Sunday, July 31, 2011

No Plax!

As I personally thought, Plaxico Burress did not reunite with the Steelers and signed a 1 year contract with New York.  Just not the Giants, but the Jets.  That's on the news for ESPN and Y! Sports, but honestly, while he does deserve the right to put  himself back on track, a la Michael Vick, it's not like we need more receivers with the mostly young corps we got.  Yeah, a taller receiver would be nice, but while Limas Sweed isn't the receiver we thought he could be, he might still make things right or the rookie FA's might make a dent in things. Whatever the case, we're not about reclamation projects, even though the Steelers have re-signed guys that originally left as seen last year, we should focus more on improving the team's weakeness on the offensive line and the defense.  It's older, weaker, and can be beaten more often as we've seen in the Super Bowl.  I say weaker because it's physically speaking that the team's getting less reliable.  Yes, Troy's still there but he was hampered by injuries.  Aaron Smith is nearing the end, Keisel's older, and Casey Hampton's not gonna be any younger either.  Not to mention only Ike's a reliable corner.  Plus, the O-line's still a problem.  Also, who knows how the youngsters will do so we need to hope the front office will bring in the guys who can solve this problem, Coach Tomlin keeps up the good work he's done in his very first coaching job, and the players themselves step it up and bring home the bacon (even though I'm not a bacon lover (Shocking, I know but that's just me).  Anyhow, keep it up Steelers and bring home another Lombardi!

2011 Draft Picks Signed

According to the official site, all of the Steelers' seven 2011 draft picks have been signed.  #1 draft pick, Ohio State's Cameron Hayward, was signed earlier today as was 3rd round pick Curtis Brown from Texas.  This is important, because while training camp started much later due to the lockout, it's still important for new guys, especially rookies, to come in and understand the team's style of play.  Let's hope everything pans out, because the Steelers, according to a Facebook group, said William Gay's re-signed (ughh, y?!?!) and Bryant McFadden's too old because of injuries in the Super Bowl (ok, too harsh but it might be the signs of the end of his playing days).  Still, let's hope the new guys step in and play their best because Steeler Nation wants to climb the Stairway to Seven this upcoming season.  Here We Go Steelers, Here We Go!

PIRATES GAMEDAY 106: Phillies


opponent

Philadelphia Phillies

July 31, 2011, 1:35 PM

ballpark

Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA

TV: ROOT Sports
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Radio: 104.7 FM
Radio Stream: Here



The Pirates are desperate for a win to keep pace in the Central, and Jeff Karstens just might be the right man for the job. This nightmare road trip is almost over. The Pirates are 18-18 in day games this year. Work today, so all trade deadline stuff will have to wait until tonight.


Weather Forecast

Sunny, 89°; Wind from NNW 4 mph, Precip 10%

Pitching Matchup

Jeff Karstens (8-5, 2.41 ERA) vs. Vance Worley (7-1, 2.02 ERA)



gameday character

Let's Go Bucs.

Recap: Slipping. BUCS LOSE.


team-spacer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 inning-spacer R H E LOB
Pirates 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 score-spacer 4 8 2 6
Phillies 0 1 2 2 0 0 1 1 X score-spacer 7 16 0 13

A slightly better result this time, but it amounts to the same: the Pirates were unable to keep the Phils' ridiculous lineup at bay and got dominated by their ludicrous pitching. Two of the Pirates' runs were probably only scored because Cliff Lee was left in by Charlie Manuel for far too long. Of the Phils' 16 hits, 6 went for extra bases. Of the Bucs' 8, only 1 did (Pedro's 2-run homer). Some power is desperately needed in the lineup. Hopefully the Pirates have at least partially solved that problem by acquiring Derrek Lee, but he probably won't be in the lineup this afternoon. The Pirates' offense in this game came from 4 players: Pedro Ciriaco (2 for 4), Neil Walker (3 for 4), Brandon Wood (2 for 4), and Pedro Alvarez (1 for 3). When over half your lineup doesn't have a hit, especially when those that do have a hit are scattered around the lineup, you're not going to win many games. The Pirates will try to avoid the sweep this afternoon.