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Thursday Wakeup Call: Oh, those ‘freelance’ Panthers

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …

>> The weekly chat will be pushed back to Friday at noon. I’m spending the better part of the morning flying down to Bradenton, so the logistics just didn’t work.

>> Tried to catch up with as many of the other local teams as possible leading up to this coming week of baseball, from the weekend with the Penguins, the Pitt football news conference, the Steelers column yesterday … and I went to the Pete last night to catch the Panthers pulling away from South Florida, 64-44.

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Yeah, they won. And Steven Adams — captured above by our Chaz Palla — showed a few more flashes.

But man, that’s a tough team to watch, isn’t it?

And from the sound of Jamie Dixon and the players afterward, it’s apparently a tough team to coach, too, since Dixon pretty much scrapped set plays in the second half and told them to go do whatever they wanted so long as the ball wound up in the bucket.

“Freelance,” Dixon called it.

Here’s video of his entire session, courtesy of the excellent site PantherLair.com.

“I just wanted them to play basketball, and they did see the results right away,” he’d add. “Sometimes, you’ve just got to play.”

That’s astounding.

For as long as Dixon’s headed the program, I can’t recall a single time such a thing — if it’s ever happened — became public. But such is the state of the Panthers’ shooting that, really, I’m not sure it isn’t a brilliant idea to simply leave it up to the athletes’ instincts to produce points.

>> Huge upset for a way, way down Penn State program last night. Scott Brown was there.

>> It’s Penguins vs. Jordan Staal tonight in Raleigh. Not feeling that vibe just yet. Staal’s got to play in Pittsburgh for that to be an event, doesn’t he?

At any rate, Rob Rossi and Staal revisit the momentous trade.

>> Best news all day: Evgeni Malkin on ice.

>> Another in TribLIVE Radio’s video series on the Steelers’ draft, done expertly by our Ken Laird …

>> Here’s a podcast of my visit with John Steigerwald yesterday.

>> Amid all the other blog upgrades you might be noticing of late, we’re working on embedding the chat right here. That would be neat. Not sure if it’ll be ready by tomorrow, but next week for sure.

There’s more to come, too. We have more we can do with this software than what’s been shown.

>> Hard to believe it’s been five years …

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

Dejan Kovacevic, a lifelong Pittsburgher, is an award-winning sports columnist for Trib Total Media covering the Steelers, Penguins, Pirates, Pitt and more, including his fourth Olympics in Sochi, Russia. He also appears on WPXI-TV's 'Subway Final Word’ and hosts a weekly show on TribLIVE Radio. For 2011, he was named one of the top four columnists in the country -- highest circulation category -- by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the top three columnists in the country by the National Headliners Awards. For 2013, he was named top columnist in the state by the Keystone Awards and second-place by the Pennsylvania AP Managing Editors.

94 Comments

  1. Interesting info from Coach Dixon on the second half offense, but the way it was going in the first half why not.

    Something that should not be lost in all of this is the fact the Panthers have held three of their last six opponents to under 50 points (and ND scored just 51). In all the Panthers have held the opposition to under 50 TWELVE times, that is impressive.

    It is that type of defense that gives the Panthers a shot in games when the offense goes stagnant for a stretch.

    No matter March once again will be a fun month to follow this Pitt team that has chance to make noise in a couple of end of the season tournaments. 11 NCAA’s in 12 seasons pretty nice feat they have going.

  2. Coach Dixon was smart to try something new. This team seems to be a bit offensively challenged, so why not try something?

    Unreal Myron has been gone 5 years. Seems like 20.
    And he is still missed.

    Penn State has a basketball team? Who knew?
    Seriously, I hope they can become relevant again. Soon.

    Have fun working (cough, cough) in Bradenton. Send some warm weather our way, ok?

  3. About a dozen years ago, back when Steeler broadcasts could still be heard live on over the internet for free, I was living overseas. Man, what a welcome sound it was to hear Myron Cope’s inimitable voice coming into my home from half way around the world. All those fantastic Cope-isms … the man was the most wonderful homer of them all.

    One depiction by him that particularly stands out in my memory is when Ol’ #52 for the Ravens was being introduced before a game. This was around the dawn of Lewis doing that patented little dance of his. Upon seeing it, Cope remarked — his voice dripping with disgust — something to the effect of, “THAT was absolutely the stupidest thing I’ve ever watched.”

    It was much more rousing and yet funny coming out Cope’s mouth.

    DK: Good stuff, Ghost-man, but that’s three out of four posts on here already with no avatar. Wholly unacceptable. Check gravatar.com for the extremely easy way to add one.

    • Actually, I tried way back but “Ghost” was taken, as were similar derivatives of Ghost. Kinda liked that ‘white ski cap on the gray background’ avatar, but alright, I’ll see what I can do.
      So long to everybody as “Ghost.” Will see you all when I get my new persona to haunt.

  4. Not to be critical, but the Penguins organization better be really REALLY sure that Malkin is ready to be back on the ice. They couldn’t have botched the Crosby situation any worse early on after the concussion(s) occurred in January 2011.

    I hate to have any doubts about my club, but Crosby wasn’t the only concussion they’ve mismanaged in the last 2 years. Hopefully they’ve learned their lesson, but this news makes me nervous as opposed to excited.

  5. But Dejan, nobody can see ghosts ;-)

  6. R.I.P. Myron. I still miss him.

    Dejan, much appreciation and respect for your work.

    Excuse me that my first post nit picks.

    Thursday is 2/28. I looked back and realize that the blogs date is usually the preceding date. I suspect that is not user (Dejan) entered but from the system and prior day because it is posted prior to midnight.

    I hadn’t noticed until I saw the picture of Myron and the date didn’t match today’s date.

    No big deal and sorry to nitpick. I checked the blog after doing QA for work. I’ll enter an enhancement request to advance the date one day on the Wakeup Call posts. Wait, I don’t work here. I gotta get to bed.

    Thanks for all you do Dejan. Keep it up.

    And also a thanks to the many interesting commenters. I’ve enjoyed reading the comments for years.

    Please excuse the lack of avatar.

    DK: Thank you! And feel free to chime in more often. Only Drew bites.

  7. R.I.P. to another Pittsburgh hero, Fred “Mr.” Rogers.

    DK: Indeed. Same date, right?

  8. DK, thanks for publishing the podcast for yesterday’s guest spot. I really enjoy listening to the radio shows. Do you always post these for your guest spot? I always look for them but until today I’ve only seen the segments you’ve done on Fleury and the Burgh hosting the Super Bowl.

    Love your work, thanks for keeping us all in the loop.

    DK: Thank you, and yes, all TribLIVE Radio podcasts, including guest appearances, are linked here at the blog.

    If you’re working off mobile at any point, our new — and free — app has absolutely everything on it, including all podcasts.

    • Unfortunately I haven’t gone the smart phone route yet. I pretty much listen to the podcast on an MP3 player. Looking forward posting more and hopefully participating in the chat as well.

  9. I loved it when Myron C would play the Lone Ranger theme music and would talk about the Pitt football recruting escapades in Johnny Majors’ early years on the job…..and end his segments with “Hi Ho Major Majors!!” … (in his great high pitched VOICE!!) :-)

  10. I chose a G rating for my picture, even though it has full frontal nudity.

    Is that wrong?

  11. JAL’s Paperback Writer Morning Links

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=taADLPtyDb0

    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/

    4 Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Spring Training Tracker

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/st2013

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    Prospect Notebook: Josh Bell Has Been Working Out at IMG Academy

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/prospect-notebook-josh-bell-has-been-working-out-at-img-academy.html

    Pirates Notebook: Leroux Getting His Strength Back; Burnett’s Spring Prep

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/pirates-notebook-leroux-getting-his-strength-back-burnetts-spring-prep.html

    First Pitch: What Are the Expectations For Josh Bell in 2013?

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/02/first-pitch-what-are-the-expectations-for-josh-bell-in-2013.html

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Defensive struggles help lead to Pirates’ 8-2 loss

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2013/2/27/4037242/defensive-struggles-help-lead-to-pirates-8-2-loss

    7 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Wednesday & Thursday notes

    http://raisethejollyroger.com/2013/02/wednesday-notes/

    8 Bleacher Report

    Pittsburgh Pirates’ Top 10 Prospects: Rankings, Spring Forecasts

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1546881-pittsburgh-pirates-top-10-prospects-rankings-spring-forecasts

    9 Rumbunter

    Video: Pirates Fall To Rays, But Gerrit Cole Pitched!

    http://rumbunter.com/2013/02/27/video-pirates-fall-to-rays-but-gerrit-cole-pitched/

    Pittsburgh Pirates Spring Training Pictures: Gerrit Cole, Wandy Rodriguez

    http://rumbunter.com/2013/02/27/pittsburgh-pirates-spring-training-pictures-gerrit-cole-wandy-rodriguez/

    10 Green Weenie

    Bucs Blunder Into 8-2 Loss To Rays

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2013/02/bucs-blunder-into-8-2-loss-to-rays.html

  12. NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Bradenton Herald

    Recap: Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay

    http://www.bradenton.com/2013/02/27/4412253/recap-pittsburgh-vs-tampa-bay.html

    12 Puckett’s Pond

    Minor Twins Signings: Jeff Clement

    http://puckettspond.com/2013/02/27/minor-twins-signings-jeff-clement/?utm_source=FanSided&utm_medium=Network&utm_campaign=Hot%2BTopics

    13 KDKA

    A Hitting Lesson With The Pirates’ Jay Bell

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/02/27/a-hitting-lesson-with-the-pirates-jay-bell/

    14 Toronto Sun

    Jays’ Bautista forever linked to LaRoche

    http://www.torontosun.com/2013/02/27/jays-bautista-forever-linked-to-laroche

    15 Beaver County Times

    Bucs’ Morton itching to get back

    http://www.timesonline.com/sports/pirates/bucs-morton-itching-to-get-back/article_3ae7bc3a-1dd8-5db4-828c-82ed357d7e89.html

    16 San Francisco Chronicle

    Baseball’s pitch for protection

    http://www.sfgate.com/athletics/jenkins/article/Baseball-s-pitch-for-protection-4314942.php

    17 ESPN

    Beware of spring training statistics

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/33357/beware-of-spring-training-statistics

    18 PBC SITE

    Lessons learned in Cole’s first game action

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130227&content_id=42045728&vkey=news_pit&c_id=pit

    LaValliere drilling catchers on framing curves

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130227&content_id=42045214&notebook_id=42049574&vkey=notebook_pit&c_id=pit

    SPORTS WEBSITES

    19 Baseball Prospectus

    12 Least-Favorite Off-Season Moves

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19676

    20 Fangraphs

    Pirates Starting Pitching Depth Chart Discussions

    http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/index.php/pirates-starting-pitching-depth-chart-discussions/

  13. Boo, WAIT 5 to 10 minutes?

    I’m way too busy to wait…

  14. Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Antonio Brown restructures contract, Steelers save $3 million

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/2/27/4036976/antonio-brown-restructures-contract-steelers-save-3-million

    BTSC Steelers Six Pack- Return of the Six Pack Edition

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/2/27/4031910/btsc-steelers-six-pack-return-of-the-six-pack-edition

    22 Steelers Depot

    -Two Restructures Down, Two to Go

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2013/02/steelers-2013-salary-cap-update-two-restructures-down-two-to-go/

    Soccer(football)

    23 Daily Telegraph

    Rafael Benitez on the brink at Chelsea after attacking owner Roman Abramovich and supporters.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/chelsea/9898958/Rafael-Benitez-on-the-brink-at-Chelsea-after-attacking-owner-Roman-Abramovich-and-supporters.html

    24 World Soccer Daily

    World Soccer Daily: 10 stories you need to read, 27th February, 2013

    http://www.worldsoccer.com/247/world-soccer-daily-10-stories-you-need-to-read-27th-february-2013

    PENGUIN BLOGS and NHL Links

    25 Pensburgh

    Penguins Still Struggling with Penalties and Penalty Kill

    http://www.pensburgh.com/2013/2/27/4034614/penguins-still-struggling-with-penalties-and-penalty-kill

  15. I’m gonna hang my terrible towel over my door in honor of Myron. RIP…

  16. Always remember listening to the 1250AM Myron sports updates when I was a pup, then listening to his always entertaining sports talk show. Never had a chance to read any of his writing other than the local paper, but I know he was highly respected nationally. We have had, and still have, some of the best sports writers in the country right here in the ‘burgh.

    Somehow the Panthers winning ugly seems appropriate for their last year in the Big East. The ACC is a great move, but I will miss the physical style of Big East basketball.

    Love Sutter, miss Staal.

  17. Can’t tell you how many times I had the tv on with the sound off and a radio on so I could listen to Myron. One of the people who made the Steelers special and Pittsburgh special.

  18. Betting Fred Rogers improved the neighborhood he’s living in now.

  19. Good to see Myron Cope remembered. If there’s such a thing as the distilled essence of the Pittsburgh of his era, he’s it.

  20. That “tough team to watch” has produced double digit wins in one of the best, if not the best conferences in college basketball year in and year out in 11 out of the last 12 seasons. Not too shabby.

    All 500 Penn State fans in attendance stormed the court last night after their team’s first conference win over a Michigan team that must have left their brains in Ann Arbor. Penn State fan(s) will now claim their team is peaking at the right time of year.

  21. I got interested in model railroading because of my neighbor, Mr. Rogers. Wow, what a great gift to humanity he was.

  22. Any thoughts on a nomination for Mr Rodgers as an honorary member of Dejans Lunatics?

    Myron is already on int

  23. ALWAYS listened to Myron on the long drive home from Greentree to Jeanette every day. His back and forth with Zifko Kovalchick were incredible fun.

    And then there were his Christmas Carols….

    Getting old.

  24. So what is the deal with Despres? Why is he not playing? I haven’t been able to watch every game, but the ones I have seen have not portrayed him as some huge liability; at least not any worse than most of the other guys. HCDB is starting to upset me with some of his scratches and “punishments”, or whatever you want to call them, especially when he seems to just lose control of his team in these losses where things just spiral out of control.

    I like Engelland. A lot. But he’s had some pretty sketchy games this year. Orpik and Letang are certainly not above fault either (Yes Jandy, I said it). Guys like Glass (who at least has some defensive value) and Kennedy (defensive value= -100) aren’t doing squat, but they play every night. Craig Adams has had a few forgettable games as well.

    Yet the guys that are scratched are young guys with potential, most of which are actually producing relatively well. Bortuzzo, Despres, Vitale, and even Boychuck (minus the production). They are scratched, yet Kennedy, Glass, Adams, and Engelland apparently can do no wrong. I won’t be shocked when Bennett gets demoted for a bad game or two.

    • Engelland and Glass HAVE to be in the line up every nite. They are the ONLY deterents on the team. Adams has been a HCDB favorite for years and also one of the few with “sandpaper”.

      Kennedy, I agree with you.

      Depres will be sent down, mostly because he can be, but also because really needs to get his physical game up. Getting knocked on his butt WAY too often for a guy of his size. Still like his potential, but he needs top 2 minutes, PP and PK to improve his game long term. Won’t get them here.

      I’m guessing Boychuck gets released, his speed is fine, don’t think he could score much better thanTangradi. AAAA player, as was described by a W/B writer who saw him alot.

      I think BBennet gets a real look.

      • Speaking of Tangradi, 7 games, no points.

      • tp,

        I don’t necessarily disagree with all your statements. I’d rather have McIntyre up here for the deterrent role though, at least for a few games. Plus I’ve always been a fan of parking the big guys in front of the net. Leads to dirty goals and PP’s.

        From what I’ve seen, I don’t think Despres is going to benefit much from more time in WB. At some point guys have to make the jump. They either have it or they don’t. I know he’s young, but he’s shown he can handle himself. Let him keep learning with the big boys instead of the Tangradi”s. And right now his PK and PP abilities aren’t a hindrance any more than each entire respective unit. I’d like to see Despres and Martin on the PP (yes I included “like” and “Martin” in the same sentence, everyone).

        Boychuck I don’t really care either way, but since we have him, give him a 2-3 game chance while sitting TK. What could it honestly hurt? He’s better defensively at least.

        I just don’t much like DB’s system for scratches and playing time when it comes to young guys.

        • Brad…..I think tp hit the nail on the head when he said Despres will be sent down because he can be. We don’t like it but If you want to keep all your guys when Malkin returns, you really don’t have much choice.
          Who invented waivers anyway?
          As far as the system for scratches, the only thing I can figure out is that maybe DB prefers the older experienced guys during a shortened season.
          I love it that he’s playing Dustin Jeffrey though.

        • I assume that they have McIntyre for a reason. Just not quite sure what it is. He is only a deterent if he is in Pittsburgh AND dressing. I’m not sure having him do that is in their best interest.

          Don’t get me wrong about Depres. In an ideal world, I agree with you, but this is the real world and his waiver situation likely has to rule. I was poiniting out the (only) benefits of him being in W/B.

        • Once Malkin returns I would rather they bench TK and put Jeffrey in his spot on the third line. Jeffrey has shown again that he has the touch to be able to score goals if he is given a chance. I also think he has more raw skill than TK which could lead to the third line keeping the puck in the offensive zone for an extended period of time.

          As far as who’s gone once Malkin returns, I think that Boychuck is the odd man out. They will place him on waivers and someone will surely pick him up. I don’t know that I am too upset with that since he didn’t really thrive here and we didn’t have to give anything up to get him in the first place.

    • I’m thinking Shero wants Bortuzzo playing so he has something to show people if/when he tries to trade him. Hard to convince another team to trade for a guy that is a healthy scratch every night.

      As for the others…well you dont scratch a forward for a 7th defensemen without a reeally reaaally good reason. Personally I would prefer to see Vitale get more minutes than Glass or Kennedy. You can NEVER have enough solid faceoff men, and quite honestly i think hes better than Glass or Kennedy.

  25. I only saw about half of the Pitt game last night but I’m really not sure what flashes Adams showed and how that got a mention over Taylor’s double double. Actually I’m not sure what Adams has shown all year.

    I thought you nailed it a couple of weeks ago DK when you said something to the effect that this team looks like they want to run only to be slowed down by the sets they run because of Adams’ presence (I’m paraphrasing but I think that’s right). I’ve been thinking for about 4+ weeks that Taylor should be getting more minutes than Adams. Maybe Zanna needs less minutes though. Adams just isn’t athletic enough, IMO, and he doesn’t work for rebounds like Taylor does. There was one offensive rebound Taylor made with one hand, came down strong, and went back up strong for layup. Adams just doesn’t have that as part of his game. He’s not strong with the ball. I’m not saying Taylor is really anything special but I think he fits this team better right now. I think Adams will get destroyed if they go deep in the Big East tournament and if they win a game or two in the NCAA’s.

    With Taylor, use him like they have centers in the past. To move the ball, clean up the boards, and put it back. With Adams, he’s just not physical enough for that or skilled enough to be a positive offensive presence to run sets for. I’m going to try and look this up, but I’d like to know what kind of high school competition Adams faced.

    • Ah, I’m not sure Adams played much HS basketball at all, and if he did it was in New Zealand. He is a freshman. It almost always takes Frosh Cs time to get their physcial game up. I think he has shown his athletic ability enough to know that it’s there. Just needs more experience and confidence.

      • I think that’s reasonable tp, although I don’t feel like he has shown enough athletic ability. But I also think that the expectations that I felt were set before he came in and what we’re seeing don’t match up at all.

    • Yes. Good post. I was hoping Adams would dominate against USF’s big guy. He did not. I will say that I do not see Pitt getting blown out in the postseason. They play terrific defense.

      • Agree but I could see them getting blown out by a team not so much because of defense but if they shoot poorly which has been a fairly consistent characteristic of Pitt tournament teams in the past.

      • Sounds like USF’s defensive scheme, which Adams hadn’t seen much, had a lot to do with it last night, based on what Jamie said.

      • USF’s big guy out weighed him by about 50 pounds if I heard right. His game, at his stage of developement, would struggle to over come that. He did get him into foul trouble and got him out of there, which helped. He is still playing soft, IMO, because Dixon pulls him with every foul, because of his tendency (agin lack of experience) to talk multiple fouls quickly. Kinda like the Pens.

        If you watched the ND game, same thing, but Cooley schooled him with his experience….not necessarily his athletic ability.

    • Really, Taylor?

      I haven’t been able to watch much the past few weeks, so maybe he’s vastly improved his defense, but when he goes in there’s inevitably an easy bucket for the opponent because he failed to cover his man or he failed to help properly within the next possession or two.

      Adams doesn’t have much offensive game right now. He has no touch inside, though I hope he can improve that over the summer. He has run the floor well a few times and seems to have the agility for it, so I don’t think he’s the reason they aren’t running more… I would expect that’s more because Pitt teams focus on defense, and it’s hard to combine up tempo offense and shutdown defense.

      Adams is, however, much better on the defensive end than Taylor, and as we all know, defense plays for Dixon.

  26. Really interesting article by Rossi about Staal.

  27. Pitt is hard to watch. I end up pacing…Like the idea of letting them run. Much more like the idea of Adams and Taylor on the floor together.

  28. “Then for Charlie Morton, there was the rash.”

    Either too much info or not a descriptive enough sentence.

    • Was he rehabbing with Ryan Braun?

      I’m looking forward to seeing him make a comeback. I could see starting off as the long man in the bullpen doing him some good.

  29. You know who’s overrated? Duke
    You know who hires too many Dukies? ESPN.
    I’m sick of Seth Davis and Jay Bilas.
    Duke plays a cupcake schedule-not like Pitt or Wisconsin for example.
    Duke is the refuge of New Yorkers and New Englanders who can’t get into ivy league schools.
    North Carolina publicly funded research and scholarship is eons ahead of Duke.
    Meta World Peace went to Duke, right?

  30. DK
    I have one request. When you arrive at McKechnie Field and the clubhouse, can you please wear a baseball hat with a tiny secret camera hidden inside. ( kinda like they do on that show Undercover Boss)

    I want to see the reaction of some of the people there when you arrive on the scene.

    Now you’re pretty tall and some of those other people are not, so make sure you take that into consideration when getting the video.

    Thanks!

  31. Game thread is up.

  32. DK, just listened to your radio piece with Steigerwald. Are you really confident they will bring back Colon? I have heard over and over that he would be released and it was Beachum that would move there. I love Colon (when healthy) but I thought it almost was a foregone conclusion he would be released.

    Pitt note: I love Steve Adams’ game, NEXT YEAR. He isn’t ready yet, still too timid around the rim and brings the ball down after rebounds. Keep it high and dunk don’t lay up. If you notice that is a big change for Dante Taylor this year. He dunks every time he is in the lane with the ball. It takes big men time to learn that because they are used to dominating just based on their size in HS or prep school. Adams will be significantly better than Taylor long term, I hope he learns his trade at Pitt and not on the bench of an NBA team.

  33. just saw this tweet: Weiner: Union not concerned w/ #Pirates finances. “Over the course of the last cpl years the Pirates have made a sincere effort to compete.”

    I am sure everyone here agrees

  34. Wondering what sort of hooey we will see from the Pens tonight. Or Phooey. Or what ever it is that they are doing out there on the ice. What is Ray Shero doing these days?

    • Against the Staals they had better bring their “A” game and ramp the effort up a few notches. They stink up the joint tonight, I’m going to be VERY p*ssed.

      • Agreed. Player effort and coaching management. Is it just me or does the blue line seem extremely unstable these days? Can’t figure out why Despres is ever a healthy scratch. He needs to be playing.

  35. You know what it was about Myron Cope that was most excellent? He was always enthusiastic, never jaded. That’s a role model gift he passed on to people who followed him. I don’t mean fan enthusiasm, I mean enthusiasm about whatever work he had in front of him at the moment. That was what made him unique.

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