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• NFL: Per a tweet from Al Riveron, Gene Steratore, a Pittsburgh-area native who just officiated the Super Bowl, has informed the league he is retiring as an official. There are reports he will be hired by CBS as an analyst.

 

— 4:48 p.m. Friday

• FIFA: Ahmed Musa scored two of the prettier goals of the World Cup to send Nigeria to a 2-0 win over Iceland, a result that gives hope to Lionel Messi and Argentina in Group D after being crushed yesterday by Croatia, 3-0. Brazil left it late to beat Costa Rica, 2-0, in the other early game.

• COLLEGE: Michigan State’s interim president, John Engler, has survived a vote to oust him following the $500 million payout for the settlement with hundreds of women who have claimed to have been sexually assaulted by former school trainer Larry Nasser. — 11:08 a.m. Friday

• NHL: The Oilers will are willing to trade the No. 10 pick in the draft for an NHL defenseman, according to their GM. — 7:30 p.m. Thursday

• NFL: Jim Kelly headed back to surgery once again to combat oral cancer. — 9:50 a.m. Thursday

NFL: Is the Bucs’ Jameis Winston preparing to be suspended by the NFL? Sure seems like it. — 1:31 a.m. Thursday

NHL: Beautiful to see 10 of the 13 surviving Humboldt Broncos on stage at the NHL Awards. — 10:12 p.m. Wednesday

• MLB: The Phillie Phanatic could be in a pickle after injuring a fan with a flying hot dog. — 9:41 p.m. Wednesday

• Pro wrestling: Leon White, better known as the wrestling star Vadar, has died. — 4:30 p.m. Wednesday

MLB: A major-league game will be played in Omaha, Neb., in 2019 as part of the College World Series, similar to the one between the Pirates and Cardinals last summer in Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series. — 1:54 p.m. Wednesday

FIFA: Portugal, on Ronaldo’s fourth goal in two World Cup matches, sets down a spirited Morocco, 1-0. — 11:58 a.m. Wednesday

MLB: The Astros’  winning streak is ended at a dozen by the Rays. — 2:38 a.m. Wednesday

MLB: Hunter Strickland, the Giants’ closer who once was property of the Pirates, broke his hand punching a door after a blown save. He’ll miss two months. — 11:42 p.m. Tuesday

•  NFL: Joe Bugel, the Munhall native who was an NFL assistant coach for 27 of his 32 seasons in the league, is being recognized by the Pro Football Writers of America. — 5:12 p.m. Tuesday

FRIDAY’S SCHEDULE
All times Eastern

MLB

Pirates vs. D-Backs, 7:05 p.m., PNC Park
Athletics vs. White Sox (2), 4:10 p.m., Chicago
Phillies vs. Nationals, 7:05 p.m., Washington
Tigers vs. Indians, 7:10 p.m., Cleveland
Yankees vs. Rays, 7:10 p.m., St. Petersburg
Mariners vs. Red Sox, 7:10 p.m., Seattle
Dodgers vs. Mets, 7:10 p.m., New York
Cubs vs. Reds, 7:10 p.m., Cincinnati
Orioles vs. Braves, 7:35 p.m., Atlanta
Royals vs. Astros, 8:10 p.m., Houston
Cardinals vs. Brewers, 8:10 p.m., Milwaukee
Rangers vs. Twins, 8:10 p.m., Minneapolis
Marlins vs. Rockies, 8:40 p.m., Denver
Blue Jays vs. Angels, 10:07 p.m., Anaheim
Padres vs. Giants, 10:15 p.m., San Francisco

FIFA World Cup

Brazil vs. Costa Rica, 8 a.m., St. Petersburg, Russia
Nigeria vs. Iceland, 11 a.m., Volgograd, Russia
Serbia vs. Switzerland, 2 p.m., Kaliningrad, Russia

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Taylor Haase
Taylor Haase

Hey, help us settle a staff debate. Who wore #11 best for the Penguins?

Upcup for Staal, downcup for Kasparaitis.

pittfaninfl
pittfaninfl

How about George Ferguson?

Sid_4_Prez
Sid_4_Prez

John Cullen?

MC7187
MC7187

How about Vic Hadfield?

Zebug
Zebug

I am on the John Cullen train as well….but if you want to know who wore it better between those two, then it’s Staal and there is no debate. Just b/c Kaspar knocked out Lindros (which was awesome by the way) it’s not even a comparison.

TheWolf
TheWolf

Well Z there was that Series winning OT goal against Hasek too. Staal never did anything like that.

Zebug
Zebug

Sorry Wolf, not buying it. One moment, no matter how great, does not supersede the body of work. That would be like saying if Dick Schofield hit the HR instead of Mazeroski, then Schofield is the better player.

bgiglio1
bgiglio1

That SHG in Game 4 of the 2009 Finals, was a huge turning point in that game, and the series.

Clint Novak
Clint Novak

Pens do not win the Cup in 09 without Staal’s goal in Game 4 to stem the tide. Team was down 2-1 and SH, and he gave the team life when it was on the ropes. He also played like a monster in Game 7 bc Crosby was out, so he took on all the late shifts in his own zone to steal the deal

MT
MT

Wolf, I’ll upcup you here. I always had a soft spot for Kaspar after meeting him after a game. Super guy. And he played bigger than his size.

Dejan Kovacevic
Dejan Kovacevic

Hey, if you don’t have an avatar yet: Go to My Account, then Edit Profile, then scroll down to add your image. If you have any trouble, just give a shout. I’m happy to help.

Rainmanoly
Rainmanoly

Dude, bad draft by Columbus.

alantig
alantig

Got to see former Colts P and WVU alum Pat McAfee make his Frontier League debut for the Wild Things last night. Made for a fun evening of baseball, and a nice reminder of how entertaining sports can be. McAfee acquitted himself well – put the ball in play three times, reaching base on an error and taking an extra base in the process. Misjudged one fly ball, but handled his other chances reasonably well.

A Wild Things game is still an under appreciated gem. We’re already discussing a trip to Youngstown this fall for the Phantoms, maybe instead of a Nailers trip. A lot of good, reasonably priced sports options within a reasonable drive!

Willy Peppers
Willy Peppers

Not a big fan of Gary Bettman but his STFU moment to Shuss the boos was good.

DJ
DJ

Funny but Oliers No. 10 was the one top ten slot that I thought might be willing to deal.

Obviously they need much more than Larsson.

Sid_4_Prez
Sid_4_Prez

Trotz to the Isles.

jmbell
jmbell

Ugh, just when you thought he was leaving the Metro. Whatever, Isles will be a mess for years to come under no neck Barry and dumb Lou. Tavares is as good as gone now too which is good for Pens.

musicman
musicman

The story about the Phanatic injuring a fan with a flying hot dog falls under the ‘you can’t make this stuff up’ category. Hope the fan is okay.

towens1950
towens1950

Funnier then Strickland breaking his hand like a knucklehead was Cardinals kicker Bill Gramatica who torn his ACL celebrating a field goal. And they lost the game anyways.

jmbell
jmbell

Maki from the PG reporting Pens interested in Jack Johnson from Columbus as a free agency target for July 1st. No thanks. He’s another Matt Hunwick to me, can skate but super soft defensively. If anything they need another defensive Cole type guy not a Hunwick.

Rbilak1
Rbilak1

Agree. They can do better than him.

jmbell
jmbell

Agree, not sure why this got downcups. It isn’t controversial at all to say Jack Johnson stinks, that’s pretty much universally known at this point.

RockAye
RockAye

Kessel for Panarin straight up. Up cup for yes, down cup for no.
Columbus would be able to land a huge return for Kessel while retaining salary. Success with Pgh would land Panarin the ultimate payday, not to mention as a Russian might be great with Geno.

Mariomera8
Mariomera8

Wonder what Torts would say….

jmbell
jmbell

Stop, Kessel isn’t getting traded. “Enough alllreadddyyyy!!!” (Stephen A voice)

Perl
Perl

Down cup just because it’s got a -100% chance of actually happening…enjoy summer, October will be here soon enough!

Five4fighting19
Five4fighting19

Impossible question to answer because Columbus would never do it. That like asking if you would trade Crosby for McDavid. The answer is irrelevant because neither team would make the trade.

TheWolf
TheWolf

Any half decent GM would make that trade in a heartbeat. Thats not to knock on Phil but the age difference by itself warrants it. And Panarin is a lot more dangerous in more ways than Phil is. He’d be an absolute witch with Sid or Geno

Ol' Blue Eyes
Ol' Blue Eyes

Not sure if this was addressed, but Matt Bahr won just one Super Bowl with the Steelers, in 1980. He also won one with the Giants, in 1991.

jesto68
jesto68

Anyone catch the story about Kelly Cohen reacting to the Barry Trotz announcement while reporting during a Senate hearing? Her reaction is hysterical, and she had no idea she was on camera.

Rick B
Rick B

Hoffman got traded to San Jose this morning. Break up the Senators!

pittfaninfl
pittfaninfl

And now to FL….

TheWolf
TheWolf

Great add for Panthers. Assuming his gf really isnt a cyberbullying nutjob as alleged.

bringerofpaintoyourface
bringerofpaintoyourface

I can’t wait to see the first game Karlsson and Hoffman play against each other, wherever it is they’ll both be playing. Gotta think something will happen.

musicman
musicman

How the mighty have fallen. The Senators are in such disarray, who knows when they will recover.

musicman
musicman

Guess the nationals and royals don’t know that it’s too early to make a trade.

bringerofpaintoyourface
bringerofpaintoyourface

And don’t the Nats know about financial flexibility???

jrziskey
jrziskey

I’m sure Neal could cite a historical stat on the % of inter-league trades made on June 19th to show why this was a bad move by the Nats. 🧐

Five4fighting19
Five4fighting19

Actually didn’t he just say that the activity level of GMs has been higher than normal this year?

efejr
efejr

I was coaching in state college about 6-7 years back, and Walter Bahr’s grandson was playing against my team. For the entire 90 minutes, I sat on the sidelines with Chris and Walter Bahr listening to some of the most amazing stories I’d ever heard. The miracle match, soccer in the 60s, the raiders, the nasl etc. Incredible day. I truly don’t know if my team won or lost and I don’t care. A good man.

Bob
Bob

Not to make light of the situation, but it always makes me laugh that the Browns took Winslow while Ben was still available. It was such a Browns thing to do.

bgiglio1
bgiglio1

So true. Plus, the Bill the Cat avatar deserves an up cup.

Thbbft! Ack!

Clint Novak
Clint Novak

Per Elliotte Friedman, Trotz and the Caps could NOT agree on an extension, and he will be stepping down as coach of the team. Beyond me why you dont pay the guy what he wants at this point

Michael S
Michael S

This is really interesting. If true, makes you wonder what his demands might’ve been? I agree with you, typically you’d work to keep a guy who just won you a Cup.

Clint Novak
Clint Novak

It was reported when he won the Cup, he gained a 2 yr extension clause. He was being paid 1.3 million a year, which was twice as less as a guy like Bruce Boudreau. The extension would have been at 1.8 M. Seeing how the Rangers are paying a guy in Quinn 2.5 Million, and has never coached a game, I can see why Trotz balked

Michael S
Michael S

Ah, gotcha. That makes sense. Thanks for that detail.

ForTheGlory
ForTheGlory

Loved seeing Mexico win, pushed hard and defended gallantly!! Good for them!!

lescrooks
lescrooks

Really hoping for a Mexico- Russia match-up at some point. Too easy for those with wit and I’m looking forward to it all of it!

lescrooks
lescrooks

To reading all of it…. sheez

SeenItAll
SeenItAll

To each his own. I certainly won’t root for Mexico. I have my reasons.

schwab
schwab

The USGA is a joke. The US Open this year is a total disgrace. Putts barely trickling past the hole and approach shots two feet from the pin rolling 30 feet off the green is not an extreme test of skill it’s circus golf.

mike
mike

Obviously the approach shot 2′ from the pin was the wrong play. Watching scores of 20 under par aint no fun for me. Whats fun for me is seeing how these guys deal with the course, but then again I like process not simply result.

schwab
schwab

Big difference between a tough challenge that’s fair and a course that makes good shots and putts turn out disastrously. Most people want to see skill prevail not luck. I don’t see how it’s fun watching a putt that trickles past the hole roll off the green repeatedly. Two guys that barely made the cut are now in the final pairing. They admitted their pin placements were a joke and the USGA doesn’t admit mistakes much. The course shouldn’t be like a completely different course for the morning and afternoon groups. Wind is wind obviously but the greens were a disgrace by the late rounds.

mike
mike

I think its fun watching people get flustered when the ball doesn’t do what they are used to it doing. I don’t feel sorry for them one bit. What is fair? 20 under par aint fun watching that.

DwightHandsOfStone
DwightHandsOfStone

they all play the same course. you don’t want to roll a 2′ putt 30′ past the hole…then make sure you are putting up hill…not down. They have yardage books and know the greens…figure it out.

schwab
schwab

That’s not correct on Saturday they weren’t playing the same course in the morning as the afternoon check the scores. Yardage books don’t help if your ball rolls 30 ft off whether you up down left or right. There’s a reason they drastically changed pin placement for Sunday’s round.

Five4fighting19
Five4fighting19

Couldn’t agree more schwab. By far the least I’ve watched in 30 years. After the first 3 rounds I couldn’t even stomach watching the final round and skipped it completely.

schwab
schwab

You’re right fighting the course was a mess especially on Saturday. It wasn’t a test of skill and guys that just made the cut were rewarded for worse rounds by getting to tee off in the morning.

iglooz
iglooz

Same here, but my reason for turning it off was mostly the result of the terrible broadcast put on by Fox Sports.

jmbell
jmbell

The Golf purists who are calling for Phil’s head over this minor incident are the WORST types of people. The guy was already a million shots back, was frustrated as heck, and oh yeah, he took the two stroke penalty, which is all the rule says is necessary. It was such a relatable move for us common golfers, we’ve all been there where we’ve had a brutal day putting and just give up on a hole and don’t putt out, stop a putt going way past the hole, etc. If anything I like Phil even more now, not less. Need more people like Phil who can realize the situation and act less serious to grow the game of golf, not less of it. All the golf hardos need to lighten up though, giving golf a bad rep!

cherokee23
cherokee23

I read & agree with a fair amount of your stuff, JM, but this was not a minor incident

iacas
iacas

It should have been a DQ in my opinion under 1-2. Phil’s reputation took a hit.

If you think me having those opinions hurts golf… Well, I feel similarly about your opinion.

And in the grand scheme of things… I don’t care that much. It’s just a sport.

mike
mike

There is a rule regarding a moving ball. 1-2 refers to “influence”. Im not getting the DQ demands.

jason1937
jason1937

Rules are RULES!!!-That act was PURE CHEATING. Phil should have been disqualified.

mike
mike

Phil simply struck a moving ball. There is a rule that deals with that. Just a ball wiggling on the green is such a flimsy detail about movement if that is the familiar or original intent. I plead ignorance.

Five4fighting19
Five4fighting19

I agree. Rules are rules which is why Phil was assessed a 2 stroke penalty. The RULES we’re followed and enforced.

Alex
Alex

Obviously you don’t know decorum, or the game. The only only person to do this was daly. Study the game, before sprouting such a typical justification these days on boorish behavior. Moreover, he lied and covered up the situation. Go study the transcripts. I love Phil, but his ass should have been DQ, or do it to himself. Finally, that smile all the way in was so phony and a front to realizing he was an ass to the open, and took the limelight away from others. And he texted not his finest hour.

mike
mike

I looked up the word “boorish”. Im not getting how Phil’s actions or demeanor could be remotely associated with that word.

jmbell
jmbell

Thank you all the people commenting for proving my point. I play golf a ton and belong to a prestigious club, I just don’t see the big deal. If you’re offended or think it was disrespectful that’s more of a reflection of you than Phil. Lighten up golf hardos.

Five4fighting19
Five4fighting19

Exactly. The guy finished tied for 48th at +16, 15 shots off the lead. His actions had absolutely zero impact on the tournament and he was assessed a penalty for his actions. How people are making a big deal out of this is just beyond me. Must be a lot of people with empty, pathetic lives in this world.

Five4fighting19
Five4fighting19

Couldn’t agree more jm. That was actually 1 of my favorite moments of what was a borderline unwatchable tournament.

pierre15208
pierre15208

Have to wonder what an expanded World Cup group stage will look like. 12 4 team groups? 8 6 team groups? 16 3 team groups? Anyway, it’ll be one watered down tournament.

NJ07035
NJ07035

I recall seeing it would keep the same number of teams per group, with three games each like the current.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill

The ones at the US Open who should have been heckled by the gallery are the USGA clowns who set that course up for today. It was unfair and when the pros look like me on a golf course, that’s not fun for anyone to watch. Even on tv, I thought it was not enjoyable at all.

mike
mike

Hear ya Wild, but the course is what it is. An extreme test of a golfer’s ability. I can hardly pick up a ball with my putter let alone attempt to throw a marble onto a basketball and expect it to not run off. The last time the US Open was played there I think it was worse.

Jeremy B.
Jeremy B.

Anyone who has ever golfed before has done or really wanted to do what Phil did today.

IdahoNation
IdahoNation

According to Joe Buck, it’s worthy of a special prosecutor and investigation, followed by Lefty being booted from the Tour and all victories rescinded. Who allowed him to broadcast golf?

mike
mike

Listening to his mono tonic commentary is painful. You catch an hour or two here and there between checking the 2 racks of ribs cooking outside and have to hear that guy. Disqualify!? Disrespected!? Those announcers saying those things should be as good at what they do as Phil is. Phil was frustrated, big whoop. If I kept score, which I don’t anymore, I’d need a calculator but keep pace. It’s relative. Gee, Phil is human, revelation. He was assessed the proper penalty.

iacas
iacas

Phil can be “frustrated” and “human” and still be DQed. They’re not wrong to discuss it.

mike
mike

Yeah, discuss, I suppose, DQ. I’m not that knowledgeable to see the difference between someone slam their driver into the tee box and nothing said from what Phil did playing a moving ball. Slamming a club is prevalent and familiar. I like watching Phil, even if he didn’t sign my hat at Oakmont.

Five4fighting19
Five4fighting19

I actually called a buddy who played on the Nike Tour(now the Web.com Tour) back in the 90’s right after I watched it to get his take and his response was “I F’in love it! I can’t tell you how many times I wanted to do exactly the same thing when I was playing but never had the balls to actually do it. It’s awesome to see a player of Phil’s stature showing that type of frustration with what was a ridiculous setup for the course.”

mike
mike

Is it me, or do the golf fans from NY act like drunken sailors on leave from a 6 month cruise?

DJ
DJ

Not sure I’ve ever heard crowds as obnoxious.

It must be unbearable for the golfers.

Lindo
Lindo

Agree. It’s like Philly’s fans took the day off and went to Long Island.

mike
mike

Hahaha, thats a good one.

Alex
Alex

Agree, every shot NYokels have to yell something; they text their friends and tell them listen to me here. What total asses. Same type of clowns defending Phil.

mike
mike

“Get-in-the-hole” and “babbaloui” must be wealthy roadies or something.

Jeremy B.
Jeremy B.

It seems all golf crowds are quite annoying at least as a TV viewer. Thousands of drunk patrons baking in the sun thinking everything they scream is clever.

IdahoNation
IdahoNation

Ever been to the Phoenix TPC in late January? You haven’t experienced obnoxious until you’ve seen that.

mike
mike

No. 16 must be the exception then. I mean as being not sounding ignorant on tv. I remember Sergio Garcia being heckled mercilessly. I think it was Bethpage, NY. On just about every swing on every hole, some folks in the gallery would count out how many times he gripped and re-gripped his club. Of course he has since adjusted his pre-shot routine. I guess in a place where private fire departments probably fought each other as much as fires what would we expect, right? They even rioted against the Civil War draft I think.

jmbell
jmbell

Those are FLIDs for you. Combination of Long Islanders and people that live in the Hamptons has to make for the worst audience possible for a sporting event. Just brutal.

bringerofpaintoyourface
bringerofpaintoyourface

Baba Booey!!!!

cherokee23
cherokee23

Couple comments about 2 things that aren’t on this thread yet…..Phil Mickelsons explanation is full of shi*…..NCAA settles a CTE lawsuit from a player that played in the 70s, passed away in 2015. NFL should be terrified

Dejan Kovacevic
Dejan Kovacevic

Do you have a link to the CTE thing?

cherokee23
cherokee23

NCAA settles CTE lawsuit with widow of former Texas player – NBC Sports

That didn’t work😀I’ll keep trying

IdahoNation
IdahoNation

And the NHL dinosaurs in Toronto. Nick Boynton said as much this week.

Njb61
Njb61

What is Bergevin doing? In the last 3 years he has traded P.K. Subban, Mikhail Sergachev, Alex Galchenyuk, and a 2nd round pick for Shea Weber, Jonathan Drouin, and Max Domi. GMJR needs to get Bergevin on the phone now before someone in Montreal realizes how bad he has been and he gets fired

jmbell
jmbell

The “Tiger is done winning at pga level” and “Should Tiger retire?” columns are way over the top today. Talk about complete overreactions due to recency bias. Spieth, Mcillroy, Day, and Rahm are all way younger and thought of as currently better golfers than Tiger, and none of them made the cut either. Maybe, just maybe, it was a bad few days for Tiger, nothing more. He’s come real close to winning a few times already this year, physically he’s not far away at all. Just needs to have the competitive fire and mental focus accompany him on a consistent basis for 4 consecutive days and he’ll win. It’s only a matter of when, not if, he’ll win tournaments and majors again.

mike
mike

Like he said himself, you can’t slap the ball around and expect to compete in a major. There are so many excellent players these days. Jus trike team sports; parity.

FreddiePatek
FreddiePatek

I wouldn’t place money on that prediction.

jmbell
jmbell

Really? Wanna bet on it Freddie? 😉

Five4fighting19
Five4fighting19

Can’t speak for Freddie but I’ll atke some action that Tiger never wins another major. I do believe he’ll win again just not in a major.

schwab
schwab

I wouldn’t count on him winning another major. It’s possible but unlikely. There are only a handful of guys in the history of golf that have won majors at Tigers age and older.

jmbell
jmbell

Yeah but this isn’t your average golfer we are talking about Schwab, this is Tiger Woods we are talking about, one of the best of all time. If Jack could do it at age 48, Tiger definitely can do it. No question in my mind.

iacas
iacas

Jack didn’t at age 48… 😉

schwab
schwab

I hear what your saying I’m just not sure he will ever put it together physically and mentally to do it again. I hope he does though. With that said the ship has certainly sailed on him ever catching Nicklaus for 18 majors.

jmbell
jmbell

Agree there, he won’t catch Jack, but I could see him definitely winning another.

Clint Novak
Clint Novak

Max Domi will not be a Penguin, as the Coyotes announce on Twitter: TRADE ALERT: #Coyotes acquire Galchenyuk from Montreal for Domi. More details to come.

Domi never seemed to fit in with Pitt, and Habs have shopped Galchenyuk forever.. Both guys needed a change of scenery.

jmbell
jmbell

Thank god, now we can stop with all the dumb Kessel for Domi trade rumors. Also, Bergevin is approaching Garth Snow/Peter Chiarelli territory with all of these awful trades recently. It’s crazy that the Habs are basically run like an NHL expansion team, if I were a casual fan I’d never know they were an original six team. Really makes your appreciate the Pens organization with their competent leadership.

mike
mike

What’s so odd is that Montreal, hockey mecca, has looked to be in total and complete disarray under Bergervin. Nothing they do makes any sense. All I heard on the radio last year was how they weak at Center but tried to shoehorn people into that position. I guess Galchenyuk is experienced at Center but he didn’t get to play it.

IdahoNation
IdahoNation

What a day for Ronaldo – hat trick to tie Spain AND suspended sentence on tax evasion charges. The 14M euro fine – eh, one Nike contract will cover that.

jmbell
jmbell

Classic Spain move to announce that news the day of the match to try to shake Ronaldo, which backfired completely as Ronaldo was electric today scoring a hat trick. Portugal won’t be an easy out as long as Ronaldo is performing at that level. What a player.

schwab
schwab

So the twins send Sanó to A ball but it’s crazy for the pirates to consider sending polanco to AAA

musicman
musicman

Silly for two leagues in the same sport to play by different rules. Either both leagues should have the DH or both leagues should not.

chethejet
chethejet

I believe the owners of MLB franchises are going by the way of economics are the primary consideration. Owners want a fair opportunity to compete but know that is not the reality of professional sports. 20 franchises in the NBA are no longer relevant. 20 franchises in MLB are no longer relevant. The college draft is really the only thing keeping many NFL teams in the hunt. Hockey who knows. Fourth game of the NBA finals was the lowest rated games since 2009. If the fans think your team has no chance, they stop coming. More importantly lose interest in the sport. No amount of BS and spin is going to change that.

Randy Steele
Randy Steele

Good article today in the Wall Street Journal about the big drop in attendance in MLB this year. The Pirates get some special attention. https://www.wsj.com/articles/major-league-baseball-sees-a-sharp-drop-in-attendance-1529063246?mod=hp_lead_pos11

WeegieThompson87
WeegieThompson87

Bryant for Mason Rudolph? Every day

musicman
musicman

Looks like the Steelers made the right call on Bryant after all.

DJ
DJ

Sano looks to be eating himself out of baseball.

Dude is wide and getting wider.

Dante211
Dante211

Remember when the Pirates were hot and heavy after Miguel Sano? It looked like they had it all wrapped up, but somehow they lost him. Amazing how some guys fall so far so fast. I always thought he was a bit heavy even when he was going good like last year.

Cumberbatch's Stunt Double
Cumberbatch's Stunt Double

Great takes today DK, but the suspense is killing me. How did Orpik almost lose his Pinky? Why was the restraining order needed in Ottawa, for one Hockey Girl Friend against another? I really like this feature.

Dejan Kovacevic
Dejan Kovacevic

Slash by Haula in Game 2. Extremely similar to when Sid slashed off Marc Methot’s pinky in Ottawa.

jrziskey
jrziskey

Wow….Miguel Sano sent down to Single A by the Twins to try and get out of his slump.

Dejan Kovacevic
Dejan Kovacevic

Whoa, hadn’t seen that. I’ll add. Thanks!

jrziskey
jrziskey

Anytime DK!

musicman
musicman

Everything went right for the caps this year. Just don’t see them repeating.

TheWolf
TheWolf

Can you imagine the Pirates EVER bringing up a 19 year old? Yeah i cant either. Moreover cant imagine them identifying and drafting a 19 year old worthy of bringing up in the first place

cherokee23
cherokee23

14 million for a guard?!? That’s Lev Bell money😀. What’s he think he’s doing? Trying to reset the guard market!

Jeremy B.
Jeremy B.

Mickelson was only 6 strokes better than the nhl ref in the US Open. Looking less likely he’ll ever win one.

Dejan Kovacevic
Dejan Kovacevic

Lefty or the ref? 😉

jmbell
jmbell

Phil is absolutely going to win 1, and he’ll finish in the top 10 this weekend. Great player with a game that ages extremely well. Lefty is top 10 all time easily.

schwab
schwab

He’s not going to win it this year and for him to win a US open in the upcoming years he would be the oldest golfer to ever win a major by a good bit. Very unlikely he ever wins a US open.

jmbell
jmbell

This isn’t the 1980s anymore schwab, guys are in the best shape they’ve ever been in, you’re going to see players age better and better in golf and still be competitive. Phil just won a few months ago in Mexico beating out one of the best current young players in the world, Justin Thomas, in a playoff, so he can still win just fine at his age.

schwab
schwab

I just don’t see Phil winning a US open in his career especially with how many young guys that are great talents in the mix. Winning the US open is a lot different than winning an early season tournament. Especially since the USGA has decided to make the courses mini golf so often. Phil’s top 10-15 all time and it’s a shame he never won the US open considering he came in second six times.

jason1937
jason1937

Nope-Putter is GONE-maybe on Senior tour. Phil has the Yipes.

Brazilian_Penguin
Brazilian_Penguin

Gosh, the Saudi Arabia team is far worse than I thought. A World Cup with 48 nations is gonna be ridiculously bad.

GVic
GVic

The Saudis have always stunk but beat up on teams in the Asian group and qualify…where they get waxed:

1998- France 4-0 Saudi Arabia
2002- Germany 8-0 Saudi Arabia
2002- Ireland 3-0 Saudi Arabia
2006- Ukraine 4-0 Saudi Arabia
2018- Russia 5-0 Saudi Arabia

schwab
schwab

Not sure Trout is ‘by far’ the best player in MLB. Mookie Betts is right up there with him.

Earble
Earble

One more test. Sorry, folks.

Dejan Kovacevic
Dejan Kovacevic

I’ve tried so many times to fix yours, Earl. Just isn’t happening. No idea why. You’re literally the only one. Do you maybe have multiple accounts with us?

Earble
Earble

Avatar test. I’ve got one, but it hasn’t been showing up. Hmmmmm…..

PucknutZ
PucknutZ

“NHL merchandise sales in Russia are up 276% over the same post-Finals period last year, boosted by Russian stars Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Dmitry Orlov”

I find that rather humorous. Mr. Putin must have mixed feelings about all those people running around Moscow wearing the colors of the Capital of the USA.
Gonna see a lot of the Cup I would imagine.
No problem. He will find a way to “spin” the fact that some of the best players in the world are playing in the US, and better yet in the Capital of the country he hates.
Not trying to be political here, just find it ironically funny.

GVic
GVic

“colors of the Capital of the USA” – also happens to be the colors on the Russian flag

““spin” the fact that some of the best players in the world are playing in the US” – it’s the most prestigious and outside of playing for SKA, gives Russian players the opportunity to make the most money. not sure anybody has much problem with that.

“the country he hates” – couldn’t be further from reality. putting your own interests first does not equate to hatred for others. seriously, stop watching CNN, the gaslighting is melting your brain.

PucknutZ
PucknutZ

Those little stars on the “colors” go very well with the flag colors don’t they.
I believe Mr Putin is a big hockey fan and so he likely has no problem with the best Russian players leaving the country to play for a more “prestigious” league and make the “most”money.
Hate may be a little strong a word but I think it’s close.
I do not watch CNN, but thank you for your concern for the status of my brain.

schwab
schwab

There are many countries that dislike the US…our government sticks their nose in everyone’s business

Jakester
Jakester

Wow
Just wow
Tell me you’d rather live anywhere else
Sorry
Our country – yes some warts- is by far the standard bearer of the world
Our world collectively is way better because of our country

PucknutZ
PucknutZ

Hallelujah Jakester… well said, my point exactly
I was not trying to start a political debate but sometimes sports and politics intersect.
Ya it was a jab at Mr. Putin… send me to the box, but I will feel no shame.
I am happy for the average Russian hockey fan. They are and should be proud of what their countrymen have accomplished.
Party on w/Ovi and EK and DO. Put the top shelf Vodka in that Cup.

schwab
schwab

Never said I’d rather live anywhere else. I certainly would not. That doesn’t mean what I said isn’t accurate considering we have thousands of military personnel in hundreds of countries all over the world.

SeenItAll
SeenItAll

We do not have military personnel in “hundreds of countries”. And your comment is meaningless without knowing WHY they are in the countries they are.

bucconation
bucconation

Great news with the 2026 World Cup? After 1994’s success, I never dreamed it would take 32 years to bring it back.

jrziskey
jrziskey

That’s what happens when you have a corrupt organization like FIFA in charge of the World Cup.

schwab
schwab

Nothing fishy at all about Qatar being awarded a World Cup. They only built their stadiums with slaves, and crimes like drinking alcohol or homosexuality are punishable by one hundred lashes.

TheWolf
TheWolf

This is documented fact. Some of those slaves even died making it. Plus im sure no palms were greased behind the scenes or anything

IdahoNation
IdahoNation

Let’s hope that the WC in 2026 is better managed that the USMNT lately. This has great potential and everyone who enjoys the game should be excited about the possibilities.

Michael S
Michael S

I watch every Pirate game I can (lately I’m not sure that’s a wise decision 🙂 ). But, I switch to the Angels broadcast any time Trout is up and man, he does not disappoint. Two HRs last night, OPS north of 1.100, he does everything. He’s a guy I kind of feel bad for because you just get the feeling he’s never going to win a Series as long as he’s with the Angels.

Lance Lysowski
Lance Lysowski

Cervelli leads the Pirates with nine home runs. Trout has 23 home runs. Incredible.

TK
TK

Cutch just hit his 8th HR #justsaying #testingavatar

schwab
schwab

Sidney Crosby says ‘I remember my first cup’

josham623
josham623

I see the US/Canada/Mexico bid was accepted for the World Cup. I wonder if Heinz Field has a shot to host some prelims?

SteelCityFan
SteelCityFan

I would think at least some friendlies in the lead-up to the Cup- New Jersey will probably host the final.

Bweese
Bweese

There is a list of 23 cities among the three countries that will eventually be narrowed down to 16. Sadly, Pittsburgh is not among them.

GVic
GVic

Ridiculous having 3 countries host. The US is staging like 80% of all the matches anyway, this was silly. US gets it’s share of group stage matches then the entirety of the knockout rounds. Field being expanded to 48 too, so a watered down product to boot.

jrziskey
jrziskey

It’s beyond ridiculous how good Trout is. And at the same time it’s sad to see what Cabrera has become – in his prime, it seemed like no one could ever get him out.

Rick B
Rick B

Sucked that the Caps won but it has been pretty funny watching them celebrate. Knew Ovi was a character but not this big of one.

DJ
DJ

Always liked Karlsson.

Expecting a big trade so he can exit this mess.

josham623
josham623

I think the argument can be made that the Sens are the among the most dysfunctional organizations in North American Sports.

jmbell
jmbell

Pirates say “Hold my beer” josh…

Jakester
Jakester

Pens/ schultzie says” hold my beer Ovi”

Keith Carlson
Keith Carlson
BubbaBanjo
BubbaBanjo

Not a sports topic…… I heard some new Smashing Pumpkins on Stern this AM. AWESOME!!! on the one song I heard. Hope the album is that good. Billy and the band was sounding great!! Hope the tour is close to me.

Chris Bradford
Chris Bradford

Watched them last night on Fallon, sounded good. Saw them at Civic Arena in, I wanna say, 1997. Great show.

lescrooks
lescrooks

$100K in jewelry stolen… ever heard of a safe?

CityOfChamps&Pirates
CityOfChamps&Pirates

If he doesn’t need surgery I wonder if they’ll resist the urge to have his bat in the lineup before he can pitch and what’s the different timeline for Tommy John return from Pitchers to hitters (will he be able to return to hitting before pitching after surgery)

Michael S
Michael S

Too bad for Ohtani and the Angels, this looked liked a year they could make the postseason. Don’t think they do without him, even with Trout’s otherworldly contributions. Ohtani is definitely the real thing, I’ve been watching some Angels games (because you know, Trout) and he can pitch.

As for Adrian Gonzalez, you gotta love baseball contracts, they’re just the best aren’t they?

Lance Lysowski
Lance Lysowski

It’s sad to see players like Gonzalez fade away. Jose Bautista is another. There’s no longer room in the sport for expensive veterans who can’t hit. Agree on Ohtani. Was such a fun story to follow.

Rick B
Rick B

Hope Ovi keeps on drinking right through March.

Jeremy B.
Jeremy B.

How about nhl ref Garrett Rank qualifying for the US Open? There has to be a good joke in there somewhere but i’m drawing a blank.

IdahoNation
IdahoNation

Random observation – I hope you are all catching some college baseball on the ESPN networks. This college World Series has been fun baseball to watch. Lots of super regionals (the sweet 16 of baseball) have gone to the full 3 games. Lead changes galore and participation for the fun of the game. The CWS reminds me every year of how good the game is – and takes some of the sour taste of the BMTIB away.

And, for some reason, the broadcast teams seem better and really take the time to talk through strategy, etc.

Happy Monday.

DemonDachshund
DemonDachshund

I’ve never been able to get over the clank of the bat.

Mike Shigley
Mike Shigley

I agree. It’s not baseball if the bat isn’t wooden.

musicman
musicman

Who can feel sorry for a guy slated to make 8.5 million dollars.

towens1950
towens1950

Who keeps $100,000 cash (I assume cash) in a hotel room and someone knows it.

rocco14
rocco14

Sounds an awful lot like the Aroldis Chapman thing here in Pittsburgh a few years back. I think it turned out that he was ripped off by a lady of the evening and her accomplices.

Rainmanoly
Rainmanoly

Sigh, three days without hockey

jmbell
jmbell

Draft in 12 days and free agency 3 weeks away though!

Mrstake
Mrstake

Some withdrawal here too. Guess I’ll start DVR diving into all those programs I recorded during Penguins games.

Bweese
Bweese

Here’s the link to something I brought up in the Facebook live event Sunday. Upon closer inspection, it looks like maybe just the amateurs are competing in Pittsburgh.

https://www.americanflag.football/bracket/

IdahoNation
IdahoNation

I watch exactly 3 horse races a year – best way to beat the oversaturation of NBC is to look up post time, set the DVR for an hour starting 10 minutes before post time and record it. You can then watch all 3 races in under 8 minutes.

Yesterday was exciting – as the Gunner would have said, “Justify had em allllllll the way.”

Matt Grubba
Matt Grubba

Agree with you guys about the TV coverage, though I usually avoid it. (When I’m not at home sick like I was yesterday and today.)

It’s always best to go out to one of our local tracks or even the OTB in Harmarville for the major races — for Triple Crown and Breeders’ Cup days, there’s usually live music, good food specials and all sorts of things going on to entertain between races. No need to listen to 60 minutes of pre-race hype.

Even races like the Adios Stakes at The Meadows or the WV Derby at Mountaineer are great events to see live. I highly recommend them.

BubbaBanjo
BubbaBanjo

Right on Matt….. live dogs and ponies are an awesome night of fun and entertainment.

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