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The Pittsburgh Steelers come into the playoffs peaking and will be a darkhorse in the playoffs. It looks like to me that the bengals already won their own super bowl by getting to the playoffs for the first time since 1990. The Bengals run D is just awefull and i see a game resemblence to the first meeting between the two teams. The Key to advancing deep into the playoffs for this team is the play of Big Ben and Joey Porter. If Ben plays the way he did against the Browns this team will win the Super Bowl if he plays average this team doesn’t get past the first round. Joey Porter is the key for the playoffs , mark it down you read it here. This guy has had a average season, but he still can be dominating, i believe he will be in the playoffs, the player we remember seeing a few seasons ago and take the Steelers a long way. Carson Palmer is going to have a long day on sunday.

As for the Pens , we’ve seen some encouraging play despite the tough loss tonite against the Maple Leafs. I still have some hope in this team, with many games still remaining but this stretch of four games is key to their playoff hopes where they need to come out of Montreal with a Win tommorow nite. T Bo had a solid game for once, but he was his usual self in the third period. It was still good to see him play with some confidence, A Hockey team needs two goalies because Fleury can’t play every game. I still don’t see how the hell Colby Armstrong was a 1st round pick, terrible skater, a well rounded penalty killer are the only positives for this kid, but what a waste on a 1 st round pick. Puck drops tommorow at 7:38 , MAF in the net…..

I was watching the kdka sports showdown last night , and a few of them on the show were upset that the pirates signed Joe Randa. It’s one year folks, Freddy Sanchez is a utility player not a major league starting third baseman. Joe Randa is a good signing, gives Jim Tracy stability on the corners with Randa and Casey. Hopefully the rumors and true and they are seriouslly pursuing Preston Wilson. Lastly most people wont agree with this but throw 3-4 million a year at Sammy Sosa and take a risk…….you never know

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