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Some 'food for thought'

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Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Here's a little food for thought to help get you over the hump:

• Surprisingly, I actually found the Super Bowl a pleasure to watch.

To see Baltimore jump out to the big lead and seemingly turn the game into a rout, then to have the lights go out and then watch San Francisco come roaring back and nearly pull off the win made for an entertaining night in front of the TV.

• Although I felt Joe Flacco's performance was MVP worthy, I still don't see him as one of the game's great quarterbacks today.

Yes, he had a great post-season run — as his team did. However, he had some games this season when his performance was borderline Tebow-esque. Even in the Super Bowl, while he had a solid first half, his second half was not the kind that legends are made of.

• One of my beliefs that certainly came to light during and after the game is that 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is a whiny crybaby.

I think there is a difference between being intense on the sidelines (Mike Ditka, Bill Cowher) and just plain whining like Harbaugh did most of the night and then in his post-game conference.

I came away with some newfound respect for Baltimore coach John Harbaugh, who I thought handled himself with class not only during the game, but in the hype leading up to it.

• I thought Jacoby Jones made a good case for MVP consideration, not only with his 108-yard kickoff return, but also the way he came back for that long, underthrown pass from Flacco and then eluded two 49ers defensive backs to score a touchdown.

• It's going to be interesting to see what the Ravens do in the off-season when they try to come up with the money to pay Flacco and try to keep the weapons he has around him.

Good luck with that.

• Yet another reason to understand that the Pirates don't get it.

News reports have the team on the verge of signing lefthanded hurler Jonathan Sanchez and giving up their quest to ink currently injured starter Francisco Liriano.

OK, so Liriano has a broken arm and may not be ready for the opening of the season. However, Sanchez has a history of health issues and even if he is there for opening day, how much longer will it be before he goes on the DL?

Plus, has anyone looked at this guy's stats?

Last season he went a combined 1-9 with an 8.07 ERA in 15 starts with the Kansas City Royals and Colorado Rockies.

Sounds like a real winner to me.

I would take my chances with Liriano.

• Whatever happened to Ashley Argirakis?

• Look-A-Like Dept.: Monessen basketball player Clintell Gillaspie and the late comedian Bernie Mac.

• Just wondering what's in store for area boys' and girls' basketball teams in the upcoming WPIAL playoffs. While the area will be largely represented when the pairings come out, I'm not sure how many teams will hang around for more than a cup of coffee.

Who are the best bets?

On the girls' side I can see Elizabeth Forward making a run in AAA and Belle Vernon Area being a dark horse.

On the boys' side, the best bets are probably Monessen in Class A and California in AA, but I don't see either making a deep run.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or

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