The North Shore Drive Sports Podcast



September 30, 2023 Steelers-Texans: Is C.J. Stroud ready for T.J. Watt and ferocious pass rush? In this week’s edition of the Acrisure Fan Advantage, legendary Houston writer John McClain joins the show to break down Steelers-Texans. How will rookie quarterback C.J. Stroud stand up against the pressure T.J. Watt and Co. are sure to bring? Is the Houston defense ripe for Kenny Pickett and the Steelers offense to pick apart? And finally, what are our final predictions?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit September 29, 2023 Johan Oviedo wants to be 'more mean'? Plus, who is Pirates' 2023 MVP? In their weekly baseball video, Post-Gazette Pirates beat writers Andrew Destin and Jason Mackey break down the final week of the 2023 season. Why does starter Johan Oviedo say he wants to be "more mean" heading into 2024? What moves does general manager Ben Cherington need to make this offseason? Does Quinn Priester belong in next year's rotation? And who is the Pirates' team MVP? Bryan Reynolds? Ke'Bryan Hayes? Mitch Keller? David Bednar? Our duo tackles those topics and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit September 29, 2023 Steelers-Texans: Will T.J. Watt, Alex Highsmith terrorize C.J. Stroud? On the Friday episode of The North Shore Drive, Steelers insider Brian Batko joins Christopher Carter to break down everything about the Week 4 matchup with the Texans. Will T.J. Watt, Alex Highsmith and the rest of the Steelers defense terrorize Kendrick Green and a banged-up Houston offensive line? Can Kenny Pickett and the offense continue its growth? And how confident are we that the Steelers can advance to 3-1? Plus, in the Acrisure Fan Advantage segment, we answer a listener question about if Broderick Jones should start at left tackle now.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit September 28, 2023 Steelers-Texans: Does Kenny Pickett have enough freedom? Is Matt Canada's unit growing fast enough? In his weekly YouTube appearance, Post-Gazette sports columnist Paul Zeise joins Adam Bittner to discuss the growth of the Steelers' offense. Is Kenny Pickett given enough freedom to change calls at the line of scrimmage? Do some fans just want anyone other than Matt Canada in charge? And is the offense growing too slowly considering the immediate success duos like Tua Tagovailoa and coach Mike McDaniel have had with the Miami Dolphins? Our duo tackles those questions and other hot topics in local sports. Will Pitt football make a bowl game this season? Is Penn State looking dominant enough to beat Ohio State and/or Michigan for the Big Ten title? And is Miguel Andujar a potential answer for the Pirates at first base in 2024? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit September 28, 2023 Did Pitt's offense find some answers vs. UNC, despite loss? Plus, previewing trip to Virginia Tech On their weekly In the Trenches podcast, Pitt football standouts Jake Kradel and Gavin Bartholomew discuss the week that was around the program. Did the offense find some answers to its woes with a nice first-half performance against North Carolina? And what can fans expect in a must-win game this week at Virginia Tech? Our duo joins Pitt beat writer Noah Hiles to give you the inside scoop. They also welcome teammate and running back Rodney Hammond Jr. as a special guest. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit September 28, 2023 'Fantasy Football Favorites': Week 4 start/sit, sleepers/stashes and trade targets Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports editor and lead fantasy football analyst Chris Dell joins Tony Squares to break down their favorite starts, sits, stashes and sleepers for our 'Post-Gazette Fantasy Favorites' Week 4 show. The guys break down their top five start/sit players at each position — including D/ST & Kicker — and also play their weekly rapid-fire segment of "buy/sell" trade targets.   Will Raheem Mostert keep up his top-5 RB pace, or should you sell high and trade him away? Are the Texans' "Tank" Dell and C.J. Stroud performing over their heads, or will they continue their run as viable weekly starters? Will Keenan Allen remain an elite WR option for the rest of 2023? Chris and Tony answer those questions and more, as well as play another edition of 'Marry, pluck, kill." Visit for Chris' weekly 'Post-Gazette Fantasy Favorites' written column (also printed in our Sunday newspaper), and subscribe to our YouTube channel to avoid missing videos from our reporters, columnists, and guests. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit September 27, 2023 Steelers-Texans: Has Kenny Pickett, Matt Canada or the OL been offense's biggest impediment so far? On the Wednesday episode of the North Shore Drive podcast, host Christopher Carter welcomes two-time Super Bowl champion Max Starks to analyze the Steelers' offense through three games. Has quarterback Kenny Pickett, offensive coordinator Max Canada or the offensive line been most to blame for the unit's struggles so far? Did the OL show progress this past week in the win over Las Vegas? And when should fans expect to see first-round pick Broderick Jones take over one of the tackle spots? Our duo tackles those topics and also discusses what the defense will need to do to shut down C.J. Stroud, Tank Dell, Nico Collins and a red hot Houston Texans offense in Week 4. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit September 27, 2023 Is Penn State football's offensive explosiveness a concern despite dominant Whiteout win over Iowa? On their weekly Penn State football show, host Adam Bittner and Seth Engle of the Post-Gazette and Daily Collegian break down the Nittany Lions' offense after a dominant Whiteout night win against Iowa on Saturday night at Beaver Stadium. Are Drew Allar, Nick Singleton, Kaytron Allen and KeAndre Lambert-Smith showing enough explosive with tough games against Michigan and Ohio State looming, especially with some analytics sites rating them lower than national polls? Does coach James Franklin need a receiver or two to step up statistically for his team to be a serious national title contender? Or is this a situation similar to 2016, when Penn State was able to find a dominant offensive rhythm in the second half of the season?  Our duo tackles those topics, checks in on the defense after it smothered Cade McNamara and the Hawkeyes offense on Saturday and also takes a look at the national picture. Does Ohio State's own lack of explosiveness in its win over Notre Dame signal that an opponent more suited to Penn State's strengths? Which conferences and programs are the biggest threats to the Big Ten nabbing two playoff spots? And how is the NIL landscape continuing to shift?   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit September 26, 2023 Are Steelers too cautious with rookies Joey Porter Jr., Broderick Jones? Or is patience warranted? On the latest episode of the Chipped Ham and Football Podcast, CBS sports NFL reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala joins guest host Adam Bittner to discuss playing time for Steelers rookies. Are the Steelers being too cautious with rookies including Joey Porter Jr., Keeanu Benton and Broderick Jones, given the early success of names including Christian Gonzalez in New England and Brian Branch with Detroit? Or is there some logic to bringing them along slowly. Aditi also gives her expert assessments on how the Steelers, Bengals, Browns and Ravens have lived up to her expectations for them; how the Nick Chubb injury does or does not change Cleveland's identity; where she weighs in on the T.J. Watt vs. Myles Garrett debate; and what she's watching in Weeks 4 and 5 in the NFL as the Steelers take on the Texans and Ravens. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit September 26, 2023 Pitt football: Is starting Christian Veilleux or Nate Yarnell at QB now better for Panthers' future? In their weekly Pitt football mailbag, Post-Gazette beat writers Noah Hiles and Christopher Carter answer reader questions. Among them? Is starting Christian Veilleux or Nate Yarnell at quarterback now the better move for the Panthers' post-Phil Jurkovec future? Is Pitt's future QB even on the roster, or could coach Pat Narduzzi look toward the transfer portal again next season? And how likely is it that both Narduzzi and athletic director Heather Lyke are at Pitt next season given developments at Michigan State? Our duo tackles those topics and more. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

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