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Tuesday Wakeup Call: Brooks Orpik, special guest

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …

>> The TribLIVE Radio show today — 1-2 p.m. — will feature special guest Brooks Orpik. 

To listen to the show, just click on TribLIVE Radio. It’s free, easy, no registration. If you’ve got an iPhone, iPad or Android, we’ve also got the TribLIVE Radio app.

The Trib’s Mark Kaboly will the media guest, sharing wisdom about the Steelers on what could be another really pivotal day. And, of course, the local Twitter legend @suckmeter will offer, in his own inimitable manner, the Suck of the Week in Pittsburgh sports.

I want you involved, too. Email: sportstalk@tribweb.com or call me at 412-320-7925.

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>> Not going to lie. I love the Ramon Foster signing. If we can all agree that the Steelers’ offensive line is already young enough — Maurkice Pouncey, David DeCastro, Mike Adams, Marcus Gilbert are the rest — and we can all agree that its biggest issue has been staying healthy, I’m signing the guy who stays on the field.

Foster might not be able to bench-press what Willie Colon does. Few humans can. But the job is about doing the job. And the stats site Pro Football Focus says Foster allowed only two sacks all season long.

The key phrase there being “all season long.”

Terrific decision by Kevin Colbert and Mike Tomlin. But with many miles to go.

>> Some of those miles will covered by 4 p.m. today.

>> Want some idea of how big the Penguins’ matchup is tonight with the visiting Bruins?

Check these NHL.com Power Rankings.

Wait, on second thought, don’t check that. What empty Jofa would have thought to move the Ducks ahead of the Blackhawks? Or anyone ahead of the Blackhawks? Because they lost a game?

Why do we ever write or read those kinds of rankings?

Anyway, yes, it’s a big game. Nice test for a team that’s on a roll, but will have to face Zdeno Chara without, one, Evgeni Malkin to present matchup difficulties and, two, a head coach who would match up lines, anyway.

>> Did you catch the bizarre shootout attempt by the Senators’ Kaspars Daugavins last night?

Pretty nifty, but Tuukka Rask’s effort was more than a match.

>> Pitt’s Steven Adams is a cool kid. Hope that came across in my radio interview with him a month ago. But this thing where he’s fine with one-on-ones but runs from the group — and trust me, as I and a few other reporters staked out the Pitt team bus yesterday outside the Pete, he essentially fled as his name was being called — is a bit odd.

I try not to make bridges between how an athlete functions with the media and actual performance. It’s usually off base. But I’ll still find it independently interesting to see what he does in this Big East Tournament, the first real pressure situation he’ll have faced.

Oh, and I’ll have much, much more on Pitt hoops tomorrow, the day the tourney opens.

>> In the meantime, in case you missed it very late last night, Notre Dame hoops will join Pitt and Syracuse in the ACC, according to Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel. Not entirely shocking, but still …

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, recently, 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 country's top four columnists by the AP Sports Editors. For 2012, he was named one of the country's top three columnists by the National Headliners. For 2013, he was named the state's top columnist by the Keystone Press Awards and top columnist in Western Pennsylvania by the Golden Quills.

Comments

  1. Reading says:

    Adam Schefter tweeting that Jonathan Dwyer signed his tender. Does that take him off the restricted free agent list? Not as big a deal as the signing of Foster, but how does that get national attention, but no local media attention?

    DK: Those tenders almost always get signed. In Dwyer’s case, unless I’m mistaken, the news broke within the past half-hour.

  2. Ryan76 says:

    Steven Adams sounds smarter than I originally thought.

    He’s what? All of 19? I’m willing to give him time to be comfortable in front of the media. Plenty of successful athletes have done similar: Ricky Williams, Zach Grienke, Khalil Greene come to mind. Heck, a very good friend of mine told me Joe DiMaggio was one of the shyest people he’d ever met. Maybe “a bit odd” but also a non-issue.

    DK: I wouldn’t go so far as a total non-issue, Ryan. The part that’s odd is that he’s just fine one-on-one but outright flees a crowd. The guys you cite above — plus many other great performers, notably Steve Carlton of the Phillies — just didn’t deal with the media at all.

  3. Captain of 205 says:

    Interesting comment on a coach who matches lines. A number of us in 205 have repeatedly asked each other why it is that Coach Bylsma seems to not only ignore conventional wisdom on matching lines at home, but seems to do the opposite of what he “should” do (in our opinion).

    For example — and I wish I had the exact facts on this — it seemed like Malkin played over 2/3 of his shifts against Couturier in the Flyers game a few weeks ago. Knowing that is the matchup that Philadelphia wants, why would Coach Bylsma allow that to happen? Maybe I don’t understand what his tactics are, but it doesn’t make any sense to me.

    Maybe we should expect to see Crosby sent over the boards every time Chara is sent out. That would “make sense”…

    DK: Boston will be tired. Played OT last night in Ottawa. No. 1 priority for Pens tonight — with a bullet — should be keeping Crosby away from Chara and making sure that whoever IS out against Chara is physical.

  4. Rich says:

    Line matching is an odd beast. If The Bruins send Chara out for EVERY defensive zone draw, do you never send Sid out for a single offensive zone draw? I understand the impulse to try to play for matchups, but there’s also a case to be made to let your best guy be better than their best guy…given that your best (and 2nd best) guys might be the best in the league. Bylsma can help Sid by limiting the time he spends against Chara, but keeping him away from Chara completely probably neuters Sid more than playing every shift against Chara would.

    DK: Excellent point on D-zone draws. Claude Julien has no reservations about using Chara way more than any opposing forward plays.

  5. Ghost says:

    Yes, very good news about Ramon Foster. Didn’t necessarily look like he’d be back. Meanwhile, was looking like James Harrison would. The Steelers have surprised us a little. The consensus is they’ll let everyone else walk and won’t bid much for other FA’s. Just a hunch, but I don’t think they’ll sit so pat. The draft alone won’t solve all their issues; the clock is striking midnight on too many Steelers. Most rookies take time before they can really contribute (or be written off). Especially the way the Steelers run things. As a few more guys are jettisoned (like Hampton), and some more are restructured, I’m guessing the team will be open to a few FA’s that aren’t asking for the moon. Am hoping Keenan Lewis will be one. Somebody else’s safety, cornerback or linebacker would also be shrewd.

  6. Ghost says:

    Forgot about William Gay. Also a surprise, but not necessarily a good one. Bodes poorly for re-signing of Lewis.

  7. Reading says:

    Yankees trying to get D. Lee to come out of retirement. If Lee wouldn’t unretire for Pirates, then Yanks have no chance- said nobody.

  8. Gary Redus says:

    Pens and B’s, polar opposites in the special teams universe right now. What is wrong with Boston’s power play? It would seem they have all the scoring talent necessary…

    Strange how these samples of special teams success merely ostensibly foreshadow a teams playoff performance in those categories. The past few years the Pens’ PK failed them after successful regular season campaigns…come April it seems more about matchups and timing than anything else in that regard…

  9. JoeyBats says:

    re: Steelers

    1. Happy Raymond Foster is staying …..now, it would be great if the O.Line could stay healthy for 1 season. ;-)
    .
    2. Hope they do NOT lose Steve McLendon (somebody under the age of 35 has to anchor the middle of the line).
    .
    3. They must retain Keenan Lewis…..gotta have 3 quality corners in this NFL ….and “Big Play” WIllie Gay is an adequate # 4 and special teams guy.
    .
    4. Will be interesting to see if they re-seign Larry Foote to play ILB or if they go after Dan Connor or a different answer to team with Timmons.

    http://www.bloggingtheboys.com/2013/3/11/4090286/cowboys-cut-linebacker-dan-connor-restructure-orlando-scandrick?ref=yahoo

    5. Search for SPEED and big play makers on the offense in the draft.

  10. Pat4PGH says:

    Glad Foster was signed. He does his job without fanfare which is what you want from an interior lineman.

    They need to cut Colon; they need OL who play, not sit on injured reserve. Too many injuries and not eough, IMHO, talent.

    They need Lewis and McLendon, both make plays and the defense needs playmakers!

    Just sayin’ ……

  11. Drew71 says:

    “>> Not going to lie.”

    Good. EYE like to be the one to make things up.

  12. Jandy says:

    And Chara is usually up to it, as well. He eats up a lot of ice time. Let’s hope last night has an effect on that.

  13. JAL says:

    JAL’s The Call and the Answer Morning Links

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQJjfT4Y5xs

    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

    First Pitch: Phil Irwin a Serious Contender For the Rotation?

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/first-pitch-phil-irwin-a-serious-contender-for-the-rotation.html

    Pirates Notebook: Locke Gets Hit Hard, Irwin Drawing Some Attention

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2013/03/pirates-notebook-locke-gets-hit-hard-irwin-drawing-some-attention.html

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Phil Irwin dominates Orioles in Pirates’ 4-3 win

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2013/3/11/4092038/phil-irwin-dominates-orioles-in-pirates-4-3-win

    7 WHYGAVS

    A few words about Jameson Taillon in the WBC

    http://www.whygavs.com/pittsburgh-pirates/march-2013/a-few-words-about-jameson-taillon-in-the-wbc.html

    8 Motor City Bengals

    MLB Farm System Rankings: #2 Pittsburgh Pirates

    http://motorcitybengals.com/2013/03/12/mlb-farm-system-rankings-2-pittsburgh-pirates/

    9 Rumbunter

    Pittsburgh Pirates 2013: Find The Blind Spot

    http://rumbunter.com/2013/03/12/pittsburgh-pirates-2013-find-the-blind-spot/

    10 Green Weenie

    Bucs Rally In Ninth For 4-3 Win Over O’s

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2013/03/bucs-rally-in-ninth-for-4-3-win-over-os.html

  14. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Bradenton Herald

    Pittsburgh Pirates pitchers get limited looks in the batter’s box

    http://www.bradenton.com/2013/03/12/4431436/pittsburgh-pirates-pitchers-get.html

    12 Los Angeles Times

    For baseball’s one-hit wonders, the magic can last a lifetime

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-moonlight-graham-20130312,0,827835.story?track=rss&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+latimes%2Fsports+(L.A.+Times+-+Sports)

    13 USA Today

    Padres third baseman ‘accustomed’ to trade rumors

    http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/mlb/2013/03/11/chase-headley-accustomed-to-trade-rumors/1979401/

    14 Huffington Post

    The Ex-Cub Factor Revisited

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-protess/ex-cub-factor_b_2839299.html

    15 KDKA

    Pirates Spring Training Recap: March 11, 2013

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2013/03/11/pirates-spring-training-recap-march-11-2013/

    16 Rant Sports

    Jeff Locke Has Rough Outing for Pittsburgh Pirates

    http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2013/03/11/jeff-locke-has-rough-outing-for-pittsburgh-pirates/

    17 Sweetspot

    Jameson Taillon vs. Josh Beckett

    http://espn.go.com/blog/sweetspot/post/_/id/33693/jameson-taillon-vs-josh-beckett

    18 PBC SITE

    Harrison drives in two, Pirates walk-off winners

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130311&content_id=42596892&vkey=news_pit&c_id=pit

    Catcher Sanchez has fan in staff ace Burnett

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130311&content_id=42594590&vkey=news_pit&c_id=pit

    Marte has tools, track record to thrive as big leaguer

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20130311&content_id=42584082&vkey=news_pit&c_id=pit

    SPORTS WEBSITES

    19 Baseball Prospectus

    The Not-So-Secret Sabermetrics of Marketing

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19854

    20 Fangraphs

    Daily Notes: A WBC Status Update of Reasonable Quality

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/index.php/daily-notes-a-wbc-status-update-of-reasonable-quality/

  15. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Steelers Free Agency: Steelers re-sign Ramon Foster

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/3/11/4090326/steelers-free-agency-steelers-re-sign-ramon-foster

    New Kiper Mock has the Steelers taking Tyler Eifert

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2013/3/11/4090148/new-kiper-mock-has-the-steelers-taking-tyler-eifert

    22 Steelers Depot

    -The Terrible Podcast – Talking Foster, Colon, Lewis With Mark Kaboly & UNLV Punter Chase Lansford Interview Episode

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2013/03/the-terrible-podcast-talking-foster-colon-lewis-with-mark-kaboly-unlv-punter-chase-lansford-interview-episode/

    Soccer(football)

    23 Daily Telegraph

    Bayern Munich v Arsenal: influential midfielder Jack Wilshere out of Champions League tie with ankle injury

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/teams/arsenal/9923532/Bayern-Munich-v-Arsenal-influential-midfielder-Jack-Wilshere-out-of-Champions-League-tie-with-ankle-injury.html

    24 World Soccer Daily

    World Soccer Daily: 10 stories you need to read, 11th March, 2013

    http://www.worldsoccer.com/247/world-soccer-daily-10-stories-you-need-to-read-11th-march-2013

    PENGUIN BLOGS and NHL Links

    25 Pensburgh

    Pens Ups and Downs are Mostly Up.

    http://www.pensburgh.com/2013/3/11/4089346/pens-ups-and-downs-are-mostly-up

  16. JAL says:

    De Dannan – The Call and The Answer 1993 Jacket and Batteries with Eleanor Shanley, one of a long list of great female lead singers they have had, on lead vocal. Among their other lead singers were Dolores Keane, Maura O’Connell, and Mary Black. They all went on to successful solo careers.

  17. Jandy says:

    Tanner Glass and Joe Vitale

  18. SJB says:

    You’ll see Chara and Crosby on the ice together so much you’ll think they were conjoined twins. Bylsma is stubbornly convinced his team and their game is so superior to oppnents that it doesn’t matter who’s out there.

    Also, it seems these “tired” teams are the ones that give the Pens fits.

  19. Jandy says:

    Shhhhh! You’re saying what I was thinking ;X

  20. Jandy says:

    Drewster’s Fables

  21. gregenstein says:

    Glass and Vitale only play maybe 10 minutes a game, most games less. Chara plays 25. If you’re going to try and avoid Chara-Crosby, then it has to come from some of the other higher ice time players too like Sutter, Neal, and Cooke too.

  22. NMR says:

    Spring Training notes on a slow day…

    -Rudy Owens didn’t make it past the first round of cuts. For the Houston Astros.

    -Brad Lincoln is back battling for the last spot in Toronto’s pen after manager John Gibbons had previously said he was being sent back to AAA as a starter.

    -Andy Laroche is hitting .353 with four homeruns and has positioned himself to be the Blue Jays first infield call up option out of camp.

  23. Dom says:

    Can someone clarify the Steve McClendon offer? Someone on the radio said that there was a good chance someone could sign him away from us, w/o giving up a draft choice. However, since he’s a restricted free agent, don’t the Steelers have the option of matching any offer? I cannot imagine someone giving McClendon a lucrative offer that would be well beyond the Steelers price range. There are only so many teams that run with the 3-4 and I assume just a handful are in needs of a NT. I don’t think there is anything to worry about.

  24. Dom says:

    I don’t think Lincoln really has the potential to be a starter. He’s not far off from 30 and really only played well before we dealt him away last year. I’d prefer to have Snyder over him.

    Owens was also very disappointing after we dealt him last year.

  25. gregenstein says:

    They are currently the 2nd place team in the conference and win 2 out of every 3 games. I’d say he’s been mostly correct in that assumption.

    Plus, it’s actually pretty hard to completely avoid it. Crosby is the best offensive weapon in the world, not to mention one of the best faceoff guys there is. What should Bylsma do, not send Crosby out for draws just because tall and ugly is out there for Boston? Or have him take the draw but quickly retreat to the bench?

    I just don’t think you can you prevent more than maybe a couple minutes without compromising opportunities for Crosby.

  26. TJ says:

    Knowing the Pirates history Lincoln will be the next Ryan Vogelsong or Jon Lieber

  27. TJ says:

    I must admit that today is one of my least favorite days in the NFL. The Steelers never have and likely never will be a team that spends like other teams in FA. That being said you don’t win superbowls by constantly having to spend big in FA either.

    But the Steelers seem to be falling on their own sword. They were loaded with defensive talent and perhaps were a little over confident in their own abilities as coaches and scouts with some picks. I found it interesting in an SI article that teams with 13 or 14 draft picks often have the worse drafts. Jimmy Johnson of the Cowboys stated from being in that position you can become cocky and reach on players because you feel you have other picks to make up for that miss.

    The Steelers don’t have 14 draft picks but they had a very solid team; and I think perhaps that the Steelers may have reached on some of the players they took believing should they fall short they still had a solid team already in place. Look at NE; no one lasts into their mid 30′s on that team. They are either traded at the peak of their value or let go because of someone else they drafted.

    The Steelers essentially backed themselves into this corner and made it worse with some very poor drafts. I don’t think that the Steelers forgot how to draft; I think they just got a little too cocky at times and reached a little bit too far and its all starting to show now.

  28. Thundercrack says:

    I bet Andy LaRoche doesn’t want spring training to end.

  29. TJ says:

    I’m a little surprised by the out cry to keep Lewis and McClendon. I’m not sure if this is everyone clamoring for the Steelers to have a bounce back season or just us over valuing our own players.

    I sit and read all the rumors and talks of FA’s and you don’t see the name of Lewis. He’s ranked 34th out of the top 50 FA’s (pacman jones was rated higher). Rated the 7th best CB on the market. They even mention the fact that while he had 16 passes deflected he had zero interceptions; was burned 3 times and had 8 penalties.

    We are so nervous about losing this guy? Someone will pay him; but its not going to be the Steelers.

  30. SJB says:

    Listened to the all-knowing one M.M. yesterday (read: sarcasm) as he went on about how the Pens don’t need anyone other than a 3rd pairing defenseman and/or third line winger and Sid’s line is perfect and needs nothing…no Iginla, nothing. Just like Ron Cook (who’s still waiting for us to “miss” Ryan Whitney), I think some of these sports writers/media personalities, just don’t get it. In their myopic minds; Pascal Dupuis = Jerome Iginla. Really folks? Really?

    I was amused when M.M. then put Bob Errey on and he said the Pens could definitely use Iginla and for all the things I’ve said previously and for all the things that even though Dupuis, who is having a good year, doesn’t have. It was amazing how the smartest person on the planet had no reply and didn’t try to urinate on Bob’s opinion like he does to everyone else who calls in. I’m thinking he was hoping Errey would back up his silly opinion and when he didn’t he had no retort.

    IMO; Just because the Crosby, Kunitz and Dupuis line is clicking right now, doesn’t mean that will keep going, or equal playoff success. Kunitz and Dupuis are both having career years. How long do people think that will last? We’ve all seen Dupuis enough over the years to know what he’s generally and normally capable of, so I hope no one is fooled into thinking what he’s accomplishing now is the new Duper and we can count on it to continue.

    Does not adding Iginla make them bad? No. Does adding Iginla make them a better team in ways that Dupuis could never? I say yes, unequivocally, and if he’s willing to move and if a deal can be done to get him without costing the Pens too much in the future, then it’s ludicrous for the Pens to sit pat only to see the reality of such a non-decision staring back at them when everything a player like Iginla could have brought, eludes them in the playoffs.

    BTW: How can a radio station put a person on the air who’s speaks like he has a mouth full of flem and coffee grounds? Regardless of what he has to say, it’s nauseating to listen to coming out of his mouth. Is it that hard for a sports talk program to find an annoying, opinionated, self-important pr1ck who can enunciate the English language properly? I know it’s Pittsburgh n@, but c’mon.

  31. Jandy says:

    True gregenstein,but with home ice, DB gets last change, so he can control some of that, to free Crosby away from Chara if he so chooses.

    I also think Cookie and Sutter can handle Chara. Neal will only take a penalty, as he’s been taking a lot of stupid penalties when he gets frustrated.

  32. SJB says:

    Yeah, I was thinking that too. You’d think Lewis had an Pro Bowl caliber year and we will be letting go the next Rod Woodson. I guess when other than Taylor, all you’ve had was failures at CB for years, you latch onto anything with a pulse.

  33. TJ says:

    Which is not smart business nor smart football. Kind of like the Steelers drafting Troy Edwards with their #1 pick cause they needed WR’s so bad.

  34. Iceman says:

    While that shootout attempt looked clever and impressive, really it is a waste and should be stopped every time. When the shooter is coming in with his stick on top of the puck, the goalie knows that he has no option but to go low. Not saying I could’ve made the save, but I don’t see it as a very productive SO move.

  35. SJB says:

    Or Miami paying Wallace $11 million a year, or rumors have the Vikings possibly giving him $13 million. Wisdom and common sense is rare in the NFL it seems.

  36. 21sthebest says:

    Who does?

  37. Arriba Wilver says:

    Like Harrison, he got better as the year went on. Not saying he’s Rod Woodson, or even Ike Taylor, but he was a pretty good cornerback by the end of his first year starting.

  38. Jandy says:

    SJB, while I agree with most everything you’ve said, keep in mind, everyone said LAST SEASON was Dupuis’ career year. So, maybe, just maybe, Sid brings out the best in Duper (like Mario brought out the best in Robbie Brown), and maybe just maybe, that line really is ok.
    Don’t get me wrong, I love Iginla. I sad months ago, that Sid would LOVE to have Iginla on his wing. They worked some serious magic in the Olympics when Canada won gold. And Jerome himself had nothing but praise for Sid. I’m sure he’d love to play on his wing.
    But if that doesn’t happen, I’m not gonna sit here and knock Dupuis, who is having his second “career” year in a row, playing with Sid.

  39. Patrick says:

    I hear James Harrison is available…

  40. Patrick says:

    Honstly if I remember it correctly, James Neal pounded Chara a few times in a Pens win in Boston just last year. He is very big, but he isnt hard to find, either. Nobody every described him as having ‘greasy shoulders”.

  41. Arriba Wilver says:

    JAL—nice pickup in #12 on the LA Times mentioning Banny as a one hit wonder.

  42. Randy Cyphert says:

    Hate hearing how Kunitz and Duper are having “career years” Fans have been saying that for like 4 yrs now. Admittedly they are better with Sid, but Kunitz was spectacular with Geno last yr. Give these guys respect. Kunitz is a star, period! IMHO we need more size. We have never replaced Rupper or Talbot for that matter. TK is a defensive liabilty and has not produced in 2 years. Vitale is the same player. At a reduced price. Gotta believe either #47 or #41 are going to be traded. HCDB doesn’t put alot of stock in youthful d-men(to his peril imo). I would love to see Iggy in Vegas gold But we need to sure up our blue line to make a serious run, and more size on our bottom six as well. Thx

  43. Randy Cyphert says:

    This!

  44. JohninOshkosh says:

    Milo:

    Thanks for the on the scene ST report. Hope you found a good watering hole to watch the Big East tournament.

    Sad that this is the last Big East tournament with the schools that made it a must see event. Good article in USA Today about it today. I remember as an adolescent watching it while ESPN was in its infancy. A true joy for college hoops fans.

  45. Jandy says:

    That would be fine as long as Neal isn’t taking stupid penalties the way he has been.

  46. Patrick says:

    I know you and I had this discussion before, but adding Iginla is a great idea….IF it doesnt cost an arm and a leg, which it just might. There are other teams out there that need a goal scorer a LOT more than the Penguins do. Winnipeg and Ottawa come to mind.

    Is it a good idea. Obviously. there isnt a team in the league that wouldnt be better with a guy like Iginla on the roster. But he is probably just going to be too expensive. And when it comes down to it….the Pens are leading the league in scoring. So it isnt like the Pens *NEED him.

  47. SJB says:

    Not knocking Dupuis either, he’s one of my favorite players on the team, I’m just saying anyone thinking the Pens shouldn’t be looking at Iginla, even if it means possibly demoting The Great Dupuis to the 3rd line, doesn’t understand how much better such a move could make the Pens and how much harder it would be for any opponent to keep that Crosby line from scoring.

    I won’t blame the Pens if some other team like the Rangers offers the key to the city and the coaches 1st born for Iginla, but I’ll have a problem if they don’t even look into it at all, or don’t think a reasonable offer is worthwhile.

    That said; how many people think Dupuis may be playing himself off the team? If he keeps going at this pace, he could ask for more than the Pens could afford and will easily double what he’s currently making.

  48. Arriba Wilver says:

    Thanks for pointing that out, John. I liked this line, ” The thud, thud, thud of a basketball is as much a soundtrack of Manhattan as car horns and expletives.”

  49. hockeymonster says:

    I hear ya SJB…M.M. thinks he knows more about the game than he actually does. Much like alot of local media members but i suppose they’re just doing their jobs. Anyone who thinks moving dupuis to 3rd line is an unnecessary luxury isnt watching teams like the hawks who have 3 scoring lines….i heard someone on 93.7 say that he thinks the pens should definitely be considering bringing Ryan Whitney back…enough said. Needless to say i started to reach for WDVE and the X presets!

  50. Pat4PGH says:

    Really sad to see the Big East tournament come to an end. Had the opportunity to attend the tournament the first 4 years Pitt played. Nothing compared to the atmosphere in the garden, even when Pitt was not ‘Cuse, Georgetown or St Johns back then. Gonna miss it.

    Went to one Pitt game at the Garden wearing a tux as I had a formal dinner to attend and Pitt played at 5ish. No one, I mean no one, looked at me a bit askance wearing a tix to the tournament…only in NYC.

    Go Pitt. Make the last one a great run……. HTP!

  51. SJB says:

    What do you think is a reasonable offer? What do you think is an arm and a leg?

    I think it’s going to cost at least a high round pick (1st or 2nd round) and a prospect/player or two. Unless they trade up, the Pens will have a low 1st round pick this season in what should be a deep draft, so that wouldn’t bother me that much.

    I know some people like to think we can simply trade Glass, Kennedy and a few used sticks for a player like Iginla but unless it involves trading a core player, or a possible future one in Despres or Bennett, I’m fine with most anything…picks, prospects, whatever.

  52. radio wave says:

    I don’t usually follow NFL free agency, but Lewis is on the Pats radar.

    Infield backup players look weak for Bucs., who makes the team?

  53. radio wave says:

    A question for Jandy and anyone else who is familiar with Pens ticket prices.
    My wife made the mistake of promising her 11 year old grandson Pens tix for his birthday. Mistake because she had no idea what they cost. Both of us were taken by surprise when she went online and saw the prices. She was checking out the Rangers game. I suggested, on a hunch, that maybe prices vary with the opponent. Is that true or false? Would Isles tix cost less?
    Thanks

  54. Thundercrack says:

    The Steelers’ roster if falling apart and Tomlin & Colbert are down in Bradenton yucking it up at a Spring Training game.

    Any coincidence that they waited until the week after DK was there?

  55. Jandy says:

    Sign him up! ;)
    (Can he keep his balance on skates???)

  56. radio wave says:

    TCInteresting you use the term falling apart. You’re the first steelers fan to say that. That’s what I’ve been thinking. They have a great quarterback, who’s supporting cast is vanishing around him. Terrible timing for the franchise. As a Pats fan, I love it, but for the city, team , and league, it’s not good.

  57. Jandy says:

    SJB, there you go again, typing what I’m thinking…and it scares me. Duper is definitely a guy they should try to keep, but with all the other “key” players, he’d have to take a discount to stay. I don’t know if that will happen. Heck, he has 4 kids to support ;)

  58. Jandy says:

    No Depres and No Bennett. That’s throwing away our future top players.

  59. SJB says:

    Don’t need Whitney when Orpik is fully capable of doing a very good impression of him. ;)

  60. 21sthebest says:

    Foote reportedly about to sign with the Cardinals.

  61. SJB says:

    Yeah, that’s what I was saying…anyone but.

  62. Jandy says:

    That is false. Ticket prices are ticket prices. You can check the ticket exchange, you never know if some kind soul is willing to part with tickets for less.

  63. Arriba Wilver says:

    Inge seemed like a shoo-in at the beginning of camp. Not sure now.

  64. hockeymonster says:

    As long as PM is playing top 4 minutes we can pair orpik and whitney together :)

    P.S. im not down on orpik. He’ll be fine.

  65. SJB says:

    Ouch! Yeah, it’s tough to get a good price regardless of the opponent it seems. Maybe by a little, but not much.

  66. PetroSteel says:

    Call me crazy but…

    I’m more excited about the Pirates short term future (Next 3 or 4 years) then the Steelers.

    Very disappointed that this is the first time in a very long time that the Steelers don’t have studs ready to step up and take the position of an older player and not miss a beat.

    Sorry but this is on Colbert, Tomlin and Art. Honestly, I’m glad Dan Rooney is back and hoping he can right the ship. I think changes need to be made in the Management and not just with the players.

    Go Bucs!

  67. Jandy says:

    then we agree :)

  68. Patrick says:

    From what I can gather it really depends on the total package. I dont think Calgary has it in their head that they definately want two-first round picks and a top 4d-men for example. They have holes everywhere and how that get filled isnt as important as who can fill the most of them.

    The one good thing i keep hearing is that Iginla would be willing to waive his clause to go to Pittsburgh. That’s one big hurdle. But I’m thinking it would cost similar to what the Pens paid for Hossa. Two NHL players, a prospect and a 1st.

    But again..i have a feeling that a team like Philly is going to blow the doors off Calgary to get him. There are several teams that NEED him more than we do, and teams that also have an interest in keeping him beyond July.

  69. Patrick says:

    I dont know about 3-4 years. Steelers will be better in 2 years. Turnarounds and rebuilding in the NFL dont take as long as they do in other sports.

    But generally speaking, you are absolutely correct.

  70. 21sthebest says:

    Call me crazy too but I wouldn’t be surprised if the Steelers win the Super Bowl this year.

  71. SJB says:

    Ahhh, Phoenix…better known as Pittsburgh South. It’s always fun to prospect every year who will be going there, who will be coming here. I’m still waiting for Fitz to sign a two-way contract with the big team. ;)

  72. tpbco says:

    The discussion has gone round and round now for a couple of days. I get it about Ingina. I don’t disagree with the fact that the Pens O would be stronger with him. But also is the fact that the Pens are the highest scoring team in the league, with only a minimal contribution from Geno (relatively speaking, for HIM).

    IMO, the bigger issue is the need for the physical Dman and that those “tradeable assests”, regardless of what combination of players, prospects or draft picks need to be focused there…first. If after that, there are enough assests left to trade for him, w/o mortgaging too much of what’s left, then fine.

    The Pens can win the cup w/o Ingina. I’m not so sure they can with him and w/o the physical Dman.

  73. Dom says:

    The Cardinals sure likes to pick up our talent.

  74. SJB says:

    Depends. In two years the Steelers could be looking at QB issues at the rate Ben and his injuries are going and then it’s time to fix that problem, which unless you’re lucky can take a long time…ain’t that right Cliff, Mark, Bubby and Kordell?

  75. Dom says:

    You beat me to it!

  76. JohnS says:

    I am not sure how much leverage Calgary has with Iginla. He is FA next year and has a no trade clause.

    It might be cheaper to get him than most think.

    I would have loved to see them move Orpick last year. I don’t see anyway he gets a new deal moving forward. He still has some value but would have been better with a year and a half of control versus half a year.

  77. SJB says:

    Ok, you’re crazy.

  78. Dom says:

    Where did you get that info at, 21? I cant find it anywhere.

  79. Patrick says:

    But i guess to answer your question the only untouchable for me is Bennett. Dupuis, Cooke and Adams are probably on their last contracts with the Pens. Aside from Bennett they have no wingers coming up. None.They have only two wingers signed beyond 2015:Bennnett and Neal. Even Kunitz is 32.

    But defensemen? well they got lots of those. So if he cost Despres to get Iginal (and it probably would)..well…thats just what it would cost.

  80. Kevin says:

    The penguins need him like they needed Parise. They are the top scoring team in the league. Just think, if anything, they should be looking for a shutdown D as #1 priority. As attractive as Crosby – Iginla would be… is it really a need? especially if patrick says, we have to give up a leg and only have said super-robo-iginla leg for 3 months.

  81. Naje says:

    The Steelers need their quarterback to stop taking 8 second sacks… stop getting hurt on 8 second sacks against terrible teams… stop taking unnecessary hits.

    I don’t care how he made (past tense) a living ascending towards the top echelon of qb’s in the league, it’s maintaining that status that concerns me. And you can’t maintain that status when you ask your line to block for you for 6+ seconds a snap so the almighty wunderkind qb can make some implausible play. That qb needs to sharpen the passing game… not the wait, wait, wait, wait, wait some more passing game. He can’t play when he’s hurt… and he got put on the sidelines after taking a ridiculous hit against a terrible team like K.C. on a play when he had at least 6 seconds to get rid of the ball. Quarterback play must get better… especially against sub-.500 teams.

    After all, the bigger they are, the harder they fall.

  82. Chris says:

    Good point about “latching onto anything with a pulse”. A lot of people seem to be over valuing Lewis. He did have some good games, but he also had some bad games. He’s no star. He had a season about as good as William Gay had before he left for the cardinals, only Lewis wasn’t criticized every game the year before like Gay.

  83. AJS says:

    It is harder to play match ups with your line against a d-man. Malkin and Cotourier is a forward/forward match up that should never happen as long as you have faith in rolling 3 lines. But it is hard to keep your top line center away from the top defensive pairing because the top defensive pairing gets so much more ice time.

    The Pens have put Crosby’s line out against Chara in the past and went right after him. I believe they have had some success.

  84. SJB says:

    “The Steelers need their quarterback to stop taking 8 second sacks… stop getting hurt on 8 second sacks against terrible teams… stop taking unnecessary hits.”

    Sorry, but that’s who he is and what allows him to be as successful as he has been. If he can’t/shouldn’t do that, then it’s already time for a new QB. Telling Ben to stop extending plays and creating something out of nothing, is like telling Kaepernick and RGIII to stop running and stay in the pocket. Don’t think they’d be anywhere near as good, therefore; successful or important to their teams.

  85. CWalton_67 says:

    On the mark.

  86. Jandy says:

    We’ll have to hope for the best then

  87. JohnS says:

    While Iginla can score the big plus is that he brings a Vetern ruggedness up front that this team needs.

  88. CWalton_67 says:

    Agree on all regarding Iginla, and Dupuis. I would leave Dupuis on that line and move Kunitz back with Neal and Geno.

  89. SeanAY says:

    +1. I’ve been saying this for a while now; the offensive line isn’t particularly adept at pass blocking, but it’s not entirely their fault.

    But dare criticize Roethlisberger, and you’re excommunicated from Steelers fandom.

  90. CWalton_67 says:

    +1

  91. JohnS says:

    Especially when you back-up with Charlie and Lord Byron every year.

  92. Chris says:

    I haven’t heard too many people say they DON’T want Iginla, but I do understand a lot of people would prefer a responsible, physical defender be the top target instead of Iginla. Offense hasn’t been a problem and Dupuis would be on pace for 35 goals, Kunitz on pace for 53 goals if this were an 82 game season.

    That being said, I really hope they get Iginla and a solid defenseman :)

  93. Jandy says:

    Here’s a well thought out article NOT to go for Iginla:
    http://www.faceoff-factor.com/1pittsburgh-penguins/4741/play-small-ball-ray

  94. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m with you on this one, SJB. And Sean, no offense, but the idea that Ben’s style leads to a lot of the sacks is hardly a unique perspective. Just ask Art III.

  95. Chris says:

    This is a good point, Iginla will have to approve where he gets traded so he may narrow down the bidding to 2-3 teams that don’t NEED him, but would like to have him.

  96. Jandy says:

    From the morning skate, the power play units are:
    Looks like there are a couple adjustments to the power-play units. Bennett practiced on the top unit with Letang, Crosby, Neal and Kunitz. The second unit is made up of Martin, Niskanen, Kennedy, Dupuis and Jeffrey.

  97. PetroSteel says:

    Ben is not the problem. QB is not the problem. O line is not the problem (anymore).

    Steelers have issues everywhere else. Including the position of making the right draft picks. Now i get that the draft is hard. EVERY TEAM has missed MANY times. But the Steelers didn’t miss as often as everyone else and that’s why they won. That is not the case anymore. I ask why? I think its the current group that is drafting.

  98. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

    Colbert-Cowher was better than Colbert-Tomlin on draft day. Simple as that methinks.

  99. Is that what they’re doin’?

  100. Iceman says:

    This is crazy talk. Take the number 3 scorer in the league away from the center who has at least 75% of the assists for his goals. No way am I moving Kunitz away from Crosby at this point. Plus, I really like the way Bennett is playing on that second line and would like to keep him there. If Iginla comes in, Dupuis moves to the third line.

  101. Iceman says:

    I agree. Would love to have what Iginla offers, but I’d rather improve the defense and PK at this point.

  102. SJB says:

    Well, seeing as how the Rooney’s will hold onto Tomlin for a couple more years minimum, you think The Chin would be interested in a GM job? lol

  103. SJB says:

    Who’d they have up high with Letang?

  104. 21sthebest says:

    The radio.

  105. JP says:

    The only way I give up a ton for a top 6 player is if it’s someone who will be around for years to eventually replace Kunitz or Dupuis as they get older.

    The price is going to be far too steep for Iginla.

  106. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m not suggesting that Colbert is the problem OR that they should get rid of Tomlin as coach.

  107. Iceman says:

    I don’t think it’s going to be cheaper than most think to get him for this reason. Iginla is going to want to move to a team that he could possibly win the cup with this year, however, he’s going to want to do it with Calgary getting as much as humanly possible to help them next year. Here is my reasoning for this. After this year, whether Iginla wins the cup or not, he will go back to Calgary so he can play out the remainder of his contract and retire as a Flame. If the team gets a bunch of good players for him to be rented out for a year, he will take it. If he can win a cup while he’s being rented, even better for him. I think Iginla wants a cup in Calgary more than anything else.

  108. jmaz17 says:

    The ticket prices do not differ, what differs with the opponent is the availability of tickets. The Saturday afternoon game against the Rangers is on St. Patrick’s day in downtown Pittsburgh, which is the 2nd biggest parade nationwide. Needless to say, the game being vs. the Rangers and the rest of the day considered, those tickets are a HOT item right now compared to say the Thursday night Winnipeg game on 3/28

  109. John Lease says:

    Rudy can’t make the Astros?

    I feel better about the trade… and I already felt pretty good about it.

  110. SJB says:

    Ah, so you think Tomlin’s draft decision/player personnel input should be neutered?

  111. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think they maybe need some involvement from more personnel. Neutered? Don’t know. All I know is what I said before. Seemed to work with Cowher, not so much with Tomlin, on draft day. And Tomlin wasn’t picked, I don’t think, because they thought he was a great personnel guy. He moved into the position that had been working with Cowher. Everybody has different talents.

  112. If that’s your picture on that avi, you ain’t one of us old guys.

  113. gregenstein says:

    Steelers have “first right of refusal” on any offers to McClendon, but receive no compensation if they decide to let him walk. Given that I don’t think most teams would view him as a starter, I don’t think he’ll sign the type of contract that would prevent his return to Pittsburgh.

    I should point out that McClendon is not a prototypical 3-4 NT. He’s probably more of a 4-3 tackle, so I don’t think he’d have a problem finding employment, but I just don’t see a team out there that would pay him “starter money” to guarantee that the Steelers wouldn’t match the offer.

  114. Jandy says:

    They didn’t have that info at the site. Sorry.

  115. Jandy says:

    Lotta young pups on this blog, Spunky ;)

  116. gregenstein says:

    Let’s not forget it was basically the Rooneys who demanded Colbert and Cowher take Roethlisburger instead some guard/tackle kind of guy.

  117. Bizrow says:

    AW is not a “young pup”

    Who is your avatar, AW?

  118. 21sthebest says:

    TC did you give up? I didn’t see you ask DK if the Orpik interview was live or Memorex.

  119. 21sthebest says:

    “AW is not a “young pup”

    He’s not a pup of any sort.

  120. Jandy says:

    Didn’t say AW was, actually I have no idea…but he’s prolly younger than Spunky is, and prolly me too. ;)

  121. Jandy says:

    21 is a young pup ;)

  122. Jandy says:

    LOL! +1

  123. Jandy says:

    SJB must be Irish, he asks a LOT of questions…very good ones at that!

  124. 21sthebest says:

    “21 is a young pup”

    Marry me!

  125. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m disappointed in you guys. My avatar is none other than Kyle Stark.

  126. Arriba Wilver says:

    I guarantee you I don’t have a crew cut—not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  127. Thundercrack says:

    I gave up. Memorex seems to triumph every week

  128. Kevin says:

    nobody’s asked yet so I guess I going to have ta… what the hell is a jofa? My google says Jewish Orthodox Feminist Alliance or JOFA – swedish maker of hockey helmets.

  129. 21sthebest says:

    Even with my glasses on that picture could have been Kate Upton for all I knew.

  130. Arriba Wilver says:

    Now there’s an idea . . .

  131. My God. I thought OSU or Abe Lincoln was bad. That sacrilage on the blog.

  132. Bizrow says:

    Where’s he hiding his telephone pole??

  133. Bizrow says:

    Any word on cuts with the PBC yet?

  134. Arriba Wilver says:

    Hoka Hey, my brother.

  135. Arriba Wilver says:

    DK said yesterday there wouldn’t be any today because it was an off day.

  136. 21sthebest says:

    DK should cut Twitter legend suckmeter.

  137. Bizrow says:

    Thanks, I had heard speculation, might have been from the game announcers that since today was an off day, they would be meeting to make some cuts

  138. 21sthebest says:

    CBS Sports is reporting that the Steelers will resign Plaxico.

    I take back my earlier Super Bowl comment.

  139. Thundercrack says:

    By the way 21, quit trying to cause trouble!

  140. Thundercrack says:

    Radio,
    Did you hear me on the XM MLB this morning? I called in about the DH in the NL

  141. SeanAY says:

    AW-

    Never said it was a “unique” perspective, just that everyone seems to want to blame everyone else for the sacks EXCEPT Roethlisberger. And when they do level blame, it’s in a dismissive manner (“Yeah, I see your point…but if Arians would only call these plays…”)

    All the other moving parts have changed.

  142. Thundercrack says:

    The one thing that I did like about Cowher was that I thought he was a good judge/evaluator of talent.

  143. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

  144. Dom says:

    Good move. If we’re going to continue the quick strike offense, he’s an excellent receiver to keep around.

  145. Arriba Wilver says:

    I know Cowher liked Rivers better, but I hadn’t heard that guard/tackle angle. Not sure I buy it.

  146. JohninOshkosh says:

    2002 called and said “remember me?’

  147. Arriba Wilver says:

    I guess I misinterpreted “I’ve been saying this for a while now; the offensive line isn’t particularly adept at pass blocking, but it’s not entirely their fault.”

    Seriously, though, you really think people don’t blame Ben for the sacks? That is a unique perspective to me.

  148. 21sthebest says:

    I especially liked when, during the power outage, he called for Alex Smith to replace Kaepernick.

  149. 21sthebest says:

    Slow news day.

  150. Jandy says:

    Awwww….ain’t that sweet? :) :) :)

  151. Jandy says:

    ZING!

  152. Jandy says:

    You tell ‘im Spunky!

  153. Arriba Wilver says:

    At least if we do get to the Superbowl he might catch the winning touchdown in the corner of the endzone.

  154. Jandy says:

    Brand of hockey equipment…

  155. Jandy says:

    Jagr used to wear it all the time

  156. Jandy says:

    why do you say that, or are you just stirring up trouble again? ;)

  157. Arriba Wilver says:

    You might want to look in the mirror, Mother Theresa.

    :-P

  158. Thundercrack says:

    Being away from the game has obviously made him rusty when it comes to evaluating talent. That and he probably has a headache from sitting next to Shannon S.

  159. Thundercrack says:

    Plaxico will catch a TD for the Steelers in the Super Bowl….when the Super Bowl is played in Pittsburgh

  160. Jandy says:

    Maybe DK will wear it for his next Radio Podcast ;)

  161. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’ve heard they were going to have meetings today & decide on cuts and let the players know when they arrive at the ballpark tomorrow morning. Minor league camp is opening this week so there’s a place to send them now.

  162. Ghost says:

    A little bit late to the party, but wanted to chime in on the Cowher/Tomlin comparisons when it comes to drafting. I don’t think Tomlin is especially bad, but Cowher truly was good at assembling talent. Whether paired with Tom Donahoe (with whom he apparently squabbled) or Kevin Colbert, the Steelers always had great players. Unfortunately, Cowher did not master how to get the most out of his players until 2005, when, ironically, he became slightly more laid back. (Then in ’06 he became TOO laid back, but that’s another story.) Cowher’s teams always had the superior O-line, D-line and linebackers, winning the physical battles in the trenches. It’s just that they let San Diego stun them and New England cheat them (twice) in some of those many AFC Championship games they played in.

  163. Arriba Wilver says:

    +1

  164. 21sthebest says:

    You know I actually typed a smiley after that comment. I thought I did.

    And I agree. I think the pregame and halftime yuck-a-thons probably diminish ones evaluation skills.

  165. Jandy says:

    Yup. I’m an ol’ beyotch, but you can still teach an ol’ Mother Theresa new tricks. I pick up a lot here “listening” to you “young pups”. ;) :) ;) :)

  166. Milo Hamilton says:

    From Kaboly – Steelers sign Larry Foote to 3 year deal.

  167. 21sthebest says:

    Foote signs a three year deal to stay.

  168. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’m very close to Spunky’s age. You’re like a younger sister, MT.

  169. tpbco says:

    Maybe that’s for BBR, since they are cutting his buddy, Colon.

    I don’t view it as a bad move at all…assuming of course, that he actually “gets a hat” on game day.

    If true, draftwise, they can now focus on a “speed” guy and not worry about size.

    Because to me, Mike Wallace ~= Nate Washington. Remember him? Great speed, marginal hands, BETTER ATTITUDE…not missed.

  170. JohninOshkosh says:

    Barry Foote plays football now?

  171. Arriba Wilver says:

    Wow.

  172. Arriba Wilver says:

    Wow.

  173. 21sthebest says:

    LOL!

  174. NMR says:

    The question is will they have enough room.

  175. Arriba Wilver says:

    Kiper has an interesting pick for the Steelers–a large, fast tight end from ND. JAL link # 21.

  176. Milo Hamilton says:

    Our obscure Expos reference of the day. Boots Day anyone ?

  177. Milo Hamilton says:

    Cutting won’t be difficult. Stopping will be.

  178. tpbco says:

    As we are seeing today, part of the reason Cowher’s teams had that talent was because they didn’t have a $100 million QB to have to try to build around AND another reason he couldn’t get past the AFC Champ game where the elite QB gets you ovet the top.

    The Ravens will find that out soon enough. The main reason they passed the Steelers up, IMO, was the FA signings they were able to do while flacco was still under his rookie contract. Three starters on O, McKinnie, Birk and Vonta Leech (probowl FB), Pollard on D and Jacoby Jones, Pro Bowl ST and #3 reciever. Five FA contributors sure does take the pressure off the draft.

    Although we did sign Lenoard Pope….

  179. 21sthebest says:

    I don’t necessarily think his problem was getting the most out of his players, I think his problem was having a good quarterback/knowing how to handle quarterbacks. At least until they got a quarterback.

    I thought he was great at playing with a second half lead.

  180. tpbco says:

    Forgot about the justed traded Antoin Bouldin, FA from Ariz.

  181. Dom says:

    Or he’ll drop it on a key play in the AFC Championship game.

  182. tpbco says:

    I have posted since February that the Steelers needed to address this in a big way. Miller likely will not be ready before Halloween. NO ONE on the current roster has earned one start, let alone start the season.

    They either need a TOP draft pick that can walk in and start OR a quality FA. The former being more likely.

  183. Iceman says:

    Read on Twitter that the Steelers just resigned Foote to a 3 year deal. Not sure if that is true or not, but…

  184. Milo Hamilton says:

    Tyler Eifert.

  185. Iceman says:

    Not sure why this ended up here. Oh well…

  186. Bizrow says:

    I didn’t know it was allowed to take a picture of Kyle Starks.

    I mean have you ever seen a picture of the “real” James Bond??

    That is classified information.

    AW, watch out for those “invisible helicopters” ;-)

  187. Bizrow says:

    You stole that from Chuck Noll ;-)

  188. Jandy says:

    Awww..now that makes me smile :)
    Thanks, AW :)

  189. Bizrow says:

    I thought they were going to try to quit pushing money forward, 3 years, don’t see Larry finishing that out.

  190. Milo Hamilton says:

    Black smoke from the Sistine Chapel. I guess this means Leonard Pope won’t be back.

  191. Arriba Wilver says:

    Biz–I’ll be keeping a watch for the storm troopers and the black helicopters.

  192. Jandy says:

    3 years??? how old IS Foote? (and no, that’s not a smart aleck question)

  193. Jandy says:

    Someone poke AW, he’s stuck.

  194. Dom says:

    Me neither. I know we need ILB but 3 years is too much. He’ll be 36 by the time the contract expires. I was hoping we’d rebuild and avoid moves like this.

  195. Arriba Wilver says:

    And no word on any “girlfriends.”

  196. Jandy says:

    How ’bout “boyfriends”???

  197. How about La’grande Orange?

  198. JohninOshkosh says:

    I gotta say in this era of twitter and facebook, there is something refreshingly great about communication via a chimney.

  199. Arriba Wilver says:

    Have a little faith in Omar the Kapmaster. The 3 years is meaningless.

  200. Jandy says:

    As long as someone doesn’t start with it being racial! (White vs Black) UGH!

  201. tpbco says:

    Tyler Eifert and Heath (when he returns) ~= the Gronk and Hernandez.

  202. Jandy says:

    Foote is 32 now…ehh…. I dunno.

  203. Ermine says:

    They are beating the DH drum. Inter-League games every day makes it tougher to prepare pitchers to hit. Unfortunately the DH is coming to a ballpark near you. The union will never let the owners get rid of it.

  204. Ghost says:

    +1
    O’Donnell hurried those two passes in the SB even though his blockers had picked up the blitz. (Kinda of puts Big Ben’s running around and buying time into perspective…) With Kordell, at the end of the day the kid needed to figure out for himself what it took to succeed, and he couldn’t quite do that. But it also was clear that, while Cowher was good intentioned regarding Kordell, he royally screwed up by bringing in both Ray Sherman, and then that disastrous Kevin Gilbride idiot.

  205. Kevin says:

    That would make sense, I guess. Need a new possession tight end since heath is out.

  206. Arriba Wilver says:

    The relevant numbers are the cost this year and the cap hit over the life of the contract.

  207. Arriba Wilver says:

    +2
    Yeah, Steigy may well be right that Cowher ruined Kordell. But that really is very different than whether he was a good partner for Colbert.

  208. tpbco says:

    Stewart, a world class athelete, Pro Bowler as a “Slash”, but NOT more than an average NFL QB. The coaching changes obviously didn’t help as by the end , in Pittsburgh, he could barely complete a screen pass.

    At CU, I was told when I lived in Denver, he was great every week but Nebraska week and then he was like a deer in headlights. In the NFL, he had to play Nebraska, every week. When they won with him, it was because of the team they built around him, as per my post above. I do not remember many games, his whole career, that HE carried the team, He just played better some games than others.

  209. tpbco says:

    Rusty Staub?

  210. Ghost says:

    The “deer in the headlights” problem did surface from time to time (particularly against the Broncos in ’98 AFC Championship, and in his entire last year with the Steelers). But in fairness to Kordell, he was a Pro-Bowl QB and single-handedly engineered some great wins too. There was that playoff win against pre-Belicheat’s Pats where everybody else gave up on the play except for #10, who realized there was no whistle and scored on something like a 73-yarder for the winning TD. And then there was that glorious comeback against the Ravens when the Steelers were down by 4 touchdowns. Kordell kept believing and led the Steelers all the way back to victory.
    Kordell will always be the epitome of “could have been” in my mind. Glad he retired a Steeler last summer though.

  211. Correct as usual Uncle Friday.

  212. tpbco says:

    I do agree with you, it wasn’t that I didn’t appreciate his god given talents, just wish he would have remained a “Slash”. Your comment about his 73 yard run, is way more about his athletic ability, than his QB ability.

    I saw him once on “Pros vs Joes” and some guy, who was pretty big, challenged him after Kordell ran around him a couple times and even then (post retirement) on his next carry, he ran over/through that big guy so bad he left shoe prints on his chest and forehead. Hysterical. But really unscored the differences between Pros and Joes.

  213. Dom says:

    Wallace signs with the Dolphins.

  214. Drew71 says:

    Who is Wallace?

  215. Bizrow says:

    If it was Mike Wallace, well he was much better with 60 Minutes

  216. BillyBaduka says:

    Agreed

  217. BillyBaduka says:

    I like that kind of crazy

  218. Tell the Scotland is free!

  219. BillyBaduka says:

    I think you’re spot on

  220. Arriba Wilver says:

    Reportedly 5 year, average of $12 mil per year, $30 mil guaranteed. Whew!

 
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