PITTSBURGH — Now it’s a series.
Some hockey thoughts as the Penguins and Nashville Predators have made the NHL season a best-of-3:
n As bad as Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne was in the first two games, he was that good in the next two games.
Yes, the Penguins are running on fumes and ...
PITTSBURGH — One of the constants of the Penguins’ run through the playoffs has been non-stop complaining about NHL officiating.
This continues a tradition that first started when Stanley was just a sippy cup.
There have been some egregious miscalls, as there always are. How did Ottawa ...
PITTSBURGH — If you’re going to learn a lesson, it’s always good to turn a profit while doing it.
That’s exactly what happened to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Monday’s Stanley Cup Final opener against Nashville.
They played poorly for long stretches, and didn’t have an ...
PITTSBURGH — June arrives this week, and an NHL season that started with September training camps is still at least four games away from ending.
To say it’s a grind would be inadequate.
This has become an endurance contest, as it often does. If Pittsburgh wins, this won’t be the best ...
PITTSBURGH — Batting third for the Pirates ... Andrew McCutchen. But for how much longer?
How long can manager Clint Hurdle continue to use a prime lineup spot on a player who is struggling to keep his batting average above .200?
The Pirates are undoubtedly hoping for a ...
PITTSBURGH — Penguins coach Mike Sullivan called his goaltender choice for Game 4 an incredibly difficult decision.
Was it really?
Sullivan believes in Matt Murray. He stuck with him in the playoffs last season long after Marc-Andre Fleury was available. He installed him as the No. 1 ...
PITTSBURGH — If Paul Steigerwald had any bitterness about losing his television play-by-play job for Penguins games, he worked it out in private.
Root Sports announced on Tuesday that Steigerwald was out and Steve Mears will be the new TV voice of the team.
At the same time, the Penguins ...
PITTSBURGH — There’s a TV cooking show that gives chefs an assortment of ingredients and challenges them to make a meal of the random mix.
They might get chicken thighs, artichokes, peanut butter, bananas and bamboo shoots. The impossible task is to take those items and create a meal that ...
PITTSBURGH — This has become a best-of-one series, the deciding game to be played tonight.
Make sure your pizza order arrives by 7:30 because this will require your full attention.
Despite having leads of 2-0 and 3-1 in the series against the Washington Capitals, the Penguins ...
PITTSBURGH — There was a problem last week in Fenway Park with someone yelling racial slurs at Baltimore Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.
But maybe it’s part of a bigger problem, which is the over-consumption of alcohol at sports venues.
Even though tickets are already ...
PITTSBURGH — Matt Niskanen will play for the Washington Capitals tonight, and he should probably be grateful for that.
The NHL could have suspended him for the cross check that dealt Sidney Crosby a concussion in Game Three of their Stanley Cup series against the Penguins on ...
PITTSBURGH — Many decades ago the Steelers would have drafted a player from Pitt with the idea of appeasing the fans, getting some publicity and ultimately selling some tickets.
Those days are long gone.
Theirs is not an organization that leans on sentiment or panders heavily to ticket ...
PITTSBURGH — Art Rooney II has been running the Steelers for a while now, so there’s no official change in leadership with the team.
The difference is he can no longer walk down the hall and tap into the knowledge his father accumulated over a lifetime in the game.
PITTSBURGH — Turns out the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals aren’t the Pirates’ most formidable enemy.
Instead that distinction applies to the recklessness of their own players.
Tuesday brought the shocking news that Starling Marte is suspended for 80 games, the second half of a ...
PITTSBURGH — Of all the things to remember about Dan Rooney, the one that comes to mind immediately is the hot dog line.
The Steelers put out a couple of pans of hot dogs in the press room at halftime of games at Heinz Field. Because the hot dogs are free, the line is long, and Dan Rooney ...
PITTSBURGH — The Penguins have Sidney Crosby and the Columbus Blue Jackets don’t.
That should be the difference in their Stanley Cup playoff series, which begins tonight.
It won’t be easy, and will probably go six games.
The odds are against the Penguins repeating as ...
PITTSBURGH — Clint Hurdle’s future as Pirates manager seems to have suddenly become a topic for conversation.
Last week a Las Vegas betting site established odds on the first manager to be fired this season. It had Hurdle as the favorite.
That seems to make no sense. The Pirates had one ...
PITTSBURGH — Big-time college athletics is one of the most corrupt businesses in America, so it seemed appropriate that North Carolina won the NCAA basketball championship.
The university has been under fire for academic policies that allowed athletes to take “fake” courses ...
PITTSBURGH — There are two overriding questions as the Pirates open the 2017 season in Boston tomorrow:
n How good will the starting pitching be?
n When/how will the Jung Ho Kang situation be resolved?
An unfavorable answer to either could doom the Pirates to a second ...
PITTSBURGH — The baseball season is nearly upon us, so it’s time to go into the two-minute drill and launch the annual contest.
Pardon the mixed sports metaphors, but time is growing short and the contest is a tradition.
In the past, the contest has been confined to my blog ...