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Willie Parker rushes for 223 yards last night and people are still saying we need a Jerome Bettis type of back. The Steelers may be built for a grind it out back but how can they go into the draft next season looking for one when Willie Parker is on his way to a pro bowl season. The biggest question coach Cowher should be scrutinized on for the next 3 games is his personnel decisions. Will Ryan Clark and Cedric Wilson return as starters? Smith and Holmes should be starting the rest of the season to build for next year but after watching Cowher coach for over 15 years that is unlikely to happen. He’s always been for sticking to his veteran players and this year is no different with Deshea Townsend starting over Ike Taylor Sidney Crosby has the ‘drive’ of a Michael Jordan At age 19 Sidney CrosbyRead More »


This morning Tim Benz had Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl as a guest on his morning show. Ravenstahl reiterated to Benz that he is in full support of the Isle of the Capri and believes IOC is the best plan for the city. Ravenstahl came out in full support of IOC as a city council member but since he took over for the late Bob O’Connor in September, he hasn’t been as supportive publically. Ravenstahl said he hopes the Isle Of Capri used his endorsement during the Pa Gaming Board hearing last month. One discouraging aspect that came out of the interview is he said the December 20th date of awarding the license can be pushed back but he has stressed to Gaming board how important this deadline is for the city. Ravenstahl also said Plan B is a backup plan but it is viable with no loop holes. Pittsburgh PostRead More »

Pens fall 3-2


In a must win situation the Penguins loss to a mediocre team at home that was missing it’s two best forwards. Sidney Crosby’s amazing goal in the 3rd period jump started the Pens but they could close the deal against the Panthers. Dominic Moore continues to take lazy penalties that are haunting this team. Don’t understand why he gets a free pass all the time while individuals love to bash players like Ryan Whitney and of late Evgeni Malkin has been the culprit of msg board bashing. With the game tied at 2-2 in the third Jocelyn Thibault did what he does best by not coming up with the “Big Save”. This is a ritual Thibault has been accustomed to since becoming a Penguin last season. I’m not putting the blame on Thibault for the loss but he was not able to bail out his teammates and Thibault reiterated thatRead More »

Pirates-Cubs-Rockies update


Jayson Stark is reporting the Cubs-Rockies-Pirates deal that involved outfielder Brad Hawpe moving to Pittsburgh for pitchers Paul Maholm and Tom Gorzelanny is off the table. Stark says one team that approached the Pirates says it was told flatly that the Pirates aren’t trading Maholm or any of their young starting pitchers. If the Pirates want to bring in a left handed bat, they must be willing to trade off some of their young pitching. The idea of Hawpe coming to Pittsburgh is not that intriquing but rumors of David Littlefield pursuing Braves first baseman Adam Laroche must be completely false because the Braves are asking for pitching in return. Crazy rumor of the day was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays offering a contract to Barry Bonds. ESPN’s Buster Olney says there is no truth to this rumor. Talk about crazy.

Latest MLB News


Will Barry Bonds leave the Bay to join the Red Sox? 1. Manny Ramirez, Lf Red Sox The Red Sox are focusing on getting a closer in return for Manny Ramirez, The Boston Globe reports. In talks with the Dodgers, the Red Sox were asking for 22-year-old Jonathan Broxton. In talks with the Angels, they wanted closer Francisco Rodriguez or setup man Scot Shields. J.J. Putz and Rafael Soriano were discussed with the Mariners. A rumored three-way deal involving the Nationals Chad Cordero and the Giants was talked about, the newspaper reports. Teams interested: Mariners, Phillies, Dodgers, Padres, Giants, Angels, Rangers 2. Barry Zito, P Oakland Athletics Rangers owner Tom Hicks is driving up the price for Barry Zito, The New York Daily News reports. After meeting with Zito and Boras last week in Texas, Hicks gushed about the left-hander’s intelligence, mental approach and how he matured into a leaderRead More »

Souray and Samzonov on the Move ?


Two Pittsburgh Penguin Scouts were in attendance at the Boston-Montreal game yesterday. Speculation is they were scouting Montreal defenseman Sheldon Souray. As for Sergei Samzonov, his season is still in a downfall. Sergei Samsonov is enduring a serious scoring drought. Serious enough that some reports in Montreal suggest that his future with the Canadiens might be in doubt. Samsonov, has just 12 points in 26 games and hasn’t scored a goal in 16 contests, has been seeing some action on the team’s second line with Alexei Kovalev. “Personally, I’d like to be contributing a little more offensively,” Samsonov was quoted as saying in the Boston Herald. “But other than that, we’re winning as a team, so it’s been good. I’ve played with Kovalev for the most part, and we’ve had some different centers. It seems like we do hold on to the puck a lot. We do have a lotRead More »

Three Way Deal in The Works


Steve Phillips of ESPN is reporting a three way deal is close to being done between the Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies and Chicago Cubs. Pirates-Brad Hawpe RF Lefty 27 yrs old 22 Hr 84 RBIRockes-Jacques Jones, Carlos Marmol, Paul MaholmCubs- Jason Jennings

A Shakeup is Brewing


Is Michel Therrien on the hot seat? ESPNradio1250 talk show host Mark Madden is reporting if the Pens lose tomorrow to Florida, there could very well be a very significant administrative shakeup in the organization. Madden says, he has learned from Penguin insiders that Michel Therrien could be fired and replaced by former LA Kings coach Andy Murray. When brought in as General Manager Ray Shero was not aloud to bring in his own coach by the current ownership but since the Penguins are to be under Jim Basillie’s control, the ball is in Shero’s court. Therrien has been a lame duck since the beginning of the season and the 7-3 start gave him some room to breathe but the recent 12 game stretch may put him on the unemployment line. I am not campaigning for Therrien to be fired. He has done a solid job this season but theRead More »

Cowher says there could be two new starters against Browns


Bill Cowher announced today at his weekly press conference safety Anthony Smith and Santonio Holmes could start Thursday against the Browns. Safety Ryan Clark may be out with a pulled groin and Cedric Wilson could be out with a ankle injury. “Regarding Ryan Clark and Cedrick Wilson, I’m not sure they’ll be able to make it on a short week. Certainly even with Troy and Hines,” Cowher said. “We’re still in the process of seeing where we are with the injuries.” Tyrone Carter filled in nicely in place of Polamalu and his solid play raised questions whether Carter should have been given the nod start out of traning camp over free agency signing Ryan Clark. The Steelers take on the 4-8 Cleveland Browns who upended the Kansas City Chiefs 31-28. The Browns furry comeback was led by backup quarterback Derek Anderson, who put on a Tony Romo show for theRead More »

ESPN declines NHL advertising


Will the NHL ever return to ESPN ? ESPN is showing the National Hockey League the backdoor once again. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and NHL Enterprises president Ed Horne each told Slap Shots last week that ESPN has refused to accept commercial advertising from the league. ESPN which declined to pick up NHL games following the lockout doesn’t look like it has any desire in the future to air NHL games. I have said for a long time the NHL needs ESPN even if it is second fiddle to the NFL, NBA and MLB. The Versus network is killing the leagues market ability because how many people tune into Versus on a regular basis? The NHL must find a network that households watch on a regular basis. I’m a huge hockey fan and rarely watch games on Versus because i forget that the NHL exists on it. I’ll haveRead More »