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October 30, 2020 Matchups that will decide Steelers-Ravens showdown

Insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo analyze Sunday's game against the Ravens, as the Steelers have a chance to take an early lead in the race for the AFC's lone playoff spot. Can they play a complete game after lessons learned against the Titans? 

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October 28, 2020 High School Football Huddle: WPIAL playoffs kick off

High school football insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein preview the WPIAL playoffs and cast their votes for who will win the championship in each class. We also dive into the shining stars to watch, sleepers to keep an eye on and pick six intriguing games.

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October 27, 2020 Pitt football sinks to new low, Penn State against the ropes

Pitt's blowout loss to Notre Dame was embarrassing. Penn State's defeat at Indiana was shocking. How can both programs pick up the pieces? Our college football insiders break it all down and look ahead at the steep climb the Panthers and Nittany Lions face the rest of the way.

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October 23, 2020 After bullying Browns, can Steelers avoid letdown against Titans?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo share their biggest takeaways from a statement win over the Browns, analyze how much the Devin Bush injury will hurt and give their predictions for a huge matchup with the Titans.

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October 22, 2020 High School Football Huddle: Week 7
High school football insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein preview the final week of regular season action and dive into the intriguing WPIAL playoff pairings in this unprecedented year. 
 
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October 20, 2020 Can Pitt stop drowning and shock No. 3 Notre Dame?

College insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss Pitt's problems as they enter Notre Dame week with a backup quarterback and a three-game losing streak. Are the Fighting Irish ripe for an upset? Plus we preview Big Ten season as Penn State prepares for Indiana. 

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October 16, 2020 The biggest Steelers-Browns game since ... when?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo look ahead to a huge matchup with the Browns in an early fight for AFC North supremacy. Is there lingering concern after some questionable defense against the Eagles? And will there be any bad blood leftover from last year’s Myles Garrett fiasco? And finally, we offer our predictions. 

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October 15, 2020 Making sense of Penguins' busy offseason

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down all the moves made so far this offseason and ask the important question: Is the team actually better? And what holes still need to be addressed before the start of the new year?

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October 14, 2020 High School Football Huddle: Week 6

High school football insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein start this week's edition of High School Football Huddle by looking at the biggest recruiting questions, including where top prospect Derrick Davis will go. Then we discuss our game of the week, shining stars and bold predictions.

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October 13, 2020 What does Pitt have to play for after back-to-back losses?

College insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn dive deep into Pitt's loss at Boston College, discuss where the Panthers go from here with back-to-back games against Miami and Notre Dame and talk about what constitutes success now for this Pitt team. 

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October 09, 2020 Steelers-Eagles preview and predictions

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo dive into the matchup against the Eagles, a team entering Heinz Field banged up and struggling. The Steelers’ defense has a huge advantage on paper while the offense has a real chance to break out. Will the Steelers stay undefeated or can the Eagles shock the small crowd? 

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October 08, 2020 Was Matt Murray underappreciated by Penguins fans?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss the Matt Murray trade to Ottawa and wonder if he's properly appreciated by fans for his contributions to two Stanley Cups. Plus we break down the Penguins' draft picks and look ahead to free agency.

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October 07, 2020 High School Football Huddle: Week 5

Halfway through the 2020 season, high school football insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein give their picks for player and coach of the year so far. Plus, we predict our three-pack of games and offer the latest bold predictions.

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September 30, 2020 High School Football Huddle: Week 4

High school football insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein break down what the WPIAL should do about COVID-19 postponements in the postseason, look at their shining stars and break down the game of the week. Plus we predict our three-pack of games and give our bold predictions.

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September 29, 2020 Pitt-Louisville review, NC State preview and Kenny Pickett evaluation

College insiders Craig Meyer, John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn share their takeaways from Pitt's win over Louisville, including an analysis of why the offense isn't quite clicking. Then we take a look at the newest AP poll with Penn State back in the mix and preview the Panthers' game against NC State. 

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September 25, 2020 Explaining the Penguins' Patric Hornqvist trade

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down the trade of Patric Hornqvist for Mike Matheson and try to answer a popular question on fans' minds: What was GM Jim Rutherford thinking? Plus, with so many left-shot defensemen, another shoe has to drop. What will happen next?

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September 25, 2020 Can Steelers secondary shape up against Deshaun Watson and desperate Texans?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo share their biggest takeaways from a win over the Broncos and analyze fans' concerns with the pass defense and running game. Can the secondary shape up in time for a stiffer test against Deshaun Watson and a Texans team in must-win mode? And how will the offensive line stand up against J.J. Watt and company? Plus we offer our Week 3 predictions. 

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September 23, 2020 High School Football Huddle — Week 3

Insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein break down the biggest news surrounding high school football in Western Pennsylvania, looking at who shined the brightest last week and which teams have massive showdowns. Plus we offer our bold predictions for Week 3 and pick our three-pack of games.

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September 23, 2020 Pirates see some encouraging signs as year ends

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss Steven Brault’s ascension as a starting pitcher and how he might fit into next season’s rotation. Plus, catcher Jacob Stallings has been the unsung hero and perhaps the team MVP this season, so will he stick around through the rebuild? And finally, what do we think is most important to address in the offseason?

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September 22, 2020 Pitt-Syracuse analysis, Louisville preview and Big Ten questions

College insiders Craig Meyer, John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn review the Pitt-Syracuse game and assess what the Panthers need to work on ahead of a crucial game against Louisville. Plus, we discuss the Big Ten's return to play this fall.

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September 18, 2020 Steelers dealing with controversies on and off the field

Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko break down the Week 1 win over the Giants and talk about why the team won't (and shouldn't) give up on James Conner at running back. Plus we look ahead to the Broncos in Week 2 and offer our predictions and discuss the Al Villanueva helmet controversy. 

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September 17, 2020 Will Pirates coaches be punished for putrid offense?

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss the woeful offense of late and if any coaches are to blame for the struggles. Plus, we analyze why GM Ben Cherington's support of Gregory Polanco is the only option right now.

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September 16, 2020 High School Football Huddle: Week 2

Insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein break down the first week of high school football in Western Pennsylvania, looking at who shined the brightest and which teams made the loudest statements. Plus we offer our bold predictions for Week 2 and pick our three-pack of games.

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September 15, 2020 What we learned from Pitt's season-opening dominance

Pitt insiders John McGonigal and Craig Meyer discuss the season-opening win over Austin Peay and share their biggest takeaways. Then we turn our attention to the ACC opener against Syracuse and analyze how the Panthers stack up.

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September 14, 2020 North Shore Drive-Thru chat with Steelers legend Franco Harris

Nubyjas Wilborn talks with Steelers legend Franco Harris to discuss Pittsburgh's heyday, his voting initiative and more

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September 11, 2020 NFL Week 1: Steelers-Giants preview, predictions

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo launch into the NFL's opening week with a preview of Monday night's matchup with the New York Giants. Is the Steelers pass rush destined for a big game? And will Pittsburgh's new-look offensive line hold up? Plus, we offer a revised edition of our season predictions.

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September 10, 2020 What 2020 has taught us about Pirates' 2021 plans

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss what they've learned in 2020 about what the immediate future holds at key positions. Has Erik Gonzalez earned a role at shortstop or become a valuable trade piece? And is Josh Bell's future at designated hitter?

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September 01, 2020 Chris Archer on educating himself politically, importance of voting this year

Pirates pitcher Chris Archer sat down with Nubyjas Wilborn to discuss an issue that has grown in importance to the injured star while he’s been sidelined: voting. The two also talk about:

  • How discussing race in 2020 is both depressing and distracting.
  • The possibility of losing friends with discussions of race.
  • The importance of an informed and balanced vote.
  • How Archer is recovering from his season-ending injury
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August 28, 2020 Should Steelers ask for even more out of Minkah Fitzpatrick?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo report from another week of training camp and discuss how the Steelers plan to use All-Pro safety Minkah Fitzpatrick in 2020. Will he continue his role from last season or be asked to carry a heavier load? Plus, Ben Roethlisberger has given rave reviews to both his throwing elbow and rookie wide receiver Chase Claypool. Are expectations rising for this offense? 

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August 26, 2020 Putting Pirates' trade assets into perspective

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss the Pirates’ new low after getting no-hit by the White Sox and move forward to the trade deadline. Which players make the most sense to deal, and which presumed trade targets should stick around?

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August 24, 2020 North Shore Drive-Thru chat: Fox Sports' Joy Taylor

Nubyjas Wilborn sits down with Fox Sports’ Joy Taylor to talk about life as a Pittsburgh native in national media, the college football landscape in 2020 and how she rose to prominence with the popular radio show “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”

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August 21, 2020 Takeaways from Steelers camp and what to watch during live practice

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo share what they learned during their first live look training camp, including rave reviews for Ben Roethlisberger and rookie wideout Chase Claypool. What are some names to watch during the team’s broadcasted practice Saturday night? Plus, is there any reason to worry about the lack of movement in contract talks with Cam Heyward?

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August 20, 2020 Pirates need to bring on the prospects

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss why the team needs to call up the top prospects and let the veterans sit in a season that's already sunk. Plus we take a look at the top names to watch over the stretch.

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August 19, 2020 Robert Morris AD Chris King on financial uncertainty, postponing fall sports

Colleges insider Nubyjas Wilborn sits down with Robert Morris athletic director Chris King to discuss life as a smaller school in the pandemic, looking at the financial difficulties associated with postponing the school's biggest sports and how to rebound. 

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August 14, 2020 Are Steelers relying too much on Ben Roethlisberger returning to form?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss if the team is putting too much faith in Ben Roethlisberger being 100% healthy as they continue to run their offense through him. Plus we take a look at the crowded running backs room and what it means for James Conner's future in Pittsburgh.

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August 13, 2020 Pirates enter important time to showcase trade candidates

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss the return of Keone Kela and why the next few weeks are important to showcase their closer for potential trades. Plus, do they have any other pieces to sell by the deadline? 

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August 12, 2020 Penguins put coach Mike Sullivan on the hot seat

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss why coach Mike Sullivan is officially on the hot seat following the overhaul to his coaching staff. Plus, GM Jim Rutherford indicated he wouldn't trade a member of the team's core, but where would significant changes come from otherwise?

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August 12, 2020 Can the ACC actually play football this fall?

Insiders Craig Meyer, John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss the crazy state of college football, with the Big Ten and Pac-12 pushing the season to the spring while other big conferences like the ACC seem determined to play in the fall. Is there a realistic chance Pitt will be playing this year? And if they do play in the spring, what will that look like?

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July 31, 2020 How Steelers will navigate ‘one fail, all fail’ world during training camp

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss the theme of training camp this year from coach Mike Tomlin: "One fail, all fail.' Can the team stay on the same page with social restrictions, and can the coaching staff properly evaluate their players? Plus, Ben Roethlisberger appears ready for camp and he has a surprising new weapon to work with. 

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July 30, 2020 What we've learned about Derek Shelton's managing style with Pirates

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak analyze what we've learned about the team through six games, from woeful hitting performances to surprising success stories. What can we take away from Derek Shelton's managerial approach so far, and where are the reasons for optimism?

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July 29, 2020 Penguins playoff preview: Predictions and things to watch

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo analyze what we learned during an exhibition loss to the Flyers before turning our focus to the Montreal Canadiens for the qualifying round. Are there lingering concerns with their sloppy turnovers and weak power play? Will Matt Murray hold on to the goalie job? And finally, who wins the series?

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July 23, 2020 Pirates season preview: Win totals, bold predictions

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak give one final preview of the 2020 season before it kicks off Friday in St. Louis. Could Joe Musgrove be in line for a Cy Young season? Will Ke'Bryan Hayes take over at third base? And how many games can the Pirates realistically win in this 60-game season? 

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July 22, 2020 Is Penguins' goalie job actually up for grabs?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss the battle between Tristan Jarry and Matt Murray for the goaltending job and wonder if it's really a competition or if it will be Murray in Game 1 no matter what. Plus, we break down the Penguins' biggest X-factor heading into the tournament and update the latest on Sidney Crosby.

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July 20, 2020 North Shore Drive-Thru chat with Pitt basketball assistant Jason Capel

Pitt basketball insider Craig Meyer sits down with assistant coach Jason Capel to talk about coaching with his brother and building the Panthers back into title contenders. They also discuss:

  • Capel's playing career, from his time as a McDonalds All-American to his run at North Carolina
  • Becoming a coach at age 30
  • The ongoing fight against racial injustice in the United States
  • The excitement for this season after adding much-needed size
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July 16, 2020 Pirates camp clouded by coronavirus concerns

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss the elephant in the room at summer camp, as the absence of Gregory Polanco and Keone Kela raises concerns about possible coronavirus-related problems. Plus, there will be a live exhibition this weekend against the Indians, so what are we expecting?

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July 15, 2020 Early impressions from Penguins training camp

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo share their dispatches from training camp as the NHL gears up for a season restart. Plus, Mike Sullivan and John Marino seemingly got snubbed from their respective awards, so we make the case for them.

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July 14, 2020 North Shore Drive-Thru chat with Steelers pass rusher T.J. Watt

Steelers insider Brian Batko sits down with sack master T.J. Watt to discuss playing with his brother in Pittsburgh, life as an uncle and how he's kept in shape during the pandemic. Plus they talk about the challenges of the 2020 NFL season and the confidence level in the Steelers' defense.

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July 13, 2020 North Shore Drive-Thru chat with Alonzo Carter

Penn State insider Nubyjas Wilborn chats with Alonzo Carter, who organized a massive Zoom chat with minority coaches, including James Franklin. They discuss:

  • How Carter's time working as a backup dancer for MC Hammer helped him become a football coach.
  • How the Zoom clinic started and how James Franklin got involved. 
  • The ultimate mission of the Zoom calls
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July 10, 2020 Steelers could tag Dupree again; JuJu, Big Ben losing national respect

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss the team's franchise tag options next season. Assuming Bud Dupree does not get a long-term deal, could they tag the pass rusher again? Would that cause bad blood and risk losing other tag-eligible players like JuJu Smith-Schuster? Plus, Smith-Schuster and Ben Roethlisberger have been left out of recent top-10 rankings across sports media. Is that fair given what happened last season?

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June 25, 2020 North Shore Drive-Thru chat: Former Steelers LB Arthur Moats

Steelers insider Brian Batko talks with former linebacker Arthur Moats about the transition to media, his historic run-in with Brett Favre and players standing up to protest.

June 24, 2020 Have positive COVID cases in NHL hurt optimism for restart?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss why Pittsburgh wasn't chosen as a hub city for the NHL's restart plan and whether COVID-19 cases within the league are hurting enthusiasm. Plus, we take a look at the upcoming NHL draft lottery and throw out some names to know.

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June 23, 2020 MLB is back: Reasons for excitement, concern

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak break down MLB's 60-game season slated to start July 24. Did the league really cost itself fans during the long negotiations? And could the Pirates actually contend for a postseason berth under this new format? Plus, not all negotiations are over, so what more could MLB do to increase enthusiasm?

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June 22, 2020 North Shore Drive-Thru chat: Stadium college football analyst Michael Felder

Insider Nubyjas Wilborn talks with Stadium's Michael Felder about life as a video analyst, why players need to speak up now and Penn State's 2020 chances.

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June 17, 2020 How do Penguins stack up in Metro division's future?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo look into the future to determine if the Penguins can still rule their division in 3-plus years. Who will make up the team's next core? Is the organizational depth good enough to compete with their rivals? And how much more do Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin really have? Plus, we discuss the latest news surrounding Canadian hub cities and positive coronavirus tests. 

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June 16, 2020 How Pitt, Penn State are seeing a shift in player-coach power dynamic

Pitt insiders Craig Meyer and John McGonigal join Penn State insider Nubyjas Wilborn to discuss how the Black Lives Matter protests around the country have ignited a new era of player empowerment, potentially changing the power dynamic in college sports forever. The controversy surrounding Pat Narduzzi's use of the word "thug" is just one example of many around the nation. 

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June 12, 2020 Draft recap: Why the Pirates stocked up on pitchers

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak analyze the 2020 MLB draft, looking at why top pick Nick Gonzales has a chance to be 'scary' good and why 31st overall pick Carmen Mlodzinski has the right mix of stuff and attitude. Plus, why did the team stock up on pitchers and ignore more immediate areas of need?

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June 11, 2020 Steelers will lean on strong coaching during bizarre camp

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo analyze the decision to hold training camp at Heinz Field, looking at the pros (social distancing) and the cons (lack of facilities) for using the game-day stadium. Plus, with no minicamps and fewer preseason games, is the Steelers coaching staff better prepared than most?

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June 10, 2020 Penguins could have unexpected weapon for Stanley Cup run

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss the return of Jake Guentzel to the practice ice, giving Pittsburgh a weapon no one expected to be available this season. Plus, we analyze what the Penguins' lines could look like when the real action finally starts. 

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June 09, 2020 North Shore Drive-Thru: Chat with Spice Adams

Penn State insider Nubyjas Wilborn catches up with former Nittany Lions star and social-media sensation Spice Adams. They discuss Adams' love for Penn State, the connection to current coach James Franklin, how he became such a viral star on social media and more.

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May 29, 2020 Steelers face team-building challenges with virtual OTAs

Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko discuss what they've learned from virtual OTAs via discussions with Minkah Fitzpatrick and Diontae Johnson, outlining the challenges the team faces during the pandemic. Plus, they analyze the rejected 4th-and-15 rule change and the new status of Pittsburgh fans' favorite villain, Al Riveron. 

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May 28, 2020 If MLB doesn’t play, will anyone care who's at fault?

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss the latest in negotiations between MLB and the MLBPA and try to find reasons for optimism. Can the league get out of its own way, especially as other sports form plans to restart? Plus, we discuss memories of the 1997 'Freak Show' Pirates and debut our Bat Flips segment. 

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May 27, 2020 Penguins could win Stanley Cup or No. 1 draft pick with NHL’s plan

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down the NHL’s plan for a 24-team tournament now that it’s official, with Pittsburgh scheduled to take on Montreal in a play-in round. The Steel City is still being considered as one of the two hub cities, but how realistic is it? Plus, the NHL laid out its confusing plan for the draft lottery, and we try to explain why the Penguins could be in position to win.

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May 22, 2020 Big Ben creates perfect amount of hype for Steelers season

Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko break down the Ben Roethlisberger video and why it should be an exciting thing for fans to see at this point. Plus, we discuss the potential rule change of having a 4th-and-15 play in place of an onside kick. Is it is fun innovation or just a gimmick? And JuJu Smith-Schuster is chasing a "revenge body." Will it translate on the field?

May 21, 2020 Did MLB miss its chance to capture America's heart?

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak vent their frustrations with the latest reports surrounding MLB's efforts to begin this season and wonder if the league missed its chance to capture the hearts and minds of sports fans this summer. Plus, we look at the biggest things we learned during our Pirates on Pause series. 

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May 21, 2020 Could Penguins take home Stanley Cup in 24-team tournament?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss the 24-team tournament gaining steam in the NHL and analyze how a first-round matchup with the Canadiens would go and their chances to go all the way. Plus, we look at Dominik Simon's absence after surgery and how the lines should look when play resumes.

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May 16, 2020 Has money overtaken safety as MLB’s biggest concern?

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak break down the latest in the negotiations between MLB and the MLBPA as they try to start the season. Are the players hurting themselves with comments like Blake Snell’s, and are the owners really angling for a salary cap in the future? Plus, we discuss why an 82-game season would not only be more exciting, but would give the Pirates a legitimate shot at a postseason spot. 

May 15, 2020 AFC North positional rankings: Steelers have best DL, worst RBs?

Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko discuss James Harrison's controversial comments about Mike Tomlin and debunk the notion that there was a Bountygate-type of situation in Pittsburgh. Then, we break down the AFC North position-by-position to see how the Steelers stack up with their divisional rivals. 

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May 13, 2020 Which Penguins could leave in future expansion draft?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo recap the latest news surrounding the NHL's return to play, which unfortunately shows no one has a real idea of when or if it will happen. Then, we look ahead to the 2021 Seattle expansion draft and project which players will be candidates to protect, and which ones will be allowed to leave.

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May 08, 2020 Steelers schedule breakdown, record prediction

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo look at the Steelers' 2020 schedule, with the NFL proceeding as normal despite concerns over a coronavirus impact. Assuming they play each game as usual, how will the season play out? We pick each game on the schedule and see where the Steelers will be at season's end.

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May 07, 2020 Why Josh Bell as Pirates’ DH isn’t a sure thing

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss MLB's plan to play, which will likely include a universal designated hitter. So which Pirates would make the most sense in the DH spot? And which pitcher carries the most weight on his shoulders heading into 2020?

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April 30, 2020 Which Pirates are primed to surprise doubters? And which MLB plan will actually work?

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss why MLB's plans to play keep leaking -- and why all of them are almost immediately debunked. Do any of these plans actually have a chance of happening? Plus, when play is started, which Pirates player is most likely to surprise doubters?

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April 29, 2020 Optimism growing for NHL season resuming; draft plans could be detrimental for Penguins

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down the NHL's proposal for a June draft and why it might hurt Pittsburgh's efforts to shed salary and acquire additional draft picks. Plus, there is some growing momentum toward resuming the season at neutral sites. How realistic are the latest plans and what kind of format would be most fair?

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April 26, 2020 Steelers draft analysis: How Chase Claypool will make JuJu, other WRs better

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down the 2020 NFL draft class, starting with wide receiver Chase Claypool. How will the Notre Dame product open things up for JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and the rest of the Pittsburgh receiving corps? Plus, they look at whether the Steelers should be concerned about red flags with running back Anthony McFarland Jr., and why guard Kevin Dotson might be their best pick. 

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April 23, 2020 Robot umps, universal DH and shorter games: Which MLB changes are we looking forward to?

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak look at the proposed changes to MLB games (robot umpires, seven-inning games, universal DH, etc.) that could be implemented when play begins and discuss what they're most looking forward to. Plus, which Pirates player would be the best professional wrestler? We go on a deep dive.

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April 21, 2020 NFL draft preview: Even without 1st-round pick, Steelers in prime position

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo preview the NFL draft for the final time and analyze why Pittsburgh is in a great spot this year despite the lack of a first-round pick. Wide receiver seems like a clear need and a deep class, so which players do we like best? And is there any chance the Steelers trade down from No. 49 to gather more picks?

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April 16, 2020 Steelers draft: Prospects rising and falling; all-time 'what-if' scenarios

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo look at draft targets rising and falling on boards as we get close to the draft and what it means for Pittsburgh. Plus, we look back at some ultimate "what-ifs" in Steelers draft history, including DeAndre Hopkins teaming with Antonio Brown or Lamar Jackson in black and gold. 

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April 15, 2020 Penguins' most (and least) likely options when picking their goalie of the future

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo analyze the team's impending decision: Is Matt Murray or Tristan Jarry the goalie of the future? They rank the possible scenarios by which are most and least likely. Plus, they break down which impending free agents have the best chance at coming back next season.

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April 13, 2020 PG rewind: Pitt spoils West Virginia's BCS hopes in 2007 with 13-9 win

Pitt insiders Craig Meyer and John McGonigal rewatch the 2007 Backyard Brawl, when the Panthers spoiled No. 2 West Virginia's shot at a national championship with an iconic 13-9 win. We analyze the many ripple effects this game had on college football, and dissect why Dave Wannstedt's crutches were the real MVP of the game. 

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April 06, 2020 PG rewind — DeJuan Blair flips Thabeet, creates iconic moment

Pitt insiders Craig Meyer and John McGonigal rewatch the classic 2009 matchup between the Panthers and UConn — best known for DeJuan Blair’s flip of Hasheem Thabeet before beating the No. 1 Huskies. Why does this game still hold such a special place in the memories of Pitt fans? What are some hidden gems unearthed from a second viewing? We break it all down in a special edition of The North Shore Drive. 

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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?


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