Sunday, March 23, 2008

The Rare Sunday Post

- Lots of stuff to cover from the weekend, but I think that we first need to address Dan Rooney's comments. The post below this details some of the interesting facets of the blog-media-journalism-Steelers relationship, but I think that what Sam essentially said was this: blogs generally deal with opinion, and there isnt much opinion to be espoused regarding crimes. We comment on games, transactions, and anything else where we can throw out an opinion or maybe bring to light some hidden issue. We didn't report on the Wilson or Harrison stories because we read the facts and didn't really see an angle to take other than: "well, that is quite depressing".

That stance changes with the recent Rooney comments. If you are unfamiliar with his statements, Rooney (comically referring to Harrison as "Jimmy") basically said that because Harrison was trying to get his son baptized, then "what he was trying to do was really well worth it". Using the phrase "really well worth it" in a sentence about domestic abuse is just asinine, and if the Steelers want to maintain their reputation as a top-notch organization, then bumbling old men need to stop e-mailing porn and belittling issues of domestic violence. I didn't think we were going soft on the Rooneys and the Steelers before, because in my mind, who knows to what extent an organization is dealing with things internally? But with these stupid public comments, it is clear that some of the concerns about Steelers coverage are valid. I wasn't particularly engrossed by this story before (NFL players arrested...yawn) but Dan Rooney's should definitely draw the media's attention to the issue.

- Another March, another early exit for the Pitt Panthers. Just an awful game to watch. The scoreboard read 65-54 at the end of regulation, but the real score was 37-26. That's how bad Pitt got beat on the boards. Blair had three rebounds and Young had one. Blair's inability to finish inside also made every Pitt fan conjure up images of Aaron Gray. Not fun times.

- To salvage the weekend though, your Pittsburgh Penguins played a huge statement game Saturday night. 7-1. Only five shots allowed in the third period. Marty Brodeur forced from net. Five third period goals. 600 goals in the past few home games. 100 point marker for Malkin. And quite possibly the greatest AP line in the history of sports...

In a matchup of Atlantic Division leaders, the Pittsburgh Penguins
touched them for five in the third period alone.

Not to be overly juvenile, but the thought of the Pens touching the Devils for 5 goals single-handedly eased the pain of the Pitt loss.

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