PENGUINS LOOK TO END SENATOR’S CINDERELLA STORY

By: Andrew McDermott

It was a long, tough series, but the Pittsburgh Penguins got the job done. They defeated the Capitals 2-0 in Washington in Game 7. Now I could go on about how there’s nothing sweeter than watching the Capitals lay a zero on home ice during a Game 7, but I’m not going to. I’m here to give a quick preview of the Penguin’s next opponent: the Ottawa Senators. (read more)

DON’T GIVE UP ON THE PENGUINS YET

By: Andrew McDermott

Well, last night the Penguins had an old fashioned ass beating handed to them by the Washington Capitals. It was ugly. It was hard to watch. The Penguins just looked like a team that had nothing left in the tank. They played soft, uninspired hockey that could put even the most die-hard Penguins fan to sleep. It was disheartening to see that kind of performance put out on home ice. We can sit here, talk about everything that went wrong, and complain that the season is over. But here’s the thing: it’s not. Lets have a short memory and forget about that game.  (read more)

INJURIES, LACK OF OFFENSE FUEL PIRATE’S WOES

By: Andrew McDermott

Tell me if you’ve heard this story before: the Pirates are off to a slow start to kick off another season. This time it’s 2017, and the offense and defense has been struggling to support the fantastic pitching Gerrit Cole and Company has provided them. Cole, Ivan Nova, Jameson Taillon and Chad Kuhl have given the Pirates the opportunity to stay in games early on this season. However, the bats and defense haven’t been able to do the same. (read more)

 

DON’T PANIC: PENGUINS STILL IN CONTROL OF SERIES

By: Andrew McDermott

Did anybody really think that the Penguins would defeat the Capitals in five games? Let alone beat the Capitals in an elimination game on their own home ice? This is the Stanley Cup playoffs. Winning a series, especially against the President’s Trophy winners, wasn’t going to be a cakewalk. (read more)

 

ESPN’S DOWNWARD SPIRAL NOT SURPRISING

By: Andrew McDermott

To say the least, today was a terrible day at ESPN for many reporters, anchors, analysts, and their respective families. ESPN made sweeping cuts nationwide, cutting close to 100 jobs within its organization. Names such as Ed Werder, Trent Dilfer, Jayson Stark, Pierre LeBrun, Danny Kanell and Scott Burnside were all let go this morning. Hockey coverage (what little there was) was absolutely gutted, and many college reporters and beat writers were let go as well. Even though they’ll find jobs, you have to feel terrible for them and their families as they go through this time. (read more)

 

NFL OFFSEASON FANTASY RISERS AND FALLERS

By: Josh Wagner

If you are like me and are addicted to fantasy sports, then this article is right up your alley. No this isn’t for baseball or basketball or even soccer but yes I am talking about NFL Fantasy football! I am deeply sorry but I have not a single clue how to go about using fantasy baseball/ hockey, or how my scoring works in a league that also makes zero sense so I am deferring back to my area of expertise, shall we? (read more)

 

PITTSBURGH PIRATES- MY TOP 10 HALL OF FAME ITEMS

By: Ryan McDermott

The city of Pittsburgh is like none other. We have the best fans, the most interesting people, and we even put coleslaw and French fries on our sandwiches. The city of Pittsburgh is fortunate enough to be the home of the Pittsburgh Pirates. During my tenure as a Pirates fan, the early 2000’s to today, I have been through the highs and the lows (mostly lows). However, this does not change my love for the organization, and the appreciation of the awesome moments that I have been able see. So, here is my list of the top 10 items, from my stint as a Pirates fan, that belong in the Pittsburgh Pirates Hall of Fame. (read more)

 

PANCAKES OR WAFFLES? RYAN CHIMES IN WITH A MUST READ PIECE

By: Ryan McDermott

There are few questions that are still left unanswered to mankind. Hamburgers or hotdogs? Paper or plastic? Shorts or jorts? However, one of the most difficult age-old questions that has stumped humanity for centuries, and tore numerous families apart. Pancakes or Waffles? (read more)

 

THE RAIDERS LEAVE OAKLAND… NOW WHAT?

By: Josh Wagner

Let me get this off of my chest: I am really pumped to see the Raiders heading to Las Vegas in the near future. After reading Twitter and watching sports commentary, I feel like I am in the minority that is excited for this transition. (read more)

 

KANG DOESN’T DESERVE TO BE A PIRATE

By: Andrew McDermott

I hope Jung-Ho Kang never steps foot onto the field at PNC Park ever again. Let’s just get that out of the way right off the bat. When Kang first came to Pittsburgh, there’s no debate that he was an immediate fan favorite. I’m not here to talk about his stats, and how great of a ballplayer he was for the Pirates the past two seasons. I’m here to talk about Kang and his behavior off the field. (read more)

 

TIS’ THE SEASON (MEMOIRS OF A LOST SPORTS FAN)

By: Josh Wagner

Hello to everybody out there on the limitless domain that is the internet! I suppose I am to tackle what we are deeming the inaugural post for our super mediocre sports blog that is Steel City Hot Takes. Listen though, I am not here to get analytical or even dive into anything truly related to any particular sports story, I am here to tell you as a sports fan the light at the end of the tunnel is almost here! Spring has sprung and so has one of the best times to be a fan in the sporting world. (read more)

 

WHO WE ARE

Who are the people behind Steel City Hot Takes? It’s pretty simple. We’re just a group of guys who love sports. But what will set us apart from other blogs is our passion for sports and loving what we do. (read more)