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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Let's Hear it for John Scott, Human

In sports, people are a commodity.  Trade deadlines, waiver dismissals, and free agency paint the picture of each human as a puzzle piece and an asset that's disposable.  With every comment on social media about a player playing poorly and the sudden need to trade them, the humanity feels a little more lost.

John Scott did his part to remind us of that humanity.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Don't Buy This Penguins Calendar

It's almost February, so malls everywhere see their Calendars and More stores in severe discount.  Calendars as cheap as 75% off are tempting, especially when you see one about the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The 2016 poster, however... I'd avoid that.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Passing the Eye Test

Towards the end of the Mike Johnston era, almost all were unanimous that there needed to be a change.  From casual fans to national media, all knew that something wasn't right and watching the game told you most of what you needed to know.  For a greater impression, you needed to look no farther than Sidney Crosby.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Podcast: Radio:PI- 11/5/15 with Bob Grove

Morning Drive brings you the latest episode of the Radio:PI Podcast Network for easy access.  This morning: Radio:PI

Friday, October 23, 2015

It's Time to Warm Up Mike Johnston's Seat

In general, calling for a firing seven games into the season is an overreaction.  Season's are long, they ebb and flow, there are positive and negative streaks which will make teams look like world beaters and world beaten.  This is an exception to the rule.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The Crosby/Kessel Conundrum

The big splash of the off season, in perhaps all of hockey, was the Pittsburgh Penguins acquiring Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel.  For a team that had seen their goals dry up in multiple play off losses, he seemed a savior.

When it was announced he would be paired with superstar Sidney Crosby, it seemed to be a revelation.  "Finally!  A winger for Sidney Crosby!  Someone of his caliber!"  Indeed, in Kessel Crosby would have the best winger he'd had since Marian Hossa at the end of the 2007-08 season.

But is this really a pairing made to last?

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On Losing a Championship

On June 14th, 2015 the ECHL's season came to an end as the Allen Americans, out of Allen, Texas, defeated the South Carolina Stingrays 6-1 in Game 7 of the Kelly Cup Finals in Texas.  I know this because I was there.

And I worked for the Stingrays.