Will Big Ben’s Time Run Out With The Steelers?

Posted on April 15, 2010. Filed under: NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Has The Steeltown Clock Struck Twelve On Roethlisberger?  I know.  I know.  Enough with the Big Ben clock references.  But it’s so easy, not to mention completely relevant to the self-inflicted situation Roethlisberger finds himself in.  Tick Tock . . . Tick Tock . . . Tick . . .

Okay I’m done.

But seriously, Ben could be done too.  It’s no secret that the Rooney family is none too happy with his off the field, unbecoming and un-Steeler like antics.  Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reported via Twitter that Ben Roethlisberger’s status with the Steelers “could [be] at [a] tipping point,” due to an unnamed source who says that the “onslaught of fan discontent over Ben has shaken Pittsburgh ownership.” 

We’ll find out at 2:30PM ET what they really think as Art Rooney II has scheduled a press conference.  I forsee a 2 game suspension for conduct detrimental to the team.  Only time will tell . . .

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What A QUACK . . .

Posted on March 31, 2010. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Why won’t money just SHUT UP already? 

Stop talking.  Let the foreign to the sports world concepts of loyalty and finishing what you started, have a say every once in a while, will ya?

Cross your fingers that money was mum Pitt basketball fans.  A 3:30pm press conference has just been called amid rumors of head coach Jamie Dixon being wooed by Oregon University and their chief athletic supporter, Daddy Big Bucks, Phil Knight, the owner of Nike.  Which will confirm one of two things:

A)  Money wasn’t talking, it was SCREAMING at Dixon.  It’s like the drunk heckler in the bleachers that wouldn’t quit yelling at the left fielder.  After a while, he just couldn’t ignore it any longer and took the job.

B)  Pitt wants to put all the Dixon to be a Duck chatter to rest, so they are announcing an extension and a raise to go along with it.   

The word on the street is that the latter is true, thanks to The Angry Fan for keeping me updated.  But do we ever know until we know?  Nick Saban or Ben Howland, anyone?

My personal opinion, which I know you are all waiting for, is that Jamie Dixon would be nuts to go to Eugene.  Who wants to live in a place that is named Eugene?  Doesn’t it sound like a nerdy dork city?  Actually, Pittsburgh sounds like well, the pits, I guess.  So I take that back.  Kinda . . .

No offense, Ducks fans, but what does the Oregon program have to offer besides money? 

Great facilities? Sure there’s the new $200 million Matthew Knight Arena.  But Pitt has the relatively new Peterson Events Center, which has been called one of the toughest places to play in the country because of the Oakland Zoo student section.

Competition?  The Pac-10 was a conference of cinders compared with the five alarm fire that blazed through the Big

Jamie Dixon Should Tell Oregon Where They Can Stick Their Millions . . .

 East.  Why leave arguably the best conference in the sport?

Talent?  Oregon finished 8th in the afore mentioned conference of cinders.  Pitt?  2nd in the Big East.  Next season, Pitt will be returning ALL of their starters, sans Jermaine Dixon.  Plus they have two recruits in the top 150 nationally.  Oregon?  ZIPPO.  Dixon’s staff has a pipeline into the NYC talent pool, where would he recruit out in Oregon? 

Cost of living?  Dixon would need to double his pay to live in Eugene.  The median home price is $225,890 with total cost of living 4.98% higher than the U.S. average.  Pittsburgh’s cost of living?  15.51% LOWER than the U.S. average. 

If Jamie Dixon DID leave to become an Oregon Duck, which again, I highly doubt, he would be a QUACK . . .

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Why “Ben-A-Palooza” Says It All . . .

Posted on March 16, 2010. Filed under: Life, NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

BEN-A-PALOOZA?

Yeah.  That’s all you have to know about Ben Roethlisberger.  He names his club crawl excursion, BEN-A-Palooza.  It’s all about him.  What a self-righteous and conceded label for a drunken journey that keeps Mr. Ben in the spotlight.  If you had any doubts about the way Little Ben operates, this should surely put them to rest.  I’ve had defectors as close as friends and family who’ve championed Ben.  But that’s how old-school and current Pittsburghers are . . . blindly LOYAL.    It’s charming and a bit misguided at the same time. 

Each year, Ben Roethlisberger goes on a BENSCAPADE – yes, I made that up – and he hits all the bars and clubs in the area he targets.  I get it.  You’re a twenty-something millionaire and want to work it while you got it.  But Little Ben has a lot to learn about celebrity and all this says is that he is too self absorbed to realize what he is doing to his legacy.

Way too self absorbed.  He makes me sick.  Is it whatever Ben wants, Ben gets?  Not this time.  This year’s festival ended up a bit differently . . .

A word to the young, rich, single – or married, for that matter – your millions and stature do not precede you.  You are not above the law.  And as a Steeler fan, I hope Ben Roethlisberger is made an example of because this behavior defines everything that is wrong about professional athletes.

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Wrapping Up Big East Quarter Finals Preview

Posted on March 11, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Okay, I am batting ZERO through the afternoon games of the quarter finals, so I am ready to redeem myself in the evening session.  

But there’s one problem . . . when it comes to Pitt, I’m a homer.  So I have to pick them.  No way around it. 

Even though the Panthers were embarrassed in South Bend during the regular season by a Harangody-less Notre Dame team, I have faith tonight.   Why?

Easy.  Revenge.

The Irish were desperate for a win with their NCAA tournament hopes on the line when these teams met during the season.  They shot at a ridiculous clip in the first half against Pitt.  Every time I turned around, Tim Abromaitis – which sounds like an STD to me – was tickling the twine.  He infected the vaunted defense of the Panthers, that’s fo sho.  But Pitt regrouped to win its last three and if I know this team, I know they play well with a chip on their shoulder and Notre Dame left a sour taste in their mouths.

Not to mention, Madison Square Garden has been good to the Panthers this decade, with Pitt going 24-10 and playing in seven of the last nine Big East championship games.  So . . .

Pitt wins 68-62.  I know.  You’re shocked . . .

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Will Huggy Bear look like this tonight? We'll see . . .

In the final game of the night, West Virginia and Bob Huggins face his ex, Cincinnati, for a spot in the semis.  Mick Cronin has the Bearcats scraping and clawing their way through the Big East tournament, winning their two games by a total of four points.

But that ends here. 

Why? 

The Mountaineers have three guys – Butler, Jones and Ebanks – who score more than Cincinnati’s leading scorer, Lance Stephenson.  Even if WVU struggles shooting early, they have too much offense for the Bearcats to overcome.

Plus, the basketball gods want a Pitt – WVU semi-final game.  It’s as simple as that. 

West Virginia wins 73-66

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The Clock Is Ticking On Big Ben

Posted on March 8, 2010. Filed under: NFL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

What’s the difference between Ben Roethlisberger and Pacman Jones?  Their weapon of choice . . .

The gloc versus the . . . you can fill in the blank.

Listen, I am not saying Big Ben sexually assaulted either of his accusers, however I am saying that his situation is beginning to resemble that of Titan turned Cowboy turned NFL reject, Adam “Pacman” Jones.  In a way.  Eventhough Pacman wasn’t accused of pulling the trigger, he had difficulty staying away from people and places that brought him nothing but trouble.  He made terrible choices.

Eventhough Big Ben hasn’t been charged with pulling the ahem, trigger . . . he is having trouble with the ladies.  You would think after the first rape accusation, in which he is still facing a civil case in Nevada, he wouldn’t put himself in the situation to be accused again.  Especially with college kids!

That is the part that bothers me the most.  Roethlisberger is quickly becoming THAT OLD GUY in the college bars that won’t let go of his youth.  Hello McFly – You are almost 30 years old!  You look ridiculous trying to play frat boy college QB.  Dressed for the part, I might add:

Ben Roethlisberger modeling his upcoming "College Club Gear" clothing line

Why isn’t Big Ben going to mature, high end nightclubs?  It’s not like he’s searching for drink specials because he can’t afford bottle service.  Can’t he handle the WOMEN he’d find there?  Does he feel more in control and powerful with naive, young, star struck college girls?  An interesting psychobabble-type conversation . . .  

Today, Roethlisberger made a move that proved one of  two things.  In hiring the high-powered Atlanta attorney that had murder charges against Ray Lewis dropped 10 years ago, Ed Garland, Big Ben is saying, A) He is innocent and wants to nip this in the bud and FAST or B) He is guilty and wants to be sure NOT to get charged.  

Regardless of the outcome of these latest accusations, will the Steelers put up with Big Ben’s shenanigans?

The Rooney family has to be reeling.  Their face of the franchise is being dragged through the mud – rightfully so – and taking the proud prganization along for the ride.  How long until Dan Rooney decides Roethlisberger’s reputation is tarnishing Pittsburgh’s image?  Will Big Ben learn the hard way that he is not bigger than the Steelers?

We’ll have to wait and see . . .

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ROAD TRIP: Second Installment – Cleveland OH

Posted on September 11, 2009. Filed under: Beer, Life, MLB, NFL, Random | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

ON THE ROAD AGAIN:  After two great days in Cincinnati – props to the Cincinnatian Hotel downtown on Vine St, especially to the bartender Natasha – and don’t you meet the most interesting people in a hotel bar?   Not to digress, but I will, we met a wonderful, loving woman who along with her other daughter, was helping her eldest battle late-stage breast cancer, and a very talkative Australian guy in his sixties, who has traveled America coast-to-coast, visiting the nooks and crannies of our beautiful country.  Something most Americans never get a chance to do . . . 

Anyway, we drove the four hour trek to Cleveland in time to check into the downtown Wyndham hotel – which was a steal of a deal at $105 bucks for the night, and then walk the two blocks to the Jake.  Progressive Field, I mean . . . although most of the fans still sported THE JAKE shirts . . .

It’s a gorgeous ballpark, and I’d have to rate it ahead of the Great American Ballpark in Cincy.  The open “floor plan” was condusive to catching the game action from almost anywhere, and the beer prices were lower.  Plus any park that has an open bar in centerfield with the game cornhole set up next to it must have been well thought out . . .

The ushers at Progressive field weren’t very pleasant, you could even say they were annoyed at you being there, shooing people away and not making eye contact when talking to, or AT you . . .

A product of not winning a championship since the Browns did it in 1964?  Before the Super Bowl era?  Probably . . .

One of my favorite moments came after the game when we walked to down the street to “Harry Buffalo”, a rustic sports bar that had $2, 23oz Miller Lites – cheers – when a young girl who couldn’t have been older than 22 and was TANKED, approached me for directions with her two tagalongs – This is how the conversation went:

DLG (Drunk Little Girl):  Heyeyeyeyey!!  (while chewing gum with her mouth wider than Angela Jolie’s legs) D’ya know where the wess end issss?

ME:  No, I’m sorry but I’m not from here.

DLG:  Wowww, where ya from then? (chew, chew, chew, snap)

ME:  Pittsburgh, we’re visiting different . . .
 
DLG:  WAIT!  D’ya saya Pisssttburgh? (no more chewing, mouth just hung open)

ME:  Yes.

DLG:  Are ya Steelers flan?

ME:  Yes.

DLG :  F*#K OFF!   (chew, chew, snap)

Then she quickly stormed down the street sideways, with her tagalongs in tow, before I gathered my thoughts to say, “okay, and I’ll take our six lombardi trophies with me.”

I think I was in shock that this young chick would say something like that to me.  I’m a 30-year old woman.  Do kids have ANY respect any more? 

Or is it just a product of not winning a championship since the Browns did it in 1964?  Before the Super Bowl era?  Probably . . .

 

An Ode to Cleveland….

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ROAD TRIP: First Installment – Cincinnati OH

Posted on September 2, 2009. Filed under: Beer, Life, MLB, Random | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

YES!  I am voluntarily going on a road trip visiting baseball parks and the NFL Hall of Fame.  I mention my intentions for my vacation to many with an overwhelming response ” why not the beach?”  Because as my readers know, I LOVE SPORTS.  Any chance I get to enhance my sports experience, knowledge or actuality, I WILL.  Plus,  I am more into beer than I am bathing suits right now . . .

FIRST STOP:  Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati OH – Courtesy of Mo Egger, of WLW & WCKY radio in Cincy, you can check him cincinnati-ohout at http://1530homer.com/pages/mo.html, where you can enjoy the Cincinnati sports rhetoric and the insightful female  commentary to this statement “August 31st, 2009, when the Reds played the Pirates in front of maybe 1,500 people.”  My husband, Jason, and I were at the afternoon game today and there were BARELY that many people at the park and the “paid attendance” was 11,516 – I thought to myself, who in the heck are you trying to impress?   Seriously?  Besides that weird calculation, there were many fabulous, and several funny, things about our trip to Cincy this far.  Including:

WOOHOO!  You can buy beer in a coinvienence store . . .

Okay, you got me, that wasn’t the first thing I realized, but it was VERY high up on the priority list . . .

Pittsburgh 6AM – First stop 9:30AM – While you are driving from Pittsburgh to Cincinnati, you don’t realize how southern you are getting.  We stopped about 30 miles outside of Cincy at a Mickey Ds (Jeffersontown?) – cause its the ONLY recognizable stop for a good 80 mile stretch – and the accent was crazy!    One of the workers was shouting over and over again- CAN WE GET FRESH EGGS WITH THAT BIG BREAKFAST? in an insane southern accent – just stop and say that to yourself several times . . . crazy.

Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park is gorgeous – the only thing I didn’t like is that you can’t see the field from the entire concourse.

As we got in the ball park after sneaking a quick chugging of a couple miller lites – you never want to take chances in visiting ball parks with drinking in public – just fyi . . . we bought a couple of beers  – 16 oz plastics at $7.50 a piece . . . so we were paying a buck fifty each beer pair more than we do at PNC PArk in Pittsburgh – but guess what?  We don’t care, we are on VACATION!!!

Then, we turn around the corner and find a BAR.  A real live bar where you can order SHOTS. Yes, shots . . . so Jason and I did some tequila.  Who wants to hear my joke?  Okay, you do . . .

Why did the husband throw his wife over the bridge? 

TEQUILA!!!  Get it?  I hope so . . .

Anyway, here are a few more observations on our trip so far:

LOVE the highlight zone with 13 flat screen TVs – although only 4 were ON while we were there . . . 

Weird, random, female fan overdosed on tanning and had an accordian skin two rows in front of us . . . gross.

Loved the Skyline Chili Dogs – got a FREE dog and just LOVED the dish . . . Big ‘n Rich weren’t lyin . . .

Met a few extra cool fans – including the newly 21 year olds, Kelly & Ben  . . . both them and their parents were FAB!

The Police Officers were also top notch, including Officers, Jodice & Brehm . . . picture coming soon!

Thanks for a great expderince, Cincinnati!

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Oh Where Oh Where Is The Stanley Cup . . .

Posted on June 19, 2009. Filed under: Beer, NHL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

 

Sidney Crosby Hoists The Stanley Cup During Pittsburgh's Championship Parade

Sidney Crosby Hoists The Stanley Cup During Pittsburgh's Championship Parade

JUST GETTING STARTED:  After the Pittsburgh Penguins upset the mighty Detroit Red Wings to shock the hockey world just one week ago, well everyone except the Pens and their fans, the Championship parade has come and gone, but the party is just getting started . . .

There’s been Stanley Cup sightings all over the city of Pittsburgh and I can’t wait to discover what the players do with it over the summer . . .

Seriously, how unique is this trophy?  Could you imagine Ben Roethlisberger riding his motorcycle through the city streets with the Lombardi Trophy slung over his shoulder like a boombox in the eighties?  Or Ryan Howard chillin’ at a Subway waiting for his 5 dollar footlong with the Commissioner’s Trophy on the counter?  Or the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy (NBA Finals – betcha didn’t know what it was called) left behind in a Colorado hotel room?  

Neither can I . . .

GROUNDED FOR LIFE:  Beginning on a 12 year old’s photo sharing site and ending up in an email chain, bloggers and the national media soon got hold of the private photos from Mario Lemieux’s house party.  I feel terrible for the young girl that made a mistake, which I am sure she is paying for, and out of respect for the team and their privacy, will not post them myself . . .

But they looked like they had a well deserved BLAST!  

Which brings me to some interesting facts, travels and “doings” of the Stanley Cup:

  • A “Cup Keeper” goes through 24 pairs of white gloves a season
  • The winner of the Stanley Cup gets 100 Days to do with it what they please – with a chaperone from the Hockey Hall of Fame, of course . . .
  • Babies have been cradled by the Cup
  • Champagne, beer, fruitloops and ice cream have all been consumed from the Cup 
  • Pet dogs have even eaten out of it
  • Scott Neidermayer, with the New Jersey Devils at the time, took the Cup on a helicopter, landing on a mountain in British Columbia, got out and hoisted it at over 9,000 feet high
  • Brian Rafalski of the Detroit Red Wings auctioned off an hour of time with him and the Cup with the proceeds going to a single mother in Wisconsin, who was battling Cancer
  • It has been to children’s hospitals, boys and girls clubs and military bases
  • Several Russian players have brought it back to Moscow, parading the Cup through Red Square
  • The Cup has also traveled to Alaska and London among many other places, it’s passport is a worldwide database
  • Baseball stadiums across the country, strip clubs, and Chicago’s famous Billy Goat Tavern, have all seen a glimpse of the three-foot trophy
  • The Cup has seen its share of TV studios including ER, Monk, Regis & Kelly, The Tonight Show and of course, The Late Show
  • Teemu Sellanne of the Anaheim Ducks took it back to Finland and dropped by a Sauna, heating up with the Cup for just a few moments
  • And of course, it’s widely known to have found its way to the bottom of Mario Lemieux’s pool

This year?  Maybe it will just take a quick dip.  I guess the Stanley Cup deserves to be handled with care by uniformed trustees wearing white gloves after its summer tour of recklessness . . .

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It’s Time To Eat Crow . . .

Posted on May 27, 2009. Filed under: NHL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

PITTSBURGH WANTS DETROIT:  No one in the Pens organization will say this.  So I’ll say it for them.  Bring on the Red Wings.  Even though the Chicago Blackhawks aren’t dead yet, they are excrutiatingly close to their demise and to be honest, I’d rather take on Detroit. 

Sure, there’s that sense of redemption in having the oppotunity to beat the team that beat you last year on the biggest stage in your sport.  And that would add to the ecstacy of hoisting the Stanley Cup and bringing it back to Pittsburgh.  But could it get any better than that? 

Oh yes.  It could . . . being able to wash the sour taste Marian Hossa left in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and

Marion Hossas Last Image As Penguin

Marian Hossa's Lasting Image As A Penguin

fanbase’s mouths as he choose a single year deal to play for the team that won the Cup over them just a season ago, would be a bonus.

After playing in the 2008 Stanley Cup Finals with the Penguins, Hossa said he’d “definitely take less money to play on a winning team.”   So he promptly spurned a four to five year deal at over $7 million annually, that would have given him stability on a squad fresh off a finals run, featuring the league’s two best players, opting for a one year deal at $7.4 million to play for the Champion Red Wings who can’t put butts in the seats. 

I guess Detroit got the SELL OUT they were looking for . . .

The question is, did Hossa’s departure actually help the Penguins?  Would Pittsburgh have had the cash to sign more players and gain the depth and experience needed to make their incredible second half season and playofff run if they had inked him?

The addition of Stanley Cup Champions Billy Guerin, Chris Kunitz and Ruslan Fedtenko have injected a stability and calmness that has enhanced the Pens’ conspicuous “we’ve been here before” attitude that they have adopted throughout the playoffs.  They seem more confident and driven having experienced the bright lights of a deep playoff run and aren’t fazed by the magnitude of their success so far.  We’ll see if the outcome is different if the Red Wings beat Chicago tonight to make it the first Stanley Cup Finals rematch since the Edmonton Oilers and New York Islanders in 1984.  And we all know what happened then . . .

By the way, Guerin (14) has 2 more playoff points that Hossa, who has equaled the production of the other winger Pittsburgh brought on this year to play on Crosby’s line, Chris Kunitz, and not to mention Pens’ defenseman, Sergei Gonchar, with 12.    

It’s time to eat crow, Hossa.  

Or should we say, it’s time to choke on Penguin?  Pittsburgh is going to be shoving the puck down Detroit’s throat.

But I’m not bitter . . .

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Puck Off! A Rivals Rematch Begins Tonight . . .

Posted on April 15, 2009. Filed under: NHL | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

READY FOR A CAGE MATCH?  I don’t pretend to know a lot about hockey.  But I do know a few things.  One of them is that the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers abhor each other.  That’s right, they hate each other so much that the word “hate” can’t describe it.  I had to dig into the vocab closet and pull out something even more nasty.  Abhor . . .

Young Penguins Fans Tell The Flyers How It Is

Young Penguins Fans Tell The Flyers How It Is

And that’s exactly how the NHL’s second season opens up in the Eastern Conference playoffs tonight.  With the disdain heavy rematch of last year’s conference finals that is sure to provoke a fight or two between fans.  Because they abhor each other too.  Here are some thoughts on what I like to call, the PUCK OFF:

The Flyers are slumping into this series having blown a third period lead during the last game of the season – played at home – against the New York Rangers, that would have given them home ice in this series.  Doh! 

The Pens are 18-3-4 since the firing of Michel Therrien and rookie head coach, Dan Bylsma, has taken the blinders off this young, offensive minded team and they are “flying” into the playoffs.  Philadelphia should be jealous . . . 

Philadelphia is healthier this year than last with their top two defensemen, Kimmo Timonen and Braydon Coburn in the lineup this time around.  That is a huge help, but is it enough to handle the talented trio of Crosby, Malkin and Staal down the middle?  

With NO apologies to Alexander Ovechkin, the Penguins have the best player in the league as evidenced by the NHL scoring title, Evgeni Malkin.  Geno is the record 13th Art Ross winner for the Penguins and not only did he lead the league in points, he also led the NHL in takeaways, creating more opportunities for his skilled offense to score. 

By the way, Sidney Crosby was third in scoring behind Ovechkin . . .

Players to watch:  Mike Richards and if he can ruffle Crosby’s feathers enough to knock him off his game.  Billy Guerin and if his veteran presence keeps the Pens even keeled and confident.  And of course, as it usually does, the play of the two netminders, Fleury and Biron, will probably decide the winner of this series.   

One of the other things I know about hockey is that the flashy Capitals’ Left Wing is a show off.  I’m waiting for someone to spear him with a stick when he skates by the Rangers bench tonight celebrating  excessively.  Jerk . . .

Oh I almost forgot a few more things: Sean Avery of the Rangers is a prick and the Flyers’ Scott Hartnell is a dirty player.  However seeing them get into it on Sunday in the waning seconds of the game as Philadelphia let home ice slip through their fingers was great and just proves Hartnell is dirty.  Avery probably deserved it for something he did previously though, because he is a prick.

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