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Morning Java: Playoff pucks in October … wow!

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Thursday column goes to bat for Jarvis Jones, and it does so now rather than later.

Some of what the young man had to say yesterday …

Ben Roethlisberger vs. Tom Brady, always compelling, by beat writer Alan Robinson.

Still haunted by Terrelle Pryor, by Ralph Paulk.

Here’s our full Steelers coverage, including more on Jarvis.

Here’s Patriots news from the Boston Globe.

Here are official game highlights from


>> An October night at a hockey rink doesn’t get much better. The Penguins and Bruins went at it voraciously, almost at a playoff level, and the home team prevailed by hanging on to the final horn. Really entertaining stuff.

Some randomness from the evening at Consol: Dan Bylsma’s left-wing lock had its toughest test and maybe its most important in the minds of the athletes. “It was big for us to go out there against this team and have success with it,” Pascal Dupuis was telling me afterward. “Those guys can come at you with speed in the neutral zone, and we took that away.” … Funny how Jarome Iginla was effective all night on the right wing. Imagine. … At least a couple of the Penguins’ players were furious with Brad Marchand and the refs for the Kris Letang diving call, much more so with Marchand. They felt Marchand had his knee out to injure Letang. … Anyone else notice a similarity between Marc-Andre Fleury’s final save and a certain other final save he once made? … Similarly, the Brandon Sutter peanut-butter special over Tuukka Rask’s blocker was a near carbon-copy of his Game 2 laser to the exact same spot, right down to the puck popping off the twine the same way. Not sure I’ve seen that. … One of game’s most telling moments was Sidney Crosby’s partial breakaway after a long, long shift in the defensive zone. He looked so exhausted he barely got off a shot. I couldn’t help but tease afterward and ask if he considered a dump and change. “No, but Kuny did,” the captain came back with a grin. Sure did. Chris Kunitz went off to the bench, and no one could blame him. … This will get forgotten today, and it shouldn’t: Fleury was the better goaltender. … I’ll have much more on this game’s finest performer for the Friday column.

Oh, wait, the tooth! You want to see the tooth! Here you go …

The game story focuses on pinpoint execution of a solid plan. Beat man Rob Rossi has that.

The D is about to get busy, by Rossi.

Rob Scuderi has ankle surgery, by Josh Yohe.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage.

Here’s Bruins news from the Boston Globe.

Crazy story coming out of Colorado regarding Semyon Varlamov. The Denver Post was on this all night.

Here are official game highlights from

>> The National League Central was finally eliminated from World Series contention. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has that angle, while the Boston Globe cover the $150 million champs.

>> Looking ahead to Pitt and Georgia Tech, by Jerry DiPaola.

>> Doing likewise with Penn State, by Chris Adamski.

>> I’ll write Penguins for the Friday column, after which it’s off to Boston for football. Oh, and I’ll have the usual check-in with TribLIVE Radio today at 11:30 a.m.

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. kr70 says:

    woah…where is everybody?

  2. Dom says:

    They’re too busy celebrating the Red Sox victory.

  3. Dom says:

    The $150 million Red Sox were only the fourth highest payroll.

    The Dodgers and Yankees had payrolls in excess of $200 million. They each have a payroll higher than the Bucco’s gross revenue!

    The Yankees nearly outspent the Sox by nearly $80 million!

  4. Jandy says:

    What. A. Hockey. Game.

    Just wow.

    Sooner or later Malkin WILL get a goal :)

  5. Jandy says:

    Another shameless plug for Face-Off Factor….great article on the Fourth Line:

  6. radio wave says:

    I wonder if anyone in Boston noticed that the Bruins played?

  7. JAL says:

    Song The Wind That Shakes the Barley by Loreena MCKennitt

    JAL’s The Wind That Shakes the Barley Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 MLB Important Dates

    BLOGS and such

    4—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: MLB Parity is a Parody

    Pittsburgh Pirates 2013 Season Recap: Shortstop

    The Pirates Might Be Best With Mercer and Barmes in 2014

    How to be a Professional Blogger

    AFL: Phil Irwin Goes Four Innings In Scottsdale’s Sixth Straight Loss

    5 Bucs Dugout

    How can the Pirates upgrade at right field?

    6 Rumbunter

    Looking Back: Baseball Prospectus-Cubs Will Finish Ahead of Pirates

    Pirates Clint Hurdle Talks A.J. Burnett During Media Rounds

    7 City of Champions

    Pirates outfielder Starling Marte robbed of first Gold Glove award

    8 The Green Weenie

    Andrew Lambo

    9 Rant Sports

    Pittsburgh Pirates’ Starling Marte Got Robbed Of Gold Glove

    10 Red Machine

    Who Is The Biggest Rival For The Cincinnati Reds?

  8. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Boston Globe

    Red Sox cap season with World Series title

    12 Fox Sports

    McCarver’s exit a loss for baseball

    13 The New Yorker

    Why I Quit Major League Baseball

    14 Think Progress

    Baseball Isn’t Struggling On TV — It’s Just Taking A Different Approach

    15 Boston Herald

    Redemption Strong: Red Sox wrap up improbable title

    16 Metro West Daily News

    On Baseball: Red Sox came together as championship roster

    17 St Louis Post Dispatch

    Series ends with Miller remaining idle

    Bernie: Cards finish with a fizzle

    Strauss: Wacha out of gas, but don’t blame him

    18 Sweetspot

    Quick thoughts: The best team wins it all


    19 Baseball Prospectus

    15 Things We Were Wrong About This Year

    20 Fangraphs

    How the Red Sox Got to Michael Wacha

  9. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Jarvis Jones says Steelers want him to be more technical and technique-sound

    Steelers vs. Patriots: Bill Belichick suggests alternative method to preparing for Ben Roethlisberger

    22 Steelers Gab

    Video: Roethlisberger Says Brady Best The Best QB In The NFL


    23 Bloomberg Sports

    Serie A Column: Can Parma be this year’s Udinese?

    24 World Soccer Daily

    Problems on and off the field for Sevilla after a summer overhaul


    25 Pensburgh

    Penguins Cling to 3-2 Win over Bruins

  10. Wild Bill says:

    Dejan is referencing Fleury’s final save of the 2009 Cup clinching game. He slides from left to right, making himself as big as he can to block the final scoring chance. Puck deflected to the corner, game over. I did notice it, and if Flower noticed it, that might help even more with the return of his mojo.

    That was the best October hockey game I can recall watching. Ever.

  11. Jandy says:

    You said it all, Wildman.

    What a game. Took me a while to calm down so I could go to sleep lol
    Still was up at 4am ;)

  12. theplanisworking says:

    The Penguin game last night was one of the top ten regular season games I have ever watched, I have been fortunate to have seen many other great games, from the Olympics, to the 87 Canada Cup, to many playoff hockey games, and last night ranked up there. Great flow ( I think the first period had only 3 whistles), fights were at a minimum, which totally rebukes anyone’s view that fighting is necessary to have a great game, great D played by both teams.

    The one thing that marred last night’s game was the Refereeing in the 3rd period. Duouis checked Chara (or Lucic, but I thought it was the 8 foot tall condor), he turns around and cross-checks Dupuis, no penalty called. Later in the 3rd, Iginla checks Crosby into the boards from behind, interferes with him getting up, not one penalty. The refs had a choice of boarding, cross-checking, interference, but the whistles went into the pockets. I guess some things will never change in the NHL.

    Thing that impressed me the most about last night’s game, was the Penguins didnt get rattled like last spring against the Bruins. They played disciplined D, Crosbydidnt melt down when he was blatantly roughed up without a penalty, unlike last spring, when he was constantly jawing with Chara, allowing Boston to get into his head. And , with all the injuries to the Pens so far, it truly was a great all-around effort.

  13. Wild Bill says:

    You have to do something about that schedule of yours, Jandy.

  14. Hello, My Friends!

    Just returned from 14 days of hanging my Jolly Roger——the flag, that is——off my 4th floor balcony at Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.

    I did not take my computer . . . . and I did not answer my phone . . . . I ran along the ocean, I listened to the powerful waves, I rejuvenated myself, I grew closer to God.

    Dang, other than a Pirate World Series, what could be better?!?!

    I visited Duke, as I always must when in North Carolina (along with eating BBQ, Brunswick Stew, and hush puppies) and even took in a Women’s soccer practice for a time——don’t tell JAL: it will ruin my image. The ocean and Duke!!! I’m rarin’ to go!!

    Listened to Mike Lange and the Pens last night as I drove the last miles. I feel hockey seeping into my blood.

    Too bad we don’t have a football team. Let’s go Pens!!!

  15. Wild Bill says:

    Really didn’t like the replay of the “diving” call on Letang, either. Most of the time, third periods are street fights, especially the last 7 minutes or so.

  16. Wild Bill says:

    Good to hear from you, Groat. Aren’t get always great?

  17. theplanisworking says:

    So the World Series is over, huh? Man, must have overslept. Talk about 2 teams I could care less about.
    Very interesting to see David “Huge papi” Ortiz named the WS MVP. Being I didnt see a single inning, I cant say what he did or didnt do, but wasnt there many suspicions over the years about him and PED’s? The weight gain, the 700-foot HR’s, the big head like Bonds? The injuries….. signs of a PED user breaking down? Now obviously (quoting Tomlin ;) ) I am not saying there is any proof, but I am just curious about things, that’s all.

    $150 million dollar payroll? If the circumstances were reversed, wouldnt Pirate fans want the same thing if the team had the revenues? I applaud the team for spending, but more importantly, spending wisely. Yankees, Mets, Cubs spend a ton too, and they have nothing to show for it. Now ESPN, and FOX Sports can milk one of their favorite teams winning the WS for a year. Yech.

  18. Jandy says:

    But I like it during the week. I’m one of those weird morning people ;)

  19. Damon says:

    Agree with what you posted totally. That game was like watching the long lost NBC tape of the playoff series last year that wasn’t shown. Especially with Doc Emmerick and the NBC guys calling the game, just felt like a playoff game. Sutter and Jokinen had sick goals. Along with the refereeing, I think the only other disappointment was Geno getting three golden chances, and Rask not having to move at all to make three saves on him. I just wonder if he is snake bitten and is griping the stick a little too tight. Anyway, wholly freakin awesome game!!!!

    Pens are already 7 points up in their division….

  20. Jandy says:

    Good stuff, Hipposter.

  21. theplanisworking says:

    As for the column on Jarvis Jones, DK simply has to stop making so much sense.
    The Steelers are 2-5, arent going anywhere, and should be playing players to see what the future holds. Playing Worilds, Clark, and other players who arent going to be on the team next year, while noble, wont let the “braintrust” see what they have, and what they need to address. The only way to see what they got is play them. Obviously, this is lost n Coach Cliche.

    Cant wait to hear the excuses after the Cheatriots carve up a slow Steeler D, which has had trouble with Mr. Bundchen in the past with great defenses. We will get a bunch of code speak, junior varsity quotes, 29 obviously references, it is what it is — nonstop, and more questions than answers.

    Looking forward to that……………….

  22. Jandy says:

    “Dang, other than a Pirate World Series, what could be better?!?!”

    I’ll say the answer to that is a Penguins’ Stanley Cup Final !

    Good to see you, Groat. Glad you recharged your batteries.

  23. theplanisworking says:

    I would also like to point out that both between periods, and especially after the game, Mike Milbury had many positive things to say about the pens, especially their D. I had to take extra heart medication when I heard these good things come out of his mouth, but I digress.
    Thanks to Wild Bill, for jarring my memory for that embellishment penalty on Kunitz……. total crap there. The refereeing between the first 2 periods and the 3rd period was like night and day.

    I think Geno will be fine, but he needs to juke a little on breakaways. Shooting the puck into the goalies chest isnt a good way to score.

  24. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks, Jandy.

    I see why you hate 8pm games…….. gives you even less sleep.
    Of course, that is a great built-in excuse to use the 9 wides a lot more…… ;)

  25. theplanisworking says:

    Did you sleep in a tent outside Cameron Indoor for a ticket? ;)

  26. Jandy says:

    LOL! I go very well on 5 hours of sleep a night. Weekends I do sleep in a bit…till about 7 or so…lol

  27. theplanisworking says:

    Just stop with “weird”. :D

  28. theplanisworking says:

    One final thought this morning……………

    2 reasons why you should never, ever bet on sports, even when given great odds (excluding Playoffs window here, of course)

    1) Semyon Varlamov gets arrested for domestic stuff. If convicted, the Avs chances of a good season took a huge hit.

    2) The Philadelphia 76ers last night beat the Miami heat. So? Miami is projected to win 66 games, and an NBA championship. Philadelphia is projected to challenge the 1972-73 Sixers for worst team in NBA history. But I saw the replay last night on one of the 200 Philly channels I get (YECH!!!), and Michael Carter-Williams can flat-out play.

  29. Jandy says:

    LOL I <3 you, too, Hipposter, you dork :P

  30. BillyBaduka says:

    Yeah that dive call was a joke. Letang penalized for his athleticism. I thought he jumped because it was leg/leg contact to avoid knee injury. He flips because of the hit.

  31. I just looked back at yesterday’s “Morning Starbucks” to see what’s been going on around here and found it was all about The Sport That Must Not Be Named!!!

    Thank you, Jesus, that I was not here!!

    The mediocre indoor football team at Consol outdrew the Riverhounds!!!!
    Why in the world are we even discussing this stuff?!
    More folks attend a North Allegheny high school football game than attend Highmark Stadium!

    Let’s go PENS!!!

  32. Jandy says:


    And you know…everyone in the building knew it. Refs looked bad.

  33. Back from vacation and in line for a bold reaming.

  34. BillyBaduka says:

    I noticed that too. Fleury really has looked good this year. He looks calmer, not over playing the puck and getting out of position. He still can get himself into trouble when playing the puck behind the net but he seems to attempt it lees often. Perhaps more importantly he doesn’t get flustered after it happens.

    He really looks like he is back to form and I am very happy for him, the Pens and the fans. Hope he keeps this up, especially for his sake. Seems like such a good guy.

  35. Dorktard, you mean.


  36. theplanisworking says:

    Thanks for nothing, Reverend. ;)

  37. I stood on the spot where the tents are set up.

    I was so tempted to make the 3-hour trip from the beach to Duke to see their Midnight Madness game two days after I got there . . . . . but I couldn’t see 6 hours in the car with the ocean right off my balcony. And, it was 80 degrees with a gentle wind . . .

    I’m getting soft!

    Notice Dejan and I were on vaca at the same time. And you have never seen us together at the same place . . . . . . .

  38. Hey JandyGirl!

    The way Mike Lange described Fleury’s play last night, Lord Stanley seems a strong shot.

  39. Never a beach for DK, unless they put a fake one in in the ‘Peg.

    Not even in SF.

  40. Jim S. says:

    Good stuff.

  41. pattonbb says:

    I put this on yesterday’s Morning Java, while most were talking pucks. In case anyone is interested…..

    Former Steeler, and all-around great guy, Levon Kirkland’s wife Keisha lost her battle against lung cancer yesterday. She did the weather on our local news for a few years while Levon coached high school football here. They were both extremely well liked. She never touched a cigarette in her life. Very sad.

  42. Always like to be uplifting.

    That’s Jandelita’s manufactured word. It’s an honor to be called that.

    Many hockey officials, coaches, and opposing players have earned that moniker.

  43. Jim S. says:

    Awful call. Didn’t even have the puck. Our guy gets a penalty? That’s a ref looking to penalize a team rather than calling what he sees.

  44. Jandy says:

    Lord, Groat, The Flower was in full bloom :)

  45. Kentuck Knob,

    Throw me in the den of lions. I can handle that easier than Dean’s bold reaming!

  46. Jandy says:


  47. Jandy says:

    Sad indeed! RIP Mrs. Kirkland. :(

  48. Jandy says:

    LOL yinz are crackin’ me up ;)

  49. Jim S. says:

    I love that area, Groat. My family stayed in Holden Beach every year for about 25 years until some of the kids of my brothers and sisters started getting too old and were missing the last few years.

  50. Jim S. says:

    Just wanted to let you all know that I took a long, hard look at those $13,000 seats at Fenway yesterday and was going to pull the trigger on 5 of them to take my family. But, I couldn’t find cheap airfare. And, I just hate overpaying when I think something isn’t worth it. :-)

  51. Jim S. says:

    Very sad. So young.

  52. General,

    Thanks for re-posting that. Really chokes you up when you hear her talk so positively about her life.

  53. theplanisworking says:

    This helps put things in perspective…………….

  54. Jandy says:


  55. Jim S. says:

    I actually was switching back and forth between the WS game and the Pens last night. Of course, I was also recording the Pens to watch it in its entirety later. After the Sox got the big lead, the decision was easy to just flip 100% to hockey. And, then I only had to watch the first period over late last night.

    What a game! Playoff atmosphere. I had a friend text me earlier, saying he felt like watching hockey and wondered if there were any good games on. I told him about the Pens-Bruins. He was amazed at the intensity, and he’s a big Hawks fan (and fellow Bruins hater!).

    Still cannot get over the call on Letang in the 3rd period. You have to be kidding me, ref! The entire last minute felt like the last minute or so vs. Detroit in Game 7 when we won the cup, especially the frantic last half dozen seconds or so complete with a big Fleury save. Great fun!

  56. Thundercrack says:

    Serious question: How much does an adult ticket to a high school game (NA) cost these days?

  57. Iceman says:

    Best game I’ve seen him play this year. He was flying around the ice. Great stuff from Geno last night.

  58. theplanisworking says:

    With all the hot air coming out of Boston, you could have flown on that for free……….

  59. Iceman says:

    I read that article yesterday afternoon. I thought it was great as well. Jesse over thair at FOF is quite a talent.

  60. Sweet Jimmie,

    Great area. Not too commercialized. Best seafood in the world. Hush puppies. Grits with red-eyed gravy. The saltiest country ham anywhere!

    My happy opinion of you just grew another notch. You understand the finer things in life!

  61. Jandy says:

    Yes, he did look good last night…no goal…it will come…

  62. Jandy says:

    Thanks, Ice. Jesse is indeed excellent.

  63. Jandy says:


  64. Jandy says:

    +++ My poor dog…she just hates when I yell at the television lol

  65. Iceman says:

    Say what you will, but I am super excited to be headed to Highmark again this Saturday to watch the WPIAL championship game. Also, watched some Premier League while I was out of the country last week and I found it quite exciting to watch. Watched Man U come back by a goal down to score 2 goals in a span of minutes. Both goals were pretty and it was fun to watch.

    I, for one, cannot wait for some World Cup Soccer!

  66. Jim S. says:

    When I do that, my dog gives me a look like, “Do you really think the people in that box can hear you, idiot?”

  67. Jim S. says:

    I love World Cup also, Ice. Were you physically in attendance at the EPL games, or just watching it on TV?

  68. Jandy says:

    LOL! Smart dogs, huh” ;)

  69. Iceman says:

    Quite the exciting Pens game last night. Was great to see a game like we should’ve seen during last year’s playoffs. Quick thoughts:

    – MAF looked great. Man I hope he can hold it together into the playoffs. He can carry this team the way he is playing right now.
    – Glad to see Sutter get a sweet, well deserved goal. He has been playing good defense all year. He deserved to get a goal and man was it a pretty one.
    – Best game I’ve seen by Geno all year. Unfortunately, he just couldn’t put away any of his great chances.
    – I’ve liked the way I’ve seen Megna play these last two games. He seems to be fitting in well there.
    – Tanner Glass is still hitting every freaking moving thing on the ice. Where was this guy last year when we picked him up. He has been one of my biggest surprises this year.
    – Hopefully this injury bug is getting all of our injuries out of the way early. Their dropping like flies.
    – Oh and Pascal Dupuis is a stud. WOW!

  70. Iceman says:

    Just watching on TV. Because I was in Europe, all ESPN shows is soccer. Was fortunate enough to be in my room when they were showing one of the EPL games.

  71. Jandy says:

    Duper is one of my fav players…and I had to laugh at him pulling his tooth out LOL

    This Glass is the one Dejan told us we would love. And I do!

    Best point above: Jayson Megna. The kid gets it. He’s fast, he’s conscious of the ice around him. He’s smart. He has the tools. Now beef up just a bit and he’s a total package. I like seeing him play with Geno, he’s not afraid to go to the net and he can make sweet passes.

    DK: If you’re seeing finishing hands on Megna, let me know. Not me.

  72. Does your dog know what “dorktard” means?

    If not, I think Jim’s is smarter.

  73. theplanisworking says:

    Nice to see Megna, Glass, Matta, etc all doing well.
    Wasnt it just last soring that Shero was criticized for “mortgaging the future”?
    There wasnt talent to come up from Wilkes-Barre?

    In Shero We Trust.

  74. I listened to the replay of Mike Tomlin’s Presser last last night and was glad that, if Jarvis Jones needed to do more study and prep time, Tomlin was acting like a Coach and sitting him down for a time to get it in Jones’ head to do his homework.

    However, Dejan’s column makes a lot of sense. Good read.

    DK: Thanks, Groat. And again, I do get that the kid needs to improve. I just see being on the field as a critical part of that.

  75. Jim S. says:

    Thanks, Groat. We haven’t been back now for 2 years. My dad always organized it, and he is getting older and slower these days. So, it’s tough for him to get down there. And, as I said, a lot of the kids have other things to do in the summer.

    But, it literally kept our family together for so long. We came from all corners of the East and Midwest for 2 weeks every year. I’ll never forget waking up, walking or running on that beach, maybe going golfing or just lounging at the beach, drinking a few cold ones with my brothers and dad. We would play stickball with the kids near the water when we weren’t in the water, dodging the roped off areas where the sea turtles hatch. Then, maybe a few Margaritas later with our wives back at the house over some great grilled fish or BBQ. Some of the happiest moments of my life have been down there.

    We only went a couple of times in Fall, but the weather was unbelievable. Spent a Thanksgiving there once. We were usually there the last week of July/first week of August – when sports were over for the summer for the kids.

    Thanks for reminding me how much I love that place!

  76. How did Maatta do?

    Nobody has said much about him since DK’s column except that he messed something up in the next game but it wasn’t his fault.

    DK: If you aren’t talking about a defenseman, it’s a lot like not talking about an offensive lineman. Highest praise possible.

  77. Wild Bill says:

    In trying to figure out what’s there that I might not be seeing, perhaps Jones is not preparing as well as he should and the demotion was an attention getting device. Can’t imagine this will last long.

  78. JohninOshkosh says:

    Hi Groat:

    Welcome back to civilization.

  79. pattonbb says:

    In 2010, they both came to talk at a Boys/Girls Club banquet I was involved with. I asked Kirkland to sign an old #99 jersey I had. He seemed totally surprised that someone in SC would have his Steeler jersey. While signing, I asked him if he ever thinks about the SB loss to the Cowboys (I know, stupid question…I was just making conversation).

    As soon as I asked, Keisha playfully slapped my arm and said (with a smile), “We don’t talk about the Cowboys, Larry Brown, or that game”. Everyone had a good laugh, including Levon.

    She was a sweet lady.

  80. theplanisworking says:

    Should be “spring”.
    Damn Jandy typos………

  81. Where’s Milo when you need him?!

    Probably ironing his toupee!

  82. Jim S. says:

    I trust him, too. But, we need him to solve the goalie situation. Fleury can’t play 65 regular season games and expect to not run out of gas in the playoffs. I don’t know what is out there, veteran-wise, but I hope he finds something soon.

  83. Wild Bill says:

    You remind me of my buddy who drives an expensive car and drives it across town to save three cents on a gallon of gas.

  84. Jim S. says:

    Trust me, mine is not smarter, Lucky. He’s just a little wise*ss. :-)

  85. theplanisworking says:

    I wonder if his inactivity on the goalie front means he thinks Vokoun can return?

  86. Jim S. says:

    I hope you know I was kidding, Wild Bill. I don’t have money like that, and if I did, I would not blow it on one baseball game – no matter how much I love baseball.

  87. Great, great, great memories, Sweet Jimmie! Thanks for sharing.

    No one can ever take those family times from you. Ever.

    Maybe it’s time for you to be your Dad.

  88. Damon says:

    Great observations – here’s another one…Kunitz was beating the crap out of the Bruin defenders all night. How many times did he hit them so hard they’d bounce off the boards and fall down?

  89. That question will lower your percentage even more, TC.

  90. Jandy says:

    LOL Yinz guys! Shelby (our pitt bull) is too smart for her own darn good,. I don’t usually call her Dorktard, but I do call her brat! ;)

  91. Jandy says:

    Believe me, the goalie situation is right in the front of Shero’s mind…patience :)

  92. theplanisworking says:

    You call me brat a lot also.
    Nice to see us animals are in good company, so to speak.

  93. Nate83 says:

    I’m so glad they could keep both him and Kunitz. I was worried it was one or the other and when they signed Kunitz first I was worried Dupuis was gone and he was the one I would have picked to stay if it had been one or the other. I still miss Cook but it seems as if they have filled in nicely.

  94. Jim S. says:

    Never a beach for DK? Even if I don’t go in the water and stay out of the sun, I would still love the beach. Something about those waves smacking the shore on a calm, clear night.

  95. theplanisworking says:

    Again, I am slipping………………

    Happy Caramel Apple Day!!!
    Happy Knock Knock Joke Day!

  96. Thundercrack says:

    Ha! :-)
    I prefaced with “Serious Question” And it is.

    I haven’t been to a high school football since I graduated.

    Disclaimer: I have never been to a soccer game. But would probably like to see one at the highmark stadium.

  97. Arriba Wilver says:

    Welcome back, Groat.


  98. hockeymonster says:

    Last night reminded me of games 3 and 4 from playoff series as far as structure and intensity goes. But with the pens being more acclimated to defending the neutral zone and using the high slot to get shots thru the result was more favorable. Amazing how much better a goalie will look when rushes up ice don’t resemble jail breaks.

    Out of town right now so didn’t see the Carolina game so didn’t see megna in top form till last night. Looks like he has some jump to his stride and some hands n vision. Was D’agostini a healthy scratch for Jeffrey? Couldn’t believe my eyes…Jeffrey in pens win…just saying…

  99. Arriba Wilver says:

    Let’s see, you were in Europe for your 5th wedding anniversary, you were in your room AND you were watching soccer on TV. Hope you enjoyed the 5th . . .

  100. You’ve got a car and a dog with the same name.

    I’ve had some cars that were dogs, but never named a dog after one.

    Plan is a brat, so you can call him that if you want.


  101. hockeymonster says:

    P.S.—was incredibly pleased with PM last night. He blew a tire on the one shift but came back and was solid and physical along the boards. He needs to be more aware of passing lanes by the net however.

  102. Jandy says:


  103. Your nose is growing.

    Gipetto will catch you lieing, soon.

  104. Jandy says:

    Hubby named the dog, and since Carroll Shelby is his idol, the poor dog got the name Shelby. She’s a brat but I love her to pieces, kinda like Hipposter ;) (He’s a brat too)

    Shelby’s nickname is BooBoo. She’s smarter than the average bear ;)

  105. Jim S. says:

    That’s a really good thought, Groat. My two girls are in HS now, with one going to college next year. You’ll cringe at this part – on a soccer scholarship! The other one is a Soph, and our son is in 7th grade. So, I do look forward to starting that tradition all over again with them and their kids. And, it doesn’t matter how far we live from NC. That’s where we’ll choose to do it, if we can.

    Incidentally, I visited Duke’s campus while in Raleigh last November for a soccer tournament with my daughter. We only had a couple of hours there before our flight out on Sunday. But, we loved it. Saw the tributes to your namesake in Cameron Indoor. Walked that campus, and loved all the little nooks and crannies that were perfect for photos. Just gorgeous.

    Will be down there again in early Dec with her. I asked her if she would like to go see UNC this year, and she said “Let’s go back to Duke!”

  106. I think he’ll take the 5th on that one.

  107. Jim S. says:

    Who’s there?

  108. Jim S. says:

    Plenty, Damon. Good observation. At one point, the Pens led in hits something like 31-18. They had something to prove last night. It certainly doesn’t make up for last spring. Only the playoffs next spring can do that. But, at least they showed the Bruins that they will answer the bell.

  109. Jim S. says:

    I know. He’ll get the right guy. I’m just getting a little nervous. What if Fleury gets some sort of an injury that shelves him for a month? Yikes!

  110. General,

    I’m smiling at your story!

  111. Arriba Wilver says:

    With all the talk about MLS and the stadium size I looked and found this on Wiki yesterday:

    “The Riverhounds plan to join Major League Soccer within ten years from 2013. Highmark Stadium will initially seat 3,500 spectators, though the team plans for an eventual expansion to 18,500.”

  112. Milo Hamilton says:

    Great blog title today. I think you get about a half dozen of those a year & you’re never exactly sure when they’ll crop up. A random act of kindness from the NHL, if you will.

  113. Wild Bill says:

    I wrote badly, Jim. I realized what you were getting at, and that it wasn’t something you’d do. It just made me think of him. Dumb on my part.

  114. theplanisworking says:

    I dont know if I should be happy, or insulted by all this.

    maybe I should get a dog………….. ;)

  115. Jim S. says:

    DK probably knows more inside info on TV’s recovery than we do. Last I read things were going well. But, I also read that this scared the you know what out of him (rightly so) to the point where it made him think he should consider retirement. He has enough money. No sport is worth your health in your 30’s. Couldn’t blame him.

    Regardless, I got the impression that it might be a long shot to expect him back helping this team this year. But, I’m still hoping for it.

  116. Jandy says:

    So, Milo, what’s the cost for a ticket to the HS football game cost?

  117. Jandy says:

    Oh agree….I hope he makes move…soon!

  118. Jandy says:

    be happy, my friend, <3

  119. Jim S. says:

    Don’t worry, be happy!

  120. Jim S. says:

    No worries, Wild Bill. I get what you’re saying.

  121. Happy.

    Being called a dorktard and brat in the same day.

    Like the end of the Cheers theme song, “it’s good to be where somebody knows your name” or however it goes.


  122. Jim S. says:


  123. He don’t pay.

    He’s one of them broadcasters.


  124. theplanisworking says:

    Poor Ice will never give us any personal details ever again….

  125. No matter our best efforts, our kids sometimes go bad!!!

    Yet you put a good spark in her . . . . she likes Duke over Carolina!! There’s hope for her!!

  126. theplanisworking says:

    Even if my name always changes thanks to you guys, gals, and creatures.


  127. Milo Hamilton says:

    I believe it’s $6 – $10. Cheaper for students. Playoffs cost more. Why do you ask ?

  128. pattonbb says:

    Did you notice who was cited for part of that info?

    18 Kovacevic, Dejan. “Kovacevic: A perfect pitch to lure MLS”. Tribune Review Live. Retrieved 30 November 2012.

  129. Jim S. says:

    At the HS that my kids attend, TC, you can buy a pass for all of the sporting events all year, up front. And, you get to bring 2 kids for free. I’m thinking it was about $60 for the year.

    I think they charge $6 for adults for their football games. It is a big school – almost 5,000 students. Not sure how big NA is these days, but I’m guessing the athletic program is similar.

  130. Milo Hamilton says:

    Exactly, it’s been over 20 years.

  131. theplanisworking says:

    Sarah is available. :)

  132. Wilver Dornel,

    My words exactly to those kids kicking that spotted white ball!!

  133. Jim S. says:

    :-) :-)

    Son plays baseball! Other daughter plays softball!

  134. See above, percentage-lowering “serious” question from TC.

  135. theplanisworking says:

    Thunder was asking up above.

    New Castle’s ticket prices are anywhere between 8-14 a game.

  136. Milo Hamilton says:

    Gotcha Plan. I’ve somewhat caught up. I was going to go there yesterday but I figured I’d just leave it.

  137. Jim S. says:

    She obviously made a difference in her shortened time here.

  138. theplanisworking says:

    I looked up the awards question we had last night.

    The awards are voted on before the postseason begins.
    Huntington should win.


  139. When there is more action in a soccer game than on your anniversary night, would YOU want to talk about it?!?!

    That gives me the shivers! Hang in there, Icebox!

  140. theplanisworking says:

    I would say me, but I cant remember all the names given me, let alone a joke…. ;)

  141. Jim S. says:

    Free hotdogs and a coke, too?

  142. I TOTALLY love your son and your 2nd daughter!

    I have confidence that #1 will come around!!

  143. Jim S. says:

    Shows the difference between WPA and IL football. I live a mile from maybe the biggest HS in the state. Ticket prices are cheaper here, and still they don’t fill the stadium unless the biggest cross-town rival is playing our team.

    People think we have big-time HS football. They haven’t a clue on that front in IL.

  144. Arriba Wilver says:

    I can answer that because I did concessions for a couple years as a “Band Parent.” The answer is “whatever they want.”

  145. Milo Hamilton says:

    Free food every week, everywhere we go. With very few exceptions. Montour & Blackhawk top the list.

  146. Jim S. says:


    Knock, knock.

    Who’s there?


    Plan Who?

    Plan on making it a great day! :-)

  147. Arriba Wilver says:

    No! Ha! Well, I guess that means he won’t challenge it. ;-)

  148. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m waiting for confirmation on playoff ticket prices. Let’s see how fast they respond.

  149. tpbco says:

    Ah…that’s exactly what I read in MT comments.

    Not sure what anyone else was reading…to me, regardless of his draft postion, regardless of the record, dude gotta earn the spot – giving it to him won’t help him or the team, now or later and I ‘ve been as disappointed as anyone with Worlids.

  150. Milo Hamilton says:

    What school Wilver ?

  151. theplanisworking says:

    This gets an A for effort alone. :)

  152. Jandy says:

    Post of the Day :)

  153. JohninOshkosh says:

    Interesting article by Kevin Allen in USA Today.

    Fighting is down in the NHL. 65% of games so far without a fighting major. Highest total in seven years.

    Yet, a whopping 98% of the NHLPA does not want to see fighting eliminated.

  154. Milo Hamilton says:

    New Castle at Highlands tomorrow night – $7.

  155. Jandy says:

    I don’t want to see it eliminated either. Just get rid of the staged fights.

    On the other hand, it seems like the illegal head hits are way up…

  156. Oshkosh b’Gosh,

    Don’t tell me this place has changed and become civilized in my absence!!

    The lunacy is normally staggering! No wonder some were discussing the Sport That Must NOT Be Named!

  157. Milo Hamilton says:

    I did a playoff game at Elizabeth Forward some years back & they even had a cookie table in the press box. I thought I was at a wedding.

  158. theplanisworking says:

    My alma mater was a huge football school.
    Crowds of 12-14,000 were common for us.

    Now, they get 5,000, if they are lucky.

  159. Jim S. says:

    C- for execution, though. :-)

  160. Shout out to Biz on his last day at the power plant! :o

    On to re-firement!


  161. theplanisworking says:

    Which radio station are you going to be on, Milo?

  162. Wild Bill says:

    John, I wonder sometimes if the players want to keep it because they know personally of pals who will quickly lose jobs if it goes away, and they don’t know the guys who will take those roster spots?

  163. theplanisworking says:

    Yes, reverend, he turns into a pumpkin today.

  164. Milo Hamilton says:

    I hope they bring 5,000 tomorrow.

  165. Jandy says:


  166. Milo Hamilton says:

    We local cable TV on a delay. Local schools buy a block of time on Tuesday nights & we play them back then.

  167. Jandy says:

    Biz!!!! Give us a shout out today!
    Happy turn into a pumpkin day :)

  168. Very refined here.

    People were even rooting for the Cardinals.

    Not even 100 posts on a Steeler thread.


  169. Jandy says:

    She’d prolly do just fine, too!

  170. Jim S. says:

    Maybe 4,000 for us most weeks. And we have almost 5,000 students.

  171. Hey Bizzy!

    Congrats on your retirement TODAY!!!

    I will no longer feel safe when I drive near that power plant!

    But you will now be FREE!! Wanna come and rake my leaves, since you have time?

  172. theplanisworking says:

    If this was a basketball game, yes they would.
    New Castle always travels well, so it will be interesting.

  173. Jim S. says:

    So, you aren’t affiliated with a particular school?

  174. theplanisworking says:

    Ok, gotcha.
    That seems cool for the towns involved.

  175. Jandy says:

    hey, maybe he was “multi-tasking” ;)

  176. After he gets done with mine. Takes about 2 days.

  177. Hey Milo!

    You don’t really wear a toup on the radio like your old codger namesake, do you?

  178. Jandy says:

    I can’t swim a bit…but I love the ocean and the power behind the waves. Love the ocean.

  179. Jim S. says:

    Hopefully, a big sendoff for Biz today on his last day at work!

  180. theplanisworking says:

    In honor of the bolg’s Homer Simpson………. a box of donuts.
    Mmmmmmmm………. donuts!!

  181. JohninOshkosh says:

    Could be, Bill.

    98% agreement on any issue these days is a remarkable statistic, though.

  182. Arriba Wilver says:

    Upper St. Clair

  183. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m with Highlands. But I can be a free agent when they’re through. The schools basically cut their own deals with Comcast & it’s not free. We take care of selling advertising for the school so the bill is paid. We have a separate crew that handles Burrell & Valley. Riverview & Springdale have some games done as well.

  184. Kentuck Knob,

    Now YOU are going to get that //

    DK: . “There’s so much more traffic on the blog for Steeler info!”

  185. Milo Hamilton says:

    It’s all mine Mr. Groat. And I’m thankful for that. :)

  186. Arriba Wilver says:

    There’s a song about that that I won’t repeat. It is by the Bloodhound Gang.

  187. casper in a-town says:

    I remember those days well, Plan. Taggart Stadium used to be at or near capacity in the 80’s and at times was SRO. Huge crowds, with both the “parents’ side” and “students’ side” being jam packed.

  188. Over 1,200 posts for the last Pirate playoff game.

    When you’re number 3, you try harder.

    (Too bad there are no emoticons with devil horns).

  189. Everyone has moved from New Castle to Austintown.

    Has to be the reason.

  190. JohninOshkosh says:

    Funny how the Red Sox went from tragic, comical Greek figures to the disliked new New York Yankees in less than a generation.

  191. Arriba Wilver says:

    My theory is that it is usually too windy to read comic books there. But that’s just me.

  192. tpbco says:


    That’s exactly what I took away from MT. He was bad, bad, bad positionaly. Not one play, consistently. It was at least inferred that Jones was not putting the necessary study in…if that ‘s the case, I agree with sitting him until he does. He has to earn playing time, just giving him the spot will not help him nor the team in the long run.

    IMO, giving him the playing time he has gotten to this point was a significant change to the “Steeler Way”, he has got to do his part.

  193. Jim S. says:

    Multi-tasking!!! Hilarious, Jandy!

  194. casper in a-town says:

    Ha! Good one. Speaking of Austintown, the football team is doing well this year. Undefeated and ranked #2 in the state’s big Division 1.

  195. Bizrow says:

    Plus sand blows on the pages and ruins the ability to save them as collectibles ;-)

  196. tpbco says:

    Jeffery was in and they won…I’m not sure he contributed anymore than a mail box would have tho’. Given what he shows as a skill set, I just do not see a spot in this lineup for him, even with all the injuries.

  197. Bizrow says:

    Thank you all for the kind words, am just sitting here watching the Ohio go by for one last time.

    Bittersweet, if you know what I mean, but it is time

  198. Arriba Wilver says:

    Post of the Day, Lucky!

  199. With you 100 %.

    The pine does wonders for study habits.

  200. tpbco says:

    Having the ability to and spending more than Spain’s GNP will do that to a team. Especially when your team can’t (or won’t).

  201. Arriba Wilver says:


  202. DK is allergic to sand and heat.

  203. theplanisworking says:

    Casper, I am sure you remember the game vs. #3 nationally ranked Mt. Lebanon.

    Now THAT was a game !

  204. Jim S. says:

    Thanks for the info. Sounds like a fun gig!

    I was listening to Vinnie & Cook over lunch yesterday on Tune In Radio and Bob Pompeani was on with them. He said he thinks maybe there are too many teams making the playoffs these days. Makes for a lot of first round blowouts. Teams that are under .500 playing teams with 0 or 1 loss.

  205. Jim S. says:

    I hope Biz doesn’t accidentally push any wrong buttons or switches like Homer on his last day.

  206. tpbco says:

    If you read what they are saying…it’s to keep cheap shots down and given the number we see anyway, if in fact they are right…WWE?

    Significant to me in the 98% number is, that it includes one heck of a lot of “non fighters”.

  207. Jim S. says:

    If you do something for that long, even with the tough days, it becomes part of you, doesn’t it Biz? I get the bittersweet part.

  208. theplanisworking says:

    I just hope his wife doesnt have blue hair. ;)

  209. Jim S. says:

    She’d give Coach B what for.

  210. Thundercrack says:

    Congrats Biz.
    Enjoy today…and the rest of your retirement

  211. Jim S. says:

    Warning: You are approaching BR status!

  212. I’ve been given many reprieves on that, Jim.

    DK doesn’t pay any attention to my annoying him. Good thing.

  213. casper in a-town says:

    Hey Plan — I do but can’t place the year (oh, how the details fade as the years pass by). I know it was early ’80’s. Back then, Mt. Lebo was a powerhouse and one of our biggest games. Butler was always a big game back then, but those days are long gone.

  214. No. 2, eh Casper?

    Is the University of Moeller still the big powerhouse it’s always been?

    Lost track with Ohio football when we came down here 15 years ago.

  215. gregenstein says:

    What, no love for a Loreena McKennitt everyone? She plays a mean Irish fiddle.

  216. Jim S. says:

    I know a lot of people tuned baseball out when the Pirates bowed out a few weeks back, and I get that. Usually, I have done that every year (since ’92) as well. For some reason, I stayed with it through the rest of the playoffs this year and enjoyed it with my kids.

    As much as I loved baseball, I had truly become much more of a football and basketball fan in recent years. I believe it was the pain I endured from following the Bucs. I had grown to accept their failure, although I still agonized over the losing. But, my love for baseball was rekindled this season. For that, I am thankful.

    I look forward to next year with great anticipation. It’s still only the Dominican Winter League, but once again young Mr. Polanco’s rising star shown brightly yesterday. BB, 1b, Grand Slam in his 1st 3 ABs. 11 game hitting streak with 4 HR. Probably doesn’t mean much in the big scheme, but I like what he’s doing. I think he has a dream of getting to Pittsburgh at some point next year and putting a vice grip on RF for many years. He still has work to do, though. Much work. Encouraging for me, nonetheless.

  217. casper in a-town says:

    Yep, Moeller is still big time. Cincinnati Colerain and the Cleveland Catholics (St. Ed’s and St. Ignatius) are still up there as well.

  218. Their recruiting still rivals most colleges, then, I see.

    Glad some things don’t change.

    Makes me happy when a school like Fitch can be ranked that high and not be a private school.

  219. Enjoy it, Bizzy!

    There are NEW and WONDERFUL things for you to do with your time!
    Especially now that you are rich!

    Ecclesiastes chapter 3: “There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to tear down and a time to build up.”

    You can look up the rest . . . .

  220. Milo Hamilton says:

    Bittersweet indeed. A tip of my 1970’s Pirates cap to you. Enjoy your freedom, you earned it.

  221. Jim S. says:

    What’s it pay, Lucky? I have a couple of vacation days I need to burn. :-)

  222. I hear Jim McGwinn and the Byrds in the background, Groaty.


  223. Name your price, Jim.

    Plus room and board provided.

    That’s how much I love leaf-raking.


  224. theplanisworking says:

    Boardman used to be good. I know they are Fitch’s huge rival.

    To the Mt. Lebo game Casper……… It was 1984.
    Lebo ranked #3 by USA Today.
    Lebo got all of 100 total yards that game, but 68 of those came on one play……. tipped pass they took in for a TD. Missed PAT.

    New Castle missed 3 FG’s in that game, they moved up and down the field, but had nothing to show for it.
    NC got a touchdown with no time left on the clock.
    The Lebo coaches and players did the choke sign to our kicker (classy), and he proceeded to kick the PAT.

    That was when New Castle still had that mystique to their program. best thing was, no recruiting.

    I remember all this, but cant tell you what I had for Sunday dinner.

  225. casper in a-town says:

    I remember that well, Plan. You’ve brought back some more vivid memories. Booker Brown was the QB, no?

  226. theplanisworking says:

    No. Scott Gattie.

  227. casper in a-town says:

    Hmm. I guess my memory fails me again. I thought Latsko was the QB in ’83, Brown in ’84 and Gattey in ’85.

  228. Jandy says:


  229. Jandy says:

    what Revvie said!

  230. theplanisworking says:

    You may have Brown and Gattey switched.
    Gattey graduated in 84. I graduated with his older sister.

  231. casper in a-town says:

    I think I’m right on this, but who knows? I played and grew up with both on the North Hill. I believe Brown graduated in 1984 and Scott in 1985. Could that game have been in 1985?

  232. Bizrow says:

    Thanks again,

    Its been weird, I’ve been thinking how in the heck was I so lucky to be here?

    I think its because I flunked out of college, ended up taking a job where I had to wash dirt, literally.

    I did end up graduating, but in 76, I got a job here solely because I had experience washing dirt. (Well, I’m sure the Big Guy had a hand in things as well) ;-)

    Gotta go say goodbye to folks, get a body scan and turn in my badge.

    Thanks again for all your kind thoughts.

  233. theplanisworking says:

    I thought it was 84.

    But who knows? I have Oldzheimers.

  234. theplanisworking says:

    I thought it was 84.

    But who knows? I have Oldzheimers.

  235. Arriba Wilver says:

    + a million

  236. hockeymonster says:

    I’ve been saying since last season that his defensive instincts and positioning are very useful so was basically being a little sarcastic since they won with him in again. Most of their losses are with him scratched but I do agree he didn’t play much last night. Overall I do believe that he has “johnny on the spot” capabilities when it comes to defensive positioning.

  237. pattonbb says:

    They’ll have to invent some new “curse” to get behind like, “We’ve never won the World Series during a leap year facing a right handed pitcher, at home, who wears Converse cleats”.

  238. Iceman says:

    Let me clarify here as I see now how bad that came off. I didn’t watch the whole game. I was watching the game while the wife was getting showered and prettied up for dinner and since I take all of five minutes to get ready, I was just waiting for her so we could go eat. I really did enjoy my anniversary trip and have had an amazing 5 years, thank you very much.

  239. Jandy says:

    Haha Jim, I’m a crazy ol’ coot sometimes ;)

  240. pattonbb says:

    Congrats Biz. Enjoy your retirement.

    BV, right?

  241. Jandy says:

    LOL Poor Ice…don’t mind us, we are SURE you had a marvelous time ;)

  242. Iceman says:

    And pigs fly!!!

  243. casper in a-town says:

    You think you’ve got it bad? How about this? Not sure why this didn’t come to mind but when I played for GW in 8th grade Scott was our QB and he was in 9th grade. So, by my great deductive reasoning skills (sarcasm), I’m going to say that the Mount Lebo game was in 1985.

  244. Jim S. says:

    I loved when Ben Affleck whined several years back, I think when the Yankees re-signed ARod: “It is hard being a Red Sox fan when the Yankees just get to outspend everyone else and buy their championships.”

  245. Jim S. says:

    Ok, you caught me. I was bluffing! I probably don’t have as many as you do, but I have my own to rake.

    For some reason, my neighbors don’t have any leaves collecting in their yards and they have just as many trees. I’m thinking of setting up a surveillance camera, because I’m pretty sure they go outside late at night and blow them all into my yard.

  246. Jandy says:

    Leaves? We let ‘em there. By Spring, not much left of them…mow the lawn, they’re mulch ;)

  247. hockeymonster says:

    Hey I can be as fair as anyone…I still think we should hire mike keenan to be PM’s personal coach though :)

  248. Jandy says:

    anybody have a straitjacket available????

  249. We’d be up to our necks in mulch if we did that, J-girl. We do mow a considerated amount of them, though. More fun than raking.

  250. Jag7 says:

    Can anyone give me a good reason why slow, 60 year old Craig Adams is on the ice in the final minutes? Other than he’s Bylsma’s bff? He couldn’t get out fast enough to cover Iginla on the 2nd goal. and he was so tired he couldn’t even move the last 20 seconds. Can we stop pretending he’s a Selke candidiate? Wouldn’t it make sense to put someone with actual speed on the ice? Oh, and who was supposed to be covering N. Lidstrom on Fleury’s Game 7 save? Yep, Adams. He’s a lovely 4th liner, but has no business being out there in the final minute. But stubborn Bylsma will keep putting him on the ice.

  251. BillyBaduka says:

    Love NC coast and the food

    Mmmmmmm country ham, hush puppies, pulled pork and fresh seafood. Go every year with in laws and love it.

    Glad your back Groat.

    Love the ocean. Swimmin’ in pools OK but no waves to ride. Lucky to have had family that lived in OCNJ so I got to spend summers with them. They got the house before Jersey shore land skyrocketed. Didn’t realize how privileged I was to have that opportunity until later in life.

    A day at the beach enjoying the weather, nature and “getting closer to God” as Groat put it is always a day well spent.

  252. Jandy says:

    Well, Spunky, a lot of ours go down the creek too, so I guess we’re fortunate.

  253. BillyBaduka says:

    Looking at his highlights it looked like he freelanced a lot and went to ball a lot in college. I think they’re trying to get him to play within the defense and it seems appropriate to me.

  254. Patrick(RI) says:

    Hilarious bit in my local paper about how the Patriots are practicing with an offensive lineman “playing” Quarterback in prep for Ben. However, I think that bulge in Bill B’s cheek was his tongue. Any other bulges are anybody’s guess.

  255. JAL says:

    Generation, how about going from 69 wins in 2012 to 97 wins in 2013

  256. likeabugonarug says:

    Same interpretation I made. Can’t just give it to him if he isn’t earning it. Wouldn’t matter with this season most likely, but could make a big difference down the road once the team gets really good again.


  257. likeabugonarug says:

    Thanks for bringing the Sixers up, Hipposter. Have you heard their tag line for the season? “Together We Will”. I can remember a Pgh. team using something like that recently. In many ways, the two teams are probably very comparable.


  258. hockeymonster says:

    Oh come on jandy…you’re not that out there :)

  259. theplanisworking says:


  260. BillyBaduka says:

    Enjoy your retirement!

    Thanks for sharing your story!

  261. Wild Bill says:

    Does this mean you’ll have even more time to blog??

  262. Wild Bill says:

    Belichick’s probably instructing them on how to horse collar Ben without getting caught.

  263. Jandy says:

    Iceman? tpbco?


  264. Or on how to send flowers to somebody else’s wife without getting caught.

  265. Careful, Drew will be telling us any minute how you don’t have to rake sand.

  266. theplanisworking says:

    Casper, I finally found it.

    Scott Gattey was the QB for New Castle in 1983-1984. The game was September, 1984. I had to go to the site to see when he was QB.

    Sorry for any confusion I caused.

  267. Jandy says:

    I’m sure beer will feature prominently in that story…

  268. Jim S. says:

    I can do that to a certain degree, but they get piled a foot high.

  269. Jim S. says:

    I think he got caught with that, though.

  270. casper in a-town says:

    Dang! I’m the one with Oldzheimers! Good work, Plan. I’m gonna check out that website. I’m hoping it can bring back some more memories, albeit faint as they are.

  271. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, but he got away with it, because when questioned, he just mumbled, and no one could understand him…………..

  272. theplanisworking says:

    When you go to that site, you have to go under football records, passing, 2 year stats to find it.

  273. casper in a-town says:

    Got it. I figured out my problem. That game was in 1984 and Gattey was the QB in the fall of 1984. But he graduated in 1985. Booker Brown was the QB in the fall of 1983 but he graduated in 1984. Brian Heaney was the QB my senior year (1986) but he graduated in 1987. There’s the confusion. My bad!

  274. JohninOshkosh says:

    Red Sox parade scheduled for Saturday.

    Dejan will be able to cover it.

  275. casper in a-town says:

    It’s sad when a coupla guys in their mid to late 40’s lose their memories.

  276. Damon says:

    Flyers trade Max Talbot to Colorado for Steve Downie. Flyers must feel they need more punks. Glad for Max…

  277. Jandy says:

    Wow. Max is a physical player. Downie is a punk, like you said, Damon.

  278. theplanisworking says:

    This trade has Bobby Clarke’s fingerprints all over it.

    Sinking like a rock in Philthy………….

  279. Lad 9 says:

    Good luck Biz. Rest for a while and enjoy. You have earned it!

  280. Damon says:

    Roy and the Avs make this deal because they see the value of a glue player like Talbot, and with their team looking ready to make noise, you make this deal. The Flyers….well, you know….

  281. “I see” saith the guy who lacks in hockey knowledge.

  282. Stealing plays, stealing someone’s wife, same answer for both, right?

  283. theplanisworking says:

    And the same hoodie.

  284. Jandy says:

    Oh this is definitely a win for the Avs.

  285. Jandy says:

    What I wanna know, is who the he!! would want him?

  286. theplanisworking says:

    Jandy, money must talk.
    I have seen pics of his girlfriend……. talk about opposites…….

  287. 21sthebest says:

    I don’t recall ever missing the baseball playoffs.

  288. Jandy says:

    Well, money wouldn’t talk with me. He’s a loser. And he’s trash. Must have no self-esteem if you’d cheat with him.

  289. Arriba Wilver says:

    But they were 90-72 the year before and the 69 wins were Bobby Valentine wins. Does that count? ;-)

  290. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think when the Red Sox started complaining about the Yankees’ spending was when I jumped ship on them as a favorite team in the AL.

    I thought Arliss Howard did a great job in Moneyball as John Henry.

  291. tpbco says:

    FWIW, according to a couple of flyers blogs, it’s simply a salary dump. Downie FA after this season making a little more than Max, but as we all know Max has a few more years on his contract and they figure he’s redundant to what they already have.

    The classic comment…”he (Downie) is more than a face puncher”…uh huh.

    But it is true he would be tied for the philly scoring lead with Leclavier…gee wonder why they are off to their worst start in their history?

  292. pattonbb says:

    My wife was watching the post game show with me. When John Henry started talking she said, “Is that the guy from Moneyball?”

  293. Wild Bill says:

    Glad here too, everybody. The idea of Max with the Flyers was nauseating. I bet Patrick Roy respects his game more than he did Downie’s.

  294. Jandy says:

    Downie and respect don’t belong in the same universe, let alone the same sentence..

  295. Willie Good-Duke-ah-h-h!

    Ocean City, New Jersey———1st glimpse I ever had of the ocean. 9th grade. Good place.

    You are so right . . . . a great privilege.

    I once spent a week there in a house that Lynn Swann was the immediate previous tenant. Not a bad place (someone else was paying!).

    I am so in love with the North Carolina coast and the ocean. You, my Friend, have good taste.

  296. Jim S. says:

    They always feel they need more punks in Philly. They’ve been the same way for 40 years. They keep firing coaches, and the new ones have different names but their style of play never changes or adapts.

  297. Jim S. says:

    Good for you, 21. You’re a true fan. I never missed them completely, but I sort of tuned in and out each year. My heart wasn’t in it.

  298. pattonbb says:

    No. There aren’t any sabermetrics to quantify underachievers.

  299. Jim S. says:

    That was a weird interview. All of a sudden, he became totally preoccupied with the smoke. I think he thought the good people of Boston were burning down his shrine.

  300. Jandy says:

    That’s why they don’t win cups :)

  301. Good call, Wilver Dornel!

    Every Bobby Valentine win should count 1 1/2, because the Sox not only had to defeat the opposition, they had to overcome Bobby!

    Thus, Red Sox actually went from 103 wins in 2012 to 97 in 2013. Sounds about the same for the $$$ they spent.

  302. Oshkosh b’Gosh,

    What is the significance of the North Stars logo? Pining for the good ol’ days?

  303. Rhode Island Red,

    I find it interesting that you, with your 50 Shades of Gray logo, are talking about bulges.
    Especially in reference to Belichek.


  304. JohninOshkosh says:

    Exactly. It’s hockey season. I was surfing the web going down memory lane and hadn’t seen it in awhile. So, thus the change. Although, I’ve seen the Dallas Stars have kind of harkened back to it with their new unis. I’ll change it for college buckets season.

    I saw Minka Kelly on Fallon last night. Maybe that’s an idea for an avi!

    Send me your HS yearbook photo and I’ll use that!

  305. Jandy says:


  306. JohninOshkosh says:

    The Avs have a good ballclub. Talbot is nothing but a plus there.

  307. tpbco says:

    Just maybe they’ve seen the light, know that they are already out of it and now are focusing on entertaining those sensitive, caring and enlightened fans of theirs…you know like that coliseum in Rome.

  308. Minka Minka Bo Binka! Banana Fana Fo Finka! Good choice.

    Except every time I look at her I would remember that Derek Jeter has already been there.

    Hm-m-m. I’m good with that!!!

  309. Hoops, real hoops, in 8 days!!!!

    I watched the Bulls against the Heat two nights ago. Three starters on Chicago from Duke: Carlos Boozer, Lual Deng, Mike Dunleavy. Weird.

  310. BillyBaduka says:

    Yeah and then they pick an ex-goon, Berube, to replace Lavi. Huh?

    Buncha dorktards

  311. Jim S. says:

    It is true about their fans. I discussed this very topic not long ago with a business associate from Philly. He said they don’t dare change how they play because the “knuckle draggers” (his term) that attend their games will stop buying tickets.

  312. Jandy says:

    Here’s another good telestration by Jesse Marshall over at Face-Off Factor:

    It explains how Jussi got his Juicy goal that gave the Pens a 2 goal cushion.

  313. Patrick(RI) says:

    The 50 shades was a lame attempt to respond to DK’s complaint about “faceless gray men” on the blog. My wife long since made a similar objection to its selection. On the other hand, perhaps it is as good as “Peter Pain” in a pirate hat?

  314. Milo Hamilton says:

    Strikes me as a nothing trade. Nothing for nothing. I guess I give Colorado the edge since Talbot makes less money.

  315. Icebox,

    Your wife called and said hurry home —— there’s a soccer match about ready to break out!

  316. Jandy says:


  317. BillyBaduka says:

    Many thanks my friend! Right back at ya on the good taste!

    Very cool about the staying where Swann stayed. I met him while delivering flowers downtown Pgh. It was raining and he shared his umbrella with me.

    And when I read “growing closer to God”, I thought I know exactly what he means. I find that time so rejuvenating.

    That’s awesome that OC was the first place you saw the ocean. Me too. Then every summer planted with family on St Charles beach (1st St). Right in front of Browns on boardwalk. Best donuts in the world.

    Not to take this to a down note, but I also conducted eulogies for both parents on that boardwalk. Then scattered some of their remains in the ocean about a year apart (@12 years ago). Hope that doesn’t gross people out. Probably not allowed to do it, I just did it.

  318. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m in Milwaukee Saturday night. Sixteenth straight home opener for me. The Bucks have an oddly incredibly good home opener record. Going to be a long season, I think.

    I was thinking the other day how it will be a sad day when Coach K calls it quits. College, Olympic and Professional basketball are so much richer because of him. Transformative figure.

  319. JohninOshkosh says:

    If we’re ruling out women because Derek Jeter has been there, then we just might run out of women.

  320. Jim S. says:

    ++ for the avi, Lad.

  321. Willie Good-Duke-ah-h!

    Mack & Manco’s on the Boardwalk still the only pizza that competes with Vincent’s in Forest Hills as the best pizza ever!!

    Can’t look at the power of the ocean and waves and not be filled with “God-Presence.”

    Nothing gross about you honoring your parents in that way. Better place than some hole in the ground with a ton of cement above you!


  322. 16 straight!! Congrats!! That’s my record with the Pirates. Finally broke the strike year when I was living in Iowa.

    Are Bucks setting up to compete with 76’ers for #1 Pick and Wiggins or Jabari Parker? Seems like it to me.

    If Coach K gets that point guard from Minnesota and the big man from Chicago who is going in tandem with Jones next week during the signing period, K may NEVER retire!

  323. Lad 9 says:

    :) Although I was foolish enough to attend Duquesne (Pitt had no business school at the time, and DK is right), my heart never left Pitt. I rooted for Pitt when they played Duquesne while I was going there. My oldest has a degree and MBA and works at Pitt, my youngest will start there next year, and my dad, sister, two uncles, and mother in law were grads of one form or another. Kind of runs in the family. Hail to Pitt!

  324. Jim S. says:

    Trick or treat! Isn’t anyone going to answer the blog door and pass out candy? Ugh! :-(

  325. CWalton_67 says:

    Late comment today…last night was the perfect example of why Bylsma is not amenable to adjustments. It was his system executed to perfection. It works when all players are in synch and on top of their game. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Nonetheless, that game was a thing of beauty featuring all the reasons that make hockey the great sport that it is. Pascal Dupuis pulling out his teeth? A soccer player would have rolled on the ground shamelessly for a full five minutes and been out for a month.

    I agree with the column, but no way you can expect Tomlin to even give a hint that h is doing anything more than trying to win the very next game. Admitting so is tantamount to waving a white flag.

  326. Good points, Chris.

  327. Jim S. says:

    My parents were both Pitt grads, Lad. They insisted all 5 of us go away for school, though. One of my sisters did come back and get a Master’s there. I’ve always loved Pitt, even though I didn’t go to school there.

  328. Walton’s Mountain,

    Made me laugh when you mentioned the soccer player and his reaction to losing a tooth.

  329. Jandy says:

    made me snicker

  330. Stuart says:

    Biz, as someone who is in the 7th month of his 5th reitrement, I congratulate you and offer best wishes for a productive retirement.

    I’ve been too busym to do some of my planned retirement things, but my time will come as soon as a few “honey do” list items get taken care of.


  331. theplanisworking says:

    GET OFF MY LAWN !!!!!! ;)

  332. theplanisworking says:

    Any red cards?
    ( No, not the baseball team…..)

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