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April 21, 2021 Penguins need to get back on track

Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel break down Tuesday night’s game against the Devils. The Penguins let their foot off the gas and nearly lost the game. Should we be concerned? How will they respond Thursday night? Plus, we share our impressions of Jeff Carter and discuss what the lineup would look like with everyone healthy.

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April 20, 2021 Spring camp wrapping up for Panthers, Nittany Lions

College insiders Craig Meyer, John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn break down Penn State's spring showcase over the weekend and Pitt's upcoming spring game. What should we look for from the Panthers? Plus, we discuss Pitt basketball, volleyball and more.

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April 16, 2021 Steelers wrap up a busy week

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down James Conner’s departure and Vince Williams’ return. Is this the fresh start Conner needs? Plus, we discuss the OTA issues and hear Brian’s interview with Zach Banner.

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April 15, 2021 What encouraging signs are the Pirates showing?

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss the surprises and disappointments they've seen so far during the Pirates’ season. Plus, they debate which players they would buy or sell.

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April 13, 2021 Pitt, Penn State secondary preview; transfer portal extravaganza

College insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn finish our position previews with Pitt and Penn State's secondary and special teams. Plus we address recruiting and transfer news for Pitt basketball, Pitt football and Robert Morris basketball.

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April 13, 2021 Penguins trade deadline breakdown
On a special trade deadline episode, Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel break down the Jeff Carter trade. What kind of production should fans expect out of the newest Penguin and where will he fit in? What forces led Ron Hextall to give up future assets? Plus, we look at the rest of the moves around the East Division.

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April 09, 2021 Steelers need to focus on offensive line

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo are back to break down the Steelers’ offensive line. It should definitely be the team’s No. 1 priority, but what changes are we likely to see? Along with sorting out all of the moving parts, the Steelers must also identify what exactly the offensive line’s needs are. Plus, Brian shares an exclusive behind-the scenes-look at his interview with former Steeler Ike Taylor.

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April 08, 2021 Exactly what has gone wrong for the Pirates? (Hint: A lot.)

The Pirates return to Pittsburgh for their home opener — with a five-game losing streak. What’s gone wrong? (Spoiler alert: Not a lot has gone right.) Plus, insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss which players have struggled the most and who needs to prove they have what it takes to stay in the lineup.

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April 07, 2021 Can the Penguins turn their game around?

Penguins insider Mike DeFabo is joined by special guest Brian Metzer from the Penguins Radio Network to break down the team’s recent struggles. What happened to that stout defensive team we saw in March? Plus, we discuss players the Penguins could target ahead of the trade deadline and how things could change when the team gets healthy.

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April 06, 2021 Breaking down Pitt and Penn State’s defensive line and linebacker situations

College insiders Craig Meyer, John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn have covered the quarterback and other offensive positions at Pitt and Penn State. Now, we're moving on to the defensive line and linebackers. Do the Nittany Lions have their next star linebacker? The Panthers have a lot of players to replace on the defensive line, but is there still reason for optimism?

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April 02, 2021 Will the Steelers be interested in these local players?

Steelers insider Brian Batko is joined by college football insiders John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn for a special episode of The North Shore Drive. With the draft getting closer, it’s time to wonder: Are the Steelers zeroing in on any players from Pitt or Penn State? Should they? We go through eligible Panthers and Nittany Lions to see what they bring to the table and if they fill any of the Steelers’ needs.

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April 01, 2021 A Pirates season preview

Opening Day is finally here, so Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak are making some season predictions. What do we think of the team? Plus, we discuss our recent exclusive with Bob Nutting and rank the three most important Pirates players.

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March 31, 2021 How concerning is Tristan Jarry’s absence?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss the latest updates on Tristan Jarry and evaluate Casey DeSmith’s performance and potential. Plus, we break down Brian Burke’s latest comments on team identity and what kinds of moves the Penguins might consider.

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March 31, 2021 Pitt is back in action; Penn State looks for answers on offense

College insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss the Panthers’ return to spring camp after a COVID-19 pause, preview the skill positions for both Pitt and Penn State football and address Pitt basketball's recent roster movement.

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March 29, 2021 Pick ’n Roll finale: Wrapping up a season unlike any other

High school insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein discuss the state of WPIAL basketball and share their top memories from the season. We discuss player of the year candidates, declare a prediction record winner and make some predictions for the next season. Plus, we're joined by championship guest Mike Rodriguez.

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March 26, 2021 Ranking the Steelers’ top needs

Running back? Center? Tight end? Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo are back to evaluate and debate the team’s top needs. Plus, we dive deeper into the details of the Steven Nelson situation and revisit a bet we made during the season.

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March 25, 2021 Pirates are getting their roster ready

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak break down what the club’s roster is starting to look like. Some position competitions are over, but others are still presenting some tough choices. Can we predict the Pirates’ opening day lineup? Plus, we share MLB season predictions and discuss Todd Frazier’s status and options.

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March 24, 2021 How can the Penguins overcome Evgeni Malkin’s absence?

Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel discuss what Evgeni Malkin’s absence means for the team. How can the Penguins weather this storm? Plus, the trade deadline is quickly approaching. But will we see any moves from the Penguins?

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March 23, 2021 Can Kenny Pickett pull off a big season?

College insiders Craig Meyer, John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn start their Pitt and Penn State spring camp position previews at quarterback. Kenny Pickett is back for another season. Will he make it count? And what does the backup situation look like? Plus, we discuss how the NCAA tournament is going so far.

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March 22, 2021 Pick ’n Roll podcast: It's time for state basketball semifinals — and COVID-19 strikes again

High school insiders Mike White and Steve Rotstein discuss the latest COVID-19 situations and how teams like Bishop Canevin and Upper St. Clair have been impacted. Plus, which players have earned this week’s shining star award? Chartiers Valley girls basketball coach Tim McConnell also joins us by Zoom to discuss his team’s success, semifinals and more.

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March 19, 2021 Emergency episode: JuJu is staying in Pittsburgh

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo are back for an emergency podcast episode. The Steelers found a way to bring JuJu Smith-Schuster back. What does this say about how they view the other receivers on their roster? Plus, Steven Nelson is looking for a new team.

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March 19, 2021 Breaking down the Steelers’ free agency (in)activity

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down how quiet things have been on the Steelers’ free agency front. Pittsburgh has made a couple of moves, but will the weeks leading up to the draft be more exciting? Plus, we discuss the team’s cap situation, what it means for some of these players to return and more.

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March 18, 2021 Which Pirates have something to prove?

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak break down the latest news from Florida and share what we've learned about the Pirates so far. Which players are turning over new leaves? Which ones need to step up their game? Plus, we discuss rotation concerns, biggest surprises and why the Pirates need to run things like a meritocracy. 

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March 17, 2021 Was Brandon Tanev’s hit clean or not?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss Brandon Tanev’s hit in Tuesday’s game against the Bruins. Did the refs get the call right? Plus, we break down the Penguins’ recent surge, injuries and potential lineup changes.

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March 12, 2021 Steelers free agency predictions: Who will get a fresh start?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo are back for a free agency prediction bonanza. We take a look at who’s already back, who might come back and who is definitely off to a new team. Plus, we share memories of the pandemic hitting the sports world.

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February 26, 2021 Ben Roethlisberger is back. What are the Steelers’ next moves?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down the latest Ben Roethlisberger news. Is the height of the drama behind us? Plus, we go through Ray’s second mock draft and get an idea of what the Steelers could go after.

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February 25, 2021 How the Pirates are building from here

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak break down how the Pirates are marking success in 2021 and what their building process looks like. Plus, we discuss what Ke’Bryan Hayes means to the team and the fans.

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February 24, 2021 How do the Penguins weather a Jason Zucker injury?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down what Jason Zucker’s injury means for the team. How will the Penguins adjust? Plus, we discuss what Kasperi Kapanen and Tristan Jarry have done to bounce back and talk about Sidney Crosby's 1,000th game.

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February 23, 2021 Justin Champagnie’s future — at Pitt or in the NBA

College insiders Craig Meyer, John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn break down Justin Champagnie’s options: Will he stay or try his luck in the draft? Plus, we discuss local basketball teams wrapping up their regular seasons and the start of the FCS spring season.

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February 22, 2021 Pick ’n Roll: Which WPIAL teams should get the top seeds?

High school basketball insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein pick the WPIAL teams they think should get the top playoff seeds. Plus, we're joined by Upper St. Clair coach Danny Holzer to discuss the season and playoffs.

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February 19, 2021 Is it time for the Steelers to hit the reset button?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down Ben Roethlisberger’s contract status and whether or not this whole situation has become embarrassing for him yet. Plus, we discuss Maurkice Pouncey’s retirement and J.J. Watt’s next move.

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February 18, 2021 Takeaways from the first days of Pirates spring training

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak share what they’ve learned from the first few days of spring training Zoom calls. Are the Pirates creating a new culture? Is it time for young players to step up to the plate? Plus, we rank the best baseball sounds.

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February 17, 2021 14 biggest things we've learned about Penguins

The Penguins’ season is already a quarter of the way done, so insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down the 14 things we’ve learned about the team through 14 games. Plus, we hand out our weekly Stick Taps and much more. 

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February 16, 2021 Panthers face final stretch after losing five of their last six games

College insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss Pitt’s downward spiral and the mistakes the team needs to fix as it faces the final stretch. Plus, we take a look at the football coaching movement at Pitt and Penn State.

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February 15, 2021 Pick ’n Roll podcast: Which NBA players are WPIAL players most like?

High school insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein are joined by the first-ever Pick ’n Roll guest, Brayden Reynolds. We discuss similarities between certain NBA and WPIAL players, share our shining stars and make predictions for this week’s games.

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February 12, 2021 A look at the Steelers’ (potential) future

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down what the Steelers need from this year’s draft. Plus, they discuss T.J. Watt’s DPOY loss to Aaron Donald.

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February 10, 2021 There’s a new Penguins GM in town

Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel take a look at the newest members of the Penguins’ front office: Ron Hextall and Brian Burke. What can they bring to the organization? Plus, we revisit the game against the Islanders and share some stick taps.

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January 29, 2021 What Ben Roethlisberger’s return would mean for the Steelers

Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko analyze the state of the Steelers and dissect Ben Roethlisberger’s desire to return. Which dominoes still have to fall?

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January 28, 2021 What’s the return on the Pirates’ recent trades?

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss the recent trades of Joe Musgrove and Jameson Taillon. What kind of return did the Pirates get? Plus, they discuss next steps for the team and share their top “walk it off” moments.

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January 27, 2021 Jim Rutherford resigns. Where do the Penguins go from here?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss Jim Rutherford’s surprise resignation — and the legacy he’s leaving behind. Plus, they take a look at the team’s future, evaluate the absurd number of injuries and share some stick taps.

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January 26, 2021 Is Pitt stuck in a pattern?

College insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss Pitt basketball’s last two games, share their thoughts on Coach K’s exchange with a student reporter and evaluate Pitt's presence at the Senior Bowl. Plus, they share memories of the legendary Hank Aaron.

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January 25, 2021 Pick ’n Roll: High school basketball is heating up

High School insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein are back to discuss the hottest topics in Western PA basketball. Which streaks are the greatest? Who are the shining stars? Plus, they share their predictions for the week.

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January 22, 2021 Vance McDonald retires, more Steelers changes to come

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss the announcement of Vance McDonald’s retirement and how that impacts the Steelers’ tight end room. Plus, we discuss offensive coordinator candidates, the signing of Dwayne Haskins and preview the season’s remaining games.

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January 20, 2021 Should the Penguins be concerned about Tristan Jarry?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss Tristan Jarry’s performance and how the Penguins can fill holes on an injury-ravaged defense. Plus, they share their early impressions of Kasperi Kapapen.

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January 19, 2021 Justin Champagnie is stealing the show

College insiders Nubyjas Wilborn, Craig Meyer and John McGonigal break down Justin Champagnie’s insane return. How much has his performance shifted the conversation? Plus, Rivals’ Geoff Ketchum joins the show to discuss Penn State hiring Mike Yurcich as offensive coordinator.

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January 18, 2021 Where do the Pirates stand now?

Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak are back to break down everything the Pirates have done over this offseason — and yes, they’re calling it a rebuild. Plus, we’re joined by Baseball America’s Carlos Collazo to discuss the Pirates’ prospects and more.

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January 14, 2021 Randy Fichtner is out. Which other Steelers should go?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down the latest team news and share their thoughts on all of the changes the Steelers could — and should — make. Who deserves a contract, and who shouldn't be back?

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January 13, 2021 It’s (finally) a hockey night in Pittsburgh

Before the puck drops, Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel are sharing their final takeaways from training camp. Plus, they’re joined by a special guest: Penguins broadcaster Josh Getzoff, who discusses his role with the team and previews the season.

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January 12, 2021 Has college football gotten predictable?

College insiders John McGonigal, Nubyjas Wilborn and Craig Meyer review the College Football Playoff national championship, discuss Penn State's new offensive coordinator and address Justin Champagnie's health and where Pitt basketball stands.

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January 11, 2021 The Steelers need to make some drastic changes after a momentous blowout

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo are back for an emergency podcast episode after a record-setting season for the Steelers ended with a record-setting playoff loss to the Browns. How did we get here, and who’s on the hot seat now?

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December 31, 2020 What to watch at Penguins training camp

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss how training camp will be different this year, which Penguins have the most to prove and what fans should look for. Plus, we share our stick taps.

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December 30, 2020 With playoffs on the horizon, do the Steelers have any tricks up their sleeve?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo revisit the Steelers’ defeat of the Colts. They did what they had to do, but should we still be cautiously optimistic about the team? Plus, we discuss Mike Tomlin’s decision to rest Ben Roethlisberger, consider likely scenarios for the playoffs and make predictions for the Steelers’ regular season finale.

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December 29, 2020 That's a wrap: A look back at Pitt and Penn State's seasons

College football insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn look back at how the Panthers and Nittany Lions fared during the 2020 season. Were expectations met? How do these teams move forward? Plus, we break down the latest Pitt basketball news.

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December 23, 2020 Does a new division hurt the Penguins' chances?

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down the Penguins’ new-look division. Which team looks like it could take it all? Plus, we analyze how playoffs will work and share stick taps.

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December 22, 2020 Steelers dancing right out of Super Bowl contention

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss the latest December collapse, punctuated by a loss to the lowly Bengals. Could we see some changes to the coaching staff soon? And is there any hope of a rebound from Ben Roethlisberger for the postseason, or are we witnessing the end of an era? Plus, we dive into the JuJu Smith-Schuster distracting social-media posts. 

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December 22, 2020 What we learned about Pitt, Penn State after tumultuous season

College insiders Craig Meyer, John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss Penn State's 2020 season after it skipped a bowl, where Pitt stands after Kenny Pickett's decision to come back and what 2021 might look like for both teams.

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December 17, 2020 Steelers aren't reaching for the panic button... yet

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down the Steelers’ performance against the Bills. Is Pittsburgh in trouble? Plus, we discuss JuJu’s latest antics and make predictions for Monday night’s game against the Bengals.

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December 15, 2020 Pitt’s disappointing season is over; Will Penn State keep winning?

College football insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss Pitt's decision not to play in a bowl game. What exactly went wrong in the Panthers' disappointing 6-5 season? Plus, we look ahead to Penn State's game against Illinois.

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December 10, 2020 Has Steelers' offense been exposed?

Adam Bittner joins Steelers insider Ray Fittipaldo to discuss the Steelers’ first loss of the season. Has Pittsburgh’s offense been exposed? Plus, we're joined by the Buffalo News' Jay Skurski to discuss how the Bills are viewing this massive matchup as a measuring-stick game and what Steelers fans need to know about the ascending opponent.

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December 08, 2020 Pitt’s regular season finale looms; Will Penn State’s winning streak last?

College football insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn preview what’s next for Pitt and Penn State. How will these final regular season games play out? What are both teams’ postseason possibilities? Plus, they discuss Jeff Capel’s comments on amateurism and the pandemic.

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November 27, 2020 Making sense of the Steelers-Ravens COVID mess

In an emergency episode, Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down everything that’s happened since the showdown with the Ravens first got postponed before Thanksgiving. Are the Steelers players right to complain about how the NFL is handling the outbreak in Baltimore? And what can we expect Tuesday night when this game is (maybe) finally played?

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November 24, 2020 Evaluating Pitt's dominant performance and Penn State's historically bad season

College insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn break down Pitt's dominant win against Virginia Tech, predict the Panthers’ game at Clemson and discuss Penn State's historic 0-5 start. Plus, we look ahead to Jeff Capel's third season in charge of Pitt basketball.

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November 20, 2020 Are we overrating importance of Steelers' running game?

Insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko discuss the hot button issue for the undefeated Steelers: Will a struggling running game hold them back from a Super Bowl run? Plus we take a look at the upcoming game against the Jaguars and make our predictions. 

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November 19, 2020 Penguins fantasy draft and latest return-to-play plans

Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo draft two teams from Pittsburgh’s current roster. Plus, we update where things stand in the NHL's return-to-play plan and give out stick taps.

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November 18, 2020 High School Football Huddle — WPIAL title takeaways

High school football insiders Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein share their biggest takeaways from the WPIAL championship games, discuss the biggest performers and look ahead to the PIAA games coming up this weekend.

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November 17, 2020 Pitt walks COVID tightrope; Penn State continues its spiral

College insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn break down Penn State's disastrous 0-4 start and the quarterback controversy that has risen as a result. Plus, Pitt felt the COVID-19 bite when it had a game postponed. Is it even possible that it will be the only schedule change? 

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November 13, 2020 Should Steelers consider resting Ben Roethlisberger?

Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss how the team is handling its first internal COVID situation and wonder if it would be best to rest Ben Roethlisberger regardless of how he tests to give the banged-up quarterback a breather before the stretch run. Then we dive into the Bengals matchup and offer our predictions. 

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November 11, 2020 High School Football Huddle — WPIAL title time

High school insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein break down everything you need to know about the WPIAL football championships this weekend. Who are the names to watch, which teams will be crowned champions and what surprises might be in store? Finally, we share some memories of legendary coach Bob Amalia. 

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November 10, 2020 Pitt takes care of business while Penn State gets embarrassed

College insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn break down Pitt's much-needed win at Florida State, discuss Penn State's shocking 0-3 start after an upset loss to Maryland and look ahead to what's next for the Panthers and Nittany Lions.

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November 06, 2020 Do Steelers have to worry about overconfidence?

Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko share their takeaways from everything that has happened since an emotional win over the Ravens and wonder if the team might be a bit overconfident as it’s racked up a 7-0 record. Plus, the Cowboys seem like a pushover in this matchup, but are there any lingering concerns about the run defense from the Baltimore game?

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November 04, 2020 High School Football Huddle — WPIAL title chases heat up

High school football insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein dive into the WPIAL playoffs and share their biggest takeaways so far. We take a look at how the star players around the state are performing and predict every playoff matchup this weekend. 

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November 03, 2020 Inside the whacky worlds of Pitt, Penn State football

College insiders Craig Meyer, John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn dive into another whirlwind week, as Penn State falls to 0-2 while Pitt loses a significant player for its stretch run. What led to Paris Ford’s decision to opt out of the rest of the season? And how can the Nittany Lions salvage their year?

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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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