Ray Lewis and the Baltimore Ravens have the makings of a Super Bowl Champion Finally we can all start reading the local papers without columnists trying to come up with every little playoff scenario for our beloved Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers got humiliated by the Balitmore Ravens Sunday afternoon and it wasn’t just the score that was humiliating. It was the way then got pounded in the trenches. At 7-8 the dreams of repeating as Super Bowl are officially over but the reality of making the playoffs were over 6 weeks ago. Going into free agency and the draft is going to be very interesting to watch. What route does management go? Do they feel this season was just bad luck or will they actually see the light and realize that it’s time to revamp the O-line and get younger on defense. Time will tell but I’m betting on they’llRead More »

Latest Arena News

 

The Sports and Exhibition board is making way for new arena. They have acquired the land needed for demolition in the past couple months and they have now laid out their time line. The only problem is for this arena to get built by 2009, the city needs the Penguins to agree on Plan B and unless the city council renegotiates Plan B significantly to the Penguins favor there will be no arena in 2009. Luke Ravensthal stated yesterday he is perhaps willing to work with the Penguins towards the “Pirates Deal”. The Pirates deal only calls for them to pay 40 million over 30 years. Currently Plan B calls for the Penguins to pay 143 million over 30 years. Now what is fair? What is fair is for the Penguins to pay between 40-50 million or something to similar to the “Pirate deal”. Anything above 45 million is ridiculous.Read More »

Thrashers 4 – Penguins 3 in Shootout

 

Down 3-1 going into the third the Penguins rallied with Ryan Malone (5) scoring at 4:08 in the third period then Sidney Crosby (17) sent the game to overtime scoring with15.6 seconds left in the third period. The Penguins controlled the play for the better part of the third period and overtime but Slava Koslov and Marian Hossa each connected on their two chances in the shootout while Christensen and Crosby were denied. Jordan Staal continued his strong play of late scoring his 10th goal of the year shorthanded in the second period. Michel Therrien made a few minor lineup changes scratching Chris Thorburn and Michel Ouellet. Jocelyn Thibault got the start in goal making 29 saves on 32 shots and he was okay between the pipes. The Pens are off until the 26th when they face off against the New Jersey Devils. On happier note, congratulations to Mario LemieuxRead More »

Statement From Mario Lemieux

 

Mario Lemieux will explore possible relocation Recent developments, including Wednesday’s decision by the PGCB, and the recent termination of the purchase agreement by Jim Balsillie have convinced us that it is time to take control of our own destiny. Accordingly, starting Thursday, the team is off the market, and we will begin to explore relocation options in cities outside Pennsylvania. After seven years of trying to work out a new arena deal exclusively in Pittsburgh, we need to take into consideration the long-term viability of the team and begin discussions with other cities that may be interested in NHL teams. As soon as we are no longer restricted by our agreement with Isle of Capri from negotiating an arena deal here, in the next few weeks, we will also begin discussions with local leaders about a viable Pittsburgh arena plan. We will have no further comment at this time.” BashRead More »

Pirates still in pursuit of Jeff Suppan?

 

Jeff Suppan has at least one four-year offer on the table, according to ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick, and teams are likely to step up their pursuit now that so many free-agent starters are off the board. Pittsburgh is making a serious push, and the Astros could enter the mix after losing Andy Pettitte to the Yankees. Kansas City is also interested. But if Suppan gets a deal for more than $10 million a year, he could be out of the Royals’ price range. While many baseball observers expected Suppan to re-sign with St. Louis, it appears the Cardinals are headed in a different direction. St. Louis offered Suppan three years and $18 million early in the process, according to sources, and has yet to increase that offer. The Pirates desperately need a right handed pitcher to anchor their pitching staff but the pursuit of Suppan seems like a public relations actRead More »

"Pens have mild interest in Nagy"

 

John Leclair is hanging on for the possiblity that a trade may be in the works. Ryan Malone is still scoreless thus far, but that hasn’t stop teams calling about his availability. Boston remains very interested in Malone but they have no intentions on offering Brad Boyes which was discussed in the summer. Marco Sturm is a name that has been thrown about lately in trade speculation but with Malones cap number at only 1.4 next season, Shero should pass on Sturm. Malone has picked up his play since returning from his broken forearm injury that sidelined him for 5 weeks and unless the right deal is on the table Ray Shero is not going to trade Malone. For the second time in a week the Penguins had 2 scouts attending a Canadiens game over the weekend. Don’t know what to make of it, but could they possibly be lookingRead More »

Eddie Olczyk to replace Mike Kitchen?

 

The St.Louis are having not trouble winning but are also having trouble getting fans to show.A once proud franchise holds the worst record in the league at(7-17-4) and changes will be coming. So, Blues president John Davidson refused to comment on his staff. “Regarding coaching, I can tell you they work,” Davidson was quoted as saying in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Other than that, I don’t make any comment on coaching. They work hard. It’s senseless to make comments on coaching in any direction at any time.” But as Philly, Columbus and Chicago have already made changes, Kitchen (28-63-19) has to know he’s on the hot seat. “It bothers you when the team doesn’t win, and it bothers you at Scottrade Center, when you don’t see a full building,” Kitchen said. “That bothers you as a coach because you know that’s part of your responsibility … winning. If you win,Read More »

Quick Hits

 

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 »