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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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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. 

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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?

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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?

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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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March 04, 2020 Sidney Crosby puts Penguins on his back when they need it most
Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss the team's long losing streak that was finally broken after Sidney Crosby challenged himself to be better. But they'll need more help from their new forward depth to keep it going. Plus, which goaltender would start the postseason? Our picks vary. 
 
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March 03, 2020 Pirates spring training update: Depth concerns, 4 outfielders, 5th starter

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Nubyjas Wilborn check in from spring training to discuss the solidifying rotation, depth concerns in the outfield and the state of the bullpen. Plus, they offer their one big thing that will be a pleasant surprise to fans and their biggest reason for concern. 

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February 26, 2020 What the Steelers are looking for at NFL combine

Steelers insider Brian Batko is at the NFL scouting combine, and he joins Ray Fittipaldo to discuss what he's hearing about positions the Steelers will target in the draft. Plus, they analyze the latest on Ben Roethlisberger, Bud Dupree and more. 

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February 26, 2020 Shining a light on Pirates' under-the-radar young talent

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss their impressions from camp so far, including a noticeably lighter atmosphere and an increased attention to fundamental details. Plus, they look at some of the Pirates’ young talent — including Will Craig, Mitch Keller, Oneil Cruz and Blake Cederlind — that has flown under the radar. 

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February 25, 2020 Penguins load up for playoff fight at trade deadline

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo analyze the ’ moves at the trade deadline and look at what Patrick Marleau, Conor Sheary and Evan Rodrigues can bring to the table. Plus, did they give up on Dominik Kahun too soon? And why did they not add any defensive help?

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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?
 
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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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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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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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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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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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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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January 22, 2020 How Penguins forged championship identity in first half

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo head into the NHL All-Star break with an analysis of the Cup-contending Penguins. They evaluate how Sidney Crosby's return has impacted the team, the emergence of Teddy Blueger as a key piece, and an intriguing goalie situation in the season's second half.

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January 20, 2020 Devin Bush, Benny Snell, Diontae Johnson reflect on rookie season
Steelers insider Brian Batko chats with rookies Devin Bush, Benny Snell and Diontae Johnson about their first NFL season and what they expect for the immediate future, including a potential training camp with "Hard Knocks." 
 
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January 09, 2020 Sidney Crosby nears return to Penguins; Evgeni Malkin snubbed again

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss the impending return of Sidney Crosby and who his running mate will be without Jake Guentzel (hint: probably not Alex Galchenyuk). Plus, did Evgeni Malkin get snubbed for the All-Star game again, this time in favor of Kris Letang?

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January 08, 2020 Steelers offseason preview: Position-by-position breakdown

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo preview the 2020 offseason. Should Pittsburgh target a veteran backup QB over Mason Rudolph? Will they draft a RB high to replace James Conner? And what's the smart move with Bud Dupree? And finally, who won the year in 2019?

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January 02, 2020 Steelers 2019 season recap: Biggest surprises and disappointments
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo recap the 2019 season, looking at their biggest surprises and disappointments, best wins and worst losses, and project what the team could look like next year. 
 
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December 31, 2019 Jake Guentzel suffers Penguins' latest - and biggest - injury
Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss Jake Guentzel's devastating injury and what their options look like moving forward, including the possibility of a major trade. Plus, Sidney Crosby is getting closer to his return, so who will play with him now? We also recap a dominant December for the Penguins and look at who was the biggest All-Star snub. 
 
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December 26, 2019 Steelers playoff scenarios: How will Sunday play out?
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss the different scenarios that could play out on Sunday and how those outcomes will affect the Steelers. Plus, they take a look back at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's preseason predictions.
 
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December 23, 2019 The Penguins are back from Canada — and maybe they have some answers
Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss the Penguins trip to Canada, who the No. 1 goalie looks to be, and what GM Jim Rutherford had to say about the situation. Plus, they make bold second half predictions. 
 
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December 16, 2019 Duck Hodges' honeymoon ends; Steelers' playoff path ahead

Our Steelers insiders discuss the rebirth of the quarterback controversy after Devlin Hodges' ugly night against the Bills, while also analyzing if the play-calling is hurting the offense just as much. Plus, the Steelers still control their own playoff destiny, but what do we realistically think of their postseason chances?

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December 12, 2019 Where did the season go wrong for Pitt football?
Our Pitt insiders look at the upcoming bowl game, revisit their preseason and midseason predictions and hand out their season superlatives. Plus, the basketball team is 10 games into its season and holds a 7-3 record. So what can we expect from them the rest of the way?
 
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December 11, 2019 Tristan Jarry's Penguins record run; Alex Galchenyuk experiment failing
Our Penguins insiders discuss Tristan Jarry's team record, how long he will keep the goaltending job away from Matt Murray, and how much credit the defense should be getting. Plus, we look at the disappointing season of Alex Galchenyuk and his murky future in Pittsburgh. 
 
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December 10, 2019 Studying Steelers' playoff scenarios 

Our Steelers insiders look at the AFC playoff picture and project which path would be most favorable for Pittsburgh. We break down the report card from the Steelers' win over the Cardinals and raise a burning question: Is Devlin Hodges solidified as the No. 2 QB of the future? Plus, we break down the Bills matchup and offer predictions. 

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December 05, 2019 Penguins' goalie controversy heating up; Phil Kessel returns

Our Penguins insiders discuss the battle in net between Tristan Jarry and Matt Murray, the fascinating story behind newcomer Stefan Noesen and the return of Phil Kessel with the Coyotes. Plus, they hand out their Stick Taps to Brandon Tanev, Evgeni Malkin and others. 

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December 03, 2019 Duck Hodges buries Browns; Is Mike Tomlin Coach of the Year?

Our Steelers insiders discuss why the team and city rally behind Devlin "Duck" Hodges so much and whether we've seen the last of Mason Rudolph. Plus, they discuss Mike Tomlin's Coach of the Year prospects, Freddie Kitchens' antics and predictions for the Cardinals game. 

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December 02, 2019 Can the Pirates' new manager solve the team's old problems?
Our Pirates insiders analyze the hiring of new Pirates manager Derek Shelton and discuss whether the team is really looking for a full rebuild. Plus, how seriously should we take Starling Marte's remarks about wanting out of Pittsburgh?
 
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November 27, 2019 Steelers' game plan: Duck, defense and discipline 

Our Steelers insiders analyze Devlin Hodges getting the start against the Browns and what it means for Mason Rudolph's future in Pittsburgh before they pick a winner in Sunday's matchup. Plus, did they find diamonds in the rough with WR Deon Cain and RB Kerrith Whyte? 

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November 26, 2019 Penguins' goalie depth turning into valuable asset 

Our Penguins insiders discuss goalie Tristan Jarry's impressive start and how the team's depth in the crease puts them in an enviable position. Plus, they give their observations of the new and impressive top line since Sidney Crosby has been out and award their Stick Taps of the week. 

November 19, 2019 Is Ben Cherington really 'Neal Huntington 2.0?'

Our Pirates insiders discuss the hiring of Ben Cherington as the new general manager, and what owner Bob Nutting meant by his comments on payroll allocation. Plus, they dissect what some interesting quotes from the front office really mean. 

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November 19, 2019 The Mason Rudolph blame game; Should Steelers target Terrelle Pryor?

Our Steelers insiders discuss how much blame Mason Rudolph should get for his role in the brawl with Browns and give their perspective from the press box. Plus, with all the injuries piling up on offense, how can the Steelers score enough to win games? Should they take a look at local product Terrelle Pryor?

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November 14, 2019 How can Penguins survive Sidney Crosby's injury?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo analyze how Sidney Crosby's extended absence will affect the team over the next six weeks and which players need to step up the most to fill the captain's void. Plus, they look at how the power play has been trending up and give out their Stick Taps of the week.

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November 12, 2019 Minkah Fitzpatrick leads Steelers' defensive resurgence 
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss the renaissance of the Steelers' defense and how much it can be credited to the trade for Minkah Fitzpatrick. Plus, they discuss what it means to be a franchise quarterback in 2019 and make a prediction for Thursday night's game against the Browns. 
 
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November 06, 2019 Penguins feeling good despite tight losses, injuries

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo analyze the goalies' cold snap, why they like how the team is playing despite some tough losses, and - surprise, surprise - key injuries. They also dive in to the surprising special teams and a gem on the fourth line before handing out their Stick Taps for the week.

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November 06, 2019 Are the Steelers holding Mason Rudolph back?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo evaluate the Steelers at the halfway point and question whether Mason Rudolph has been the quarterback they expected. They also hand out their midseason MVP award and analyze whether the Steelers should hand out a big contract to Bud Dupree after the season. 

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November 01, 2019 New offensive heroes emerge for Steelers
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo analyze the quiet trade deadline, their concerns for the running game and red flags raised from the scare against the Dolphins. Plus, they examine how Diontae Johnson could be following JuJu Smith-Schuster's career path and give their predictions for the Colts game. 
 
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October 31, 2019 Will Evgeni Malkin's return change how Penguins play?
Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down the Erik Gudbranson trade and what it means for the team's solid defense, and they give stick taps to the AHL reinforcements who helped the team stay afloat. Plus, they dive deep into Evgeni Malkin's return and what it means for the Penguins' playing style moving forward. 
 
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October 29, 2019 Impressions from meeting with Pirates owner Bob Nutting
Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Nubyjas Wilborn share thoughts from a sit-down interview with owner Bob Nutting and whether they feel the team is headed in the right direction under new leadership. Plus, they discuss the ongoing search for a new GM and manager. 
 
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October 25, 2019 Steelers-Dolphins a must-win game ... or is it a can't-lose?
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down Monday night's matchup with the Dolphins, discuss the realistic playoff chances and look into the future to see if this Pittsburgh defense is trending toward one of the league's best units.
 
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October 24, 2019 Why was Frank Coonelly the Pirates' front-office scapegoat?
Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss their first impressions from the departure of president Frank Coonelly, why he took the fall for the team's struggles and what new executive Travis Williams can do any differently. They also discuss their top choices for manager as the candidates continue going elsewhere. 
 
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October 22, 2019 College Football updates: Have Pitt and Penn State performed as expected?

Penn State writer Mike Persak and Pitt writers John McGonigal and Craig Meyer discuss how the two teams have played up to this point and pick midway MVPs. They also talk about what the future could look like for the Nittany Lions and Panthers.

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October 16, 2019 Steelers' off week comes at perfect time during 'fragile state'
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down Duck Hodges' surprising performance in a win over the Chargers, why this is still Mason Rudolph's team moving forward and the standout performance from the defense, highlighted by rookie Devin Bush. 
 
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October 15, 2019 Penguins' hot start: Small sample size or sustainable?
Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo look at the depleted Penguins and discuss if their high-octane offense can keep up with the mounting injuries. They ponder if some of the young call-ups will stick long term and decide if some eye-popping stats are sustainable or a blip in the early season. 
 
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October 10, 2019 Penguins scramble to replace Malkin; Letang struggles to start
Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo take stock of the Penguins many injuries already, most notably the "longer term" absence of Evgeni Malkin. They look at four players who need to step up the most and give their impressions of the newcomers thus far.
 
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October 09, 2019 Duck season in Pittsburgh: Can Devlin Hodges keep Steelers afloat?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss the Steelers' chances of success against the Chargers with their third-string quarterback, whether Paxton Lynch could make an appearance soon, the tumultuous situation at wide receiver and the rumors linking Mike Tomlin with the Redskins.

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October 04, 2019 Know your enemy: Ravens writer on rivalry with Steelers, game prediction

Which team is Baltimore more afraid of - the Steelers or the Browns? Baltimore Sun reporter Jonas Shaffer joins us to talk about Week 5's matchup and the implications moving forward. 

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October 01, 2019 Steelers have a win, but is the performance sustainable?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss if the Week 4 win changes how they think about the team's future, if the performance can be sustained going forward and if Pittsburgh has a legitimate shot at beating the Ravens.

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September 30, 2019 Clint Hurdle fired: Who could be next as Pirates manager?
Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Nubyjas Wilborn take you behind the scenes of Clint Hurdle's firing, discuss whether Neal Huntington should have followed him out the door and look what who might be next in line for Pittsburgh's dugout.
 
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September 26, 2019 13 things we've learned as Penguins season opener approaches
Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss the closing window for the Penguins' Big 3, if Evgeni Malkin is truly motivated to return to glory and why Brandon Tanev is the perfect fit for the top two lines.
 
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September 24, 2019 Steelers remain winless, James Conner disappears, and bold predictions

Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo look at the anemic Steelers offense and a defense that can't seem to make a big stop and discuss which side of the ball is more at fault for the team's 0-3 start.

And should the Steelers be playing Jaylen Samuels more now that James Conner is stuck in the mud? 

Plus, some bold predictions for the rest of the season.

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September 19, 2019 Pirates postmortem: Trying to make sense of chaotic season
Jason Mackey and Nubyjas Wilborn dig through the rubble of the Pirates' '2019 season to find some positives, discuss the multiple off-field incidents that plagued the team and look ahead at who will be (or should be) fired. 
 
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September 18, 2019 Big Ben out, Minkah Fitzpatrick in: What does future hold for Steelers?
Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss Ben Reothlisberger's uncertain future, how Mason Rudolph projects for the rest of this season, Minkah Fitzpatrick's immediate impact and Devin Bush's early struggles. Then they look ahead to the 49ers in Week 3 and predict if the Steelers can capture their first win.
 
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September 16, 2019 Steelers legend Dermontti Dawson on the loss of Ben Roethlisberger, Steelers' chances moving forward
Hall of Fame center Dermontti Dawson joins Adam Bittner to talk about how the Steelers move forward without Ben Roethlisberger, the star-in-the-making that is Devin Bush, and the team's chances of staying competitive with Mason Rudolph under center.
 
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September 13, 2019 Pitt-Penn State: The 100th (final?) matchup in storied rivalry
John McGonigal and Mike Persak break down the 100th meeting between Pitt and Penn State, and former Pitt star Mike Caprara joins Adam Bittner to remember the Panthers' 2016 win and look ahead. Then, Former Penn State linebacker Nyeem Wartman talks about his new role as an assistant coach at Mississippi State, memories of the classic matchup between the Nittany Lions and Pitt in 2016 and his thoughts on whether the series is a rivalry. 
 
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September 10, 2019 Steelers crumble in New England, AB signs with Patriots and Seahawks loom
Steelers writers Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo recap a disastrous night in New England (1:55), discuss how Pittsburgh can pick up the pieces (7:15), debunk some Antonio Brown conspiracy theories (18:30) and preview the Week 2 game against the Seahawks (26:36). 
September 05, 2019 Steelers-Patriots preview: Can Pittsburgh spoil a banner party in New England?
Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo recap the Steelers' final moves ahead of the season opener (4:21), analyze the matchup with the Patriots in New England (15:00) and give their fearless predictions (36:36). 
 
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September 05, 2019 Steelers-Patriots rivalry: Best and worst memories
Adam Bittner and Josh Axelrod look back at the times when they were just Steelers fans and recount their favorite and worst memories from the Patriots rivalry, their most hated players and the outcome they would most like to change.
 
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August 29, 2019 College football preview: Pitt, Penn State and national picture
College football season is here, so Pitt writer John McGonigal and Penn State writer Mike Persak join Adam Bittner to discuss the things they'll be watching in Week 1 (3:46), their team MVPs and breakout stars (17:27) and pick their favorites for the College Football Playoff (53:25).
 
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August 21, 2019 State of the Steelers: WRs emerging, James Conner's value and versatile defense
With Steelers training camp over, Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss what they learned at Saint Vincent (1:27), break down preseason Weeks 2 and 3 (9:27), look at the versatile defense (16:21), view the Antonio Brown drama from afar (23:57) and pick a No. 2 QB between Mason Rudolph and Josh Dobbs (29:16).
 
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August 16, 2019 Pitt football expectations with new-look offense and defense missing its star
Craig Meyer and John McGonigal discuss Kenny Pickett's ceiling under new offensive coordinator Mark Whipple (4:05), how the defense can possibly replace star defensive lineman Rashad Weaver (22:03) and Pitt's tough schedule to open the year (39:21).
 
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August 09, 2019 Which Steelers have stood out in camp, and who to watch in preseason
Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo highlight the three players that have stood out to them in camp so far (3:01), hold a Steelers preseason fantasy draft (22:15) and remind us all why preseason results don't really matter (36:09).
 
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August 02, 2019 Future of the Pirates after quiet trade deadline

Jason Mackey, Bill Brink and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss the Pirates trading Corey Dickerson (2:23) and try to figure out why Felipe Vazquez is still in Pittsburgh (11:33). They take a big-picture look at GM Neal Huntington's approach to team-building (23:26) and share their favorite brawl moments (36:24). 

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July 26, 2019 Steelers open training camp; Penguins offseason review
In the first-ever episode of The North Shore Drive, we dive into Steelers training camp talk with Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo. They discuss camp memories (5:25) and off-the-radar guys to keep an eye on (10:00). 
 
Then, Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo join us to recap the Penguins' summer so far (33:10), predict who could get traded next (44:20), and guess what the lines will look like in the fall (50:30). 
 
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July 22, 2019 The North Shore Drive preview

Coming this week: The North Shore Drive, a weekly sports podcast from the sports staff of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


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