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By Dejan Kovacevic | Trib Total Media

ORLANDO, Fla. — Morning, Lunatics …

>> The Friday column is about Pitt peaking. Which I’m not sure they’ve done just yet.

The game story, by beat man Kevin Gorman.

Still haunted by Wichita State, by Gorman.

The Buffs’ ‘nightmare start,’ by Greg Auman.

Here’s some of my postgame talks with Cam Wright and Mike Young

And some of what the seniors had to say …

Random bloggery from the scene: I really like this Pitt team, as players, coaches, staff and humans. They’ve been a joy to be around. Not sure why I’m sharing that, but there it is. … One of the many amazing things about that first half: Pitt took a 21-5 lead without getting a single point out of Lamar Patterson. There were eight each at that point from Talib Zanna and Cam Wright. … Young’s a freshman, and he’s started for Jamie Dixon all season. That doesn’t even need a comment. … The column tells the tale of Durand Johnson, a sophomore, taking charge of the team. Jamie Dixon later called Johnson “our emotional leader.” But never mind all that. Most injured players will hide, and some even get banished. Coaches have their reasons. This kid’s front and center. … Pitt’s defensive strategy was built on two principles: 1. Double the post and cut off big man Josh Scott — or anyone — daring to go underneath. 2. Cut off any ball screens. You saw the results. “We knew they’d do both of those things,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. “It didn’t matter.” … What a welcome return Barry Rohrssen has had in the Pitt family. Should have seen the emotions between him and the players as each sprinted off the court. He’s a great recruiter, too. … Brandin Knight, also an assistant: “This team is very business-like, for the most part. But yeah, you need to enjoy it, too.” … Nothing quite like seeing Josh Ko, a walk-on and formerly the Hawaiian player of the year in high school, getting into an NCAA Tournament game. If that 3 had fallen, his teammates would have been anything but business-like. “It’s just an honor to be part of this team,” Ko said. … Last March in Salt Lake City, I re-booked my flight home at halftime of the Wichita State loss. Never crossed my mind yesterday.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pitt page.

Here’s Chris Horner’s photo gallery from the scene.

Here’s Colorado news from the Boulder Daily Camera.

Here’s Florida news from the Gainesville Sun.

Here’s the NCAA’s official March Madness page.

>> The Penguins put three pucks in their own net and nearly won, anyway. Josh Yohe reports from Joe Louis.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Penguins page.

Here are official game highlights on NHL.com.

Here’s Red Wings news from the Detroit Free Press.

>> Jerricho Cotchery is off to Carolina. Alan Robinson reports.

There’s nothing good about this for the Steelers, and don’t let anyone spin it otherwise. Cotchery’s older, sure, but 10 touchdowns in limited action is 10 touchdowns in limited action. Fact is, he and Ben Roethlisberger had a significant trust and connection. That won’t be easily replaced, certainly not with the $2.1 million in cap room Kevin Colbert has.

Time to restructure more contracts and, to repeat myself, extend Roethlisberger. Find some money, and find it now, not in August and certainly not next summer.

On the bright side, it turns out the NFL won’t dock a draft pick for the Mike Tomlin/sideline fiasco in Baltimore. Robinson has that.

Hate to say I told you so, but I told you so. This was stupid from the outset.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Steelers page.

>> Francisco Liriano left the mound with an injury last night, Rob Biertempfel reports from Bradenton.

Here’s TribLIVE’s Pirates page.

Here are official game highlights on MLB.com.

>> I’ll call in to TribLIVE Radio, live from Amway Center, at 11:30 a.m.

>> The weekly chat will come at noon, as always. All topics are welcome, but obviously the NCAA Tournament will take priority.

Author: Dejan Kovacevic

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

Comments

  1. bpn8pitt says:

    I think Pitt will give Florida a game. But I think they are better served turning it into physical “Pitt” game than trying to trade shots with the Gators.

    I think the Steelers can find a little more room, getting a long term deal done with Worilds, bringing down that number. But, yes, maybe its time to approach Baylee’s dad about an extension.

    Draft is gonna be interesting. Watkins and Evans, most likely are gone by 15. I know Tomlin looked at Benjamin at FSUs pro day…Thing is though, is the WR pool deep enough to wait until 2nd rd or later? I think so.

  2. bpn8pitt says:

    WR to me, never seem to contribute Year 1 unless they are truly special.

    Whoever they take, offense defense….I hope the kid comes in ready to play, start and make an impact. Seems like that hasn’t happened in a long while.

  3. Matt in Ann Arbor says:

    Great to see Pitt excel in the NCAAs and be aggressive on the offensive end, running when it’s there. Hope they keep that aggression against Florida.

    I was at Joe Louis for the Pens game, not a good Defensive performance. Though the game was lost by not scoring on the 5 minute power play at the end. Worst part of the game was the Red Wings fans, who can give the Flyer fans a run for their money — lots of Cry Baby and Crosby Sucks chants — Stay Classy Detroit!

  4. Mike Vee says:

    Well DK, I’m a Gator so I ain’t touching anything about the game on this board BUT if UF does not win (which I think they will) I will root for Pitt…..Anyway, interesting how the Pens get off the forecheck, leave the defense to hang (they look like the Keystone cops at times) and lose a game to a team with far worse injuries than we have. Babcock must have looked at the Flyer game tapes and said just get under their skin, they’ll crack and we can win.
    Babcock 1 Bylsma 0…..I’ve been biting my tongue since December giving Scuderri the benefit of the doubt, but geez this is really looking like a waste of 5 mil a year. He skates like he has cement in his shoes, has no reaction time and where is the hip checks he did so well or any hitting for that matter. He is having a poorer season than Martin did in his 1st one here. Thats a problem and may be a bad one in another month.

  5. DJ says:

    Nice video of Patterson. Thoughtful responses and not too high after the win. Entire team gives you the impression they’re building towards something.

    Said it this morning and so I’ll repeat. The year no one is expecting much from Pitt is the year they finally slay the dragon — Pitt takes down Florida on Saturday.

  6. kr70 says:

    Ko booking a flight home at half time??? (last year) bet the coaches loved that little nugget. Would love to see the Panthers advance if for nothing else but get the monkey off Jamie’s back. He is a fine coach. They sure didn’t get any love from the committee. Good Luck Pitt.

  7. JoeyBats says:

    Hoka Hey everyone!

    A new name starting to creep into the vocabulary of some mock drafts of Steelers wide receivers potential picks @ # 15…..

    ** Teddy Bridgewater had a HORRIBLE pro day….and he perhaps slide way down the board until late in Rd # 1 (browns SECOND #1 pick)
    ** that means Wide Recievers move UP the board (Watkins already there…probably Evans, too) :-(
    ** people talking about USC Marquise Lee and Fla St , Benjamin as potential wide receiver picks for the local team
    …..
    ** Odell Bekham has been creeping up many draft boards….he is not TALL…..but is more in the Antonio Brown mold….quick twitch……good in traffic….good leap…..good return capability….improving his blocking (important for Steelers’ receivers). He’s 5’11 198 runs a 4.43 40 yard dash…….the attached posting has him going to CHiefs….but I’ve seen some recent blog “experts” cite Beckham from LSU if they go offense @ #15

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/2028300/odell-beckham-jr

  8. DJ says:

    If a college recruit were deciding who he would like to play basketball for based upon sideline demeanor alone, I doubt anyone would want to play for Mick Cronin.

    Could be a great coach but the guy’s theatrics are childish and boorish.

  9. JAL says:

    JAL’s Knight in Rusty Armour Morning Links

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vHOrHEDPYIM

    GENERAL DAILY UPDATED BASEBALL SITES

    1- MLB Transactions

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

    2-MLB Trade Rumors-Pirates

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

    3 BFFL’s 2014 Pirates Stats Spreadsheet

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

    4 Pirates Prospects Spring Training Tracker

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/st2014

    BLOGS and such

    5—Pirates Prospects

    First Pitch: Which Reliever Should Be the Odd Man Out?

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/first-pitch-which-reliever-should-be-the-odd-man-out.html

    Francisco Liriano Leaves as a Precaution With Groin Tightness

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/francisco-liriano-leaves-as-a-precaution-with-right-groin-tightness.html

    Pirate City Notes: Buddy Borden, Chad Kuhl, Erich Weiss, JaCoby Jones

    http://www.piratesprospects.com/2014/03/pirate-city-notes-buddy-borden-chad-kuhl-erich-weiss-jacoby-jones.html

    6 Bucs Dugout

    Notes: Wang, Reds, Morris

    http://www.bucsdugout.com/2014/3/20/5530968/notes-wang-reds-morris

    7 Rumbunter

    Aroldis Chapman Video Painful To Watch

    http://rumbunter.com/2014/03/20/aroldis-chapman-video-facial-fracture/

    Attention Pittsburgh Pirate Apologists!!

    http://rumbunter.com/2014/03/19/attention-pittsburgh-pirate-apologists/

    8 Green Weenie

    3/20: Walter Schmidt, Josh & Judy, Blas Minor & The Great One….

    http://oldbucs.blogspot.com/2014/03/320-walter-schmidt-josh-judy-blas-minor.html

    9 SaberBucs

    So, you want to trade Jose Tabata for a first-baseman . . . ?

    http://saberbucs.net/2014/03/20/so-you-want-to-trade-jose-tabata-for-a-first-baseman/

    10 Sarasota Herald Tribune

    Silverberg: Father and daughter share a love of baseball

    http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20140321/COLUMNIST/303219995?Title=Silverberg-Father-and-daughter-share-a-love-of-baseball

  10. JAL says:

    NEWSPAPERS and MAGAZINES and Other Media

    11 Bradenton Herald

    Pittsburgh Pirates | Shark Tank relief corps ready to repeat dominance of 2013

    http://www.bradenton.com/2014/03/21/5058341/pittsburgh-pirates-shark-tank.html

    12 Erie Com

    John Guerriero: Baseball never strikes out with this fan

    http://www.goerie.com/article/20140321/OPINION07/303219945/John-Guerriero%3A-Baseball-never-strikes-out-with-this-fan#

    13 Fox Sports

    Blockbuster deal set to pay off for pitching-rich Marlins

    http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/blockbuster-deal-set-to-pay-off-for-pitching-rich-marlins-032114

    14 Pirates Site

    Ishikawa’s play mixing things up at first base for Bucs

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article/pit/travis-ishikawas-play-mixing-things-up-at-first-base-for-pirates?ymd=20140320&content_id=69737896&vkey=news_pit

    Pipeline Perspectives: Glasnow will be Minors’ K king

    http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140319&content_id=69604614&vkey=news_pit&c_id=pit&tcid=tw_article_69604614

    15 Colorado Rockies Site

    Rockies add Mike McKenry to Major League roster

    http://colorado.rockies.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140320&content_id=69749676&vkey=pr_col&c_id=col

    16 Beaver County Times

    From All-Star to also ran, Locke may not be in rotation

    http://www.timesonline.com/sports/pirates/from-all-star-to-also-ran-locke-may-not-be/article_37967f28-0cfd-5f7e-86a6-3964508d61ca.html

    17 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Brewer lefty Wang has first sub-par outing of spring

    http://www.jsonline.com/sports/brewers/brewer-lefty-wang-has-first-sub-par-outing-of-spring-b99229783z1-251349361.html

    18 St. Louis Post Gazette

    Cards notes: Kozma might be casualty of Cards’ excess

    http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/cards-notes-kozma-might-be-casualty-of-cards-excess/article_c24af889-b0d7-5e31-9a9c-5aec45d5aca2.html

    19 Fangraphs

    2014 Positional Power Rankings: Second Base

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/2014-positional-power-rankings-second-base/

    2014 Positional Power Rankings: Third Base

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/positional-power-rankings-third-base-2/

    20 Baseball Prospectus

    Pre-Season Predictions

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=23044

    Raising Aces Bush League: Eddie Butler, Tyler Glasnow, and Alex Meyer

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=23097

  11. Jandy says:

    Brandecita, if you’re out there:

    bichlady@aol.com

  12. Jandy says:

    To those of you casting aspersions at me last night….2 bottles of wine? Good Lord, I’d sleep ALL DAY TODAY is that were the case lol .

    I was just really, really exhausted. Headache this morning. If I had those2 bottles last night, at least I’d have an excuse. Sheesh.

    I was watching tho, and so angry, I ranted and scared poor Shelby. The Wings deserved that win, they played with more passion than we did, and without all the dumb penalties for the most part.

    Shout out to Real HockeyMonster, that column you linked last night was very good. Scherbak, 179 lbs??? Man he must be a bean pole. He’ll fill out…and when he does…look out!

  13. DBK2989 says:

    It amazes me the severe overreaction when Pitt wins a game. Saw Facebook posts yesterday like, “Billy Donovan must be #@!$ himself watching this!” and “Saturday’s game could be an epic one for the ages!” Pitt played a very good game against an average-at-best Colorado team. Just like football: too many wins celebrated for more than they are.

  14. Damon says:

    Last night was just “one of those games” where the puck seemed to be bouncing the wrong way for the Pens, but they can’t afford too many more “one of those games”. They need to get their act together – and by that, I mean the defense mostly. Most of the forwards have actually been back-checking lately and being responsible defensively minus the occasional behind the back pass or give away. The D has been running around in their own zone a lot, but I guess part of that comes with having your two best break-out Dman out. Scuderi is looking bad…which is bad. He needs to get on track for the playoff run. Poor Fleury again….

  15. hockeymonster says:

    Can’t believe we still need to discuss this but only way last night was a positive is if disco uses those ridiculous penalties as a reason to get in everyone’s faces about discipline. Last night was latest example but the pattern is and has been a trend. Geno’s penalties: UNACCEPTABLE!!! Real Deal’s cross check: UNACCEPTABLE!!! Jussi cross checkin? What up with dat??? In general the time to fix this issue once and for all has arrived. Remembering that you’re suppose initiate not retaliate would be a start.

    Boggles the mine that after last few playoffs we haven’t addressed this but here we are. Pens reaction and response to teams playing well with desperation CAN NOT be to take petulant penalties just cuz the big bad defender got your way…they’re suppose to get in your way and under your skin…that’s their job!!! Fact that we respond in this fashion only GUARANTEES that opponents will keep using the same tactics till we prove they won’t work.

    Any team with cup aspirations would’ve put a strangle hold on that 3-2 lead and tightened up against a desperate team while staying under control.

  16. hockeymonster says:

    really? bichlady? :)

  17. hockeymonster says:

    Thanks jandy…on behalf of that impostor :) And yes scherbak looks like a player.

  18. Jandy says:

    Am I reaching, or is there a chance that moron who speared Geno gets a call from The Big House?

  19. Jandy says:

    LOL Since 1998, Monster Mash. Love the moniker, it’s a real conversation starter :)

  20. Jandy says:

    And for the record, I ‘d not mind hearing from anyone. This place is kinda like family :)

  21. hockeymonster says:

    ;)

  22. Jandy says:

    Geno needs to sit. Period. A game…two…won’t hurt at this point. His maturity is sorely lacking.

  23. hockeymonster says:

    I think he’ll hear from them but if he does I think Real Deal gets a call too.

  24. Jandy says:

    Real Deal’s another one who needs to sit. Dumb chit. These guys know better.

  25. Sarah says:

    When have you ever felt that Bylsma has a hold on this team discipline or accountability wise?

  26. Damon says:

    It would be nice if Bylsma called out players more, but what the Pens really need is the team/players to call each other out. You hear Phil Bourque tell stories about how Kevin Stevens or Bill Guerin would tell anyone on the team when they are being stupid, or even tell the stars we need more out of you guys. I get the feeling that guy isn’t really on the Pens right now. They tought they were getting that from Morrow and Iginla last year, but both were afraid to upset the dressing room. So unless someone steps up….

  27. Jandy says:

    It’s obvious he doesn’t. But these guys aren’t kids. They know they can’t pull these stunts and expect to go far. it’s not complicated.

  28. Jandy says:

    Rob Scuderi has a voice. I hope he uses it. He also needs to call himself out, tho, unfortunately.

  29. Sarah says:

    Yeah I hear ya. I think they’re fed up. Sid simply looks disinterested at times. We never used to see that…..

  30. Sarah says:

    Yep. I think this team does miss guys like Guerin.
    But it’s clear that what accountability there is exists for the kids not the vets…..as you’ve been noting Jandy, there are times Geno just needs to sit his azz for a few shifts …..never happens.

  31. Jandy says:

    Doesn’t make it right. He’s the Captain. If he’s upset, he needs to talk to DB.

  32. Jandy says:

    Not just shifts, Sarah. Game(s). I’m fed up with his immaturity.

  33. hockeymonster says:

    I’ve been on teams where the captain literally kicked a player off the team in the locker room right after a game just cuz we were all fed up with his stupid chit and ridiculous penalties. Disco needs to recognize what time it is…

  34. Sarah says:

    Wow! Well…..not sure I’d go straight to a game! But still I get your point.
    He lost a lot of maturity when Sarge left, I’ve always thought.

    Thing is….WHY are they so easily frustrated? Sid too.

    I am afraid they just know that the scheme is weak and has been figured out by opposing coaches…..so they don’t have much confidence things are gonna work unless they can simply out-skill a team.

    So they get frustrated easily when it’s clear a team is onto the stretch pass, chip the boards schtick, and is taking that away…..

  35. hockeymonster says:

    I think bichlady should email some choice words to geno…I can provide the Russian text :)

  36. Damon says:

    You would think as competitive as Sid is, and him seeing that is hurting the team, that eventually he would step up – as the captain – and say stop this crap. Or Oprik. Or even someone like Sutter. Someone….

  37. Aspersions? Were you baptized last night?

    ;)

  38. Sarah says:

    I think that’s the problem….he values being a Pal more than a Coach,
    Just as RS values keeping the CC Famalee together more than improving the roster…..though I think Goc and Stemp have been great. But will they re-sign?

  39. theplanisworking says:

    Dear bichlady:

    I am having problems with my dog eating. She doesn’t seem to like what I buy for her. I was wondering if I should go with the dry, or moist food. Any suggestions?
    I will hang up and listen. Long time fan of yours.

    Sincerely,
    Hippo

  40. hockeymonster says:

    I would’ve lost it by now…they are all lucky I’m not on the squad. They would need re paint the locker room walls by the time I got done laying into them.

    Ok I better calm down…strong coffee and high blood pressure cant be good.

  41. theplanisworking says:

    They get frustrated so easily because Duck’s system makes it that way. Whenever you predicate a system where everything has to be perfect for it to work, then have no Plan B when it doesn’t, you get easily frustrated.

    Speaks to the mental toughness and discipline of the team…..

  42. Sarah says:

    I think Sid has been conditioned to Say the Right Thing, by years as being the Chosen One growing up in CAN…..it may be hard for him to break that mold and just go off and say negative stuff…..dunno.

  43. hockeymonster says:

    I can see Goc staying. Lots of variables with stempty. Starting to look like disco wants Goc to take Staal’s old job of freeing up sid from certain centers. Looks like that’s the plan at home with last change but will be interesting to see what he does on the road.

  44. Sarah says:

    Totally agree.

  45. Sarah says:

    What is this Last Change you speak of? :-D

  46. theplanisworking says:

    Do I sens a verse forthcoming?
    (There is your opening)……

  47. hockeymonster says:

    Telling the truth isn’t being negative. He has all the leeway necessary to raise his voice and set them all straight. Actually now that I think about it…sid should get selfish about the situation. After all its HIS legacy on the line the next few seasons. If geno doesn’t see that the window for sid and geno isn’t open forever than sid needs to explain it to him and the rest of the country club, in no uncertain terms, that this chit will stop and we will give ourselves best possible chance to win the cup. My offer to explain it in Russian stands!

  48. theplanisworking says:

    Last Change of socks.

  49. Damon says:

    You’re right, he is Mr. PC….but it has to be eating at him. Just think if he did explode in the locker room….think that would get everyone’s attention?

  50. hockeymonster says:

    I think he felt that his options were limited last season and this season before Goc. Having 4 legit centers is huge. Sutter isn’t the horse staal was so disco acknowledged that by using sid a FO specialist as much as our #1 center. Goc is a good chess piece for him to work with.

  51. Sarah says:

    I bet it would and honestly wish he would do it!
    I think that’s why he looks disinterested at times…..you just kinda switch off emotionally when you’re that frustrated.

    But I’m armchair psyching…..we really don’t know of course….

  52. Jandy says:

    Ahahahahaa! Get me his e-mail addy and I will do it!!! ;)

    Spunky, apersions has what to do with baptism???? I was raised Catholic, ya know :

  53. No, just raggin’ on J-girl. I was one, along with you, who “cast aspersions” at her. I believe in full emersion, not just sprinkling, so definition 1 would apply rather than the baptism definition of “aspersion”.

    8-)

  54. Jandy says:

    Dear Hippo, Long Time Fan,
    FEED HER STEAKS! What are you waiting for???? :D
    Sincerely and with love,
    jandy

  55. theplanisworking says:

    Well, since it is so cold this morning, maybe “frost on her pumpkin” would have been better than aspersions??

    ;)

  56. Jandy says:

    f*k the right thing, when they’re losing because of undisciplined behavior, it’s time to make your feelings known. And what won’t be tolerated.

  57. Jandy says:

    LOL yinz are all killing me :D

  58. Arriba Wilver says:

    Aren’t there two ** in f*k?

  59. Jandy says:

    There’s as many as you want, AW :D

  60. Jim S. says:

    I came into this college basketball season thinking Pitt was in rebuild mode. Then, I saw how well they played early on and got excited and probably rated them a bit too highly for awhile.

    Then Durand Johnson got hurt, and it naturally took them awhile to adjust to new roles and how to make up for the loss of a key player. Then, their two seniors both got injured. Since they played through the injuries, I don’t think many of us knew how serious the injuries had been until we saw the improvement when they returned to health. I had no idea until this week that Freshman forward Michael Young has been playing with a fracture in his back.

    Then, they pulled out an amazing win vs. Clemson on the road, when it looked to me like the season was about to conclude on a very down note. They followed that up by destroying Wake and holding off UNC on Tobacco Road, and gave the best team in the ACC, UVA, all they could handle in the semi’s of the conference tournament.

    I went from thinking at the end of the Clemson game that it might be better if they didn’t even get an NCAA bid to thinking they were under-seeded by the committee 2 weeks later. It has truly been a roller coaster season. Yesterday, they proved they were, indeed, under-seeded by the committee. Win or lose tomorrow, this team has accomplished more than I ever thought they would this year. They have a lot to be proud of. A lot.

    DK’s article was great. If you’ve ever been part of a team that continues on without you after you’ve been lost with injury, as Durand Johnson has this year, then you know what kind of character it takes for a young man to keep inspiring and challenging teammates long after your own season has ended. It is so hard to stay relevant to your teammates after your season ends early. Durand found a way. What a credit to him and to Pitt. Go Panthers!

  61. Jandy says:

    Goc and Stempy are HUGE additions to this team. I like them both. That said, I hope the bad habits don’t rub off on them!

  62. Thundercrack says:

    One minor thing I noticed last night that added credence to the “spring training stats & records don’t matter”: The Orioles brought in a RH relief pitcher who was guaranteed to face Pedro and Walker. I doubt Buck does that in a regular season game

  63. Sarah says:

    J you’re en fuego this morning!!!!!!

  64. theplanisworking says:

    +

    Now, how about that change of league thingy, Jim?? ;)

  65. Those aspersions will quell her being on fire.

    Definition number 3 of aspersions is “sprinkling, as in baptism”.

  66. Arriba Wilver says:

    Just my 2 cents, but I think Jandy needs a full emersion. Sprinkling isn’t going to do it.

  67. Jandy says:

    Haha AW when hubby tells me he’s gonna put me in my place, I tell him “Don’t forget your army!”

    Trust me, in our marriage there is never a dull moment ;)

  68. Arriba Wilver says:

    :-D

  69. Wild Bill says:

    All of us are Pittsburgh pro sports fans, but our collegiate allegiances are certainly mixed. If you Pitt folks will root hard for PSU’s hockey team at 3 today vs. Wisconsin, I’ll root hard for Pitt hoops vs. Florida. Fair deal?

    Maybe can’t count on John to take me up on this one.

  70. Jim S. says:

    Not sure how that works in CBB, plan. :-)

  71. NMR says:

    I read a really good article on a Brewers Blog yesterday about their Rule 5 draft pick from the Pirates, Wei-Chung Wang. Wang pitched in the GCL last year and will have to jump to the Major League roster for the entire season in order for the Brewers to keep him.

    He’d been generating a lot of buzz this spring by pitching eight scoreless innings, but the blog author found that he’d only faced a handfull of hitters projected to make major league rosters due to being inserted late in the game.

    Last night he got the start, presumably against a lineup of mostly major leaguers, and gave up three runs in two innings.

  72. I have to agree. Full emersion, then a fire hose for aspersion.

    No more en fuego.

    ;)

  73. Why would any team Rule 5 a guy from Rookie League? Seems like a waste of 25 grand to me. But it ain’t my money.

  74. Wild Bill says:

    Dayton Daily News headline today, in huge print:

    THE University of Dayton

    Oww, Lucky.

  75. NMR says:

    Excellent question. This is more extreme than even the Donnie Veal Experience of ’09.

    Not to mention the fact that they turned around and spent $50m on Matt Garza in the same offseason.

  76. Thundercrack says:

    Sat with a few Brewers fans before the game. They were lamenting the fact that they are in a small market and they operate with a budget. $80 million is going to be there payroll. (According to them) I told them “look who you are talking too”.
    They said their owner didn’t seem interested in extending the budget to keep Fielder. But then they didn’t seem to sad that he’s gone.

  77. Jandy says:

    You’ll never put my fire out, Spunky ;)

  78. Baywatch says:

    Good morning, All! A big WAY TO GO, DAMON for the big guy, leading my Bucco Bloggers Bracket Challenge after Day 1, with just three misses … and the Dude had the foresight to know that on THIS DAY Harvard and North Dakota State were the better teams! (the balance of the standings show JIM S and COSMOS, knotted in a tie for second – and yours truly BAYDRO, tied up in third with someone disguised as LEAPIN LAMBO! :-) … I also have a second bracket, BAYWATCH … sitting in dead last. Sigh.

  79. Baywatch says:

    Good stuff, TC!

  80. Baywatch says:

    +++

  81. cherokee23 says:

    Reading comments over lunch. Literally laughing out loud several times. Good stuff, everyone!

  82. theplanisworking says:

    Any word on Pirate trades?

    Getting rid of a spare bullpen arm for a 1B or C?

    Any word if Leapin’ Lambo will come North?

  83. Thundercrack says:

    When I told them that me and a lot of other people seem to think the Brewers would be better than expected this season they told me their pitching has been getting lit up

  84. Thundercrack says:

    If Mazzaro is the spare arm being dealt I don’t think he is going to fetch much. I don’t think any middle reliever will.

    My guess is that they will wait until the very end of ST if they are going to deal an arm. Insurance in case someone gets hurt.

  85. Baywatch says:

    Gotta go get this walk in before Duke and Mercer tip off. Mercy.

  86. :D

    Good for Jim. I knew OSU didn’t have it this season. That 6-seed was an aberration.

    The Flyers have their work cut out for them tomorrow. Cuse beat up on SeanAY’s Broncos pretty soundly.

  87. How about just an elbow rather than the whole arm?

  88. theplanisworking says:

    Maybe we can trade an elbow for Drew’s return?

  89. bpn8pitt says:

    I agree with that TC. Its going to be “a problem for a problem” change of scenery thing. Or Mazzaro for AAA guy with options left.

    I heard some of the game last night. Good to hear Lambo get the RBI knock, just think it might be too late, unless he goes on some kind of tear, as teams play their regulars more. The thing that bothers me most with Lambo is, counting the 1 HR last year, Winter Ball and Spring havent shown a lot of power, even XBH. If thats not there, and the OBP isnt there, why field a defensive liablity at first?

    Gaby Sanchez has to be ready to go. If he isnt, and Marte and Alvarez are whiffing like crazy, going to be slow going early on. Cutch wont be able to do it himself…. Although he’s tearing the cover off now.

  90. Brandie says:

    If I do not post ad frequently please do not worry. Dealing with adult stuff as some of you know. Special thanks to Revvie Jandy Plantonio and all.

    Little known fact…Jandy gives one heckuva pep talk.

  91. Jandy says:

    <3 you, Sistah!
    Good luck!

  92. theplanisworking says:

    Its amazing how 9 wides constitute a “heckuva pep talk”………

  93. NMR says:

    Ha, thats funny.

    The Brewers are going to set a franchise record this year with a payroll north of $100m. Sounds like those fans are a bit off.

  94. Jandy says:

    I haven’t had to resort to those … yet….right Brandecita? ;)

  95. NMR says:

    Too late for what, exactly?

  96. Jandy says:

    or delusional ;)

  97. Thundercrack says:

    Fans always think their owner is cheap. :-)

    And after that small chat with them it seems he Brewers owner is more beloved on this blog than with those 2 fans.

  98. NMR says:

    VIVA LA REGIME! ;)

  99. Thundercrack says:

    That never gets old NMR

  100. Thundercrack says:

    Lambo wiffed but I thought he hit the ball hard twice.

    He DH’d so I can’t give a scouting report on how ‘supple’ his hands were.

    (YUCK!)

  101. NMR says:

    My favorite Blog meme going!

  102. Arriba Wilver says:

    Well, at least we’re right when we call our owner cheap. ;-). $100 mil?

  103. bpn8pitt says:

    Make the club. Destined for Indianapolis it seems.

  104. bpn8pitt says:

    I also would like to see Volquez get a good start today, because they are going with him in the early going, regardless.

    Not an easy task though, if the Yankees play their regulars.

  105. NMR says:

    Sorry, man. You said UNLESS he heats up. Thought you meant even if he started to heat up, it would still be too little too late. Thanks for the reply.

  106. hap2009 says:

    Sad I missed getting into this… Gotta pay more attention to EVERY comment next time

  107. NMR says:

    I absolutely love Dejan’s humor during his chats. Guy has me cracking up.

  108. bpn8pitt says:

    Yeah, the wrist to stroke recovery time was pretty good. :)

  109. Wild Bill says:

    Found DKs response to the question about PSUs Coach Franklin and his “dominate the state” talk interesting. I don’t recall saying that Franklin wouldn’t be going after the same recruits as Pitt and going after them hard, but maybe someone else did.

    The early commits to PSU for next year have them rated as high as #4 nationally already, with 8 or so and mostly from Pa. Franklin intends to do exactly what OSU does in Ohio, the Badgers do in Wisconsin, the Cornhuskers do in Nebraska, etc.

  110. Bizrow says:

    Mercer is giving Duke a battle, up by 3 with 16 minutes to go

  111. Damon says:

    Beau Bennett sent to WBS for a conditioning stint.

    Steelers to have LaGarrett Blount visit Sunday.

  112. bpn8pitt says:

    Oh he did say it. Many times. Hired Bob Shoop and Terry Smith to be on the staff to help with Western PA. I believe it was reported too that he made several trips already to Pittsburgh, recruiting and touching base with coaches.

    Its just not going to happen overnight, so even me, Pitt alumni will give him time on that.

    But even if he does dominate it, I dont think PA is enought to win the Big Ten and compete nationally. He’s going to have to nab his fair share of Florida, Texas and occassional West Coast Player to do that.

    If you look at a lot of the WPIAL athletes in football and basketball recently, a lot of them arent afraid to go away from the state. In fact I think a lot them prefer to in some cases. Doesnt mean they all become successes. Just means recruiting is about as national as its ever been.

  113. Jandy says:

    Biz, we have a Lunatic sighting on the other thread….where you posted the list:

    Jeff A
    March 21, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Downingtown, PA

  114. Jandy says:

    Good news on Bennett…that can only be a good thing.

  115. Jandy says:

    OK…APB on Jim S. Please check in Jim S !

  116. Wild Bill says:

    Good assessment, Bpn, and especially about out of staters. By now Pitt’s coaching staff surely knows what’s coming, and it will be interesting to see how they handle it. Best outcome might be the example of the state of Michigan, with UM and MSU battling for recruits on fairly equal terms, plus pulling in some good ones from elsewhere.

  117. Bizrow says:

    Thanks, Jandy

    That makes 455

  118. Damon says:

    I heard it is just for the weekend, and that if all goes well he will play against the Yotes or Kings next week. So he isn’t too far off!

  119. theplanisworking says:

    For Meye-Lowe…………

    Since Seton-Lasalle won the AA Girls Championship just now, I hereby dec;are the Burrell Lady Bucs the 2014 PIAA Public School Champs !!!

    WOOOOOOOO !

  120. Bizrow says:

    Mercer up by 5 with 53 seconds to go

  121. Arriba Wilver says:

    He was here this morning.

  122. 21sthebest says:

    Tony Sanchez to start the season on the 25 man roster per RB.

  123. bpn8pitt says:

    You know, I think Franklin might do well now. Which is a far cry from what I said when he first got hired. Penn State is a great draw. I didnt account for that at all.

    I just dont think he’ll stay if he does do well. And regardless of what people want to say, hitting the reset button too many times will do a program in.

    We’ll see. Im looking forward to the Pitt Penn State games coming up. Both Beaver Stadium and Heinz Field will have recruits all over, invited or not.

  124. Arriba Wilver says:

    Good, that’s the right move given Stewart’s favorable prognosis.

  125. Bizrow says:

    Thanks for the info, I like it, no sense in picking up a catcher for 6 weeks

  126. 21sthebest says:

    Agreed. And Huntington said he had no intentions of picking up a catcher.

  127. 21sthebest says:

    Make that 7 with 0 seconds to go.

  128. Damon says:

    That BOOM sound you hear is the sound of brackets exploding all across the land…

  129. Wild Bill says:

    Buffett’s billion may be secure for this year. 29 years since Mercer was even in the tournament!

  130. Groat will be beside himself on that one. Can’t blame him.

  131. Jandy says:

    woop woop!!!!!

  132. Jandy says:

    sweet!

  133. Jandy says:

    Must have been very briefly

  134. theplanisworking says:

    Still waiting for a 16 to beat a 1.

  135. Arriba Wilver says:

    9:45, covered all the bases.

  136. Jandy says:

    Thanks AW, that makes me feel better. I missed that one…was a wild morning…so glad it’s FRIDAY :)

  137. Bizrow says:

    We’ll just have to be satisfied with the No. 9 beating the No. 1 tomorrow around noonish ;-)

  138. Jandy says:

    hey you BB heads, my boss and his son were talkin hoops and the upsets that are happening. I piped up a bit and they looked at me with big eyes…man, she knows hoops too?
    haha thanks to you guys I was able to glean enough information to join in the conversation ;)

  139. theplanisworking says:

    Good Point, Biz.

  140. theplanisworking says:

    As Lucy would say…….. 5 cents, please.

  141. Jandy says:

    Blog currency for all!

    :)

    :D

  142. Jandy says:

    Loonies, I’m closing up shop and heading for home. Hope everyone has a great weekend, and hope to catch you all here sometime or other this weekend :)

  143. bpn8pitt says:

    Yes. At this rate, whos really out there?

    I hope Sanchez makes the best of it. Pretty sure if Martin has a strong season, he wont be back. Wonder if they tender him, as someone mentioned a few weeks ago?

  144. Wild Bill says:

    Those Baylor uniforms are coyote ugly, but the team can play.

  145. Wild Bill says:

    Enjoy, Jandy.

  146. Wild Bill says:

    Now on to the Big Ten network for PSU vs Wisconsin on ice.

  147. Damon says:

    Go Lions! (How’s that?)

  148. Wild Bill says:

    A great start, Damon!

  149. hockeymonster says:

    WOOP WOOP

  150. Wild Bill says:

    Look from Brooks and the Lions lead!

  151. Wild Bill says:

    Loik

  152. Wild Bill says:

    Nuts, gave it right back.

  153. hockeymonster says:

    There’s my boye loik

  154. hockeymonster says:

    crap

  155. NMR says:

    Yankees 2nd best catching prospect is Major League ready, a better prospect than Tony Sanchez, and blocked by McCann until he’d be out of options. Bucs should let the Yanks have their pick of relievers and throw in an outfield prospect to make it happen.

  156. Thundercrack says:

    Bucco minor league pitcher Clay Holmes had TJ surgery on Wednesday. I can’t believe nobody on this blog knows his agent so we could get the scoop!

  157. A lot of potential there. Guess we’ll see some of it in a year and a half or so.

  158. cosmo says:

    Channel 4 reporting Steelers signed Lance Moore to a 2yr deal

  159. Andrew says:

    I saw some news that the Pirates are unlikely to trade for a catcher due to the limited nature of Stewart’s injury.

    In other news Brewers released their 2009 1st round pick (26th), college pitcher, 5 years later and he never made it out of A ball. One pick after Trout, one pick before Nick Franklin.

  160. Arriba Wilver says:

    At least they aren’t sitting around doing nothing.

  161. Thundercrack says:

    Keith Law said that kid was over worked in college.

    I saw someone else mentioned that Jack Z may not be a great GM, but the Brewers’ drafts were good with him and horrible without him

  162. Jim S. says:

    Definitely, Lucky. That Boeheim zone is brutal the first time a team sees it.

  163. Jim S. says:

    I don’t think I’ll be anywhere near 2nd after this afternoon, Bay!

  164. Arriba Wilver says:

    I thought the Buffs’ uniforms yesterday were ugly, too. And there was no buffalo on them. ;-)

  165. Jim S. says:

    Can you imagine if Baylor plays Oregon? They might need to flip coins to see which team gets to wear bright yellow and green vs. which team gets to wear bright green and yellow.

  166. Jim S. says:

    L. Blunt supposedly visiting.

  167. Wild Bill says:

    Well the Lions gave it a valiant effort before losing 2 – 1. Lots of progress and good vibes for recruiting.

  168. NMR says:

    Just read that the Red Sox plan to platoon Grady Sizemore and Jackie Bradley Jr in CF.

    My guess is that Mike Carp is a Pirate by this time next week.

  169. Thundercrack says:

    The Power fired Derek Stingley as coach Friday, replacing him one game into the season with Ron James, formerly of the defunct Utah Blaze.

    One of the co-owners was not happy with the team blowing a big lead in the season opener.

    Wow.

    DK: On the bright side, if they turn their season around, they’ll still be eligible for the Bush League championship.

  170. JD says:

    If Power are playing for the Bush League, what are Riverhounds playing for? Scrub League?

    DK: I’d thought the obvious reference there was to professionalism. I also don’t recall making a comparison of any kind, though I’ve done that in the past.

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