The Steelers have signed Najeh Davinport which begs the question; What about Duce?? This move obviously shows that the Steelers don’t have any plans to give Duce Staley a shot at replacing Jerome Bettis due to his lackluster training camp. The issue i have with the Staley situation is if their not going to play him then why didn’t they cut him before Thursday nights game against Miami. Regardless if Duce sits on the bench all season or is released the Steelers are on the hook for Staleys 1.5 million salary. Before the Steelers jump the gun and hand the goaline job to Davinport; Staley should be given one last shot and see the field Monday night against the Jags. What will Davinport bring to the table?Najeh Davinport is a talented back but i do not know if he is the answer. There’s a reason the guy was passed upRead More »

A seller for the 14th straight season

 

Did the Pirates give up on Oliver Perez too early? The trade deadline has past and the Pirates were one of the busiest teams out there. Despite being the busiest team they were a seller which is an usual theme this time of the year Here are the moves as follows.. 1.First baseman Sean Casey was dealt to the Detroit Tigers for minor-league pitcher Brian Rogers, who was 3-2 with a 2.39 ERA in 37 appearances at Class AA Erie. Casey goes from worst to first and it couldn’t have happened to a better guy. The addition of Casey is a solid move for the Tigers who are running away in the American League. 2.Left-handed starting pitcher Oliver Perez and right-handed reliever Roberto Hernandez were sent to the New York Mets for outfielder Xavier Nady, who batted .264 with 15 doubles, 14 home runs and 40 RBI in 75 gamesRead More »

Thursday morning edition

 

Mark Madden of ESPN radio 1250 is reporting that Bill Cowher is seeking 8 million per season as the Rooneys and Cowher are working on a extension. Negotiations are a bit different this time around as Cowher has the leverage in negotiations compared to past seasons when he was awarded a extension after a 6-10 season in 03. Is Cowher really worth the 8 million per and can anyone picture the Rooneys dishing that kind of money to a head coach? That issue is unclear as of right now. Cowher is a top 5 head coach in the National Football League but he still has some work to do to be regarded as a great coach. Rumors have been swirling for months that Cowher is considering retirement but I don’t buy it. I just see the retirement ploy as bargaining power to put pressure on the Rooneys to change theirRead More »

Tuesday Morning Edition

 

Tiger Woods captured his 11th major and this one along with his first the 97 Masters was his sweetest. Tiger missed the cut at the U.S. Open following his fathers death but from day 1 he was determined at the British Open to win this one for his Pops. Tiger showed his dominance throughout the weekend but Saturday’s outing i was most impressed with his game. Sergio Garcia and a few others stormed the leader board and was on Tigers heels the whole day. Tiger never panicked and made great shot after great shot but his composure was significant. He never gets rattled despite shooting only 1 under par he still had a one stroke leading heading into Sunday. When Tiger has a one stroke lead going into the final day they might as well say it’s a 10 stroke lead. The intimidation factor is so vital and that aloneRead More »

Recchi returns to Pittsburgh

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed Mark Recchi to a 1 year 2.28 million deal. The 38 year old forward recorded 57 points in 63 games with the Pens before getting sent to the Hurricanes where he recorded 7 pts in 20 games. It took Recchi some time adjusting to Carolina’s up tempo style compared to the Penguins laid back do what you want style. During Carolina’s Stanley Cup run Recchi was a key contributor netting 7 goals and 9 assists while playing wing on the top line. Depaoli’s take: The addition of Mark Recchi comes as now surprise since the writing has been on the wall since day 1 of free agency. Recchi can still produce 25-30 goals a season and is a solid player on the ice but off ice issues with the younger players including Crosby is something that must be resolved. Crosby and Recchi had their runRead More »

Close but no cigar just yet

 

What the Penguins new Arena may look like The Pittsburgh Penguins were on the verge of being sold to a Hamilton based group who would have moved the team to Hamilton if IOC doesn’t win the license but the Hamilton group has backed out citing there is no way this team will be moving. The other slot license hopefuls Harrahs and Don Barden have agreed to pay 7.5 million a year for 30 yrs if one of them wins and because of that the NHL has said it would have not approved the sale to the Hamilton based group because of their intentions to move the team in IOC doesn’t win. So in the end the Hamilton group backed out and the news can’t be any better for the city of Pittsburgh. Plan B still has few loopholes because some aspects of it are not written in stone but withRead More »

Yankee Surge

 

Memo to the Boston Red Sox and the American League: Here comes the Yankees!!!!…. The New York Yankees are on a roll since the All-Star break sweeping the defending champs for the first time in 4 years. With Sunday’s 6-4 victory and the athletics taking 3 out of 4 from the Red Sox the Yankees are in prime position to regain first place in the AL East. The Yanks are a half game back with a depleted roster that is getting healthy. Damon and Cano are due back next week and the possible arrival of Bobby Abreu via trade is in the works. The pitching staff is question mark heading down the stretch but Mussina and Wang have out performed Schilling and Beckett head to head. Randy Johnson who was awful the first two months of the season has been dropped to third in the rotation but as of lateRead More »

Lebron ready to bolt?

 

NBA superstar Lebron James declined the Cavs offer of 5yr – 80 million max contract and instead signed a 3 year extension a players option for a 4th. The extension James has signed is worth around 60 million but the main issue: is Lebron already planning to bolt Cleveland for the chance to play in a market like NewYork or LA? Three years ago Lebron signed a 5 yr 90 million shoe contract with Nike but in the clause of his contract the money in that deal doubles if he bolts for a top 3 market ( Chicago, New York, or LA). There is also similar stipulations in other endorsement deals. The city of Cleveland hasn’t had a championship team since I don’t know the Civil War and Lebron is their only hope to deliver one to a city that is in dire need of a championship. Dwayne Wade signedRead More »

American League 3 – National League 2

 

Michael Young’s two run triple with 2 outs in the 9th put the American League on top 3-2 and Mariano Rivera secured the American League home field in the World Series with his third save of his All Star career. Despite the low scoring, this was a great game The small ball play from the National League, beautiful plays and clutch hitting from the American League made the 77th All Star Game a classic in itself. The American League is now 9-0-1 in the past 10 years. Key stats: M.V.P: Mike YoungHome Runs: American League Vlad Guerrero, National League David Wright. Lee Smith the All-Time saves leader (478) had a blown save in the 1994 All Star game in Pittsburgh and in tonight’s game Trevor Hoffman second in All time saves at 460 goes in the record books for his blown save in the 2006 classic in Pittsburgh The blameRead More »

Pirates 29-57 Vs New York Mets 50-34

 

Kip Wells lackluster first inning proved costly Pirates surrender 5 runs in first, lose 5-0 Orlando Hernandez (El Duque) dominated the Buccos only giving up four hits through seven innings. The Mets are now the first team in the national league to 50 wins and are in the driver seat in the NL East with a 11.5 lead in the standings. Kip Wells 0-4 12.42 era showed tonight why it’s time ( two years late) to finally send him packing. He’s been here for five years has never produced and every year we hear about how much talent he has. He has talent in the Pirates eyes not the other 29 teams in the major leagues. No wonder were on our way to watching a 14th straight losing season. I’m sure Jim Tracy will be saying tomorrow morning on how Kip turned it around after his horrendous first inning. ThisRead More »