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February 19, 2020 Penguins' remarkable run from injury-riddled to first place
Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo look at the remarkable run the Penguins have made from injury-riddled unit to first-place Cup contenders. They analyze Jason Zucker’s impact so far, Sidney Crosby’s ever-expanding ceiling and the resurgence of a potent power play. Plus, with the trade deadline looming, are there any more moves needed to push the Penguins over the top? 
 
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February 14, 2020 Steelers mailbag: Would cutting James Conner make sense?
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo answer listener questions, leading off with an idea to cut James Conner to clear up some cap space. Plus, should the team be more involved in analytics, and is there "Steelers fatigue" with Hall of Fame voters?
 
"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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February 12, 2020 Do Penguins now have all the pieces for Stanley Cup run?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down the trade for Jason Zucker, analyzing if he's the missing piece for a championship team and if they gave up too much to get him. Plus, with the latest injury to John Marino, could another deal for a defenseman be in the works?

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"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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February 11, 2020 Why making NIT would be 'fantastic' season for Pitt basketball
Pitt insiders Craig Meyer and John McGonigal discuss why missing out on the NCAA tournament but making the NIT would still be a successful season for Pitt basketball, and the biggest surprises so far. Plus, Pat Narduzzi is apparently staying put. Is that best for both the school and coach?
 
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"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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February 06, 2020 Should Pirates fans trust the new regime's process?

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Nubyjas WIlborn analyze the job the new front office has done ahead of spring training and whether it's fair for fans to already air complaints about how things are being run. Plus, they examine the USA Today projection of 102 losses and wonder if the team could really be that bad. 

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"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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February 05, 2020 Should Penguins risk budding chemistry with major trade?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down the hot start to the season's second half, including a statement road win over the rival Capitals. Plus, they analyze whether swinging a major trade is worth it for a Penguins team that is showing championship chemistry. 

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"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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February 04, 2020 First look at Steelers' NFL draft prospects

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo take an early look at the NFL draft and break down which prospects would be great fits for the Steelers. Top needs include the offensive line, tight end and running back, so which position will they target early (and often)?

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"RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 
 
January 29, 2020 Former Steeler Merril Hoge on CTE research, Steelers in 2020, Super Bowl

Former Steeler and NFL analyst Merril Hoge joins the show to talk about where CTE research has gone wrong and why it's dangerous to immediately pin it on people like Antonio Brown and Aaron Hernandez. Plus, he analyzes the Steelers' chances to be a Super Bowl contender in 2020 before breaking down Sunday's game between the Chiefs and 49ers.

 

January 29, 2020 Field Study: Can western PA football survive concussion misinformation?

This bonus episode of The North Shore Drive features the season premiere of Field Study, a sports science podcast by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Reporter Bill Brink set out to see whether research into head injuries has affected youth football participation in western Pennsylvania, which has seen some decline in recent years. What he learned was that many people don’t even fully understand how to identify severe injuries when they happen. How can coaches, leagues and parents protect the kids risking their bodies on each and every play? And how has the sport as a whole altered its player health priorities?

January 27, 2020 Steelers great Alan Faneca discusses Hall of Fame chances, Bill Cowher and Troy Polamalu 

Steelers great Alan Faneca discusses his own Hall of Fame chances as well as his thoughts on Bill Cowher's induction and Troy Polamalu's inevitable enshrining. Plus, he gives his thoughts on the current Steelers and the upcoming Super Bowl. 

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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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