Proud West Virginia native married to a Michigander while living in northeast Ohio. Professional sports journalist and broadcaster.
@Farnsworth I think Niskanen said it best in the postgame. This team gets tight and it shows. Going to take some time to get past the bad memories, I guess.
4 months ago on Conversation @ http://thepensblog.com/2014-archives/recap-game-six-pens-win-4-3-advance-to-round-2.html
Not sure how I feel about this. I'm full-blooded Polish and grew up in a culture in which "Polack" was used as an everyday term...like calling someone from Germany a German. I didn't realize it was considered derogatory until I was in my mid-20s. Is this really common knowledge?
5 months ago on Conversation @ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/andrew-catalon-and-cbs-speak-out-on-ncaa-tournament-mistake.html
Who should make it? Kunitz, Neal, maybe Fleury as No. 3 goalie. Who will? Neal.
7 months, 3 weeks ago on Discuss: Which Penguins Will Make Team Canada?
Soccer and hockey will both see ratings boosts after their respective international showcases this year (World Cup, Olympics).
7 months, 3 weeks ago on 10 Sports Media Predictions for 2014
Doc should be OK...although he might be better off calling the whole game off the monitor.
7 months, 4 weeks ago on NBC brings announcers to ice level for Winter Classic
11 months, 1 week ago on The Pirates are going to the playoffs
@mwr505 @Eephus Cleveland and Cincy have their "Battle of Ohio" thing that draws very well in both cities, so MLB's not going to break that up. Unless they decide to have two interleague "rivarly" series at some point, we're not going to see the Tribe that often.
11 months, 2 weeks ago on Game 145: Pirates 7 Rangers 5
11 months, 3 weeks ago on Every Pirates Pitcher With Doug Drabek's Mullet and Mustache
@mwr505 Should be on the Pirates' website somewhere.
11 months, 4 weeks ago on Game 137: Pirates 5 Brewers 2
@TomBrenholts I don't even know what to say to that. Division or bust!
11 months, 4 weeks ago on 80 wins
Just to counteract the Chicken Littles that comment after a loss, I'll just go ahead and say the Bucs are winning the division. :-)
12 months ago on Game 134: Pirates 5 Cardinals 0
The Byrd moment was something special. I was thinking before the game that a blowout would be nice. Went exactly as planned.
12 months ago on Game 132: Pirates 7 Brewers 1
@justinzeth The lineup has overachieved? They haven't scored runs all year. If they had overachieved, they'd be in a better spot. This team is all about pitching, if that stays strong, they'll have a good shot at the division.
1 year ago on Game 130: Giants 4 Pirates 0 (a late recap)
@pensheart @mariolemieux666 Darryl Sutter is the Kings' coach.
1 year, 5 months ago on RECAP: Suddenly Sutter. PENS WIN.
With the A's, Angels and Yankees, they're all splitting a market somewhat. Not sure it's really an apples-to-apples comparison in that way. In the Angels and A's cases, they are clearly the No. 2 team in the market, as well.
1 year, 10 months ago on Tigers and Reds top local MLB ratings this year
@Carnegie Chip The Edwin Jackson situation was what I was thinking about, but maybe that's an outlier?
1 year, 11 months ago on Neal Huntington and his staff get a vote of confidence
A question I have is this: Did this year show enough promise to the rest of the league that free agents will at least be a little more receptive to coming to Pittsburgh? That would be a significant development if so.
@TanTrax35 Thanks for making a lazy uninformed WV joke while you're at it.
1 year, 11 months ago on Game 141 Precap: F*ck you, Pirates | August 2012
@zeke0629 Throwing games? Wow.
Matt, Hammer's fastball was in the 94-96 range, but he had no idea where it was going. In golf terms he was hooking it and slicing it...missing to both sides pretty badly.
2 years, 1 month ago on Game 82: Pirates 2 Astros 0 | July 2012
Loved when you could see Sid saying "shoot the f*cking puck" after TK did his usual change-the-angle toe drag on a 3-on-2 late in the 3rd.
2 years, 5 months ago on RECAP: Only the Beginning. PENS LOSE. | March 2012
2 years, 12 months ago on Welcome to the basement | September 2011
I think you're right. @ignoramus
3 years ago on Perhaps this will cheer Pirate fans up | August 2011
@TomBrenholts The standard is the standard....really? Someone loves Mike Tomlin.
3 years ago on I'm still in a bad mood today | July 2011
And yet, I feel just a bit better because I know I'm not alone in my outrage. I can't believe you were able to put coherent thoughts together after that game.
3 years ago on Game 110: Cubs 7 Pirates 6 | July 2011
Charles Schultz is a Pirates fan at least in spirit.
3 years ago on Why, no, I'm not in a good mood right now. Why do you ask? | July 2011
If there is a bad aspect of this season, it's the casual fans that have been so schizophrenic over the last month. I guess that's the price you pay for relevance. Trying not to sound like an elitist die-hard, so I hope we get a lot more casuals onboard over the next few years.
3 years ago on Just a wee bit of perspective | July 2011
From your lips to God's ears.
3 years, 1 month ago on What Eight Straight Pittsburgh Pirates Sell Outs Can Do
@tivoglio @Eephus For someone who pokes fun at solid concepts like BABIP and OPS, you sure do throw around more than your fair share of frivolities yourself. Hope you didn't run out of cliches in that "old school baseball" dictionary of yours.
3 years, 1 month ago on Jose Tabata and Neil Walker at the halfway point | July 2011
I believe Pat meant the fans cheered all the way through Diaz' double, not that the announcement was made during his at-bat.
3 years, 1 month ago on Game 89: Cubs 6 Pirates 3 | July 2011
Wood is good!
3 years, 1 month ago on Beating bad teams | July 2011
A look at potential realignment in the NHL: http://www.sportshaze.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-penguins/nhl-realignment-would-provide-welcome-reboot-for-league-pittsburgh-penguins-4408
3 years, 2 months ago on In West Philadelphia, born and...immediately traded by Paul holmgren | TPB
@anacrusis I think the "head case" thing is a mislabeling of a quiet guy who happened to leave a lot of pitches up and over the plate. Simply put, his stuff is playing much better now than it ever has. Kip Wells was never like this.
3 years, 3 months ago on Game 42: Pirates 5 Reds 0 | May 2011
The voice of sanity! It wears a lot of other folks out, too, Pat.
3 years, 3 months ago on The Pirates will never be right if you don't want them to be | May 2011
Jagr should be wary of a Pittsburgh encore: http://sportshaze.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-penguins/jaromir-jagr-should-be-wary-of-returning-to-pittsburgh-penguins-3594
3 years, 3 months ago on ROOT Sports GM Just Doesn't Get It | TPB
Mulling over the Jagr rumors/reports, as well as the Stanley Cup playoffs, on the Gospel of Hockey podcast: http://sportshaze.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-penguins/polish-prodigy-podcast-gospel-of-hockey-for-may-12-3525
3 years, 3 months ago on Come Home Jagr | TPB
Pirates to have moment of silence for Kenny tonight: http://sportshaze.com/pittsburgh/misc/pittsburgh-sports-fixture-geidel-dies-3494
3 years, 3 months ago on Win one for Kenny Geidel | May 2011
Pirates to have a moment of silence tonight for Kenny: http://sportshaze.com/pittsburgh/misc/pittsburgh-sports-fixture-geidel-dies-3494
3 years, 3 months ago on R.I.P. Cotton Candy Man | TPB
100 posts on the gamethread?? Amazing.
3 years, 3 months ago on Game 18: Pirates 4 Dodgers 1 | May 2011
Well said, Pat. I think the combination of the Penguins being done earlier than they have been for the last three years and the whole NFL lockout situation has put more scrutiny on the Pirates than usual this time of year. That's the best way I can explain the hoopla.
3 years, 3 months ago on Some thoughts on that number | May 2011
Taking pleasure in the misfortune of Penguins' rivals: http://plus.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/blogs/taking-pleasure-in-misfortunate-of-penguins-rivals.html
3 years, 3 months ago on Goodbye, Capitals. The 2010-2001 Capitals Eulogy. | TPB
The Penguins may be eliminated, but at least they don't have an identity crisis like the Capitals: http://sportshaze.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-penguins/pittsburgh-penguins-may-be-eliminated-but-they-dont-have-an-identity-crisis-3368
3 years, 3 months ago on Osama, Vinny Lecavalier's dick move | TPB
Keep in mind there were no shootouts, and overtime was 5-on-5 in 1993 with losers getting nothing. This year's team accomplished a lot, but I wouldn't say it was "close" to what the 93 team did. @ogminlo
3 years, 4 months ago on Dan Bylsma Nominated For Coach Of The Year | TPB
Jimerson makes the difference. Wish the Pens could somehow wear their whites tonight just to mix it up and match the crowd. Still weird that the fans match up with the visitors.
3 years, 4 months ago on Counting Down The Hours | TPB
Gotta go with the Bee Gees, boys. Hearkening back to 08 Cup Final Game 5.
Seven Lessons for Game 7: http://sportshaze.com/pittsburgh/pittsburgh-penguins/pittsburgh-penguins-can-take-lessons-from-past-home-game-7s-3209
3 years, 4 months ago on LINK CITY: Game is at 8, Canucks/Blackhawks Hightlights, Gameday suggestions | TPB
It's remarkable how many times I've heard the old "bad teams don't know how bad they are at this time of year" excuse from other broadcast teams. Or, your team could just be bad this year and you don't know it yet, blowhard.
3 years, 4 months ago on Game 16: Pirates 9 Reds 3 | April 2011
@Ostry66_PL You had me at "In Poland."
3 years, 4 months ago on Tampa Bay fans using some drum to make noise tonight. | TPB
3 years, 4 months ago on Game 13: Pirates 6 Reds 1 | April 2011
Required reading! We don't see nearly enough X's and O's when it comes to hockey. Give it to us, we can understand it.
3 years, 4 months ago on Pittsburgh-Tampa Preview: Penguins have utilized rule tweak to terrorize Lightning defense
So angry after watching Game Six of the Montreal series again. Forgot how many posts the Pens hit in that second period that would've put the game away. What a fluke...but that's postseason hockey.
3 years, 4 months ago on Our Favorite Unsung Moments/Players In Penguins Playoff History