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ä The Pirates signing former San Francisco closer Brian Wilson would bolster the shark tank bullpen.
According to several published rumors, the Bucs join the Giants as serious suitors for the bearded former all-star, who could join Steeler defensive end Brett Keisel in several interesting advertising campaigns featuring their equally famous facial hair.
Aside from that, could you imagine a bullpen that featured Wilson and Mark Melancon at the backend, especially if Jason Grilli comes back in top form before the playoffs?
If he signs here, teams better get a lead in the sixth inning or earlier because they’ll have a hard time doing so in the seventh, eighth or ninth innings.
ä I’ve already devoted a full-length column to today’s non-waiver trade deadline, so I’m not going to say too much about it except that I hope the team doesn’t sell the farm to get some dude that’s not a game-changer.
Lots of people are in love Miami outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and it’d definitely be cool to see him roaming right field for the foreseeable future, but it’s not worth Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco and a couple more top-tier prospects.
We have to remember that A.J. Burnett and Wandy Rodriguez are no spring chickens; there’s no guarantees that Francisco Liriano will continue to be the stud he’s been; Gerrit Cole has been up and down; or that Jeff Locke will continue to be as consistent as he’s been.
Which makes keeping Taillon around all the more important, while Polanco is a rare positional player that is producing in the minors.
I’d rather see those two guys in Pittsburgh in a year or two than Stanton.
ä It was simply amazing to watch the Pirates-Cardinals game Monday night and see PNC Park jam packed.
A couple years ago, I would never have imagined such a sight would ever occur in my lifetime.
It reminded me of my early teenage years and going to Three Rivers Stadium to watch the Killer Bees stomp their way to three straight NL East titles.
I don’t know how accurate my memory is, but I remember going to a late regular season game that Doug Drabek and the Bucs beat St. Louis to capture the league crown.
ä I’ve been asked by a lot of people where I see the Steelers’ final record in 2013 being and I tend to wear very Black and Gold tinted spectacles.
I may be way off here, but I can see the Steelers finishing somewhere in the realm of 11-5.
OK, stop laughing and take a looksy at the list of 2013 opponents.
There’s only a handful of quality opponents on the list, so reaching double digit victories should be easy.
The Steelers will split with the Bengals and the Ravens, while sweeping the still hapless Browns.
By my count that’s four victories and doesn’t even account for easy wins against the New York Jets, Oakland, Buffalo and Detroit.
So we’re at eights wins before even thinking about games with Tennessee, Miami, Chicago and Minnesota -- all of which could be victories. The only games that I’ll concede losses to -- aside from Baltimore and Cincinnati -- are games with New England and Green Bay.
Suddenly, 11-5 or 12-4 isn’t crazy now is it?
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Breese wins 2nd straight region crown
“One more step!”
Those were the words of Lakeview heavyweight Sam Breese after winning his second straight Northwest AA Regional Championship Saturday at Sharon High School.
Of course the step he referred to was the top of the medals stand at the PIAA State AA Championships this weekend at Hershey Giant Center.
Breese, who won the state 285 crown last season, is seeking to join an elite group of Pa. matmen to win more than one state crown.
Mercer girls bow in D-10 title tilt; SR ousted in consys
In 1986, the Mercer Lady M’s won the school’s first and only girls basketball District 10 title at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House, but in the same gym on Saturday in 2014, the squad in blue wasn’t so lucky.
Mercer led the Gen. McLane Lady Lancers 27-19 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lancers outscored the Lady M’s 19-4 in the final frame to win the Class AA title tilt 38-31.
EXTRA INNINGS: Teams like the Pirates need to invest for the future
Rounding the bases…
FIRST BASE: If you among the very elite at your job, and your company — rolling in money — asked you to take a 50 percent pay cut, then offered a 25 percent cut instead, would you be happy?
Or might you leave for a company that offered you a chance to make 275% more than your former company?
Be serious. Would you stay with your original company?
NCAA Football: Rock 6-1 after 17-3 win over Cal U
Slippery Rock University rode a length-of-the-field scoring drive by its offense and a goal-line stand by its No. 1-ranked defense late in the first half of action Saturday to a 17-3 win over 14th-ranked visiting California (Pa.).
NFL: Steelers top Jags as Mendenhall makes return
Mike Tomlin isn’t ready to say the Pittsburgh Steelers are back. Not after watching his team sleepwalk through the second half against Jacksonville on Sunday.
IndyCar Racing: Crash takes Wheldon’s life
Every race car driver heads onto the track understanding this race could be the last and hoping it won’t be. On Sunday, IndyCar drivers got a harsh reminder when the worst happened to one of their own.
NHL: Sabres beat Penguins 3-2
The Buffalo Sabres have had trouble with the Pittsburgh Penguins whether Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin play or not.
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