Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
At first a lot of people were mad at the Pirate management as it was viewed as "oh here we go again, same story, different day," but that is not it. Sano's agent was going to make sure that his client was not going to sign with the Pirates and he never gave them a chance.
If you have read any Pirate blog such as WHYGAVS, Raise the Jolly Rodger, North Side Notch, or any others you will get the same thing: the Pirates were hosed. Bottom Line.
Here is how it shook out:
The Pirates were the only team to show interest and offer July 2 when he became elligible to sign. They offered $2 million which was promptly rejected by his agent Rob Plummer. The Orioles then offered $2.5 million a few weeks ago and the Pirates went over the top with a $2.6 million offer. That was also turned down. Then it gets interesting.
Out of nowhere today Sano signed with Minnesota. ESPN's Jorge Arangure was on twitter all day giving updates and every update that kept coming during the day spelled out how things really went down. It is to be noted that Arangure was following this from pretty much the second Sano was born.
Tweet 1: Sano Orioles offer never went past $2.5m. Pirates offer was $2.6
Tweet 2: Basically, the Pirates didn't sign Sano because of the fractured relationship between the Pirates and Sano's agent
Tweet 3: My read of the situation is that the agent did not like the close relationship thet Pirates had with Sano's family
Tweet 4: The Pirates were absolutely stunned by Sano's signing today. They had no clue it was coming.
Tweet 5: From my understanding, the Orioles were given a chance to match. The Pirates were not given that chance.
Tweet 6: Twins were only team that met agent's demands. They were told their offer wouldn't be shopped around as a result
Tweet 7: Twins official offer on Tuesday was accepted in 10 minutes by agent. So the deal wasn't shopped around
Then this gem that we got today from the PG
"Hunnington and Plummer had agreed last month that the Pirates would get a call once he reached an agreement with any team, but both sides acknowledged today that Plummer never called them back"
and this also
"Plummer said earlier today that, even if the Pirates had come back with more money, he would not have signed with them because he apprecited how the Twins dealt with him."
So basically Plummer didn't like that the Pirates had a good relationship with Sano's family and he didn't like the Pirates so he went out just to toy with the fans and them. The Pirates got hosed. Who knows if they would have offered more money to sign Sano but I bet they would have.
Plummer said that the fans would see they could have signed his agent when the numbers come out, but they were never given the chance. Up until the Orioles offer a week or so ago the Pirates were the only ones bidding. So why would the Pirates bid against themselves? Would you pay more for something on ebay if you were the only one bidding? Would you inentionally say, "well I am winning this for $5 but I am just going to give the guy $10 for the hell of it." No that is bad.
Plummer did not like the Pirates and would not let his client sign with them for any reason. Sano actually wanted to be a Pirate but I guess this is more about Plummer than the client. What a joke and what a tool bag. Maybe more on this later but this is not the Pirates fault. They had no chance and were kept in the pitch black.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Once again the Steelers came out and were just on fire to start. After a Cincinnati three and out the Steelers then went down and got a Jeff Reed field goal to build a 3-0 lead. Another three and out and a touchdown later the Steelers went up 10-0 and it was golden. Another red zone failure led to a Jeff Reed field goal and a 13-0 first quarter lead. The Steelers held the Bengals to -10 yards in the first quarter. I thought the route was on. I was wrong. Bengals battle back and win.
Ben played pretty well. He went 22/31 for 276 yards a TD and a pick. A pick six none the less. Barf. Ben and Santonio were on the wrong page and Jon Joseph took it back which was a killer for the Steelers. Not sure who's fault it was but it was just a killer for the Steelers and it gave the Bengals a lot of confidence that they could come back.
Limas Sweed had the game wrapped up for the Steelers. Ben throws a great strike down the middle of the field on third down and Limas had the ball in his hands and when he it the ground it came out. There is no excuse for dropping that ball. That was the ball game and Sweed let it go through his hands. Not completely his fault, but that was a huge part of the game.
Mike Wallace really stepped up for the Steelers. Seven catches for 102 yards. He is the number three receiver on this team. Limas Sweed is not ready for the big time but Mike Wallace made a huge step to gettin more balls. It looks as if Big Ben is starting to believe in him and trusts him with the ball in big situations.
The defense gave up a good bit of big plays today. Cedric Benson went for a 23 yard touchdown, basically untouched to make the score 20-15. You rarely see that kind of defense out of the Steelers. They make their trademark off of stopping the run and it really wasn't there for the Steelers at points in the game. The defensive line really never got to Carson Palmer and if you are going to give Palmer time, he is going to beat you. The Steelers sacked him twice but on that last drive he got time to throw and he burned the Steelers.
I am not real sure what was going on, but the play calling got very conservative near the end of the game. Listen, Willie Parker was running the ball well, the line did a pretty decent job but Ben is your horse. Ben is what makes this team goes and Ben is who you ride during these games. The short passes were working and it was pretty much an extension of the running game and the Steelers just went away from it. I have no idea what was going on, but that was kind of troublesome. I know the Steelers are known for smash mouth football but this is a different time for the Steelers whether you like it or not.
There is so much more to talk about and I have no idea where to even go from here. I will go over more stuff over the next couple of days so stay tuned for more incite. This one is tough
Here We Go
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
"No, I'll still hit him, I'll just get fined," Ward said. "It's either that or try to hurt somebody. So you either fine me or you want me to end someone's career (by hitting them low). I'd rather take a fine than end someone's career, so I'm not going to change."
I agree 100% Hines.
The Steelers have a few more minority owners.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Chris Kunitz-Sidney Crosby-Bill Guerin
Ruslan Fedotenko-Evgeni Malkin-Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke-Jordan Staal-Chris Conner
Paull Bissonnette-Mike Rupp-Eric Godard
Mark Eaton-Nate Guenin
Alex Goligoski-Deryk Engelland
Jay McKee-Kris Letang
Marc-Andre Fleury, John Curry
Grant Clitsome, Jan Hejda, David Liffiton, John Moore, Mathieu Roy, Kris Russell
Mathieu Garon, Steve Mason
The game will be on the Penguins radio HD network so you will be able to listen to the game but from what I can understand there will be no video of the game.
Lets Go Pens
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Cutch and Doumit each had two hits, but that was about it. Five different Reds had two RBI as they outhit the Bucs 14-5.
This was the 82nd time the Pirates were held to three runs or less in a game. They are 13-69 in those games. They have been shut out 15 times this year. In games where they score zero or one run they are 0-39. Awesome.
Could be worse, could be a Cubs fan. 100+ years is a long time.
Lets Go Bucs
The best part of the vid is watching the people jump up in unison on the lawn after a goal. It is around the 1:50 mark. Goose-bumps.
Lets Go Pens
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
I mean Andrew McCutchen walks after a previous walk to make the score 10-4. Bases loaded. Bixler up. What does he do? Strike out to a scrub ass pitcher. I just don't get what the Pirates see in Brian Bixler. He has struck out 24 times in 39 plate appearances. Wow, you have got to be kidding me. Really?
I will do a post after the season about what I had mentioned before but I just couldn't take it tonight. A single there would score two, a double would score three and it would be a 10-7 game. That would at least give the Pirates a chance.
Other than God awful Bixler being in the game it was the same old story for the Pirates. Grab an early lead, then give up a whole bunch and only have one side of the coin work. Pitching struggled a little, offense was pretty good but couldn't push accross many runs.
14 hits for the Pirates and only four runs. Lastings Milledge pulled up his season average to .297 with a three hit performance and Garrett Jones had three hits in the loss. McCutchen and Cedeno each had two hits as the Pirates showed life offensively since the Nixon administration.
Zach Duke gave up five runs in six innings of work while also giving up nine hits. Donny Veal gave up three and Eric Hacker gave up two runs in his first major league. The pitching has been pretty up and down with the up being the starting pitching and the down being the pen. Too bad we can't have 95% of our games be complete games. We would win more games.
What is another loss for these Pirates though? They are one closer to 100 and they are still 5.5 back of the worst record in baseball. I don't even know what to think anymore. I can't wait until next year already. See how this young group of players progress and see what transpires.
Lets Go Bucs
The Penguins lost today's preseason battle with the Leafs 3-2 in a shoot out. Blah.
Ryan Bayda and Chris Connor scored both goals in the first and that was really it for the Penguins offense for the game.
The Leafs scored with the extra attacker with a little over a minute left in the game and then the won with two gaols in the shoot out.
Sid, Geno, MAF, Gonch, Tanger all didn't play so whatev
Once again I couldn't watch much of the game, but from what I did watch it was a pretty nice job by the youngsters working hard and taking some advantages.
Lets Go Pens
Chris Conner-Dustin Jeffrey-Ruslan Fedotenko
Nick Johnson-Mike Rupp-Konstantin Pushkarev/Ryan Bayda
Paul Bissonnette-Wyatt Smith-Wade Brookbank
Mark Eaton-Robert Bortuzzo
Ben Lovejoy-Nate Guenin
The Penguins gave up a shorty in the third period for the beginning of three unanswered goals by the Canadians.
I was only able to watch the second period of the game today, but from what I got to watch the Penguins looked really good. They had good puck possesion and they knocked in a few goals and came very close to punching in a few more.
If the Canadians are going to do anything this year they are going to have to cut down the puck at the point. Sergei Gonchar had three days to set up at the point and he made the Canadians pay.
On a little bit of a down note the Englland/Lovejoy combination was a combined -5 and I belive they were on the ice for three of the Canadians goals. Not good for either of them as they look to sneak into the number six or seven spot.
Like I said, it is preseason and it does not mean shit. I mean to be honest it is a win that nobody got hurt and the Penguins are healthy.
They play in like five minutes. The season is near.
Lets Go Pens
Monday, September 21, 2009
Here is the line-up the Penguins will use:
Luca Caputi-Sidney Crosby-Bill Guerin
Chris Kunitz-Evgeni Malkin-Eric Tangradi
Pascal Dupuis-Craig Adams-Tim Wallace
Ryan Bayda-Dustin Jeffrey-Eric Godard
Ben Lovejoy-Deryk Engelland
Simon Despres-Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik-Sergei Gonchar
Marc-Andre Fleury, John Curry
The Habs will use
Mike Cammalleri, Brian Gionta, Matt D'Agostini, Scott Gomez, Andrei Kostitsyn, Ian Lapierre, Guillame Latendresse, Ben Maxwell, Eric Neilson, Max Pacioretty, Tom Pyatt, Gregory Stewart
Sunday, September 20, 2009
What started out as a great game from the Steelers went sour pretty quickly.
The Steelers started the game off strong with a 92 yard drive after the defense forced a three and out. The drive lasted 8:02 and was wrapped up by a Ben Roethlisberger TD pass to Matt Spaeth. 7-0 Steelers and you would have thought the Steelers were going to roll, hell I thought they were going to make this a route. They did not. The defense did their part by getting another three and out but then Ben throws a pick early in the second quarter and thats where it started going bad.
How good was the first quarter? The Steelers had eight first downs and held the Bears to none and led in total yards 119-11. Pretty good quarter, I mean how do you do any better than that? You don't.
Just when things started going bad, the rain comes. When it rained in Chicago, it poured, in more than just precipitation. Ben could not get a grip on the ball and Tone couldn't catch a cold. What a terrible mess the second quarter was and then the Steelers just kind of slept walked through the rest of the game.
I talked before the game about how Danny S was going to have to have a big day in order for the Steelers to win. He did. Pinned the Bears at their own three before the defense gave up a 97 yard drive in 13 plays. That drive was kept alive by a horrific holding call on Lawrence Timmons to give the Bears a first down and let the drive continue. What a terrible call.
The Steelers actually got things going a little bit in the second half. Fast Willie had a couple long runs and Rashard Mendenhall broke off a 39 yard run to set up a Big Ben score for a 14-7 Steeler lead. The Steelers got the ball back and that is when Reed missed his first FG. After another Bears score the Steelers had a chance to win it with about a minute and a half to go and Reed missed another one. The Bears come back down, Harrison forces the Forte fumble and it bounces right though Ty Carter's legs right to a Bears player. It just was not meant to be I guess.
Lets take a look at a few things. The offensive line was very good today. Two sacks today but the first was on Ben. He got about five or six seconds to throw and just ate the ball and took a sack. The second one was a little bit out manned but overall there was great time in the pocket for Ben all day. Willie had creases and there will nice seams for all the backs. I was really happy with how they handled the blitz and it was a vast improvement from week one. Hopefully this keeps up.
Everyone wants to talk about how Jeff Reed missed two FG and that is why the Steelers lost. It was much more than that. I put this game on the recievers. The Steelers recievers are usually shore handed but today was bad all around. Holmes dropped a good share of passes including one he should have had in the endzone to probably win the game. What the worst play of the game was by far was Mike Wallace. Gets a ball on a second and long and gets within a yard of the first down marker then goes out of bounce. WTF were you thinking Mike? You get the first down we run the clock and probably either have it where we go for the win or have overtime. Instead you run out of bounce, don't pick up the first down and we have to try a 40 something yard field goal. Rookie mistake. He is going to hear about that one tomorrow.
It is clear that the Steelers need Troy back. On Denver's second touchdown Ty Carter was a little late on a third down play when Cutler threw it quickly as to know get sacked and it was a TD instead of a FG. Troy makes that play. It is just some of the little things that Troy does that we need to have back. He is only out another three weeks probably but this team needs him.
Can anyone ever hold James Harrison? I hate talking about officiating because it does not decide games but I would love to know what referee's think when they SEE James Harrison get tackled and decide not to throw a flag. I mean not just being held, being tackled. What has to happen for them to call holding? I just don't get it. It baffles me.
Well when I set out and looked at the schedule I figured this one was going to be a loss. I figured five losses for the Steelers and this was one. Sure I figured this as a loss but it still hurts really bad when they lose. It is going to be a long week.
More to come tomorrow about the game and how the rest of the AFC North did.
Here We Go
Passing: Cutler, 17-36, 277 yards, 1 TD, 4 INT
Saturday, September 19, 2009
The Pirates only managed five hits as their offensive woes continue. Cutch, Cedeno, Milledge, Moss, and (gasp) Bixler had a hit. Any time you waste a game when Bixler both has a hit and no strikeouts you are wasting a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Ross Ohlendorf continues to just get the job done and continues to go out and throw great games. He went five innings and gave up only the one run and struck out five. Ohlendorf only threw 94 pitches in the loss. I am not really going to say anything about him not continuing as I would rather see them cut his innings back then blow out his arm trying to win a meaningless game getting another 20 pitches out of him against the Padres.
As Roco Demaro brought up on Twitter during the game that in his last ten starts Ohlendorf has supported a 2.77 ERA and only a 1.09 WHIP. Ohlendorf is 3-3 during that stretch. The Pirates have scored three or less runs in six of his last ten starts. No woner he only has three wins in his last ten dispite the solid numbers.
The quest to 100 continues as the Pirates are now 56-90.
If I told you that at the beginning of the day you might not believe me. Espcially when you take into account that the Penguins played the Leafs tonight that might have caught you off guard. Or it might not have seeing that the Penguins always have trouble with the Leafs. Whatev, its preseason.
The Pirates won though. They beat the Padres 5-1 tonight at PNC Park. Imagine that, the Pirates won at PNC Park. I bet if they were in San Diego they would have lost by 15.
The Pirates jumped out to a 3-1 lead with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Who would have thought it was going to hold up. I mean the Pirates getting three runs in an inning was sort of a big deal.
Charlie Morton went seven innings and gave up only one run and from all accounts did just enough to get out of innings.
Lastings Milledge had two hits and an RBI as Cutch also had two hits for the Pirates. The Pirates had seven his as a team.
The Penguins jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period despite getting four power plays and not converting on any of them. Geno Malkin put one in the back of the net and Matt Cooke also got his first of the preseason in the first for the Penguins.
A five minute elbowing major to Craig Adams yielding two second period Leaf goals and then they converted another power play goal right after the Adams penalty finally experied. If you are adding it up that would be 3 for 2 on the power play. F'in A.
Although he had a major penalty Craig Adams was laying the lumber tonight. I like it. I also like Craig Adams response to this trib article in the paper today about the Wings still bitching about Sid not shaking hands.
First Sid goes on and says this:
"I think if you look at Serena Williams, she'll take full responsibility
for what she did. She probably did something she regrets. Kanye West ... did
something he regrets," Crosby said. "When you're talking about the handshake, I
did absolutely nothing wrong there."
Then Craig Adams adds this gem:
"I think Kris Draper needs to get a life, honestly"
What a line.
Lets Go Pens
Friday, September 18, 2009
Luca Caputi - Evgeni Malkin - Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke - Wyatt Smith - Bill Guerin
Konstantin Pushkarev - Craig Adams - Nick Johnson
Paul Bissonnette - Mike Rupp - Tim Wallace
Alex Goligoski - Nate Guenin
Chriss Lee - Kris Letang
Brooks Orpik - Ben Lovejoy
And the Maple Leafs:
Viktor Stalberg - Matt Stajan - Robert Slaney
Jason Blake - Jason Allison - Jiri Tlusty
Alex Foster - Tim Brent - Bill Thomas
Jamal Mayers - John Mitchell - Darryl Boyce
*Kyle Rogers may play
Garnet Exelby - Ian White
Jeff Finger - Juraj Mikus
Carl Gunnarson - Andy Rogers
The X will be doing the radio and I am sure there will be a few TV feeds lurking on the internet because the Leafs are a huge thing even though their goaltender's got beat by a shooter-tutor in a contest but whatev.
The Leafs will broadcast on their website here.
Lets Go Pens
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Sid the Kid has three points (2+1) and Chris Kunitz had two goals including the game winner in OT.
The Pens fell behind 3-0 to start the game and goign into the third it did not look real well for the home opener. Mathieu Garon, an ex-Penguin played really well going two periods for Blue Jackets and shutting down the Penguins for the most part. Not bad but why couldn't he do this with the Penguins, real nice Mathieu, real nice.
Eric Tangradi played what seemed to be a really nice game for the Pens with two assists on both of Sir Sid's goals and what sounded like a bunch of good hits. Chris Connor also had a nice game with a goal and three shots.
The Penguins really put it to the Blue Jackets outshooting them 42-28 and had 20 shots in the third period and scored on their only shot of the overtime.
Lets Go Pens
LOS ANGELES -- After beginning each of the past four seasons on the road, the Pirates will open the 2010 season at PNC Park. Major League Baseball released next year's full season schedule on Tuesday.
The Pirates kick off the 2010 season with a three-game set against the Dodgers, with Opening Day falling on Monday, April 5. The two teams will enjoy an off-day on April 6, before wrapping up the series with games on each of the next two days.
Pittsburgh's schedule is also highlighted by five Interleague matchups, two against teams from the American League Central and three series against AL West clubs. The Pirates begin a stretch of 15 straight games against AL teams with a trip to Detroit (June 11-13). The team then returns home to face the White Sox (June 15-17) and Indians (June 18-20) before heading back out onto the road to take on the Rangers (June 22-24) and A's (June 25-27).
The latter two series are part of a nine-game road trip that wraps up with three games at Wrigley Field. The Pirates have one other three-city road trip scheduled, with that covering Houston, Milwaukee and Los Angeles to end April.
This will be the second consecutive year that the Pirates will host the Indians at PNC Park. It's an Interleague series that Pirates president Frank Coonelly has openly pushed for because of the close proximity of Pittsburgh and Cleveland. The Pirates' series against the White Sox will mark the fourth straight year that the teams have faced each other.
After the Pirates' home-opening series against the Dodgers, the team will open the 81-game road portion of its schedule with three games in Arizona (April 9-11) and San Francisco (12-14).
The Pirates will enjoy three lengthy homestands during the course of next year. With off-days on both ends of the homestand, the Pirates will host the Cubs, Cardinals and Reds at PNC Park from May 4-12.
Pittsburgh has a 10-game homestand from July 16-25 when the Astros, Brewers and Padres come to town. The team's other 10-game home stay falls from Aug. 16-25, when the Pirates play the Marlins four times before taking on the Mets and Cardinals.
As they will this year, the Pirates will close the 2010 season on the road. A Sept. 27-29 trip to St. Louis is followed by a season-ending, three-game series against the Marlins from Oct. 1-3.
Here is the link to the actual schedule.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Congrats, you beat a terrible Bills team. Suck it New England. Pray you don't play the Steelers in the playoffs.
I would watch the Oakland/San Diego game but I realized that I wanted to stay up a little tonight. Terrible game.
I hate how people make Philip Rivers out to be a top tier QB. What has he done besides not win anything? Oh yea, beat the Raiders a few times and almost blow a lead when you have half the season to clinch.
Here We Go
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Every Pirate position player had a hit with Ryan Doumit having two hits.
Garrett Jones had one of the RBI's today. He has just been a machine. I really don't know if I am ready to jump on his band wagon. I want to see what he is like next year when he gets back. I hope he is good, it would be nice to get a good product from another team. Would give some hope to the player development guys in our system.
Maholm went eight innings and gave up six his while striking out two. That is the Maholm that I love to see. Throw strikes, get the job done. Matt Capps came in the ninth and gave up a home run to break up the shutout (lord knows we can't have that) but was able to piece together a save. Thank God the Pirates scored a second run or they probably would have lost.
It has been a tough time going for the Pirates this season but the games are winding down and we will likely have a top three pick in the draft next year. I believe we are like five or six games behind Washington so I don't think that is possible, but with this team you never know.
Baltimore 38, Kansas City 24
First up we have the hated Baltimore Ravens who beat the KC Chiefs 38-24. Now you may look at that and thinkt that this might have been a game that the Ravens had in the pocket for most of the game, it was nothing like that. I got to see a little bit of this game and really the Chiefs had their way with the Ravens defense that was the big key today. Looking at the stats you see that the Chiefs only had 188 total yards, but they were making the big plays. A blocked punt got them 7 and then a couple of good, long drives that gave them points. Not the same Baltimore D we saw last year.
We also saw Joe Flacco throw an amazing 43 times for 307 yards. No idea what that was about but I cannot imagine that this will be Ravens football this year. If it is then they are going to be in some trouble. On he flip side Brode Croyle went 16/24 for 177 yards and two touchdowns and a 116.1 QB rating. Pretty intersting there. Who knows. Ravens D did not look good.
Minnesota 34, Cleveland 20
This was was not really close, unlike the Ravens game. The Browns are what they are, the Browns. They are not going to be good this year and when you go up against AP you are going to have a tough day. He, himself, had 180 yards and three touchdowns and pretty much had his way breaking ackles and what not.
Bright spot for Cleveland was their do everything WR Josh Cribbs. This dude can really do everything. He took a punt back 67 yards for a Cleveland touchdown. He also leads the team in ST tackles and is their second WR. I am not so sure he is worthy of a #2 WR but when you are the Browns I think I could go in and be their #3.
Brady Quinn went 21/35 for 205 yards and a TD. I guess that is ok for him. Minnesota is a pretty good D but I have a feeling he is going to be a little bit below average. Just looked uncomfortable on the field and I have a feeling he is going to have his fair share of ups and downs. I can't wait till DL gets ahold of him when they play the Steelers. He loves game planning for young QB's.
Denver 12, Cincinnati 7
The Bengals are a joke. If you did not see this game then you really have to check out the highlights and watch how this one ended. The Bungals might have thought that because they had Carson back they were going to be going to the playoffs and the Super Bowl but I think they have another thing coming. Their offense did nothing all day. They were shut down by a less than steller Broncos team and got a TD with 38 seconds left to take a 7-6 lead.
Watch the YouTube I have put in here and make sure you see the end.
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hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahah what a joke.
I literally laughed for a good ten mintues to myself while I was on the couch watching this game. I mean sure that sucks, but I don't care. It's the Bungals.
Here We Go
Saturday, September 12, 2009
We will not hear about how bad Troy's leg is until Monday. Any chance he is ok and the trainers were wrong?
If you like quotes you might like this. Post game quotes from after the Tennessee game.
PSAMP has a great piece about how Snoop told people that the Steelers were his real team and if he was wearing another jersey it was just a front. I kinda figured that (as wierd as that sounds) but if you have paid any attention to Snoop he loves USC and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
No more run game?
Some Pens pre season game will be on the NHL Network. This might make you feel a little better about the NHL network since they can not come to terms with VS. That will hurt come playoff time.
Is it kind of hard to believe that Dan Bylsma has a cup and has yet to run an NHL training camp? Pretty sweet.
The Pens will open up training camp tomorrow. Oh. Yea.
I don't know if many of you have heard this or not but ex Pirate pitcher Steve Blass knocked in two holes in one in his life. Oh yea, both were on the same round of golf. Are you kidding me. People would kill just to get within a few inches to say they were only inches away from a hole in one and Blass gets two of them. Wow.
If you are not into the whole football thing you are in luck (I guess), the Pirates are at Houston for their second game of the series. If you are a betting person, or a person that is broke and needs quick gurenteed money then you bet the Astros today. The Pirates are on the road, they will most liekly lose. Only 18 road victories this year so if they do win today they will not win tomorrow.
Ross Ohlendorf is going for the Bucs today. He should really give us a nice chance to win today. This might not surprise anyone considering that we are on the raod but check out these stats on Ohlendorf: Ohlendorf is 0-4 with an 8.53 ERA in four lifetime starts against Houston -- Miguel Tejada is 9 for 13 against him. Great.
Ohlendorf is coming off a gem in his last outting when gave up one unearned run and four hits over a career-high eight innings Saturday against St. Louis -- striking out 11 -- in a 2-1, 10-inning loss. He also became the second pitcher in team history to strike out the side on nine pitches, doing so in the seventh inning.
Who knows what will happen. Lets hope we buck the trend.
Friday, September 11, 2009
The Steelers moved to a perfect 1-0 on the first night of action in the NFL with a 13-10 nerve wracking victory on Thursday night in front of a sold out Heinz Field. What a game and what a gutty performance by Big Ben. Although some of you might not think there is much to take from this game there were a whole ton of good things that happened last night.
The Steelers won their seventh straight opener and their sixth straight opener at Heinz Field. Couple that with them being pretty much unbeatable in prime time games and how could you really think they were going to lose last night?
First off, is there one person you would rather have under center than Ben when you are down by a score or less in the fourth quarter/OT? Not me, you can have Tom Brady, you can have Peyton Manning, I will take Ben. Ben brought this team back with an amazing end to a game. Roethlisberger threw for 363 yards last night on 33-43 passing. Remember when Ben only threw like six times a game? Not anymore. He is good, real good.
In the fourth quarter/overtime Ben went a gaudy 16-18 with 171 passing yards and two plays of 20+ yards. He led the Steelers on his 18th game winning drive. Thoese 18 games have come since 2001 and that is the most in the league since then. Two more than Peyton Manning. Ben also set a franchise record with his 363 passing yards as that is the most in an opener for a Pittsburgh QB. Ben is just so cool in the pocket. When it was third and 12 with like three minutes left you just knew that he was going to find Hines or Tone. That is just how he does it. What a gammer.
Troy Polamalu is just a beast. I don't know how he does it, or what he does but holy shit what a player. What a great job he does in covering ground and getting to a ball carrier before they even know he is there. How about that pick? He is probably better with one hand than the rest of the NFL is with two. Bets line of the night comes from some dude on twitter after the pick:
@sethmeyers21: if your baby fell out a window you'd want Polamalu on the street below
@sethmeyers21: The fear would be Polamalu returning your baby for a touchdown.
How true is that? The big problem? He might be on the shelf for 3-6 weeks after possibly spraining his MCL. The Steelers blocked a Bironas kick and when Troy went to cover it he was rolled on a little. Didn't look too terrible on the field and he was able to walk under his own power so who knows what it is going to be like. I guess it would be better to have it happen now rather than week 13, but I never want Troy off the field. He was the best defensive player on the field by far yesterday.
Santonio Holmes might have an amazing breakout year. Nine catches for 131 yards and a big touchdown. If that stat line sounds familiar it is the exact line that he used to capture the MVP honor in the Super Bowl. Not too bad. He had a really solid game. Found the soft spots, got the ball, scored a touchdown.
If there are three people I trust on this team it is Troy, Ben and Hines. Hines caught that ball over the middle and I jumped up off the couch and said "Game". Man was I wrong. I do not fault Hines for not just falling down. He was trying to score and end the game. How can you fault that. It was a great play by the DB. Would I like for him to put another hand over it? Sure, but like I said I trust him and I know that is probably not going to happen again this season. He also went over 100 yards for the day. Eight catches for 103 yards. Heath also had eight catches for 64 yards. Heath is a beast and if he is this involved in the passing game this season then Ben is going to put up even bigger numbers than I thought.
Fast Willie did not look good, nor did our entire run game. Third and short was again a problem last night as we were stopped twice on third and one or two. I don't know what it is, Willie just looked so tentative last night. There were small holes here and there and he was dancing a lot and just didn't look like he trusted his own instincts when he was running. I hope this is only a one time things but this could be a season long problem.
The line was not good at the beginning. They were getting blown up and not doing their job. However, I felt the line did a pretty decent job as the game went on. Although Tennessee was only rushing four most times the line was giving Ben a ton of time later in the game, and if you give Ben time he will smoke you. There was not much put into the run game so I am sure the line was a part of that, but it was not as terrible as some might think. One sack was for sure on Ben. He was running around and got sacked. So three sacks from the line. I can live with that.
How unbelievably bad was the officiating last night? I mean Troy got called for three penalties and two of them were so bad I can not even understand what they were looking at on the field. Chris Johnson was still in bounce when he was hit and it was offensive pass interference and Troy got called for it. You have got to be kidding me. What a joke. Why does James Harrison even try and rush? It must be a new rule in the NFL that you can't call an offensive player for holding James Harrison. What a complete joke.
Overall a really good game. Lets not get it twisted, the Titans are good. That is a top five defense the Steelers just beat. The Steelers played probably a B- or C game and they still came out on top. I like that. This was one of the games I look at and thought they might drop. I had them winning 11 games this season so the sky is the limit. The road to seven has started off really well.