Double Drivel 3/18/14 Issue

Mike’s Commentary: Dale Earnhardt Jr. has started out the 2014 Sprint Cup season on fire.  He claimed NASCAR’s Super Bowl by winning the Daytona 500 and has followed that up with runner-up finishes at Phoenix and Las Vegas. Going back to last year, Junior has 6 straight top 5 finishes and has finished in the top 10 in 11 of his last 12 seasons. Dale will turn 50 in October and with his crew chief, Steve Letarte, leaving the team after this season, this might be Earnhardt’s last real good chance to win a championship.
—Change is coming to the Pittsburgh Steelers, especially on the defensive side of the ball. Long-time starters Ryan Clark, Brett Kiesel and LaMarr Woodley all appear to be on their way out of town. The Steelers may have upgraded at free safety, though, with the signing of Mike Mitchell. Mitchell comes to the ‘Burgh via Carolina and will replace Ryan Clark, and, therefore, will bring younger legs and more speed to the free safety position.
—There is now only 2 weeks until the start of the 2014 Major League baseball season. It will be interesting to see how the Pirates respond after the terrific season they put together last year. I must admit, I’m a bit disappointed that Pirates management chose not to upgrade the talent on the team for this year.
—Congratulations to the Karns City Lady Gremlins for the success they had in the 2013-2014 basketball season.  The KSAC and District IX AA champions finished their season at 25-2 after losing to Bishop Canevin in the 2nd round of the PIAA playoffs.

Dick’s Thoughts - So much for the adage success breeds success.  Johnsonburg High School won the state championship in baseball last year.  This year they don’t have enough players for a team. 
When filling out your March Madness basketball bracket remember to pick the teams with the most talent.  Unfortunately this year there are maybe 16 teams that could win the whole thing.  Florida is very experienced and on a roll.  Wichita State is unbeaten but has some scheduling questions.  Arizona has talent but somehow manage to lose to lesser teams.  Villanova, Louisville, Kansas and the like all have some warts.
If you fill out a bracket for the women’s tournament you have to like Connecticut and to a lesser degree Notre Dame.  If you pick against those 2 giants….GOOD LUCK.
The Steelers have had a pretty lackluster off season so far.  They did sign free agent Mike Mitchell to replace Ryan Clark, and brought back a couple of aging veterans in Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller.  But a team coming off back to back 8-8 seasons and missing the playoffs needs to do more.  They better hit a home run or two in the draft or it could be another long year ahead for the Black and Gold. 
West Virginia pays Bob Huggins $3 million a year to coach basketball.  His agent also got him an extra $25 thousand for every time he beats Kansas.  He beat them last weekend to pick up the bonus.  I wonder if he was docked pay for losing to Virginia Tech?
ABC recently announced that Chris Fowler will now be their main announcer for Saturday night football games.  That means no more having to listen to Brent Mussburger!!!
Thought of the week:  We all die.  The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will. 
 

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