February 29, 2024Pirates spring training: Is Paul Skenes rotation material after sparkling Grapefruit League debut?Post-Gazette insiders Andrew Destin and Jason Mackey react to Paul Skenes' first Grapefruit League start of Pirates spring training against the Baltimore Orioles in Sarasota, Fla. How did the No. 1 overall pick look against MLB hitters? Does he belong in the team's rotation alongside names like Mitch Keller, Marco Gonzales and Martin Perez right now? And if the Pirates choose not to sign or trade for another starting pitcher between now and opening day, is keeping Skenes and Henry Davis on the roster a move that could ease fans' anger about a quiet offseason from GM Ben Cherington? Our duo tackles those questions and more. Then later in the video, Skenes speaks about the start in his own words.
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesFebruary 29, 2024Does Pitt basketball's March Madness path leave any margin for error? Are ACC schedules lacking?In their weekly college basketball podcast, Post-Gazette insiders Noah Hiles and Abby Schnable ponder Pitt's March Madness path after a costly loss to Clemson. Can coach Jeff Capel's squad afford any more losses between now and NCAA tournament Selection Sunday? Or will Jaland Lowe, Blake Hinson, Ishmael Leggett and Bub Carrington need to lead the Panthers to an ACC tournament championship?
Later, they analyze Clemson coach Brad Brownell's critiques of the NET rankings and how he feels they favor the Big 12 over the ACC. And our duo wraps the show by looking ahead to the Panthers' three remaining regular season games.
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesFebruary 29, 2024Reacting to Steelers, Art Rooney II's ugly grades in NFLPA survey. Should he get more heat?In his weekly YouTube appearance, Post-Gazette sports columnist Paul Zeise and host Adam Bittner react to scathing reviews of the Steelers organization and owner Art Rooney II in the latest NFLPA survey on how players rank their teams in facilities and quality-of-life issues. Are these perceptions a barrier in attracting talent or getting the most from players on the existing roster? Does Rooney deserve more heat despite his family's rich history with the team. And should positive reviews of coach Mike Tomlin change perceptions of his role in the Steelers' recent mediocrity?
Our duo tackles those topics and more from around the Pittsburgh sports scene. Should we take growing roar of rumors tying the Steelers to QBs including Justin Fields, Mason Rudolph and Russell Wilson as replacements for Kenny Pickett any more seriously than we have in the last couple of weeks. Are Pitt's March Madness hopes toast after a costly loss to Clemson? Can trading players like Jake Guentzel and Tristan Jarry really help the Penguins in the short term? And how loud will calls from Pirates fans to see Paul Skenes in the opening day rotation get if he pitches well in spring training and GM Ben Cherington fails to add another pitcher?
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesFebruary 28, 2024NFL combine: Should Steelers strongly consider DLs like Byron Murphy? LBs like Payton Wilson?On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, presented by Mike's Beer Bar, host Christopher Carter welcomes Post-Gazette Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo to discuss defensive line and linebacker workouts at the NFL combine in Indianapolis. Why should you be watching DL names including Jer'Zhan Newton of Illinois, Byron Murphy of Texas and Darius Robinson of Missouri? Can Florida State's Braden Fiske maintain momentum after a strong effort at the Senior Bowl? Why is North Carolina State LB Payton Wilson shooting up many scouts' big boards? And could prospects including Junior Colson of Michigan, Edgerrin Cooper of Texas A&M and Jeremiah Trotter Jr. of Clemson fit what the Steelers need on defense?
Our duo tackles all of those questions and explains why it's important for coach Mike Tomlin's defense to get younger this offseason.
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesFebruary 27, 2024Steelers NFL draft scouting: Which Georgia prospects could follow George Pickens, Broderick Jones?On his weekly Chipped Ham and Football podcast, Post-Gazette Steelers insider Brian Batko welcomes Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution to get the scoop on some NFL draft prospects from Georgia, a school coach Mike Tomlin's team has mined for talent frequently the past couple of years. Could Amarius Mims make sense for general manager Omar Khan as an option to play across from former teammate Broderick Jones at tackle? Could receivers Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint or Ladd McConkey follow in the footsteps of former Bulldogs receiver George Pickens and make an impact at the NFL level? And what is Sarah's scouting report on center Sedrick Van Pran, who could fill a position of need for the Steelers after the cut Mason Cole last week? Our duo tackles those questions and more.
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesFebruary 27, 2024Pitt basketball: Should Blake Hinson be ACC's player of the year? Time to ban court storming?On their weekly Pitt basketball mailbag, Post-Gazette insiders Christopher Carter and Abby Schnable answer reader questions. Among them: Does Blake Hinson deserve to win the ACC's player of the year award? Should college basketball ban court storming after this weekend's incident with Duke forward Kyle Filipowski at Wake Forest? Will coach Jeff Capel and AD Heather Lyke accept an NIT bid if Pitt misses the March Madness of the NCAA tournament? And will Jaland Lowe, Ishmael Leggett and Bub Carrington all return to the roster next season?
Then later, our duo pivots to football questions. What are reasonable expectations for Rodney Hammond out of coach Pat Narduzzi's backfield in 2024?
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesFebruary 26, 2024Steelers free agency: How will NFL's salary cap boost impact Omar Khan's plan? NFL combine thoughts?On the Monday edition of the North Shore Drive podcast, presented by Mike's Beer Bar, host Christopher Carter welcomes Post-Gazette Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo to react to the NFL's salary cap boost of more than $30 million for 2024. Will general manager Omar Khan use the extra space to add to coach Mike Tomlin's roster? Or will it help him keep veterans including Patrick Peterson, Cam Heyward and others more easily?
Later, our duo reacts to center Mason Cole being cut over the weekend. What are the Steelers' options to replace him in NFL free agency? Or does this make finding a center in the NFL draft a higher priority? Our duo tackles those questions and also poses some questions for Khan ahead of the NFL combine, which begins this week in Indianapolis.
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesFebruary 24, 2024Steelers NFL mock draft tracker: Watch OT Troy Fautanu? Cooper DeJean's stock as hot as ever?On their weekly NFL mock draft tracker video, host Adam Bittner and Post-Gazette Steelers insider Brian Batko discuss the week's most interesting projected picks for the team from around the Internet. This week they get into some offensive line talk. Could the undersized Troy Fautanu of Washington use his athleticism to win a tackle spot in Arthur Smith's offense that's heavily geared toward zone run concepts? Or is NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah off in projecting him to the Steelers. Could Duke's Graham Barton or Arkansas' Beaux Limmer fill the need at center? Or is their lack of history at the position a concern there?
Later, they give their thoughts on Iowa CB Cooper DeJean's status as a red-hot pick for the Steelers. Does he need to show his speed at Pro Day after likely skipping testing at the NFL combine? Or does he have enough solid tape for the GM Omar Khan to trust him as this draft's Brian Branch, now of Detroit? And how do mock draft picks this week including Ohio State's Michael Hall Jr., Iowa State's T.J. Tampa and Maryland's Beau Brade fit with coach Mike Tomlin's needs? Our duo tackles those questions and more.
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesFebruary 23, 2024Steelers free agency: Why a big splash to replace Kenny Pickett at QB seems so unlikelyOn the Friday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, presented by Mike's Beer Bar, host Christopher Carter welcomes Post-Gazette Steelers insider Brian Batko to analyze the team's QB situation. Why do general manager Omar Khan and coach Mike Tomlin's actions suggest a big move to replace Kenny Pickett as the starter in new OC Arthur Smith's offense is unlikely? Why can't we rule out a move for big names including Justin Fields and Russell Wilson despite those actions? And what impact does the incomplete state of the roster ahead of NFL free agency and the NFL draft have on the conversation? Our duo tackles those questions. Then later, they weigh the Steelers' defensive priorities in the NFL draft and which players already on the roster can take the biggest steps in 2024.
Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesFebruary 22, 2024Pitt basketball: How devastating was Wake Forest loss to March Madness resume for Jeff Capel & Co.?On their weekly college basketball podcast, Post-Gazette insiders Noah Hiles and Abby Schnable recap a busy week for Pitt and Duquesne. How damaging was the Tuesday night loss to Wake Forest for the Panthers' March Madness resume? Can Jeff Capel's squad of players including Jaland Lowe, Blake Hinson and Bub Carrington recover from here? What did the Dukes show in their victory against St. Louis? And can Dae Dae Grant stay hot for coach Keith Dambrot after pouring in 31 against the Billikens? And where will both teams land in the ACC and Atlantic-10 conference tournament brackets, respectively? Our duo tackles those questions and more.
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