I obviously can’t prove it, but I ‘d be willing to bet that Barack Obama is the first president, with the possible exception of Bill Clinton, to smoke weed in the White House and I’d bet that he’s smoked a joint in the last week.


I couldn’t care less, by the way, and it wouldn’t prevent me from voting for him.


Are we really going to have to hear President Obama and his supporters whine about Bain Capital for the next five months?

Is that all they have?

To see how much Obama’s star has fallen, all you have to do is compare his message this to the one he was selling in 2008.

Back then, he was selling himself. He was selling hope and change. It was all a hot, steaming pile of un-vetted horse manure, but that’s what he was selling.

Now he’s selling –or trying to sell — the other guy is an evil capitalist who spent years doing what he enjoys most, firing people and getting rich.

Of course, his campaign has no problem with taking contributions from the evil Bain Capital.

The Obama campaign and his friends in the media apparently haven’t figured out yet that this election is not going to be about Mitt Romney. It’s going to be about Barack Obama.

It’s not going to be about the evils of equity firms that save and produce jobs for millions of people.







Are the Pirates a real Major League Baseball team or are they, as I’ve been saying for years, a Major League Team in Name Only?

They stink again this season.

They’re going to have their 20th consecutive losing season.

Let’s pause here and think about how long that is.

JFK was assassinated in 1963. It was 21 years between that event and the Penguins drafting Mario Lemieux.

Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980. George Bush was elected in 2000.

The last time the Pirates had a winning season, I was 43 years old. I’m 63 now and have six grand kids.

When you’re living through something that drags on like this, you tend to lose sight of just how bad it is because one year is just layered on top of another.

We’re talking a failure of epic if not biblical proportions. (What’s worse epic or biblical?)

As Joe Starkey points out in his column, this year’s team is on pace to become one of the worst offensive teams in the history of baseball.

Stop and think about what “in the history of baseball” means. We’re talking about the turn of the previous century.

Think about how many groups of 25 men have been joined together to form a Major League Baseball team in the last, oh, let’s say 112 years.

The Pirates have a chance to be worse than any of them when it comes to, you know, actually hitting the ball.

Last year they made it into first place.

What did they do?

They put together the worst collapse of any first place team in THE HISTORY OF BASEBALL.

So, now they have a surplus of pitching. They’re one of the best pitching teams in the Major Leagues.

There’s talk of making a trade.

But there’s also lots of calls for caution.

“You can’t trade Player X. He’s off the table. That would be giving up too much.”

If the Pirates were a real Major League Team, they would be spending every minute of every day trying to locate a hitter.

Not a guy who used to be a good hitter — a real Major League good hitter. There has to be a team out there that is deep in hitters and desperate to find a pitcher.

The Pirates are still very much in contention for their division.

Did I mention that they haven’t had a winning season in 20 years?

One more real Major League hitter in their lineup the last month and a half probably would have had them in first place right now.

They have a plan in place that includes some really promising young pitchers in the minor league system. A couple of them might even start making a contribution next season.

It’s almost the end of May. They are in contention. Teams that are in contention and have obvious flaws that need to be corrected in order to stay in contention, make bold moves.

They risk sacrificing a little bit of their future for a big piece of the present.

Sometimes they risk a big part of their future.

What do teams that have had 20 consecutive losing seasons do?

Nobody knows because it’s never happened before in the history of baseball.

If the Pirates are to be taken seriously, (I stopped a long time ago and only pay attention because I have to.) they will make a trade for at least one hitter before they fall out of contention. And they’ll give up whatever or whoever it takes to get him.



How did we survive last year without OTAs?

One day into the Steelers’ 2012 OTAS  and we already have a QB – Offensive Coordinator controversy.

It seems pretty obvious that Ben Roethlisberger is doing the best he can to communicate to his bosses that he thinks hiring a new offensive coordinator was a bad idea and could end up being productive.

What he’s been saying might be called whining.

But he may also be right.

Especially about the counterproductive part.

Based on what he said yesterday, he is getting the message that he’s going to be expected to stay in the pocket more.

That could be the classic case of watching out what you wish for.

Ben Roethlisberger stuck in the pocket is Neil O’Donnell — capable of being a good NFL quarterback.

Outside of the pocket he’s one of the most dangerous and productive quarterbacks in NFL history.

Maybe it’s a matter of degrees and, by the time the season gets here, there will be a compromise that still gets Roetlisberger on the perimeter to make plays but also gets him to make a quick read, throw and avoid the rush.

If nothing else, the new coordinator makes training camp and the preseason games a lot more interesting.





I want to take some space to thank the guys at Magratech (magratech.com) for all they did in helping me get this blog up and running it and maintaining   it for a little over two years.

If you are interested in building a website for your business, a highly recommend them.

I have a family member who has been bugging me to let him take over the site for a while now and I decided it was time to give him a shot.

Hill, Rich and the guys at Magratech were available 24/7 to handle any problems or to instantly  make any changes that I requested.

Again, I can’t thank them or recommend them highly enough.

Thanks, guys.


As you can see, the site has a different look.

I was away while we worked on getting it up.

Also, I’m sorry to say that I had to put my 14 year old Golden Retriever, Charlie, down today (Tuesday). Kind of took me out of the  mood to debate.  He had a good run.

He could catch a tennis ball from long distances like nobody’s business.

See you Wednesday.



A few weeks ago I said here that Pedro Alvarez was making the Pirates look pretty smart.

The consensus in the media was that he shouldn’t have made the Major League roster coming out of spring training, where he was hitting in the 100s.

He had a good series against the Cardinals at the beginning of this month, but since that series, he’s 6-44 with 19 strikeouts. He’s driven in three runs in two and a half weeks.

Maybe he has a way to go before making them look smart, not only for bringing him north, but for drafting and signing him.

It’s way too early to give up on him but it’s too late not to start wondering.