62 for Nothing
If you thought I had quit writing on Harvard Avenue Sports that’s not the case it was just a busy past week and so let me take a look back at some of the biggest news of the past week.
First and foremost, the Pittsburgh Penguins were swept out of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the New York Islanders. But worse is the fact that the Tampa Bay Lightening all 62 wins of them were also swept away by the last seeded team in the Eastern Conference, the Columbus Blue Jackets. What seemed to be a promising run for the Pens never got off the ground.
On the baseball Diamonds, surprise surprise or maybe not but the Pittsburgh Pirates are in first place in the National League Central Division. With a record of 11-6 the Buccos are one game ahead of Milwaukee. We’ve seen this before, the Pirates start fast and fade late. It remains to be seen if that is the result in 2019.
In the NFL the 2019 schedules are out and for the Pittsburgh Steelers, my first impression when looking at the slate for the Black and Gold is this is a relative easy schedule:
So we begin with the world champion Patriots and it has been a while since the Steelers opened a season with the Patriots especially when they were defending Super Bowl champs. After that, the most difficult games will be the Rams, Colts, Chargers, and naturally the Ravens. Then there is the December 22 game with the Jets and a chance for Steelers defenders to knock Le’Veon Bell around.
As for games with the Cleveland Browns, I don’t get all the hype about the Browns and having them on national television four times this coming season. Sure, Cleveland is improved but for some to pick them as division champions, I’m sorry but that is pushing it for me. I’ll believe in the Browns when they prove themselves. I think they will be better but they are CLEARLY not better than our Steelers. Not yet anyway.
Tiger Woods is back in a big way with a huge Masters win so that helps the PGA tremendously as he continues to be a major draw of interest.
Today there UFC action good night in Russia with Alastair Overreem as the main event. There are other major fights on the horizon and when they arrive I’ll break them down.
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First place Bucs
Steelers 2019 schedule...a much different take!