Heartbreak

The Pittsburgh Pirates, I know even mentioning the name sends shivers up my spine. A storied franchise for quite some time in Pittsburgh has come and gone. One of the main contributors to this decline is Bob Nutting. I feel like Timmy Turners dad when he mentions, his neighbor Dinkelberg! That’s what it feels like to me when someone mentions Bob Nutting, pure loathing. According to sporttrac.com, the pirates are second to last in salary, though I thought they were dead last, but no Tampa Bay owns that spot.

The Pirates are dishing out a whopping $57,675,002.  We are seeing our NL central foes dishing out money like there is no tomorrow, for example the Cardinals are paying 147,876,666, the Cubs 206,850,714 and even the Reds 105,123,214. If the Pirates were to double their salary, they would still be under the league average. In the business of baseball, you have to spend money to win. I’m not trying to say you have to be dishing out 400 million each year but when your whole teams’ payroll is just what Bryce Harper, one player, makes in a year that seems to be a bit ridiculous. Francisco Cervelli is our highest paid player REALLY! A 32-year-old catcher who can’t manage to stay healthy for one season. Ok Buddy!

The revenue sharing the Pirates receive has been put into question as of late: where is the money going? Frank Coonelly deflected that question and said we are spending it within the rules. Unless Seven Springs is where the Pirates play, I doubt that what he says is true. If Bob Nutting truly wanted what’s best for the Pirates’ organization and their players, he would have sold them to Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle in 2010 when they offered to buy it. Instead Nutting down right refused their offer, simply because it wouldn’t be good for his wallet.

I know this ranting is probably getting annoying but I’m sure not the only Pirates fan who feels this way. I’m not even sure anymore why I root for this team, but I do, maybe it’s because Pittsburgh is in my blood, or maybe it’s become a sickness within me. One day I hope to be able to say with pride LETS GO BUCS!

Cody Potanko

2019 NHL All Star Game Preview

Tonight is the 2019 NHL All Star Skills Competition and the NHL All Star Game is set for tomorrow.  The six categories for the skills competition are as follows:

Bridgestone NHL Fastest Skater

Enterprise NHL Premier Passer

Ticketmaster NHL Save Streak

Gatorade NHL Puck Control

SAP NHL Hardest Shot

Honda NHL Accuracy Shooting

With some new names attending their first All Star Game, it’s going to be fun seeing who will be competing in which event and the victors.  My picks for each would be Connor McDavid for Fastest Skater as he has won it the last two years.  I’m going with Giroux for Premier Passer and you gotta go with Fleury for the Save Streak.  Johnny All Star is taking home Puck Control.  After that slash, Keith Yandle for Hardest Shot and always take Sidney Crosby in an Accuracy Shooting competition.

As for the All Star Game, the Metropolitan Division seems to be the favorite going into the weekend.  However, the Pacific Division has the players to put up back to back wins.  I’m going with the Metro versus the Pacific in the finals and as long as Letang is defending for the Metro, the Pacific is winning it all.

Here are the full rosters for each team.  The coaches leading from the benches this year are Jon Cooper, Paul Maurice, Todd Reirden, and Bill Peters.

Atlantic

Jack Eichel, Sabres

Nikita Kucherov, Lightning

Auston Matthews (C), Maple Leafs

Jeff Skinner, Sabres

David Pastrnak, Bruins

Steven Stamkos, Lightning

John Tavares, Maple Leafs

Thomas Chabot, Senators

Keith Yandle, Panthers

Jimmy Howard, Red Wings

Andrei Vasilevskiy, Lightning

Central

Patrick Kane, Blackhawks

Nathan MacKinnon (C), Avalanche

Ryan O’Reilly, Blues

Mikko Rantanen, Avalanche

Mark Scheifele, Jets

Blake Wheeler, Jets

Gabriel Landeskog, Avalanche

Miro Heiskanen, Stars

Roman Josi, Predators

Devan Dubnyk, Wild

Pekka Rinne, Predators

Metropolitan

Sebastian Aho, Hurricanes

Cam Atkinson, Blue Jackets

Mathew Barzal, Islanders

Sidney Crosby, Penguins

Claude Giroux, Flyers

Kyle Palmieri, Devils

John Carlson, Capitals

Seth Jones, Blue Jackets

Kris Letang, Penguins

Braden Holtby, Capitals

Henrik Lundqvist, Rangers

Pacific

Johnny Gaudreau, Flames

Clayton Keller, Coyotes

Connor McDavid (C), Oilers

Joe Pavelski, Sharks

Elias Pettersson, Canucks

Leon Draisaitl, Oilers

Brent Burns, Sharks

Drew Doughty, Kings

Erik Karlsson, Sharks

Marc-Andre Fleury, Golden Knights

John Gibson, Ducks

Where Did You Go?

As the title states, where the hell has Antonio Brown gone? Well we know where he is, but mentally where the hell is he? With his latest antics it leaves us all questioning, what are you thinking? His latest tweets have us all scratching and shaking our heads. The one tweet I saw earlier this week he stated that he is “keeping analysts busy and creating jobs for future analysts” then he proceeds to say business is booming. Well lately sir business has been bankrupt, you are burning every single bridge imaginable from throwing shade at the owner to the QB who has defended you to his furthest extent. There comes a point and time where talent is masked by pure arrogance and being self-centered. This town has embraced you with open arms throughout the years. In reality, they shouldn’t have as in his 9 years here he has yet to win a DAMN THING. What happened to the team first mentality and winning super bowls? When did those become an afterthought? Maybe you should have stayed off of those pizza hut commercials and focused on winning more than just regular season games.

Now I am not saying this tumultuous melt down of the organization solely falls on him, nothing is solely an individual’s fault. You have a coach that harbors terrible mentalities and he hires friends instead of the right man for the job. Let’s be honest people, why the hell was Joey Porter even on the team after his famous bar brawl on the south side? Any other organization would have canned his ass and sent him packing. Maybe the “Rooney way” is dead and we need to develop a new philosophy. Maybe we should use the cap space we have and spend it on a decent corner back or better yet get a MLB that’s not Vince Williams. I know this has gotten off track, I just want you to know I’m not biased whatsoever. It’s not just AB’s fault, it’s a toxic locker room and a way to start healing is to separate the wheat from the chaff and send AB packing. His most recent tweets have him arguing with Emmanuel Sanders and Bruce Arians basically calling them dumb along with calling them divas. In my closing statement I’m not asking you to feel any way, I’m just asking you to look at the evidence in front of you and see that this is not a booming business.

Thanks, Cody Potanko