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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Happy Holidays!

The people of Case and Point gather to wish you a Happy Holidays!



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A Penguins Carol

It's Christmas Day!  The best way to celebrate?  A Christmas Carol!



Wednesday, December 18, 2013

When to Wear Their Jersey?

Last week my friend Jeff sent me a text with an important question:

With Max Talbot now no longer a Flyer is it okay to not feel dirty wearing his jersey again?

It's a solid question that got me thinking: when is it okay?


Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Case and Point Podcast: 12/16/13

Nick takes a break from his vacation, before going on a break, to talk the bounty of Bowl season, baseball's big issue, wonders why sports have been so bad and looks forward to the holidays.


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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Why Should I Care?

Another week and another ugly incident in the NHL.  Two players showing zero regard for their fellow man, going out of their way to harm another.

Why should I care?



Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Case and Point Podcast: 12/9/13

On last night's Case and Point Podcast Nick praised the BCS for getting it right, discussed his disgust at the NHL, goes back to blown calls, and recaps the Heisman finalists.


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

What's Your Moment?

Whether Auburn and Alabama meant anything to you before Saturday night you've seen it over and over: one of the most memorable moments in sports history.  The 2013 Iron Bowl will go down in history as one of the most amazing and improbable endings to any game in history.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have had many years of memories and unlikely moments to build on.  What's your moment?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Case and Point Podcast: 12/2/13

Last night on Case and Point host Nick Case argued awesome endings, stressed the Steelers, talked Tomlin and bullied the BCS!



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Thursday, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

A happy Thanksgiving wish from all of us as Case and Point!  May your turkey be moist and your football be enjoyable!


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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pens Need Black Friday

Hooooo boy.  So... once again we, as Penguins fans, find ourselves rooting for the walking wounded.  No Martin, Bennett, Scuderi, Glass, and others.  Now the Pens icescape is littered with names we've barely seen.  Not much to give thanks for as a fan.  Is it time to make some deals?

Miss Me Yet?


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Case and Point Podcast: 11/25/13

Last night on Case and Point host Nick Case brought you the five things he was most thankful for in 2013 sports year... when technology allowed.



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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Case and Point Podcast: 11/19/13

Things are a little off this week on the Radio:PI Podcast Network.  Last night Case and Point kicked off the week a day late with host Nick Case discussing the Patriots and Panthers, parity, and poor planning of the Atlanta Braves.




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We Asked for This

The Penguins have had a bit of a rough stretch.  It's amplified the pre-season concerns of a thin team without much depth on scoring or on toughness.  It's a little rough to watch as a Penguins fan and as such we're all searching for answers.  The odd part of this?  This is all "our" fault.

Can You Name More than Two?

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Beware Small Sample Size

Evgeni Malkin is "slumping."  So is Sidney Crosby.  To many this is worrisome.  To me?  Not so much.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Case and Point Podcast: 11/11/13

Last night on Case and Point host Nick Case discussed Atlanta's new stadium issue, broke down the surprising Carolina Panthers with 94.3 WSC's Josh Coley, delved deeper into "bullying" and the NFL, plus thanked all veterans.



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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

When It's No Longer Fun

I love hockey.  I love the sport, I love the game, I love to play and watch.  I'm from Pittsburgh and I love sports.  As a result I love the Pittsburgh Penguins and, by extension, the National Hockey League.  The past week made me pause on that love.



Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Case and Point Podcast: 11/4/13

Last night on Case and Point, Nick Case discussed two recent bullying cases: Texas high school football's high score and the Richie Incognito/Jonathan Martin incidents, breaks down the 9-0 Kansas City Chiefs with Brandon McCulloch of ChiefsCrowd.com plus talks about when sports are no longer fun.


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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from all of us at Case and Point!



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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Case and Point Podcast: 10/28/13

Last night on Case and Point, Nick Case talked the start of the NBA season with 93.7 The Fan's Chris Mueller, discussed the psyche of the New England sports fan with WCSC-TV's Kevin Bilodeau, plus gave you his top five Halloween movies.



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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

What's the Maatta?

Another Maatta post, another Maatta pun.  Funny as it may (not) be the puns give way for the serious question: What to do with Olli Maata?



Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Case and Point Podcast: 10/21/13

Last night on Case and Point Nick talks protection in the NFL, discusses the World Series with Daniel Shoptaw of CardsConclave.com, Matt O'Donnell of FenwayWest.com, and gives his World Series prediction.


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Monday, October 21, 2013

The Only Andy Reid .Gif You'll Need

All credit to national treasure LSUFreek for this bit of wonder:


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Sunday, October 20, 2013

BCS Rankings Released

The first of the final BCS rankings were released last night with some surprises and some not-so-surprises.  Click below to see the rankings!



Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Poor Evgeni Malkin

We as a fan base often heap praise upon Sidney Crosby, and rightfully so, while sometimes turning a side eye to Evgeni Malkin.  Malkin may win the scoring title occasionally but other times he seems inconsistent and enigmatic.  You can question him, I feel bad for him.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Case and Point Podcast: 10/14

Last night on Case and Point host Nick Case discussed Andrew Luck, Boston's luck, tattoos that are yuck and seats that suck.



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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Credit Where Credit Due

Marc-Andre Fleury had another disastrous playoffs.  Confidence is at an all time low.  People were fearing the goalie situation going into this season.  So far those all look to be in the past.




Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Case and Point Podcast: 10/07

Last night on Case and Point Nick Case discussed South Carolina Gamecocks star Jadaveon Clowney's decision to pull himself from Saturday's game against Kentucky, talked to Philly's Spike Eskin of Sports Radio WIP about the mental state of Philadelphia sports fans, told you why it's not Tony Romo's fault and celebrated the end of the NFL's pink problem.





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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Put Up or Shut Up

Fearless leaders and all stars are what make up this Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team we've grown to know and love.  Two of those, however, are in make or break years for the team.  For Dan Bylsma and Marc-Andre Fleury it's time to put up or shut up.


Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Case and Point Podcast: 9/30

Last night on Case and Point Nick Case discussed Jacksonville's joke, talked the MLB playoffs with The Minor League Reports Eric Little, brought back Chad and Mike's Pirates discussion with 93.7 The Fan's Stacy Kauffman, and gave you his predictions for the 2013 MLB Playoffs.




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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Case and Point Podcast: 9/23

In case you missed it last night debuted the return of the Case and Point podcast as a part of the Radio:PI Podcast Network, part of the Pens Initiative.  Pete Yannity talked the #3 Clemson Tigers, we looked at MLB's image issue, and discussed your worst sports injuries.



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Monday, September 23, 2013

The Suck Rule

It may seem minor.  It may seem in consequential.  What is it really?  Stupid.  It's the NHL's new rule on tucking in your jersey and it tucking sucks.


Monday, September 16, 2013

Returning Soon: Case and Point Podcast

The Case and Point Podcast will be returning next week as a part of my ongoing participation with The Pens Initiative.



Wednesday, September 11, 2013

It's Been Worse

By all accounts the Penguins season, from roughly very late May until now, has been a mess.  Swept in a very inglorious fashion, a draft that featured few picks due to the deadline deals which worked well at first then bombed, and a free agency period featuring a lot of question marks.

While it hasn't been good, it's been much much worse.

(Getty Images)

Monday, September 9, 2013

FINALLY!

A year ago I made a post to celebrate the end of a horrible, draining losing streak for the Pittsburgh Pirates.  It touted AJ Burnett, Pedro Alvarez, and Andrew McCutchen as those most important for changing making history.

It was never published with its original intent in mind.

Tonight that post gets a second chance.  After 20 years the celebration can begin.



Monday, August 26, 2013

Pre-Season Football: Like Looking in the Girls Locker Room


It's that time of year.  Preseason football is upon us and as per yearly tradition it's time for this:

If you were a red-blooded male in high school, at one point there wasn't much on your mind: sports, women, sports, women, food.

Your time was tempered by wondering what the girl of your choice would look like in the suit that nature had made for her.

Also, if you were like most red-blooded males, you knew you had zero chance of ever finding out.

However, there was one way. One hope. One wish. One dream.

The girls' locker room.



Saturday, August 17, 2013

NCAA Pre-Season Top 25 Released

Can you smell it?  College football is right around the corner.  With that comes announcements, proclamations and expectations.  The start of these: the AP's pre-season top 25.  They're released.  Take a look below!




Thursday, June 27, 2013

Temper Expectations on Letang Return

It's draft day and it happens: A previously thought of "key piece" of the Pittsburgh Penguins' core is shipped to a destination other than that of the Steel City.  Contract talks didn't work out, an impasse was found and a decision was made.

(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Is this a flashback to last year with Jordan Staal or a peak into the future with Kris Letang?  We won't know for a few days but one thing we do know: Don't expect equal value.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Worst Sports Year?

I should have seen it coming in February when the Baltimore Ravens were given the Super Bowl when a holding/pass interference call was blatantly ignored.  It allowed a man complicit in two murders live the dream ending he doesn't deserve and allowed one of the most easily hatable franchises to win the Super Bowl.



It was the start of the worst sports year.  Ever.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

What's Next: Kris Letang

The What's Next series is part of an ongoing look from the Pens Initiative staff taking a look at the Penguins UFAs, RFAs, and most polarizing personalities heading into the next season.  We look at the year that was and the year coming and wonder: What's Next.

He astounds and confounds.  He piles up points and produces cringes.  His hair is as sexy as his points columns, his +/- can be as scary as life without him.  He's soon due for a large raise but what's his worth to the Pens compared to his value?  Should he stay?  Should he go?  It's What's Next for Kris Letang.



Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Who Is Hockey's Tim Tebow?

Your first thought when reading the headline is, "Great.  Just great.  A Tim Tebow article.  On a hockey blog, no less!"


After Tim Tebow signed with the New England Patriots on Monday the first thought was to mock the signing.  He's not a very good player but he's well known for his off the field antics.  Every sport has one of those.  One could argue that through the years Alex Rodriguez has become that man in Major League Baseball.  The NBA has the likes of Metta World Peace (formerly Ron Artest), whose age is reducing his effectiveness.

Who holds that title in the NHL?

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Let's All Panic

Why not?  The Penguins are down 2-0, fairly convincingly, to a very tough Boston Bruins team.  Things look really bleak.  Players are playing poorly.  What else is there to do?

(Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Let's all panic.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

When Hockey was Played; A Haiku Set

Remember when the Penguins played hockey?  Man, were those the days.  I have fond memories of that far away time.  The Penguins were winning, we were doing podcasts, there were things to write about.  Alas those times seem so far away.  Instead of wallowing in pity and sadness and wandering aimlessly through the streets zombie-like, let's recap what's happened to this point.  In haiku.



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Time to Change the Bylsma Narrative

Dan Bylsma sucks.

Disco Dan is an awful coach.

Bylsma is only riding the coat tails of Sid and Malkin.

Bylsma needs fired, he doesn't change anything.

We hear it all of the time.  On radio, on Twitter, on Facebook.  So many people hate Dan Bylsma.

So many people are dead wrong.

(Lake Fong/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Hype List

Sports.  Whether playing or watching they're meant to get your blood pumping, your mind racing, and your adrenaline flowing.  In the moment or the build up, the feeling of sport is hard to replace.  How people get to "sport" differs from person to person.  For me it's a Hype List.  A Hype List is a series of tracks I'll listen to on the way to the park, in the dressing room, or just before the game to get me ready to run through a wall.  After the break a peak at my hype list (some lyrics may be not safe for work).

Penguins Hyped
(Kathy Willens/AP)

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Beauty and the Burden of the Playoff Beard Redux

We're a week in to the playoffs and as I look in the mirror my grizzled visage stares back.  For a week my growth isn't too shabby.  After a month it's intimidating.  After the Cup it's hot and cumbersome.  But the playoff beard is a point of pride and honor for a hockey player.

Nick's Playoff... Growth?

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Enjoy This

The Playoffs begin tomorrow for the Pittsburgh Penguins.  The Playoffs.  The Stanley Cup Playoffs.  Even after all of these years that term still brings a tingle.

Enjoy this tingle.




Sunday, April 28, 2013

Fandom, the Penguins, and You

Congratulations!  Through a stroke of luck (i.e. being born in Pittsburgh or into a Pittsburgh originated family) or through choice you're a Penguins fan.  Welcome aboard!  We're happy to have you and look forward to your contributions, water cooler discussions, and opinions!  But before we go too far let's take a moment to discuss the Do's and Dont's of Penguins fandom.

(Darrell Sapp/Pittsburgh Post Gazette)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Opinions

Everyone has opinions. It's what makes things interesting at bars and in debates. This site has always been my sounding board for my opinions and I haven't shared any for a while so here we go as I correct that:

*Joe Flacco is not worth anywhere near the money that was dropped on him. He had one of the luckiest post seasons I have ever seen. Had DBs remembered how to play the deep ball (looking at you Denver and San Fran) he's still a game manager. In the end that's all he will eer be.

*I am completely apathetic about not only the World Baseball Classic but Major League Baseball. It has nothing to do with how poorly my Pirates will probably play and everything to do with how stupid and long the regular season is.

*Lebron James not being in the dunk contest is not only a non-story but it's absurd that it's already being discussed. Shame on you, ESPN, for driving that narrative.

*The Heat are peaking too soon.

*The team in the sport I won't discuss are peaking too soon.

*The NFL Draft this year will be a waste of time. There may be two franchise players taken in the first round. The rest will be decent or busts.

*Alex Smith to the Chiefs is a dumb move for the Chiefs.

*College basketball is a crap shoot this year. May not even do a bracket.

*The NBA Draft this year will be as pointless and watered down as the NFL Draft.

*I hate non-Olympic years. Passionately.

*Highlight feels are overrated.

*Ray Lewis is proof that you can do horrible things in life and be rewarded handsomely.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Heir Apperant

Indianapolis Colts fans are spoiled.  Very spoiled.  They likely know it, too.  They had one buffer year of garbage between perhaps the best quarterback of all time in Peyton Manning to the next great thing in Andrew Luck.  Bowing out in the first round of the playoffs after going 11-5 on the season the year after going 2-14 was a revelation lead largely by Luck.

(thefootballeducator.com)

Greatness replacing greatness is rare in sports.  Few want to be "the guy to replace the guy".  However recent history has a few examples of how teams have fared when they are lucky enough to fall into that position.  For a peak at the potential future of the Colts, let's have a look at the outcomes for those lucky enough to have this problem:

Sunday, January 6, 2013

NFL Playoffs- Sunday Wild Card Predictions

Youth is served this year in the NFL with nearly half of the teams in the Wild Card battles starting rookie quarterbacks.  Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson lead improbable runs by their otherwise down and out teams to the post season and look to prove it's not a mistake.  Yesterday we looked at the Saturday games (going 1/2), after the break your Sunday games, what I think happens and a prediction from Madden 13.




Saturday, January 5, 2013

NFL Playoffs- Saturday Wild Card Predictions

Youth is served this year in the NFL with nearly half of the teams in the Wild Card battles starting rookie quarterbacks.  Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Russell Wilson lead improbable runs by their otherwise down and out teams to the post season and look to prove it's not a mistake.  After the break we look at your Saturday games as well as my predictions and some guesses from Madden 13.



Friday, January 4, 2013

Andy Reid to Coach Chiefs

According to various places (ESPN, NFL.com, CBS Sports, Yahoo, your mom) Andy Reid has accepted a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs to be come the next head coach of the club.  Details to be announced.

Reid coaching Eagles (Tumblr)

Thursday, January 3, 2013

CaP Talks 2012 with Electric Bilodeau

With the New Year come and gone our old friend Kevin Bilodeau of local CBS affiliate Live 5 News WCSC invited me back to his podcast Electric Bilodeau to discuss the year of 2012 in sports in Charleston and South Carolina.  Link after the jump.