Colin Dunlap Column
On Deadline Day, the Pirates stood pat.
The Pirates might be hard-pressed to reach those 94 victories they achieved last season, as the organization took the fanbase — and the city as a whole — on a magnificent ride that ended in the playoffs and still forces a buzz when anyone speaks a word of it.
Good on the Pirates. In this instance, at least, good on the Pirates.
Call me crazy, that’s fine. But I blindly trust Mario Lemieux.
Neil Walker didn’t want to be on a baseball field. Which, if you know Neil Walker at all, you know is the most abnormal feeling Neil Walker can have.
Listen, this column space is generally reserved for an exploration into topics about the sports world; I use it mostly to relay to you thoughts about the Pirates, Steelers, Penguins or other relevant happenings in such a realm. Today, we’re going in a different direction. Just because, well, because.
Kris Letang is coming back tonight for the Penguins. He’s been out since the end of January. I don’t know, can’t get too much into hockey tonight — I’ll watch, but I will remember it’s just an escape for a few hours.
Leave it to Pirates first baseman Travis Ishikawa to find a different viewpoint to the newly-implemented replay system in Major League Baseball.
The Pirates did the right thing. Barry Bonds did the right thing. Now, Monday, the city will experience a great thing.
This is it. We are here. Oh, and here’s a disclaimer before we get going: I don’t care much about those play-in games in the NCAA Tournament — or whatever it is they call them now. Anyhow, this is it. We are here.
The silly season is upon us.
Talk about being conflicted. Oh man, this is tough. For years here in Pittsburgh, it hasn’t been a conspiracy theory by many who have held onto it, but leaning more toward what they thought was fact.
This time of year, plenty of letters are addressed to the North Pole and Mr. Santa Claus. Well, it pays to have people in the right places. Lucky enough for me, I was able to intercept a few Christmas lists (as the big day is just a week away) that were addressed to Santa that emanated from right here in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Few know what truly happened between Dolphins players Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin that forced the former to be suspended and the latter to leave the team after claiming he was a victim of continual bullying.
There’s a place at the table in Pittsburgh for soccer. Just how big of a place? That is the decisive question.