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The Steelers 38-31 win over the Saints is a nice confidence booster to turning around the season but these next two games against Cleveland and Baltimore will tell their season. The division title is out of hands but the 6th playoff spot is not. Losses by Kansas City, Jacksonville each 5-4 have given the Steelers a glimpse of hope. A loss to Baltimore in week 12 will end the Steelers season. The Steelers haven’t shown anyone that they can run the table but wins against Cleveland and Baltimore will put them at 5-6 and right back in the thick of things. These next two weeks are crucial.
CBS NFL “insider” Charley Casserly said Sunday that if Bill Cowher quits coaching Pittsburgh, the Steelers will promote offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt to head coach. Word around Pittsburgh is Russ Grimm is the favorite to replace Bill Cowher but i’m not buying it.

Free agency in MLB has started and former Pirate Aramis Ramirez has secured a 5yr 73 million deal to remain with the Chicago Cubs. That deal is believed to be a bargain. Ramirez was expected to get Carlos Beltran money ( 6yrs 119 million) but took a 20 percent discount to remain in Chicago. It is believed the Pittsburgh Pirates are the front runners to land Alfonso Soriano. Just playing…. It’s going to be another long summer for our Bucco’s.

The Penguins losers of 5 straight take on the Philadelphia Flyers tonight at Mellon Arena. Head Coach Michel Therrien was the man of Pittsburgh in the early going of the season but now that is not the case. Therrien has drawn considerable crticism for his line shuffling and breaking up the combo of Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. If the Penguins continue struggling for the next 3 weeks, Shero will not be scared to make a coaching change. Jocelyn Thibault played solid Saturday night but the talk about him being great is a underestimate. Thibault like always lets in that one goal that just kills a team. We all saw it last year and Saturday night was typical Thibault night in the 3rd period.

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