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Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo are tying up some loose ends from the draft and breaking down the latest news on Terrell Edmunds, Justin Layne, Al Villanueva and more. Plus, we discuss how the draft played out for the AFC North and what those picks mean for the Steelers. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin …
 
Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak break down Tuesday’s minor league games and all of the prospects’ highlight reel moments. The Young Bucs are giving fans positive things to talk about, but there’s so much more to come. Plus, we discuss the Pirates’ series in San Diego. Which players stood out? Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFutu…
 
Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel break down the two-game series against the Philadelphia Flyers. Have the Penguins experienced some slippage? Plus, Evgeni Malkin is back and that’s key — but it’s also just the first step for him. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC …
 
College insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss the local players from Pitt and Penn State who were drafted over the weekend. Which players have the best chance of making an immediate impact? Plus, we address the Rashad Weaver situation. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompete…
 
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo analyze the 2021 draft class, from Najee Harris to Pressley Harvin. Did they do enough to address the biggest areas of need? Who could be the sleeper star? And what might they have done differently if they were Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert? Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevi…
 
Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak break down how well the Pirates have been playing recently and discuss what’s been standing out. While the bullpen has been terrific, the starting pitching has to go deeper. And what is going on with Mitch Keller? Plus, we talk about player accountability, evaluate the future of the lineup and draft Pir…
 
Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel break down the team’s performances in their important two-game series. How close are the Penguins to playing the kind of hockey necessary to be successful in playoffs? Plus, we discuss how important defense and goaltending will be going forward and debate what needs to happen with the power play when Ev…
 
College insiders Craig Meyer, John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn review Pitt and Penn State’s spring camps and games. Performances matter more than points, but we still learned plenty from Pitt’s Blue-Gold game. Who pulled ahead in position battles? And which players have more to prove? Plus, we discuss the local intrigue in this year’s draft. Musi…
 
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo take over as Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert for the day as we host our very own 2021 NFL mock draft. Using a simulator, we go round by round and pick by pick to analyze the Steelers’ options. Will the first round be a nightmare or a dream for the Steelers? What surprise moves might they make? Music fr…
 
Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak break down Wednesday’s doubleheader and the Pirates’ recent flurry of moves. Who’s standing out — for good or bad reasons? What do these roster changes mean? And which Pirates will be the next ones to go? Plus, we discuss the best moves for Colin Moran. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean…
 
Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel break down Tuesday night’s game against the Devils. The Penguins let their foot off the gas and nearly lost the game. Should we be concerned? How will they respond Thursday night? Plus, we share our impressions of Jeff Carter and discuss what the lineup would look like with everyone healthy. Music from …
 
College insiders Craig Meyer, John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn break down Penn State's spring showcase over the weekend and Pitt's upcoming spring game. What should we look for from the Panthers? Plus, we discuss Pitt basketball, volleyball and more. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Li…
 
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down James Conner’s departure and Vince Williams’ return. Is this the fresh start Conner needs? Plus, we discuss the OTA issues and hear Brian’s interview with Zach Banner. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://crea…
 
Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss the surprises and disappointments they've seen so far during the Pirates’ season. Plus, they debate which players they would buy or sell. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)…
 
On a special trade deadline episode, Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel break down the Jeff Carter trade. What kind of production should fans expect out of the newest Penguin and where will he fit in? What forces led Ron Hextall to give up future assets? Plus, we look at the rest of the moves around the East Division. Music from https://…
 
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo are back to break down the Steelers’ offensive line. It should definitely be the team’s No. 1 priority, but what changes are we likely to see? Along with sorting out all of the moving parts, the Steelers must also identify what exactly the offensive line’s needs are. Plus, Brian shares an exclusive b…
 
Steelers insider Brian Batko is joined by college football insiders John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn for a special episode of The North Shore Drive. With the draft getting closer, it’s time to wonder: Are the Steelers zeroing in on any players from Pitt or Penn State? Should they? We go through eligible Panthers and Nittany Lions to see what they…
 
Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss the latest updates on Tristan Jarry and evaluate Casey DeSmith’s performance and potential. Plus, we break down Brian Burke’s latest comments on team identity and what kinds of moves the Penguins might consider. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incomp…
 
College insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss the Panthers’ return to spring camp after a COVID-19 pause, preview the skill positions for both Pitt and Penn State football and address Pitt basketball's recent roster movement. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Li…
 
High school insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein discuss the state of WPIAL basketball and share their top memories from the season. We discuss player of the year candidates, declare a prediction record winner and make some predictions for the next season. Plus, we're joined by championship guest Mike Rodriguez. Music from https://f…
 
Running back? Center? Tight end? Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo are back to evaluate and debate the team’s top needs. Plus, we dive deeper into the details of the Steven Nelson situation and revisit a bet we made during the season. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licen…
 
Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak break down what the club’s roster is starting to look like. Some position competitions are over, but others are still presenting some tough choices. Can we predict the Pirates’ opening day lineup? Plus, we share MLB season predictions and discuss Todd Frazier’s status and options. Music from https://fil…
 
Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel discuss what Evgeni Malkin’s absence means for the team. How can the Penguins weather this storm? Plus, the trade deadline is quickly approaching. But will we see any moves from the Penguins? Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (h…
 
College insiders Craig Meyer, John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn start their Pitt and Penn State spring camp position previews at quarterback. Kenny Pickett is back for another season. Will he make it count? And what does the backup situation look like? Plus, we discuss how the NCAA tournament is going so far. Music from https://filmmusic.io "Retro…
 
High school insiders Mike White and Steve Rotstein discuss the latest COVID-19 situations and how teams like Bishop Canevin and Upper St. Clair have been impacted. Plus, which players have earned this week’s shining star award? Chartiers Valley girls basketball coach Tim McConnell also joins us by Zoom to discuss his team’s success, semifinals and …
 
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo are back for an emergency podcast episode. The Steelers found a way to bring JuJu Smith-Schuster back. What does this say about how they view the other receivers on their roster? Plus, Steven Nelson is looking for a new team. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https…
 
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down how quiet things have been on the Steelers’ free agency front. Pittsburgh has made a couple of moves, but will the weeks leading up to the draft be more exciting? Plus, we discuss the team’s cap situation, what it means for some of these players to return and more. Music from https://filmm…
 
Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak break down the latest news from Florida and share what we've learned about the Pirates so far. Which players are turning over new leaves? Which ones need to step up their game? Plus, we discuss rotation concerns, biggest surprises and why the Pirates need to run things like a meritocracy. Music from htt…
 
Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss Brandon Tanev’s hit in Tuesday’s game against the Bruins. Did the refs get the call right? Plus, we break down the Penguins’ recent surge, injuries and potential lineup changes. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://…
 
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo are back for a free agency prediction bonanza. We take a look at who’s already back, who might come back and who is definitely off to a new team. Plus, we share memories of the pandemic hitting the sports world. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech…
 
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down the latest Ben Roethlisberger news. Is the height of the drama behind us? Plus, we go through Ray’s second mock draft and get an idea of what the Steelers could go after. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://c…
 
Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak break down how the Pirates are marking success in 2021 and what their building process looks like. Plus, we discuss what Ke’Bryan Hayes means to the team and the fans. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.or…
 
Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down what Jason Zucker’s injury means for the team. How will the Penguins adjust? Plus, we discuss what Kasperi Kapanen and Tristan Jarry have done to bounce back and talk about Sidney Crosby's 1,000th game. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.…
 
College insiders Craig Meyer, John McGonigal and Nubyjas Wilborn break down Justin Champagnie’s options: Will he stay or try his luck in the draft? Plus, we discuss local basketball teams wrapping up their regular seasons and the start of the FCS spring season. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetec…
 
High school basketball insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein pick the WPIAL teams they think should get the top playoff seeds. Plus, we're joined by Upper St. Clair coach Danny Holzer to discuss the season and playoffs. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http…
 
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down Ben Roethlisberger’s contract status and whether or not this whole situation has become embarrassing for him yet. Plus, we discuss Maurkice Pouncey’s retirement and J.J. Watt’s next move. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License…
 
Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak share what they’ve learned from the first few days of spring training Zoom calls. Are the Pirates creating a new culture? Is it time for young players to step up to the plate? Plus, we rank the best baseball sounds. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetec…
 
The Penguins’ season is already a quarter of the way done, so insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo break down the 14 things we’ve learned about the team through 14 games. Plus, we hand out our weekly Stick Taps and much more. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creati…
 
College insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss Pitt’s downward spiral and the mistakes the team needs to fix as it faces the final stretch. Plus, we take a look at the football coaching movement at Pitt and Penn State. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: C…
 
High school insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein are joined by the first-ever Pick ’n Roll guest, Brayden Reynolds. We discuss similarities between certain NBA and WPIAL players, share our shining stars and make predictions for this week’s games. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompete…
 
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo break down what the Steelers need from this year’s draft. Plus, they discuss T.J. Watt’s DPOY loss to Aaron Donald. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)…
 
Penguins insiders Mike DeFabo and Matt Vensel take a look at the newest members of the Penguins’ front office: Ron Hextall and Brian Burke. What can they bring to the organization? Plus, we revisit the game against the Islanders and share some stick taps. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)…
 
Steelers insiders Ray Fittipaldo and Brian Batko analyze the state of the Steelers and dissect Ben Roethlisberger’s desire to return. Which dominoes still have to fall? Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)…
 
Pirates insiders Jason Mackey and Mike Persak discuss the recent trades of Joe Musgrove and Jameson Taillon. What kind of return did the Pirates get? Plus, they discuss next steps for the team and share their top “walk it off” moments. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (htt…
 
Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss Jim Rutherford’s surprise resignation — and the legacy he’s leaving behind. Plus, they take a look at the team’s future, evaluate the absurd number of injuries and share some stick taps. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY…
 
College insiders John McGonigal, Craig Meyer and Nubyjas Wilborn discuss Pitt basketball’s last two games, share their thoughts on Coach K’s exchange with a student reporter and evaluate Pitt's presence at the Senior Bowl. Plus, they share memories of the legendary Hank Aaron. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (ht…
 
High School insiders Mike White, Brad Everett and Steve Rotstein are back to discuss the hottest topics in Western PA basketball. Which streaks are the greatest? Who are the shining stars? Plus, they share their predictions for the week. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (h…
 
Steelers insiders Brian Batko and Ray Fittipaldo discuss the announcement of Vance McDonald’s retirement and how that impacts the Steelers’ tight end room. Plus, we discuss offensive coordinator candidates, the signing of Dwayne Haskins and preview the season’s remaining games. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (h…
 
Penguins insiders Matt Vensel and Mike DeFabo discuss Tristan Jarry’s performance and how the Penguins can fill holes on an injury-ravaged defense. Plus, they share their early impressions of Kasperi Kapapen. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) License: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/lic…
 
College insiders Nubyjas Wilborn, Craig Meyer and John McGonigal break down Justin Champagnie’s insane return. How much has his performance shifted the conversation? Plus, Rivals’ Geoff Ketchum joins the show to discuss Penn State hiring Mike Yurcich as offensive coordinator. Music from https://filmmusic.io "RetroFuture Clean" by Kevin MacLeod (htt…
 
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