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6-10 MORE inches of snow? Surely you jest. Unfortunately, the weathermen do not jest. And I'm making no wisecracks this time around, after karma came up and took a chomp out of me on Friday (for the record, our power was finally restored on Monday night after a 72-hour time-out).

My advice this time: buy a generator, candles, a new flashlight, and a snow plow, and let the party begin. And begin it will. On Saturday I was playing "empty the freezer" and cooking out amidst the snow. I felt like the nerdy offspring of Bear Grylls and Guy Fieri.

[WPXI] (and by the way, 'PXI really brings it with the dramatic snow pics, no?)

Pitt triumphs over Robert Morris: Ashton Gibbs scored 20 points, Jermaine Dixon added 18, and the Panthers grabbed a 77-53 win over their crosstown opponents on Monday night at The Pete. The Pitt win ended a nine-game winning streak for Robert Morris, which hadn't lost since January 7 against Long Island.

Pitt hit 10 of 22 three-pointers and outrebounded RMU 39-26 on the night. Brad Wanamaker led the way in that category with 10 boards to go along with 12 points.

Karon Abraham led the Colonials with 16 points, one of four players to score in double figures for 16-9 RMU.

Pitt resumes play with a rare Friday night home game against West Virginia, while the Colonials battle the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils on Thursday. And you know you can throw the records out the window when the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils come to town. [ESPN]

Panthers fall in new rankings: To the surprise of no one, Pitt fell in this week's polls, as they teeter on the edge of the Top 25. The 18-6 Panthers sit at #25 in the AP and 23 in the ESPN/USA Today.

WVU was ranked fifth in the AP and fourth in ESPN/USA Today but suffered an 82-75 home loss against Villanova on Monday night. Sadly, Bob Huggins didn't even have to address the crowd. [ESPN]

Wanny makes a hire: The Pitt Panthers have a new linebacker coach, and his name is Bernard Clark. If that sounds familiar, it should be. Clark was a standout at "The U" under Dave Wannstedt and was a third round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1990 draft.

The 43-year-old Clark had been working as the defensive coordinator at Hampton University. He was chosen ahead of three other candidates mostly because of his Florida recruiting ties. And we all know the soft spot in Wanny's heart for those Sunshine State boys. [PG]

NHL/NBC under fire: Rob Rossi examines the decision to make the Pens and Caps play that ever-important national showcase on Sunday afternoon considering the conditions. Why, did it snow over the weekend? I hadn't noticed. [Chipped Ice]

Note to self: "watch" Devin Street: That's the word from ESPN Big East blogger Brian Bennett, who named the Panther as one of five Big East players to watch in 2010. Thy will be done. []

Super Steelers in SB45? The VERY early odds are out for next year's Super Bowl champions, and the Steelers come in at a realistic 11:1, according to Bodog. The only teams ahead would be Indy at 13:2, San Diego at 8:1, New England at 10:1, and New Orleans at 10:1.

I can understand Indy and the Saints, but San Diego's not winning a Super Bowl until they get rid of Norv Turner and instill some discipline in that team. Wow, would that be a great gig for Bill Cowher. And count me among those who think that New England's window has nearly closed. At the very least, their aura of invincibility and interchangeable players has long gone by the wayside. [FanHouse]

Awesome eBay item of the day: There can't be many of these Pete Gonzalez Steeler jerseys around. And a buy it now for just $12.95? Seems like a deal to me. [eBay]Email: Twitter: Facebook: Facebook Group


BurressWithButterflywings said...

The Pitt RMU game last night had all the makings of a Trap Game, I am not sure how to judge Pitt's perfromance, but it wasn't overwhelming.

BurressWithButterflywings said...

I love the comments section in Rossi's article where some Caps fans come in and start calling him for whining because the Pens lost.

If the Craps had to travel all night like that and were forced to play at noon in PGH, Leonsis would have been crying conspiracy and their fans would be blaming Bettman for the snowstorm.

They are the worst kind of fans, sore losers and sore winners.

okel dokel said...

Craps fans are the worst. Hopefully GM Ray Shero can add some defensive help. There are several Capitals that need to "spit chicklets" in the next game.

BurressWithButterflywings said...

Agreed, they are an unbelievable offensive force and if we are going to beat them 4/7 games, we need some tougher blue liners.

I dno if we ran out of gas, they are just that good, or some combination of both, but they were unstoppable most of the third. We poured it on late and it's a shame we couldn't get that second point, but Stanley Cups aren't won in February.

I am just glad we have Gary Bettman on our side to give us everything on a silver platter, who knows where we would be without him.

okel dokel said...

Speaking of all Bettman being on our side, where are all of the whining Red Wings fans who claim Bettman tries to ensure the everything is slanted for the Penguins.

AJ said...

Pete Gonzalez jersey > Limas Sweed jersey

BurressWithButterflywings said...

If only someone could find a Greg Lloyd REAL MEN ARE BLACK t-shirt