July 31, 2019
It’s no joke anymore that the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates simply don’t like each other. Just as they have done so many times in the past, yesterday was yet another bench clearing brawl between the two teams.
It’s a bit ironic that these two teams have taken a share of last place in the National League Central Division this season with the Bucs the current basement dwellers. The funniest part about last night’s fiasco is that Yasiel Puig was one of the biggest culprits in the thrown down and following the game he was traded to Cleveland.
After spending the first six years of his career in Los Angeles, Puig’s stay in Cincinnati was short lived. He joined the team prior to the start of this season. He got tossed from last night’s game and he has had a history of possessing a short fuse. The bottom line here is that neither team will be in the playoffs this year and it appears the Pirates will finish in last place with the Reds just above them.
Meanwhile, the Buccos are about to lose again to the Reds as they are down 4-0 in the 8th inning and the time of this writing. Additionally, there is a report out that outfield Corey Dickerson has been traded to the Philadelphia Phillies and it’s a shame Andrew McCutchen suffered a season ending injury because then it would be TWO ex-Pirates in the Phillies’ outfield.
One of the most pleasant surprises in Pittsburgh Steelers training camp thus far is the skills being shown by wide receiver Diontae Johnson one of two selections in the third round of this year’s draft. Johnson is pushing second year man James Washington for a backup role to Donte Moncrief and it might not surprise some that the rookie could supplant Moncrief before the season is over.
Highlights from Diontae Johnson’s college career at Toledo University can be seen in today’s videos to the right. With that said, some buzz about Moncrief vs. Washington vs. Johnson was out on the internet today.
Bold NFL training camp predictions for all 32 teams
Jeremy Fowler, ESPN.com
Donte Moncrief will emerge as the No. 2 wide receiver.
The Steelers are pleased with Moncrief's progress and playmaking in the offense and believe Ben Roethlisberger can elevate his game. Young receivers Diontae Johnson and James Washington will remain in the mix on the outside, but Moncrief's veteran savvy and athleticism should fend them off for the short term. --
As I often do, I close out today with something from the MMA world. Over on theScore.com today, their primary story on the cover page is an announcement that Conor McGregor’s “Proper No. Twelve” Irish Whiskey is not available in Canada. THAT’S PERTINENT MMA NEWS? Give me a break. Who gives a rat’s ass?
For the record, the very much absent from the Octagon McGregor said this about that announcement:
“I am proud to bring Proper No. Twelve to Canada, where many of my fans and friends live. Many thousands of Canadians have asked for Proper, and we have now delivered our delicious blend of golden grain and single malt. This is pure liquid gold aged four years in bourbon barrels.”
Fans and friends? Far and few between I’d bet on. This weekend has more UFC action with an interesting main and co-main event in Newark, New Jersey at the Prudential Center. There we have Robbie Lawlor returning again to fight big mouth Colby Covington in the five round main event. In the co-main it is Jim Miller and Clay Guida which should be a really fun fight to watch.