Ireland Contracting Sports Call: Feb. 13, 2019 (Pt. 2)

PENGUINS DO WHEN AS THEY PULL INTO A TIE WITH COLUMBUS FOR THIRD PLACE, ALTHOUGH COLUMBUS STILL HAS THE GAME IN HAND

THEY ARE TECHNICALLY STILL IN THIRD THE PENGUINS WILL NOT HAVE A BUSY WEEKEND WITH CALGARY AND THE RAIDERS COMING IN BACK TO BACK AFTERNOON GAMES OF THE WEEKEND DO YOU LIKE AFTERNOON GAMES QUESTION MARK I DO ALL GAMES AND ALL STORE BOARD SHOULD START AT 1:00 AND GLAUCONITE IS TODAY

WONNACOTT, EVERY SPORT SO YOU HATE NFL GAMES ON HE SAYS I WONDER HOW TINA BASICALLY FINISHED 500 LAST YEAR KENNEDY CLAIRE BEFORE VALENTINE'S DAY THAT THE ONLY SPOTS OPEN TO THE PITCHING STAFF ARE THE NUMBER FIVE STARTER IN ONE OR TWO SPOTS IN THE PEN HOW MANY SPOTS SHOULD TRULY BE DECIDED ALREADY? INTERESTING QUESTION BUT THEY DO HAS A VERY GOOD TALENT YOU CAN NAME THEM WHO ELSE TO THEY HAVE? SO YES, IT STARTS WITH JAMISON

LOOK AROUND HOW MANY GUYS WON 14 GAMES LAST YEAR? CHRIS ARCHER WAS THE NUMBER ONE STARTER IN TAMPA TREVOR WILLIAMS WAS PROBABLY THE BEST PITCHER IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE SECOND HALF JOE MUSGROVE CAN MAKE SOME STEPS FORWARD AND BE A GREAT PITCHER YOU CAN'T ASSUME ANYTHING

IN THE FIFTH STARTER IS EVERYBODY'S FIFTH STARTERS WOULD BE THE SAME IT'S THE FIFTH STARTER THE BIGGER QUESTION IS REALLY WHAT ARE THEY GOING TO DO ON THE FIELD AND WHO IS GOING TO PRODUCE POWER FOR THEM? THAT IS A LEGITIMATE QUESTION LET'S GO TO THE LIVES THAT WE HAVE MARK IN GREENSBURG HOW ARE YOU? THANKS, GUYS FOR TAKING MY CALL

THE PARENTS, YOU'RE RIGHT, THEY HAVE NO POWER BUT LIKE STEPHEN SAID, OUR PITCHING STAFF IS SCARY TO ME IT IS SCARY BECAUSE I DON'T THINK THEY ARE THAT GREAT TIE ON IS THE NUMBER ONE SAID, THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR BUT I JUST CAN'T SEE A ROTATION BEING MORE THAN A LITTLE ABOVE AVERAGE BUT WHAT IS YOUR OPINION? YOU MAY BE RIGHT THESE ARE YOUNG GUYS

WE HAVE SEEN YOUNG PLAYERS WHO LOOK GOOD FOR A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF TIME, THEN YOU EXPECTED TO BE GOOD AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY GO BACK WAS A LITTLE BIT TO EXPECT ALL FOUR OF THOSE GUYS TO BE AT THEIR BEST THIS YEAR IS A LOT TO HOPE FOR I GET YOUR POINT THERE BUT, I WILL DISAGREE BUT I THINK A LOT OF PEOPLE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE JAMISON TYLAN ON THEIR TEAM THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES HERE

IT LOOKS GOOD ON PAPER BUT THEY DON'T PLAY ON PAPER THAT WAS ONE OF THE THEMES OF THE PIRATES LESTER, ESPECIALLY EARLY IN THE YEAR THEY HAD WHAT LOOKS LIKE COMPETITIVE PITCHING BUT THEY WERE ALSO YOUNG YOU DID KNOW WHICH WAY WAS GOING TO GO THEY WERE FORTUNATE IN THAT WILLIAMS AND TYLAN DEVELOPED NICELY

AND MUSGROVE GAVE A LOT OF GOOD STARTS THEY GOT SOME UNEXPECTED PLACE YOU ARE RIGHT, IT COULD GO EITHER WAY IF THERE IS ONE AREA THAT THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO BE CONFIDENT IN , I THINK IT IS IN THEIR STARTING PITCHING THAT IS THE BEST PLACE TO HAVE IT

LET'S GO TO HERB HERB, YOU ARE ON THE 24 GO AHEAD HI, THANKS FOR TAKING MY CALL I WANTED TO TALK ABOUT AFTER READING THE ARTICLE IN THE POST- GAZETTE, I NEVER REALIZED THE PIRATES AND BOB NOTTING HAD SO MANY OTHER AVENUES FOR REVENUE

OTHER THAN ATTENDANCE ATTENDANCE IS WAY DOWN ON THE LIST ACTUALLY THEY GET A LOT FROM A LOT OF DIFFERENT SOURCES BUT YOU WANT THE ATTENDANTS TO BE BETTER THAN WHAT IT HAS BEEN RIGHT, RIGHT, AND YOU WONDER WHY IT DOESN'T HURT TO MUCH FINANCIALLY

I DID WELL AT THAT POINT SO WHY DOESN'T BOB NOTTING HAVE A CIVIC DUTY TO TRY AND PUT A BETTER TEAM ON THE FIELD, AND NOT BE SO CHEAP? OTHER SMALL-MARKET TEAMS DO IT HE SHOULD FEEL ASHAMED IN FRONT OF HIS PEERS WHAT DO YOU THINK? I CAN'T ARGUE WITH THAT THERE IS MONEY THERE TO BE SPENT YOU CAN TELL ME ALL YOU WANT, WHICH THEY DO A LOT OF, THAT THEY HAVE GUYS WHO NEXT YOU'RE GOING TO BE ELIGIBLE FOR ARBITRATION FOR THEY HAVE GUYS NEXT YEAR WHO ARE GOING TO GET PAY RAISES

I GET ALL OF THAT WHAT ABOUT THIS YEAR? IF YOU ARE TRULY IN IT FOR WHAT YOUR STATED GOAL IS, TWIN DIVISIONS AND CHAMPIONSHIPS, THEN YOU DON'T WAIT UNTIL NEXT YEAR AND NEED A WAY TO SPEND THE MONEY THEN YOU DO SOMETHING NOW, ESPECIALLY WITH THE PAYROLL THAT IS REALLY ONE OF THE LOWEST IN THE MAJORS RIGHT NOW I LIKE THE POINT THAT THE CALLER WAS TRYING TO MAKE THIS HOLDING AS A PUBLIC TRUST IN ACT ACCORDINGLY

INSTEAD OF JUST BEING CONTENT TO TAKE WHATEVER MONEY IT HE IS TAKING 412-575-2600 WE HAVE RICK IN BUTLER THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL, GENTLEMEN TWO QUESTIONS FOR YOU WHY DID THE STEELERS GET RID OF THE RUNNING BACK, COACH, BECAUSE I THOUGHT HE DID A PRETTY GOOD JOB WITH THE COUPLE RUNNING BACKS HE HAD LEFT

I DON'T HAVE AN ANSWER THERE, I DON'T THE OTHER QUESTION IS, I JUST DON'T LIKE TOMLIN AS A COACH WITH ANTONIO AND LAMIA AND THE PROBLEMS THEY HAD WITH THEM IF YOU HAD CHUCK KNOLL THERE, AND YOU HAD POWER THERE — KNOW THIS IS REVISIONIST HISTORY THEY HAD THEIR ISSUES AS WELL, MORE THAN YOU BELIEVE

WHEN YOU SEE TOMLIN, I MEAN HE WANTS TO BE ONE OF THE BOYS TO ME IT LOOKS LIKE HE WANTS TO BE TOO FRIENDLY YOU CAN BE FROM IT, BUT YOU CAN'T BE A FRIEND AS A COACH IT'S LIKE A BOSS BEING TOO FRIENDLY I AGREE THAT HE WAS TO THE POINT WHERE HE ENABLED ANTONIO MORE SO

I THINK BILL WASN'T A PRODUCT OF ANYTHING OTHER THAN HIS GROUP AND HE WANTS MORE MONEY THAN THEY ARE WILLING TO PAY HIM BECAUSE HE THINKS HE IS TO PEOPLE NOT ONE SO YOU KNOW I DON'T KNOW WHY THAT CALL KEEPS COMING IN I HAVE NEVER AGREED WITH IT THE ULTIMATE JUDGMENT ON COACHES IS, DO THEY WIN? TOMLIN HAS NEVER HAD A LOSING SEASON

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE ARGUMENT WITH HIM IS I WILL GIVE YOU THAT YOU KNOW, THIS BUSINESS WITH A B NOT BIDDING IN TRAINING CAMP ARE NOT LIVING IN TRAINING CAMP, THAT IS THE FIRST THING TOMLIN HAS REALLY LOOKED BAD ON AND REALLY COVERT IN THE SECOND HALF, THEY DON'T LOOK GOOD BECAUSE THERE BUT AS FOR TOMLIN AS A COACH, I DON'T KNOW HOW ANYBODY COULD ARGUE WITH THAT THAT IS WHAT I AM SAYING

THERE ARE THINGS IN TODAY'S SPORTS CULTURE THAT BUT, THE BOTTOM LINE IS THAT IT IS NOT JUST HIM, IT IS ANYBODY IN THE ORGANIZATION THAT HAS ALLOWED THAT TO HAPPEN BECAUSE ONCE YOU DO, AND THE STEELERS TYPICALLY DON'T DO THAT THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BLINK AND THEN OKAY, LIKE ANTONIO BROWN IS ACTING LIKE HE CONTROLS THE SITUATION BUT HE DOESN'T CONTROL ANYTHING AND THAT HE IS ACTING THAT WAY THE STEELERS TYPICALLY WILL NOT LET YOU CONTROL IT, WHICH IS WHY THAT IS SURPRISING TO ME THAT THAT THING GOT SO OUT OF HAND

HE THINKS THESE THINGS AND THAT AS A RESULT OF BEING ENABLED LET'S GO TO LINE 4, DAVID JOHNSTON WHAT'S UP, DAVID? HIGHBALL, JEAN GETTING AWAY FROM BROWN TODAY I DID SOME RESEARCH ON THE HOMEPAGES

IN THE LAST TIME THEY WERE IN THE PLAYOFFS WAS 2015 THE RECORD WAS 98-64 THEIR ATTENDANCE WAS 2 MILLION, 400,000 THEN OVER THE NEXT 3 YEARS THEY TRADED AWAY WALKER, MY CLUTCH AND, MILLIKEN, COLD, FREEZE LAST YEAR THEY ENDED UP AT 82 AND 79 AND ATTENDANCE WAS 1,400,000

THAT IS A LOSS OF 1 MILLION OVER 3 YEARS THAT IS A LOT OF FANS AND A LOT OF MONEY THEY ARE SENDING A MESSAGE IS WHAT THEY ARE DOING THEY'RE SAYING THAT HEY, THIS PRODUCT IS SOMETHING WE DON'T WANT TO COME OUT FOR ON A DAILY BASIS SO I'M GOING TO LET THE QUESTION TO YOU AND YOU AND THEN I WILL HANG UP AND LISTEN

DO YOU THINK THAT WHAT HAS HAPPENED, THEY HAVE BECOME A VERY AVERAGE TEAM AND THE PEOPLE SIMPLY HAVE LOST INTEREST? WELL, SURE, THE ATTENDANCE PROBLEMS REALLY STARTED WITH THE TRADE OF WALKER THE NEVER RECOVERED FROM THAT, AT LEAST FROM A PUBLIC RELATIONS STANDPOINT LASTLY THEY HAD A WINNING SEASON , WHICH IS GOOD BECAUSE THERE AREN'T THAT MANY AROUND WE TALK ABOUT THIS EVERY NIGHT ON THE SHOW THE PIRATES, IF THEY WERE PLAYING FOR MIKE TOMLIN THEIR ERA WILL BE PLENTY DOWN

WE ARE DUE FOR A BREAK HERE WE ARE LIVE RIGHT NOW AS WE

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