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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Friday column from the Pirates’ spring training tells the tale of one richly emotional moment the team shared on its first day together since Game 5.

Here’s a video done by the Trib’s Chris Horner collecting some interviews I did with the Pirates about the video …

And here’s the full six minutes shown to the athletes …

My thanks here to Kevin Roach, the Pirates’ longtime video guy in baseball ops, and Tyler Graham, a Root Sports video guru, in his own right, for their work and cooperation in all this. They probably don’t even know the value of what they’ve done just yet.

Joe Maddon, one of baseball’s best managers, likens the 2014 Pirates’ potential to that of his 2009 RaysTravis Sawchik reports.

Ray Searage will someday rule us all, also by Sawchik.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page.

Here are official game highlights on

>> Lamar Patterson and Talib Zanna went wild on Wake in Pitt’s ACC Tournament opener, Kevin Gorman reports from Greensboro. But rising North Carolina looms large in today’s quarters.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pitt page.

>> Down goes Duquesne in the Atlantic 10 first round. Larry Fleisher reports from Brooklyn.

>> Mike Mitchell met with the media back home at Steelers HQ, and Alan Robinson was there.

The losses so far have been no loss at all, writes Mark Kaboly on our Steel Mill blog.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page.

>> If it seems like the Penguins are having a long time between games — the Flyers are next tomorrow — the Sochi Six won’t be complaining about it.

Mobile defense is more than a luxury, writes Jesse Marshall on our Chipped Ice blog.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page.

Here are official game highlights on

Here’s the latest on the Flyers from the Philadelphia Inquirer.

>> Our weekly chat will return today at noon, right here on the blog as always. As soon as you see the post go up, feel free to submit an entry. All topics finally welcome again, though I’ll probably lean more toward baseball since I’m down here.

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. Bizrow says:

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  2. Bizrow says:

    I think Pitt can do it tomorrow

  3. Wild Bill says:

    Rooting for Pitt is a good way to gear up for two big games against the team I love to hate, the miserable Flyers. had an article once again suggesting that Giroux can play at Crosby’s level. Those boys have ingested a few too many cheesesteaks, washed down with Schuylkill punch.

    And I wanna see somebody knock Rinaldo over the boards. Drop the puck!

    DK: Must have been the cheesesteaks because it sure wasn’t the crow.

  4. bpn8pitt says:

    I’d like to see the Steelers bring in another RB. I think Bell will be a big factor next year, I just am not thrilled by anything behind him.

    Not sure what to expect from Pitt today. It would be nice if Patterson and Zanna showed up against a good team for once.

    Coach Wiz has made some interesting moves so far.

    DK: They absolutely have to add RB depth. No question. Wouldn’t be surprised to see LaRod return.

  5. Mizery says:

    That video pumps me up for this season of Buccos baseball.

    I am also excited for the Flyers game this weekend, but does anybody else just wish the playoffs would just get here. I don’t want to see the Penguins lose momentum by April.

    I talk bad about PITT, and then they go off yesterday against Wake. If that’s all it took I would have talked smack after the Virginia game. The real test will be today against UNC to see if Patterson and Talib are over there injuries or if they just caught lightning in a bottle for one game.

    I can’t figure out Duquesne. Besides that they are a bad team. They build up the Richmond game all week, and then don’t show up. It’s becoming a trend with them. I can’t remember when they showed up for a key game. St. Louis win doesn’t count because that wasn’t a big game for the Billikins.

    I’m off to bed Lunatics.

  6. Mizery says:

    One last thing. I like what the Steelers are doing. I mentioned the other day that I wanted them to bring in Carrington and he had a visit yesterday. I won’t mind Cam Thomas either but only for depth. I don’t think he is the answer to start at NT.

  7. Ghost says:

    Bummed watching the video, realizing A.J. won’t be there to run up on the boys and slap pies in their faces anymore. Here’s hoping Philly tanks and we get him back in July. Did enjoy see Hurdle do a happy dance in the raining champagne as the video closed.

  8. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Too bad they didn’t show that video to the Nutting Regime, in the hopes that it inspired them to “improve” a good team….As opposed to sitting on their duffs and doing nothing (but slashing larger player salaries) this past off-season.

  9. Brandie says:


    Enjoyed the article very much. It is good to know that the Pirates are acknowledging the recent past in order to springboard into NOW. That is why I will reserve judgement on any moves made and not made until the real season starts.

    Great to read that Jussi Jokinen wants to stay with the Penguins and is not obsessing on when the talks to make that happen will take place. Jokinen’s versatility and his quiet leadership will certainly go a long way in helping Olli Maatta continue to develop as a player.

    It will be interesting to see whom else the Steelers take in the FA Perkins as well as the draft as it seems they are also having their own NOW moment. I will close by saying “IT’S ABOUT DAMN TIME!”

    Have a great day!

  10. JoeyBats says:

    Best move Steelers made on Thursday was NOT re-signing wasted #1 pick Ziggy Hood.

    Will be interesting to see how the revolving door of defensive lineman replacements…plays out.

    HAIL TO PITT….beat the Blue Heals !!

  11. Jandy says:


  12. Jandy says:

    LOL to both of you!

  13. Jandy says:

    I f you talked bad about Pitt, and they went off, please do us a huge favor and talk smack about the Pens….do it!


  14. Jandy says:

    Dejan, you did it again.


    The Buccos article was … well… inspiring. Anyone who doesn’t give Hurdle some credit…shame on them.

  15. Thundercrack says:

    Viva la Regime!!

  16. Matt says:

    Hmmm…Maybe the Steelers’ video people can make a film that Tomlin can show in Latrobe. Clips could include; the goal line fumble in the opener, Pryor’s QB keeper, Manny Sanders 2pt conversion drop on Thanksgiving, all the missed tackles and assignments in the secondary, Jay Cutler vs. Robert Golden(I think it was him), and of course AB stepping out of bounds. The list is endless. Scored to “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by metal GODZ Twisted Sister. Closed with either “This ends NOW!” or “Meh, It’s Still Better Than Cleveland”.

  17. Thundercrack says:

    DK, thanks to you and your coworkers for posting those videos.

    It is a great reminder how much fun it was last season and how special it all was.

    Now I wish I had tickets to the home opener. I can only imagine what it is going to sound like when they introduce the Pirates before the game…especially for Clint Hurdle.

  18. JAL says:

    JAL’s Hello Hello 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: Can the Pirates Develop Talent? It Appears So.

    How Ryan Hafner Became a Pitching Prospect to Watch

    6 Pirates 101

    Jeanmar Gomez, Pittsburgh Pirates Struggle Against Tampa Bay Rays

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    The Definitive Pittsburgh Pirates 2014 Preview Video

    Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot Leaves for Clark the Cub Gig

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    3/13: Eddie Pellagrini, Roberto, Billy Crystal…

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    If Randy Johnson Had Been a Reliever . . .

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    Pittsburgh Pirates Depending On Gerrit Cole’s Continued Ascendance

  19. JAL says:

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    11 Lindy’s Sports

    Pirates in no hurry for Polanco to claim right field

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    The four horsemen of the Pittsburgh Pirates

    13 Ellwood City Ledger

    Crowds flocking to Bucs’ spring training games

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    Reds’ Joey Votto off to slow start this spring

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    Bernie: Memphis-bound Taveras must earn promotion

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    HDWEB: Let’s get awkward! Racist apologies, Jimmy Rollins conspiracies, and the saddest interview eve

  20. JAL says:

    Steelers Blogs

    21 Behind the Steel Curtain

    The Steelers 2009 Draft Class are all gone

    Vikings sign ex-Panthers CB Captain Munnerlyn to three-year contract

    22 Steelers Depot

    Recently Released LB Dontay Moch Would Make an Interesting Summer Project


    23 Bloomberg Stats Insight

    Serie A Column: The differences at the top

    24 BBC Football

    Lionel Messi: Barcelona star’s ‘crisis’ year could be his best ever


    25 Pensburgh

    The Fleury Conundrum

  21. Pucknutz says:

    Hadda pass this one on….it “is” sports related, ain’t it ?? lol

    Every sports venue in the country will now be checked !!!

    Gonna get me a fresh cup o coffee and settle in and watch the 6 mi video above … sounds very cool.

  22. Unfortunately, Duquense didn’t show up last night and lost, but then, they didn’t beat Richmond during the regular season either. And now, hopefully, Pitt will beat North Carolina, who they couldn’t beat during the regular season, this afternoon. And, hopefully, the Pens will beat the Flyers twice this weekend.

  23. Jandy says:

    I saw that yesterday in my internet travels! Three people are suing for $10,000 total. I hope they get it lol

  24. AL says:

    My compliments to Josh Yohe on today’s Penguins notebook. I love hearing names I haven’t heard in years and reading about what these guys are doing now. Troy Loney always seemed to me to be the ultimate team player….never complained and was content doing his grinding role. These are the guys you need to win a cup.
    I hope his new business will be a success.
    Thank you Josh!

  25. Todd Strieter says:

    Stony Point, New York

  26. Jandy says:

    Welcome to Dejan’s Lunatics’ Asylum, Todd ! Pull up a chair and chat a spell. We’ll make sure Biz sees your hometown and adds you to the list.

  27. Brandie says:

    Welcome to The Lunatic Asylum. Pull up a bean bag and stay awhile.

  28. DJ says:

    Jussi is a class act, true professional and very versatile player. He’s probably going to be looking for at least 3 years but would love to have him for two more at about $3.5 – $3.75 mill per.

    That may be wishful thinking though with this year’s free agent crop.

  29. kr70 says:

    Very good article, but the video, WOW!!!, thanks for sharing.

  30. Cool article on college FA prospects:

    Although I’ve haven’t seen all those teams really hope the Pens are looking at Christian Folin from Umass-lowell and Joel Rumpel from WI. Folin is a big puck moving RIGHT HANDED dman, with reach, instincts, good passer, big shot in general always stood out to me for his skating and awareness. Especially since he’s RH, plays big minutes and still has room for improvement.

    Rumpel is a big quality goalie prospect worth bringing into the system. Haven’t seen him a lot but looked good when I did see him and monster sources who have seen him more frequently are high on him as well.

    Chelios’ kid looks like a decent skater too and since I wanted to strangle him with my bare hands after watching PSU v MSU I guess you can say the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree. He needs to beef up but could be worth the shot as well.

  31. Jandy says:

    Agreed. He’s a steady influence on the team, and is a good mentor for Ollie Maatta. I’d love to see him stay.

  32. Jandy says:

    Chelios if one of my favorite all time players. Hope he’s got his Dad’s genes.

  33. Wild Bill says:

    Saw him too vs Penn State. Not that big, if I remember right, but does like to stir it up.

  34. tdb1977 says:

    Absolutely stunning video Dejan! Thanks for posting it. I am now ever more ready for Opening Day! 17 days and counting. March is too damn long this year!

  35. Ya I got a kick watching Varley carve him up like a thanksgiving turkey after he buried him into the boards. I gotta good belly laugh out of that one.

  36. Wild Bill says:

    Thanks for the post, Hm. The Hagerty kid sounds interesting, and if he’s playing at Renssalaer, he’s no dummy, in all likelihood.

  37. Couldn’t stand ol’ man chelios. Especially after he kneed Mario’s head into the boards in game 1 I believe. Then again he may have poked the bear….

  38. DJ says:

    The Folin kid sounds interesting. Never can have too much D and being right-handed is a plus.

    On goalie, everything I’ve been reading about Tristan Jarry tells me he’s a keeper and could be our long-term answer down the road. Goalie of the month for February (second time this season) at 7-1-2 , 1.77 GA and .925 save %. We also have Hartzell who’s progressing well.

    I’d emphasize wingers in this upcoming draft but if there someone the Pens rate highly who falls to them, I’d go for it.

  39. No problem my untamed friend :)

  40. Wild Bill says:

    Huge sports weekend. Pitt in the ACC, Pens vs. Flyers twice, and I get to see PSUs two final home hockey games – both vs Ohio State. All this with the Bucs lurking in the wings. State hoops getting down to the final 8s.

    I was grousing about boredom a week or so ago, but things are picking up.

  41. Interesting you bring up hartzell. I think he was recently sent down to wheeling which cant be a good sign. I remember watching Yale play Quinnipiac and hartzell and my take away was that the Yale goalie, Jeff Malcolm I believe, was just as impressive as hartzell, if not more so just cuz of the hybrid style he plays.

    I can see why scouts were drooling over hartzell, but to me he’s a lundqvist wanna be with one problem, he’s not lundqvist. Seems like he wants to stay deep in his crease and use his frame and size to react to pucks. So I would just shoot every time and play the percentages that way. I haven’t seen him recently but remember thinking he needs to learn how to be more aggressive getting to top of crease more often.

    Malcolm from Yale is almost as big and a quality athlete as well, but used his angles better IMO. Not only did yale beat the Q and hartzell but I think I recall Malcolm facing higher quality shots than him. He’s in the NYR system last I checked so will be interesting to see how those 2 turn out.

  42. Crap, meant to say would shoot high

  43. DJ says:

    Yeah, I was at that Yale game as well — not Hartzell’s best game. His top end may just be solid back-up and that’s why I mentioned Jarry as our long-term.

  44. Haven’t seen him but seems like his numbers are good. Maguire from BU is a quality goalie prospect too. Don’t sleep on his upside either.

  45. NMR says:


  46. Jim S. says:

    So, I was up sort of late last night, after returning from a business meeting at the Bulls-Rockets game – a thoroughly boring game btw. How anyone can enjoy an NBA game over the excitement of an NHL game right now is beyond me. I often lament how I loved the NBA so much growing up, but find very little enjoyment in in these days. It isn’t because I don’t still love basketball, because I will be glued to the tube as much as possible the next 3 weeks to watch conference tournaments and then the NCAA Tournament. That brings me to the first of several random points this morning:

    * Am I about to be sucked in again by Pitt? Could the majority of their problems really have been that their two senior leaders have been banged up? Is that what turned a team that I saw in person at the Pete absolutely destroy Clemson into one that has limped home down the stretch in the ACC? Are they really about to go on a run? I wanna believe. I’m not totally convinced yet. But, if they win again today …

    * Pens vs. Flyers 2x. I love it! Bring it on! Giroux? Hah! Did I even spell his name correctly? I’m not going to bother checking. Can’t wait to hear Pierre McGuire call him “Clode.”

    * Is it my imagination, or are most of the NFL free agent contracts being signed this off-season for 1, 2 or 3 years at most? The Steelers jumped out on a 5 year deal that could pay $25 million. I know they think they got the guy they wanted, but did they misread the market place? Would he have been available for less years and a lot less money?

    * Since, as I said, I was up late last night, and was following DK’s twitter feed, I knew both his Bucs article and the accompanying video were coming. So, I hung in there until he posted both. The article was great, and the video was well done. DK, you genuinely seem to be enjoying the vibe in Bradenton from this team this year. I hope it all plays out well for the team. Thank you for bringing that all to us last night. I know a lot of Pirates fans are defensive pains in the butt. But, not all of us. Thanks for the love!

  47. NMR says:

    You can only imagine? Prepare to be underwhelmed. ;)

  48. Jim S. says:

    Do you think Wolfork has anything left in the tank, Miz? Looks like he wants out of NE in the worst way.

    He is coming off the Achilles, though. And, he always fights for more money.

    Probably wouldn’t fit with our new found “youth movement.” But, I always thought he was a load to deal with.

  49. Dejan,

    Thanks for the article. You are a maestro with words. Especially in reporting on emotions that occurred 3 weeks ago on February 18———so hard to re-capture.

    Hurdle is a “live in the present” kind of guy. That must have been some interview to gain his repast.

  50. Sweet Jimmie,

    I watched extended highlights of the Bulls game last night. Mike Dunleavy bled all over the court after taking a charge———that’s a Duke Blue Devil for you———went and got 10 stitches above his eye, then came back and scored 18 points in the 3rd quarter alone!

    At least the highlights looked pretty darn exciting to me. Dwight Howard was blocking him some shots.

  51. AJS says:

    At work, can’t watch that video just yet, but reading that artice today gave ME chills Dejan. i can only imagine what those athletes that lived it felt like when they were able to watch the highlights. What an amazing season. We can only hope that 2014 is an appropriate encore.

    Count me among those expecting a small step back due to the rest of the division getting better and the Pirates…well still being the Pirates that needed a right fielder and a first baseman at the deadline last year. We can wait on Polanco and hope Lambo emerges as a real vable option at first all we want. But i was HOPING that we would be past the point of always having to HOPE that someone pans out.

  52. Damon says:

    Good call…..only thing I’d change would be to add a certain ‘S’ word in front of NOW….

  53. Mitch says:

    Claridge, PA!

  54. 21sthebest says:

    I’ll let you know.

  55. Jim S. says:

    The video took me back to Game 3 of the Cardinals series. I brought my kids in for that game. I said it at the time, and I still stand by it. I have been to tons of NHL games, MLB games, playoffs of all sorts, college and pro football, the Steelers Super Bowl victory over AZ, college hoops of all kinds, championship rounds of NBA playoffs between Jordan and Malone, Jordan and Drexler, etc. I’ve been in some crazy, charged atmospheres. But, the pre-game introductions that Sunday afternoon were the most amazing thing I’ve been through at a sporting event. I’m sure a big part of it was the emotion pouring out from everyone who waited the entire 20 years. And, part of it was that my kids had never experienced anything but failure and disappointment from the Bucs, and now they were seeing the good times. It all came back for me last night.

    I hope they can duplicate at least some of the magic this year. And, yes, I hope the owner will open his wallet and add to this team, as needed, this year. The team’s fans deserve it.

  56. “And, yes, I hope the owner will open his wallet and add to this team, as needed, this year. The team’s fans deserve it.”

    And I hope the Easter Bunny brings me some solid chocolate bunnies.

  57. 21sthebest says:

    A couple of years ago Jim, I was in Atlanta and on back to back nights we saw the Hawks play the Jazz and the team formerly known as the Thrashers play the Penguins. Both were a ton of fun. I would’ve hate the hockey game if the Penguins weren’t playing, but the NBA game was so much more fun than I expected. What I really liked was watching all of these guys I watched play college basketball. Also got to meet Dominque Wilkins.

  58. Jandy says:


  59. Daquido_Bazzini says:

    Bon Soir Nutting….Bon Soir Nutting!!

  60. JohninOshkosh says:

    Hating the NBA is like hating ESPN. It’s what the cool kid sports fan do. “I loved their fiat album, but their newer stuff sucks!”

    I love basketball at every level-whether watching a pick up game at the park or athletes at their highest level in the Association. It’s my favorite sport. Never have understood the stereotype put on the NBA. I watch tons of games, in person even. Those guys play just as hard and brilliantly as their NHL breathren. For me, the NHL and NBA happily coexist!

    Sorry, you didn’t enjoy it, Jim.

  61. Damon says:

    Jim – count me in as someone who always gets sucked in by Pitt….and am now. They seem healthier and like the team we saw in January. Although that is a lot to take out of one game against a bad opponent…

    Pens need these two games – if anything else than to show the Flyers they won’t get under their skin and to put them in their place down this last stretch going into the playoffs. Flyers aren’t much better than the Capitals, and these are the kinds of teams the Pens need to put away – especially if they want to get the #1 spot overall in the conference. Hopefully Kunitz and Neal are OK and ready to go.

    The Steelers signed Mitchell to a 5 year deal, but I think only $5.7m-ish is guaranteed.

  62. Jandy says:

    With your luck, Groat, they’ll be hollow instead ;)

  63. Jim S. says:

    That part was exciting, Groat, and Dunleavy was great after that. But, the game became a blowout shortly after halftime. Bulls games just don’t bring the excitement for me that a Hawks game does. I grew up a diehard NBA fan. Basketball was my main sport growing up. I was one of those kids who brought a snow shovel to the local park to clear snow off the court in order to play on Sunday mornings after church. But, I had to get home in time to Watch the NBA on CBS!

    Maybe I’m just an old curmudgeon now, but I can’t follow the NBA as much any more. I still love college hoops, though. And, I can still kick my 12 year old son’s butt on the hoop in our driveway – at least for one more year.

  64. Jim S. says:

    Me, too.

  65. 21sthebest says:


    Just your mentioning Game 3 brought me back to that day. My 50th birthday and I ran a marathon near the Finger Lakes (yes I’m psychotic). My wife and I found a bar/restaurant to watch the game and by the end of the game, we were just so pumped to be up 2 games to 1 and we have other folks in the bar rooting for the Pirates.

  66. Brandie says:

    Jim Rockford,

    I went with “The Rockford Files “because of your name and the fact that you live in Illinois (Not sure if you live near Rockford). Anyway excellent post. I feel the same way about the NBA as well.


  67. Jim S. says:

    What I notice, 21, is that the atmosphere at each NBA arena is unique. I remember catching a game in Cleveland for LeBron’s final year there, and it was a very unexpected vibe for me, after having gone to so many Bulls games. It was all rap music. It was as though the players ran the arena. LeBron’s mom put on a bizarre show dancing during every break.

    Not a lot of rap music being played at the United Center for the games.

    I was in Salt Lake City on business a few years ago, and the Jazz were playing a first round playoff game. That was a different atmosphere, as you might expect. Bought a ticket right before game time from the most courteous scalper I ever saw. Two guys tried to sell me a ticket at once, and the one backed away and said to the other, “You saw him first, so you go ahead and sell your ticket.” The atmosphere inside during the game was cold and sterile.

    I went to see the Lakers at the old Forum years ago during the Magic run, and it was a lot of fun.

    I am not trying to pass judgment on what others should enjoy. I just don’t think the atmosphere at an NBA game is anything like the atmosphere of a good, college game these days. Just my opinion. To each his own.

  68. Jim S. says:

    I wasn’t aware that only $5.7 was guaranteed. Thanks, Damon. Not a ton of risk there.

    The Flyers are not all that good, as you say. But, they dig deep when they play the Pens. That’s why smothering their hopes is fun.

  69. Oshkosh b’Gosh,

    I love the ABA b-ball. I loved then and now ABA basketball.

    Terry Pluto’s “Loose Balls” is a classic book.

    I did not catch the story . . . . why the ABA ball?

  70. Jim S. says:

    Rockford is about 90 minutes away from us, Brandie. I have spent a lot of time there over the years, though, as many youth soccer tournaments are played there, and I have logged a lot of weekend time at youth soccer tournaments.

  71. Sweet Jimmie,

    That’s twice in one post that you mentioned “the sport that must not be named.”

    You are now on probation!!!!

  72. Thundercrack says:

    “I was up late last night, and was following DK’s twitter feed, ”

    Jim, don’t take this the wrong way. But you need to get a life.


  73. Jim S. says:

    You’re the 2nd person here that has expressed a similar sentiment to me.

    I believe maybe I need to look inward.

  74. Thundercrack says:

    Groat, the owner opened his wallet at the trade deadline the last few years.

    But I can’t remember what the Easter Bunny brought me the last few years.

  75. Jim S. says:

    I hear you, Groat. But, that sport is going to pay a high % of my oldest’s college expenses. I have to give it some love.

  76. 21sthebest says:

    That’s good stuff Jim. I didn’t consider that the atmosphere would be different from city to city. In Atlanta it seemed pretty good. Music wasn’t blaring and it was a good time. The last several Penguins games I had gone to at the Igloo drove me crazy. The second play stopped it was blaring music until the puck dropped and I’ve been old for a good 10-15 years now so I found it annoying. You couldn’t talk to the person next to you. Actually, maybe she liked that aspect.

    The best sporting event I’ve ever attended from that standpoint was the first time they had the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament at the Igloo in 1997. The NCAA requires the arenas to take down all of their advertisements and not play any music except that the school’s pep bands can play during the timeouts. Very professionally run event. Saw four games the first day and the day just flew by.

  77. Jim S. says:


    My original response to you got posted under Groat’s post (above) for some reason.

    But, you’re the 2nd person on here that has expressed a similar sentiment to me. I believe I need to look inward.

  78. Jim S. says:

    I loved basketball at the Igloo, 21.

    I remember going to the old Dapper Dan Roundball there many times with my dad and brothers. Saw an epic battle between Sam Clancy and Gene last name escapes me – was it Banks? Philly, guy. I was pretty young. I remember seeing a bunch of coaches on the phones in the lobby between games. Probably calling assistants to talk about prospects they just watched. Lefty Drisell, Digger Phelps, Jerry Tarkanian.

    And, I loved the old Eastern Eight games at the Igloo. Pitt vs. Duquesne. Pitt vs. Nova. I absolutely loved hoops at that time. Couldn’t get enough.

  79. Jim S. says:

    Yep, it was Gene Banks. Later he was a Dukie, Groat!

  80. Brandie says:

    Now you know some of the thoughts that go into the weirdness of my posts. As I have said before this place inspires me.

  81. Jim S. says:

    I think moths will fly out when that wallet is opened.

  82. Jim S. says:

    Nice on 2 counts, 21.

    1) You convinced other folks to root for the Bucs.

    2) You can run a marathon at 50, then be able to go drink beer afterwards.

  83. Jim S. says:

    He was dirty at the end of that game, wasn’t he, monster?

    I refuse to go to his bar/eatery to this day.

  84. 21sthebest says:

    Lots of carbs in beer. :-)

  85. 21sthebest says:

    I really started to get into college hoops when that Duke team lost to Kentucky in the final. Mike Gminski, Gene Banks, Jim Spanarkel, Kenny Dennard and I can’t remember the name of the last starter.

  86. Ya I think only went to Cheli’s once when I was unwillingly dragged there. To this day, one of my favorite all time pens moments was that shift when Mario and JJ ragged the puck in the ozone and just played keep away. Mario came out from behind the net to put on a puckhandling clinic while dragging a defender on his hip and maneuvering around whatever poor bastard got in his way. Then he cycled it down to JJ who abused whatever poor bastard got in his way…don’t think we scored on that play or even got much of a shot. But it was a ridiculous display of Pittsburgh hockey.

  87. 21sthebest says:


  88. Brandie says:

    Welcome Mitch! If you stick around awhile, I will probably give you a ton of nicknames. Apologies in advance.

  89. 21sthebest says:


  90. Milo Hamilton says:

    Well, at least I got to see Gregory Polanco ground out to 3rd base. Thunder will find this interesting, he’s tall.

    Phillies today at McKechnie. Last game for me. :(

  91. JohninOshkosh says:

    Love that book, Groat!

    No story. Just wanted a basketball avi for March madness.

    Tough assignment for Pitt today. The Blue Devils and Badgers get it going today. UW playing for a number one seed ?

  92. Brandie says:

    That description of puck handling at its finest gave me chills. Thanks Mawn-stuhr!

  93. Jandy says:

    hey welcome to the Lunatics’ Asylum :)
    We’ll make sure Biz adds you to the list.

  94. JohninOshkosh says:

    Did you meet up with Dejan at all, Milo ?

    I didn’t hear any worlds colliding anyway.

  95. Brandie says:

    Just puts you one step closer to opening day Migh-lough! :)

  96. Milo Hamilton says:

    No, haven’t seen him. But then again, I haven’t been to a Starbucks this trip.

  97. Brandie says:

    Good Morning American Jand-stand, Jand-stand!

  98. I’m fired up just thinkin bout it :)

  99. Jandy says:

    Playing the Flyers is all about discipline for the Pens. If we have it, we can win, if we don’t, we WILL lose.

  100. Jandy says:

    OOh yeah! ANother nickname for me :D
    Happy fackin Friday, Brandy-wine :)

  101. Jandy says:

    Chelios played with a ton of heart and fire. The era he played in was a different era. Tough hockey. I always wished he was a Pen.

  102. Milo Hamilton says:

    I don’t know if there will be any room but Chris Dickerson would make a nice addition to the bench.

  103. Brandie says:

    Then have another one Jandy-Cane!

  104. Brandie says:

    Do I sense a plot to smuggle him out in you luggage when you depart the Sunshine State?

  105. Hate to say it but phillthy, I mean philly has played better since start of season. At least last few times I’ve seen them they definitely have a much more legit look to them. Pens better be ready for a battle.

  106. Mizery says:

    Sorry for the late response Jim. I love Wilfork, but what he would want and for how long he has left I don’t see the Steelers making this move. Plus, he has huge injury concern. I like the idea of signing Cody from Baltimore because I think he will be cheap and productive for a 2 down player, but I doubt the steelers will get him either. This looks like a position that will be addressed in the draft.

  107. 21sthebest says:

    He got sent down.

  108. Jandy says:

    always look for a battle with Philthydelphia

  109. Jandy says:



  110. Thundercrack says:

    That was the same scouting report that I had on him from last Spring!
    Hope your last game is a good one. Safe travels

  111. Brandie says:

    All the Pens players have to do is say that a Primanti’s French Fry sandwich is better than a Philly Cheesesteak by leaps and bounds and the Philly goons will be spoiling for a fight! Something about Pittsburgh anything brings out the uncivilized in the Flyers.

  112. Mizery says:

    I will watch the Flyers game Jandy and find something to nit-pik about Jandy. I promise.

  113. Brandie says:

    Who would have thought…a good luck piece named Misery.

  114. 21sthebest says:

    Yeah. He’s the beat writer for the Riverhounds now. :-)

  115. Jim S. says:

    I like him as an extra OF also.

  116. George Labecki says:

    I just had the opportunity to watch the Pirates video Dejan posted. All I can say is, wow. Maybe I should add thanks, also.

    Personally, and I’m a fan of just about any sport, for my tastes I think that American football may be the best game in the world. I’d have to say that hockey may just be the most exciting. But I still believe that baseball remains the sport that best identifies who we are as a nation.

    Baseball illuminates our sense of fair play. It illustrates our commitment to work together. It shows our desire to test ourselves, to challenge ourselves to see if we can get to that next base.

    Thanks for posting the video, and thanks to the Pirates for creating it.

  117. Brandie says:

    Joltin’ George,

    Your description of baseball in general is the Pirates story of the last few years, especially challenging ourselves to see if we can get to that next base. Excellent analysis.

  118. Jim S. says:

    I’m telling you, that Cheese Steak Factory to the east is an angry town. I have spent a lot of time in Philly. It may be in the same state as Pittsburgh, but I believe the two towns are worlds apart.

    I’m not even talking so much about sports here. I just think the average person in Pittsburgh has a more pleasant and upbeat demeanor. I find that, for a high % of Philly residents, their glass is 3/4 empty when they wake up in the morning.

    I know that is an unscientific generalization, and those are dangerous. But, it has been my experience that the farther east you go in this country, and the more crowded it gets, the less optimistic people are about life in general. I also find that as you go east to less crowded places the optimism about life ramps back up.

    Jack Handy signing off!

  119. Jim S. says:

    I’m thinking hard, 21. I may need to go to the Google machine soon.

  120. Who woulda thunk Wisconsin could be playing for a #1 Seed after their 5-game losing streak in midseason?!

    Go Badgers!!! Duke vs. Wisconsin in the National Championship Game! List height, weight, and IQs.

    Long live the ABA.

  121. The Gunner says:

    I like the fact Dickerson can play all 3 OF positions. If they trade Tabata in a deal for a 1st baseman, I think he has a good shot to stick. Maybe he can play some 1B, at 6’4″, he is tall enough.

  122. Bender, the transfer from Indiana——his substitute was John Harell.

    That game broke my heart. Goose Givens had the game of a lifetime: 41 points. Ugh!!!!

  123. Jim S. says:

    He was as tough as they come, Jandy. And, he played til he was like 54. I no doubt would have loved him if he was a Pen-gwynne. Changed the spelling in honor of Brandie. ;-)

  124. Jim S. says:

    Yes, clearly that’s it.

  125. Thundercrack says:

    No. The Pittsburgh Power.
    The Trib owns part of the team now.
    He will be forced to write glowing reports of the team.


  126. If I’m you, I’m loving “the sport that must not be named.”

    Obviously, your daughter picked that poor excuse of a sport because of bad genes from her mother’s side of the family! Can’t be your good baseball/basketball genes!

  127. And THAT is going to make me smile BIGTIME!

    Dejan has busted on the Power almost as much as I bust on the Riverpuppies.

  128. Jim S. says:

    Cody is a better idea if they are not going to address it in the draft.

    Do we still have the guy who went nuts on the South Side?

    BTW, love the Nucky Thompson avatar, Miz.

  129. Jim S. says:

    Nice post, George.

  130. Gorgeous George,

    I don’t know you, but I love your verbage about baseball.

    Come back and talk anytime!

    Wait . . . . . you’re not Frank, are you?!?!

  131. Now Gunner, he doesn’t have the “upside” of Tabata, did you forget that?


    Maybe he’ll run out a ground ball though.

  132. Arriba Wilver says:

    Yinz are just Pollyanna Pirate fans. ;-)

  133. Brandie is at her finest today. Good to see that.

  134. Jim S. says:

    If it’s any consolation, Groat, she plays soccer about as close to a basketball point guard as you can get. She is only 5’4″ and maybe 105, but quick as a cat. She’s all about agility and being a play maker in the open field. I think she got the athletic genes from me, and fortunately, the brains, good looks and all other good qualities from my wife.

  135. Brandie says:

    Is that a Joggin’ Jose or Tremoring Tabata blast I’m sensing?

  136. cmat0829 says:

    Over or under 3rd inning of game 1, March 31, for bashing Hurdle for the lineup and game management….. I’ll take under.

  137. Brandie says:

    Thank you for the compliment Rev-O’Lution. (I made you Irish because of St. Patrick’s Day.)

    I wonder where Plangraphs is?

  138. Jim S. says:

    Good call on Bender and Jack “Goose” Givens.

    Joe B Hall was not popular in UK Land, and I think he was only a little more popular after that game.

  139. cmat0829 says:

    I think the more pertinent comparison is NBA 2014 vs. NBA 1994, not NBA vs NHL, etc. This current game is maybe, maybe 50% as good as it was 20 years ago and that is sad.

  140. I do have some Irish blood, Branderiffic. Mostly Italian and German, though, but thanks.

    Plan-o-gram will be around. He sleeps longer in his new digs.

  141. Don’t disagree Gym, I mean Jim. :)

    I think the closer you get to jersey and NYC the less pleasant people get. I visit family in FL a lot and noticed that the snow birds from jersey, NYC and phillthy I mean philly are much less friendly and much more arrogant and conceded.—-jandiskova, don’t you dare say it!!! :)

    And now you guys know why I was comfortable pushing for the Goc-ster! :)

  142. Wonderful column.

    I love it when DK talks……………baseball.

  143. Milo,

    The last day is always bittersweet. It’s sad to leave, especially the warmth and the ball park and the sand and the carefree attitude and the free time and the sound of the ball hitting bat and the visible camaraderie of the team and the pitchers warming up in the bullpen right beside you and the fresh seafood and the traffic on Gulf Drive and the family all being together and not having to get up and go to work and wearing sandals instead of socks and shoes and hearing the sound of the waves and walks or runs in the sand along the water and not having road salt all over your car and snuggling next to your honey in a strange yet familiar bed and eating what you want when you want and the sunrise over the bay and the sunset in the Gulf and watching the drawbridge rise and feeling the gentle breeze off the Gulf at dusk and walking to the ice cream place with your family and sitting so close to the dugout you can hear the conversations therein and players running during the game in the outfield and . . .

    Wait! Why in the heck are you coming back?!?!

    Have a great day today! Enjoy the drive tomorrow.

  144. The Gunner says:


    HA HA – You have a memory like an elephant!!!

    I doubt it if they will move Tabata & Dickerson will end up in Indy for organizational depth. Tabata would be a decent 4th OFer but we all know about his moods and laziness. Tabby is having a lousy spring, too but I don’t think that will make a difference. It is time to trade him since he’ll be making $4 million in 2015 – that’s a lot for the BMTIB to pay for a 4th OFer.

    Dickerson can play all 3 OF positions and has more offensive pop & a lower salary as compared to Tabata.

  145. I liked your “tall” comment on Dickerson, too, and so will Thunder. Wonder how his glove is at first or if he ever played it before.

  146. Jason81 says:

    Definitely the under. Most likely as soon as the lineup is posted.

  147. Brandie says:

    My uncle Sonny used to call me Brandywine! I did not catch that till now. He served his country in the Air Force, was a Pittsburgh sports guy, and passed away 12 years ago…much too soon for me.

    He was quite a character and part of where I get my sense of humor. Thanks for bringing forth a good memory.

  148. If he’d play the way he did in the second half last season, even I would eschew the Joggin’ Jose moniker.

  149. Merriadoc Brandywine and Perigran Took. Two of my faves from Lord of the Rings.

  150. Brandie says:

    Eschew Obfuscation!

    Check out Revvie getting all SAT Verbal on us!

  151. Good combo, Sweet Jimmie.

    I love watching quick, heady athletes.

    You and your wife should work on having 3 more. Your 12-year old son needs some babies to sit and be “big brother” to. And play wiffle ball with.

  152. Jim S. says:


  153. JRay3 says:

    DK – What an enjoyable column to read this morning, thanks for sharing that story with us Pirate fans. The video in a short six minutes recaptured the spirit of the amazing, memorable ride that was 2013 and allowed to relive some of the moments I know many will hold onto.

    Can’t wait to see what this Pirates team has in store for 2014, I for one am encouraged and looking forward to the start of the season and seeing how this journey unfolds.

    Big game for Pitt today, a game that could have seeding implications as this soft bubble has seen many teams take bad losses and early hits, really would be nice for Pitt to add that marquee, signature type win to their resume and 24-8 record.

  154. Jim S. says:

    3 is enough, Groat! I already can’t keep up on weekends. But, like for a lot of people here, they’re everything to me.

    But, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Can’t wait already to get to the practice facility to pitch to my son tomorrow morning. That has been a Saturday morning ritual this off-season.

    Best piece of advice my dad ever gave me – and I felt like he gave me a pretty good roadmap for a lot of things – was to spend more time with my kids than he spent with his. It goes by quickly. I would say the same thing to anyone else here with young ones at home.

  155. theplanisworking says:

    Bean bag?

  156. Jandy says:

    Good to see you again George, it’s been a while :)

  157. Andrew says:

    Don’t forgot the Pirates did extend Charlie Morton with the total guaranteed value of the extension = 2 x (Hidden Valley).

  158. Jandy says:

    Planimal ! How goes it, friend?

  159. theplanisworking says:


  160. theplanisworking says:


  161. Brandie says:

    Hooked on Phonics worked for me!

  162. Jim S. says:

    I agree, monster. I’m not sure why that is. I guess it is just the proximity of people that makes them get on each other’s nerves. Probably the same way anywhere. I will say, too, that I know a lot of good people in Philly, so I should be careful painting with a broad brush.
    Good people and not so good people are everywhere.

  163. theplanisworking says:

    Andrew, you forgot the addition of 2014’s guaranteed Cy Young Award winner Edinson Volquez. So there is that…..

  164. Jandy says:

    And Revvie gets the first question in the chat!

    Now that you’ve been there almost 3 days, do you sense any surprises that have a chance to go north, such as Dickerson or someone else? Thanks.”

  165. Jandy says:

    What would I say, Monster Mash? I detest “people” from Philly, term people used loosely.

  166. Jandy says:

    Oh, and it’s “conceited” :P

  167. theplanisworking says:

    No, quit insulting moths, Jim.
    BILL Nutting will fly out of that wallet. ;)

  168. No one likes a showoff smarty pants :)

    But thanks for the typo alert.

  169. The Gunner says:

    I checked & Dickerson has never played 1b. But this guy is an athlete, I am sure he could adapt to the position.

  170. I mis speled conceited only to amuse brandiskayaovsky

  171. Jandy says:

    zactly, MM :P

  172. theplanisworking says:

    Chelios was a dirty player.
    Toughness doesn’t apply when you are a punk coward and cheap shot people.

    Just my .01 cent.

  173. Jandy says:

    if you say so…

  174. theplanisworking says:

    Osh, I never understood all the NBA hate either. or the hatred it gets on this blog in particular.
    It is the 3rd most popular sport in America.
    Very popular overseas.

    Oh well, their loss.
    Too bad we cheer for some simply awful teams.

    PS — Sixers losing streak at 18 in a row………

  175. toochca says:

    It looks like our daughters share not only the same physical attributes but playing style as well! I can probably guess she has the same aggressiveness and toughness on the soccer field (sorry, I meant to say “the pitch”) as my daughter also!

  176. theplanisworking says:

    Philly has a huge inferiority complex. They used to be the capital of the US, and was very important. Now, they have gone down to 8th?? in population, and New York and DC passed them in importance long time ago.

    Those people just need to move on.

  177. Jandy says:


    “Mr. Negative:
    I understand everyone is entitled to some vacation time, but to do so during the NHL trade deadline is unusual for a person in your profession. That would be similar to my accountant taking vacation for the first two weeks in April. Next time, skip covering the Olympics and come back fresh for one of the most exciting Pittsburgh sports days of the year. With that being said, I hope you the vacation was nice for you and your family. “

  178. theplanisworking says:

    If I remember correctly, DK’s bosses forced him to take the 10 days off.
    What a maroon, as Bugs would say……….

  179. Jandy says:

    he was definitely “Strongly” told to take 10 days off. Period.

    In any case, what a jack-w*pe

  180. theplanisworking says:

    Just read that the marlins are offering $13 dollar Opening Day tickets………………… on Groupon.


    Taxpayers of Miami-Dade are going to be ripped off for the next 30 years.

  181. Jim S. says:

    I wondered the same thing a few weeks ago, Gunner. I wonder if they don’t want to try him there because they don’t perceive he will have enough pop at a position where you traditionally look for power. He doesn’t hit many HRs. Just a guess.

  182. Damon says:


    James Neal didn’t feel right on Thursday. Was diagnosed with concussion later in day. Out indefinitely.

  183. And besides, the blog took care of the trade deadline predictions anyway. Glad we were able to give dejan a rest after those abhorrent conditions at the oshie, I mean sochi hotel…not like anyone at the trib nailed any deadline scoops anyway :)

  184. Really? Where you see that?

  185. Jandy says:

    Not good. What about kunitz?

  186. Jim S. says:

    Yeah, she’s aggressive, toocha. She’ll take it to the net on those big defenders and get bounced around. Doesn’t bother her much. Is that how your daughter plays?

    She has been very fortunate to get instruction at the club level from a guy from Denmark who really embraces aggressive, attacking, possession soccer. Her club plays an attractive brand of soccer, I think. That has fit her attributes well.

  187. Damon says:

    Josh Yohe tweeted it (what I posted was his tweet….minus the poop).

  188. Damon says:

    Not sure – I just saw what Yohe tweeted. I did read it looked worse than it was. Of course that doesn’t mean anything….they could say he has an upper body injury…

  189. Jandy says:

    Did you give the poop back? ;)

  190. Jandy says:

    Thank, friend.

  191. K, I’m off to the gym and rink…tell mr shero i’ll be ready for my WB conditioning assignment in 7-10 days. Unless I pull a hammie or my back starts to act up again…then I’m on LTIR.

  192. Damon says:

    Not yet….still my poop.

  193. Jandy says:

    have fun,,..don’t forget your ice pack ;)

  194. Jim S. says:

    Osh and plan, I apologize for being so down on the NBA here. Just because I don’t love it the way I used to doesn’t make me right. Just makes it my opinion.

    That was wrong of me to post such a negative take on a great league that obviously a lot of people enjoy. In fact, I was with about 20,000 of them last night.

  195. Got a good answer, too. Roster is etched in stone except maybe a couple bullpen spots.

  196. Jandy says:

    indeed. that was what he said.

  197. theplanisworking says:

    Oh, no, Jim, I wasn’t talking about you at all!!
    I never have to worry about you coming out and attacking me, or others for liking the NBA.
    No worries at all.

    Heck, if I had to watch the Bulls, I wouldn’t like it either. ;)

  198. theplanisworking says:

    From the Penguins official Facebook page………….

    James Neal saw the doctor Thursday afternoon and has been diagnosed with a concussion, per Pens coach Dan Bylsma. He is out of the lineup now.

    Bylsma on Neal, “You don’t know if you’re talking about 1-2 days or much longer. You hope the symptoms subside and it’s shorter than longer.”

    Not good.

  199. Damon says:

    No problem….I’ll post anything I find out.

  200. Jandy says:

    This is upsetting. bad timing, but in general, I hate concussions. You just never know with them.

  201. I don’t even remember any big hits from caps games. Was he hit in practice?

  202. 21sthebest says:


  203. 21sthebest says:

    My take is that most of the hatred directed at the NBA comes from the cities that don’t have it.

  204. theplanisworking says:

    It didn’t say.

    Don’t forget, concussions sometimes can “hide” for a bit before being discovered…………

    sort of like your cousin Boris Badanov…….. he frequently had concussions, that weren’t noticeable right away.

    Darn Moose and Squirrel………

  205. I always wondered what his problem was…thanks hippsterovich

  206. JohninOshkosh says:

    I didn’t take it that way at all, Jim. Didn’t think it was attacking or negative, either.

    I very rarely get that feeling here. Everyone knows non of this stuff is personal, just sports talk. I’m not sure there is a single person here I wouldn’t want to have a beer with and hear their opinions on sports.

    Opinions on things other than sports ? Well, that’s another matter ! :) Except, movies, comedy, television and JAL on all things history!

  207. Jandy says:

    Jim is the sweetest, most polite person on this blog. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.
    He’s much nicer than I am :D

  208. Jandy says:

    I sure don’t remember any hits either…but hey, it could have happened at practice or several weeks ago.

  209. Jim S. says:

    I don’t know about that, Jandy. But, thank you.

  210. Jim S. says:

    I appreciate that, plan. But, it was me that was ripping the NBA this morning. I would have found my comments offensive if I were a fan. And, actually, there are still aspects of the league that I still like. I still will tune in quite a bit to the playoffs.

  211. Karen22 says:


    I LOVE BASEBALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  212. Karen22 says:


  213. theplanisworking says:


  214. theplanisworking says:

    Jim, don’t forget to tip your Nun…………… ;)

  215. Jandy says:

    You’re just saying that because it’s true :)

  216. Jandy says:

    We already had this conversation, Jimster….:P

  217. Jim S. says:

    Check is in the mail. ;-)

    Or, maybe I’ll just put it in the collection plate on Sunday.

  218. theplanisworking says:


  219. Damon says:

    interesting (yet sad) stats tweeted by Yohe:

    Penguins have lost 391 man-games to injury this season, the most in the NHL. Detroit is second at 286.

    Pens who suffered significant injuries this year: Letang (3), Martin (2), Neal (2), Scuderi, Malkin, Orpik, Bennett, Glass, Vitale, Dupuis.

    Notable Pens injuries this season: A stroke, a blood clot, an elbow infection, five broken bones, three torn ligaments, two concussions.

  220. Jandy says:

    it’s utterly amazing that they lead the list for most man games missed, and how horrendous some of the injuries are,, that this team is fighting for first in the east. They haven’t rolled over and given up!

  221. Jandy says:

    The collection plate is perfect :)

  222. Holy Cripes! Just inquired bout tickets for Chicago game on 3/30. Only tix I can get are $230 a pop…was gonna do a mini company outing but looking like its the couch or bar for me…

  223. theplanisworking says:

    Not enough rubles, comrade??

  224. Jim S. says:

    and a partridge in a pear tree!

  225. I’m can be silly but not crazy…I gotta nice HDtv that will do just fine :)

  226. jandy alert typo above jandy alert typo above

  227. toochca says:

    Yes Jim she is very aggressive! She’s know on her HS and Club teams as the enforcer. Which is hilarious considering her size.

    She is also fortunate to play club for a woman who played D1 at Arizona or Arizona State, cant remember which right now.

  228. toochca says:

    Cam Thomas, a 6-foot-3, 330-pound nose tackle benched by the San Diego Chargers late last season, signed a two-year contract with the Steelers on Friday,

    Read more:

  229. BillyBaduka says:

    Jim S:

    I was surprised too by the amount but more so the term. Once I read the structure of the contract, it makes sense.

    If he doesn’t pan out they can cut him after year one or two and not carry much of a cap hit.

    Better yet, if he does work out they have a starting FS for 5 years at a reasonable price.

    The Steelers weren’t going to get Byrd or other top tier FA FS and from what I’ve read Mitchell has the highest upside of the second tier FS available.

    I live near Philly and many of thier fans were upset they got Jenkins instead of Mitchell. Avg cap hit about the same but Jenkins is 3 years with bigger bonus.

    I think the Steelers wanted guaranteed money low so they lengthened the term to sweeten the deal. He’s only 26 so 5 years would wrap him up through his prime if he works out.

  230. theplanisworking says:

    Just saw this……… many hours later.
    Your Hippo is going see-Nile in his old age……..

  231. Brandie says:

    Dear Plan,

    I consider the blog to be a 1970’s rec room complete with paneled walls, a massive floor model Color Tv with a remote the size of a large Hershey bar and pleather bean bag chairs. :)

  232. Mizery says:

    Thanks Jim. Big Boardwalk fan. Alameda Ta’amu was cut last year and signed by the cardinals and played very little. They liked him enough to re-sign him this year. We have Hebron Fangupo the steelers must see something in him but he has played for a couple teams and waived before the steelers got him. Maybe Coach Mitchell is working his magic with him. Either way we need more depth on the d-line.
    Great win by Pitt this afternoon. They finally sealed the deal.

  233. Jim S. says:

    The Enforcer. I like it toochca. Sounds like a tough kid.

  234. Jim S. says:

    Thanks, Billy.

  235. Jandy says:

    pfffftt!!! :P

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