This has been a rough basketball season for fans of Division 1 hoops in this part of the state. Usually tough Robert Morris is struggling to stay at .500. Big Ten losses continue to pile up in State College. Even NCAA tourney staple Pitt is under .500 in the ACC.
I spent three days late last month visiting 18 high schools across the WPIAL. I drove 533 miles, took hundreds of photographs, shook hands with dozens of coaches, athletic directors and principals and climbed way too many stadium steps. I loved every minute of it, of course.
The preparation I did for the 2014 high school football season obviously pales in comparison to what the players, coaches, cheerleaders, bands, administrators, boosters and parents have to do.
Paul Chryst sat at a table in Greensboro, North Carolina, answering questions from the media. The third-year Pitt head coach was certainly anxious to wrap up the interview session and catch his plane back to Pittsburgh, but he was also at ease.
Chryst answered the questions thoughtfully, cracking self-deprecating jokes and even peppering his comments with some colorful language.
I was in a minor league press box in Charlotte, NC, last month, taking in one of Gregory Polanco’s final triple-A games. A colleague, upon learning I was from Pittsburgh, approached me with a question.
“Why can’t Sidney Crosby ever win anything?” he asked. “Does he fail so miserably all the time because he’s just too soft?”
Another day, another lawsuit. Life in today’s NFL. More than 600 former players are part of a class-action lawsuit that says the league administered addictive pain killers to players without proper prescriptions or medical supervision, and with little or no explanation of the risks and dangers.
A portion of the complaint reads, “the NFL has intentionally, recklessly, and negligently developed a culture of drug misuse, substituting players’ health for profit.”
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It’s finally baseball season and Pirates fans have plenty to be excited about. Coming off consecutive playoff appearances, the Pirates are poised to field what general manager Neal Huntington called the “deepest and most talented” team he has assembled.
As the primary location for much of Major League Baseball’s spring training, Florida is a familiar spot for most professional baseball players. For new Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang, it’s the beginning of a transition period.
With the NBA playoffs on the horizon, the race to the finish line is intensifying – as is the competition for the association’s Most Valuable Player. The discussion has become a lot more exciting than in previous years as the two frontrunners are not named James or Durant.
The Nationals spent the money to put together what is probably the best pitching staff in Major League Baseball. The Dodgers may only be getting better, and the Mariners have what could be the most feared lineup in the league.