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Wrapping up the homestand
April 22, 2009 - John Mehno
UPDATE 4/24: Flyers 3, Penguins 0. Shows what I know. I guess the Penguins thought a Game 5 win was automatic, too. Back to Philly for Saturday afternoon.
However, I stand by my statement that a bag of beef 'n' cheddars would hit the spot.
Big sports week with the Penguins in the playoffs, the Steelers about to draft and the Pirates finishing a 6-3 homestand and heading on the road with a 9-6 record.
*The Penguins probably won the series with Tuesday's game in Philadelphia. The Flyers threw everything at them, Marc-Andre Fleury stopped almost all of it, and the Flyers are faced with the task of winning three straight, two of them in Pittsburgh. It could happen, of course, but the chances are probably 1 in 100. There are certain games that turn series, and it looks like that's what happened on Tuesday in Philly.
*I addressed the Steelers' draft in print. This won't be a big-name draft, but it's still important because they all are. When free agency came to the NFL, some people thought the draft would be less important. They couldn't have been more wrong. You need that steady infusion of new talent as veterans get too expensive to keep.
*The opening homestand was a huge boost for the PIrates. They not only had a winning record, they pitched well in most games. That makes a below average team look better than it is. We'll see what happens in San Diego and Milwaukee, buy they've made a strong first impression.
I'm writing this in the press box at PNC Park. The small tarps that cover the pitchers mound and home plate are decorated with Arby's logos. I suddenly want a bagful of beef 'n' cheddars