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Vacation thread 3-3-14

By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

On break until March 10. Please feel free to use this post as a discussion thread, as always.

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. Jandy says:

    Slow morning on the blog.
    Cold morning with 10 degrees here in Duncanaville, PA

    NHL trade deadline coming up Wednesday at 3pm/
    In Shero I trust.

  2. JAL says:

    JAL’s My Best Friend Morning Links

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqIbbrq5SQk&feature=kp

    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: Passing on Mark Appel Was a Great Decision For the Pirates

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/first-pitch-passing-on-mark-appel-was-a-great-decision-for-the-pirates.html

    Austin Meadows: A Luxury For an Organization Loaded With Quality Outfielders

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/austin-meadows-a-luxury-for-an-organization-loaded-with-quality-outfielders.html

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Pirates, Brewers scouting Mike Carp

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2014/3/3/5464522/pirates-brewers-scouting-mike-carp

    7 Rumbunter

    Pirates GM Neal Huntington Show Notes

    http://rumbunter.com/2014/03/02/pirates-gm-neal-huntington-show-notes-3/

    8 Green Weenie

    3/2: Chick Robataille, Frank Colman, Cal Abrams, Don Schwall…

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2014/03/32-chick-robataille-frank-colman-cal.html

    9 Rant Sports

    >Pittsburgh Pirates Rumors: Mike Carp Should Be Top Target For 1B

    http://www.rantsports.com/mlb/2014/03/02/pittsburgh-pirates-rumors-mike-carp-should-be-top-target-for-1b/

    10 Saber Bucs

    An “Unknown” Pirate who Could Help the Team in 2014

    http://saberbucs.com/blog/2014/03/02/an-unknown-pirate-who-could-help-the-team-in-2014/

  3. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Boston Herald

    Notebook: Jake Peavy cut from start

    http://bostonherald.com/sports/red_sox_mlb/boston_red_sox/2014/03/notebook_jake_peavy_cut_from_start

    12 Beaver County Times

    Pirates pitching coach learns his love for teaching

    http://www.timesonline.com/sports/pirates/pirates-pitching-coach-learns-his-love-for-teaching/article_14d994b6-af69-5242-b68b-42da811ce46c.html

    13 KDKA

    Colin Dunlap: Have Patience With Polanco

    http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2014/03/02/colin-dunlap-have-patience-with-polanco/

    14 Pirates Site

    Normal routine makes huge difference for Walker

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article/pit/normal-routine-makes-huge-difference-for-pittsburgh-pirates-neil-walker?ymd=20140302&content_id=68539496&vkey=news_pit

    15 Redbird Rants

    The Top Ten Things That Could Derail the Cardinals Season

    http://redbirdrants.com/2014/03/02/top-ten-things-derail-cardinals-season/

    Boston Globe </b>

    Is there ever really crying in baseball?

    http://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/2014/03/03/there-cryingin-baseball/deOZ0Y4urLxapH70TL97CK/story.html

    17 Business Week</b>

    No, Baseball Doesn’t Have a Fake ADHD Epidemic

    http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2014-03-03/no-baseball-doesnt-have-a-fake-adhd-epidemic

    18 St. Louis Post Gazette</b>

    Bernie: Wacha handles the hype well

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/columns/bernie-miklasz/bernie-wacha-handles-the-hype-well/article_df7b5859-aa8e-59f2-830e-52f5d69ace1f.html

    19 Fangraphs

    RotoGraphs Consensus Ranks: Relief Pitchers

    http://www.fangraphs.com/fantasy/rotographs-consensus-ranks-relief-pitchers/

    20 Baseball Prospectus

    Under-25 Talent Rankings

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=22944

  4. Jandy says:

    Welcome home, Joe :)

  5. Brandie says:

    Good morning Jandalissima and JAL.

  6. Jandy says:

    Love my new name :)

    Happy cold fackin Monday, Brandimillia :)

  7. Brandie says:

    Last night Plan gave me the award for best supporting Muppet in a Sports Blog! Have to live up to that billing. Your name is the result of that award.

  8. Jandy says:

    I feel honored, oh Muppet Queen!

  9. Brandie says:

    :) Also looks like Plan is moving to Irwin. Closer to you now.

  10. Jandy says:

    Irwin is still 2 hours from me. Glad he is going to be near family :)

  11. Brandie says:

    Not with the way my husband drives!

  12. Jandy says:

    LOL!

  13. Pucknutz says:

    http://blog.triblive.com/thisjustin/2014/03/01/grab-a-hankie-8-year-old-makes-soldiers-day/#axzz2utUQHbdt

    Not sports related, couple days old but I just saw it – darn near brought a tear to this old farts eye!
    Slow mornin – hope I don’t get a bold reaming for going off the track. :)

  14. Jim S. says:

    It’s March now. It’s not supposed to be 1 degree outside. I’m tired of cold and snow. “Every day I’m shovelin’.”

  15. Jandy says:

    This old fart got teary-eyed too.
    No bold reamings for this one, Puckers.

  16. Jandy says:

    What you said!

  17. Jim S. says:

    Wow! Thanks for that, Pucknutz. Wonderful story.

  18. Jim S. says:

    I wasn’t here yesterday or Saturday evening to discuss that mess of a hockey game. But, that was flat out embarrassing. It’s one thing to lose. It’s another thing to not even show up. Played like a bunch of quitters who didn’t want to be there.

    They get another shot at Chicago at home coming up still, right? I sure hope they don’t get beat down like that again.

  19. Brandie says:

    Made me smile.

  20. Sarah says:

    I think on good ice they may get beat down worse….

  21. Jandy says:

    Yes, indeed, we play them at home March 30. Let’s hope they redeem themselves.

  22. You could play hockey on our roads this morning. Had to turn around and go home instead of into work. Solid sheet of ice a couple inches thick. Worst I’ve seen in 16 years around here. Usually mowing the lawn in March, not skidding on ice.

    Mercy.

  23. Jandy says:

    Revvie, so glad you were smart enough to turn around and go home! Not worth it! :*

  24. Darn you pucknutz!!! Someone get me a tissue! :)

  25. Jandy says:

    :uploading a box of tissues:

  26. Hey if you guys want to see a breakdown of the kesler chatter check out the link and comments below.

    http://www.pensburgh.com/2014/3/2/5463502/kesler-vs-sutter-is-it-really-worth-it#comments

  27. That’s what my wife said. She thought I was crazy for trying. Nothing bothers me about winter driving, living most of my life up there. But solid ice is for skating, not running cars.

    You’d think these idiots would close the state offices to protect their employees and clients, especially us “non-essential” ones. The lunatics are running the asylum here.

  28. Jim S. says:

    Bucs fans – Sounds like they are kicking the tires on Mike Carp of the Red Sox. It won’t escape Huntington’s notice that most likely a big chunk of why Carp hit so well last year was that almost 40% of the balls he put in play fell for hits. That is an anomaly. He seems to have a decent bat, though. In a small sample size for his career, he actually hits lefties pretty well.

    I’m not sure he’s better than Lambo, and I’m also not so sure Lambo is better than McGuinness, whom they already have.

    Regarding the bullpen, I think Stolmy sticks due to being out of options and throwing up to 97 MPH. I also think Gomez sticks. Morris struggled, but has a good pedigree for a bounce back season. I have a feeling the odd man out, if there is one, will be the Vin Man. I know he pitched solidly pretty much all of last season, but his career #’s before Pittsburgh were never good. He gave up a ton of hits and did not strike out many batters. I wonder if he just had a nice season last year and will go back to his old self this year.

  29. Cleveland cut the Cooper kid yesterday. His numbers overall are like .270, 6 HR, 23 RBI. Don’t know what his WAR or xFIB are, but he seems to fit the mold. Probably not much better than what we have now, though.

  30. Wild Bill says:

    Saw that too about Carp, Jim. The problem with him is, as you said, he hits lefties really well for a lefty – actually hit them better than right handers. This might be a guy who’s best to play everyday, not to platoon.

  31. Jandy says:

    Hey now, we resemble that remark ;)

  32. Jandy says:

    Thanks for the link Monster Mash. I’ll wait to see what Ray does.

  33. Jim S. says:

    New MLB technology. Pretty advanced. Might eventually put to rest a lot of arguments about which guys really are the best base runners, the best fielders, etc.

    http://t.co/4X09YGUcAj

  34. Wild Bill says:

    Howdy, all Yinz. Saw that the Eagles signed three of their most productive players to extensions lately, and are still more than 20 million under the cap. They also pay much more for offense than for defense. Shows what you can do when you manage your cap well and when you aren’t paying for a “franchise” qb.

  35. Not here on the blog. Here in KY. ;)

  36. Wait to see? What fun is that. Being snowed in yesterday took its toll :)

  37. Jim S. says:

    Who is he, Lucky?

  38. Sure miss the Drewmeister. Hope he’s still alive somewhere in the Sunshine State. :(

  39. Had to look him up, Jim. David Cooper. I believe he was with Toronto and Cleveland signed him, but they got a kid from the Dodgers and let him go. 24/7 tweeted that yesterday without any further comment.

  40. Jandy says:

    I gotcha, had to bust on ya, Revvie :P

  41. Jandy says:

    Wasn’t snowed in here…we got zilch, zero, snow…was a nice change!

  42. Jandy says:

    Well, I sure miss him too. It’s fun to pick on him.
    Thunder just isn’t the same…

  43. pattonbb says:

    I’m with you.

  44. Jim S. says:

    Oh yeah, now I remember him. He had the spinal cord injury.

    He is not the same kind of hitter as McGuinness and Carp, for sure. This guy does not have as much power, but puts the ball in play. Doesn’t draw a lot of walks, so his OBP is almost all from batting average. Seemed to hit a lot of line drives last year, resulting in a lot of doubles. He would be more of the Loney mold, it appears.

  45. First I’d heard of him.

  46. Brandie says:

    I also miss the dry wit of the Drew-bador!

  47. Brandie says:

    Tell us how you really feel Big Willy Thrills!

  48. Jim S. says:

    When you said Cooper, I looked him up. I remembered somebody having that injury that he recovered from, but I couldn’t remember his name.

    As for how Cooper profiles as a hitter, I am just taking that from his stats. I don’t have any first hand knowledge of him.

    I noticed the Pirates did not make much of, if any, play for Tyler Colvin when he came available a week or two ago. He has really a roller coaster type of hitter – up one year, down the next. Also doesn’t get on base much. But, he would have given them the 2 position flexibility (1b/RF).

  49. Dom says:

    I thought we had to shed 10 million or so to get under cap but according to this article we just have to dump 5.75 to be compliant.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/pittsburgh-steelers/post/_/id/5171/look-for-steelers-to-start-making-moves

  50. theplanisworking says:

    I hope your Oscar after party wasn’t too wild, oh Muppet One.

    And props to Reverend Lucky for not going to work.
    Safety first.

  51. Karen22 says:

    What you both said!

    :(

  52. Karen22 says:

    It was simply dreadful – and so were NBC’s dizzying camera angles! Horrible game to watch from many perspectives!

  53. theplanisworking says:

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

  54. Karen22 says:

    What happened to Drew??
    (That’s what I get for popping in & out here infrequently).

  55. Karen22 says:

    Plan, you are a PLUS kinda guy in my estimation! ;)

  56. Wild Bill says:

    Hey Plan, heard you were movin’ soon. Some folks will do anything to get away from Comcast.

  57. Brandie says:

    Still waiting to use my Platinum Giant Eagle Shippers Card to get my cookie!

  58. Wild Bill says:

    Greetings to the muppet moniker mistress!

  59. theplanisworking says:

    :D

    Morning, Karen.
    You should be happy, Bucs are back !

  60. theplanisworking says:

    Bill, I will be having Comcast at my new place! :(

  61. theplanisworking says:

    Chocolate Chip for me, please. :)

  62. theplanisworking says:

    I think a sand crab ate him.

  63. Karen22 says:

    You know I am (happy)! But some of them aren’t (back)…that might be a problem!

  64. Arriba Wilver says:

    And his defense isn’t supposed to be a reason to get him.

  65. Karen22 says:

    Oh…that could be a problem, too! ;)

  66. Wild Bill says:

    Did not understand the article’s idea that because of Heath’s high cap number this year, it was time to do a long term deal. I think at his age and with his wear and tear, it’s time to think of a younger, cheaper, draftee to go to after this expensive season.

    I hate sayin’ that though; I’ve always loved Heath.

  67. Jandy says:

    for the sand crab…

  68. Wild Bill says:

    oops. Be interesting to see if they give ya any installation break as an existing customer.

  69. Pucknutz says:

    Sorry monster….but the last sentence and the picture just tore me up… hadda share it.

  70. Arriba Wilver says:

    No chance. ;-)

  71. Dom says:

    Yeah, I didn’t get that too. I suppose if it was a two year extension, I wouldn’t have an issue with it. Anything beyond that is unnecessary.

    Plus, there are numerous decent TEs in the draft. One might be too good to pass on. Depending how the first 14 picks play out, we might even draft Eric Ebron in the first.

  72. theplanisworking says:

    Correct, AW, no chance at all.

    They do offer a moving thingy, I will have to call them and find out what it is.

  73. Brandie says:

    Triple M…That’s Me!

  74. theplanisworking says:

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Oops, wrong post. ;)

  75. Brandie says:

    Point taken Arreebz!

  76. Karen22 says:

    HA!

  77. Andrew says:

    That is kind of the current NFL, franchise QB or elite defense, it is tough to have both for any period of time. Take a look at the top defensive teams by points, most have a cost controlled QB.

  78. Brandie says:

    Temptress 22, the blog siren!!!!

  79. I was lurking the other day when so many of our self-proclaimed hockey experts came up with another reason for “firing Dan Bylsma”———he did not play Simon Depres against the Canadians.

    After Depres’ 1st period penalties and general out of position play Saturday night, there now seems to be a loud silence about Simon Depres.

    That’s OK: someone will come up with another reason soon for firing 40-16-4 ( and 1st Place overall in the East), former NHL Coach of the Year Dan Bylsma.

  80. Not sure Despres was only nomad on the ice on sat Groat. Really hope the pens took the film from saturday and treated it like the copy machine in “office space” :)

  81. Karen22 says:

    Siren…HA! Sound the alarm, you Animal! ;)

  82. Milo Hamilton says:

    So Plan,

    Do I hear correctly ? I should welcome you to Westmoreland County ?

  83. theplanisworking says:

    Yes, Milo.
    This coming weekend.

    Hide anything you deem necessary.

    Also, condolences to the Burrell Lady Bucs.

  84. Agreed, Monster Mash, that Saturday was a total group loss . . . . if Marc Andre Fleury doesn’t play as well as he did in the first 2 periods, that game could have been 9-1! 9 odd man rushes at last count!

    It’s a game to flush. Just find it amusing that our experts used Simon Despres sitting out ONE GAME as another reason to fire Bylsma, then Despres is the worst defenseman on the ice for either team in that rancid game.

    The boys appeared a little too quick for Simon. Maybe he needs time to adjust to the quicker and stronger NHL players. Actually, I like Despres and hope he does not get traded.

  85. Brandie says:

    Bow chicka wow wow!

  86. Milo Hamilton says:

    The girls were overwhelmed by a more experienced & talented team. I still declare them Class AA Public School Champions. And congrats to your New Castle team. I’m sure Hampton can’t wait to get back down to AAA next year.

    And officially, welcome to our humble county. And enjoy Route 30. :)

  87. I’ve seen him play too well too many times to want to trade him at 22. Disco cant let the perfection be the enemy of the very good. Especially when i believe team record is 50-17 with despres playing. He makes mistakes, but are they more costly to the one’s made anyone else? Dont think so. Only one way to let him learn from his mistakes. And doing it while possessing a .746 winning percentage with him in lineup should be a luxury disco would be wise to take advantage of.

  88. theplanisworking says:

    New Castle goes down to AAA next year also. Go figure.

    You bring up a great point about “Public School” champions. I for years have stated that the PIAA needs to adopt New Jersey’s system…….. Public and Private leagues, and separate champions.

    Look at the WPIAL, and more specifically, the PIAA finals. Normally dominated by Private schools. Lincoln Park is an all-star team, for pete’s sake.

    Oh, and New Castle-Hampton part 4 could happen in 2 weeks, depending if both teams win out. That is a game that could be held at the Pete, due to ticket demand.

    And thanks for the Route 30 advice. I remember when 30 wasn’t busy. Now, it is faster to walk than drive it. ;)

  89. Milo Hamilton says:

    Luckily we’re tucked away up here in a corner. Nobody in Westmoreland County proper even knows we exist. Until taxes are due of course. The only time I have to deal with 30 is if I go to Steelers camp.

    I didn’t know that about New Castle. I know Hampton will be coming back to our section & it’s pretty weak right now.

  90. I trust Dan Bylsma———40-16-4 and 1st overall in the East——to make both the short-term and long-term decisions for what is best for the Pens.

    I also trust Clint Hurdle to play the right players at the right times for the Pirates. If he bunts when I would not, I can still live with that. He is right there . . . I am behind a 65″ screen.

    I just don’t trust “clinching so hard he is trying to make diamonds” Neal Huntington and his win-at-all-costs owner/boss.

  91. theplanisworking says:

    I believe New Castle and Hampton will both be much weaker next year due to graduation. So there is comfort in that. New Castle and Hampton will be in different sections also……. New Castle will be in the section made up of mostly Parkway conference football teams, Blackhawk, Montour, Mars, Ambridge, etc.

    And, yes, you can never escape the long arm of the tax man. Westmoreland County is weird……. you are tucked in a corner, and if you go 3 miles outside of Greensburg, it is like being in the sticks. But it will be good to be back in Western Pa. The “motherland” if you will.

  92. bpn8pitt says:

    Dom, did you see the Redskins will franchise Orakpo? Worilds is now the top OLB available, especially when you consider his age. What a mess for Colbert to been in.

  93. bpn8pitt says:

    Im beginning to think the franchise QB thing is a little overhyped. Dont get me wrong, Id rather have one than not, but most of the franchise Qbs who won a Super Bowl werent signed to 100 million deal, eating up 15-20% of their teams cap space. In fact I think there is a stat out there that says something a long those lines.

    I’ll take my chances with Ben and an elite D anyday. Too bad when dont have the D anymore. Not gonna be fixed in a draft or two either.

  94. Jim S. says:

    I figured that had to be the case, Dom. He didn’t exactly get along with his teammates when he played. Or, the coaches. Ditka seems to love him now, but they use to go at it pretty good.

  95. Jim S. says:

    You setting up a little storefront to sell pitch forks and torches, plan? Going big time?

  96. Quick question…you think disco starts Cole over burnett in game 5? If his first inclination is engo over despres than i think there are some deep rooted issues. Either for despres or disco.

  97. theplanisworking says:

    Groat, I do understand the Pens have the best record in the East. Keep in mind, the Pens have played few tough teams so far, the post-break schedule is one of the toughest in the league.

    I criticize Bylsma more for his inability to adjust if his “system” beaks down, which is more and more. He is a stubborn coach…….. constantly trying to fit square pegs in round holes. Add to that the early playoff exits to inferior teams, and last June’s complete meltdown against the Bruins, and I just think Disco is a great regular season coach, who will not put the Pens over the hump.

    I DO want him to succeed…………. I just think he will have to change to do it, and I don’t see him changing.

  98. theplanisworking says:

    Torches R Us, Jim. :D

    I will be set up in the back corner of a flea market, complete with mangy watch dog. The fuel is locked up however. That is where the real money is……………

  99. BIG, BIG difference between Game #5 starter who had performed well for 5 straight weeks (over a starter who had serious trouble in that particular park) . . . .

    . . . and a regular season NHL game.

    Rossi reported that Despres had a poor practice before the Canadians game and that’s why Bylsma sat him. After seeing his performance in the Blackhawks game, what reason has Despres given for Bylsma to start him in the next game?

    Poor practice habits AND poor in-game performances earns street clothes, not skates, in my book.

  100. BillyBaduka says:

    Well said Plan.

    No one debates that he is a good coach and consistently has good regular seasons.

    It’s the lack of adjustments, which are needed more in a 7 game series than in the regular season that frustrates fans.

    He has a great regular season record over his career. He’s also 20-21 in post season after the Cup run.

  101. CoachWard says:

    New mock on walterfootball.com–If the Steelers have a chance at Denard and pass I’m going to be upset. Really like him at 15, especially if one of the taller wide receivers are unavailable. ILB in Rd 2 please.

  102. Practice?!?! You talkin bout practice?!?!? Google alan iverason practice press conference if you dont know what i mean :)

  103. If poor performance saturday night leads to scratches than WB baby pens need to start packing now before the game tomorrow night. Actually i’m thinking sarah and I may need to suit up.

  104. Jim S. says:

    I wish you well in that new venture!

  105. Paul Bunyan,

    1/ Name me one coach in NHL who is not stubborn in insisting his players play his system.
    2/ The Pens did NOT meltdown against the Bruins!!! They played terrific defense. They held the Bruins in check. Their offensive players did not show up. And they hit 9 goal posts! If Zdano Chara himself can shutdown Geno Malkin AND Sidney Crosby AND Chris Kunitz AND James Neal AND Pascal Dupius AND Jarome Iginla AND Chris Letang AND Paul Martin, then Pens did not deserve to win. Dan Bylsma cannot shoot the pucks for the offensive players.
    3/ This square peg/round hole phrase gets thrown around a lot as if it is gospel. The only square peg/round hole example I know is playing Iggy at left wing instead of right. Both Chris Kunitz and James Neal were having better years than Iggy. I don’t move either one of them. And I heard Iggy say in an interview that he could play the other side. Jarome Iginla was the 3rd best right wing on last year’s Pens!
    4/ We’ll find out about the Playoffs when we get to the Playoffs. This is the regular season right now, and Bylsma is the BEST in the East!

  106. Jim S. says:

    Cole pitched ok in Game 5, as I recall. We couldn’t score was the issue.

  107. scapper says:

    How dare you laud that no-account Pens coach! You even listed his 16 losses this year in your comment. Sixteen! And he’s still in the Pens’ employ. Your standards are so low. Such support for the head coach will not be tolerated by many on this blog.

    p.s. Well said, Groat!

  108. Wild Bill says:

    Had to laugh at an interview I heard with the new NBA commissioner, in which he defended the management of the train wreck that used to be called the Sixers. I’ll bet the Philly season ticket holders aren’t laughing, however.

  109. theplanisworking says:

    Groatmeal (thanks to Brandimal for that one)

    1) Of course all coaches are stubborn with their system. Name one other coach who REFUSES to change, even when said system isn’t working. I know of one. Ok, Torts, 2.

    2) The Pens DID melt down. The incident at the end of the first period of the first game, when Crosby and Chara went at it. The Broons got in the Pens heads. And it showed! After that, they were lost. Poise! Leadership! NONE!!

    3) Not dressing the best players. Putting Engo at a F spot………. there is more to “square peg, round hole” than Iggy.

    4) As to being the best in the regular season…….. ask the Canucks and Sharks how that has worked out for them. Vancouver fired Vigneault for 2 presidents trophies and a Cup Final loss. Duck won a Cup with Therrien’s players, he rightfully opened up the troops for that Cup…………. but since then, it has been a huge disappointment year after year.

  110. theplanisworking says:

    The Sixers are my team.
    They did warn people that they were going to “rebuild” this year.
    After what they did at the trade deadline, they gave new meaning to the word tanking.

    Irony part 1: Sixers get Pelicans pick if the Pelicans finish out of the bottom 5.

    Irony part 2: If Pelicans finish in bottom 5, Sixers get nothing. With the lottery system, it could happen.

    Irony part 3: The team with the worst overall record hasn’t gotten the #1 pick since Cleveland in 2003. Sixers could end up with the #4 pick, even if they get the worst record.

    So the team is looking at these extremes……
    Best: #1 and #6 picks.
    Worst: #4 and nothing else.

  111. Damon says:

    Heard the Pens released Chuck Kobasew, and also heard the Flyers are getting heavy into the Kesler trade talk.

  112. JohninOshkosh says:

    Biggest myths on this blog. Bylsma doesn’t go deep in playoffs. Five playoff appearances (hasn’t missed one in any year of his tenure-to which many in Ontario and Long Island are no doubt jealous of)-one championship. Repeat a FREAKING CHAMPIONSHIP! One Conference Final and One Conference Semifinal. Forty percent of his playoff appearances have gone the whole way or to the penultimate stage. We’ll see where he goes this year. I predict a Conference finals or SC finals. Second myth is that Therrien won the Cup. No he was fired. He did not coach the team through the rigors of the playoffs. Bylsma did. He did all the coachy things that a good coach has to do when taking over midseason and took them all the way. A third myth to dispel, now that I think of it. ALL coaches have early exits in the
    playoffs. The Great Scotty Bowman’s stellar career was littered with early exits. It is the nature of the SC playoffs-one of the things that makes it great, quite frankly, that higher seeds lose early on. Happens every year without fail to all sorts of talented organizations. It is the nature of the beast.

    I’ll disclose I have a bias. Bylsma is my favorite coach of any team in any league I follow.

    Well said, Groat.

  113. He also said that Allen Iverson is the greatest 76er player ever.

    Apparently he has never heard of Julius Erving or Wilt Chamberlain.
    I might also be willing to consider the “Round Mound of Rebound” Charles Barkley as better than Iverson.

  114. Wild Bill says:

    The Flyers biggest need is on defense, but they might like to keep the Pens from getting Kesler.

  115. Wild Bill says:

    Didn’t they also get a bunch of 2nd rounders in recent dealing, Plan?

  116. theplanisworking says:

    Or Chet Walker, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham, Moses Malone………

    Iverson was a great small player. He could really score.

    Just think the heights he could have achieved if Bylsma was his coach!!!!
    :) ;) ;)

  117. theplanisworking says:

    Yes, they have many second rounders.
    But the success of a franchise is difficult with 2nd rounders.
    They probably would be wise to package the 4 second rounders to try to get another 1st rounder.

    Just a weird thing happening in Philly this year.
    Contrast that to the Bucks, another tanking team. They don’t have the draft picks or cap space to improve. That is another sad situation in Milwaukee.

  118. I’ll just add this:

    When you get outscored by a touchdown in games 1 and 2 AT HOME in the ECF then referencing number of hit posts is futile.

  119. scapper says:

    Oshkosh…you saved my fingers a lot of effort. Now I won’t have to bang on the keyboard typing the same post you just typed. Great stuff.

    I’d have replied directly to your post, but some posts don’t have the “reply” option available.

  120. Oshkosh b’Gosh,

    I meant to go back to your list to see how well you did on your Oscar predictions last night, but haven’t had time.

    Loved Matthew M’s acceptance speech!

    Thought Ellen was tepid at best. The pizza thing was wasted time.

  121. Jordan White says:

    I go back and forth on Dan Bylsma, and I think both sides have laid out great arguments. I just want to add this:

    I hope for everybody’s sake the Pens win another cup soon. If you have 2 of the top 3 or 4 players in the world, plus one of the top 5 coaches, plus a plethora of good D men and you STILL aren’t winning championships…chances are your top 2 players aren’t as good as you think they are, the coach isn’t as good as you think he is, and the D men might not be that deep.

    Please, Pens, just win one more and make all this go away haha.

  122. Lad 9 says:

    Plan, we get the rematch on Saturday at 3:00 against your Canes. Would love to know how they picked Char Valley, which is in our backyard, but I am not complaining. Hoping we can stay off of you tube in this one…. :)

  123. JohninOshkosh says:

    I hit everyone correctly except I thought Jennifer Lawrence would beat Lupita Nyong’o. In retrospect that was a misfire on my part. I think patton on this blog got em all correct, though. (John Axford of the Cleveland Indians picked every category correctly-even documentary short and such!).

    It was an OK telecast. Pizza bit was lame but Ellen has a good way about her. I thought Pharrell’s performance was great (my wife was dancing around our living room!). I loved it when Jennifer Lawrence lipped to him that she didn’t want to dance.

    Big fan of McConaughey. Ever since the wonderful “Dazed and Confused”. Too bad he spent so many years trying to do dreadful romantic comedies. Also, a huge fan of Spike Jonze. “Her” was a terrific screenplay. Glad he won.

    And, Kate Hudson ? Holy balls!

    Oh, and have Leto and Blanchett finished their acceptance speeches yet?

  124. bpn8pitt says:

    Ton of cap space too.

  125. JohninOshkosh says:

    Best part, though, was Kim Novak trying to speak through her plastic surgery ravished face and mouth. I know she is trying to keep the bloom on the rose there as she was, in her youth, one of the great beauties of all time, but no when to say when. Bill Murray, on the other hand, could use a visit to the PS office!

  126. JohninOshkosh says:

    *know when

  127. pattonbb says:

    I liked Murray’s mention of Harold Ramis. Very classy considering the rumors that they were on the “outs” the last few years.

    McConaughey’s speech was very cool. Emotion looked real when he was talking about his family. Loved that he included his “alright, alright, alright” line at the end.

  128. Arriba Wilver says:

    I agree, Patton, but my understanding is that they HAD been on the outs since Groundhog Day because Murray was unhappy with what Ramis ended up doing with it. But they had recently reconciled prior to his death (I don’t know the exact timeframe of the reconciliation).

    OK, my understanding of the details is from Mark Madden. But, the timing I saw elsewhere also, with the exact timing of the reconciliation still fuzzy. But it was classy regardless, especially including Groundhog Day, if the story is true.

  129. JohninOshkosh says:

    Absolutely.

    I thought Bill looked somewhat shaken about it, understandably, on the red carpet and even presenting.

  130. Hope shero keeps driving the price up :)

  131. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, have the #2 ranked team in the state travel 2 hours, and have BP go 20 minutes. Doesn’t matter, New Castle will have the place packed.

    I wish your team well, Lad.
    I just hope the results aren’t another blowout.

  132. My favorite Matthew McConaughey movie of all time is “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” with the glorious Kate Hudson. He wears a Duke t-shirt in it while riding his cycle.

    Not bad in “A Time to Kill” also. Loved the Terry Bradshaw naked scene in “Failure to Launch.”

    Kim Novak looked like an accident victim. Scary! Turned a diamond into coal!

  133. Jim S. says:

    I loved the NBA back then, plan.

    The game I watch now just doesn’t compare for me. Makes me sad.

  134. theplanisworking says:

    Agreed.
    I just don’t see a big name FA coming to the Sixers anytime soon.
    But, stranger things have happened.

  135. Jim S. says:

    Barkley was far better than Iverson. Barkley was dominant as a Sixer. Iverson was a tough little guy, but he was such a dumb player IMO. Selfish as the day is long.

  136. Lad 9 says:

    I am hoping but not hopeful. It will be the last athletic competition for one of my kids if form holds, and I hate that….. Still hopeful my daughter will decide to go into coaching, but her experience in college really soured her on that. She is leaning towards the admin side, and actually had an interview with the NCAA last week for an internship. She is one of 10 finalists for five jobs from a pool of 600, so I have my fingers crossed.

  137. Monster Mash fo real:

  138. theplanisworking says:

    Good Luck!

    (Your daughter, not BP). ;)

  139. Dom says:

    Steelers placed the transition tag on Jason Worilds.

  140. theplanisworking says:

    Interesting.

    Important to remember, if Worilds signs elsewhere, and the Steelers don’t match, they get no compensation.

    makes me wonder why they didn’t think of the franchise tag……

  141. Dom says:

    If they did that, they would have had to pay him the average of the highest five or so OLBs in the NFL. He isn’t worth that much.

  142. theplanisworking says:

    True.

    I guess it’s a no win……….

  143. Jim S. says:

    Or, at least the $14.1 million qualifying offer. First, they screw up the AJ Burnett compensation. Now, this.

    Oh, sorry. Just pretend I didn’t chime in.

  144. Jim S. says:

    That’s really cool, Lad! Good luck to her.

  145. theplanisworking says:

    But there is no draft pick, Jim….

    lay off whatever Coonelly is having…….. ;)

  146. scapper says:

    Sometimes your posts have me thinking I’m in the next Spike Jonez movie. I could have posted this exact content about the Oscars, esp. the part about McConaughey and “Her.” GREAT movie. And so true about poor Kim Novak. Sad part is, if she had just shown up with her natural 81-year-old face, no one would have said a word. Cine-philes would have just enjoyed seeing her and not noticed her appearance. But with that botched plastic surgery, oh man, how sad.

    One question: What is the “PS office”?

  147. Brandie says:

    Brother Scap and Groatmeal…

    Kim Novak may look that way due to recent health problems. The woman is a cancer survivor and that will take a toll on anyone.

  148. BillyBaduka says:

    Well said Mr. White.

  149. Frank Coonelly says: “We are hoping to at least get the extra #1 Draft pick for Worilds.”

  150. JohninOshkosh says:

    Thanks, Scapper.

    Plastic Surgeon’s office lol.

    Not sure why I abbreviated it. Must have been busy at the time!

  151. JohninOshkosh says:

    I did not know that, Brandie. Feel bad about my snarkiness. My avatar will be Ms. Novak for a few days as penance. I loved Vertigo. A film I saw a long time ago that started my lifelong love affair with movies.

  152. theplanisworking says:

    Is this a classic Kim Novak picture I see ?

  153. Brandie says:

    It is okay. The woman is 81. Maybe she had injections…maybe it is a ade effect if the treatments. Anyhow st 81 she kicked cancer’s azz and can look any way she wants. Vertigo is also a face of mine.

  154. Brandie says:

    Effect of the cancer treatments…for crying out loud.

  155. theplanisworking says:

    Annnnndddddd, I just read above.
    Yep, I am on a roll today…………….

  156. JohninOshkosh says:

    :)

  157. scapper says:

    Whoa! No idea. Really thought it was the results of a pathetic, sad vanity. Thanks for the info.

  158. Jandy says:

    That’s mild, even Torts is better than this ;)

 
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