Double Drivel 4/1/14 Issue

Mike’s Commentary:
Brothers Sean and Archie Miller have coached their respective teams into the NCAA Tournament’s Elite 8. Sean, who played his college ball at Pitt, coaches the #1 seed Arizona Wildcats. Meanwhile, Archie’s Dayton Flyers have become the Cinderella team as a #11 seed. Archie played his college ball at North Carolina State. The Miller brothers played their high school ball at Blackhawk, PA High School where they were coached by their father John. —The Philadelphia 76ers have made it into the record books for all the wrong reasons. Last Thursday they lost their 26th straight contest, thus, equaling the NBA record for the most losses in a row.
Dick’s Thoughts
Baseball season is finally here! The Bucs coming off their first winning season in 21 years certainly have some question marks. Gaby Sanchez has been declared the everyday first baseman. Can Edson Volquez earn the $5 million the Bucs are going to pay him? Can Jose Tabata and Travis Snider hold the fort down to Gregory Polanco arrives? Is Wandy Rodriguez healthy? Can Francisco Liriano have another great year? Which Jeff Locke will appear? Can Mark Melanson and Jason Grilli repeat last year? There are lots of questions and a lot has to fall in place for the Pirates to repeat last season’s success. They won 94 last year, but I can’t see them doing it this year. I say 87-75 and possibly a wildcard. Miguel Cabrera just signed a 10 year $292 million dollar contract. Cabrera the past few years has been one of the best players in baseball, but he is 30. I can’t imagine him at 40 being worth $30 million per season. The Pirates signed Starling Marte to a 6 year $31 million dollar contract. In 6 years there is probably a good chance that Marte will be better than Cabrera. Great move by the Pirates. The Penguins seem to be taking on water as the season winds down. Their power play has struggled. They have a ton injuries and they still have a question mark in goal with Fleury. It was great to see Lincoln Park Performing Arts Charter School beat Math Civics and Sciences for the PIAA class A state championship. Once again the public schools have virtually no chance to win against the private schools. No Big East teams in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1993 and no North Carolina teams that far since 1979. An Ohio State wrestler recently won the NCAA championship and the Athletic Director was rewarded with an $18,000 bonus. That seems fair.
Thought of the week: You can’t make footprints on the sands of time by sitting on your butt.

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