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Morning Java: Pins, Finns and wins

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

SOCHI, Russia — Доброе утро, Lunatiks …

>> The Monday column breaks down the hockey tournament as the medal round becomes set. And the new favorite in the tournament is …

If you missed them over the weekend — and I know you’re better than to wait to read stuff on company time, but just saying — I wrote extended pieces about T.J. Oshie’s signature shootout and about the Russians finally warming up to the Games.

The daily Sochi Hockey Notebook looks at Chris Kunitz’s demotion, Sidney Crosby vs. Teemu Selanne and more.

Here are all eight videos for Channel 11 News so far.

I’m also doing weekday reports for TribLIVE Radio.

Here’s the Trib’s Olympics page.

Here’s the official Sochi 2014 page. This has all the schedules and results.

Here’s the official U.S. Olympic team page.

Here’s the official NHL Olympics page.

And here’s NBC’s Olympics page with all the highlights.

>> As people get settled, their surroundings become more like home and … well, the sense of humor emerges a bit, too.

The lack of Olympic pins in Sochi — until the past weekend, when a few started to pop up — prompted the Netherlands delegation offices to post the following sign on their door: ‘NO PINS. ONLY WINS’

It was accompanied, of course, by a visual listing of all their many speedskating medals here to date. The Dutch live for the long track.

Not to be outdone, the neighborly Finns, a few doors down, went with this: ‘NO PINS. ONLY FINNS’

>> Back in that other hemisphere, A.J. Burnett spoke his mind about the Pirates. Rob Biertempfel reports from Clearwater.

Here’s a bit of that session …

The Trib is beginning a video series that follows pitching prospect Jameson Taillon around spring training, and here’s the first installment …

Here’s the Trib’s Pirates page.

>> This shooting slump is killing Pitt right now. Kevin Gorman reports.

In football, the Panthers’ Tom Savage and Devin Street hope to impress at the NFL combine. Jerry DiPaola reports.

Here’s the Trib’s Pitt page.

>> If you missed it last night, WPXI-TV’s Subway Final Word went at a few historical topics. Good fun.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

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

Comments

  1. theplanisworking says:

    “Hey, how many Americans does it take to screw up an Olympics?” — DK

    Bit harsh there, eh? Last I checked, lots of athletes from other countries didn’t get what they wanted, either. And, I believe that the Americans lead in the figure skating events, so there will be some more medals from there also.

    We understand you are going thru StarYucks withdrawal, and you don’t like the dearth of pins, but come on. Americans haven’t dominated the Winter Olympics for about 50 years or so. How about a GO USA !! from you, DK?

  2. theplanisworking says:

    Now I know why DK was so snarky in the column. He turned on the Weather Channel on the satellite, and he saw Barney. The weather girl was dressed in Barney purple from head to toe. Yikes!

    Nice article about Taillon this morning. I do hope he makes it up this year…….. and more importantly, does well. With the uncertainty about Wandy’s injury, Locke’s mental state, and Volquez……. well anything to do with Volquez, Taillon could definitely be counted on.

    Hi Frank!

  3. JAL says:

    JAL’s Wish You Were Here Morning Links

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=217JOBWTolg

    GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

    1- MLB Transactions

    http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    http://www.mlbtraderumors.com/pittsburgh_pirates/

    3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AsjN0zO-DxI0dDNkaWxFNWIwNDVUQzEwYXp5SlpGNkE&usp=drive_web#gid=0

    4 Pirates Prospects Spring Training Tracker

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/st2014

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: Pirates Starting Entrance Interviews This Week, But What Are They?

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/02/first-pitch-pirates-starting-entrance-interviews-this-week-but-what-are-they.html

    The Pirates 2014 Focus: Improving the Consistency of the Offense

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/02/the-pirates-2014-focus-improving-the-consistency-of-the-offense.html

    See Why Joely Rodriguez Was Added to the 40-Man Roster (Video)

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/02/see-why-joely-rodriguez-was-added-to-the-40-man-roster-video.html

    First Look at Pirates’ Taiwanese Left-Hander Yao-Hsun Yang (Video)

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/02/first-look-at-pirates-taiwanese-left-hander-yao-hsun-yang-video.html

    Draft Prospect Watch: Turner and Rodon Make Debuts

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/02/draft-prospect-watch-turner-and-rodon-make-debuts.html

    6 Bucs Dugout

    A.J. Burnett explains decision to sign with Phillies

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2014/2/16/5416910/a-j-burnett-explains-decision-to-sign-with-phillies

    7 Rumbunter

    Is Neal Huntington Bluffing

    http://rumbunter.com/2014/02/17/neal-huntington-bluffing/

    8 Green Weenie

    To Be Determined….

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2014/02/to-be-determined.html

    9 New Pittsburgh Courier

    Jerry Manuel, son work to help youth in baseball

    http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2014/02/16/jerry-manuel-son-work-to-help-youth-in-baseball/

    10 Bleacher Report

    Early Predictions for the Winners of MLB’s Hottest Spring Position Battles

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1959500-early-predictions-for-the-winners-of-mlbs-hottest-spring-position-battles

    11 LA Times

    Dodgers plan to monitor Clayton Kershaw’s innings

    http://www.latimes.com/sports/baseball/mlb/dodgers/la-sp-0217-dodgers-kershaw-20140217,0,4328666.story#axzz2tZw7Vk3W

  4. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    12 Bradenton Herald

    Pittsburgh Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage oversees steady progress on mound

    http://www.bradenton.com/2014/02/17/4997900/pittsburgh-pirates-pitching-coach.html

    13 WTAE

    Even minus Burnett, Pirates have rotation options

    http://www.wtae.com/sports/mlb-pirates/even-minus-burnett-pirates-have-rotation-options/24512378#mid=17867540

    14 Pirates Site

    Pirates pitching trio seeking variety of comebacks

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article/pit/pirates-pitchers-jeff-locke-wandy-rodriguez-edinson-volquez-seeking-variety-of-comebacks?ymd=20140216&content_id=67825300

    15 Sporting News

    MLB season win totals posted in Las Vegas, Dodgers on top

    http://linemakers.sportingnews.com/mlb/2014-02-16/mlb-season-win-total-division-odds-dodgers-yankees-angels-pirates-phillies

    16 Fangraphs

    Redefining Batted Balls to Predict BABIP

    http://www.hardballtimes.com/redefining-batted-balls-to-predict-babip/

    17 Cincinnati Enquirer

    Report: Bailey ‘close’ to 100M 6-year deal with Reds

    http://cincinnati.com/blogs/reds/2014/02/16/report-bailey-rumored-close-to-100m-6-year-deal-with-reds/

    18 St. Louis Post Gazette

    Burwell: Cards have a lot of happy campers

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/bryan-burwell/burwell-cards-have-a-lot-of-happy-campers/article_8ac9f627-255d-5229-88e0-c1550adad816.html

    19 Baseball Prospectus

    Ryan Dempster and Jake Westbrook: Two Careers in Player Comments

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=22828

    20 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Zach Duke sees an opening with the Brewers

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/brewers/zach-duke-sees-an-opening-with-the-brewers-b99206719z1-245772811.html

  5. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    Regardless of motive, can’t blame NFL for trying to make game safer

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2014/2/16/5416272/regardless-of-motive-cant-blame-nfl-for-trying-to-make-game-safer

    Steelers have the best worst record in the NFL since 1978

    http://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/2014/2/16/5416406/steelers-have-the-best-worst-record-in-the-nfl-since-1978

    22 Steelers Depot

    The Optimist’s Take – Larry Foote’s Future In Pittsburgh

    http://www.steelersdepot.com/2014/02/the-optimists-take-larry-footes-future-in-pittsburgh/

    Soccer(football)

    23 Bloomberg Stats Insight

    Champions League: Arsenal vs. Bayern & Man City vs. Barcelona

    http://www.bsports.com/statsinsights/football/champions-league-arsenal-vs-bayern-man-city-vs-barcelona

    24 BBC Football

    Arsene Wenger: Jose Mourinho has embarrassed Chelsea

    http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/26220700

    PENGUIN BLOGS and NHL Links

    25 Pensburgh

    Unconventional Wisdom – It’s All Relative

    http://www.pensburgh.com/2014/2/16/5416230/unconventional-wisdom-its-all-relative

  6. twentytwo22 says:

    John Shuster can’t ever make a shot in the Olympics.

  7. Wild Bill says:

    It will be interesting to see how well A.J. adjusts to Philly and the very demanding fans and press there. Add to that Citizens Bank Park’s little league fences and Team Geritol’s limits, and this might not end well. Glad for him that the short commute from home was his primary motivator. There might not be much else.

  8. JoeyBats says:

    AJ…thank you for your 2 years of Bucco service.

    Now you are in another uniform…..STFD !!

  9. At last report, the Dutch lead in medals so far with 17 and the US and the Russians were tied for second with 16, although there’s a ways to go yet.

  10. BillyBaduka says:

    +1

  11. scapper says:

    Glad someone else feels that way. I love the Winter Olympics and never care where the winners are from. Sure, the networks give us nice back-stories on a lot of the U.S. athletes, which creates a bit of a rooting interest, but every winner and loser has his/her own story.

    I can’t stand the Medal Counts that every newspaper and website seems to have. Matters not one iota to me how many medals the U.S. wins. I just savor the games every four years.

    U.S. Hockey gets a medal? Great. They go home empty-handed? Won’t affect my enjoyment of these games one iota.

  12. Sports Illustrated says that Pitt can’t score enough without Durand Johnson and can barely score enough with him. Anyhow, due to their recent hard luck, Pitt will be dropping out of the top 25, naturally. Now hopefully, they can turn things around next Sunday vs. Florida State.

  13. Jandy says:

    Philly fans are unforgiving. I can se AJ getting snarky and alienating them. I hope not, as I like AJ, but oil and water do not mix.

  14. Skip says:

    Nothing like the great Pink Floyd to start one’s day. Way to go, JAL! (might this be a subtle reference to our favorite sportswriter who’s been gone far too long)?

  15. Jandy says:

    Saturday and Sunday morning, up and at the television both mornings in my pajamas, loving every minute of this Olympic Hockey.
    TJ Oshie stealing the game, the show and my heart.
    Doesn’t get any better than that.
    :D

  16. Skip says:

    Not that he’s not doing tremendous work from where he’s at…

  17. Jandy says:

    Indeed he is, loving everything he’s putting up to read.

  18. Jim S. says:

    My final thoughts on AJ are that, in the end, I believe he thought he still had interest in Pittsburgh. I think he still likes the team, the fans, the city, and the manager. I’m sure he had some hurt feelings last October. He also had a few blowups during the year, but I think all of that was behind him. Once the Pirates offer got to $12 million (as reported), I actually now think that would have been enough for him strictly from a $$ standpoint.

    The thing he grappled with all along, and I speculated so last summer, was that he wanted to be home. He didn’t want to be 3 hours from home. As I have said, if you can’t drive home after a game at night from Pittsburgh, then Pittsburgh is not really closer than a lot of other cities. In that sense, the 1:30 or so commute from Philly is manageable, and the 3 hours from Pittsburgh may as well be Detroit. It wasn’t about being in the same time zone. It was about hanging out with his wife and kids until 1 p.m. every day in summer when the team is at home, before going to the ballpark. Then, driving home afterward. For Saturday games, he could probably be home by dinner time.

    As someone who has always prioritized the comfort of his family, and tried to figure out a way to make my business life work around them, I know exactly how AJ feels. At some point, the travel gets hard. I hate not seeing my family every day. Like a lot of you, there are times when I have no choice but to travel. And, I do it. But, I also have passed up opportunities which would have taken me away much more often. I think AJ realistically had limited his options to Balt, Wash and Philly. The Phils appear to be the only ones of that group who were seriously interested. He might not have liked the initial offer by the Bucs, but I bet $12 million might have been enough if PNC had been a shorter commute. 1:30 or so is about the outer edge, from my experience, of being a very manageable commute.

    When the Phillies don’t contend this year, as I expect, I bet AJ quits after the season. He’ll officially become 100% stay-at-home dad. He’s very fortunate to be able to manage his life this way, not having to ever worry about money. The other 99.99% of the world is not so lucky at 37.

    Did anyone notice that Ryan Dempster walked away from $13.25 million with the defending champ BoSox this year? Did you hear his reason? These guys are living the life.

  19. scapper says:

    For sure. Loving the “extra” stuff he’s putting out, too. I’m even watching his videos, which I don’t normally do. Great body of work so far and looking forward to another week’s worth.

  20. kr70 says:

    after reading about the philly contract it was a no brainer. Good luck to him He gave the Bucs just what they needed and he will be missed. Anyone of us would have made the same decision, With the option year it is well over 30 million.

  21. theplanisworking says:

    I thought the Olympics stood for the spirit of competition, and good sportsmanship, not who can get the most medals. Silly me.

    We have already seen medal winners give their medals away, dedicate their attempts to family members, etc. That is what I watch the Olympics for.

  22. kr70 says:

    Wow, what a game against the Russians. The “Big Ice” really makes a difference in the game. The NHL would never go that way but it would be a positive change. Then again when do they make positive changes in anything.

  23. theplanisworking says:

    Don’t forget, Philly fans booed Santa.

  24. theplanisworking says:

    Boy, your heart gets stolen often, huh? ;)

  25. Jandy says:

    Not so much anymore…but that was special, Oh Purple One :)

  26. theplanisworking says:

    And, DK is a celebrity now, thanks to the Wall Street Journal.
    Never did I think that one man’s quest for StarYucks would be so newsworthy.

  27. Arriba Wilver says:

    Well, other than $16 Mil. ;-)

  28. AJ will be making $23 million all told through 2015 and maybe $7 million more with that option, so although he keeps insisting that his family played a major role in his decision, and they likely did, it was, as always, the money that tipped everything in favor of Philly.

  29. theplanisworking says:

    Oh Purple One……… funny. :)

    Reverend was concerned about you yesterday. And your dog.

  30. Brandie says:

    The nesting instinct, a typo when I talked about this lest week, but a real and valid reason for AJ to sign with the Phils. I wish AJ luck (as the sad walking away music from The Incredible Hulk is playing in my head).

    US women playing Sweden now. Check out the talented duo of Phil and Amanda Kessel, the brother and sister powerhouse of these games.

  31. Jim S. says:

    Well, there’s the $16 million (+ incentives) reasons for this year also to help cushion any bad times.

    But, I agree with you, Wild Bill. He may quickly realize that the Phils infield and outfield are slow, and that the ball flies out of that place, and that the fans and media go into attack mode pretty quickly when things don’t go right.

    As much as AJ said he hated the shifts the Pirates employ, we’ll see how much he likes no shifts this year. The Phils have some great starting pitching, but those guys don’t appear to get a lot of help from the guys playing behind them.

  32. TJA says:

    AJ does not good in Red. Saw the images yesterday.

  33. Jim S. says:

    Nope.

  34. Wild Bill says:

    A lot of you weren’t on the blog yesterday afternoon, but there was a short window when the Russian women curlers were on vs Sweden, and I had to post an admission that they were indeed attractive. However, they apparently aren’t the best at curling, and so they’re eliminated and we will see them no more.

  35. Brandie says:

    Is Plan Purple, Plum, or Moby Grape?

  36. TJA says:

    Speaking of colors – With ALL this unending snow – White is becoming my least favorite color.

  37. Jandy says:

    Oh I didn’t get on, I was being very lazy and just enjoying the time with hubby. Watched hockey, had leftover home made Stromboli from Saturday, and lounging around. I did laundry and that’s about it. This weather makes me want to hibernate.

  38. Jandy says:

    haha Sistah, they all work ;)

  39. bpn8pitt says:

    Suppose he pitches well, but Philly stinks and they start dumping all these old guys.

    Wonder if he’d take a trade to an East Coast team, not necessarily the Pirates?

    I believe all the stories that he wanted to stay home. Heck, it helps the Phillies a lot that Burnett’s son played on the same 7th grade rec team as their assistant GM.

    For some reason, I dont think the drama is over with Burnett. Im not saying he’ll return to Pittsburgh. I just think this guy loves to flip flop. Another great story for spring/summer ball.

  40. Brandie says:

    Many of the women’s curling teams look like super models.

  41. Jandy says:

    I was in awe of Kessell yesterday. man, that guy had a good game :)

  42. theplanisworking says:

    He may realize the Phils stink, but $16.1 million soothes a lot of things.
    Just sayin’.

  43. Jandy says:

    except the US lol

  44. Brandie says:

    Next to road ash gray.

  45. Jandy says:

    You and me both, Justice Avenger, you and me both. >:<

  46. theplanisworking says:

    I like Moby Grape myself.

    Good to see you on here, miss Muppet.

  47. Jandy says:

    good point!

  48. Brandie says:

    No slam against moms, but skip Eric’s Brown looked like Captain Mom Jeans in her uniform.

  49. Brandie says:

    Should be Erica.

  50. theplanisworking says:

    Jim, are you saying that if Baltimore offered only $5 million, AJ would have gone there because it is the closest to his home?

    I have to side with James here, the money was a tipping point. Family mattered, but to say that was the sole reason for AJ’s decision doesn’t sound right.

  51. Brandie says:

    This Just In…

    ‘Op Crusty Eyes is coming back to cover these Olympics. The national nightmare is over. I wonder what backstory NBC will produce to herald his triumphant return?

  52. Wild Bill says:

    Scapper was grieving the loss of the Russians; here’s hoping he’s over it today.

  53. Jim S. says:

    They do? I hadn’t noticed. But, I have watched a lot of women’s curling, and 0% of the men’s. :-)

  54. Well, anyhow, it’s too bad that the men and the women have both been flopping in curling at Sochi.

  55. theplanisworking says:

    Op Crusty Eyes?

    Who is Op?

  56. theplanisworking says:

    Who is ‘Ol?? ;)

    Maatta is going to announce between games?

  57. Jandy says:

    Ol’ Pink Eye ;)

  58. Brandie says:

    They should have made him do his spots with teabags over both eyes. The men is not a gamer.

  59. Brandie says:

    Why not? He does everything else.

  60. theplanisworking says:

    I wondered why I enjoyed the telecasts more this year.
    Forgot about Costas.
    He ain’t no Jim McKay………..

    4-0 USA Women.
    Last I heard, they had a 29-1 edge in shots on goal.

  61. Jandy says:

    Hi Monster Mash :)

  62. 21sthebest says:

    I think A.J. is full of himself. I think what he said in November on The Fan was a bunch of hooey and the more I think of it, I think he’s full of it now. I totally appreciate what he did for us and I’d love for him to have come back, but good luck A.J. in Senior Citizens Bank Ballpark.

  63. You can be lazy one day a week. 4 AM comes fast. ;)

  64. theplanisworking says:

    Good Morning, and Happy President’s Day, Reverend.

    Just wanted to say Hi before I go.
    And……… now I go. :)

  65. Jandy says:

    AJ is definitely full of himself. It’s part of the reason why he was a spark for this team. The attitude was good. But at some point that gets old.
    I loved AJ and what he brought. I wish him good luck in Philly. He’s gonna need it.

  66. Of course, the networks don’t know when to leave anything alone, especially as concerning that NBC interviewer yesterday pushing Bode Miller to tears over the death of his brother last year.

  67. Jim S. says:

    No, I didn’t say that at all. What I am saying is that the primary factor was that the ballpark location had to be within driving distance of his house. From that standpoint, I said I thought he limited his options to Wash, Balt and Philly.

    Money, of course, is always a factor. He was not going to sign for an amount that he didnt think was worth it, regardless of the team. But, if you notice, there was never any discussion of far away teams from the part of AJ or his agent. I bet the Dodgers would have preferred AJ to Paul Maholm, as one quick example.

    Let me put it another way. If the Pirates had made the offer he eventually signed with Philly, and the Phils had made the $12 million offer the Pirates are reported to have made, I believe he still would have chosen Philly. We don’t really know, of course. But, that’s my opinion.

    A lot of people seem to think that is not possible, but players are doing it left and right. Dempster just chose to quit with $13.25 guaranteed in front of him. Josh Johnson chose San Diego over a supposed better offer than the Pirates made, and he has earned nowhere near the money AJ has made. Guys are quitting very often now with options remaining, and many guys sacrifice some money to choose geography.

  68. Thundercrack says:

    I’m not sure if it is part of JAL’s morning links, but I thought Ken Rosenthal’s story on Burnett was great.

    And I believe it.

  69. Brandie says:

    His name is Mash…
    Monster Mash…

    Monster Mash…
    A Puck handling smash!

    His name is Mash…
    Could play Sid’s wing in a flash!

    His name is Mash…
    Monster Mash!

    Waah oooh!

  70. theplanisworking says:

    Everyone have a great President’s Day.
    I leave now to prepare for 2 more days of shoveling snow.

    I have a Gold Medal in that this year.
    Thanks to my Purple Crew for the support.

  71. 21sthebest says:

    +

  72. Jim S. says:

    I think he wanted it both ways. He wanted to be able to not choose the Pirates but still be thought of as a good guy here. He wanted to thread the needle.

    For the record, I was tired of his act also.

  73. Jim S. says:

    +++, TC.

  74. WOW brandicita…very nice…flattered and blushing :)

    But i’ll need a few weeks to get into top 6 shape. ;)

  75. Jim S. says:

    We are supposed to get about 8″ more inches of snow today, plan.

  76. 21sthebest says:

    Far away teams haven’t been an option with A.J. for some time. His wife doesn’t fly. When he got his deal in Toronto, it included 8 round-trip limousine trips per season between Toronto and his home in Maryland for his wife.

  77. Jim S. says:

    Old Goo Eyes himself.

  78. bpn8pitt says:

    Yeah, it was good TC.

  79. Arriba Wilver says:

    We only got AJ because he hadn’t blocked us out. I doubt that was because he “knew they were on the right track.” It was at least partly, if not solely, geography related.

  80. Jandy says:

    Thanks Revvie, glad I have your support ;)

    What I’d really like is for winter to just go away….we’re to get freezing rain/mix his evening :/

  81. Brandie says:

    You are the Console Smash!

  82. Arriba Wilver says:

    I thought flopping was part of curling.

  83. Jandy says:

    Hang in there, Hipposter.
    SNow is a dirty four letter word.
    We’re to get freezing rain/wintery mix this evening…grrrr!!!! >:<

  84. bpn8pitt says:

    I dont fault AJ for taking geography/money over Pittsburgh. I dont fault the Pirates for being unable to sign him.

    However I do think the Pirates should have decided on him sooner and done something better than just Volquez/Dickerson/Decker/Mcguinness/ect

  85. Jim S. says:

    A guy here who nailed this from the beginning IMO was Milo. He listed Wash, Balt, Philly, & retirement all before Pittsburgh. Essentially, that is what I think as well.

  86. Jandy says:

    I rather liked Bode Miller showing his human side. It made for a good story.
    My heart goes out to him and his family.

  87. NBC says that Costas is better and he’ll be back at the mike soon.

  88. Jandy says:

    Only if it’s Dejan doing (or trying) the curling…

  89. Sure would be nice if pens let me be the console smash.

  90. Jandy says:

    Sing it Sistah!!

  91. Arriba Wilver says:

    I almost added that. ;-)

  92. See jandy, brandie loves me for me…when are you gonna serenade me with song? :)

  93. My sources indicate that ‘ovie’ is now a four letter word in russia.

  94. Jandy says:

    Monster Mash, if I sang to y ou, you’d fall over with your hands over your ears ;)
    Trust me, some things are just not meant to be lokl

  95. Jandy says:

    I wouldn’t want to be any part of that Russian Olympic team. Not even the equipment man or the laundry person.
    Siberia is too cold…

  96. Jim S. says:

    That’s the part that is hard here, bpn. Did AJ string the Bucs along? In the end, I don’t know if that was his intent. I think he was grappling with the proximity of Pittsburgh to his home, trying to decide if it would work. In the meantime, I’m sure he was also hoping the Pirates would increase their offer because that would maybe increase other offers.

    Maybe the Pirates finally upping the offer to $12 million, coupled with Hamels setback made the Phils panic a bit and sweeten the offer significantly. I’m not saying AJ and his agent did not play these teams against one another. I’m just saying I think that in his mind AJ, in the end, decided he did not want to go outside of a certain geographic range. Once he got the offer he wanted from the Phils, he pulled the trigger.

  97. Jandy says:

    AJ was taking care of AJ, which is any player’s prerogative.
    Anyone would do he same.

    Good luck AJ, you’ll need it!

  98. 21sthebest says:

    I believed the story the first time I read it.

  99. Brandie says:

    Especially to Geno!

  100. Brandie says:

    Better than what? A limp dish rag, because, if that is the case, I will take the limp dish rag.

  101. It was 45 down here in Florida this morning but it’s expected to warm up into the low to mid 70s this afternoon, and then, it’s expected to reach 80 by mid week, with no rain through the week, and, hopefully, it’ll be okay for the big Daytona 500 auto race next Sunday.

  102. Jim S. says:

    Yes, he will.

  103. Karen22 says:

    Bode showing his human side is one thing. BLUDGEONING him into breaking down and walking away is entirely another. Christin Cooper (clueless “reporter”) should be suspended, if not fired…along with the moronic execs at NBC who thought it appropriate to air this disgusting interview. Lots of backlash today over this. Completely unconscionable.

  104. Jim S. says:

    Or, the person responsible for making sure the moorings keep the net in a fixed position.

  105. Dom says:

    Happy Presidents Day!

    I’m celebrating this holiday by spending 9 hours at work!

    I really know how to live it up.

    The USA women’s hockey is destroying Sweeden 5-0.

    The shots after the first period was 29-3 in favor of Uncle Sam.

  106. Jim S. says:

    Well said, Karen. Unfortunately, some network reporters feel all that matters is the scoop, gotcha moment, etc. It’s about them and what this can do for them, not the athlete.

    Fortunately, though, that is not all of them.

  107. Jim S. says:

    Senior Citizen’s Bank Ballpark. Nice.

  108. Sweden just scored a goal, but they’ll never catch up!

  109. Brandie says:

    She won’t be fired or suspended. NBC wants the manufactured drama. That said, the loss of a loved one is something you never really wrap your heart and head around completely. Heart goes out to Bode and his family.

  110. Jim S. says:

    Ma and Pa Kessell, and/or anyone else in that family have to be feeling pretty good.

  111. Arriba Wilver says:

    Agreed, TC.

  112. 21sthebest says:

    In a press release, Groupon announced a President’s Day weekend discount of $10 off of $40, honoring Alexander Hamilton. The Friday announcement was titled, “Groupon Celebrates Presidents Day by Honoring Alexander Hamilton,” and urged customers to “Commemorate a man historically powerful enough to be on money with $10 towards $40 on a local purchase while they last.”

    The release was featured Sunday on Groupon’s press page and states, “The $10 bill, as everyone knows, features President Alexander Hamilton — undeniably one of our greatest presidents and most widely recognized for establishing the country’s financial system.”

    It also featured a picture of the $10 bill with the caption, “President Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill.”

  113. Jim S. says:

    Seriously?

  114. Jim S. says:

    Have you ever seen the man on the street interviews that shows like Jay Leno do? I am always amazed at how utterly clueless a large segment of the American public is about these things. People often can’t name anyone outside of the President when shown pictures of important political figures.

    Then, show them a famous musician, actor, athlete or someone from a popular reality show and they nail it every time.

  115. The NBA All Star Game was held in New Orleans yesterday with the East coming from behind to beat the West 163 to 155, and it was the most points scored in All Star Game history.

  116. Milo Hamilton says:

    May the Eisenhower tree rest in peace. 45 years after his death Ike finally gets his way.

  117. Scott says:

    Exactly. Some people go crazy if you’re rooting for Canada over the U.S. in hockey, for instance. They need to relax. We’re not talking about a world war here. It’s just an athletic competition – an exhibition, no less. People should feel free to root for whoever they want to root for.

  118. Jim S. says:

    Maybe if he had been a President … you know, like Alexander Hamilton … it would have happened sooner.

  119. Milo Hamilton says:

    Groupon was founded by Ted Leonsis. Explains a lot.

  120. Jandy says:

    Oh. My. God.
    That’s just wrong.

  121. Dom says:

    I dont get it.q

  122. If lazy turns into ovie you know he’s mad at real deal.

  123. Jandy says:

    indeed!

  124. 21sthebest says:

    I was never a Jay Leno fan but it sounds like Jimmy Kimmel’s Lie Witness News segments.

    Yeah, this looks like a slip up.

  125. Sorry about Lindsey Jacobellis falling down and finishing 7th in the women’s snowboard cross at Sochi yesterday. She called her mishap a ‘real bummer’ in an interview afterwards.

  126. Milo Hamilton says:

    The kids asked me about Ike. I said he played a lot of golf & had a bunch of heart attacks. And oh yeah – HE WON WORLD WAR II.

  127. Jandy says:

    Just another in a long line of bummers for US Olympians…

  128. pattonbb says:

    They should replace it with a giant redwood.

  129. Jandy says:

    That’s OK, DOm, we still <3 you!

  130. Dom says:

    Back in the day, Letterman was the best. Now, it’s Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert.

  131. Jim S. says:

    He did do that WWII thing. Kind of important, as it turned out.

    And, for good measure, he also created our nationwide highway system. Increased commerce immensely, and helped this country explode as an economic force in the world.

    Pretty important figure, that Ike guy.

  132. Jim S. says:

    +++ on Ted Leonsis.

  133. 21sthebest says:

    Back in the day, Johnny Carson was the best. :-)

  134. Dom says:

    Oh, I get it now. I’m a little embarrassed that it took me so long.

  135. Jim S. says:

    But, I’ll leave Ike’s importance to be summarized by one Arthur Fonzarelli:

    “I like Ike. My bike likes Ike.”

  136. bpn8pitt says:

    I agree Jim. Theres just so many factors at play.

    I think the hardcore fans, like on the blog ,look at it as a complicated unique situation. The casual fan, looks at it as the Pirates being cheap and or/hoodwinked. And to be honest, even if I dont agree with it, I can understand that perspective.

  137. Jim S. says:

    I think Letterman lost a lot off his fastball.

  138. Jim S. says:

    I think the Pirates struggled with whether to bring AJ back as well, bpn. In the end, they increased the offer because they know he is a very good pitcher. But, I think he had his detractors with the club. AJ’s personality will never be universally loved.

    I also wanted to see them make more of an impact this off-season. I think there is a lot of money in the till, and I hope they are going to pursue upgrading this team now and throughout the season.

  139. Lad 9 says:

    If they played it my backyard, I would close the curtains…..

  140. Dom says:

    Is Fallon funny? I saw him once and never felt like I was missing anything after that.

  141. Jandy says:

    hey hey, Laddie :)

  142. Milo Hamilton says:

    I like Ike – bet that would look good on a campaign button. :)

  143. Dom says:

    I’ve always been a fan of Ike.

    It never bothered me that he was an avid golfer in his free time. Everyone needs hobbies.

    But the bad news is that he’s slated to make like $11 million next year. He’s got to take a big pay cut or he could very well be out of here.

  144. Jim S. says:

    So, Atlanta supposedly is right smack in the middle of a horrible local TV contract that pays less than $20 million per season, and has 13 more years to run – in one of the largest TV markets in the country.

    And, they are also moving into a much better stadium deal in a few years.

    And, they also have committed well over $200 million for the next several years on extensions for their best young players.

    I wonder if they are working with their local TV partner to revisit their TV contract. Or, are they that confident the new stadium deal will bring tons of new $$ to do these extensions? Or, both.

    Or, maybe the national TV deal really is bringing a lot more $$ as well.

    Interesting stuff.

  145. Lad 9 says:

    Hey Jandy. Still trying to pop in when I can… :) I am considering becoming the anti – Florida Steeler. I will only post when the home team is winning and i will note how great all his favorite whipping boys are playing…

  146. Jandy says:

    Wow, good stuff, Damon, thanks for sharing!

  147. Jandy says:

    LOL! keep on popping in ;)

  148. Jim S. says:

    It was definitely catchier than the Hamilton campaign buttons that just said, “Aaron Burr shot me.”

  149. Milo Hamilton says:

    Never underestimate the sympathy vote. :)

  150. Brandie says:

    At Geritol Field.

  151. Brandie says:

    Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaddddddd Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnnnnneeeeee. (Whispering it today.)

  152. Damon says:

    I thought Josh was right on the money – just hope Sid doesn’t have another golden moment against the US if they meet in the semis….

  153. Jim S. says:

    Ted Leonsis obviously bought into it.

  154. Brandie says:

    Thank you for the link. Let us hope the Olympic well for Sid moments has run dry. The NHL Playoffs, however…

  155. Brandie says:

    I almost thought you meant Ike Davis

  156. Lad 9 says:

    BRANDIEEEEEE! Shouted loud and proud!

  157. Karen22 says:

    I don’t think this interview “bodes” well for Ms. Cooper. ;) She’s getting slammed all over social media.

  158. The Gunner says:

    AJ said something like for once he didn’t do something for AJ Burnett, he did it for his family. My my, how touching!! Wake up people – how can you buy what this guy is selling??? I sensed AJ was a BSer a long time ago and now this confirms it. Bob Walk mentioned on 93.7 The Fan that AJ was THE MAN in the Bucs clubhouse his first year but, in year 2, not so much. He couldn’t get it done in the one of the biggest games of 2013 & then he threatens to quit on the team and not make the trip to St. Louis after Cole gets the nod for the biggest game of the year. What a freakin’ baby you are, AJ!!!!!!

    Despite all of this, AJ is a good pitcher. But, it is time to close the book on this selfish egomaniac and get behind the Bucs in 2014.

    Wait until AJ hits some rough water in Philly and he criticizes the fans like he did here.

  159. Karen22 says:

    Of course our hearts go out to Bode & family. Not sure where Christin Cooper’s was, though. And this isn’t good “drama” press for NBC. Given the fallout, I suspect a mea culpa is in order.

  160. Karen22 says:

    Got that right, Jandy! See “USA Speed Skating.” Or not. Nothing to see here…move along!

  161. Jim S. says:

    Hey, Lad.

  162. Jim S. says:

    I was thinking it was going to be a defensive struggle. I took the under at 298.

  163. Jim S. says:

    I don’t watch Fallon. I actually don’t watch any of them very often. I have seen some clips of Leno asking people questions on the street.

    My former company had Leno perform for us once in Vegas. He was great.

  164. Jim S. says:

    As she should.

  165. I believe the best way to deal with AJ is scorch him in Philly if he pitches against us in one of the 3 games we even play them. He always pitched well at home and semi-lousy on the road at times. And that band box in Philly will help when Pedro, et al light him up.

    If he pitches at PNC, I hope he gets a standing O, then the Cueto treatment. He’s fair game, even though he meant a lot to the club for 2 seasons. All’s fair in love and baseball.

    Time to move on to the Cole-Taillon-Glasnow-Holmes era. Liriano, Morton and a revived Locke and Volquez will be OK, too.

  166. Brandie says:

    Making my heart go pittter pat oh Ladster!

  167. Brandie says:

    When the Phillies need bullpen relief, I guess it will br named…Wait for it…

    The Life Call (Call) To The Pen.

    Help! My velocity’s falling and my pitches are up!

    We’re sending help immediately Mr. Burnett.

    Brought to you by The Hot Flash Corner.

  168. The Gunner says:

    Well said, Lucky. These young kids the Pirates don’t need to be subject to negative influences on a daily basis.

  169. Bizrow says:

    Anyone else sick of winter?

    We have some openings in the blogs fantasy baseball leagues if anyone is interested

  170. pattonbb says:

    Frank Wren said when they announced the Freeman extension that they are counting on increased attendance and revenues at the new ballpark and its connected retail and entertainment village to help offset the “relatively small amount” they get from their local TV deal, compared to other teams.

    Isn’t the Brave’s “relatively small” amount about the same that NH said put the Buccos in the “Upper half” of tv deal revenue?

    Not sure I like the idea of spending money you don’t have yet, but you have to applaud them for trying to get a bigger piece of the pie. Having said that, Atlanta fans are historically fair-weathered as far as attendance goes. 3 years from now they might look like the Marlins and sell everybody off if this doesn’t work.

  171. Karen22 says:

    I just saw that…didn’t know they were friends. OK – perhaps I’ll forgive her since he has…

  172. Interesting read but lets save the suggestions for canada till AFTER the tourney. I made some suggestions for russia yesterday but wasn’t concerned cuz i know how stubborn they are and that they wouldn’t change lines. USA looks good and sweden is still somewhat a mystery due to injuries but i like where were are. Just hoping to see more of a cycle and possession game from the disco squad in the next few games.

  173. Milo Hamilton says:

    If you haven’t had a chance to read Mark Schlereth’s piece on the Miami Dolphins’ mess, please do yourself a favor & check it out.

    http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/10458607/lose-crucial-parts-code-nfl-locker-rooms

  174. pattonbb says:

    Ray Rice got into an argument with his fiancee on Saturday. She spit on him. He hit her so hard with an uppercut (according to deadspin) that she was knocked unconscious, then he dragged her out of an elevator by her feet (again, according to some witness deadspin is talking to). Both Rice and his future wife/ex-wife were arrested and booked.

    I’m sure he’s sorry.

    Stay classy, Ray.

  175. Excellent, Brandezita.

  176. Jim S. says:

    Yes, time to move on, Lucky.

  177. Brandie says:

    Glad you thought so.

  178. Brandie says:

    Perhaps your 2014 Phillies will get their picture on a Shredded Wheaties Box.

  179. Damon says:

    Excellent read…..Mark definitely has his head on straight.

  180. Wild Bill says:

    I didn’t think Ray was big enough to hurt a woman. His wife must be really small.

  181. Lad 9 says:

    Hey Jim. Any glimpse of spring out there in the Prairie State? Or alternatively, since I saw you were recommending motorized vehicles last week, what brand of snowblower should I ask for for Christmas next year? My 18 year old snowblower will be going to Pitt in the fall and I am NOT planning on taking that job over as is. Hope all is well with you my friend. :)

  182. Final score in women’s hockey: 6-1 over Sweden, with 70 shots on goal. Gold medal game: Thursday night vs the winner of the Canada/Switzerland match. The men’s team is no. 2, and their next match: Wednesday night vs the winner of the Czech Republic/Slovakia match.

  183. Brandie says:

    It makes me wonder if Jonathan Martin has been afflicted with some sort of depression for much of his life, but it has taken this series of instances to bring this to light.

  184. Jandy says:

    It’s fine Karen, I’m not insisting you forgive her. I just found the entire thing touching. And even though it happened on television, I’m sure Bode Miller felt some weight lift from his shoulders. It can’t be easy holding that all in.

  185. Jandy says:

    Agreed, Damon.

    Thanks for the link, Milo.

  186. Jandy says:

    In some cases, when you’ve had enough, you’ve had enough.

  187. Jandy says:

    POS scum >:<

  188. bpn8pitt says:

    Yes. Hard to believe they would pay Kimbrel that much to stick around if the team struggles. Nice pitcher, but 10 million+ for a closer not named Rivera is too much in my opinion.

  189. bpn8pitt says:

    Didnt realize the Cardinals were shuffling so many guys around, defensively.

  190. You’re right, Milo. Excellent read. My opinion of Schlereth just changed dramatically.

    The excellent minister, Rick Renner went through a similiar situation in his youth. A math teacher called him “Stupid” and began using that as his name and it stuck as a nickname.

    All that “stupid” kid has done is plant churches in every one of the 11 time zones in Russia, maintain a ministry of his own and write more books and devotionals than I’ve every read in my 61 years on this planet.

    My prayer is everyone that’s called “stupid” can turn out like these 2 guys.

    Thanks again for the recommendation.

  191. The Russians just won the gold in two man bobsledding and the US won the bronze in that event, so the Russians, the US, and the Dutch have now all won 17 medals and are thus tied for first.

  192. Jandy says:

    I REALLY hate that “S” word. Any teacher that uses it should be fired on the spot. Grrrr!

  193. I think they would nowadays, J-girl. My son teaches at a Christian school here locally. He says you can’t even remotely joke with a student about anything. He and a couple other male teachers mentioned to a boy that his shirt was pink and you’d think they’d have whipped him with a bull whip. The kid told him he hated him and he was the worst teacher he ever had.

    Needless to say, he learned a valuable lesson. He doesn’t need to learn it twice.

  194. pattonbb says:

    Couldn’t have said it better, myself.

  195. This US bronze medal was the first one in bobsledding since 1952.

  196. Jandy says:

    Oh I realize teachers need to be “politically correct” but calling a child stupid is beyond stupid. That takes a very small minded individual to do that.

  197. Man how bout Maatta? Just looked up some numbers. He’s got 2 goals, 4 points, 2nd behind timmonnen(or however you spell his name) in minutes(he and salo tied for TOI) and he got the philly treatment from kuni and crosby. Kuni with the elbow and sid showing frustration at the end of regulation by tripping Maatta. What makes him scary is the room for improvement his skating has but for now being the Finns #1 dman will have to do.

  198. Oh ya and the 4 points is good for team lead with ruutu.

  199. Lad 9 says:

    Biz

    Count me in. My Yahoo e-mail is the same as the football league, but I will shoot it to you from home soon tonight if you need it.

  200. TJA says:

    I see Penn State announced they hired their new president from Florida State. I know nothing about this guy at all, nor do I know anything about the guy Pitt hired to run their university. But, I like the way Pitt handled their search much better than PSU. I think and have heard Pitt had a good mix on their search committee from alumni…to students…to faculty…to people in the business world…etc. etc. To me, it STILL is like EVERYTHING is a secret at Happy Valley. Will they ever learn? That was all…just some of my thoughts.

  201. Jandy says:

    You forgot to say Rick Nash gave him a stick in the eye. The kid has unbelievable composure.

  202. The US team of Davis and White has just won the gold in ice dancing, the first US team to win the gold in that event, with the highest score in Olympic history in that event. The Russians won the bronze, and weren’t that far behind.

  203. bpn8pitt says:

    I liked Pitt’s hire of Gallagher because of his Commerce Department experience. Any one who oversaw a 10 billion dollar budget and 40K employees has some management skill in my opinion…Even if it was a Federal job.

    My wife told me Barron was at Penn State for 20 years before FSU, while she was there. I dont think thats a bad thing either. Seems to me, he’ll be familiar with some people he’ll have to deal with and will be able to navigate the politics of Happy Valley. Thats everywhere, though. Cant say for sure whether its a good or bad hire. Pretty sure those places do their homework on executive level hires…Except WVU and Gordon Gee. dont get that one. :)

  204. theplanisworking says:

    I am so glad they didn’t get DK’s memo about ruining the Olympics, huh? ;)

  205. Jandy says:

    dayum straight!

  206. Patrick(RI) says:

    This is for Lucky per his desire to see Pedro light-up SJ. How is he gonna do that if all he sees in the strike zone are wicked curve balls?

  207. Brandie says:

    It is about time for that breakthrough.

  208. Patrick(RI) says:

    Does it bother anybody else that we only pay our Gold Medalists $25,000 bonuses, when some tiny countries (GDP wise) offer $250,000? Are our amatures less valuable, so to speak?

    I wonder how well the ancient Greeks would have done in speed-skating? Being naked would have given them quite an edge!

  209. Patrick(RI) says:

    “AJ,” of course,

  210. TJA says:

    Thanks, bpn. Helpful! I would sure hope that PSU learned something over the past couple years and did indeed do their homework. Thanks again.

  211. Brandie says:

    That is a question for the ages.

  212. Brandie says:

    Three cheers for The Umlaut Kid!!!!!!!!!!!!

  213. Brandie says:

    What were they thinking? Both were arrested for assaulting each other. I don’t care how mad you are…it is never okay to hit one another. I think their potential union needs to be rethought as trying to bring up possible kids, in that type of union, is the king of all bone headed ideas.

  214. Brandie says:

    Justice, are you an alum as well?

  215. The Gunner says:

    as long as Ray Ray says he sorry, he’ll surely get off the hook

  216. Sarah says:

    So Peeps….picks for the hockey qualies tomorrow???
    Will RUS be too tight to get by NOR?
    SUI should beat Latvia I guess…..
    Jags and CZECH get through??

    PICKS Peeps?

  217. Jandy says:

    Oh My!

  218. Patrick(ri). says:

    Glad you did not say “aged,” though the first one probably is.

  219. TJA says:

    Neither institution, Brandie. Went to a small college here in Pittsburgh. My job, at times, has me working at Pitt, so I have interest in them.

  220. Jandy says:

    Peep peep!
    lol

    I look for Czech Republic to beat Slovakia.

    Russia will beat Norway, one way or another ;)

    Switzerland should beat Latvia…

  221. Brandie says:

    From what fine institution did you matriculate?

  222. Sarah says:

    Does CAN not have a bad history w SUI? That might get interesting if Babcock continues to be an idiot.

  223. I got:

    slovenia over austria 6-4
    russia over norway 5-2
    swiss over latvia 3-1 w/empty netter
    slovakia over czechs 3-2

    Have thoughts on quarters but wanna wait for now. Who you got?

  224. The swiss gave canada all they can handle last time around.

  225. Sarah says:

    ….any thoughts on CAN v USA for the women?

    I actually think a lot depends on how tightly it’s reffed…. Will Canada be allowed to slow US w interference?

    Generally I favor CAN…..they are just more physical and interference or not that gets US off their game. We ‘ll see!

  226. JohninOshkosh says:

    I’m a proud American of Norwegian descent but no way does Norway beat the Russians. BTW-Fun trivia fact: Which country has the most Winter Olympic medals of all time: if you answered Norway, then treat yourself to some Lutefisk. Cute how Dejan frets about the USA’s medal count while little old Norway plows through winter Olympics after winter Olympics.

    Russia will win. The Swiss will win and just might ride their goalie to the semifinals. Czech will prevail.

    BTW-before anyone dismissed CCCP, just remember the mighty Canadians, with Lemieux and all, had to play a qualifying elimination game in Utah on their way to Gold.

  227. Brandie says:

    Russia gets by Norway…chances of that increase if Ovie is locked in a closet with no way out.

    Geritol Jags and his Czech brethren for the win over Slovakia.

    Switzerland will handle their business against Latvia.

  228. theplanisworking says:

    I look for DK to screw up the Olympics. ;)

    Not interested in hockey til the USA plays again.
    Now, for some ice dancing………. ;)

    Later Nunsense, and Purple crew. :)

  229. Jandy says:

    I agree with you on that Sarah…if it’s reffed right, our girls will at least have a chance.

  230. Jandy says:

    Be good, Oh Purple One :)

  231. Damon says:

    I’m going to go with:
    Czech over Slovaks
    Swiss over Latvia
    Russians over Norway
    Austrians over Slovenia

    after that, there are two huge games – Canada vs. Swiss, Russians vs. Finland. I’m going to go upset and say:
    Russians over Finns
    Canada over Swiss (although I am soooooooooooo tempted to pick that as an upset as well)
    Sweden over Austrians
    USA over Czechs

    Russians over Sweden
    USA over Canada

    USA over Russia

  232. Sarah says:

    Wow 5 goals for RUS! Bold!

    Agree w all your picks but for Slovakia. I think CZECH squeaks through there.
    I can’t pick goals….but it’s safe that SUI won’t score many.

    On Slovenia – Austria i really got nothin. I thought Slovenia was awful, but have not seen Aus at all.

    I think if RUS can loosen up and actually get as many as 5 then that would be bad news for the field…..I just kinda doubt it. I think they will scrape through, but I think they’re a total dumpster fire as a team, just like Vancouver. Only with way more pressure.

  233. Sarah says:

    Hmm! Maybe a popcorn match there!

  234. That was a faith statement, Patrick, assuming he sees the ball at all.

  235. Brandie says:

    It will be a tight game depending upon how it is officiated. If Canada scores with too many players on the ice, I am gonna be pizzed.

  236. Damon says:

    Slovenia lost Kopitar who is their only big time threat

  237. Brandie says:

    Hippo created a good image in my head of him ice dancing.

  238. Norway will wear down by the 3rd. And with slovenia i’m just counting on kopitar playing. If he’s out like he was for most of that usa game that changes some things. I like their goalie and team discipline.

    For as bad as the slovaks looked most the tourney i thought they found something against russia. They dug in and sat back and really didnt try to pressure much at all but they’re dangerous. Factor in the national pride against the big bad czechs and this game has all the makings…

  239. Oh is kopitar out for sure?

  240. Brandie says:

    What would make that even better is an apology via Twitter. SMH.

  241. Damon says:

    I heard he was – he went to get blood tests for some kind of sickness. Maybe I mis-read though…went through stuff quick this morning.

  242. Heard he was sick but didnt think it was more than the flu or something.

  243. TJA says:

    La Roche College…

    You I assume are Penn State Blue and White?

  244. Brandie says:

    Yes I am, though I am familiar with La Roche as I am sn original Burgh baby.

  245. Bizrow says:

    Yes, please do, thanks

  246. Arriba Wilver says:

    +++ to bpn

  247. TJA says:

    Wonderful, Brandie…what part of the ‘Burgh you from?

  248. Brandie says:

    Grew up in East Liberty. Penn Hills graduate. Live outside of State College now.

  249. 21sthebest says:

    Brandie, is that anywhere near Sliberty? I grew up nearby.

  250. Dave G says:

    Cincinnati radio reporting that the Reds are close to securing a $100 million contract with Homer-frickin’-Bailey.

    Bailey is four games over .500 for his entire career (49-45) and he has a lifetime ERA of 4.25.

    $100 million for a pitcher who loses half of his games.

  251. Dave G says:

    *** This is a 6 year deal!

  252. Eric Bowser says:

    Walt Jocketty has apparently lost his mind.

  253. Bizrow says:

    Wonder what their TV deal is ;-)

    Bucs will never survive

  254. Eric Bowser says:

    Tom Singer….. really must need the paycheck because he’s not a journalist anymore.

    That piece on MLB.com was absolutely atrocious… I could do a better job asking 5 questions while on morphine, which interestingly enough I was on today since I was in the hospital this morning for kidney stone.

    Frank the Tank just can’t keep his mouth shut…

    Mr. President……. my gawd, revoke his journalist credential.

  255. Sarah says:

    HAH! Geritol Jags!! Love it!!!!

    Interesting picks everybody!!!!

    I think for me the biggest hook is watching to see if Russia implodes. I mean, really, after game 1 they have 2 goals total, with a win in SO.

    Poor Geno has 0 points since about 4 mins into the first game.
    They seem to be driven crazy by the coach.
    The individuals like Ovie, Radulov, Kovy are killing the team and Genos being neutralized.

    It’s like watching a train wreck!…..I can’t imagine the lose to Norway…..but if they don’t medal…..yikes….

    Fun stuff!!!!

  256. scapper says:

    It was hard, but we all must suffer in this life. It’s going to take me a long, long to stop missing them and…oh look! Tara Lipinski is on! Thank god for Sony Bravia hi-def television!

  257. pattonbb says:

    Yea, “elite player-development program”….

  258. Wild Bill says:

    This is what happens when you pitch, I believe, two no hitters to date for your team. That’s leverage.

  259. Wild Bill says:

    Kidney stone, Eric! Hang in there; had one of those once, worst pain in my entire life.

  260. pattonbb says:

    Great point.

  261. JohninOshkosh says:

    Never was a journalist, at least in his capacity as a writer for MLB.com. Those guys are press agents, not journalists.

  262. JohninOshkosh says:

    Oh, hope you feel better, soon.

  263. Wild Bill says:

    Missed the earlier discussion of Eric Barron’s election as President of PSU. Please do not miss the significance of the election being unanimous from a board that is far from unified. I, for one, did not think that could happen right now. Barron knows PSU realities, having been a dean there, but he’s been other places, too. I think he likely has opinions about what PSU has been through, but he seems thoughtful, careful, and thorough in the jobs he’s handled. That should serve him well at a place where alumni are divided over the events of the past.

  264. Eric Bowser says:

    4th time for me and great news, more in the kidney… such is life I guess.

  265. Eric Bowser says:

    Thanks Wild Bill and Lucky

  266. You all may have heard by now that free agent infielder Kendres Morales’ agent: Julius Boras has tweeted that his client is a perfect fit for the Pirates. Now let’s hope, therefore, that if the Bucs, who’ve been showing interest in him, actually sign him, that he’ll then justify his agent’s and the Pirates’ faith in him.

 
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