Double Drivel 2-4-14 Issue

Mike’s Commentary: Duke visited Peterson Events Center to take on Pitt last week in a good test to see where Pitt stacks up with the ACC elite. While the game was tight well into the 2nd half, Duke pulled away for a 15 point victory. Duke shot lights out from the 3-point line and Pitt’s normal staunch defense could not stop them. What I did see as Pitt transforms from the old rugged, physical style of the Big East, was a much more up-tempo Pitt offense. This will serve them well in the future. But, as for now, it looks like Pitt may be a step below the play of the ACC powerhouses.
—In a nice touch prior to the Panthers/Blue Devils contest, Pitt and Duke honored Dick Groat. Groat played basketball and baseball at the University of Duke where he was a 2-time All-American in both sports and was the 1951 Helms Player of the year and the 1952 UPI National Player of the Year in basketball. Dick had been inducted into NCAA basketball and baseball hall of fames. Upon graduating from Duke, Groat was signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He played 16 years in the majors with 4 teams. Groat was part of the 1960 Pirates squad that defeated the New York Yankees in the World Series and he was named the National League MVP that year. Groat is a Western PA native, born in Wilkinsburg, and he attended Swissvale High School. He has been the color commentator for the Pittsburgh Panthers basketball radio team for the past several years.
Dick’s Thoughts
Congratulations to Karns City’s Tyler Kepple for recently joining the 1,000 point club. Tyler became the 11th Gremlin boy to reach 1,000 points.
Great to see NASCAR changing the way their Championship is going to be contested. WINS will matter. Not near as much emphasis on points and more importance for winning races. When the championship comes down to the last race ratings should soar.
The Pirates team payroll was around $67 million last year. If the season started now the Bucs team payroll would be around $70 million. The Pirates made 6-10 million last year from being in the playoffs, got an increase in television revenue, and raised ticket prices. They went out and brought back Clint Barmes and added Edinson Volquez, Chris Stewart, Jaff Decker, and some minor leaguers. They are putting a ton of hope in Jose Tabata and Andrew Lambo in the early season and then Gregory Polanco at midseason to fill the void at first base and right field. Let’s hope these players come through.
What a great idea for the NFL to have Jerry Rice and Deon Sanders drafting Pro Bowl team. That certainly made the game better and I can only imagine the excitement of seeing if Team Rice can win again next year. Another exciting part of the game was watching Kansas City’s Derrick Johnson crushing his own teammate Jamaal Charles who suffered a concussion in his last playoff game. Imagine how much fun it would be to see Lawrence Timmons destroy Ben Rothleisberger next season and end his career? This game needs to go away.
Great win by the Penn State basketball team over Ohio State the other night in overtime. The mighty Buckeyes fell to 3-5 in the conference and were once ranked as #3 in the country. The Nits improved to 2-6 with the win.
Kevin Durant has been going wild scoring over 30 points in 12 straight games and averaging 31.3 per game this season. Wilt Chamberlin averaged 30.1 points per game for his career and in 1961-1962 he averaged 50.4 points per game and 25.7 rebounds.
Though of the week: There are many trails up a mountain, but in time they all reach the top.
 

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