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Join us every week for a look at Pittsburgh sports with a rotating cast of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sportswriters from our home base on North Shore Drive.

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    From the Point: What has Tristan Jarry proved with his recent run?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 1, 2021 39:02

    Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo evaluate Tristan Jarry's hot streak and consider whether or not it's too early to consider it a redemption story. What more does he need to show? Plus, we discuss Casey DeSmith's numbers, overtime and more. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Off Script: ACC championship game and the future of Pitt's football program

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021 43:57

    Pitt insiders Johnny McGonigal and Craig Meyer take a look back at the win that gave the Panthers' their first 10-win regular season since 1981. How will that impact the program moving forward? Plus, we look ahead to the ACC Championship game, award expectations and more. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Varsity Xtra: WPIAL championship memories and state semifinal predictions

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021 40:40

    High school football insiders Mike White and Brad Everett discuss their favorite memories from this past weekend's WPIAL championship games at Heinz Field and offer predictions for all 12 state semifinal matchups. Plus, we're joined by Penn-Trafford star running back Cade Yacamelli to recap his epic performance in the Warriors' first WPIAL title win. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Cle8n" by Kevin M8cLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://cre8tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

    Pod of Steel: Is the Steelers' offense actually getting into a groove?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 26, 2021 33:43

    Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko share their lingering thoughts from Sunday's 41-37 loss to the Chargers. Are we buying the Steelers' explanations and optimism? Plus, we preview the upcoming matchup with the Bengals and share our predictions. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    From the Point: What did the Penguins' road trip prove?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021 36:13

    Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel evaluate the team's latest three-game road trip. How has it changed the outlook for the team and, more specifically, Tristan Jarry? Plus, we discuss what is working for the Penguins, take a look at the standings, share stick taps and more. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Off Script: Pitt's path to being ACC Coastal champs

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021 49:00

    Pitt insiders Johnny McGonigal and Craig Meyer discuss the ACC Coastal win, Jordan Addison and Kenny Pickett's national awards status, the Panthers' possible ACC title game matchup and what this season could do for Pitt in the years to come. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Varsity Xtra: Previewing this weekend's WPIAL championship games

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 47:14

    High school football insiders Mike White and Brad Everett discuss Bob Palko's place among the all-time greatest coaches in WPIAL history after winning his record-tying ninth WPIAL title on Saturday. Plus, we preview the five WPIAL championship games taking place at Heinz Field this weekend. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Pod of Steel: Steelers are facing some major health issues

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021 28:39

    Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo share their lingering thoughts from the Week 10 tie with Detroit Lions. What kind of backup is Mason Rudolph? Plus, we take a look at the team's current struggles with COVID-19 and injuries. Is this the most undermanned they'll be? Who's actually good for Sunday? Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    From the Point: Penguins closing in on an agreement to sell

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021 35:11

    Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down this week's big news: The team is in the process of selling to Fenway Sports Group. We clarify what that means for the Penguins, what you should know about FSG and more regarding the news. Plus, we discuss just how much the team has been struggling lately. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Off Script: Pitt could claim the ACC Coastal title

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021 44:12

    Pitt insiders Johnny McGonigal and Craig Meyer look ahead to the Panthers' upcoming game against Virginia. It's a huge game for Pitt because the winner of that game claims the ACC Coastal. Plus, we evaluate the disappointing start to Pitt's basketball season. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Varsity Xtra: Previewing the WPIAL semifinals and Class 6A championship

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021 50:23

    High school football insiders Mike White and Brad Everett discuss how Steel Valley can overcome a season-ending injury to star running back Nijhay Burt in order to reach the WPIAL Class 2A title game. Plus, we give our predictions for all 10 WPIAL semifinal matchups, as well as the WPIAL Class 6A championship between Mt. Lebanon and Central Catholic on Saturday. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Cle8n" by Kevin M8cLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://cre8tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

    Pod of Steel: Steelers are playing for the division lead

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021 33:24

    Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko break down how Pittsburgh overcame its uneven performance and managed a win against the Bears. Can the Steelers find a way to fix the issues that keep popping up? And how difficult will the rest of their season be? Plus, we preview the upcoming Lions matchup and make some bold predictions. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Cle8n" by Kevin M8cLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://cre8tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    From the Point: Which Penguins have helped or hurt their stock?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021 37:17

    Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo evaluate whose stock is up, whose is holding and whose is down. Plus, we take a look at the Penguins' early-season slump and the trends we've seen so far. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Off Script: Pitt football bounces back

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 9, 2021 44:45

    Pitt insiders Johnny McGonigal and Craig Meyer revisit the Panthers' win against Duke and consider how they picked up after a slow start. Plus, we discuss the remaining games on Pitt's schedule and look at the upcoming college basketball season. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Varsity Xtra: Takeaways from first-round playoff action

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 8, 2021 44:19

    High school football insiders Mike White and Brad Everett share their reactions to the opening round of the WPIAL playoffs and hand out Shining Stars to the top performers from last Friday's games. Plus, we look ahead to the biggest matchups in this week's quarterfinal round, along with the Class 6A semifinals. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Cle8n" by Kevin M8cLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://cre8tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

    Pod of Steel: The arrow is pointing up for the Steelers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 5, 2021 29:01

    Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko share their lingering thoughts from Sunday's victory over the Browns. When the Steelers lost Chris Boswell, the odds were stacked against them, but they showed up. Plus, we discuss the Melvin Ingram situation and preview Monday's game against the Bears. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    From the Point: What is the ripple effect of Sidney Crosby testing positive for COVID-19?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 4, 2021 24:48

    Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss the latest setback for the team: Sidney Crosby and Brian Dumoulin testing positive for COVID-19. Now the Penguins will be missing their top-line center and three of their top six defenseman. Who will need to step up? And who is most impacted? Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Off Script: Pitt's margin for error is much smaller after Miami loss

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 2, 2021 45:37

    Pitt insiders Johnny McGonigal and Craig Meyer dive deeper into Pitt's deflating loss to Miami. Kenny Pickett set three records in that game, but the Panthers still lost. How will they adjust over the coming weeks? Plus, we discuss college football playoffs, rankings and more. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Varsity Xtra: Breaking down WPIAL playoff picture

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 1, 2021 38:50

    High school football insiders Mike White and Brad Everett discuss  the WPIAL playoff picture and debate whether the committee got it right. Plus they offer their first-round predictions and look at the final Shining Star of the regular season. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)  

    Pod of Steel: Is this Browns game a must-win for the Steelers?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 29, 2021 30:28

    Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko preview the upcoming Steelers-Browns matchup. How important is this game when it comes to the AFC North race? Plus, we discuss challenges the Steelers will face Sunday, the Browns' injury report, the current state of the division and more. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    From the Point: Paul Bissonnette shares his Penguins memories and takes on the season

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 27, 2021 49:15

    Special guest Paul Bissonnette joins this week's From the Point podcast to take a look back at his time with the Penguins, discuss how Pittsburgh's season is going and more. Plus, insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down the Penguins' first regulation loss of the season. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Off Script: Pitt is in ACC Coastal driver's seat

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 26, 2021 45:15

    Pitt insiders Johnny McGonigal and Craig Meyer revisit Pitt's big afternoon against Clemson. The Panthers showed up, and now they're 6-1 and ranked No. 17. Did this game legitimize Kenny Pickett's Heisman case? Plus, we share big picture takeaways from Saturday's victory and consider whether any team can catch Pitt. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Varsity Xtra: Forecasting the final week of the regular season

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 25, 2021 47:26

    High school football insiders Mike White and Brad Everett preview the biggest games and top storylines of the final week of the regular season. Plus, we debate whether Laurel Highlands quarterback Rodney Gallagher will become the 12th player to pass and rush for more than 1,000 yards in the regular season. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Cle8n" by Kevin M8cLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://cre8tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

    Pod of Steel: Steelers are back in the AFC North race

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 22, 2021 33:35

    Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko take a closer look at last Sunday's matchup with the Seahawks and share their lingering thoughts from the game. The Steelers are back in the AFC North race, but can they make some noise coming out of their off week? Plus, what's up with the defense? Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    From The Point: Which Penguins have surprised us early on?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 20, 2021 43:08

    Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down which players have surprised them in the early going of the 2021-22 season and try to nail down whether this team is the offensive juggernaut it started out as, or the plodding version we've seen recently.  Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Off Script: Pitt wins big — and earns a ranking

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 19, 2021 42:20

    Pitt insiders Johnny McGonigal and Craig Meyer take a closer look at the Panthers' 28-7 win against Virginia Tech and break down why this was a crucial win. Is the Western Michigan loss completely behind them? Plus, Pitt is ranked now, but can the Panthers keep that going with their upcoming game against Clemson? Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Varsity Xtra: Making sense of logjam in Class 5A

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 46:04

    High school football insiders Mike White and Brad Everett break down the top teams behind No. 1 Moon in Class 5A and discuss who should receive the highest seed if there is a tie atop the Northeast Conference standings. Plus, we debate the best mascots in the WPIAL and City League. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Cle8n" by Kevin M8cLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://cre8tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Pod of Steel: Can the Steelers' offense turn the corner?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 15, 2021 34:51

    Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko revisit Pittsburgh's 27-19 win against the Broncos. Is the Steelers' offense fixed? Plus, we discuss JuJu Smith-Schuster's season-ending injury and preview the upcoming game against the Seahawks. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    From the Point: Penguins open the season with a dominating win

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 13, 2021 38:50

    Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo react to the opening-night win in Tampa — and then overreact. What did the Penguins do in the 6-2 win that's sustainable? What was just a case of a small sample size? Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Off Script: Will a win against Virginia Tech earn Pitt the respect it wants?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 12, 2021 39:56

    Pitt insiders Johnny McGonigal and Craig Meyer preview the Panthers' upcoming game against Virginia Tech. Will a win get Pitt the rank — and the respect — it's looking for? Plus, we discuss what the conference is looking like now. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Varsity Xtra: Golf tales with Michael Jordan from a former WPIAL QB

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 11, 2021 56:28


    High school football insiders Mike White and Brad Everett discuss some eye-popping numbers being produced by Moon senior Ben Bladel and predict some of this week's biggest games. Plus, we're joined by North Allegheny grad and former NFL quarterback Mike McMahon, who offers his view on the current crop of WPIAL quarterbacks and shares some memorable stories from his time spent golfing with Michael Jordan, Lawrence Taylor and others. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Cle8n" by Kevin M8cLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://cre8tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 


    Pod of Steel: Steelers need a win to get back in AFC North race

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 8, 2021 38:40

    Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko revisit the 27-17 loss to Green Bay that felt more lopsided than the score suggests. Could that blocked punt have changed the game? Plus, we take a look at the Steelers' biggest problems, discuss when things could improve and preview the Week 5 matchup with the Broncos. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    BUC'N Trends: And that's a wrap on the Pirates' season

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 7, 2021 37:42

    Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak take a closer look at the end of the team's season. What are the takeaways from GM Ben Cherington's postseason comments? And what opportunities exist for the club in the offseason? Plus, we discuss playoff baseball. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    From the Point: Which fringe Penguins players have improved their stock?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 6, 2021 40:46

    Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo take a look at the team's fringe players. Which players have improved their stock? And which ones haven't done much to help? Plus, we discuss COVID-19 updates and what to watch through the rest of training camp. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Off Script: Pitt is changing the narrative. Is it sustainable?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 5, 2021 40:24

    Pitt insiders Johnny McGonigal and Craig Meyer revisit the Panthers' win against Georgia Tech and discuss how the narrative surrounding Pitt's football program has drastically changed since a few weeks ago when the Panthers lost to Western Michigan. Can they actually win the ACC? Plus, we look ahead and evaluate the rest of the conference. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Varsity Xtra: Previewing a must-see matchup in Class 6A

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 4, 2021 51:25

    High school football insiders Mike White and Brad Everett preview this week's marquee matchup in Class 6A between No. 1 Central Catholic and No. 2 Mt. Lebanon. Plus, we're joined by Gateway coach Don Holl to discuss his team's high-stakes showdown vs. Penn-Trafford this Friday. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Cle8n" by Kevin M8cLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://cre8tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Pod of Steel: Can the Steelers get back on track?

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 1, 2021 39:10

    Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko share their lingering thoughts from Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Bengals and preview the upcoming trip to Lambeau Field. Can Ben Roethlisberger bounce back against the Packers? Will the Steelers finally turn the corner? Plus, we discuss injury updates, what needs to be fixed and more. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    BUC'N Trends: Is next year going to be better?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2021 39:30

    Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss Roansy Contreras' performance and how he fits into the club's future. Plus, we consider what the Pirates should do in the offseason, what fans should be excited about, 2022 rotations and more. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    From the Point: Penguins hockey is officially back

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 29, 2021 37:47

    With a preseason game in the books, Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel take a look at where the team stands. When it comes to position battles, who's a lock and which spots are up for grabs? Plus, we rate prospects' chances of making the roster and discuss Tristan Jarry's first preseason performance. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Off Script: Where does Pitt fit in the ACC?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 28, 2021 43:52

    Pitt insiders Johnny McGonigal and Craig Meyer take a look at both the ACC and the Coastal division. Where does Pitt fit in? And what does the rest of the conference look like? Plus, we break down Pitt's dominating 77-7 victory over New Hampshire. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Varsity Xtra: Handing out midseason awards

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 27, 2021 47:00

    High school football insiders Mike White and Brad Everett hand out midseason awards to the top player and coach of the year so far. Plus, we're joined by Laurel Highlands phenom Rodney Gallagher to discuss his team's 5-0 start and the Mustangs' must-see matchup vs. top-ranked Belle Vernon on Friday. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Cle8n" by Kevin M8cLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://cre8tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) 

    Pod of Steel: Who's to blame for the Steelers' offensive issues?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 24, 2021 32:34

    Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko share their lingering thoughts from the 26-17 loss to the Raiders. Is the offense mostly to blame for that loss? Plus, we discuss the Steelers' injuries and how that could impact their matchup with the Bengals. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    BUC'N Trends: Making sense of the Pirates' recent progress

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 23, 2021 34:00

    Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak break down what's been going right for the team recently. Are there some good storylines coming from the Pirates? And have they really gotten better offensively over the last month? Plus, we take a look at the most intriguing minor leaguers. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)    

    From the Point: The most interesting Penguins to watch at training camp

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2021 43:16

    Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo are getting ready for training camp to open Thursday. Which players will be the most interesting ones to watch? Who will step up and claim a spot? Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Off Script: Is this Western Michigan loss the worst of Pat Narduzzi's tenure?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2021 44:44

    Pitt insiders Craig Meyer and Johnny McGonigal revisit the Panthers' loss to Western Michigan. Where did Pitt go wrong? Was this kind of game to be expected? Plus, we discuss what stood out from Kenny Pickett's performance and whether or not there's hope for this team. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Varsity Xtra: Is Western Pa. still producing top-tier football talent?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2021 54:15


    High school football insiders Mike White and Brad Everett discuss the lack of top-tier talent being produced by WPIAL and City League schools in recent years and whether it is affecting Pitt's performance at the next level. Plus, we're joined by Belle Vernon coach Matt Humbert to discuss the Leopards' highly anticipated showdown vs. Thomas Jefferson on Friday. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Cle8n" by Kevin M8cLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://cre8tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)


    Pod of Steel: Steelers could put themselves in a good position for a strong start

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 17, 2021 36:54

    Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo are ramping up for a Week 2 Steelers-Raiders showdown after an upset in Buffalo to start the season. There are a lot of takeaways from the Steelers' shocking win against the Bills, but which one is the biggest? Will this be a season of close wins for the Pittsburgh? Plus, we share our predictions for the Steelers' home opener. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    BUC'N Trends: Taking stock of the (future) Pirates

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2021 42:35

    Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak break down what the Pirates have to offer in the future. What can the bullpen look like next year? Which guys will continue to impress? Plus, we discuss why this offseason will be a crucial one for the Pirates. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    From the Point: Can the Penguins handle Sidney Crosby's absence?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 15, 2021 40:06

    Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel discuss the news of Sidney Crosby's wrist surgery and what it means for the Penguins as they prepare for camp to open. Which players will step up in his absence? Plus, we project the team's lineup and take a look at the upcoming prospect camp. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Off Script: How important was Pitt's win against Tennessee?

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 14, 2021 42:15

    Pitt insiders Johnny McGonigal and Craig Meyer break down Pitt's victory over Tennessee and why it was important for the Panthers to prove they wouldn't fold. Plus, we discuss the standout players and look ahead to Pitt's next matchup. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Cle8n" by Kevin M8cLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://cre8tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

    Varsity Xtra: Separating the contenders from the pretenders

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 13, 2021 54:52

    High school football insiders Mike White and Brad Everett break down the fast starts by Laurel Highlands and Leechburg and debate whether or not Aliquippa will keep its streak of 13 consecutive WPIAL championship appearances alive. Plus, Mt. Lebanon coach Bob Palko joins us to discuss the Blue Devils' rise in Class 6A. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Cle8n" by Kevin M8cLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://cre8tivecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

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