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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Tuesday travelogue is a new feature that will begin a week from today right here on the blog, and I’d be lying if I didn’t confess how much fun I’m expecting this to be.

Simplest way to explain is that’ll be a two-minute video similar to those Sochi video reports I did for WPXI-TV. And it’ll be an extremely informal form of travelogue that will tell a tale or two about a place, usually in Pittsburgh, sometimes on the road.

The pilot episode will be next Tuesday and, just to be sure it’s not taken any more seriously than any pilot, it’ll come from one of the least interesting places on the planet.

>> There goes LaMarr Woodley, but not Ike Taylor. Alan Robinson wraps it all up, then also takes a deep dive into the NFL’s free-agent market that opens at 4 p.m. today.

I’ve had my say on Woodley and wouldn’t change a syllable. As for Taylor, his salary was squashed way down from $7 million to $2.75 million, his cap hit by just about as much. Which is fine on its face. But with all the growing word that the Steelers have spent the weekend using the special contact period to reach out to corners, let’s hope that they’re more than open-minded about using that cap space at that position. Going into 2014 with Taylor and Cortez Allen as the only viable corners — or even as the starters — begs for a repeat. It won’t be good enough. Another real corner, maybe a No. 1, is a must.

Here’s the Trib’s Steelers page.

>> Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz put up the offense and Jeff Zatkoff did that Zatkoff thing in making all those odd-looking saves as the Penguins took the front end of a home-and-home with the Caps. Rob Rossi reports from Washington.

Here’s what our Subway Final Word panel had to say on the post-deadline Penguins’ Cup hopes …

I’ll be over at Consol tonight for the sequel.

Here’s the Trib’s Penguins page.

>> By now, everyone’s heard about the horrific collapse of Rich Peverley last night in Dallas. If not, the Dallas Morning News has extensive coverage.

Not all heart ailments are alike, but Peverley should serve as a powerful warning of the caution that must be exercised by athletes, teams and all concerned. Mario Lemieux did his right, when his irregular heartbeat brought his final retirement. He’s been blessed to be happy and healthy since and enjoyed everything about his family and children. Let’s hope Kris Letang makes the best call for himself as a man rather than a defenseman, whatever that might be.

>> Jameson Taillon, the Pirates’ top pitching prospect, is sent down early to minor-league camp. Travis Sawchik reports from Bradenton.

I’ll join the baseball club tomorrow in Fort Myers.

Here’s the Trib’s Pirates page.

>> Robert Morris hopes to go dancing tonight, by Paul Schofield. The NEC championship against Mount St. Mary’s will be televised on ESPN2.

>> Pitt can learn from ACC tourney history, by Kevin Gorman.

>> I’ll visit with my friends at TribLIVE Radio today at 11:30 a.m.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

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


  1. aaron says:

    Spot on with the assessment, DK. Moulson goes to Minnesota, and Vanek goes to Montreal for a draft pick. This speaks to me of Shero knowing what this team is and looking for next year.

    DK: Thanks for watching the clip, Aaron.

  2. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    I like Ike Taylor, but why not just cut him and nab one of these free-agent CBs in their 20s?

    Mark Kaboly is already tweeting: “Bringing Ike Taylor back is a very good decision by the Steelers. And oh yeah, he will start so don’t even go there.”

    I can’t see how anyone would know who is going to start six months from now, but regardless, why push that thought?

    Taylor starting would mean that the Steelers would go into the ’14 season with half of their starting defensive backfield well over 30.

    I most certainly hope that’s not the plan.

    DK: Obviously, I’m with you on this one.

  3. Stetson says:

    Hey DK,

    I tend to agree with you that the Steelers need a Verner, Davis, Talib, etc. if they hope to contend in 2014. However, I can’t help but wonder what happens to Willie Gay if another corner is brought in. Despite all the criticism (of which I think a lot stems from his first stint in Pittsburgh), I thought Gay had his best season as a pro last year. I like the idea of him being here on the cheap for two more years as our nickel back.

    If another corner is signed to play opposite Ike though, obviously the Steelers are going to use Cortez Allen as the nickel, leaving Gay as the odd man out.

    What do you see happening if another corner is signed?

    DK: Heck, I can’t help but wonder if Ike wouldn’t be the nickel guy. The Steelers can’t be blind to the fact Ike was beat off the ball repeatedly in one-on-one. I agree with you about Gay, but … man, again, it’s just too old. We’re still not talking about upgrades. This defense needs an upgrade at that position.

  4. Stetson says:

    Yeah, the possibilities are endless. Ike as the nickel guy would be my preference too, especially considering the fact the Steelers (after Ike’s pay cut, Brown’s restructure, cutting Woodley,etc.) have the money to go sign one of the aforementioned top free agent corners. Guess we’ll wait and see.

  5. Brandie says:


    Can’t wait for the Tuesday Travelogues. I am also waiting to see how the Steelers will handle the corner situation with the improved cap space by cutting Woodley and restructuring the Ike Taylor experiment. Besides corner, where else would you put the extra money since the Steelers have so many needs?

    Good to see Lee Stempniak get his first point as a Penguin and see him playing with increased confidence on the ice.

    Thoughts and prayers to Rich Peverly and all who love and care for him. Let this serve as a lesson for Kris Letang. I hope hr makes the best decision for himself and his family.

    Thank you for running this Lunatic Asylum.

  6. JoeyBats says:

    Pittsburgh Steelers….wishin’…..hopin’ …..and prayin’ :-)

    1. Steelers need to get younger, faster, meaner on the DEFENSIVE side of the ball. Holes everywhere.

    2. Can’t believe they kept Ike Taylor to be a starter for the 2014 season – that has to be only for DEPTH. (hoping that is the case). Let’s hope Dennard or Gilbert is a # 1 pick).

    3. Holes remain @ ILB and Safety too. Let’s hope that a # 2 or #3 pick strengthen one of those spots and a Free Agent signing …the other. Can Shamarko Thomas and Will Allen play Ryan Clark’s position adequately while the “new guy” gets ready?

    4. Jarvis Jones…….you better be working on your strength and bull rush technqiues !!! Anyone here think that Sean Spence is coming back to play LB ?

    5. As for Jason Worilds….let’s assume and trust he does not suffer from “LaMarr Woodley disease” — a malady that strikes you down signing your BIG $$$$$ second contract. :-(

    6. Finally….aside from a greatly improved Cam Heyward and a marginal Stevie McLendon — that defensive line is looking mighty thin. I guess we are assuming that a free agent signing and some late round picks are going to “have to make do” for this year.

    Wow…..too many holes to fill in one draft and free agent class…..
    Just trying to get better……..

  7. kr70 says:

    NHL suspends game because Dallas Star collapses on bench…..If he would have been knock unconscious in a fight on the ice, well that’s a different story

  8. Jandy says:

    You do realize his heart stopped beating, right? He nearly died.

  9. DJ says:

    I’m perfectly okay with keeping Ike one more year.

    I realize he had his worst year but he keeps himself in terrific shape and could easily have a bounce back year. He is also a consummate professional, has had no off field issues, knows LeBeau’s defense (no small thing) and would be a good mentor for draft picks . . . well, for everything except the “pick” drill.

    He’ll be a nice bridge to the future.

  10. When Peverley was in the ambulance on his way to the hospital, he protested that he wanted to get back on the ice, but then, that’s a hockey player for you.

  11. Arriba Wilver says:

    I agree with just about everything you said, except that he could easily have a bounce back year. Seems pretty unlikely, precisely because of the other things you mentioned about Ike. It’s not like he wasn’t trying or was out of shape last year. I agree with the points above that they can’t go into the season thinking he might have a “bounce back” year.

  12. JohninOshkosh says:

    After your zinger up above, Dejan, I’m guessing you’re not expecting big ratings for the pilot from the Bradenton market.

    Not to mention from the folks who spend their hard earned money to vacation there each spring!

  13. DJ says:

    We’ll see, AW. I think he’ll be well worth the $2.75 mill investment.

    I don’t think you could do better even if the you planned him as the third corner.

  14. JAL says:

    JAL’s Little Black Egg Morning Links


    1- MLB Transactions

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

    3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet

    4 Pirates Prospects Spring Training Tracker

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: Why We Won’t See Top Prospects in the Majors Until Mid-Season

    The Path to the Majors For Jameson Taillon and Casey Sadler

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Pirates’ Latin American signing roundups

    7 Rumbunter

    Great Scot – Episode 5 – Don’t Fret Over Cuts

    Pirates Reassign Jameson Taillon, Make First Moves of Camp

    8 Green Weenie

    3/10: John Cangelosi, Tike Redman, Neal Heaton, Reggie Sanders…

    9 SaberBucs

    Historically Great

    10 Pirates 101

    Pittsburgh Pirates Reassign Six, Including Jameson Taillon, to Minor League Camp Monday

  15. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 KDKA

    Pirates Manager Clint Hurdle: ‘We’re Focused On The Next Step

    12 Baseball News Source

    Jordy Mercer: Pirates Look to Turn Shortstop Position into Strength

    13 Rant Sports

    Pittsburgh Pirates’ Bullpen Depth Is Showing In Spring Training

    14 Pirates Site

    Jackson getting noticed at Pirates’ camp

    15 Bradenton Herald

    Fertile farm system should keep Pittsburgh Pirates competitive

    16 Men’s Journal

    The Training Secrets of Baseball’s Fittest Players

    17 Sarasota Herald Tribune

    Martin catching fire for Pirates

    18 St. Louis Post Gazette

    Cards view Diaz as a work in progress

    19 Fangraphs

    A Basic Model of 2014 Free Agent Pricing

    20 Baseball Prospectus

    The Week in Quotes

  16. Thundercrack says:


  17. RonBilak says:

    If Ike Taylor starts at corner, your team will be no better than 8-8. It is that simple. It is not a “good move” if that is the case. If it is for depth, maybe. Rewatch his play vs Gordon or Megatron, or his demotion during the year. Simply put he is past prime, not many Darrel Greene’s in football, and he is not one of them. 2.75 could be used better.

  18. Arriba Wilver says:

    That was the part I agreed with.

  19. Soooo…you guys remember when i was saying pens should practice cross corner murphy dumps during practice? Haven’t seen too many of those recently. Its a good way to dump the puck in or out of the zone while allowing for extra time for the forechecker to pressure the d. And you may recall springing rushes by doing murphy dumps out of our zone into the neutral zone. Puck would be in the air while we build up speed to pressure the d and there were times we sprung 2 on 1’s and breakaways just from defense being flat footed while puck is in the air.

    Watching the game last night made me wonder what happened to the cross corner murphy dump play? It could literally lead to more cycle and possession time if you get the puck airborne into the corner and if you clear the zone with the puck in the air it gives you a chance pressure the flat footed d.

  20. Brandie says:

    That makes me wonder how many draft classes and free agent signings it will take to create the foundation and not just fill the holes?

  21. Brandie says:

    Is that the point you are trying g to make? That there is no qualified…that if someone nearly dies on the ice because of a fight there would not be a stoppage?

  22. Well, anyhow, the Pirates have the day off today so there’ll be no exhibition baseball. But then, there’s still the Pens game at Consol tonight which they’ll hopefully win so they can stay atop the East.

  23. Jandy says:

    Call Bylsma and fill him in, Comrade!

  24. You mind calling for me? Still a lil groggy drinking my morning coffee :)

  25. Brandie says:

    He should be prosecuted for identity theft. Maybe we could have a Highlander moment here…There can only be ONE!

  26. Per Consol Dome rules…looks like you’re right! :)

  27. Jandy says:

    I’ll try, and let you know how I make out…

  28. Jandy says:

    Round up the posse! Get out the torches and pitchforks! Where’s Planimal when you need him???

  29. Brandie says:

    Disco Dan…Beyond Consol Dome!!!! Sounds brutal.

  30. Jandy says:

    I liked his answer to the 5 meanest, nastiest people to interview better ;)

  31. JB Batulis says:

    Very good read sir, I believe something good will come possibly with a good draft and pick up a key free agent or two. I believe the latter because i also believe players are interested in coming to PGH.
    Based on the three QBs Cutler, Flacco & Ryan utilized as comparsion Big Ben is due some money/compensation, he is clearly superior to all three plus extremely durable and downright tough,
    A question “Do you think Darren Sproles could end up a Steeler?
    Thx JB

  32. Jim S. says:

    I would be ok with keeping him another year in a back-up/specialized role.

    But, once a CB loses his ability to cover 1 on 1, I don’t think he bounces back, DJ.

  33. Jim S. says:

    Looking forward to the Tuesday travelogues, DK. In addition to your sports work, of course, I always enjoy your take on things outside of sports, particularly when you highlight one of Pittsburgh’s “gems.”

  34. You may have heard by now that Chris Connor of the Pens is out again for 4 to 6 weeks with a broken leg which he suffered while blocking a practice shot last Sunday night. He’d just gotten over his hand injury when this happened.

  35. Jim S. says:

    Some teams admit they have a ton of holes and go about building from the ground up. Other teams insist they are always a contender, and attempt to spackle over their shortcomings.

    The Steelers now have very few impact players, yet they want to convince everyone they are Super Bowl contenders.

  36. DK: Moot point. Wouldn’t be any more money in that event.

    And thanks!

  37. pattonbb says:

    If Ike Taylor could catch the ball, he’d be a borderline Hall of Fame candidate. The guy was one of the best cover CBs of his era. A true “shut down” CB. Unfortunately, his skills have been regressing for a couple years now. There’s no way he should be a starting cb on this team.

    Having said that, you can never have too many DBs so I’m good with him coming back as a #3 guy. He deserves to retire as a Steeler, and this one year deal allows him to do just that.

  38. DK: Again, look at available cash and the Steelers’ free agency history. What say you?

  39. Damon says:

    It was nice to see Glass and Orpik pounding Caps players with huge checks last night…haven’t really seen that in awhile. Sid looked more like Sid, and I’m liking that Kunitz-Crosby-Stempniak line. A few more games and I’m sure Stempniak will be more in sync. I was against Jokinen moving down to the 3rd line, but he and Sutter have great chemistry. I’m not sure I can say the same thing about Malkin & Neal with Pyatt as the LW. Just glad the team seems to be getting better (other than the first 10-15 minutes of the 2nd period).

  40. Milo Hamilton says:

    Some random thoughts from yesterday.

    – Man is Russell Martin locked in. Everything is squared up & jumping off his bat. Of course there’s no telling whether this will carry over to the regular season. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn’t.

    – We got to sit on the boardwalk right on the railing in rightfield. Right behind Travis Snider. Much has been made of his improved diet & weight loss. He’s lost a few pounds, but certainly not C.C. Sabathia pounds. Lets’ put it this way, he hasn’t transformed his body or anything. Oh, and he struck out three times yesterday.

    – Other than Martin, non roster infielder Michael Martinez had the best day. You may remember him with the Phillies. He reached base all three times up (2 singles & HBP) & made a spectacular diving, backhand play at second base. The Pirates have taken non roster bench guys north in the past & Martinez seems to be ahead of Robert Andino right now.

    – And props to our boy Steve Pearce. He hit a mammoth home run about two thirds up the batters eye in centerfield. And he made sure to stay right there in the batters box so he could see the whole thing. Now the wind was blowing a gale (Chase D’Arnaud hit a wind aided homer) but Pearce’s shot needed no help.

    – Finally, late in the game a guy sat down in the empty seat next to me. We exchanged pleasantries, asked each other where we were from etc.. Really nice fellow. Then he asked me, “So how did the Pirates do last year ?” Just a reminder that not everyone takes this stuff as seriously as some of us.

  41. JohninOshkosh says:

    Great stuff, Milo.

  42. Jandy says:

    Mye-lo baby! Glad you enjoyed your day.

    Life is too short to take sports seriously…right? RIGHT???

  43. Jandy says:


    I’m likin’ Stempy more and more…I think Sid is too :)

  44. Brandie says:

    Nice reporting Migh-lough!

  45. Milo Hamilton says:

    I will admit that I did take the Pens game seriously last night.

  46. How is chris stewart looking?

  47. Have a feelin that tonight will be a serious tilt as well.

  48. Damon says:

    I’m thinking you are right – if Stempniak helps Sid’s line to score, Sid’s happy. I just hope at this point Bylsma doesn’t plug Gibbons back there tonight….or the weekend.

  49. Brandie says:

    Stempy seems like he has a good mix of physical and cerebral.

  50. Milo Hamilton says:

    He wasn’t around yesterday. Nevin Ashley came in after Martin. Special shout out to all you Nevin Ashley fans out there.

  51. Brandie says:

    Gotta defend Consol Dome AKA The Disco Den. :)

  52. Sid carried that line yesterday but he has quick feet and decent hands once he establishes control. He’ll have trouble against a lot top d-pairings but guess that’s what sid is for too.

  53. Jandy says:

    Congrats to Matt Cooke, who will play his 1000th game tonight:
    For the Wild, Matt Cooke is slated to play his 1,000th game. He’ll become the 286th NHL player to play in 1,000 games and the fourth to do so while wearing a Wild uniform.

    Keith Carney, Andrew Brunette and Matt Cullen were the others. With his family on hand, Cooke will be honored before Tuesday’s game with the customary silver stick from the Wild and a crystal from the NHL. NHL official Jim Gregory will be on hand from the league.

    Cooke, 35, has collected 162 goals and 384 points, a plus-61, 2,013 hits and 1,120 penalty minutes in 999 regular-season games over 15 years. He ranks 10th among active players in hits, 13th in penalty minutes and 28th in games. He has played another 97 playoff games and won a Stanley Cup with the Penguins in 2009.

    Taken from an article from Michael Russo from the StarTribune

  54. MissIngaMolar says:

    Everyone thoughts on Extending Pouncey? … but cutting Woodley? (which I agree with)

    Pouncey games missed: 19 Full, and Nearly All of 3 Others

    15+ This year, In Addition to:

    2012 Wild-Card Game Denver (Tebow)
    2012 2.5+ Regular Season Games
    2011 Super Bowl (Green Bay)
    2011 AFC Championship Game (Jets, Left in First Quarter)

    How much money (and how many years) do you throw at an oft-injured player?
    How much Guaranteed $$$?

  55. Jandy says:

    Don’t tell anyone, but I did too, and the one tonight as well.

  56. Jandy says:

    Dejan will be at the Pens’ game this evening in Pittsburgh, so you’re stuck with both your wife AND your in-laws ;)

  57. Brandie says:

    Just don’t go on a rampage through Duncansville at the first sign of trouble. :)

  58. Brandie says:

    He would not have gotten to this milestone if he did not turn his game around.

  59. JohninOshkosh says:

    Lunardi’s latest bracketology is out and he now has Pitt a 10 seed in the Midwest against Kentucky at St. Louis. If the brackets are indeed set up like Lunardi’ s projections, that would mean Pitt would need to beat Kentucky, and then Midwest second seeded Kansas, to advance to the regionals. No biggie. Only two of the most storied college basketball programs in the history of the game.

    He also has Pitt in one of his three on the bubble categories.

    He projects Robert Morris, assuming they win tonight, as headed to Milwaukee to play Wisconsin. So, I may get to see RMU play in person for the first time.

    Gee, if Lunardi is correct, the Committee will certainly be showing no favours to the two Pittsburgh area schools in the tournament.

  60. Jandy says:

    LOL Sistah! I’ll be home yelling at the television and scaring my poor dog ;)

  61. JohninOshkosh says:



  62. Brandie says:

    How about take my wife and my in-laws?

  63. Jandy says:

    Agreed, Brandishikov!

  64. Jandy says:

    Ha! Saw that coming :P

  65. JohninOshkosh says:

    Were there any Pittsburgh celebrities at the place you watched the Pens ?

  66. Thundercrack says:

    Legendary shots by Steve Pearce….in Spring Training

  67. Milo Hamilton says:

    Pirates PR guy Jim Trdinich was there with someone that I didn’t recognize. That’s his go to place to watch the Pens. No John Wehner this time.

  68. Brandie says:

    Sure enough Jandyskina!

  69. cmat0829 says:

    Does Pitt deserve any favors? When your play on the court doesn’t get you any better than a 10 seed, you get what you get.

  70. Jim S. says:

    Pitch framer extraordinaire, monster. Can’t hit a lick, though.

  71. Brandie says:

    Tournaments take no prisoners. If you want a better seeding, do not leave it in the hands of the judges. Totally get your point.

  72. JohninOshkosh says:


  73. Jim S. says:

    Thanks for the insights, Milo. As with Groat’s reports from ST, I really enjoy reading first hand accounts.

  74. JHadar says:

    I think there is a difference between following closely and taking seriously. There are degrees of course, and you can do both.

  75. Jim S. says:

    Nice avatar, DK!!

  76. JohninOshkosh says:

    Still, pretty rough for the Colonials to have to play a road game against the Badgers.

  77. Thanks, Milo. Good report.

  78. Pitt should beat KY.

    Wisconsin could be a Final Four team.

  79. I’d love it if 2 Pittsburgh schools in a row knocked out KY. Last year’s RMU NIT upset was special, but if they’d play Pitt and get beat, this office full of UK fans would really be hard to live with for a while.

  80. JohninOshkosh says:

    I hope so on both counts, Lucky!

  81. Brandie says:

    :) I have often wondered who that handsome devil was.

  82. 21sthebest says:

    Reminds me of my golf game at the driving range.

  83. Brandie says:

    We shall see on both counts Revvie.

  84. 21sthebest says:

    Really entertaining game Sunday in the semi between Robert Morris and St. Francis. Crazy last 10 minutes or so. Reminded me how much more I enjoyed watching a game with a lot on the line in a real basketball arena as opposed to those games being played in a football stadium/dome.

  85. Sounds like a pirate already :)

  86. Brandon says:

    Many times I have been critical of Orpik’s play this season, but he was very good last night – he has been really slow when responding to the forecheck and has often turned pucks over; he was better against the Caps and made an impact physically….maybe it is helping him to be paired with Maatta. That said, Scuds was the weaker link in a well played defensive game – the 2 goals allowed were potentially preventable by him with better positioning and stick work. Great game by the top line, the special teams and the goalie….really strong bounceback for Mr. Zatkoff!

  87. That’s boot scootin pootin!…oh you mean dejan. :)

  88. Jim S. says:

    They have not really beat any top teams this year. If they get in, they should be thankful for the opportunity.

    In past years, however, I have not thought the committee has exactly done Pitt many favors. So, I don’t expect them to this year.

  89. Jim S. says:


  90. Brandie says:

    Only 1 typo so far today Revvie.

  91. Brandie says:

    Monstervich is hot today! ;)

  92. I caught it. I’d love to say I’d only made one mistake so far today, but I work for the state.

    Keep up the good work!


  93. I can still play that song on the guitar, JAL. It was one of the first ones our “band” of 15-year olds learned. That and “Gloria” and “Substitute”.

    We went on to bigger and better things through HS, but, as teenagers took a long time to understand what the words of that song meant.

  94. Andrew says:

    It is the NFL, as long as you have one of the 10-12 guys that can play the position that the entire rule book creates a systematic advantage for you have a chance, every team starts the year with a 25% chance at the playoffs.

  95. Wild Bill says:

    Howdy, all Yinz. Thanks, Milo, for the ST update.

    I think Orpik is playing better lately – not perfect, but better with his own physical style. It can’t be easy to recommit to hard hitting after a concussion, and that’s Orpik’s game. He laid a couple on Ovie last night that had me up out of my chair.

    Looking forward to tonight, but I’ll be working late and will have to catch up.

  96. Andrew says:

    Penguins need goals from the Neal-Malkin-Pyatt/Jokinen line, they are getting a disproportionate share of offensive zone starts and against lower levels of opposition than the 1st line. Not that they haven’t been producing it but it needs to continue, they are in the best position for 5v5 goals.

  97. Wild Bill says:

    Sorry Brandon, had I seen your post, mine below might not have been necessary.

  98. bpn8pitt says:

    Wondering if the reason they are chasing one of these FA corners is because they have cooled on some of the CBs in the draft, or they are beginning to doubt Gilbert and Dennard will be available at 15.

    All the talk about the secondary hasnt mentioned Shamarko Thomas. Being a Pitt/Big East fan, saw this guy play a lot. While I dont doubt his ability to come up and make a big hit, he isnt very big and is far from playmaker on the ball. Re-upping Troy, Ike, with Cortez Allen and Willie Gay along with Thomas? They desperately need a cover corner with size, and should take a long hard to look at Ha Ha Clinton Dix at 15.

    But then again, your secondary is only as good as your pass rush. Which was equally dreadful at times last year.

  99. Brandon says:

    All Good Wild Bill – glad to see Orpik have a good game; he has been a great Pen over the years, but has often been a liability this year….looking forward to seeing how they play tonight. Status on Bortuzzo is still undecided, but not ruled out

  100. Damon says:

    DK just posted this on a tweet – wow! 7 goals in the 3rd period?

  101. Jandy says:

    Yeah Canucks were up 3-0 Isles scored 7 goals in the 3rd period.
    bet kesler wished he had been traded lol

  102. Damon says:

    I noticed he had a 10-minute misconduct at the same time of the Isles empty netter, so I’m sure he took it out on someone.

  103. Jandy says:

    LOL! Too funny!

  104. chethejet1 says:

    If Bylsma is not a complete knucklehead, Bennett should the the LW on Malkin line shortly. I also think Megna with his size and speed is a nice fourth guy with Vitale, Glass. Sutter, JJ and Goc offer smarts some offense and skill. Bylsma being Bylsma won’t allow Adams to sit.Stemps is a veteran winger who goes up and down the wing and has the moxie to play with Sid and do some dirty work with a capable shot. Playoffs you need that type of guy who can muck it up and create space.

  105. Andrew bringin it with the metrics…i like it!

  106. Naterosboro says:

    Any soccer fans out there? Champions League returns today. The Arsenal try and turn around a 2-0 deficit as they travel to Germany and face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

    Come On You Gunners!

  107. kr70 says:

    my point is with every fight there is the possibility that someone dies.

  108. kr70 says:

    they have taken players from the ice unconscious and they don’t stop the game.

  109. kr70 says:

    and someone might not die in a fight??

  110. Jandy says:

    Didn’t say that, kr. I don’t feel you’re comparing apples to oranges here. Peverly was on the bench. His heart stopped. That’s just freakish.

  111. Arriba Wilver says:


  112. Arriba Wilver says:

    I agree with Jandy. This is different.

  113. Jim S. says:

    Pass on Pouncey. Overrated and undependable IMO. But, I believe the Steelers still feel he is the best center in the league.

  114. 21sthebest says:

    I bet if someone got in a fight during a hockey game and their heart stopped beating, they’d suspend the hockey game just as they did last night.

  115. Jandy says:

    Thanks, AW. Basically Peverley DIED on the bench. He was brought back with a defibrillation treatment. As the doctor who applied it said, thankfully, only one try was necessary.

  116. Jandy says:

    I agree, 21.

  117. 21sthebest says:

    “Pouncey games missed: 19 Full, and Nearly All of 3 Others”

    15 missed with a little help from De Castro.

  118. Thundercrack says:

    I saw reports on the internets that Lloyd said that Carp is his first baseman.

  119. Andrew says:

    Injury prone, oft injured? Rothlisberger has missed more starts over the 2010-12 time period, Pouncey has made 90% of his starts from 2010-12. If you are faulting Pouncey for a contact ACL,MCL injury you do not understand mechanisms of injury.

  120. We had this discussion about a month ago and it didn’t turn out well. Hope this one goes better. ;)

  121. The Gunner says:

    Sounds like we can kiss Carp goodbye! If Carp goes to Seattle, I think Lloyd has at least 4 or 5 first basemen.

  122. That’s what I was thinkin, Gunner, assuming that’s the Lloyd TC was referring to.

    They have enough first basemen now to start a store.

  123. 21sthebest says:

    I think TC was thinking Smoak.

  124. Damon says:

    I think you are right – here is a comment from an article I read:

    Besides, as Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports, Seattle is not looking for a first baseman at this time. “Let there be no doubt, if it ever existed. Justin Smoak is the Mariners’ first baseman. That confirmation came Monday morning before the club embarked on its second split-squad, day/night doubleheader in three days.”

    “Manager Lloyd McClendon sat in his office and ticked off the few certainties in his roster. ‘The No. 3 hitter, Cano,’ McClendon said in his slow, steady cadence. ‘The No. 1 starter, Felix. Our third baseman is Seager. My catcher is Zunino, and my first baseman is Smoak.'”

  125. Andrew says:

    I missed that, I won’t stoke the fire.

  126. Arriba Wilver says:

    Funny, but the interesting thing there is I’ve seen lists from Myron Cope, John Steigerwald and Smiz now. And Lloyd is at or near the top of everyone’s list. Probably not a coincidence. And Barasso is on everyone’s also, including Madden, who loves hockey.

  127. Arriba Wilver says:

    Thanks, Milo. Always appreciated.

    You did forget to add how tall they were, but I guess you’re leaving that to TC.

  128. Jandy says:

    Not a coincidence for sure…and Tommy Barasso was a jerk!

  129. Thundercrack says:

    Ha! I did get it wrong. It was Smoak…and Lloyd McClendon.

    1) I wish I could blame it on my source – the internets. (but I did reference my source in the original post). I blame my brain.

    2) This is why I’ll never be a columnist or think of myself as one… you know, like some others do.

  130. DK: Both you and Andrew need avis, or it’s off to the principal’s office. Worse, it’s off to the Canucks.

  131. DK: You’re in Bradenton while I’m there, Milo?

  132. Jandy says:


  133. DK: Wait, you’re in Bradenton, too?

    I sense a mini-gathering on the horizon! Mixon’s for all!

  134. JB Batulis says:

    I say yes, not looking at cap figures but I think the budget has some room. When teams throw some money at Ben Tate/McFadden there will be some middle tier left. Sproles/Gerhart.
    Also unfortunate what happened to Plax last season, with him season would have been different.

  135. DK, you dont see my avatar? Everyone has already seen it.

  136. DK: No, but it might just be my mobile.

  137. Oh ok, ya i put a lot of thought into it so make sure you check. Figured you already saw.

  138. Thundercrack says:

    Not in Bradenton yet. I leave for Florida next Wednesday and return home on the 25th.
    I have tickets for 3 games

  139. Jandy says:

    Dejan, I told you HM got an avatar the other day…and that you’d be surprised. it’s pretty cool lol

  140. Jandy says:

    3 games???? Leave your wife and take me!

  141. Brandie says:

    Thank you for providing the metricts on the Neal-Malkin-Pyatt / Jokinen line. BTW…like the avatar. Andy Van Slyke was my favorite Bucco during my formative years.

  142. Brandie says:

    Can you sneak me along in your purse or something? I don’t weigh much or take up much room.

  143. Arriba Wilver says:

    I think he was thinking of his meal for Lent.

  144. Arriba Wilver says:

    I remember when they had that incident at Froggy’s after their first or second Cup, and the guy who got beat up said Barrasso had threatened on the stairs to kill the guy if he went to the police. At the time, all I knew about Barrasso was his daughter had been ill, so I thought it was a guy looking for a big payday. With all the stuff that’s come out since, I suspect the guy was telling the truth.

  145. Jandy says:

    Oh I’m sure he was telling the truth.

  146. Run that by again?

  147. Thundercrack says:

    I don’t carry a purse.

  148. Jandy says:


  149. Jandy says:

    Who do you think you are, Revvie, Mr B? Looking for drive bys??? :P

  150. bpn8pitt says:


  151. Wild Bill says:

    I was really surprised that no one reacted at all to Adamski’s article about James Franklin’s ‘burgh connections from childhood. This really is a great story of achievement after the separation of parents in his youth, combined with his desire to return to Pa. and coach here. Lots of youth leave Pa. and never look back.

  152. Jandy says:

    where is the article you speak of?

  153. Wild Bill says:

    Yesterday’s Trib?

  154. Jim S. says:

    I caught an inning or two of the Mets at Cards today. The Cards sure are giving up a ton of runs lately, not that it matters. A few random observations:

    * Eric Young, Jr. hit a little tapper over the mound that Peralta had to charge, glove and throw. He did not look smooth, bobbling the easy hop, and Young was safe. I thought it was odd that the Cards signed the Cuban defector for SS for 4 years last week. Maybe they are figuring Peralta for another position at some point, which makes that move more sensible.

    * Swinging bunt to 3rd. Descalso charged, barehanded and bobbled it away for a hit. Tough play, but makeable.

    * Lazy fly ball to LF. Holliday, as expected, took a late and terrible route to the ball and it dropped safely. It was the kind of play Marte makes so effortlessly that you won’t even think it was a good play. Holliday had no chance. I still contend he looks like he’s juggling chainsaws when he chases flyballs. Of course, Holliday is 8-13 in the spring. He looks locked in at the plate, as does Alan Craig who banged a 2-run double off the wall. Those guys are liabilities in the field, but they can surely hit.

    * Viewers were treated to the obligatory “Yadi makes everyone on the defense better when he’s behind the plate” statement from the Cards announcer. No explanation or context given to support that statement. No mention of the 3 miscues in the inning or why Yadi didn’t prevent them, either. Sort of reminded me of Thommm Brennnnaman exclaiming during a Broncos game a few years ago that “Tim Tebow makes everyone around him a better person.”

    * Peter Borgous has had some leg problems so far. He wasn’t playing. He will help Craig and Holliday when he’s in the lineup with his speed on defense.

    * Oscar Tavares is out with a hamstring issue. The Cardinals announcers said they believe he will go to AAA to start the season.

    The Cardinals will probably hit really well again. It appears to me that they have some issues in the field. We know they can pitch. Nothing new there.

  155. Jandy says:

    LOL okies…I never saw it…

  156. Jandy says:

    We can hope their miscues carry over into the regular season :)

  157. Jim S. says:

    How about a European man bag?

  158. Jandy says:

    Sounds kinky to me! ;X

  159. Jim S. says:


  160. Jim S. says:

    Which part? The European part? Or, the man bag part?

  161. Dejan,

    Really excited about the new Tuesday Travelogue segment you will be having. I love when you tell about special places around home in Pittsburgh, and will enjoy “Your Eyes” as you show us new places.

    Also very excited about Tuesday’s “one of the least interesting places on the planet.” I will love getting another look into your basement study and bobblehead museum!

  162. Jim S. says:

    Exactly how big of a purse do you need to fit in?

  163. 21sthebest says:

    You just gave it a Kramer Reality Tour feel Groat.

  164. Jandy says:


  165. The Gunner says:

    Sounds like Carp might still be a possibility for the Bucs based on some newer posts. But, I won’t hold my breath that it will become reality.

    Looking forward to 3/31!!!

  166. Jim S. says:

    i don’t know how much snow you all have had in W PA lately, but we finally caught a break in the weather yesterday and today. Temps in the mid-50’s each day. I can actually see sections of my yard again. The snow wall that lines both sides of the driveway is down under 5′ now. Of course, we are supposed to get 3-6″ tonight. So, there’s that.

  167. Brandie says:

    Make that two typos Revvie!

  168. Brandie says:

    Not very big. I fold well. ;)

  169. Jandy says:

    Jim, yesterday was a balmy high of 61, I was in Seventh Heaven! Today the sun is out again, and the high is in the high 50’s. And, we will have rain tomorrow, and then tomorrow night it will change to snow, and like you we’re told 3″ – 6″ GrrRrr!!

  170. Jandy says:

    But who’s counting? ;)

  171. Jandy says:

    I *DON’T* wanna know! ;X

  172. Chase d’Arnaud . . . . . MY GUY!!!!

  173. Andrew says:

    Thanks, favorite player of my younger days, and the namesake

  174. Brandie says:

    He just out hustled everyone. Gotta respect that.

  175. Jim S. says:

    This is really old now.

  176. Jim S. says:

    That’s a good skill to have.

  177. Jim S. says:

    I was expecting a Steelers free agency blog posting. I guess not.

  178. Jim S. says:

    Where are you hearing that, Gunner?

    My take is he is a nice piece for their bench, and he makes next to nothing. So, Boston might want him as much as we would. I take that to mean they would ask for the sun, moon and stars for a platoon 1b.

  179. Jim S. says:

    I’m reading that the Browns are close on Karlos Dansby (LB) and Donte Whitner (S), and that they will push hard for Revis.

    Did the Steelers cut anyone else?

    I love free agency.

  180. Brandie says:

    Jandy made it sound very schmutzy. I think it does come in handy.

  181. pattonbb says:

    Rumors have Steelers signing Carolina S Mike Mitchell soon.

  182. theplanisworking says:

    I am finally here!
    I will get the torches ready tomorrow………

  183. theplanisworking says:

    Yeah, BarASSo ruined the sympathy and good will built up for his daughter, which is a tough thing to do in Pittsburgh……..

  184. theplanisworking says:

    Don’t forget, the Colonials got royally screwed a few years ago against Villanova. One of the worst reffed games I ever saw……..

  185. The Gunner says:

    I understand where you are coming from, Jim. It will be Lambo & Sanchez @ 1B for the Buccos!

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