Ireland Contracting Sports Call: March 14, 2019 (Pt. 1)

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RIGHT NOW IT IS THE NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL PITTSBURGH'S BEST SPORTS SHOW IS ABOUT TO BEGIN CALL OR TWEET, WE GOT THINGS TO TALK ABOUT ON THE ISLAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL THANK YOU VERY MUCH, RIGHT HERE ON THE ISLAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL IT IS PI DAY, THAT MEANS BERRY PIE

IT MEANS APPLE PIE AND ALL THAT OTHER STUFF BUT PI DAY, IS, I GUESS THE MATH EQUATION OR I GUESS THE, JUST REGULAR PIE DID YOU SEE THIS GUY FROM GOOGLE? 31 TRILLION DIGITS? I WILL TAKE MY CHANCES I WILL CALL THEM AND SEE IF THEY CAN HELP ME WITH MARCH MADNESS I WILL NEVER BE SMART ENOUGH WE HAVE A LOT HERE TO TALK ABOUT TONIGHT

WE BEGIN WITH THE PENGUINS IN ACTION AGAIN, BUFFALO HAS HAD THEIR NUMBER ALL SEASON LONG, TONIGHT, GIVING THE MAGNITUDE OF THE POINTS, AND HOW MUCH IS NEEDED ALSO, WINNING TONIGHT WAS NEW JERSEY BEATING MONTRIAL THE PENGUINS NEEDED TO KEEP PACE AND THEY DID NOT ONLY DID SMITH PLAY BUT HE WAS OUTSTANDING POSTING A THIRD SHUTOUT OF THE YEAR AND THE PENGUINS WON THIS GAME NOW THEY HAVE BACK TO BACK GAMES COMING UP AND PAUL THEY ARE PLAYING REALLY GOOD HOCKEY RIGHT NOW AND THEY HAVE SOME INJURIES TO DEAL WITH

BRIAN ROSS IS STILL OUT BUT HERE THEY ARE CRANKING AWAY I THINK BUFFALO KNEW THEY WERE GOING TO STRUGGLE SCORING THEY HAVE HAD A HARD TIME, THIS IS THE THIRD SHUTOUT IN A ROW WHICH IS INCREDIBLE IT IS WHAT IS THAT 180 MINUTES OF HOCKEY WITHOUT SCORING? THAT'S PRETTY IMPRESSIVE IF YOU ASKED ME AND THAT IS NOT TO TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM — THEY HAVE A 28 GOALSCORER, FIVE GUYS AROUND 20? THEY ARE JUST STRUGGLING, AND AS A RESULT IT IS GOOD FOR THE PENGUINS AND THEY HAVE A COUPLE OF BIG GAMES THIS WEEKEND SO WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS

THEY JUST HAVE TO KEEP WINNING AND GRABBING POINTS WE SAW THE PANTHERS GET OUSTED LAST NIGHT IN THE ACC TOURNAMENT TONIGHT DUCHESNE HAD A LEAD IN THE SECOND HALF, PHIL MARTELLI'S TEAM CAME BACK TO WIN I GAVE CREDIT TO BOB, MAKING SOME CHANGES DOWN THERE THEY WERE REALLY BAD DURING THE REGULAR SEASON, ERRATIC, SOME GUYS GOT KICKED OFF THE TEAM OTHERS ARE INJURED

ALL OF A SUDDEN THEY WIN TWO IN A ROW AFTER BEATING OKLAHOMA WHAT ARE THEY DOING WELL? THE FIRST THING THEY DID, AND THIS PROBABLY RELATES TO ANOTHER TEAM THAT IS HERE IN TOWN THEY GOT RID OF A BUNCH OF BAD APPLES YEAH THEY DID EVEN THOUGH A FEW OF THEM WERE TALENTED, AND SOME WERE HIGHLY RECRUITED PLAYERS, GUESS WHAT HE DID

HE ADDED BY SUBTRACTING SOME ATTITUDE, SOME GUYS THAT PROBABLY WEREN'T BUYING INTO THE TEAM CONCEPT TOO MUCH ALL OF THE SUDDEN, LESS TALENT, BETTER TEAM AND THEY ARE PLAYING LIKE A TEAM WHO DOES THAT REMIND YOU OF? SPEAKING OF THE STEELERS[ LAUGHTER ] NOW OF COURSE IT IS THE POST AB ERA

HE SHOULD HAVE TAKEN THE STEELERS OFFER A COUPLE YEARS AGO, HE DIDN'T AND ALTHOUGH HE IS A RICH MAN, HE WILL REGRET THIS BECAUSE HE MADE A POINT TO SAY, THIS IS ABOUT THE MONEY ANYWAY, THEY BROUGHT INTO GUYS TODAY AND I LIKE THE ACQUISITION, I THINK STEPHEN NELSON IS A PRETTY GOOD PLAYER ON OFFENSE, DANTE, WHO HAS HAD A PRETTY GOOD YEAR THESE ARE THE KIND OF SIGNINGS YOU MAKE TO TRY AND SHORE UP AREAS TO GIVE YOURSELF FLEXIBILITY IN THE DRAFT THEY ARE PROBABLY STILL GOING TO DRAFT A RECEIVER BUT NOW IT IS NOT MANDATORY THAT THEY GET ONE EARLY

NOW IT IS NOT MANDATORY, THEY HAVE GOT TO SHORE UP NOW, INSIDE LINEBACKER THEY HAVE THE PICS TO DO IT THERE ARE A LOT OF THINGS THEY COULD DO TO TRY AND GET BETTER I LIKE THESE KINDS OF ACQUISITIONS, I KNOW THEY ARE NOT SPLASH, BUT I THINK THEY'RE THE TYPE OF THINGS YOU BUILD A WINNING ROSTER WITH MANY ARE ALREADY TALKING ABOUT THE STEELERS NOT BEING RELEVANT IN THE AFC NORTH

BUT THEY STILL HAVE BEEN ROSS BERGER, IF THE DEFENSE CAN IMPROVE, THEY COULD STILL BE A FORMIDABLE TEAM CALL US RIGHT NOW

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