Double Drivel 12-10-13 Issue

Mike’s Commentary:  While there may not be many things in sports as certain as having snow during the winter in Pennsylvania, there is one sure bet in NASCAR.  Dale Earnhardt Jr. has won his 11th consecutive most popular driver award. And while Junior naysayers will say that is the only thing he can win, Dale put up solid numbers this year, finishing 5th in the season ending standings, and scoring more points than any other driver over the 2nd half of the Chase.
—The high school basketball season started this past Friday night with many of the local teams playing in tip-off tournaments.  Go out and support your home team!!!!
—PirateFest takes place on December 14th and 15th at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. This is a great way to get up close to some of your favorite ballplayers. 
—The Pitt football team finished their first season in ACC conference play at 6-6 overall and 3-5 in the conference.  While they finished 6th out of 7 teams in the ACC Coastal division, they did manage an early win over Duke, who won the division and played Florida State in the conference championship.  And while they were at least semi-competitive in most of their games, the Panthers were worlds away from Florida State at the top. I guess recruiting now becomes everything so we will see how the Panthers fare now that they are in a better football conference than they had been.
Mike Likes: Bengals at Steelers:  This game could be the season for the Steelers. Just like I made home field advantage the decider in taking Cincinnati earlier in the season, I will make home field advantage the decider and take the Steelers in this one. Steelers 23  Bengals 21.
Dick’s Thoughts- Several area athletes were recently honored when the KSAC released their all conference squads.  Named to the first team squad in football were AC Valley’s Mike Suto, Keystone’s Josh Servey and Calen Heeter, and Union’s Brett Kriebel, Shane Murphy, and Eric Seary.  In volleyball Keystone’s Kari McQuistion and Natalie Friedlund were named to the first team and McKenna Schick made the second team.  AC Valley was represented on the second team by Makayli Terwilliger and Jessica Callender on the third team.  In golf AC Valley’s Noah Morgan was named to the first team and was joined Keystone’s Amber Hess and Beau Schettler.  Keytone’s Ryan Wolbert was named to the second team in golf.  Shannon Quail of AC Valley was honored as a first team pick on the girls cross country team.  In boys cross country AC Valley’s John Anderson and Union’s Beau Rankin were named first team, and Keystone’s Brady Thompson made the second team.  In girls soccer Keystone’s Kennedy McLendon was named to the first team.  Congratulations to all the honorees on great seasons! 
The Pirates are now rumored to be in hot pursuit of James Loney to play first base.  He is very good defensively and average offensively.  We shall see on this one. 
With a rumored 10 NFL coaches on the hot seat, you have to wonder if this is the year that Coach B O leaves Penn State.  The win over Wisconsin put him back on the map so either he gets another raise or he might leave Happy Valley. 
Pitt beat Penn State in basketball the other night in the ACC Big 10 Challenge.  The 2 schools are miles apart in basketball but Coach Pat Chambers has the Nits playing much better.  Chambers is a very good coach, but trying to get big time basketball players to State College seems like quite a challenge. 
When Patriots Coach Bill Belichick was found guilty in Spy Gate a few years ago, he was fined $500,000 and the Pats lost a first round draft pick.  Now Mike “whoops” Tomlin was out on the field during a kickoff the NFL fined him $100,000.  Could the NFL be considering the Steelers losing a 5th round pick?
An old saying in basketball is “Don’t leave your feet”.  Has anyone ever seen this happen?  I can see you not leaving the floor but I have trouble seeing anyone leaving his feet. 
Here is an oddity, the Duke football team entered December with the same number of losses that the Duke basketball had.  
In 1970 there was one player in the NFL that weighed 300 pounds.  As of today there are 358.
Someone recently paid $11,000 for David Ortiz’s beard clippings.  What a country!
Dick’s Pick
Cincinnati @ STEELERS:  The Bengals seem to have the better team.  The Steelers seem to have the better coach.  Just when you think the Bengals are good, Marvin Lewis shows up.  STEELERS 17 Bengals 13
Thought of the week:  Sweat is what happens when your fat is crying.

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