Despres/Lovejoy Fallout, Retaining NHL ready prospects, Steelers/Draft Talk

TIOPSDAILYFIVE *RUMBLINGS, MUSINGS, OPINIONS* 1. From the fan base, the consensus on the Simon Despres – Ben Lovejoy trade seems to be some like it and some absolutely despise it. Looks like there’s no in between and surprisingly that’s the reaction I’ve gotten from some NHL types. Many understand the Penguins thinking here in wanting

TIOPS DAILY FIVE: On Ray Rice suspension, Malkin, Tabata, Burnett, Price

THURSDAY’S DAILY FIVE *Rumblings, Musings, Opinions* 1. RAY RICE SUSPENDED JUST TWO GAMES – Video proof of Ray Rice knocking his fiancee unconscious wasn’t enough for Rice to be suspended more than two games. The NFL today handed Rice a two game suspension which is a joke. The Ravens won’t release Rice but what the

Monday’s Daily Five: Despres should make team regardless of numbers game

MONDAY’S DAILY FIVE *Musings & Opinions* 1. DESPRES SHOULD MAKE TEAM REGARDLESS OF NUMBERS GAME If the Penguins feel Simon Despres is one of their top-6 defensemen, like Dan Bylsma is believed to feel, then Despres should make the team regardless of the numbers game. If Ray Shero is true to this word that the

Winter Classic viewed as do or die point in CBA? Holt, Ravens, & NFL opener

WEDNESDAY’S DAILY FIVE *Rumblings, Opinions, & musings on five of today’s hottest topics* 1. WINTER CLASSIC VIEWED AS DO OR DIE POINT?: As the NHL is headed towards another lockout, I get asked all the time when I think the NHL will be playing again. Since around June I’ve constantly heard from those in NHL

On Pitt’s debacle, Penn State, WVU, Pirates struggles vs below .500 teams & Doan

SUNDAY’S DAILY FIVE *Rumblings, Opinions & Musings on five of today’s hottest topics* 1. PITT’S DEBACLE VS YOUNGSTOWN STATE:  The Paul Chryst era started bad when Chryst suspended six players including starting DT Tyrone Ezell and freshman running back Rushel Shell prior to the game and then things got worse after kickoff as Pitt’s 31-17