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First call: punters favor Mason Rudolph as Steelers ’22 starting QB; memento of the unfortunate birthday of the pirates

By on December 9, 2021 0

Thursday’s “first call” looks at the future of the Steelers quarterback and a page of the Pirates’ checkered past.

A western Pennsylvania product with a major influence in varsity sport gets a new job.

And the Philadelphia Flyers are just a mess.

Isn’t that awesome?


Money on Mason

BetOnLine.Ag sets the odds of who the Steelers will name the starting quarterback in 2022. And that’s not Pitt’s Kenny Pickett.

Well, not yet, anyway.

Rather, he’s an internal candidate – Mason Rudolph.

Current Ben Roethlisberger replacement is listed as a 3/2 favorite to get the call as an opening day starter, with Big Ben himself in third place at 4/1. Here are all the results.

• Mason Rodolphe… 3/2

• A draft choice… 3/1

• Ben Roethlisberger… 4/1

• Dwayne Haskins… 5/1

• Free agent signature… 5/1

• QB added via trade… 7/1

So whether it’s through a free agency or an exchange, I guess the money isn’t coming to Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers yet, is it?

Honestly, I’m still not sure if I’m ready to put a lot of my own money on this option either. But I would certainly appreciate the results – and the payout – if that happens.


More of the same

The Philadelphia Flyers just can’t do it. They lost their 10th straight game on Wednesday night. Philly was shut out 3-0 by the New Jersey Devils.

It’s a shame, isn’t it?

The result was the second loss in as many tries for Mike Yeo as an interim coach. The former assistant to the Penguins took over from the deposed Alain Vigneault on Monday.

The Flyers haven’t won since a 2-1 overtime victory over Calgary on Nov. 16. They are 0-8-2 at that time and were outscored 47-18. As a result, they are tucked away in seventh place in the Eight-Team Metropolitan Division with just 20 points.

Try to contain your sympathy, Penguin fans. I know it must be hard.

The Devils’ Twitter account seems to be enjoying it as much as Pens fans.

The Penguins have 29 points and are currently in fourth place. They welcome the Flyers for the second time this year on December 23.


Dark day remembered

Wednesday marked an unfortunate day in Pittsburgh sports history. On December 8, 1992 (after a few days of MLB paperwork), two-time National League MVP Barry Bonds officially left the Pittsburgh Pirates for the San Francisco Giants in free agency.

After three straight playoff seasons in Pittsburgh, Bonds moved west on a six-year contract worth $ 43.75 million, a record at the time. He would win five more MVPs and become baseball’s all-time leader.

While Bonds would never win a World Series, he would get there once and reach the playoffs four more times before retiring in 2007. The Pirates only returned to the playoffs in 2013 and still haven’t. won a division title since. he left.


New at ‘The U’

Monaca native and IUP Hall of Fame member Dan Radakovich is on the move again.

Clemson’s athletic director is leaving the successful Tigers program to take over as an AD at the University of Miami, Fla. Radakovich graduated with an MBA in Miami in 1982.

While overseeing the Tigers, Radakovich attended two national college football championships. Revenue reached $ 120 million in 2019. He was named Sports Business Daily Director of the Year in 2017 at the Sports Business Awards. Clemson made over $ 180 million in facility upgrades while there.

This is his third stop as AD at ACC. Prior to going to Clemson in 2012, Radakovich held that title at Georgia Tech.

Tim Benz is an editor for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication, unless otherwise specified.