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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Monday column is something I haven’t tried before, basically a stream of random thoughts triggered by one thing. It’s strange. If you really, really hate it, I probably won’t do it again.

>> It’ll be Broncos and Seahawks in the Super Bowl, you might have heard.

I had Denver and San Francisco, which very nearly came about, but there can’t be any doubt these were the two most expected outcomes not just leading into these NFL championship games but, really, for a big chunk of the season.

Good. That’s how it should be. Cinderella stories can be fun in any sport, but I prefer mine in the early rounds. When it comes down to the greatest American sporting event of all, I’ll take the two best.

All kinds of narratives are bound to emerge — or enlarge, as I’m sure will be the case with Richard Sherman’s shenanigans last night — but I can’t envision anything superseding the matchup of Peyton Manning vs. the NFL’s No. 1 pass defense when talking actual football. And yeah, Sherman will be part of that, too.

If only this game would get a little publicity, maybe more people would pay attention.

On the home front, the Steelers’ offense should stay stable, by Alan Robinson.

Also, could wide receiver be a first-round option?

Here are official game highlights from

>> Sidney Crosby will be Canada’s captain in Sochi, by Rob Rossi.

Also, if you missed it Sunday, Rossi had an in-depth look at Marc-Andre Fleury.

Here’s our full Penguins coverage., including all you need to know about tonight’s visit from Florida.

Here’s Panthers news from the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.

Here are official game highlights from

>> Lauryn Williams, pictured above with bobsled partner Jamie Greubel, joins the seven Penguins as representing Pittsburgh in  Sochi. She’ll also be among only 10 U.S. Olympians in history to compete in both the Summer and Winter Games, this time in the bobsled. If she medals, she’ll be among a group of six at most.

Not bad for an undersized sprinter out of Rochester, Beaver County. Here’s a recent Trib piece by Karen Price on her background.

I covered Lauryn’s first Games in Athens, where she won silver in the 100 meters, and look forward to the surprising sequel.

Here’s the official USA Bobsled and Skeleton page, and here’s Lauryn’s official Twitter account.

>> Pitt looks at life after Syracuse, by Kevin Gorman.

Here’s our full Pitt coverage.

>> James Franklin is leaving gauntlets everywhere he goes. Now, he’s hired Terry Smith of Gateway and Penn State fame. Few collegiate coaches would know Western Pennsylvania better. Chris Adamski reports.

>> I’ll check in with TribLIVE Radio. at 11:30 a.m.

Oh, and if you missed last night’s Subway Final Word, I was joined by Robinson, Mark Madden and Bill Phillips to discuss lots of the above.

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:

    Steelers6…..Stands protected.

  2. Jim S. says:

    I still want someone to ask Harbaugh what he meant when he said to Pam Oliver, “A man can be destroyed, but he can’t be defeated.”

    Maybe he meant it the other way around: “A man can be defeated, but he can’t be destroyed.” ?? Who knows?

    He really needs to get control of himself. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a coach whine and complain, and have temper tantrums on the sideline after every penalty call like him. It seems to get worse each succeeding week.

    Seattle deserved the win. Kaepernick made too many mistakes throwing the ball.

    Peyton was better than Brady today. Simple as that. He carved up New England’s defense.

    I still predicut New England will be called the AFC pre-season favorite in 2014/15 next August. Never fails, even though it has now been a decade plus since they won a Super Bowl.

  3. Dcpinpgh says:

    The college kids get a free tuition. Check out how much it cost to go to Pitt as an out of state student. Then add taxes, the kids basically making more then the average person in Allegheny County.

  4. david s says:

    jeff zatkoff made $105,000 as an ahl goaltender last year. the lowest paid member of the wbs junior birds made $55,000. i’m guessing the average salary on the team was something around $85,000. the full value of a scholarship to pitt per year even for an out-of-state student doesn’t come close to any of those numbers.

  5. david s says:

    check that. i meant to say median salary based on payroll numbers published by

  6. DJ says:

    Jim Harbaugh is the Jim Boeheim of the NFL. But to Boeheim’s credit, he’s not as bad as he used to be.

    NaVarro Bowman injury looked ugly — Sean Spence or Dan Mason-like. Bowman is the only player on that team I pull for since I’m admittedly heavily influenced by their coach. A jerk.

  7. Skip says:

    How much money do “the kids” make for coaches, administrators, sports networks, sports writers, sportscasters, tv executives, bowl executives, sports apparel manufacturers and on, and on, and on? $BILLIONS and $BILLIONS.

    Just because universities all over this country keep charging more and more confiscatory tuition rates for diplomas that continue to be worth less and less, doesn’t mean we should consider it some sort of great deal for all of our college athletes.
    The wealth that college football and men’s basketball athletes are generating for others dwarfs the financial value of the athletic scholarships that they receive.

    My suggestion? Allow college athletes to sign with agents and also to sign endorsement deals. That way, the very best players can be rewarded just a little bit more. In other words, the star quarterback signs a nice deal with Nike, while the back-up safety has to settle for his athletic scholarship. Just a little free-market capitalism – like everyone else associated with college athletics is enjoying except for the player themselves.

  8. Skip says:

    The COST of a full scholarship to Pitt isn’t the same as the VALUE of a full scholarship. Costs are way up, ridiculously so, while the actual value is substantially less (at virtually all universities).

    Kids are graduating with tens of thousands of dollars in debt and too many can’t even find a job in today’s economy.

    Why aren’t more people instead asking why college COSTS are so high, instead of just accepting it as okay?

  9. DJ says:

    NaVorro’s injury looks even worse in photo form. Here’s hoping there is no nerve damage.

  10. DJ says:

    Check that . . . like Andy Lee and Bowman.

    Lee’s a class kid. Wish the 49ers did not match the Steelers’ offer sheet early in Lee’s career.

  11. Ryan says:

    Loved the column Dejan. At one point I know you ran something similar on Fridays and planned to do it every Friday. My opinion is you should do it once a week (at least until the NHL post season starts)

  12. Justin in Ellwood City says:

    I enjoyed today’s column. It is nice to read your thoughts in a different format from time to time.

  13. JW says:

    The reason any confrontation clears the benches in baseball is the imbalance in number of players on the field. Since defense always has nine, and offense can’t have more than five (counting the on-deck hitter), offensive teammates can’t leave their guy(s) at a disadvantage, so everybody ends up coming out and milling around.

  14. theplanisworking says:

    For one more year, at least.

  15. BillyBaduka says:

    I think he meant it the other way around.

    I couldn’t stand captain comeback’s whining as a QB. It’s even less appealing as a coach.

  16. Drew71 says:

    Dejan, since you sorta asked. Nothing wrong with it, but I don’t get very excited about notes or random columns, no matter who writes them.

    ” On Saturday, Pitt and Syracuse staged a tremendous basketball game before 30,046″

    Now THAT’s a subject that excites, and what I was hoping to read in greater detail and in a different context than $ for athletes.

    College hoops is far from my favorite sport and pitt is far from my favorite university. That said, this was a thrilling and well played game. One of those shame-someone’s-gotta-lose games.

    THAT’s what I was hoping to read about this AM.

    But remember. This is coming from a guy who doesn’t get much out of notes columns.

  17. theplanisworking says:

    Regarding the Richard Sherman “shenanigans”………

    Richard Sherman has done the following:

    *He graduated 2nd in his high school class.
    *He graduated from Stanford (not exactly a community college).
    *He started his master’s degree.
    *He escaped his neighborhood, Compton (not exactly Fox Chapel).
    *He gives back to his hometown to further educational opportunities.
    *He has worked his way up to being a top corner in the NFL.

    So people are getting on him for his post-game rant? Here is a guy who overcame Compton, California !!!!, is educated, and gives back to his community, and people concentrate on this? I seem to remember Steelers who did the exact same thing with interviews/media (hello Joey Porter). Heck, Pittsburghers cheer Ryan Clark when he scorches the league. So when someone who plays for your favorite team does something it’s ok, when a Richard Sherman does it, suddenly it’s not?

    Sorry, not buying it.
    And, this type of thing is what can happen when a reporter (sorry Erin Andrews) interviews a player immediately after the game. Sure, as fans we are accustomed to sleepfests with most interviews, but with the trash talking that both Harbaugh, and Crabtree have done to Sherman in the past, I really don’t blame him on this.

  18. theplanisworking says:

    Must be cold down there…….. you haven’t provided a weather update for a while.

  19. I’m inclined to favor Denver in the Superbowl because of Peyton although one should never underestimate Seattle.

  20. Jim Mackin says:

    Harbaugh aspires to be the new Yogi Berra!

  21. theplanisworking says:

    As to toady’s column, I enjoyed it. Nice change of pace to one-subject columns. Like a liner notes sort of thing………. something for everyone.

    As to your points about the NHL….. simply excellent. Too bad you are one of the only ones to write about this. Don’t know if you ever feel like you just aren’t being listened to from the Neanderthals. I just see it as banging a drum that no one hears……….. which is a shame, because your hockey rant columns are some of your best work.

    So by all means, please do another column like today’s.
    I, for one, don’t hate it. :)

  22. theplanisworking says:

    Forgot to post this link for my post right above……….

  23. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, toady’s column, today’s column….. all the same……

  24. I may sound a bit too radical for suggesting this, but why can’t the NFL, for instance, pay college players’ salaries since the colleges amount to being a minor league for them anyhow.

  25. Jandy says:


  26. Jandy says:


  27. scapper says:

    Well said. Couldn’t agree more with everything in your post.

  28. JAL says:

    JAL’s Please Mr. Postman Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 MLB Important Dates

    4 Pirates Prospects Spring Training Tracker

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    Winter Leagues: Ramirez Homers in Colombian League Finals

    6 Rumbunter

    This Should Be Pedro Alvarez’s Last Year In Pittsburgh

    The ‘Feel Good’ St. Louis Cardinals

    7 Bucs Dugout

    Pirates Prospects’ Prospect Guide continues to be a great resource

    8 Cincinnati Enquirer

    Daugherty: Have-not Reds can’t keep up with Baseball’s haves

    9 Pirates 101

    Pittsburgh Pirates’ Prospect Profile: Jameson Taillon

    10 Green Weenie

    1/18-19: Hank Greenberg, Wandy Rodriguez, Adam LaRoche, Stan the Man…

    11 Saber Bucs

    The 25-Man Roster Should Not Always be the Best 25

  29. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    12 Belleville News Democrat

    Cardinals’ Miller on postseason inactivity: ‘A mystery unsolved’

    13 CBS Sports

    PHOTO: Bill Dinneen vs. Pittsburgh copper, 1903 World Series

    14 XN Sports

    N.L. Central 2014 Division Preview

    15 Abilene Reporter News

    Pittsburgh has too many must-dos to list

    16 Sports Illustrated

    Justin Verlander on Richard Sherman: ‘If he played baseball he would get a high and tight fastball’

    17 St. Louis Post Dispatch

    Cardinals have plenty of depth again in starting rotation

    18 New York Times

    Many Choices for Tanaka With Deadline Approaching

    19 Fangraphs

    Clayton Kershaw, Contract Modeling, and Inflation

    20 Baseball Nation

    Masahiro Tanaka makes sense for the Cubs

  30. Jandy says:

    Well said, Skip!

  31. Jandy says:

    Oh. My. God. That’s nasty :shudder:

  32. Jandy says:

    Loved the format in the Monday column. A little bit of spice never hurt…changing things up is good.

  33. theplanisworking says:

    Is very good fried up, and served with eggs…….. ;)

  34. Jandy says:


  35. theplanisworking says:

    Is this your Tomlin-esque “obviously”? ;)

  36. Drew71 says:

    It IS cold. Brisk, sunny 50 this morning. Brrrr.

    High of 73. So so.

  37. Wild Bill says:

    You had to bring that up, Plan.

  38. Wild Bill says:

    Worked for me, too.

  39. theplanisworking says:


  40. Wild Bill says:

    Since I’ve been away from the ‘burgh for a while now, can yinz guys tell me if Terry Smith can be a help for PSUs recruiting in the ‘burgh area?

  41. Jandy says:

    haha Jandy typo disease ;)

  42. Wild Bill says:

    First thought this morning was that we will not have to look at Belichick nor Harbaugh holding the Super Bowl trophy.

    Christmas returns for an encore.

  43. Jandy says:

    it’s my succinct reply ;)

  44. 21sthebest says:

    What is there to ask? College tuition is high because colleges don’t know how to control their costs and they won’t make the tough decisions like many businesses do, IMO. What does more people asking accomplish?

  45. JoeyBats says:


    Coach Harbaugh is DEFEATED…..and, ….. he is DESTROYED.

    Gotta love it. :-)

    What a ” self absorbed, (insert your own funny saying here) ==> ________ ” SHEESH !!!

    Happy to see him….hop up & down, while his team goes down the tubes….LOL !!

    A “Harbaugh – free Super Bowl”…..awesome; …, let’s work on getting our Steelers back in there!

  46. pattonbb says:

    Richard Sherman is the best cb in the NFL. Yes, he looked like a maniac with Erin Andrews. Maybe he just needed a Snickers. He seemed calm and collected when he spoke with NFL channel a little later.

  47. JAL says:


  48. Jandy says:

    I think JAL liked it ;)

  49. jefft says:

    Definitely enjoyed the column, DK…and, darn it, I am jealous of your writing ability. To wit:
    “Baseball writers are making fun of something other than baseball writers…”
    “I considered rewriting this entire column to bash NFL officiating, but it wasn’t reviewable.”

  50. JAL says:

    I liked it and thought I would comment with a Richard Sherman song

  51. 21sthebest says:

    I’d take up your complaint with the NFL who doesn’t allow a player to be drafted until 3 NFL seasons have passed after they graduate high school.

  52. Wild Bill says:

    Thanks again for all those links!

  53. Damon says:


  54. Drew71 says:

    While that’s a valid and thoughtful reply, 21, I think it bypasses one of the most compelling reason that college costs skyrocket.

    Parents will spend anything, ANYTHING, to send their children away.


  55. Jandy says:

    I love your levity, Drewster, but it doesn’t cover the kids who pay for their own college tuition, and since they don’t have the $$, they get loans, and then have to take 25 years to pay them off.

  56. Jandy says:

    Don’t know if I told you, Damon, but I absolutely LOVE Calvin and Hobbes….was sorry when it was no longer continued…it’s classic!

  57. 21sthebest says:

    Absolutely. Tuition is what it is because that’s what the market supports.

  58. Jandy says:

    it’s absolutely ridiculous.

  59. Jim S. says:

    That was truly ugly, DJ. I hope it doesn’t end up as bad for him as it looked.

  60. Jim S. says:

    That is all.

  61. theplanisworking says:

    Almost forgot…….

    Happy Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

    The man did a lot for many Americans, not just for those of color.
    Taken way too soon from us by an assassins bullet.

  62. Tom Laeng says:


    any reason for not mentioning the less than stellar performance of the officiating crew in the SF v Sea game, led by local icon G Sterattore?

  63. theplanisworking says:

    And, finally, from the deepest, darkest corner of the blog………..

    for Milo, Jim, Casper, NMR, and other followers of high school sports…

    New Castle beat Butler at Butler by almost 30 Friday night…… traveled all the way over to Philly to play Lower Merion, and won 62-59 in 2OT. The win now puts NC’s winning streak at 60. Most impressive about the win, was the fact the their 2nd best player was out due to injury, and their best player, Oh ho ho State recruit Malik Hooker was fouled out in regulation.

    For those of us who criticize refs at the college and pro level…….. the game was marred by very poor officiating. At the end of the 3rd quarter, New Castle had 21 fouls called on them, Lower Merion 4. 4. The WPIAL has some of the most consistent refs in the state……… I don’t know who or what was officiating that game Saturday night.

    Shame the local papers don’t devote much to high school sports…… especially when something that hasn’t been done either before, or at least recently is occurring.
    I will now go back to the deepest, darkest corner of the blog……………..

  64. My ex named her cats calvin and hobbes. Ha. :)

  65. Wild Bill says:

    Well said.

  66. Jandy says:

    too cool :)

  67. Was perusing the interwebs a bit over weekend and kind of came to a bit over a revelation. Talk for wheeler is probably a smoke screen. Player i’d be shooting for from DK’s 2nd city would be Ladd. Kane obviously appealing too but Ladd would be my target since he’ll probably cost less. He’s a plus player on a abysmal defensive team…atleast up to coaching change, signed at reasonable 4.4M number this season and next 2, ideal fit for sutter on 3rd line with more than enough speed n skill to move up to geno’s line(maybe even as soon as next season with or without jussi on roster) and if we do need to move a despres or pouliout for anyone i’d like it to be someone like Ladd who is signed sealed and delivered for next few seasons. We won’t get the next real deal for despres at this point but a solid top 9 player with Ladd’s resume wouldn’t hurt, at all! Then maybe you can shoot for Brad Boyes and/or Marcel Goc to fill out top 9 on the cheap and still maintain depth on d.

    Oh during said perusing, i may have discovered ground zero for pens perceived contempt towards despres. Ryan O’Reilly was taken 3 picks after despres. You think our issues in top 9 would be different if we took him instead? Silfverbeg, Chaisson, and Clifford were all other good wingers taken right after o’reilly too.
    Obviously non of this would hold up in court but…just sayin….

    And i wonder if Despres got the memo about working on his shot:

  68. Brandie says:

    Not sure I understand all of the Richard Sherman flak. What other negative things have we heard…nothing in an age where we have Hernandez and his miseries on display in New England and the trial of the Dallas Cowboy who killed his roommate drinking and driving. It seems like a way to manufacture a storyline.

    Next up…submitting place names that Peyton Manning could use in his cadences. Shall we vote on which places shall be used ala American Idol?

    BTW… Loved the column DK!

  69. Jandy says:

    Sistah,. I think Hipposter summed up Richard Sherman ^^ there…scroll up if you missed it…

    To fix the Peyton Manning thing…I recommend duct tape :D

  70. Oh and DK, enjoyed the fire-breathing column. I almost think its best ignore Gammons. He’s clearly been blinded by the oversized heads he’s been covering.

  71. theplanisworking says:

    Mmph-a maw, mmph-a-maw……..
    like that? ;)

  72. Jandy says:

    zactly! :D

  73. Arriba Wilver says:

    Good to see it’s not just baseball fans that are “sensitive.”


  74. Jandy says:

    1G, 1A, +4

  75. Jandy says:


  76. tpbco says:

    Give that “thems that are in charge” sent him down to work on his defense…not sure that his scoring a couple of goals helps…or hurts…

    I’m thinking that they are putting him into the same box as Gogolinsky and Whitney – that maybe they think that they really can’t “fix” him and, particularly with their depth, seeing what they can get in a trade will make life easier for all concerned.

  77. Another hockey fight yesterday, which is business as usual in the NHL, like it or not.

  78. Jim S. says:

    I think the point made in the article about the NHL teams playing to 96% capacity and being able to charge more per ticket than the NBA, whose teams play to lower attendance, is a great one. Hockey is often much more popular than other sports in a city. In cities with both an NBA and NHL franchise, I think it more than holds its own.

    Hockey is on fire from my perspective. I check in here, and see that the Pens play before a packed house every single game, every single year. I live in Chicagoland (which is what it is called here) and the Hawks are the hottest ticket in town, by far. The Hawks are more popular now than the Bears or Cubs. Lower bowl tickets for Hawks games go for close to $400, on average, per game. It helps that we have 9 million people to draw from and an arena that seats a little over 20k. But, the Bulls have the same advantages and even before D Rose blew out his knee again, Bulls tickets were much more readily available.

    The NHL does not have ESPN propping it up. To me, that is what ESPN does with the NBA.

  79. Brandie says:

    I can remember participating in ceremonies commemorating his life at a
    big church in Downtown Pgh when I wad in eighth grade. Thank you for the positive vibe Plandie.

  80. tpbco says:

    Now, how that applies to one Letang, Kris….I got no flipping idea….

  81. Arriba Wilver says:

    It was a Howard Dean moment. Maybe after his career he can be a talking head.

    Seriously, though, the adrenaline must have been really pumping.

  82. Brandie says:


  83. Dont see how we trade him with nisky and orpik being UFA’s. Big picture i really have no problem with how despres is developing. Also looks like his presence makes sameulsson better. Thats a good trait to have in your game as well. If he’s lazy thats different but for now i’ll choose to believe that he’s young and learning. But if he thinks he can rely on his talent alone he’ll wake up one day down the road regretting that he didn’t spend that extra hour a day working on his shot or improving his first couple strides.

  84. Arriba Wilver says:

    My favorite version of the song was the Beatles.,

  85. 21sthebest says:

    He was quoting Ernest Hemingway from Old Man And The Sea.

  86. Brandie says:

    Good take Arreebz! I think some people are ignoring the context of the comment. Mr. Sherman had finally taken it to the persons who had talked trash on him. His team is going to the Super Bow which may have been a dream of his since child hood. He just reminds me of Muhammad Ali. Such a non story.

  87. Jim S. says:

    I did not understand that particular point in the column. Since baseball writers make a mockery of the HOF voting every year, none of them can comment on the amateurish nature of the NHL for allowing what took place between Calgary and Vancouver? Only an NHL writer can notice how bad for the league’s image scenes like that are?

    So, an NHL writer, then, cannot critique the bizarre happenings of the MLB HOF voting?

    In fairness, though, he said the article was a stream of random thoughts. So, he purposely did not flesh them all out.

  88. Jandstar, i tried to figit around with avatar but ended up doing the next best thing :)

  89. theplanisworking says:

    Is Super Bow like Super Ball? ;)

  90. Brandie says:

    I remember a panel where Calvin uses Crisco to slick his hair down for his school pictures. Priceless!

  91. Amen Jim. I cant even watch espn anymore. They’re just an obvious hype machine for their own purposes more than an actual sports network. Nothing against baseball but much like golf, its more of an activity than sport.

    Ya thats right…i said it… :)

  92. Brandie says:

    No. Super Bow is what the pretty girls wore in the 1980’s to go with their 10 foot hair sprayed to he!! bangs and acid washed jeans! Thanks Toady! :)

  93. 21sthebest says:

    Well the NBA has about double the revenues that the NHL has. I never considered the NHL other than a major sport, btw.

  94. 21sthebest says:

    Golf isn’t a sport?

  95. theplanisworking says:

    No problem, OMAHA!

  96. jm says:

    I definitely like these types of columns.

    Stream of consciousness, but pithy.

  97. Brandon says:

    Maybe go back to a Samuleson & Depres pairing instead of the Orpik & Bortuzzo pairing…..or just bench Orpik and bring back Depres

  98. tpbco says:

    I don’t disagree….but since we also really don’t know what is going on behind the scenes with him, the only thing we do know is that something ain’t right and the rumors floating around seem to point towards Depres’ attitude.

    If it’s an attitude thing…he will be gone. Not saying it’s right OR good, unless the return is favorable, because you sure hate to see someone with his potential – find it – with another team. But then this is the real world, not the ideal world and again with the depth in the organization, they may just decide move on.

  99. Arriba Wilver says:

    Baseball is like golf?

  100. bpn8pitt says:

    Sherman has a bachelor’s in Communications.

    Tell me you can see the irony there. Please.

  101. Jandy says:

    No, it’s a game that boys and men play, but it’s not a sport ;)

  102. Brandie says:

    Monstar is getting chippy!

  103. Agreed. I’ll just reference what i wrote above indicating that pens may be holding despres to higher standard than others for reasons outside of the kids control. Maybe pens are “projecting” a bit onto despres due to their own remorse for not picking O’Reilly. Although i’m very high on despres I’d be kicking myself too. But the work ethic standard is high here so i hope he gets on board…

  104. Jandy says:

    You NEED an avatar, Monster Mash :P

  105. Arriba Wilver says:

    Tell that to Nancy Lopez. ;-)

  106. theplanisworking says:

    :D !!

  107. Jandy says:

    This is in response to Jim’s post above about the NHL being on fire…

  108. They also have espn as their PR firm.

  109. Jandy says:

    She’s just a girl playing a man’s game ;)

  110. 21sthebest says:

    Well ESPN has a broadcasting contract with the NBA.

  111. NMR says:

    Big time win. Never easy to take down those suburban Philly schools.

  112. 21sthebest says:

    Maybe this is why Ray Knight and Nancy divorced.

  113. Jim S. says:

    ESPN is definitely a hype machine for the NBA. I have said this here before, and I still don’t get it. I get that it is one of their biggest properties. But, it often seems to me that they treat the NBA on a par with NFL. They give it more hype, I think, than either CFB or CBB. They definitely hype it more than MLB.

    Do they generate more revenue from the NBA than the other sports? Is it a better fit than for their demographics? I think it is a head scratcher.

  114. 21sthebest says:

    I wish we had the ability to just do the FB like/thumbs up.

  115. NMR says:

    I read it as a “Those in glass houses…” type comment, fwiw.

  116. JohninOshkosh says:

    The column was well written, of course.

    I just don’t care for that particular journalistic device. I’m not a big fan of stream of consciousness pieces (reason I didn’t regularly read Larry King in USA Today) or using some thought as a point of departure to make several opinions about various topics.

    I think columnists are paid to make meaty arguments about issues. It requires fleshing out a single issue over several persuasive paragraphs. When hit and run thoughts are made about various topics, well, that is no different than what we do here in the comments. Or what millions do on twitter. Your discipline calls for more than comments and twitter like zings.

    Otherwise, I expect some compensation for my comments here.

  117. Jim S. says:

    I think part of the NHL’s problem is that they have recently played nationally on lower tier networks. The Lance Armstrong Network, or Versus, or whatever it was called, didn’t cut it for mainstream America.

    I think they refused to accept the scraps that ESPN offered when they were last looking to partner with them, and so they ended up needing to find alternate sources. And, I also believe ESPN has gone out of their way to stick it to the NHL ever since.

  118. JohninOshkosh says:

    The NBA thrived when NBC had the contract. It thrives when Disney has the contract. It is a major sport (just like hockey). ESPN promotes it because it televises it. But it would still be popular whether CBS, NBC or Fox had broadcasting rights.

    For the life of me, I’ll never understand why people care if you like the NBA.

  119. Jim S. says:

    I think the “Going all Sharks vs. Jets to start an NHL game” is a bit worse than a bunch of self-important baseball writers not being able to get their act together on HOF voting.

    Ironically, after writing that first sentence, which was an attempt to compare the game the other night to a West Side Story gang fight, I noticed that Sharks vs. Jets is actually a fitting NHL tilt.

  120. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, especially when the Bucks and 76ers are sinking faster than a big rock in a shallow lake……….. ;)

  121. Jandy says:

    You may be onto something, 21!

  122. Jandy says:

    I think ESPN lost in that one…

  123. Jandy says:

    I’ve been asking for that since BEFORE the blog format changed…

  124. 21sthebest says:

    I think the NHL has had a long road to hoe since 2004-05 but they’re making a lot of progress. Just keep putting a good product on the ice, improve it if possible, and it will continue to grow in popularity.

    I don’t think Disney/ESPN sees the business case to broadcast NHL games or cover it much but I could see that changing in the future.

  125. NMR says:

    Haha, oh I agree. I thought DK started out on target with the obvious comparison to MLB’s bench clearing brawls and then tossed in the HOF comment just cuz it felt good.

  126. Brandie says:

    Digging the tongue in cheek vibe of the blog today.

  127. 21sthebest says:


  128. theplanisworking says:

    ESPN dropped the NHL because of poor ratings. Plain and simple. Ratings for the NHL have gone up in recent years. Easy stuff.

    Personally, I think the NBA does better on their national broadcasts because they have better announcers/analysts. Name one good announcer on the national level for the NHL except for Doc Emerick. The NBA has many good announcers, and that helps sell the product on TV.

    Just my humble 2 cents……

  129. 21sthebest says:

    That was for John.

  130. Jandy says:

    I think the Pens KNOW Depres is capable of more…but his work ethic isn’t getting him to his potential.

    Not that he’s held to a higher standard.

  131. Jandy says:

    makes two of us, Sistah

  132. Jandy says:

    he ran out of column space?

  133. NMR says:

    I agree, but only cuz Dejan is such a damn good writer. Same goes for the “notes” columns.

  134. Arriba Wilver says:


  135. Milo Hamilton says:

    Larry King – Cal Ripken is tall for a shortstop. I love the smell of coffee brewing in the morning.

    The man’s a genius, give him a million dollars.

  136. Wild Bill says:

    Love your stuff on hockey, hm, but can’t agree with ya on this one.

  137. 21sthebest says:

    I still don’t see the problem with the HOF voting, but I guess we beat that horse to death last week.

  138. theplanisworking says:

    Just waiting for DK to go all “Richard Sherman” on us. ;)

  139. Jandy says:

    You guys have a very valid point, but it’s not like he does this type of column every day.
    I think it’s fine for a change of pace, to lighten things up a bit…it’s sometimes too heavy in here.

  140. Jandy says:

    Oh no, that’s definitely Dejan Kovacevic on us…nuttin Richard Sherman about it ;)

  141. Wild Bill says:

    Don’t rocks like the Bucks and Sixers (or the Sabres) sink at the same rate whether the water is shallow or deep?

  142. Jim S. says:

    Oh yeah.

    Dead just called. They said please stop beating our clients.

  143. Wild Bill says:

    Depends on how many or few Starbucks he’s had.

  144. theplanisworking says:

    Not those teams……….. ;)

  145. bpn8pitt says:

    For someone who has been critical of the Franklin hire, I think hiring Smith is a good move. Smith already has relationships with many coaching staffs in the WPIAL, and has been around a little. He’s coached some good football players.

    The knock on it could be, that between Franklin and Shoop, they didnt have many contacts, and they needed to make in roads. Makes perfect sense to hire someone who can do that for you. But if you look around the Big Ten, most of the decent teams have a member of their coaching staff with roots in Western PA, or PA in general. And they have all been recruiting the State longer.

    We’ll see.

  146. Wild Bill says:

    Wow, it’s been three hours since I asked about the impact Terry Smith might have for PSU, and nary a response. Guess that tells me not to expect much.

  147. Jandy says:

    yeah Spunky, that’s a good way to put it ;)

  148. Jim S. says:

    The best golfers among the major 4 pro sports tend to be hockey players, right? Just sayin’. :-)

  149. Brandie says:

    Better than going all John Russell on us!

  150. Jandy says:

    Bpn8pitt said something about it ^^ there…

  151. Jim S. says:

    Hawk Harrelson tried to make it in pro golf when his baseball career fizzled. He failed.

  152. Jandy says:

    I hear Mario isn’t too shabby ;)

  153. Jim S. says:

    You don’t think ESPN hypes NBA more than it deserves from the standpoint of overall popularity in the US, Wild Bill?

  154. Damon says:

    I loved it too – and now so does my daughter after I got her a book.

  155. 21sthebest says:


  156. Jandy says:

    sounds like a few people had this coming. There’s usually more to the story … interesting…

  157. theplanisworking says:

    Mummble……. passion.

  158. Wild Bill says:

    Thanks, we just about overlapped.

  159. Brandie says:

    We can only hope that he works out well for recruiting purposes. From what I have read, he seems to be a good hire. Have not read about any scandals or shenanigans, either competition or academic based, that are sounding any alarms.

  160. Jim S. says:

    Yep, and Michael Jordan sucks.

    Great story I heard once about Michael spending a day with former pro Calvin Peete. Michael, as you may recall, tried playing pro baseball when he got bored being the greatest basketball player in history (my opinion). He failed miserably. Then, he decided he might like to become a pro golfer. So, he got hooked up with a full day lesson with Calvin Peete. At the end of the day, they asked Calvin Peete what the best advice he had given Michael that day was. Calvin said he told him, “Don’t quit your day job, because you will never make a nickel on any pro golf tour in the world.”

  161. Jim S. says:

    Pierre Larouche and others were great also. Apparently, the hockey swing is pretty adaptable to a golf swing.

  162. Jandy says:

    LOL too funny Jim!

  163. Jim S. says:

    No, I think that was because Ray is an a**hole.

  164. Jim S. says:

    Is this a good time to bring up that Hernandez is now being investigated for a couple of other previous murders in Boston?

  165. Rbilak says:

    1. Richard Sherman proves that just because you went to college, it does not give you perspective. The great play was made by the linebacker with the interception, not by Sherman. The Choke gesture, should be fineable, but Roger doesn’t care.

    2. Harbaugh, he is going to spontaneously combust one day. Again, what he does is 10 times worse than Tomlin 2step. But he continues to get away with it. Maybe when he punches a ref, he might be fined. Two words, Anger Management.

    3. Saw a guy on sidelines in street clothes block on a return, seems to me a draft choice needs to be taken. Goodell already established a precidence on this. But will we hear any thing.

    4. I would rather hear Bruno Sammartino sing during halftime than Bruno Mars. Instead of addressing coach and player behavior, poor officiating, off field drug and alcohol charges, Emperor Roger sees a day when player can smoke a joint for medical purposes. Awesome.

    5. Seattle, now greatest fans ever, 12th man, wow, so when they played the Steelers in Super Bowl, why did about 500 fans only show up?

  166. Jandy says:

    From the Pens’ website:

    As expected, the Pens injured players – Martin, Megna, Neal, Kobasew – were at the morning skate and worked in rushes. Looks like the Pens are starting to get healthy. Below was the work flow…



    PP1: Letang, Malkin up top. Crosby, Neal & Kunitz down low.
    PP2: Niskanen, Martin up top. Jokinen, Sutter & Pyatt down low.

    The Pens resume a normal schedule (and begin their sprint toward the Olympic break, which begins Feb. 9) tonight when they host the Florida Panthers at CONSOL Energy Center. The news to watch for today will be the possible returns of defenseman Paul Martin and forwards James Neal, Jayson Megna and Chuck Kobasew. All of these players had two full days of practice with the team this weekend in addition to a number of productive individual sessions over the last few days, so we’ll see if that’s enough for them to rejoin the lineup.

  167. Jandy says:

    Yes! I saw that, jim! How sad.

  168. Jim S. says:

    The Rick Rhodens of the world, 21?

    And QBs also tend to be really good. My guess is because they were the best all around athletes in their various respective sports growing up.

  169. Jim S. says:

    Sorry, Wild Bill. I just noticed you were responding to Monster.

  170. 21sthebest says:

    ESPN hypes what they think sells. I’m not sure how to judge what is more than deserved.

  171. JD says:

    Good post Plan.

  172. 21sthebest says:

    I miss the NBA on NBC theme. :-)

  173. Jim S. says:

    But, don’t you think ESPN aims to punish the NHL now, plan? I am in agreement that when you take into account all of the US, hockey is the #4 most popular team sport. But, ESPN gives it almost no coverage unless it absolutely has to. That is how it seems to me. They give us 2 minutes of Barry Melrose on SportsCenter and an occasional highlight, which only Pittsburgh’s own, John Buccigross, has any idea how to explain. On ESPN Radio, it rarely gets mentioned. No experts weighing in. No Tim Leglers, no Jalen Roses, etc. sitting in.

    ESPN may not have gotten good enough ratings with the NHL, but it seems to me that they now pretend that the NHL only exists in the shadows, far out of the mainstream. In reality, I am sure a whole lot of their viewers and listeners would like more NHL coverage.

  174. Jim S. says:


    And, it is a great thought starter for his blog. Just a nice by product for him.

  175. Damon says:

    I’d rather have Magna on Sid’s RW than Kobasew, but they may alternate anyway. That leaves Beau Bennett as the last major chip to being totally healthy. Looking forward to watching the Pens more often than once in 8 days….

  176. bpn8pitt says:

    Anyone else see some the offers that Tanaka is reported to have received? “Most of which in excess of 100 million ” or something like that?

    I realize Darvish has done well, and Nomo early in his career, but a lot of those Japanese starting pitchers really seem to get figured out after awhile, and then hit hard.

    I mean he pitched once a week over there. Seems kinda risky to give someone 100 million like that.

  177. Jim S. says:

    Per month.

  178. Jim S. says:

    Or, Lloyd McClendon.

    Maybe he’ll storm in, grab 1st base, and storm off.

  179. Jandy says:

    Amen brother!

  180. Jim S. says:

    Tell the truth, Brandie. You haven’t use “shenanigans” in a sentence in at least 5 years. Then, “someone” planted that seed this morning, right? :-)

  181. 21sthebest says:

    I think there are a lot of really good golfers that have come out of both baseball, football and hockey.

  182. Jim S. says:


    I was going to make that same point last night, but I forgot. I mean the point about the guy on the SF sideline knocking down the player from the Seattle punting team who got pushed out of bounds. Thanks for reminding me. That seems like a pretty bad offense. I did not see Sal Palantonio making a huge deal and foaming at the mouth, running around looking for people to comment on that after the game.

    I also noticed one play, where a Seattle DB tipped a pass intended for a SF receiver right near the SF sideline. Both players fell to the turf, and while the ball was still in the air, I thought Michael Crabtree (or maybe it was another 49er) reached and tried to deflect the ball away from the Seattle defender to keep him from catching it while he was on the ground. The ball was beyond the out of bounds line, so it would have been near impossible for the Seattle player to catch it on his back. And, the 49er did not actually tip it, but I saw him reach for it. I wonder if “intent” there costs you a draft pick.

  183. Thanks Wild Bill…i was just being a lil bombastic with that comment as a response to gammons. But i was only half serious :)

  184. Jim S. says:

    Also, great point about the Seattle fans. Suddenly, they are the best fans in any sport, anywhere. Joe Buck said it. Must be true.

    BTW, I would not be offended if at some point, Joe Buck can stop saying when they come back from a station break, “He’s Troy, I’m Joe.” I don’t know why that irks me, but it does just a tad. Maybe because it is so hokey. Not hoka hey, but hokey.

  185. I’ll be in attendance tonight so hope to see a thorough spanking. Keep an eye on Boyes and Goc. I think they’ll both be on our radar around trade deadline.

  186. Vinny Giardina says:

    I like it. Once a week at most is perfect, as long as it doesn’t devolve into Larry King-like thought burps. :)

  187. Jim S. says:


    I don’t know whether Tanaka will succeed here or not. But, he has Darvish to thank for a significant portion of his upcoming contract. He had the highest strikeout rate in MLB last year, and is really the first Japanese transplant to pitch at an elite level in MLB as a starter. No one knows whether Darvish will sustain it, but I think a lot of baseball people have decided he can. So, that makes it easier for them to extend big money to Tanaka. He has really good stuff from what I read, and he’s just entering his prime. There are risks, but a lot of smart baseball people think he’s at least a solid #2. And no draft pick compensation helps as well. Those #1 picks are like gold now.

  188. Milo Hamilton says:

    Very happy for John Fox. His first NFL coaching job was in 1989 as Steelers secondary coach under Chuck Noll. He may very well be the last active member of the Chuck Noll coaching tree. Which made it even sweeter yesterday when he prevented Bill Belichick from another opportunity to tie Noll’s record of 4 Super Bowl wins. Pretty good for a guy that had he decided on deep sea fishing instead of golf with his cardiologist, he wouldn’t be here today.

  189. Vinny Giardina says:

    But why do the bullpen dwellers have to run all the way into the infield, and then start fighting?

  190. Milo Hamilton says:

    His agent is Mr. Fuji.

  191. Brandie says:

    Caught me Jimster! :)

    Friendly amend shenanigans yo doings!

  192. Jim S. says:

    Not so sure that is always the case, 21. Plenty of news networks hype what they want, regardless of profits.

  193. bpn8pitt says:

    I read somewhere Tanaka has thrown more innings pitched at his age, than anyone in MLB the last 35 years. I think he’s an extreme risk.

    Just blown away by the skyrocketing prices for pitching.

  194. Jim S. says:

    And, there’s some stuff in Florida that apparently there were enough suspicions to connect him with at the time. But, no one connected the dots. Or, didn’t want to. Sad.

  195. Jim S. says:

    Impressive, plan! I love it.

  196. Jim S. says:

    Aren’t you all glad we are not talking about the widespread cheating scandal in the Philly school system? No wonder Flyers fans are as dumb as they are. :-)

  197. Jim S. says:

    Your references never disappoint. Milo.

    You really went deep into the vault for that one.

  198. Jim S. says:

    + many. He always has seemed like a class act to me.

  199. pattonbb says:

    + Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay. Um diddle diddle diddle, um diddle ay.

  200. Jim S. says:

    I read that also.

  201. pattonbb says:

    …or angst ridden.

  202. tpbco says:

    Sorry I disagree. Have class when you win. Maybe that dates me, but that’s the way I am. I don’t care where you come from or what you’ve done…if you don’t have class when you do win…when do you have it?

    The guy who could have gone off was Wes Welker, but he didn’t, even after getting pinged by Belechik.


  203. Jim S. says:


    It’s a good word. I’m glad you and DK are breathing new life into it.

  204. Wild Bill says:

    You forgot crass and vicious.

  205. Jim S. says:

    I miss the NBA on CBS theme, too. I loved that as a kid.

  206. JohnS says:

    The Sherman thing is really nothing new. Think about things that Tatum and Atkinson used to say about Swann. Those guys and others from that era talked openly about knocking guys out of games and did so before and after.

  207. Brandie says:

    If you ain’t cheating, you ain’t tryin’!

  208. tpbco says:

    I think you meant Eagles fans. Flyers fans aren’t smart enough to know how to cheat, they’re still working on mastering eating utensiles.

  209. Jim S. says:

    And Life is like a box of chocolates.

  210. Brandie says:

    Got all WWF Smackdown on us!

  211. Jandy says:


  212. Jandy says:

    Monster Mash, get into the locker room, and tell the guys, no easing up or playing DOWN to your opponent! I always worry about that when we play teams like the Panthers. They end up beating us!

  213. Jandy says:

    Half fun….full earnest :)

  214. Jandy says:

    Don’t forget the wine…

  215. Jim S. says:

    They both said that? The Old Man said it, AND the Sea said it, 21?

    By Old Man, do you mean the guy on Pawn Stars?

  216. Jandy says:

    Who says they have to?

  217. Jandy says:

    LOL Jim is on a roll!

  218. Brandie says:

    And working to master indoor plumbing.

  219. Jandy says:

    Oh. My.

  220. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    We’ve seen alot of criticism of Mike Tomlin (in particular this year) in regards to clock management, and also offensive play calling.
    What I saw late in the game from the 49ers yesterday was atrocious.
    Twenty-some seconds left….1st down….Two time outs…And you force a ball in the corner of the end zone?!
    Harbaugh could’ve easily gotten four shots out of the situation, and used all aspects of the field with two time outs.
    I was stunned (though happy to preserve Steelers6) when I saw Kaepernick put that ball up in the corner of the end zone against Seattle’s best CB.

    Between Harbaugh and his insanity in more ways than one, and the pathetic list of new coaches in the league….Mike Tomlin is starting to look excellent in my book.

  221. Jim S. says:

    It was the teachers doing the cheating. Giving students answers to standardized tests and such, I guess.

    Teachers that got nabbed are saying they were told point blank to improve scores in their schools. Their story is they were left with no choice.

    I always thought if you taught the kids, they would learn more. But, I guess that is an outdated notion.

    I know there are other issues in those schools, but this is ugly.

  222. Jim S. says:

    And vindictive.

    One thing I will say they do have, in their favor, is long memories.

  223. Jandy says:

    Jamie benn elbows Matt Cooke in the head…no penalty, no call, no hearing no nothing. b*llsh*t!
    NHL looks bad!

  224. Jandy says:

    Worst thing about it is, it teaches the kids that it’s ok to cheat…and it’s endorsed by their teachers as proof!

  225. Brandie says:

    Getting all George Takeoff on me.

  226. Damon says:

    The news wasn’t surprising (Dupuis surgery on Feb 12th), but one sentence it was:
    “The date will coincide with the NHL’s Olympic break and put the 34-year-old’s status for next season into question, given recovery from a torn ACL can last up to a year.”


  227. Jandy says:

    Now THAT sounds kinky!

  228. Jandy says:

    I think it’s pretty much been a given that Duper would be out the rest of the season.
    This is just heart-breaking.

  229. pattonbb says:

    I can’t remember a baseball game ever being stopped to clean up blood on the diamond. Hockey fights and baseball fights are apples and oranges. Not even remotely similar.

  230. Damon says:

    Total agreement. I saw that and couldn’t believe the NHL concluded Benn wasn’t going for Cooke’s head and it was self defense. I wish they could impeach Bettman….

  231. Damon says:

    The fact that they said he could be out until January next year was the stunning part….

  232. Brandie says:

    Here is to the warehousing of kids and the spoonfeeding of information. Problem is some genius will decide to throw more money at the problem instead of excusing the fungus.

    Sounds like Gary Bettman’s NHL.

  233. hockeymonster says:

    Can i throw in some 4 letter words for fun? :)

  234. hockeymonster says:

    And the panthers have been playing better lately. I dont think disco will make that clear. Next game with philly will interesting too. They’ve been less embarrassing lately too.

  235. Jandy says:

    Yeah that’s just terrible. Duper will push himself to get back, but he will only be able to do what he can do.

  236. hockeymonster says:

    Self defense? They adapt ‘stand your ground’ in the nhl too?

  237. 21sthebest says:

    How can you tell?

  238. The Pens’ next opponent tonight is the Florida Panthers, who’ve often gotten 0 TV ratings recently since only 3800 down here in Florida watch hockey games although I certainly will tonight on the local Fox station if they’re carrying it. It’s just that hockey will continue having problems expanding its appeal beyond the Northeastern US and Canada unless it legislates violence out of the sport although such efforts likely face an uphill battle.

  239. Jandy says:

    That’s just b*llsh*t. Self-protection? Yeah and I’m Mother Theresa! Totally makes them look like aZZ clowns. He made full contact with Cooke’s head…Grrr!!! Garage league!

  240. pattonbb says:

    Hey Jandy.

    Sure it is. But I think when something like this happens in baseball, it’s a major headline because it’s the exception, not the norm. Baseball fights, for the most part, are posturing and pushing. Greinke got his collarbone broken, and that horrible, but there wasn’t a punch thrown. Hockey fights are much more violent, and dangerous.

  241. Jandy says:

    they do when it applies to Matt Cooke.

  242. Jandy says:

    When it comes down to it patton, you shouldn’t expect comparisons per se, because the two sports are so different. Hockey is FAST and violent as you say, baseball is not. Just the fact the the brawls clear the benches, and the bullpens too, says enough.

  243. Jandy says:

    I’m putting YOU in charge of getting the message thru to them, Monster Mash :D

  244. Jandy says:

    Prolly the latter…

  245. pattonbb says:

    Good point.

    I wasn’t knocking your sport. Just commenting on how different a perceived “bench clearing brawl” in baseball was from a hockey fight.

  246. hockeymonster says:

    Oops. Meant to say disco will make that clear.

    Wow, i better work on my pre game speech then.

  247. Jandy says:

    It’s all good, patton :)

  248. Jandy says:

    Get to it!

  249. Looked blatant to me.

  250. Jandy says:

    Indeed it was.

  251. I wanna see Crosby pull a sherman next time he scores a GW goal. Or better yet…if malkin pulled a sherman.

  252. Jim S. says:

    Hockey fights, when they involve entire teams, can be really bad. Part of it is because, well, those guys know how to fist fight. MLB players and NBA players definitely do not. So, even though there are occasionally really bad results from a fight in those 2 sports (Kermit Washington, etc.), most of the bench clearing and dugout/bullpen clearing incidents result in a lot of awkward milling around. Again, I know some very bad things can and do happen in those fights. I’m not saying they aren’t serious. But, when a hockey fight breaks out, it almost always goes down in a big way. And, not only do they know how to throw punches, but they wear razor sharp skates. Group fighting in hockey can be really bad.

    Oh, and then guys like Thornton sometimes cold cock a guy and then continue to beat his brains in as he lays on the ice. There’s also that scary part, on rare occasions.

  253. Jim S. says:

    Like if something completely unexpected happened, you know, like a “skate off” goal by Sid to end the Olympics Gold Medal Game in OT or something. What am I saying? The odds of that happening are …

  254. Ya Jim, come on…lets get real…oh wait….

  255. kr70 says:

    Liked the column this A.M.

  256. Jim S. says:

    It is open season on Cooke. It doesn’t matter how many times he apologizes and says he has changed. It doesn’t matter that he continues to prove it with his play for a few years now. It just doesn’t matter. Benn will probably get “attaboys” from the league office.

    I wonder what Peter Gammons would have to say about that.

  257. Jim S. says:

    yah, stuff like that just doesn’t happen …. TWICE!

  258. Jandy says:

    Whatever you guys are having, I’ll have one too ;)

  259. Jandy says:

    Well, screw Bettman. And Shamahan.
    That is all.

  260. Andrew says:

    I frequently scroll through Dejan’s blog, I cannot remember that last time I commented. Anyway that piece on Dupuis is just lazy reporting, Malkin’s ACL reconstruction occurred in February 2011 and he registered an assist in the 2011-12 season opener. Obviously complications can happen but if Dupuis’s next season is in jeopardy the Penguins need to consider a new medical staff.

  261. Jim S. says:

    Because a couple, who will remain nameless, lose gazillions every year and continue down the same path. Their leaders often even say their goal is not profit or ratings. So, they have to make it up with other programming to carry those divisions.

    I do not think it is beneath ESPN at all to, on occasion, give the public what they want the public to have, rather than what the public wants.

  262. 21sthebest says:

    You lost me Jim.

  263. Brandie says:

    Should say excising.

  264. Jandstar, I dont think you can handle the Schlitz on tap we’re developed a tolerance for. :)

    Hey Jim, you ever hit up the “burger baron” on the corner of Grand and ogden? Or maybe its grand and ashland…i forget but its a great burger and sandwich joint.

  265. Damon says:

    Here’s hoping you are right…

  266. Damon says:

    Just posted from Josh Yohe:
    Neal, Martin and Kobasew all look like good bets to play tonight. Megna likely back later this week.

    Probably why Kobasew practiced on Sid’s RW and not Megna. I guess Engelland will be the RW on the 4th line.

  267. No disagreement there. I guess in roundabout way i was saying that in despres’ mind he thought solid performance in games would get him off the hook from extra time in the gym or bike. Or an extra half hour on snooze button. From the outside pens may appear to be holding him to higher standard but I’m also very aware that internally the work ethic standards imply that he needs to get on board or out the way.

  268. I’m sure milo will be tickled to see kobasew back.

  269. Jandy says:

    I said, ONE, Monster Mash, not the whole keg :P

  270. Jandy says:


  271. Jandy says:

    hey thanks, Andrew. You from the Burgh?

  272. Jandy says:


  273. Hope they play some defense tonight. And you know what defense.


  274. Jandy says:



  275. Jim S. says:

    I have not, Monster. I’m most often found in the S Western and N Western suburbs. But, I’ll look into it.

  276. Jandy says:

    Great, an other weather advisory:

  277. Wild Bill says:

    There I am in the late morning, in the beautiful Susquehanna Valley.

  278. Jim S. says:

    What I’m saying, 21, is that in the broadcasting business at the national level, things are often not run as a business in the normal sense that you and I would run a business. Often there is an agenda that has nothing to do with profits or ratings, and it is pursued no matter what.

  279. Jandy says:

    I am sooooo sick of this crap :(

  280. Wild Bill says:

    It’s only January; there’s more where this is coming from, Jandster.

    But go have a Richard Sherman if you need to.

  281. Jandy says:

    Nah I’d rather have a Yeungling’s or a nice glass of wine :)

  282. Wild Bill says:

    Troegs Nugget Nectar is now available! A personal favorite – and no, I don’t work for a beer co.

  283. Jandy says:

    Looks good, Wild Bill, I googled it ;)

  284. Come down here, J-girl. It’s mid-50’s today. Celebrating ML King day by washing cars and trucks. Got 5 done so far.

    Of course, it’s supposed to snow tonight and only be 21 for a high on Thursday. Worse than Oklahoma.

  285. Absolutely.


    Planetoid will agree.

  286. Jandy says:

    High in the teens here tomorrow Spunky, with wind chill single digits and below zero.
    I don’t think we’ll be washing any cars or trucks lol

  287. Jandy says:

    darn right :D

  288. Milo Hamilton says:

    The latest models have the storm tracking further south. Looking like an inch or less for Pittsburgh. That could change of course. Now, about this Chuck Kobasew.

  289. Jandy says:

    we’re right at the Route 22 line here, Milo.

  290. Probably not. That’s why I took advantage of it today. Had to get the table salt off our vehicles from last week’s dusting that closed the schools.

  291. Milo Hamilton says:

    I’m being hopeful.

  292. Jandy says:

    Good job!

  293. Jandy says:

    I’m rather p*ssed LOL

  294. 21sthebest says:

    “21 for a high”

    Thanks Lucky! I never realized I had that kind of effect on you!

  295. Jandy says:

    21’s full of himself again….man – oh- man, I’ll tell ya

  296. 21sthebest says:

    Hey cut me some slack. I’m just glad Lucky doesn’t feel 21 inside.

  297. Jandy says:

    No, that’s *MY* prerogative ;)

  298. 21sthebest says:

    Okay, I think I follow you now Jim. But if you’re including non sports news networks in this discussion, I agree with you except that I’d say sports networks are different and wouldn’t be agenda driven like politics are.

    What networks are losing that much money though?

  299. Joe says:

    The excuse is always used by the Canadian hockey elite, both in the media and in the boardroom that they SELF-POLICE by fighting.

    Didn’t Torts use this strategy often with the Rangers?

    And Philly, goon city, goon team, will never win another Cup, but may destroy your chance by injuring your best player, JUST POLICING the game.

    Well, I have hated fighting in hockey since I remember my first Olympic hockey game viewed.
    U want respect, earn it. Earn it by making it a STAR league. Keep the stars healthy, and it will zoom in TV viewing, everywhere. And there are plenty of teams with less than 100% sold-out arenas.

    There is enough brutality in hockey without fighting.

    Let’s say we start a baseball game with all the players in a brawl.

    What happens next?

    No game, all the player thrown out. Suspensions, fines, lost income. Wow Kershaw, I’s try to get him to fight every game, $1MM lost a game.

    Tough break.

    Gee, what a novel idea, want to fight, lose a game, 2nd fight lose a week of games, 3rd fight, season and playoffs suspension. Easily solved.

    Except we would have to move all the teams south of the Canadian border. They would never go for it.
    or how about this one: Only fighting allowed on Canadian soil.

    Gotta love it, and you’re right, when ESPN lost the hockey contract it doesn’t exist to them.

  300. I don’t feel 21 inside or outside, brother.

    Now, 40 maybe.


  301. 21sthebest says:

    Well I have to admit, I feel Lucky all the time and all over!

  302. Arriba Wilver says:

    Personally, i don’t think you can compare news to sports. These networks run sports to make money. There are human beings running them, so they aren’t always right, but I have to think the dollar is first, second and third on their priority list.

  303. Mercy.

    I don’t believe in luck. Ironic it’s in my stage name.

  304. 21sthebest says:

    Actually, I don’t believe in luck either. Or coincidences. But when I say I feel lucky, I mean symbolically if that makes any sense. As in I feel lucky to have the family and friends around me that I do.

  305. scapper says:

    To answer the question in the blog post, I love columns like this because I have kept up with most of society and have developed a 2013 attention span. So, a bunch of short items like this is ideal for someone like…oh look, I got an email….

  306. JohninOshkosh says:

    Well done, Scapman.

  307. theplanisworking says:

    But Jim, wouldn’t you push the things you broadcast, and tend to ignore things you don’t?
    If people REALLY wanted to see more hockey on ESPN, they would call and write letters to do so.

    I feel that ESPN has every right to push NBA, MLB, NASCAR and everything else they televise, after all, they are paying for it. As for “punishing” the NHL, the NHL has punished itself……….. they themselves went to NBC years ago that paid ZERO dollars for TV rights…….. they got some % of ratings, which was peanuts. Only after ratings rose, and NBC/Comcast reconfigured their sports channels did ther NHL get a decent TV deal.

    As I said above, one problem is the quality of announcing. Doc Emerick is the only one worth anything, and hockey if a game that requires good announcing to follow the play. The NBA has many good announcers, so there is less of a chance that people will change the dial.

    But, rant on. ;)

  308. theplanisworking says:

    I thought his agent was Mr. Saito? ;)

  309. theplanisworking says:

    George Takeoff created the Super Bow ! ;)

  310. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, pretty hysterical that Crabtree said Sherman made only 1 play. SF didn’t throw at him during the game, so duh!! he couldn’t make plays. Then, with 20 seconds left, they throw at him, and he deflects the ball for the INT.

    Yeah, Harbaugh was bad yesterday, but that doesn’t excuse Tomlin for his clock butchering week in and week out………

  311. theplanisworking says:

    Oh, yes. :)

  312. Well put.

    I do believe in the Law of Averages or hidden vigorish, as the Old Gunner used to say.

    But luck, in and of itself, I don’t.

  313. theplanisworking says:

    That’s why I a;ways get my supplies BEFORE the bad weather hits. :)

  314. theplanisworking says:

    So, Kobasew is a snowstorm??

  315. pattonbb says:

    10 more Mondays until opening day.

  316. JoeyBats says:


  317. DJ says:

    If we trade anyone, here’s hoping it’s Letang first, or Despres, but only for a fair or above return.

    If it’s me, I not trading Pouliot. He’s everything you’ve always hoped Letang would be at this stage … but sadly isn’t.

    I’d trade Harrington well before Pouliot but would prefer parting with neither.

    DK: Setting aside Letang, it’s pretty clear you aren’t interested in getting much back, DJ. Remember, Joe Nieuwendyk’s unemployed now.

  318. Phillypoke says:


    Loved, loved, loved the article. Simply because you get to see the thought process between the written words. I don’t feel it should be a regular thing (not once a week) because a certain amount of poetry in the language is lost in those twitter post type items, but would love to see an article like that every once in a while.

    Keep up the great work.

  319. DJ says:

    Then Letang would be an excellent place to start, DK.

    Problem solved.

  320. DJ says:

    By the way, I might add that I’m not at all happy about our D-men line-up. I lamented last spring — just as you did — that Bylsma had done little to trust and develop our young talent, especially throughout the year when games were less meaningful.

    Ollie is a step forward this year, but it’s far too little.

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