Saturday, November 8, 2008

Injuries, fines, and good deeds

Sidney Crosby may not play against the Islanders tonight because of his apparent hip problem. He sat out practice yesterday, but he did participate in some power-play work before the regular practice. He has traveled with the team and plans to join them in the morning skate. Coach Therrien says they will see how he feels today and they'll go from there. He hopes he will play. We all know Crosby will play if he thinks he can.

Ryan Whitney has been skating for the last few days for about an hour each day, which is good news for him. He says it's good to get back out there and skating really helps his weak ankle. He says no matter how much work you do off the ice, the skating really helps to strengthen it. The timetable for his return hasn't changed, although it is possible he could be back before late December, early January. He didn't travel with the team, but will skate again today. That and more in the Pens notebook today.

If you've read our blog for a while, you know we're not huge fans of the Trib, but we figured we'd pass this little gem along to you today. Joe Starkey says the Malkin-Ovechkin feud is festering. He says this has to be the most bizarre feud in sports, and considering how Ovechkin goes at Evgeni Malkin like he's the devil himself, we'd have to agree. Seriously, what did Malkin ever do? Steal his girlfriend? Call him a bad hockey player? Tell a bad joke about his Mom? Tell him he doesn't "measure up?" That last one could work considering guys tend to take that insult to heart, but hey, what do we know? In all honesty though, this so-called feud is odd. Why would one superstar go after another in such a fashion? It's blatantly obvious and while he's doing that, he's not helping his team. He didn't score against the Pens and part of that could be because he's too busy trying to kill Geno. This may be exciting to some, but to us it's just stupid. Plus, if Ovechkin finally does land that powerful hit and takes Geno out, he better be suspended after all this BS. Then hockey is down two superstars and that's not doing anything good for the league.

Moving on still on that topic, no one knows why this is going on other than a possibility that Ovechkin punched Malkin's Russian agent, Gennady Ushakov. Ovie denies the story but Malkin said "Yes, bad situation." Hmm...someone isn't telling the truth here. We're gonna go Team Geno, maybe we should make t-shirts. Who's in?

You can read Starkey's article here.

In Steelers news, LaMarr Woodley was fined $10,000 for a sack on Jason Campbell. Anyone want to take bets on how long till every player in the Steelers locker room is fined at least once? This is getting ridiculous. We see the line in this play considering Campbell's head was bounced off the turf, but let's get real here, that happens in football. There, of course, was no penalty on this play. The NFL needs to get their act together and make this more uniform. There is no rhyme or reason to these penalties and fines, and that's making the NFL look bad. The fans are outraged, as are the players. Something needs to be done and fast. Anyone with us?

Woodley's chances of playing Sunday are 50-50, and if he can't, Timmons is expected to fill in even though Keyaron Fox got the bulk of the repetitions in practice. Speaking of practice, Ben Roethlisberger did participate in drills yesterday, which would make him ready to play tomorrow. He threw with limited effectiveness and had ice on the shoulder afterwards. He is listed as probable. Davenport and Woodley are questionable, Polamalu, Roethlisberger, Carter, Hampton, Russell, Ward, and Townsend are probable. Mike Tomlin also was selected as Motorola coach of the week from among three finalists as voted on by fans at

Lastly, two articles for you, one on Steelers' backup TEs Spaeth, McHugh get a chance to step up, and a nice article on Hines Ward's Helping Hands charity which helps bi-racial children believe in themselves and tells of how he has brought some children from Korea to the United States to see a Steelers game and other activities. Great story there. There is also a video on the left side of the page. Enjoy.

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