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April 03, 2020 Why an MLB cancellation would especially hurt Pirates

Pirates insider Jason Mackey welcomes Mike Persak to the beat, and Persak fires off his first hot take of his new career: This current roster is actually better than people think. We dive in to why the Pirates would be especially hurt by a potential cancellation of the MLB season, and why players like Josh Bell are hoping to just play as much as possible. And finally, we defend our favorite baseball movies. 

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"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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April 02, 2020 Mock draft discussion: Do Steelers really need RB?

Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo has the Steelers selecting Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor in his latest mock draft. But fellow reporter Brian Batko asks: Do they really need help at that position right now? The wide receiver class is deep, and there's a guy with skills comparable to Hines Ward who should be available in later rounds. Plus, they break down why the Steelers might be better equipped to handle the draft during these adverse times than most teams. 

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"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

April 01, 2020 All the positives from the Penguins' season

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo shine a ray of light looking at all the positives we can take away from the season, even if it doesn’t ever resume. The team found its new identity, acquired a long-term asset in Jason Zucker and has developed a possible new goalie of the future in Tristan Jarry. Plus Bryan Rust and Evgeni Malkin proved that they are still very valuable pieces for Stanley Cup runs. 

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"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)   
March 25, 2020 If the Penguins' season ended today (because it just might) ...

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down their latest discussion with general manager Jim Rutherford, who was optimistic about Jake Guentzel's health but more pessimistic about getting a chance to play again this year. So if the season ended today, who is the Team MVP? And who would take home Class Clown? We hand out awards and superlatives. 

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"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)   
March 23, 2020 Steelers surprise with splash moves and fill vital roles

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss the team's surprising moves in free agency, bringing aboard proven veterans to fill key roles. Tight end Eric Ebron is the biggest name, but will drops and lack of blocking hurt him in this offense? And could Stefen Wisniewski start immediately at guard? Plus, they take a look around the league and analyze Tom Brady's move to Tampa, if Jameis Winston could slide into Pittsburgh and more. 

Music from https://filmmusic.io
"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)    
March 19, 2020 How the Penguins are dealing with suspended season

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss what the team is doing during the downtime with the season suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic and what they’re hearing about how long it might take to get back to hockey. Plus, if they do play again this season, what will that look like?

Music from https://filmmusic.io
"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)    
March 19, 2020 Where Steelers stand as new league year begins

Insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko call in from their self-quarantine to discuss the state of the Steelers in the new league year. As expected the franchise tag has been placed on Bud Dupree and a series of cuts and restructuring has been done to clear cap space. Are the Steelers done making moves, or could a bigger shakeup be coming?

Music from https://filmmusic.io
"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)  
March 16, 2020 What happened when Pittsburgh sports world stopped

Pirates insider Jason Mackey is joined by college writers John McGonigal and Mike Persak to discuss what happened in their respective worlds when the Pittsburgh sports world came to a halt as a result of COVID-19. How did the local teams handle the unprecedented situation, and what will it look like when sports return? Plus, what will we do in the meantime?

March 11, 2020 Is Penguins' swoon normal or sign of deeper problem?

Our Penguins insiders look at the team’s rough past few weeks and notice a common denominator: lack of focus, effort or both. Is this type of midseason swoon normal for a veteran team, or are there underlying concerns? Plus, they discuss the NHL’s coronavirus response and how it might impact the Penguins in the immediate future.

March 05, 2020 How new CBA deal impacts Steelers' signings, cuts

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss the impending CBA deal between the NFL and the players and how it will impact how they shape the team, both in this offseason and the immediate future. And they break down our latest mock draft, complete with all new names and reasoning. 

Plus, Penguins writer Mike DeFabo joins the show for his “Takes from the Gold Lot.” 

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"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)


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