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Morning Cuts: September 16 2011

Pirates:

  • The Bucs exact vengeance on Dana Eveland in the sweetest way possible — with a Ross Ohlendorf three-run homer. The general consensus regarding Ohlendorf’s bat skills seems to be that he doesn’t have any, but that didn’t stop him from taking former Pirate flame-out and current Dodger fill-in Dana Eveland opposite field in the second inning.
   Ohlendorf was great on the mound as well, going seven innings and striking out six while allowing only two runs on four hits.      (box)
  • The Pirates acquired catcher Matt Pagnozzi off waivers Wednesday, which is a rather bizarre move considering the team already has 43 catchers on the roster. It seems as though Pagnozzi will get a handful of starts down the stretch so that Hurdle can evaluate him and see where he fits in with the team going forward. With both Chris Snyder and Ryan Doumit up for free-agency next year and neither likely to return, Pagnozzi could get the bulk of the work next year with McKenry backing him up.
Penguins:
  • Training camp officially opens up today, and the Pens website has a good look at the team’s prominent storylines. It looks like Sid will skate with the team in a non-contact capacity.
  • Dejan Kovacevic has a nice piece about Jordan Staal and his leadership abilities. There’s no chance anyone besides Sid will wear the “C” this season, but Staal would be a great choice for one of the alternate captains. Unreal stat: With Staal healthy and both Crosby and Malkin injured, the Pens went 20-11-4.
  • Ron Cook, meanwhile, thinks Brooks Orpik (my favorite player, by the way) would be a great replacement captain should Sidney Crosby not be available this year.
Steelers:
  • Bruce Arians has reviewed countless hours of tape following his team’s 37-7 shellacking at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens. He has spent several sleepless nights poring over statistics and photographs, trying to figure out exactly what went wrong last week at M&T Bank Stadium. Like any good coach he has wrestled with a variety of hypotheses and battled countless theories drifting hither and yon through his exhausted mind, searching for reasons. Finally after four days, he has emerged with his answer: The Steelers Could Not Match The Intensity Of The Baltimore Ravens. Fucking genius, Bruce.
  • Troy Polamalu was fined $15,000 for his horse-collar tackle on Ray Rice last week. $15,000!
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MUST READS:
  • Taylor Branch provides the most scathing takedown of collegiate sports that I have ever seen. We are seeing the beginning of the end of the NCAA.
  • Chris Jones has a really cool profile of former NHL tough-guy Stu Grimson, in which the player-turned-lawyer discusses fighting and the NHL’s summer of tragedy.
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