Ireland Contracting Sports Call: Feb. 10, 2019 (Pt. 1)

FOLLOWING THE GRAMMYS BOB POMPEANI AND THE NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL STARTS NOW

HELLO EVERYONE AND WELCOME TO A SUNDAY NIGHT EDITION OF IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL 412-575-2600 IS THE NUMBER OF THE HOTLINE WE TAKE THE TWEETS ALSO WE BEGIN WITH PENGUINS WHO LOST AGAIN LAST NIGHT AND NOW THEY HAVE AN INTERESTING ASSIGNMENT TOMORROW IN PHILADELPHIA AGAINST THE HOTTEST IN THE NFL

FLOWERS ARE LEFT FOR DEAD ALL THE SUDDEN THEY MADE UP A LOT OF GROUND AND A LOT OF TEAMS INCLUDING THE PENGUINS THERE 9-0-1 IN THE LAST 10 AND SPARKED BY THE YOUNG 20-YEAR-OLD WHO HAS BEEN OUTSTANDING THEY HAVE NOT HAD GOALTENDING BUT NOW THEY HAVE A KID PROVIDING IT THEY ARE PLAYING WELL

THAT IS THE SIX-POINT SEPARATION BETWEEN PITTSBURGH AND PHILLY RIGHT NOW AND THEY ARE THREE GAMES LEFT BEGINNING TOMORROW NIGHT IN PHILADELPHIA AND LATER THEY HAVE THE ONE THAT LINCOLN FINANCIAL FIELD AND THE OUTDOOR GAME THIS MONTH IN THE MEANTIME, A LOT OF TEAMS GAINED ON THE PENGUINS WHO SIT FORTH IN THE METRO IT IS TIGHTLY CONTESTED ALTHOUGH THE ISLANDERS ONE TODAY NOW THEY ARE AT 72 POINTS NINE MORE THAN THE PENGUINS AND ON TOP

WASHINGTON NEXT AT 66 AT COLUMBUS 65 A1 LAST NIGHT AND THEY BEAT VEGAS IN VEGAS AND THEN THE PENGUINS FOLLOWED BY CAROLINA WHICH HAD A CHANCE TO JUMP TODAY BUT THE DEVILS BEAT THEM DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THEM FOR NOW BUT THEY HAVE GAINED A LOT OF GROUND IT WILL BE AN INTERESTING FINAL 27 GAMES FOR THE PENGUINS RIGHT NOW? SPECIAL TEAMS, MIKE SULLIVAN IS TAKING HIS HEAD

HE WAS ASKED ABOUT IT LAST NIGHT A SHORTHANDED GOAL LAST NIGHT AND THEY LEAD IN 12 SHORTIES ALLOWED SO NOW THE QUESTION IS, ARE THEY NOT LISTENING TO HIM? DO THEY NOT WANT TO PLAY THE WAY HE SUGGESTS YOU SHOULD PLAY OR ARE THEY A TEAM THAT'S AS WELL, WE WILL TURN IT OVER WHEN WE HAVE TO WHICH IS A DANGEROUS THING TO DO THERE IS TOO MANY TEAMS IN THE MIX AND YOU MAY NOT THINK HOME ICE MEANS MUCH AND I DO THEY HAVE PROVEN THEY CAN WIN ON THE ROAD BUT THIS IS A DICEY SITUATION AS THEY MOVE FORWARD A REAL TOUGH GAME COMING UP IN THE NEXT SEVERAL WEEKS

412-575-2600 IS THE NUMBER TO CALL THE TRADE DEADLINE IS COMING UP IN ABOUT TWO WEEKS DURING THAT TIME, YOU WOULD THINK THE PENGUINS ARE DONE THEY MADE TRADES ALREADY JIM RUTHERFORD HAS BEEN BUSY BUT HE MAY FEEL THE NEED TO DO OTHERS

HINGES ON THE HEALTH OF GINNY MALKIN AND KEN HE RESUME NOT WHAT HE WAS DOING BUT GET BACK TO THE LEVEL THAT HE WAS AND DID NOT A -20 MET MARY NEEDS TO PROVE HE IS NOT A GOOD GOALTENDER EVERY NOW AND THEN AND HE GETS HURT HE HAS TO BE MORE RELIABLE HE HAS BEEN OUT OF THE LINEUP QUITE A BIT ANTI-NEEDS TO BE AND HE TYPICALLY IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE GAME WE SAW THAT AFTER HIS LAST INJURY WHEN HE WENT 8-0-2

THEY FIND A BIG GAME WITH PHILADELPHIA WE WILL TALK ABOUT THAT AND ALSO WE GET INTO, HAVE YOU WATCHED THE ALLIANCE, AMERICAN FOOTBALL LEAGUE IN ACTION? LAST NIGHT IT WAS ON KDKA AND IT OUT DREW AN MBA SHOWCASE GAME BETWEEN OKLAHOMA CITY AND HOUSTON WHICH IS SURPRISING BUT I THINK THERE WAS AN INTRIGUING CURIOSITY I DON'T KNOW IF THE RATINGS WILL SUSTAINABLE WE WILL SEE CHRISTIAN HACKENBERG THE FORNO FORMER PENN STATE QUARTERBACK AFTER 10 OF 23 FOR 87 YARDS HACKENBERG WAS BENCHED AND TAKEN OUT OF THE GAME

YOUR THOUGHTS ON THAT, LET ME KNOW WHAT IT IS AND WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT LEAVING HIM BELL SITUATION? THE STEELERS ARE STILL CONSIDERING A TRANSITION TAG WE WILL TALK ABOUT WHAT THAT MEANS AND MORE CALL US RIGHT NOW 412-575-2600 THIS IS THE PLACE TO AIR YOUR OPINIONS AND VENT

CALL ME IT IS IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS WE RETURN RIGHT AFTER THIS

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