Archive for the ‘General Sports’ Category

Coming soon…
July 18, 2010

Big news on the IGS front.

Coming soon… I will be making a weekly podcast.

It’s my goal that the four people that read this blog can now listen to me as well.

My promises: No BS. It’ll be a low budget/no budget podcast. There may be video at some point, but until then, just audio.

Can’t wait.

The open has been completed.. Hoping to get it on Youtube tomorrow.

Good times.

Super Burgh?
July 16, 2010

Reports have been flowing about the possibilities of the Pittsburgh Steelers making a bid to host a Super Bowl at Heinz Field.

(Picture taken by yours truly)

With the awarding of the Super Bowl in 2014 to New York/New Jersey, the NFL has opened up the pandora’s box, if you will, of Super Bowl host cities.

As a Pittsburgher and football fan, I would love to see this happen.

It would be phenomenal for the City and the North Shore and Western Pennsylvania in general.

Plus, who else deserves a Super Bowl more than the franchise that has won more than anyone else?

The Pro’s:

– It can be argued that no team, and more specifically no ownership, deserves this more than the Steelers and then Rooney family. They have been one of the most influential sports families in the history of professional athletics.

– It would be great for the City of Pittsburgh, a city that went through so many good times, then so many bad times and had since built itself into the most livable city in America.

The Con’s:

Weather. Think about the last few years and what the weather has been like here in Pittsburgh on Super Sunday. Last year we had 23 inches of snow. Sure, they are playing the game in New Jersey where the weather is pretty similar to Pittsburgh. However, Giants Stadium will have an artificial field turf. Heinz Field will not.

– Stadium size. Currently, Heinz Field is the sixth-smallest stadium in the NFL. Remarkable, considering the size of the fanbase and waiting list. At 65,050, the Steelers would need to get about 5,000 more seats in there for it to be possible. There is room for some expansion (additional seating in south of stadium), but it would change the feel of the stadium if it was done permanently. It could happen, but are the Steelers willing to alter the stadium for one event?

Personally, I think a bid should be made. That’s just my opinion though. The reasoning for the Steelers to not do it is very valid. There are many difficulties in hosting an event of that magnitude in Pittsburgh.

By then, the new North Side expansion should be completed, allowing fans to park in the South Hills or downtown and ride in for the game on the “T.”

I am pro-bid really based on personal interest alone really. The finances and stuff aren’t my game and I understand that, so I’m not about to go around acting like I do.

Quite simply, the Steelers should do what they feel is best for the Steelers, the fans, the NFL and the City of Pittsburgh.

Until that decision is made, we can only dream…

LeGone.
July 9, 2010

Sometimes, people do not do the right thing.

Unfortunately for the city of Cleveland, they just don’t know what the right thing is.

Lebron James has joined the Miami Heat.

Of course, you already knew that.

During the hour-long, pathetic special last night, Lebron James smacked the City of Cleveland in the face.

How pathetic is it to parade on national TV, just to tell the world that you are leaving your hometown.

I have no problem with Lebron leaving, but the way he went about it is absolutely shameful.

Of course, by now everyone has also heard of the Comic Sans letter of the century by Cavs owner Dan Gilbert.

This emotional and , to be honest, slightly immature letter has received much scrutiny.

ESPN actually thought it was a hoax at first, but, it most definitely is not. The letter has not been apologized for or taken down, despite reports that the NBA is not pleased with it.

But more about Lebron:

The people most affected:

1. Obviously, Cleveland. The Cavs have gone from a title-contender to a lottery team overnight. Cleveland has been through so much with the “catch,” the “drive,” the “fumble,” the “single,” the “shot,” the “move,”  and now…the “decision.” Love or hate Cleveland, you have to feel for them in a way. Could you imagine if Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal and Marc Andre Fleury all left at the same time? That’s the impact Lebron has left. This is a catastrophic blow to Cleveland. Think about the rest of their teams: the Indians (2nd worst record in the AL) and the Browns (5-11 last season, 7th worst record in NFL). The Championship outlook is bleak in the C.

2. Obviously, Miami. While the Cavaliers attendance is likely to dip (it increased by nearly 50% when Lebron came), the Heat have already announced that they have had to cut off season ticket sales and start a waiting list. The city will boom as the team will go from the 15th best attendance in the NBA to, well, probably one of the best. Downtown Cleveland thrived with Lebron in town and downtown Miami is likely to do the same.

3. Amar’e Stoudemire. This guy must be kicking himself right now. He went to the pathetic Knicks in hopes that it would bring Lebron along. Well, that isn’t happening and it looks like Amar’e will be stuck on a crappy team, unless they can snag Carmelo Anthony in a year. Sorr’e Amar’e.

4. Erik Spoelstra. You may be asking… who? Spoelstra is actually the coach of the Heat. However, you have to feel in a way for this guy. If they win, it will be because of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. If they are not succesful, he is going to be fired and Pat Riley will take over coaching, which will probably happen anyways.

Now obviously many more have been impacted by this. Chicago had cleared a lot of cap space for Lebron, the Nets wanted him badly, the city of New York has been wanting him for two years now. ESPN is getting drilled for this, Lebron is getting drilled for this. It is just an ugly situation.

Back to Pittsburgh sports from now on. Forget the NBA.

‘Twas the night before Lebron…
July 8, 2010

So, there is this guy named Lebron James who is good at this sport called basketball.

Like really good.

Despite having not won anything of value during his seven-year career, he is possibly the most coveted free agent in the history of professional sports.

Lebron is more than just a good basketball player. He transcends the game in the way that Michael Jordan did. He is a leader in fashion, the main figure in the Cleveland community (they don’t have much else), and a role model to kids in Northeast Ohio.

Quite simply, Lebron is Cleveland.

It can be argued that Lebron James is the most important athlete on the face of the earth.

Tomorrow night, Lebron will announce his decision LIVE on ESPN at 9PM.

The decision to make this so highly publicized has received much scrutiny.

People are saying James is an attention hog and thinks he is bigger than his team and bigger than the game.

Maybe this is true. It may be. The whole deal with him calling himself “King James” seems a little conceited. Sure, that title was thrown on him at a very young, very immature age, but to call yourself the “King” when you have never won anything seems a bit much.

As far as those who criticize Lebron for making the announcement, I ask you to calm down.

Do not think that this is 100% Lebron James’ decision. I have a good feeling that this is something that has been in the works for some time now and that Lebron is receiving a nice payment for this.

Don’t be surprised if you see some new commercials during this hour-long special, much like the Super Bowl.

Ratings baby, ratings.

Ask yourself, if someone was going to boost your image even larger or you were going to be getting money to decide what company you will be working for or what college you will be attending in the fall, would you do it?

Now, where do I think Lebron should go. Over the past year, I’ve become a bit of a Cavalier fan. I know, I know. I just pretend they play in North Pittsburgh.

However, don’t think my opinion is bias, because I’ll be okay if LBJ heads somewhere else.

The options:

New York Knicks: Big stage, bright lights. He gets to play with Amare Stoudemire by his side in the Mecca of basketball. However, questions still remain if they can put enough pieces around him to make a dynasty.

New Jersey/Brooklyn Nets: Again, big stage. New arena on the way in the BK and a chance to rebuild a franchise to prominence. Will be very difficult for them to build a dynasty with the free agents that are left and the roster they have right now.

Miami Heat: Gets to play with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh. A dynasty in the making is possible in beautiful South Beach. If Lebron goes there and wins championships, it won’t be his doing. That is nearly a monopoly and will be nothing like what Michael Jordan did in Chicago.

Chicago Bulls: Gets to walk in and be the best player and leader of an already stellar team. Gets to play with a star in the making in Derrick Rose. However, if Lebron goes there, his image will always be overshadowed by Michael Jordan. He would put basketball back on the map in Chi-Town, but may be wanting to establish his own legacy somewhere else.

And finally…

Cleveland Cavaliers: Stays in his hometown. Even if he doesn’t win championships there, the people will still love him. He means more to Cleveland than any other player does to his city in all of professional sports. He is the city of Cleveland and it would say a lot about his character for him to stay there. However, questions about the team around him, especially having to go up against Miami, Chicago, Boston and other teams that are good and getting better. Can Lebron win with the team he has in Cleveland right now? He hasn’t been able to yet.

Where he should go:

Cleveland.

Yes, I would like Lebron to stay in Cleveland because I like winning and watching competitive teams. Except the Pirates, I guess since I still like them.

I won’t drive to Cleveland to watch a team lead by Mo Williams, or worse.

Don’t think I’m just going all homer on this either. I think Lebron means a tremendous amount to Cleveland, Akron and Northeast Ohio and that it would say a lot for him to stay and make his own legacy in Cleveland.

Michael Jordan created his own legacy.

Paul Pierce will never have a legacy in Boston because the only way he could win was with help.

If Lebron wants to be one of the greatest winners of all time, he should do it on his own.

His presence means too much for him to leave Ohio.

We’re 21 hours away from sports history.

On the eve…
June 30, 2010

And here it is. The eve of quite possibly one of the biggest days in sports history.

July 1, 2010.

Of course, the big story is:

“Where is Lebron going?”

My prediction: that will not be decided tomorrow. I think Lebron will wait and have his own day, his own moment. He wants to be the biggest and the only story, that’s obvious.

Something else that is horribly obvious is the pathetic outpouring by Cleveland in an attempt to keep LBJ23.

Now, I actually like the Cavs, so I am for Lebron James remaining in “The Mistake by the Lake.” However I can’t lie and say that seeing Cleveland miserable doesn’t humor me in a way.

Now, in addition to James, there are several other big names out there including Wade, Nowitzki, Pierce, Bosh, Amare and many more.

A dynasty could be built tomorrow or in the coming days. A dynasty the likes of the 90’s Bulls. Maybe better. Seriously.

But enough about basketball, which will undoubtedly dominate every headline tomorrow, no matter what happens in the NHL.

July 1, 2010 is also the beginning of NHL free agency. A couple big names are going to hit the market.

In Pittsburgh, there is no question who the top player hitting the market appears to be:

Sarge.

Sergei Gonchar and the Penguins appear to be way off on contract talks. Apparently Gonch wants a 3-year deal while the Pens are only willing to give him 2 years.

If this is Sarge’s last night as a Penguin, let’s say thanks. Tomorrow, he possibly becomes the enemy.

Other Penguins hitting free agency include: Guerin, newly acquired Dan Hamhuis, Ponikarovski, Eaton, Fedotenko and others.

It is a realistic possibility that none of those guys will be Penguins after tomorrow.

If that is the case, then so be it. All of those players seem to be replaceable, with the exception of Gonchar.

Unless we see the Game 7 vs. Montreal Gonchar for the next two or three years.

I’ll be live-blogging and Tweeting all day tomorrow about everything that goes down, including any big-time NBA happenings. However this is a Pittsburgh sports blog, so that’s what the majority of the content will be. Stay tuned.

July 1, 2010. Oh boy.

What if…?
May 27, 2009

Don’t get me wrong here, I absolutely love Pittsburgh fans. America has great sports fans as a whole. But nothing compares to European football fans. 

If you haven’t heard, the biggest sporting even on the planet took place today, the UEFA Cup.

Barcelona, led by the superstar Lionel Messi beat Manchested United and Christiano Ronaldo, 2-0.

barca coach

But European soccer fans are just unreal… here’s what I mean.

Wow.

What if American fans were like that?