I love milk. 2% to be specific. Drink it everyday if I can. The left-over pink soup from a bowl of Lucky Charms or the cinnamon imbued goodness left behind by a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch is what I wake up for. Delicious and healthy. Apparently, Pittsburgh athletes don't feel the same way. I know milk is becoming expensive, but c'mon, osteoporosis is a serious threat. Injuries, with an influx of broken bones, are threatening the very seasons we look forward to in the summer. A recap of the infirmed:
Gary Roberts went down last night with a broken leg. According to a witty anonymous comment on the pens blog, "he is listed as questionable for Tuesday." Gary Roberts' supernatural, Bruschi-esq legend aside, it is fortunate the injury should have him back in plenty of time for the playoff push. Malone has already returned from his injury, with Talbot and Fleury to follow this coming month.
The biggest permanent loss is Mark Eaton with a torn ACL, which will most likely keep him out for the season. Unlike last year, though, when we had to call up Alaine Nasreddine, Brooks Orpik and Rob Scuderi will fill in with less of a drop off.
The Pens were hit hard a bit earlier this season, but seem to be recovering more than falling apart. The type of hardship they've gone through is the type you want to see for a team; early season struggles which leads to younger inexperienced players getting increased roles, then building momentum to the playoffs. Other than the fact people were physically injured, I've convinced myself all of this has been a positive thing.
Mike Cook fell with a knee against Duke. Although this was a big loss, the adrenaline from victory over the Blue Devils made most think it could be overcome. Then Levance Fields broke his foot, and suddenly a gimpy Ronald Ramon is going to have to carry the ball up every possession until the tournament. Much like the Gary Roberts injury, at least Fields returns when he is most needed, but the path will become much more difficult with a likely lower seed. Blair will become even more of a focus, which will be good experience heading into March.
Six starters are listed on the injury report, with three out for the season and a fourth, Marvel Smith, dangerously close to joining them. Fast Willie has a broken leg. Sometimes, it just doesn't feel like it will be your year, and the impending sense of doom is reaching a new high with the loss to the Ravens. A lot of backups were in, but it was still no excuse for letting the Ravens stomp us for most of the game. The worst part was seeing a 5'6" runningback run right through the defense. Happened two weeks ago, happened this week, and probably will happen again next week.
I know how the 'stache feels about this, but which is a bigger draft need, O-line or D-line?
Analysis for the game and previews for the Steelers-Jags Saturday night match up forthcoming.
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