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Friday Wakeup Call: Who’s behind the 8-ball?

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, lunatics …

>> The Friday notes column goes to bat for Beau Bennett to be part of the Penguins’ playoff picture, as well as stuff on the Steelers, Pirates and more.

>> The chat transcript offered an interactive smorgasbord of its own.

>> Really busy night all over the NHL — except, of course, for the Flyers-Devils game NBC Sports decided for some reason to air — but still very little clue as to how the Eastern Conference playoff field will play out.

On one hand, it takes only a glance to see that my dream of a third trip to Manitoba still lives …


On the other, you can see from looking around the league that a lot of the teams in that lower half — notably the Senators, Islanders and Jets — are playing their best hockey of the season. That tends to be how it goes for teams treating their end of the regular season like an early playoffs, desperate just to qualify.

No real point here. Just something to think about.

Any team you’d prefer the Penguins to face in the first round? Any that scares you?

>> The Braves are pretty good at just about everything, as the Pirates — and very few others inside PNC Park, judging by the paid attendance of 11,000 — saw first-hand last night.

Here’s a link to the game highlights.

And here’s some postgame video from the Trib …

>> The Steelers open at Heinz against the Titans, really the only highlight of the schedule the NFL released last night. That and a common-sense bye week after London.

>> We’ll mix it up even more on TribLIVE Radio at 11:30 a.m. when I visit Ken Laird and Guy Junker. You can listen with one simple click.

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.


  1. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Since they had a bad year last year, and the opponents are not quite as tough as usual…Let’s think of the craziest schedule possible for the Steelers.
    I know!
    How about back to back Sundays at OAK and NE, AND Thanksgiving evening in Balt!
    I wonder how long it took Goodell for him and his merry men to come up with that one?!

    DK: I am never a believer in any such thing as difficult football travel. One trip a week does nothing to you, not even to London and back. Absolutely nothing.

  2. Ghost says:

    I’m sure the Steelers aren’t thrilled either with having to play a Thursday. Coaches hate short weeks to prepare. Same for both teams, though. The one the does the best job of getting younger during next week’s draft has the advantage.

  3. Dcpinpgh says:

    Who paid for Duquesne’s football stadium?

    DK: Doesn’t hold anywhere near 4,000.

  4. Ghost says:

    Saw some discussion on the now-to-be-known-as-the-BMTIB-Thread essentially describe Jeff Locke as standard fare for a No. 5 starter. That could be true. But the Pirates are lacking more than just a No. 5 starter.

    Here’s “Pray for Rain” updated for the 2013 Pirates:

    34 then 51, followed by three days of no fun.

    (Sorry, couldn’t resist sneaking a little BMTIB reference in there.)

    DK: Get in as many as you want … in the Pirates game threads.

  5. Dcpinpgh says:

    Wikipedia says 4,5000, but it is Wikipedia

    DK: If you’ve been to Rooney Field, it’s one thin string of bleachers with sidewalks around it. There most assuredly are not 4,000 seats there, and Duquesne would never in a billion years be able to sell 4,000 tickets to a game in that setting.

  6. walt says:

    DK, any comment on how Hurdle gave the game away tonight?

    Jared was bad in the seventh and Hurdle sent him out in the eighth. This is on Hurdle.

    DK: Hope you had a chance to read the Friday column, Walt. The subject is addressed with one simple question.

  7. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    DK: I am never a believer in any such thing as difficult football travel. One trip a week does nothing to you, not even to London and back. Absolutely nothing.

    DK – It actually doesn’t have much to do with the trips that I’m talking about.
    I’m speaking more of consecutive road games to tough places to play.
    Oakland is always a mess, and NE the same.
    I just feel like the NFL loves to put the Steelers in these tough situations, they know they’ll bring in a big audience, and probably fail.

    I’ve never been a fan of the Steelers playing on Thanksgiving.
    The last time they did so, a guy in a striped shirt couldn’t even get a coin flip right.

  8. deb says:

    This stat highlights Crosby’s MVP affect on the Pens lineup, and argues the point that keeping Kunitz with Sid is the best idea Bylsma has had this year: Chris Kunitz, with 3 goals in past 16 games after 18 in first 25,

  9. Brandie says:

    DK…Though nothing is guaranteed in the playoffs, I would want the Pens to have the Jets due to the Pens outright dominance this season. Seems the games with the Rangers have been dogfights and enough of those will leave any team depleted.

  10. deb says:

    Winnipeg is a couple of wins and Capitals a couple of losses from flipping spots as the number 3 seed Southeast Division winner. This would leave the number 8 seed as a contest between the Rangers and Capitals. I think a Pens/Caps matchup is a bad scenario, given that Ovechkin is playing better and always seems to find an extra gear against Pittsburgh.

  11. JoeyBats says:

    Pirates average attendance after 9 dates at home:
    2012: 24,849
    2013: 19,833

  12. deb says:

    Not to trivialize the Boston manhunt, but are the Penguins in Boston now? How does this manhunt/transit shut down affect the game tonight? Do the Pens travel with security?

    Really unreal what is happening in Boston right now.

  13. TK39 says:

    Honestly, there aren’t a lot of matchups for the Pens that scare me if everyone is healthy. Even if not, I’d still take my chances. My biggest fear is that everyone comes back and the shakeup of the lines causes trouble because they havent played together.

    All that being said, I’d like to see the Jets make it and I agree with Deb that I’d rather not see Washington in the first round. Lundqvuist is always someone that can steal a game (or series) but I think the Penguins could overcome that. I’m surprised that no one is really talking about the Islanders. It’s another situation where the Penguins are clearly the better team, but we know they can have trouble defending against speed (Michael Grabner) and the Isles haev given them trouble before. The Penguins really should make it out of the first round (and probably the East) but it’s not like an upset is unforeseeable.

  14. MadTurk says:

    I thought he was drinking something when I read 9,000 Drew’s on a Tuesday. I was going to look for the nearest bridge.

  15. Thundercrack says:

    Melancon has pitched in the most games of any of the Pirate relievers.
    But he’s thrown the least number of pitchers of any reliever that has been here the whole season.

    DK: That’s a fantastic number. Agree with RF below. Melancon not only has pitched really well, but also has shown a great demeanor to him.

  16. JAL says:

    JAL’s King of the Road Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 Go Buccos- Pirate News (from external sources)

    4 Pittsburgh Pirates Stats

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    Locke Struggles with Consistency in Pirates Loss

    Prospect Watch: Stolmy Pimentel and Eric Wood Continue Hot Starts

    Morton Shows Good Stuff in Rehab Start; Still Has Things to Iron Out

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Jared Hughes gives up late home run to sink Pirates, 6-4

    Wood steps in for Allie, Morton rehabs


    Game 15: Braves 6 Pirates 4

    8 The Green Weenie

    Walks, Homers Sink Bucs 6-4

    9 Rumbunter

    Evan Gattis Makes Manager Look Brilliant As Braves Top Pirates 6-4

    Pedro Alvarez Home Runs Create Photoshop Magic

    10 Raise the Jolly Roger

    Braves 6, Pirates 4

  17. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Rant Sports

    AJ Burnett Needs More Outings Like His Last For Pittsburgh Pirates

    12 Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    Braves quotes after Thursday’s 6-4 win over Pirates

    13 SB Nation

    Pedro Alvarez: the most confusing hitter in baseball

    14 WDBJ

    Pittsburgh Pirates – TeamReport,0,2938757.story

    15 Mississippi Press

    Former MLB All-Star Matt Lawton of Gulfport jailed on apparent family matter

    16 CBS Sports

    Atlanta-Pittsburgh Game Preview

    17 Sweetspot

    Next generation: More aces on the way

    18 PBC Site

    Bucs drop battle of bullpens with Braves

    Notebook: Bucs’ bats starting to break through


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    8 Rookie Rotation Arms

    20 Fangraphs

    The Pittsburgh Pirates Have a Receiver

  18. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Steelers 2013 schedule released

    Steelers sign NT Steve McLendon to 3-year contract

    22 Steelers Depot

    - Will The Steelers Double-Dip The Wide Receiver Position In The Draft?


    23 Daily Telegraph

    Arsène Wenger says English football must not lose its physical edge

    24 World Soccer Daily

    World Soccer Daily: 10 stories you need to read, 18th April, 2013


    25 Pensburgh

    The Next Mayor of Pittsburgh. Penguins 6, Canadiens 4

  19. Thundercrack says:

    I applaud DK’s decision that all Pirate management stuff goes on to the game thread now. The ‘BMTIB’ stuff gets so repetitive – and quite frankly – begins to bores me.

    Last night DK posted this in the game thread “The owner’s stated goal was most decidedly NOT 82. It was contention of playoffs deep into the season. If that doesn’t happen, they’re gone. Period.”

    If this team wins more than 82 games the management team will not be fired. No matter how close or deep into ‘playoff contention’ they are. NH or FC will not be fired if they have a winning season. (not sure about Stark or any of the others) And I am willing to bet a Starbucks gift card on that.

  20. JAL says:

    King of the Road Roger Miller 1964

  21. Drew71 says:

    Oh please, Dejan. Please.

    “The Braves are pretty good at just about everything, as the Pirates — and very few others inside PNC Park, judging by the paid attendance of 11,000 — saw first-hand last night.”

    You start a discussion here about the Pirates and attendance, and then want to drive follow-up conversations to yesterday’s game thread?

    Personally, I find the BMT stuff to be tiresome, but it is just as tiresome on game threads as they are here.

    And yet, the core of Ghost’s point was a BASEBALL point about Locke and team weaknesses, not management. ALL of Roberto’s point was the same as yours, attendance, but from a different perspective. I didn’t see a word about management in his attendance post to which YOU responded about management.

    I’ve asked in here whether I can still talk baseball. Jandy usually responds with something like talk-about-whatever-you-want. Which I thoroughly appreciate.

    I know you sometimes write that this is our blog but it is yours. As your comments to Roberto and Ghost signify. That’s perfectly ok with me. And if you determine we can’t talk about Locke or other Pirate weaknesses or the management team or, as you did, the attendance on the morning thread, but unlike football, hockey or soccer we are asked to go to yesterday’s game thread, no thanks.

    I wish the tiresome BMT description would end, just because it IS tiresome. But if I’m asked to take my baseball discussions about team weaknesses, fifth starters, management or, as you shared, attendance to other threads, something that is not asked of posts (even repetitive posts) of other sports…well, I won’t do that, except when those threads are “live”.

    I also won’t repetitively defy. If that’s not welcome here, I will respect that and make other choices.

  22. Jandy says:

    LMAO! Priceless!!!

  23. Jandy says:

    Well, dayum.

    I’m flibbergusted, Drew.



  24. JoeyBats says:

    Former # 1 pick, Catcher Tony Sanchez has started to warm up the bat in the past few days….getting hits in 6 of his last 7 games. He has played in 11 games for Triple A Indianapolis. His line reads….
    37 AB…5 R…10 H…3 2B…1 HR…7 RBI….270 BA……325 OBP…..457 SLG….781 OPS.
    Sanchez will be 25 on May 20.

  25. Pucknutz says:

    DK, I like you lines.
    Crosby, Iggy & Duper – Sid and Iggy can play w/anyone and Sid loves to make those pinpoint passes -Iggy shoots – Yes.

    Geno, Kuni and Neal – chemistry already there- Yes Again.

    Sutter, Morrow, Cooke – Tough line to play against – gonna get ya a few goals to boot. Yes.

    JJ, Bennett, and Adams – Like it but Kennedy won’t sit much, won’t happen you are correct.
    Long playoff run, Glass & Vitale will get some time, Bennett should, Jeffery & Kennedy should sit the most but will not, Don’t have too much of a problem w/the 4th line no matter who is playing.

    Pretty scary lineup everybody healthy, and so far the Pens have proved they can mix and match as the need arises.
    Goaltending – solid – both ain’t gonna go cold at the same time. (not possible ,is it? lol)

    Cautiously optimistic I am. Loooong way to go. Maybe can drop the Cautiously.

    GO PENS!

  26. Jandy says:

    Pens recalled MacIntyre. WTH?

    DK: Buffalo (Kaleta), Ottawa (everyone).

  27. Pucknutz says:

    Nah, Ovie is still a one trick pony. Pens get up on em at all he will revert to sulking and pouting. Not a team player,

  28. AL says:

    They need someone to compete for the Lady Byng this year.

  29. Pucknutz says:

    Agree w/ya both.
    Would indeed be healthy for the NHL – healthy Ohio team.
    Moving East outta help also.

  30. SJB says:

    Crosby, Iggy & Duper?

    You mean that line that makes the most sense as soon as it was announced Iginla was a Pen because it also gets Kunitz back on the Malkin line that was great last season but has struggled since moving Kuny to Crosby’s line this season because for some reason it was more important, even though we know Crosby can play with pretty much anyone, but if you can get Malkin and Neal clicking again you should probably stick with what worked and find Crosby someone else to play with? That Crosby, Iggy & Duper line that no one wanted because gee, it would screw up chemistry?

    I’m glad logic and reasoning has been found again.

  31. BillyBaduka says:

    Surprised me too.

    I guess they think Bruins game might get rough?

    I thought part of the point of adding Morrow, Murray, Iginla was to have enough physical presence to not need Mcyntire.

  32. TJA says:

    Interesting on the Duquesne University piece you placed in your column today. How much longer will this AD be at D.U.? Amazing…

    DK: As long as Old Main doesn’t care. So, forever.

  33. Jandy says:

    WTH? Sounds like the record is stuck.

  34. scapper says:

    They better not get baited into some kind of slugfest in Ottawa. Let Cooke get his fight out of the way and let Mac handle any others. Really don’t need the likes of Adams or Morrow breaking a hand and missing 4-6 weeks.

  35. Dom says:

    Of all the possible opponents we could face in the first round, I would prefer to not face the Sabers or Philly. But, I’m sure we can defeat any team.

  36. Jason81 says:

    Don’t forget, the game against Ottawa and their team of forensic scientists is Monday. One would assume this move was made in advance of that game.

  37. Jandy says:


  38. SJB says:

    WTH Indeed. Don’t understand that move at all.

  39. theplanisworking says:

    Have to get to work. :(

    I really am not worried about the Pens 1st round matchup.
    After the first round, yes I am, due to the “hot goalie” factor.

    See yinz much later today. :)

  40. BillyBaduka says:

    Good point.

    Livin near Philly, I’ve been too focused on their magic number for elimination. Which is now down to 1. If they lose or Rangers/Jets win Flyers will be out.

  41. BillyBaduka says:

    Good point on the hands.

    It now makes sense. If Ottawa’ going to go all Islanders on Monday, better for McIntyre to fight even three times than risk injury to a guy that will contribute in playoffs.

  42. Damon says:

    DK – to add to your chat comments about Jordan Staal and Brandon Sutter, I was surprised to see Staal is a -17 while Sutter is +2…

  43. TK says:

    According to Wikipedia, Rooney field seats 4,500

  44. SJB says:

    Well, since neither of those teams will be in the playoffs, I think you’ll only have to worry about the Rags, Isles, or Jets…or Ottawa if they slip.

  45. TK says:

    And really, how many people would go to games at Cupples Stadium? You could get 4,000 people there if you gave tickets away.

  46. Brandie says:

    I’m out of breath just reading this post.

  47. TK says:

    Sorry, you could not get 4,000 people there if you gave tickets away.

  48. SJB says:

    I’m not so much, They aren’t using Staal they same way we were as a 3rd line defensive-minded center and want him to provide more offense as a top 2 forward. He’s under pressure to score more goals to justify his signing at that price. Combine that with their shoddy defense and that’s what you’ll have.

    Honestly, I never thought he had the play-making abilities a top center should have and if forced onto the top lines should have been moved to wing.

  49. Bizrow says:

    It could just be a reward for the fellow?

  50. scapper says:

    Law enforcement guns are scary and all, but if they would just threaten this surviving Boston bomber with a visit from Brendan Morrow, they could probably expedite his surrender.

  51. SJB says:

    Maybe Crosby needs someone to carry his heavy head gear.

  52. Patrick says:

    I think it would be awesome to have not one, but THREE hockey games going on.

    You see the field in happy valley is actually wide enough to allow THREE hockey rinks slapped next to each other. Instead of one rink laid out horizontally between endzones, place three next to each other vertically.

    Islanders vs Devils
    Rangers vs Boston
    Pittsburgh vs Philly

    Stagger the start times to make it last 7-8 hours. Maybe have ahl or high school scrimmage games going on when the pros arent using the ice surfaces.

    Madness i tell you!! MAAAADDDEENEEESS!!!

  53. SJB says:

    lol. I though the lack of periods was funny.

  54. Patrick says:

    And just so we are all clear:

    BMTIB talk is in the game threads.

    Apologist talk is in other blogs.

    Dancing is in the streets.

    Running is allowed, but only is it is to the Hills. Probably best if you do it only if you were Born To Run.

    Yelling is allowed, but only by rebels.

    Throwing is allowed, but only if its Copper.

    Disagreeing with Jandy is allowed, but not recommended.

    Im not sure what other things you arent allowed to do and where, but thats what ive been able to perse so far…..

  55. Dom says:

    The Pens are currently in Boston and are in lockdown.

  56. Patrick says:

    Carolina is playing a much different system. More wide open. They dont have the players for it either. The GM down there is usually someone i Have a lot of respect for, but he assembled a group of players, not a team.

    Semin, Staal, Staal, Ruutu ….as MM would say: “don’t collect players, build a TEAM…”

    I will always have doubts about the team Semin is on, just out of principle.

  57. 21sthebest says:

    Makes more sense to me that game threads should just be about the game and BMTIB talk should be anywhere else. But it’s not my blog and I have no problem abiding by DK’s requests on his blog.

  58. Dom says:

    I can’t imagine that the game will be played today even if the suspect is caught by the police. I don’t know how we’ll fit in the last few games we got against the Bruins this season. Maybe they should just get canceled. Keep in mind they have to fit around the Celtics schedule as well.

  59. Jandy says:

    That too.

  60. Jandy says:

    it’s all about the size 9 wides ;)

  61. Scary thing about it is I agree with Drew.

    No other choices, though. It’s here or nowhere for me.

  62. Bizrow says:

    To me, the biggest worry right now is catching that SOB.

    And no one else gets hurt.

    The game stuff will work itself out ;-)

  63. 21sthebest says:

    No matter how this ends, I just don’t feel like it’s going to end good. I’m afraid he’s strapped with explosives.

  64. Iceman says:

    Has he even been getting playing time in WBS? I have to wonder if he is brought up solely for the Ottawa game and the certain retribution that is coming, but I fear that by having him here and the goons that are on the Ottawa team, we end up with another Islanders type brawl from a few years ago. Pens can’t risk that type of game and the injuries/suspensions that almost always come with it.

  65. Bizrow says:

    Yup, I heard his brother was wearing explosives.

    Lets pray we catch a break on this one, we need it.

  66. Milo Hamilton says:

    The minute they are allowed to leave, they need to get out of there & come home.

  67. pattonbb says:

    I don’t think they have to win 82 to be retained. Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t remember Nutting saying it was a “playoffs or bust” type of season. I think some interpreted Nutting’s comments to imply this. Any small improvement will keep the entire front office employed, in my opinion

    I better stop this front office talk. I might get escorted to a game day thread.

  68. Iceman says:

    I’m not too surprised because Carolina’s defense is bad. Hard to stay a plus at all when your defense is that bad. And like some others said, Staal thrived in that third line center role. The scoring expectations were not as high and he played better without that pressure. I sure do miss his potential to score a SH goal on every single PK. That reach he had to get into the passing lane between the points was awesome.

  69. Jandy says:

    I’m not upset with the intent, I’m upset with the delivery.

    Same as yesterday.

    Chip rules.

  70. Thundercrack says:

    Wieters hits a walk-off grand slam last night.

    This should not lead to a discussion of the management team prior to the BMITB.


  71. Bizrow says:

    Won’t touch that one with a 10 ft pole ;-)

  72. NMR says:

    to drew and Lucky

  73. 21sthebest says:

    Did you watch that? The Adam Jones hit right before was just nuts and I really enjoyed the way Harold and the guys talked about this as it was happening.

  74. Milo Hamilton says:

    So if they’re fired in the off season, can we discuss it the first spring training game or do we have to wait for the regular season ? Just trying to get the rules straight. :)

  75. Dom says:

    I know it shouldn’t but…

    Did DL ever field question from reporters why he chose Moskos over Weiters? A while ago, I attempted to find an interview he might have done after the draft in 2007 but couldn’t find anything.

  76. Thundercrack says:

    I mentioned the same thing…I just can;t remember if it was on the blog.

    Since he’s been fired I haven’t seen or heard any quotes from Littlefield regarding his time here. And I wondered if any media member has attempted.

  77. TJ says:

    I’ll revisit an earlier point; I pointed out comments made the morning after the Pens and Senators played where the columnist implored the Senators to get revenge when they meet again which would be on Monday. It was one of the most disgusting articles I’ve read from someone that is supposed to love the sport.

    I too seriously hope they don’t get drawn into another Islanders type game but I don’t believe the Senators have the goons that the Islanders had. If the Pens win tonight and lock down the top seed I could see a lot of the guys being kept out of Monday’s game.

    And I’d also expect a stern warning before the game from the league and a very short leash from the refs.

  78. Thundercrack says:

    Milo: +1

    21: I watched the video of the grand slam on my phone this morning…at a red light.

  79. TJ says:

    At the time Moskos was considered to be a guy that was close to being ready to contribute on the major league level. At the time of the draft I remember reading after that while he wasn’t ranked nearly as high as he was drafted that Moskos was someone that could have been in the bullpen either that year or the following.

  80. Deb says:

    Maybe the Pens were fearful of the terrorist in Boston and called in some genuine muscle to guard Sid and Geno? Makes as much sense as anything else.

  81. 21sthebest says:

    In a red light district?

  82. TJ says:

    The only positive of the lockdown in Boston for the Pens is you don’t have to worry about Malkin getting any more sun burn.

    Hope they freaking catch his bastard before he kills more and I hope they get him alive.

  83. Arriba Wilver says:

    Isn’t that illegal? :-D

  84. Thundercrack says:

    So is parking for free at the casino.

  85. Thundercrack says:

    Actually, it may have been in your old neighborhood: Sq. Hill

  86. Arriba Wilver says:


  87. 21sthebest says:

    There are two Starbucks there. Brewed coffee is free today until noon.

  88. Iceman says:

    I don’t know if you can say the Senators don’t have the same type of goons the Islanders had. Ok sure they don’t have Trevor Gilles who was and is a joke of a hockey player, but they still have Chris Neil. Also, did you see the game between Carolina and Ottawa. Ottawa sure has some testy characters over there.

  89. hockeymonster says:

    I was thinking Orpik could stare him down and Murray could line him up….

  90. I don’t think you ever will get the rules straight.

    It’s as confusing as the blog layout sometimes.

    How does this sound?

    Baseball: Only if you don’t mention management, but does that include Hurdle, as he is management also?

    Hockey: Anytime, day or night or any month of the year.

    Football: Occasionally, but not on even days of the year.

    Soccer: Anytime, as long as it’s the Riverdogs

    Basketball: Sparingly unless it’s about Suzie MS or Jamie.

    Golf: Only during the Masters

    Rugby: Never

    Olympics: Anytime

    Curling: Only with pictures

    Other sports: Carefully

    Does that sound about right? 8-)

  91. TJA says:

    Indeed…many, many prayers being lifted up as we speak.

  92. pattonbb says:

    Well said Drew.

  93. pattonbb says:

    Harold Reynolds can get on my nerves, but I think he was on the money last night. Really good stuff by those guys during that O’s finish.

  94. Bizrow says:

    Its not free anymore unless you have a coupon…..

  95. TJA says:

    My thoughts, too, TJ. You know the FBI wants to get him alive for some serious, big time questioning

  96. Bizrow says:

    You guys have more guts than I do

  97. TJ says:

    I don’t think they have the same type of sandpaper that the Pens have in their lineup. They have Chris Neil; we have our answer in Macintyre likely in the lineup. We have the ability and depth to be just as nasty as we need to be. I think we saw some of that the other night.

    If the Senators stoop to that type of game on Monday I think it will speak to the ignorance of their owner. No one else in hockey believed there was any intent. If it was any other player involved other than Cooke it would have been no where near the level it was taken to by those in Ottawa.

  98. Iceman says:

    DK, you shared your ideal offensive lines for the playoffs, but I’m curious what you think the defensive pairings will be or should be.

    Anyone else have thoughts on this?

  99. Iceman says:

    It is that owner that has me concerned that this will turn bad. He want’s someones head and since the league didn’t kick Cooke out of the league, I worry that he will instruct his players to hit with the intent to injure.

  100. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    I hope they catch him alive, too. Being the history nerd I am, I think he deserves to be pitch-capped among other things.

  101. TJ says:

    Is there a reason to provoke the guy who gives you a forum to talk sports? He’s not saying that anyone is dumb or brings up invalid points; he’s saying we’ve said all that can be said and its beating a dead horse. I just don’t know why there is a need to push the envelope. We trying to provoke DK here?

  102. Brandie says:

    Diarrhea of the brain.

  103. Milo Hamilton says:

    Oshkosh & I will talk Kentucky Derby and I don’t care what the rules are. :)

  104. Brandie says:

    Is running with scissors allowed?

  105. TJ says:


    Gives you an offensive minded and defensive minded guy on each line.

  106. Sorry, left that one out. :)

  107. TJ says:

    I agree Ice; If we see dirty play I believe it will come from the instruction of the owner. At least there has been enough time between these games and everyone knows what the owner has said that there can be severe warnings laid out ahead of time and I think the refs will have a quick hook kind of like they did with Subban the other night when he wanted to get things rolling at the end of the game.

  108. Jandy says:

    Dejan breaks the rules himself. He deserves to be poked.
    And I Don’t want to hear I’m the Boss I’ll do as I please. Lead by example.
    As I said up there ^^ it’s not the rules, it’s all in the delivery.
    Chip rules.

  109. Jandy says:

    is that like Bich Slapped?

  110. Jandy says:

    Allowed but not recommended.

  111. Naje says:

    Win or be fired, Milo… who ya like in the Derby?

  112. TJ says:

    The CNN coverage needs ridilin. Its all over the place. Its like they cut to a reporter when a car drives down the street. “Lets cut away to watertown; we have a man buying hotdogs from a vendor”. Seriously I wish they would put some of the news coverage on lockdown

  113. Jandy says:

    It wasn’t. Like I told Dejan yesterday, Chip was definitely in charge. Again.

  114. Iceman says:

    I like it except I think you flop Eaton and Murray. Murray and Niskanen have been playing together since Murray came over and they appear to complement each other well and we know that Eaton and Letang have a good history together.

    DK: I’m with you.

  115. JMB says:

    The Steelers sked isnt great for this fan’s travel.

    I usually like to come the last week of Sept. or first week of Oct. before it gets too cold, but I’m not going to London or watching an empty stadium during the bye week. It’s too bad the Miami game isn’t in Miami. That would be a nice December trip.

  116. Milo Hamilton says:

    Haven’t really started digging yet other than just glancing at results of the prep races. Do you go or stay as far away as possible ?

  117. NMR says:

    But he’s just so cute when he’s cranky!

    Seriously, though, I think he’ll find blog policing is a slippy slope. Smizik probably spent half his time – with the best of intentions – trying to keep things in order and things only got worse.

  118. Is that the Chip from “My Three Sons”?


  119. NMR says:

    This was the proverbial straw that broke my hope of CNN being any better than the other 24 hour news networks.

    Truly embarrassing.

  120. Brandie says:

    Not that I ever mean to make trouble…

  121. 21sthebest says:

    I love Harold.

  122. Iceman says:

    I hope that swing from Pedro last night is a sign of things to come. He absolutely crushed that ball. If they can get him hitting that way, the Pirates lineup starts to actually look a major league lineup with some scoring potential. Could be exciting to watch.

  123. Brandie says:

    Amen to that. So many people have lost so much this week. Makes the problems I have seem quite small.

  124. 21sthebest says:

    My take is that Smizik spent about 5% of his time and didn’t know how to police it and pretty much admitted as much.

  125. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    Eh, little more intense…

    The British did it a lot during the 1798 Rebellion in Ireland. Pretty mean stuff. It’d make somebody think twice about doing ridiculous things like this. I could describe it in detail but I don’t want to gross anyone out. If you google “pitch cap” it gives you the rundown.

  126. Brandie says:

    Can we talk about the Pierogi Races?

  127. Dom says:

    It says on the news that they have the remaining brother surrounded in his home.

  128. TJ says:

    More breaking news; the president is being briefed on the situation right now lets go to the white house. Next question was “can you tell us what the president is being briefed on?”; answer “the president is currently being briefed on the situation in watertown”.


  129. NMR says:

    I think this was the most damning truth, wasn’t it?

    You don’t draft a guy in the 1st ROUND that profiles as a middle reliever let alone the first four picks.

    In my opinion, the difference between reaching for a guy like Tony Sanchez and reaching for a guy like Moskos is that at least one plays a premium position. This is a classic case of proving why you don’t draft for need, but at least Sanchez was the best C in the draft on a team with zero in the form of prospects.

    And this isn’t even a BMTIB vs Littlefield comment. Take the names out of the discussion and it still plays out the same.

  130. Odd days of the week only.


  131. Brad, Indiana PA says:

    The Judas cradle would be another appropriate form of punishment IMO.

  132. Naje says:

    Actually, sometimes go (live about 4 miles from the Downs) and sometimes go to a Derby party and sometimes do both. Will be going for at least part of the day this year. Weather can wreak havoc on the event, so for me it’s always be safe rather than sorry. Was in hall of fame writer Billy Reed’s (William F. Reed) box last year…great stories. And My Old Kentucky Home never sounded better.

    I park about a mile from the track or at Papa Johns stadium, or if I procure a media pass I’ll park there and shuttle to the track. Been to 10 derby’s…skipped going to several. Biggest single hit: Giacomo… 20 to win and 10 across the board on him. That was a very good day.

  133. Dom says:

    Is it just me or does anyone else feel he has a responsibility to speak to the press about the draft before he got the boot?

  134. pattonbb says:

    I don’t dislike him, just get tired of his A-Rod worship.

    I think he’s really good when they do those “live look-in’s”.

  135. TJ says:

    I would say Smizik was his own worse enemy. For instance his current blog title is “Huntington – built rotation in shambles”.

    Now just what kind of responses and reactions are going to be on that blog right now?

    Is there going to be any kind of constructive or any kind of talk about anything other than the hate for the Pirates owner and front office?

    At least here there is a variety of topics to discuss.

  136. Bizrow says:

    I like your new avatar, AW, well done


  137. TJ says:

    He swings like that often; he just usually misses

  138. Dom says:

    And Sanchez had the potential to be a starter as oppose to Moskos who had the potential to only be a reliever.

  139. NMR says:

    I can tell you from personal conversation that he spent way, way more time than that just moderating out the profanity and crude language alone.

    But yes, he says that he never imagined how difficult it would be to keep things in order and was more or less unprepared for how to deal with it.

    I honestly felt bad for the guy, even if I didn’t always agree with him.

  140. Jandy says:

    LOL Leave it to Spunky (no, not Beaver :P)

  141. Jandy says:


  142. Milo Hamilton says:

    The reason I ask is that I have friends in Oakmont that rent their house & go on vacation when the US Open comes.

  143. Jandy says:

    Sure, sure…we know ;X

  144. Thundercrack says:

    I sometimes sympathize with people who run sports blogs.
    But all of what happens comes with the territory.

    If you don’t want to put up with a bunch of anonymous geeks who are passionate about sports, then don’t do it. Granted there are always a few that hijack things, but for the most part people don’t care who the moderator is and just want to exchange thoughts and spout off opinions.

    Ron Cook doesn’t host a blog. Either does Gene Collier.

  145. Damon says:

    I agree – flop Eaton and Murray and that is a nice set up. Niskanen and Murray seem to work well together. Also that is based on the idea that Martin will be ready by the playoffs – he probably will though…

  146. Brandie says:

    Every day on the blog is an odd day.

  147. Thundercrack says:

    Jandy, +1…plus remind me to give you a kiss for that post.

  148. NMR says:

    I’m starting to wonder if there isn’t, or hopefully wasn’t, more to it than that.

    He’s not only missing more, but he’s also hitting the ball on the ground far more than at any point in his career. Now obviously the difference between a ground ball and fly ball is about 2 cm, but it also doesn’t seem crazy to see this as a sign of a mechanical problem.

    Looking into it even further, Pedro has a ground ball rate of about 58% right now. During 2010 and 2012 that rate was around 46%. In his disastrous 2011 stint? 55%. Uh oh.

    For a guy who notched a home run for every four fly balls he hit last year, 12% makes a huge difference in production.

    DK: Well done. Certainly backs the point that this hitter needs to get the ball in the air to be successful. Above all, though, he just needs contact.

  149. Milo Hamilton says:

    If the game isn’t played tonight, there doesn’t seem to be anywhere on the remaining schedule to make it up.

  150. Arriba Wilver says:

    He did speak about it. DK reported several times that he always maintained he thought Moskos was the better pick. I think Boros even confirmed, in a way, that DL directly or indirectly confirmed to him that was DL’s view, according to his interaction with DL. Whether you want to believe that DL really believed that or was masking the real reason is another matter, but he did talk about it,

  151. diehard says:

    Palumbo is privately financed. Well, at least we’ve got that going for our athletic program. As an alum of Duquesne (and thus faced with the twice a year calls for financial support) I haven’t had the time yet, but plan on writing to the school to make clear what an embarrassment Greg Amodio is to our school and its reputation.

    DK: Feel free to share!

  152. Naje says:

    I know some people who do that here, too… lots of folks. It’s Louisville’s two week mardi gras… fun times, but can only take so much. Have to plan well for the fortnight… Thunder Over Louisville is this Saturday… a huge fireworks show on the river. Zambelli’s produce it, of course. They always attend 5:30 Mass at the Cathedral before heading down to the show. Very nice folks.

  153. Jandy says:

    I’ll call it in sometime ;)

  154. Arriba Wilver says:

    Thanks, Biz.

  155. TJA says:

    Just read it…as Jandy just said…Yikes is right!

  156. TJA says:

    LOL! Outstanding. Needed a good laugh.

  157. Naje says:

    did you see DK’s note about him in today’s column? he’ll come around, but he’s look notably terrible in these first three weeks.

  158. Dom says:

    Was that on a radio show or on television or something? I’m not saying you’re wrong but I just couldn’t find any info about that online.

  159. Kevin says:

    did sid or geno even make the trip up?

  160. Kevin says:

    Ya, pretty sure Philly’s non-technically eliminated with their loss last night. They were the only ones I worry about.

  161. Arriba Wilver says:

    Thanks for that, NMR. I never posted much there, but in dealing with Bob a couple of times through e-mail I always found him to be courteous, polite and friendly, even if he disagreed with you.

  162. Brandie says:

    Remember…The first rule about Blog Club…You don’t talk about Blog Club.

  163. Pucknutz says:

    Not a shot at you Milo….

    Given the situation tonights game is pretty insignificant. If necessary the NHL will figure something out.
    Lets just hope there is no further loss of life or injury.

  164. Milo Hamilton says:

    That was exactly my point. Just get out of there & come home.

  165. Kevin says:

    MM… Mark Madden? O.O

  166. NMR says:

    I should’ve given him a shoutout in my post. His “notes” comment is what prompted me to check out his batted ball stats on Fangraphs. Which means I probably should’ve cited Fangraphs as well.

  167. cosmo says:

    presumably while sipping mint julips

  168. Pucknutz says:

    Wow “shot” what a poor choice of words!

    Ya Milo, I knew what you ment, just hadda put my 2 cents in.
    No offence intended.

  169. Milo Hamilton says:

    None taken.

  170. Brandie says:

    CNN=Complete Nincompoop Network.

  171. Arriba Wilver says:

    I’ve found the NBC coverage to be best. (Apologies to the good Occifer )

  172. Arriba Wilver says:

    (falls in love)

  173. NMR says:

    Good read in JAL’s links under #5 on Charlie Morton’s road to and recovery from Tommy John surgery.

    In hindsight, its great as a fan to see a clear difference in “stuff” between when he was on fire in 2011 and when he was getting lit up right before injury in 2012. Especially the part about him not able to throw the sinker-curveball combo due to pain.

    He’s already up to his pre-injury velocity peak which I’ve read can take more than a year after resuming pitching to return and has all his pitches working pain free.

    Unfortunately, his story looks eerily similar to what we’re seeing from James McDonald right now.

  174. Arriba Wilver says:

    No, in print or online, but the old PG DK things are hard to find. I’m totally just talking about the issue you raised about whether DL ever addressed it. If he didn’t, then I have had very vivid dreams. ;-)

  175. What a depressing place here today!!!

    Restrictions on topics and/or comments——apparently Dejan’s Editor or Trib Management really came down hard on him a few months ago about his rancor expressed toward Pirates. He kept making unsolicited comments around Christmas, “I haven’t written about Pirates for months!”

    Periodically we now get these “Lighten up on Pirate management” directives from Dejan——I guess to keep him in good graces with Trib folks.

    I’ll come back when my thoughts/comments aren’t being “programmed” by Fearless Leader.

    You can turn this place into a Riverhounds blog! And it won’t even be funded by public monies!

    DK: Editor restrictions? Lighten up on Pirates management?

    Good Lord, Groat! You OK?

    I’d like to keep this one topic from dominating the general sports threads. It’s old and it’s tragically boring at this point. But even then, feel free to discuss all day and night on Pirates game threads, which are up every day.

    I’d say that seems like a pretty fair compromise.

    Or you can just get all dramatic about it.

  176. Dom says:

    I don’t like the bye week that early in the season.

    I also don’t like how the game on Thanksgiving is so late b/c I like to get my shopping done the next morning plus my company never gave me the next day off.

    Since we’re facing the Pats, I wonder if we have enough credible DBs to give them a run for their money.

  177. Oshkosh b’gosh,

    In case I don’t talk to you for a while . . . . thanks for sharing about your son. That’s such a difficult task you have been given and I applaud you taking it on with gusto.

    I will pray for you, your wife, and your kids!

  178. Arriba Wilver says:

    Anybody else think it’s a little strange that Putin offered help immediately in the investigation in Boston, and it ends up Chechens’ ethnics are behind it? Not suggesting Russian involvement in the bombings, but one has to wonder if they had some previous intelligence since they have a much bigger problem with the Chechens.

  179. Arriba Wilver says:


  180. Bizrow says:

    Supposedly Putin has had to deal with terrorism from that region and supposedly the USA criticized him for his handling of it, then supposedly he told us that it would also be our problem in the near future.


  181. NMR says:

    Stop back for the Wild West game threads, Groat.

  182. Bizrow says:

    Don’t know if that made sense AW, but these two guys have been living here for quite a while and were “ingrained” into the culture. I’m betting they worked alone and were not in contact with anyone else to the point there could be intelligence. But what do I know? Look where I am in the standings with Playoffs by 2012 ;-)

  183. Milo Hamilton says:

    I enjoy the game threads because I can see what people are thinking about, you know, THE GAME.

  184. TJ says:

    Ugh this story in boston is spilling into ESPN. Evidently the dead terrorist had dreams of being a part of USA boxing so ESPN feels compelled to put the story on their site.

  185. pattonbb says:

    Sounds like these cowards still have family back in Mother Russia. The Russians saw first hand what those sick Chechen Jihadists are capable of at Beslan. Sounds like Putin was offering to round up these family members and “interview” them on our behalf.

  186. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:


  187. TJ says:

    Often times my thoughts during the game aren’t the kind that would be approved. Lots of swear words!

  188. TJ says:

    So there is a hash tag or the boston man hunt? Is anything safe from a hash tag these days?

  189. Brandie says:

    Also means…Confirmation Not Necessary. By the way…Interview is Monday at 9:30.

  190. Jandy says:

    Autism is a difficult prognosis to deal with.
    My younger daughter graduated with a Master’s in Occupational Therapy.
    One of the things she had to do before graduating was participate in a camp for kids who were autistic. Their types ranged from mild to severe. Each student was assigned a child to interact with while at camp. My daughter was teamed with another girl and they were given a difficult boy to deal with. She said it was the most rewarding part of the entire program, going to camp and working with these kids.
    When she graduated, she got a job working with autistic kids in their homes thru Camco. When the government cut funding a couple years ago, she was the first one to lose her job. She cried for a week.
    If not for her, I wouldn’t have an awareness of what the families of these children go through.
    But, as my daughter put it…”even the smallest improvement or victory is a reason for celebration.”
    God bless all those affected by autism.

  191. Bizrow says:

    Morning skate is canceled

    I agree with Milo’s earlier post, just get the Pens on a plane and get them home

    More important things going on right now…

    DK: If they don’t catch this guy in the next hour or so, it’s impossible to imagine these games being played.

  192. Arriba Wilver says:

    DK– I empathize with your intent. And, like most, I agree with the intent of not having everything end up with a pro/anti FO discussion. But do you really think that responding like an 8th grade teenager to Groat is going to help you accomplish your goal?

    And, just to be clear, I don’t think you are acting on anything other than what you believe to be appropriate (not because of external editorial pressure).

  193. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Can hockey be successful in Columbus? I think Buckeye Stadium is a great idea. I like the idea of U. of Mich’s stadium as well.

  194. Jandy says:

    Like I said, Chip. :)
    But I heartily agree with you, AW.

  195. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I hope to be at the Oakland game…..incognito of course..those people are freakin’ crazy

  196. Jandy says:

    Ditto here!

  197. TJ says:

    The interesting aspect to this story is the amount of locations the authorities are investigating. It makes you wonder if there were not potentially more people involved. Which could cause even more concern even after they bring to an end the 19 year old still on the loose.

    Boston is an unsafe location for a large amount of people to be congregating. The police can lock down the building but they can’t lock down every street leading to the arena. Unless this game is going to be played without fans in attendance I don’t see how the game is played.

  198. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    That is an awesome stat…I liked him as part of the Hanny deal to begin with. Should be a professional, steady presence in the BP.

  199. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    also struck out 3 times yesterday…eh, can’t be worse than Martin at this point. Could it?

  200. Jandy says:

    You know…chip on your shoulder ;)

  201. pattonbb says:

    Milo’s right.

    There’s no way this game gets played.

    Let me re-phrase that, there’s no way this game SHOULD be played.

  202. Jandy says:

    For crying out loud, Dejan, Robero was talking about the Bluejays. Now who has an agenda? smh

  203. Jandy says:

    Nice to sneak that in there like that, Brandie girl. Good luck! Sending lots of good vibes your way :)

  204. SJB says:

    And if this game is cancelled they have to add two games now to the end of the regular season for Boston? Wouldn’t be easier and make more sense to simply not play the Pens/Bruins game at the end if it winds up not making a difference to the playoff seedings or matchups? I mean, what’s the point, to appease the stats geeks? So the Pens and Bruins only play 47 games. Big Whoop,.

  205. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Who could ever get tired of the same old discussion about the BMTIB or whatever it is? Actually, I think that discussion got old, ooohhh, say about 3 years ago….

  206. NMR says:

    Bless your daughter as well, Jandy.

    That’s one of the thankless and underpaid professions in this country.

  207. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    So, anything new?

  208. TJ says:

    Considering the Bruins and Canadians are tied in points for the #2 spot that 1 game could make a huge difference.

  209. Jandy says:

    Boy that’s a loaded question lol

  210. My son and I did a special needs class in our church in PA for a couple years. One of the boys was autistic. He was always happy and had a good time in class. My son and I both enjoyed the time with him. Very enjoyable, teaching the Bible and seeing a young person enjoy it.
    Like your daughter said, quite rewarding.

    Masters, huh? Her mom must be smart.

  211. Jandy says:

    Thanks, friend, it’s appreciated. You too, Brandie :)

  212. Dom says:

    I agree 100%. As I said before, if they’re concerned about keeping the game in Boston, they’ll also have to work around the Celtic’s schedule. They could have the game here but I know that wouldn’t be considered fair. They should just cancel the game.

  213. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    I don’t know if I can mention this in this thread or not, but I really don’t like Jeff Locke as a starter. Never have. He’ll obviously be the first one to go when one of the 3 come back, but I see him as a long reliever in the BP at best.

  214. Milo Hamilton says:

    Thinking about the police officers involved in this mess. What a selfless group. We lost a friend in the line of duty here in our town about a year and a half ago. As a community, you never really get over it. Just thinking about him & his family today. As well as the young officer killed this morning & the one fighting for his life.

  215. Jandy says:

    Spunky, flattery will get you everywhere ;)

    Seriously tho, the one thing I did when both my girls were growing up was get them interested in reading books. Paid off big time. You have comprehension, you’re ahead of everything.

  216. SJB says:

    I’m only saying if it doesn’t mean anything by the time that game rolls around. The Habs and Bruins could be 4 points apart by then so it might not mean anything to either team.

  217. Arriba Wilver says:


  218. Dom says:

    We have to be in Buffalo tomorrow. I wonder if there is a chance that the Pens can’t leave Boston in time to play that game.

  219. Bizrow says:


  220. Jandy says:

    pssst…guys…Brandie has an interview Monday at 9:30. She kinda snuck that in ^^ up there ;)

  221. Jandy says:


  222. Brandie says:

    This is a time where sports takes a back seat to real life. What I like about living in this country is we have the ability to post on forums such as this. I see people with such knowledge and passion that it makes me want to learn more about the sports I consume. It’s a similar passion that drives athletes to excel, husbands and wives to stand together to take care of their families, and soldiers to defend our country. It was not passion that directed these cowards to plant bombs to take the lives of the innocent, but more intense hatred of the freedoms I hope none of us ever take for granted.

  223. Bizrow says:

    There has seemed to be sporadic reports that there are others involved, but I don’t know what you can believe right now, and I would hope if there are others, the officials are intentionally keeping a lid on that aspect.

    I’m sure they will leave no stone unturned

  224. Jandy says:

    Humbly nominated for POTD

  225. Bizrow says:

    And to add, thinking about all the folks up there that are caught in this mess.

  226. Brandie says:

    Locke, at this time, is like putting a band aid on a hole in a dam. Not really very effective.

  227. Echo Milo about some others.


    All he needed last night was a nice plate of linguini and some rich, red sauce with those meatballs he threw up there.

  228. Jandy says:

    wow. vivid picture :/

  229. TJ says:

    I was in watertown last fall. I have a regional manager and a local sales rep in Boston. Checked in with both today and the sales rep was actually out visiting customers. Needless to say he was instructed to get off the road. The manager sent me pictures from the Bruins/Sabres game the other night. Kind of gave me chills.

    At the age of 19 I couldn’t think of a plan to land myself a girlfriend let alone a plan to keep 9,000 police officers along with FBI etc chasing me all over a city.

  230. NMR says:

    That’s a tough one, Ryan.

    On one hand you can say that pitchers of his ilk take time to learn Major League hitters(remember Paul Maholm starting out?) and even big time prospects sometimes break into the league slowly(just look at who he was facing last night). Also doesn’t help that his first three assignments of the year were LA, Cinci, and Atlanta.

    But you also can easily make the argument to pull the plug once other options present themselves. Just look at the Brewers sending Mike Fiers down after only one start.

    Overall, I certainly don’t think he should be the first to go. He might not have the “upside” of McDonald or Sanchez, but he also won’t ever be the guy who walks three batters in the first inning with a homerun mized in.

  231. TJ says:

    Nicely said Brandie.

    Its unfortunate that its situations like this that we all bond together as Americans. We can’t come to an agreement on a budget or gun laws but when something like this occurs everyone is an AMERICAN.

    Its sad to me to think that the only time kids hear the national anthem is at a sporting event. Our country gives us so much and asks so little; the least we can be is appreciative of the rights and freedoms we are given as AMERICANS. It shouldn’t take situations like this to remind us of our national anthem, and our flag.

  232. Brandie says:

    It is at The ARC of Centre County.

  233. Good point, NMR. He’ll just throw the gopher ball without too many runners on in front of it.

    He does have decent command. Watching the replays is all I get and those pitches to the Upton brothers are what get hitters big contracts.

  234. Brandie says:

    POTD right there.

  235. Jandy says:

    State College area, eh? That’s cool. Like I said, good luck!

  236. Arriba Wilver says:

    Unfortunately, I can’t come up with a good argument that he shouldn’t be the first to go over JMac and Sanchez at this point. BUT, he has done nothing to contradict my view that he doesn’t have it, mentally, to be a starting pitcher. Still hope I’m wrong, but I got nothing. Of course, I also thought Pedro should have been sent to AAA last year.

  237. Bizrow says:

    Good luck Brandie

  238. Brandie says:

    Many thanks Mama.

  239. Brandie says:

    I will do you proud, Biz.

  240. Bizrow says:

    + 1

  241. NMR says:

    I think your comment and Lucky’s are directly related.

    Locke DOES have decent command of his pitches, but he also has a problem with missing in bad spots.

    Last nights leadoff homer is the perfect example. Gets ahead 0-2 on BJ Upton, Martin calls to waste a fastball up out of the zone. Easy pitch, one that Locke clearly has the ability to make, yet ends up belt high and gets rocked.

    I don’t think its as simple as Jeff Locke stinks. But he also clearly has a ways to go.

    DK: My biggest issue with Locke has been that he’s a wiry guy with not much in the way of stuff. I agree with you that the homer you describe means nothing. Just a mistake pitch in an 0-2 count. But what’ll keep him from being a regular major-league starter is the lack of an out pitch. As Milo put it right here last night, he’ll fear bats for the rest of his career.

  242. Agreed. My feeble attempt at humor.

  243. TJ says:

    Here is something that baffles me. They have an army of law enforcement officers chasing this one kid that they fear might have explosives. Why in the world would you put that many officers in one location when its one person your chasing? SWAT not good enough to take the kid out?

    The fact that they are going door to door is a concern and perhaps why the fleet of police cars and buses going from one location to the other.

    DK: Two words: Tora Bora.

  244. TJ says:

    Why does that sound dirty? LOL

  245. Bizrow says:

    I dunno TJ, they have one chance to do this right. They seem to be covering a huge area so they don’t really know exactly where he is, or so I think from the little I’m reading on MSN

  246. TJ says:

    Its just odd Biz; I mean I want them to get the guy its just amazing that they have an entire army going to the same location. I know this is how they always do it but with the explosives possibly involved it seems dangerous

  247. TJ says:

    Heh; one news anchor introduced a person as a “crack investigator”. Yes there is still a 12 year old sense of humor in me

  248. Bizrow says:

    I know what you mean.

    But thats why our officers/military personnel and firemen/ladies are true heros

    They knowingly put themselves in harms way to protect us.

  249. NMR says:

    Very, very good comment on the lack of an out pitch.

    That’s something I definitely overlooked, maybe always have, with Locke.

    DK: He’s very Zach Duke-ian in that regard. Zach used to get 0-2 on guys all the time, but it meant nothing because he didn’t have strike three in his arsenal.

  250. Bizrow says:

    I’ve read he gets very few swing and misses, I guess thats a good definition of an “out pitch”?

  251. Jandy says:

    cuz yer mind is in dagutter :P

  252. Arriba Wilver says:


  253. Jandy says:

    Nuttin wrong wit dat ;)

  254. Randy Cyphert says:

    Let me take a stab at possible lines guys.


    Here is my pseudo-amateur thought process: Morrow and Duper have GREAT chemistry already. 2nd Line: see Geno, Neal 2012. JJ is way too skilled offensively and faceoffs to be on the 4th line IMO. Cookie is a mucker who has the skill to score. And 12 is 12. Unreal 3 line combo. on the 4th Line if 87 double shifts can play with BB and Sutter. Obviously the lines will switch often during the game, Well, all I have is a nickle, Sure someone can give me my 3 cents change. Thx guys love the blog.

    DK: Yikes. Iginla on the third line? Stand up and explain yourself, man!

  255. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    kinda why I went there

  256. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    that actually sounds pretty good….

  257. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Exactly what I saw last year. He doesn’t look like a guy up there with confindence either.

  258. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Stuff wise- He can’t compare to JMac or Sanchez for that matter. It’s also why I prefered Kyle McPherson over Locke, even with his horrible ST. KMAC as the “stuff” to pitch at this level, but can he hit is spots?

  259. Kevin says:

    2nd-d… very good stuff and I agree totally. It shouldn’t take a catastrophe for us to come together but I guess thats just human nature these days.

  260. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Who cares why?? Just let it be

  261. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Trying to get the inappropriate jokes out of my head……..

  262. Naterosboro says:

    In a bad news cycle, this may make some smile…and yes, it does feature the Reds (even tho I’ve come to really dislike the Reds, this got me…good on you Todd Frazier)

  263. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Seperate note; I can’t wait for Duke Welker to get called up……serious, serious gas…and I mean that in the GOOD way….

  264. TJA says:

    If I may, let me just throw out a bit of personal stuff on people with disabilities. My wife and I got married 10 years ago (this coming June) and I became the Step Father of a child with a disability. I was so taken into this, about 4 years into our marriage, I decided to make a full blown career change and today I work professionally with people with disabilities. I specifically work with people with mental health disorders and that includes people with Autism. I love what I do, would not trade it and never have looked back wondering if I made the right move. People with disabilities are a very special group of people in this world we live in.
    Have a great weekend everyone!

  265. Nor Cal Stlrfanrc (Ryan) says:

    Very cool…except I couldn’t see the video.

  266. TJ says:

    We should have the crack investigator check him out if he has gas issues

  267. NMR says:

    Awesome story, Nate.

    I now rarely feed the ESPN hype machine surrounding the Little League World Series, but I distinctly remember Frazier from that Toms River team that took the country by storm. Feels like it was forever ago.

  268. Naterosboro says:

    It was embedded from the site, so just check the reds higlights from last night and you can find it.

    And you need to see it, because I don’t think I’ve ever smiled as Teddy (Reds Batboy) smiled last night.

    Just another example why sports are awesome and why what was done at the Boston Marathon is appalling.

    You don’t mess with sporting events. You just don’t.

  269. Jandy says:

    I kinda figgered that ;)

  270. Arriba Wilver says:


  271. Dom says:

    The Red Sox canceled their game tonight. I have read anything on the Pens but it seems apparent they will nto be playing today.

  272. Bizrow says:

    My dogs have serious gas at times

    Just sayin

  273. Arriba Wilver says:


  274. Randy Cyphert says:

    Well sir I guess I went with Chemistry on the first two lines. Also I think JJ can play with anyone. Also moving to The 1C line allows him to double shift with Sid or Geno. I certainly didn’t mean it ina derogatory manner. Iginla is one of my faves. How about Duper back with JJ and 12 to Sids Line? I know, I know this is why I’m an amatuer! But it sure is fun. Keep on Keepin’ on DK

  275. Dom says:

    The Pens game is now offically tentatively set to be postponed till 1230 tomorrow. The Buffalo game looks like it will be postponed till Tuesday.

  276. Dom says:

    I wrote “officially” at first and meant to replace it with the word, “tentatively”.

  277. Naterosboro says:

    @RobRossi_Trib 10m

    #TribHKY >> #pens and #Bruins to play Saturday at 12:30 p.m. in Boston. #Pens and #Sabres moved Tuesday.
    Retweeted by Dejan Kovacevic ✅

    If Dejan is retweeting, it’s official.

  278. Dom says:

    Thanks for the info. My question is what if people are still advised to stay home just 21 hours from now? It seems like there is a good chance that game cannot be played too.

  279. Dom says:

    I just heard that the Sabres game has been officially changed till Tuesday. The Bruins game for tomorrow will be confirmed tomorrow morning at 8:30 to see if it will be played.

    DK: Right. Sabres pushed back either way.

  280. TJ says:

    Anyone else think this kid is dead some where? Like they said about the older brother; he was hit multiple times in the shootout so how in the world would the younger one get through without taking some shots.

  281. Naterosboro says:


    Was just about to post that. If this stuff goes into tomorrow, then the game will have to be moved again.

    Here’s the statement from the Pens:

    The game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins scheduled for tonight at TD Garden has been

    The game has been tentatively rescheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, April 20, at TD Garden beginning at 12:30 p.m., Eastern time. The game’s status will be formalized no later than 8:30 a.m.

    The game between the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres, scheduled for Saturday night in Pittsburgh, has been moved to Tuesday, April 23 at 7:30 p.m., ET.

  282. theplanisworking says:

    If we do, we get our fingers smacked……

  283. RobertoForever says:

    just saw this.

    So no one can use the phrase All-in without it being a shot about the FO.

    For your info, just spent the week in that town where everyone says the jays are all-in. But I guess thru your agenda-o-meter it would probably seem that way.

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