Turn the calendar and enjoy the Madness

I woke up this morning, ran to the calendar, and gleefully tore off the page. I stared at the new page for a moment and soaked it all in. March. Which means Madness. Which means joy. Great joy. As basketball junkies we were robbed of our great joy last year by COVID-19. With COVID-19 still (more…)

Questions aplenty for Steelers offseason

It’s nice to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. You just won the Super Bowl, and much of your team will return intact. Oh, and you have plenty of salary cap space—well above league average—to manipulate next year’s roster. The Pittsburgh Steelers aren’t the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Much like Tampa Bay, the Steelers have an aging (more…)

Baseball is broken

The Pittsburgh Pirates payroll for 2021 is currently $30 million. Maybe Big Spender Bob will allow for that to get close to $40 million.  Trevor Bauer, now of the Dodgers, will make $40 million. Mike Trout will make $37 million. Jacob DeGrom and Gerrit Cole Will each make $36 million.  How ticked off is Cole (more…)

A groundhog Two Cent college basketball…um, preview

It seems like a good time to do my Two Cent College Basketball Preview. Yes, I see the calendar. But, COVID! They were going to play, then they didn’t. Then they did. Cancelled. Postponed. Delayed. Played. Paused. COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the college basketball season. Obviously it didn’t seem to make much sense to (more…)

Tanking for 2025

Welcome to the 2021 Pittsburgh Pirates baseball season. The Pirates are trying the tanking route. The question is, will they do it correctly. Tanking can turn your team into the 2018-2020 Houston Astros, but that is far from a guarantee. For now, let me introduce you to the 2021 Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates traded pitcher (more…)

Is the Steeler way still the right way?

The Steeler way. The Pittsburgh Steelers have always done things their way. The Rooneys have always treated their team like a family. They believe in keeping things in the family. They don’t fire head coaches. Mostly, they hire from within the confines of the family. They stand by their players, until they can’t anymore. The (more…)

Humiliated…again

Humiliating. From the first play of the game when “Pro Bowler” Maurkice Pouncey snapped the ball five feet over Ben Roethlisberger’s head, and Ben was so afraid he would get hit he watched while the Browns pounced on the loose ball for a touchdown. It got worse. Then worse. Then, well, you can figure it (more…)

This bowl season went right in the gutter

The college football bowl season was the equivalent of a 7-10 split. You know you are going to go for it, but there is a great chance your ball ends up in the gutter. Many bowl games did the prudent thing and cancelled their games for 2020. There are far too many bowl games with (more…)

Steelers Get Sick of Squashing Grapes

Unless you are new to my column you know it posts on Monday morning. I usually spend the weekend observing the sports world trying to figure out the topic for my main column. Going in to the weekend I already made up my mind I was going to write about the unprecedented collapse and soon (more…)