It's not the fire. It's the focus. And it's been that from the start.
Apparently, Mike Sullivan's plan for Game 2 of the Penguins' Stanley Cup playoff series against the Islanders will be to push the Game 1 plan right through the wringer.
Scratching Jack Johnson doesn't singularly set the stage for any Stanley Cup playoff outcome, and it'd be silly to suggest anything of the sort.
It'll be the Penguins and Matt Murray vs. the Islanders and Robin Lehner ... and the renovated shrunken remnants of old Nassau Veterans Coliseum.
"We have all the tools to be successful. We just have to pull together, play the same way. I think that’s the key in the playoffs: Everybody’s got to pull...
"I thought I had him. This time, I was sure." Marcus Pettersson didn't have Sidney Crosby. No one ever really has him.
Francisco Cervelli was huffing away at his stall, and not just because he'd finally finished his standard sweat-fest following the Pirates' 7-5 sweep-capping clubbing of the Reds.
The Penguins will partake in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Also coming in 2019: Death and taxes, Downtown jaywalking, and a downpour on the opening day of the Three Rivers Arts...
This was Clint Hurdle's fault, right? He pulls Jameson Taillon after seven smooth innings, a reasonable pitch count of 85, and a two-run lead blew up within minutes.
Knowing Jameson Taillon, he probably hadn't stepped a single stride off that mound in Cincinnati before seeking out the first positive. Four runs and six hits over six-plus innings?
When Francisco Cervelli slides into home, his arms playfully sprayed wide with a simulated safe sign before the actual call, that's always been there.
No one ever credits the coaches. Not even the coaches will do that, come to think of it.
"Just wasn't my day." It was, actually. Corey Dickerson was having a wonderful opening day.
Can't predict ball, as they say. And definitely can't predict the Pirates.
It’s time to put the foot down. Of all the classic Clint Hurdle-isms, I'd have to say that's the most common.
The Pirates won 82 games last season, have most of a good pitching staff back, and have no chance? They don't want to hear it.
This must have been something like what those eighth-century Europeans experienced when the Vikings would sail up to their coasts.
Jared McCann was still strapped into his skates several minutes after the Penguins had set down the Stars, 3-2, but that wasn't about to stop him.
Tony Clark, head of Major League Baseball's Players Association, doesn't get it. Neither does anyone at Major League Baseball itself, I might add.
Old-school Tuesday Takes before a business meeting this morning in Manhattan ...
"What happened?" Jack Johnson repeated my question back. "We gave up a four-on-two or three-on-two with, like, 15 seconds left. I mean ... that just can't happen."
"I think every game, from here on out, is going to be of that intensity. And you have to match it or exceed it." This was Jack Johnson, late Saturday afternoon.
The circus has left town, having now officially pitched its tent in Oakland. The other clown had already left town, and he'll now take a lot less pay for a...
A three-goal surge in 108 seconds. A throwdown of Tom Wilson. A thousand points for Evgeni Malkin.
Antonio Brown showed the Steelers who's boss. Shamed the franchise. Brought the once-might Rooneys to their shaking knees.
One of the many mythologies about hockey's advanced analytics is that they're all available to the public. The truth: Most aren't.