Double Drivel 12-24-13 Issue

Dick’s Thoughts
The Pirates at this time have a huge question mark at first base with 3 months till the opener.  Right now it looks like a platoon between Gabby Sanchez and Andrew Lambo….YIKES.  Lambo is currently learning the position in winter ball.  So desparate are the Bucs they just signed first baseman Travis Ishikawa who hit 105 with 1 rbi for the Yankees and Orioles last year.
John Downing, who lives in San Diego, CA, was picked to ref. the NAIA championship final in Rome, GA on Dec. 21. Cumberlands Patriots, KY., played  Grand View, IA. John is the son of Wilson & Cathy Downing of East Brady.
Two Sundays ago the Browns hosted the Bears in a meaningless game and there were 1,700 no shows,  That evening the Steelers played the Bengals and there were 20,000 no shows.
Three years ago Pitt lost to Cincinnati 45-44 in football.  This year they lost to Cincinnati 44-43 in basketball.  The basketball loss was painful to watch and set basketball back 40 years. 
Pitt made a bowl game this year, their 6th consecutive bowl appearance.  Coaches and fans always go on about how important it is to get to a bowl and get the additional 15 practices.  Too bad these 15 practices never seem to really do a lot for Pitt.  After 3 consecutive Compass Bowl appearances this year they end up in a Pizza Bowl.  I am almost afraid to think how bad they might be without those extra practices. 
Good news for any of you paying $1500 for a Super Bowl ticket.  The NFL is reportedly going to give out gloves, hand warmers, earmuffs, and other supplies. 
Baldwin High School junior Sterling Jenkins is one of the most sought after lineman in the country.  He has offers from almost all of the big schools in the US.  He was recently named to the AAAA state all-star first team.  Ironically Jenkins was not named to neither the first nor second all conference teams in his section.  The coaches pick the all-conference teams and sportswriters pick the all-state team. 
Thought of the week:  One day you’ll be just a memory for some people.  Do your best to be a good one. 
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
Dick’s Picks
Bowling Green vs PITT:  The good news is Pitt is not playing in Birmingham for a fourth consecutive year. The bad news is they are playing in Detroit.  A bad bowl game is better than no bowl game, I think.  BG looked good winning their conference title,  Pitt looked like Pitt most of the year.  BG 24 Pitt 21
Cleveland @ Steelers:  The loser of this game is really the winner.  The loser gets a better draft pick which is more important than winning a meaningless game.  Big Ben won’t lose and the Steelers will pick higher. STEELERS 20 Browns 10

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