through?

    Does a 3B have to plant and throw on a bunt attempt down the line? Nope, throw through the ball…..

    Depending on the location of the ball when being received by the SS, yes, that method is taught. However, a slow roller towards them, depending on the runner….doesn’t happen that way. A fast runner in a hole, doesn’t happen that way.

  84. NMR says:

    Kudos to Hurdle last night for switching it up with Harrison.

  85. bob hasis says:

    @Ryan

    I made the statement there are times when you are compelled to throw off balance, out-of-sync, off of the wrong foot, etc. I know that.

    You seem to reluctantly concede, “yes, that method is taught”. THIS IS/WAS MY WHOLE POINT.

    I know all about a charging 3rd baseman, and a charging SS who is trying to field a short hop behind the mound, you throw the best fastest way you can if can get a glove or your hand on the ball. I get that! I was only discussing proper learning technique, from Little League to the majors!!

    I can’t remember anyone telling me to “throw through the ball”. Can you explain that phenomenon for me?

  86. bob hasis says:

    Ryan, I know that hitters are instructed to swing through the ball (not at it), but your statement does not register with me

  87. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    What I mean by throw through the ball, or throw through the play is a term used when charging the ball. Also, before you do that, you round the ball as well, more specifically for the SS to get body momentum towards the throwing target, typically 1B. A 3B does the same as well for angle purposes.

    This is usually taught above the LL level. At that level, you more concerned with basic techniques of course.

  88. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    Also, a lot of the fieldin is about rhythm. Most infielders will tap the ball and “skip” if you will, for timing, mostly done on routine plays.

  89. buggee says:

    –> JMac on the mound tonight. The MinTwin pitcher has a 7-something ERA. That means 10 Pirate k’s and a shutout. Twins 2, Bucs 0.

    –> Jandy, at least your man isn’t making you watch golf or fishing or “How it’s Made” or “Golden Girls” or MTV’s “Teen Wolf” or “JWow and Snooki Boink and Act Like Drunken Idiots” I like me lil wifelett’s approach; turn on the FoodNetwork, plop the tube in front of a treadmill and knock out a 10k! Kinda like the carrot-and-the-horse (but you neva heard me call that woman a “horse”!)

    –> Printed out a picture of Sandusky’s stupid, vapid, soulessly smiling face so I can mount it on my heavybag and kick the living h*ll out of it until it’s rains down to the floor as confetti. Five minutes with that animal… I’d make him watch “Jersey Shore reruns with his eyes pinned open.

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  91. Jandy says:

    buggee, thanks for the laughs =)

  92. Ryan (Nor-Cal Stlrfanrc) says:

    @bob

    Its easier with a visual. Similar to what I was saying…no, this is not me.

  93. buggee says:

    –> [bows] to Jandy. This spacklehead is truly honored, ma’am. Nice ants too (though I don’t see the point of ‘em)

    No over/unders from Playoffs? Hah? Just when I thought it was safe to jump in. I’ll just have to print out another picture and strap 10-lbs on each wrist and bag-gloves and beat the sh*t outta that too. See? Sometimes ya just gotta feed the dog baybee.

    –> [bows] to Groat. Dude, I love your color-commentary on Pitt hoops games. Some of the funniest stuff on radio.

  94. bob hasis says:

    Ryan, I know that you mean follow through rather than short arm the throw – when possible.

    And when you say “round the ball” that implies you have the time to do so for the purpose of getting into a better position for making the correct throw – off of your back foot/leg.

    That is correct!

  95. bob hasis says:

    @Ryan

    First of all your video is much appreciated. As i said in #94, rounding the ball when time allows, will get you in the best position to throw. Forgive the broken record – off of your back foot as the video clearly demonstrates.

    I brief recap; this whole began because I said Barmes has a weak arm and that’s why he throws off of his wrong foot.

    Someone took exception to that saying, that’s the way a shortstop is supposed to do it. HUH!

    Your video is clear and I thank you for it. I know how to play shortstop and what is required for that position relative to throwing. Your video is clear AND I REST MY CASE.

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