STAIRWAY TO 7: Steelers had good picks, but some question marks
WE ALL KNOW who the newest Pittsburgh Steelers are and I’m kind of excited about the guys that’ll be competing for the first time in Black and Gold over the next few weeks.
I love the picks of outside Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones (first round), Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell (second round), Oregon State receiver Markus Wheaton (third round) and Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas (fourth round).
EXTRA INNINGS: Root Sports imitates 'Heidi' game
I so old that I remember clearly a nationally-televised game on a November late afternoon in 1968, a game once voted by several groups as the most memorable regular season game in pro football history.
In what has been dubbed “the Heidi Bowl,” NBC broke away in the eastern part of the country from a New York Jets game in Oakland with the Jets holding a 32-29 lead with 1:01 left to play in the game in order to show the highly-advertised tv movie “Heidi,” a film about a little girl in Switzerland that was to begin at 7 p.m. EST on November 17.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Nice weather makes for great racing
IT WAS finally a nice Friday and Saturday, which allowed several of the regional speedways to complete action. In fact, Saturday was the nicest race day of the year and was the warmest Saturday since I was in Florida back in February!
I headed east on Friday to Williams Grove Speedway where the All Star Sprint Cars were in town for the first time this season as well as several other invaders like California’s Tim Kaeding and Brad Sweet and Jac and Sheldon Haudenschild.
HIGH SCHOOL SPRING SPORTS ROUNDUP
The inaugural West Middlesex Big Reds girls’ and boys’ track & field invitational is set for Friday. Field events will begin 3:30 p.m.; track events at 3:45.
Meet director Ed Pikna announced the field will include competitors from: Allegheny-Clarion Valley, Brookfield, Farrell, George Junior Republic, Greenville, Kennedy Catholic, Lakeview, Laurel, Mercer, Sharon, Sharpsville, Wilmington and West Middlesex.
RANDOM THOUGHTS: Signing Sanders was a bad move for the Steelers
BACK WHEN I WAS kid we had a saying for when one of our friends messed up and if I saw Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert within the next few days, I would probably break it out again.
“Smooth move ex-lax!”
Just days after Colbert stupidly decided to match the offer sheet Emmanuel Sanders signed with the New England Patriots a week ago, Sanders’ agent Jordan Woy very publicly announced he and his client would be content to play out his new one-year, $2.5 million contract before testing the free agent waters next spring.
EXTRA INNINGS: Buccos headed for 21st losing season in a row
IT’S ONE THING thing to be bad. It’s another to be bad, but think you’re good.
Case in point: 25-year-old lefthander Jeff Locke with a 2-7 record and a career 5.52 ERA in 14 games over three big-league seasons.
Before Locke’s 2013 debut against the Dodgers 11 days ago, he graded himself.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Wet weather washes out tracks
ANOTHER WET, cold week wiped out a lot of racing action throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania this past weekend; nonetheless I was able to sneak three races in. Heavy late-week rains left grounds saturated and forced Sharon, Mercer, Attica, Wayne County, Fremont, and Eldora Speedways all to pull the plug on their events.
RANDOM THOUGHTS: It's time for Steelers to let Sanders go
IT SHOULD COME AS no surprise to most Steelers fans that restricted free agent Emmanuel Sanders signed an offer sheet from the New England Patriots especially since we’ve had around a month to digest the possibility.
I’m hoping Steelers GM Kevin Colbert and chief numbers cruncher Omar Kahn have spent the time wisely, coming up with a strategy to combat a possible Sanders signing.
EXTRA INNINGS: Rays, Tigers, Angels are teams to beat in the AL
IN MOST years, the fiercely intense Boston-New York rivalry has been waged to determine an American League East champion. In 2013, the competition between the archenemies will be waged to determine which team avoids the cellar.
The Yankees have been beset by age (which they had to know was coming) and by injuries (which have turned the Bronx Bombers into a hospital ward’s who’s who.
THE CHECKERED FLAG: Dietrich ends tough season; Sharon, Mercer Open
A WEEK AGO Friday I headed east for the second straight week to Williams Grove Speedway. Though it was about 15-20 degrees warmer than western Pa. in the lows 60s, the wind and once the sun went down meant some bitter conditions. Nonetheless a nice crowd was on hand along with 27 “410” Sprint Cars and 24 Super Late Models.
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