Monthly Archives: April 2017

2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 2 Vs Washington Capitals

Just like game one, the Capitals came out strong, but the game was scoreless after the first period.   In the second period,  while Jake Guentzel was serving a penalty for hooking Matt Cullen scored a shorthanded goal to give the Penguins a 1-0 lead. However,  53 seconds later on that same power play Matt Niskanen scored to tie the game at 1.    Then Phil Kessel scored a power-play goal to give the Pens a 2-1 lead.   3:10 later in the second period Guentzel would increase the lead to 3-1 after the end of the second period.    Then in the third period,  Capitals goaltender Branden Holtby was replaced by Philip Grubauer.     Kessel would score his second goal to increase the Penguins lead to 4-1.  1:25 seconds later Nicklas Backstrom would cut the Capitals deficit to 4-2.

Evgeni Malkin would score after the Penguins challenged that the goal should have counted, and it increased the lead to 5-2.   Guentzel scored his second goal into an empty goal giving the Penguins a 6-2 win and 2 games to none lead in the series.  Game 3 is Monday night at PPG Paints Arena with the faceoff time of 7:30 P.M.

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The Rest of the Draft

The Pittsburgh Steelers concluded the 2017 NFL Draft with draft picks from the 4th through 7th round.   In the 4th round, they pick up Quarterback Josh Dobbs from the University of Tennessee.  Dobbs could be Ben Roethlisberger’s replacement with the next 3 years.   In the 5th round, they took Cornerback Bryan Allen from the University of Utah.   Allen will add some depth in the secondary and could be a contribution this season.   in the 6th round,  they made a surprise pick in Long Snapper Colin Holba from the University of Louisville.  Holba could change Greg Warren for the long snapper job.  Their 7th round pick was Outside Linebacker Keion Adams from Western Michigan. Adams could be a spot starter or play on special teams.    The draft for the Steelers was good in getting their needs and depth.  They also got 9 post-draft free agents, and some might a get a close look in training camp.  However,  the draft will be judged on the contributions of the picks on the field.

Day 2 Picks

Today was the second day of the 2017 NFL Draft and the Pittsburgh Steelers made their three picks.    In the second round, they selected Wide Receiver, Juju Smith-Schuster from Southern California.  They made the pick despite Martavis Bryant been reinstated by the NFL.    In their of two third round picks, they selected Defensive Back, Cam Sutton of the University of Tennessee who will provide depth in the secondary.     The second pick of the third round was a pleasant surprise to me.   They took running back James Connor from the University of Pittsburgh.   Connor who was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in November of 2015, and was cancer free in May of 2016.  Connor will give the Steelers depth  with the running back position.    I am happy about getting depth in the running back and wide receiver positions because of the possibility, of Le’veon Bell and Martavis Bryant,  both having another drug relapse, and a suspension by the NFL.

Watt is going on

The Pittsburgh Steelers took Wisconsin linebacker T.J. Watt with their first round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.  He is the younger brother of Houston Texans all-pro linebacker J.J Watt.   Watt will replace James Harrison as an edge rush linebacker in a couple of years.  In the meantime, Watt will be playing on special teams to start out.   Watt is going to be a great player, and their 2nd and 3rd round pick will be tomorrow night.

2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 1 Vs Washington Capitals

It was a tough game against the Washington Capitals and it was a scoreless first period.  Both teams were careful about making a mistake and the play on the ice proved it.   Sidney Crosby went to work 12 seconds into the second period giving the Pens a 1-0 lead.   Then Crosby scored again 52 seconds later to increase the lead to 2-0.     Near the end of the period, Alex Ovechkin scored on a slap shot to cut the Penguins lead to 2-1 after the second period.  The Penguins went into a shell from the 2nd period to midway through the 3rd period.  Evgeny Kuznetsov tied the game with a wrist and the Caps had control of the game.     Nick Bonino scored with 7:23 left in the game and Marc-Andre Fleury mad some incredible saves.   That equal a 3-2 Penguins win and a 1-0 lead in the series.   Game 2 is at Verizon Center on Saturday night with faceoff at 8:00 P.M.

Cut Down Day

Today was a cut-down day, not at an NFL training camp but at ESPN.   100 air staffers were let go and the reason is not politics but something else.   It because of changing trends such as cutting the cord and fans getting their sports news on their phone, tablet, and computer.   Blogs, podcasts, and social media are letting fans give the chance to talk about sports.    As someone who wants to be a sportscaster and uses social media to do blogs, it is a great help to get content available to my audience.    People who are on social media, and happy about ESPN staffers who have lost their jobs are morons.

Dale JR Checked Flag

When Dale Earnhardt Jr announced that 2017 would be last season in NASCAR it was not a surprise to me.   Since he missed over half of last season due to a concussion and the possibility of retirement was discussed.    Now that he is married and wants to start a family, a decision could have been made at the end of the season.    Now what Jr’s future that he will retire at season’s end.   He will be a part of NASCAR in some way either as an owner of his own team or a broadcaster with either FOX or NBC.   Dale Jr career will be remembered as one of NASCAR most popular drivers and had a great impact on the sport.   It is not easy to follow your dad who was one NASCAR greatest drivers, and after Dale SR death in 2001 Daytona 500, JR had to grow up.   He grew up to be his own man and made his own mark in NASCAR.   That will be Dale Earnhardt Jr legacy and he will be in the NASCAR Hall Of Fame in a few years.

2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 5 VS Columbus Blue Jackets

The Pittsburgh Penguins overcame the Blue Jackets desperation to win 5 to 3 and the series 4 games to 1.   Phil Kessel scored the only goal of the first period on the power play to give the Pens a 1-0 lead.  Bryan Rust scored a 1:07 into the second period to increase the lead to 2-0.    2:43 later in the playoffs, Rust increased the lead to 3-0 and it looked that the Penguins would have an easy win.   Columbus came back when William Karlsson and Boone Jenner scored in under 3 minutes apart to cut the Penguins lead to 3-2 after the second period.

Then after a Columbus goal that would have tied the game at 3, was waved off due to a goaltender inference penalty.  Sidney Crosby scored on the power play to increase the Penguins lead to 4-2.  51 seconds later Scott Wilson scored to clinch the game and series. Marc-Andre Fleury was sparking in the nets making 49 saves.  The Penguins await either the Washington Capitals or the Toronto Maple Leafs in the next round.   The schedule for that will be to be determined.

Aaron’s Dead End

It didn’t surprise me that Aaron Hernandez committed suicide in a Massachusetts state prison.   His former New England Patriots teammates were in White House meeting, President Trump to celebrate their Super Bowl 51 victory.  His attorney wants a full investigation into what happened, and no matter what legal maneuvers would have been doing there will always be unanswered questions.  How could a man who signed a long-term contract to play in the NFL could be found guilty of murdering a semi-pro football player named Odin Lloyd?   Why did stay around negative influences instead of listening to two great coaches such Urban Meyer and Bill Belichick?   There will never be any real answers to these questions.

Marte Over

Starling Marte’s 80 game suspension for PEDs is a tough one for the Pirates to deal with besides losing a great throwing arm, but a long ball threat at the plate.   Besides losing Jung Ho Kang to a DUI charge in South Korea these two problems could sink the Pirates playoff chances before the All-Star break.   If the team is out of the wild card race don’t be surprised if there are some trades involving current stars such as Andrew McCutchen and Tony Watson.   The season has some high and low points so far and if the team continue to be inconsistent this could be another long season for the Pirates