I got to it late, but now that they're even at a game apiece, who do you like in the World Series? I'll give you my pick on the show today (honest, it was my pick BEFORE it started!) Yesterday we talked about the upcoming Bill Mazeroski auction. What one item of sports memoribilia that you posess is the most meaningful to you? I've got a special one in mind in my case.
Pens :vs: Islanders tonight...we'll talk with Rob Rossi about the Penguins goaltending situation, plus the logjam on the blue line. Matt Williamson breaks down Steelers/Raiders at 1:30. And, of course, today is Fantasy Football Friday with Duane the Brain. Get your questions in to me!
P.S. Dan Bylsma just announced that Jeff Zatkoff will be in goal tonight!
No "maybes" or "looks like" Olli Maata IS staying. So the question now becomes: With Kris Letang probably coming back tomorrow night, which makes 8 healthy defensemen, who should sit? Will the Penguins now try to make a trade? Perhaps for an experienced backup goalie? Your thoughts on the matter? We'll discuss it with Phil Bourque today at 1.
Terrelle Pryor has found a home in Oakland, and in the NFL. And his skills can help you win games. But can a QB of that type ever win a championship? I don't think so, and I'll tell you why.
Also today, the man who will conduct the auction of Bill Mazeroski's baseball memorabilia, David Hunt, will join me at 1:30 to inform us how to get in on the bidding.
BREAKING: Olli Maatta will remain with #Pens. Ray Shero:"Based on his play, we believe this is the best decision for Olli & the Penguins..."— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) October 24, 2013
I grew a beard once. It was in between semesters of my sophomore year in college. I, like most college students of that age and of that era, thought growing a beard showed maturity. And it had kind of a rebellious feel to it in that time of hippies, love children and revolution. I was none of the three, but I grew one nonetheless. Or tried to.
It was pretty scraggly. Should have been better given that I was 19 years of age. But I think only 19 hairs came out of my face at that time.
Anyway, I came home for Christmas break. I strode into my house, toting a bag of dirty laundry for my mother to wash (all college students did this I think.) As I walked in the front door, there was my father, on the couch, watching a football game. Or bowling. I can't remember. Doesn't matter.
"Hi Dad", I said, waiting for him to respond to the stubbly mess on my face.
He looked at me and said simply, "OK, we've seen it. Now, go shave it off."
It was gone in 10 minutes. That was the reaction. Not the one I wanted, but it WAS the one I got. No more beard.
Too bad I wasn't a major league baseball player. Too bad I wasn't a Boston Red Sox player. Then I could've told my father, "But Dad. I HAVE to have this beard. I'm with the Red Sox."
Have you seen the Red Sox? They look like they're playing for the old House of David touring team. They look like a bunch of Rabbinical students. Hey, I'm way, way far away from being a Conservative, but don't you think this is a bit much? I do. It's another reason to root against the Sox in the World Series, although who needs another one? There are already plenty.
The sense of entitlement displayed by their fans is enough for me. Red Sox fans think it's written somewhere in the Bill of Rights that the Red Sawwwxxx should win the World Series. Every year! And if they don't they find a way to blame it on the Yankees. The Evil Empire. Or maybe blame it on an Evil Umpire. Whatever. It couldn't possibly be that they're not good enough. No, never.
I shouldn't be surprised, I suppose. How many of today's major league baseball players have you seen that DON'T have some form of facial hair. Mustache, goatee, or both, or full beard. Or just stubble that looks like they didn't wipe off from lunch? Think about it. About the only one's I can think of on the Pirates are Jeff Locke (I think he's too young to grow facial hair), Tony Watson and Justin Wilson. Maybe it's something to do with being a left handed pitcher. I dunno.
I suppose it's the non-conformist in baseball players. I wonder if they ever considered the thought that with everyone growing facial hair, they are actually conforming in order to be a non-conformist?
Again, I'm way to liberal to be a Conservative. Perish the thought.
But I'm not a huge fan of the Boston Beards. Not enough to root for the Birds to beat the Beards, mind you. I'd be happy if the rest of the World Series was canceled. With no winner. Don't particularly like either one of them, to tell you the truth.
I might have even rooted for the Beards to knock off the team that knocked off the Pirates. But, I can't do it. Even a Bird in the hand isn't worth two in the Bushy Beards.
Were you encouraged by the Steelers performance Sunday, or do you consider it an exception to the way they've played, rather than the rule? We'll talk to Rob King at 12:30 and Gerry Dulac at 1:30 about it. A sports website has taken a survey of fans as to who is the most hated player in the NFL. Before I reveal the results, who is YOUR most hated NFL player? So the Pens lost a game. They still played well. We'll hear from several Penguins, and talk hockey with Paul Steigerwald at 1.