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Good, bad news for Steelers

| Monday, July 31, 2006

Thinking out loud:

- The Pittsburgh Steelers' first weekend of the season at St. Vincent College had both good and bad news.

The good news was that Ben Roethlisberger was showing no signs of being in a scary motorcycle accident only 48 days ago.

Not many people thought on June 12 that Roethlisberger would be running and throwing in Latrobe on the first day of camp after getting hit without a helmet on by a car and suffering multiple facial injuries and a laceration on the back of his head.

The bad news?

Joey Porter was put on the Physically Unable to Perform list Saturday after undergoing surgery on his right knee a little more than two months ago.

Linebacker isn't one of the Steelers' deeper positions with James Harrison the only proven player coach Bill Cowher can turn to if one of the starters gets injured.

- Anyone else think Charleroi's American Legion baseball team might still be playing these days with a healthy Neil Pascarella?

The lone lefty on the team, Pascarella didn't pitch an inning the entire season for manager Luke Mollis because of shoulder problems.

Pascarella was expected to be one of Charleroi's top hurlers going into the 2006 campaign.

Speaking of Legion baseball. Blackhawk won the Region 6 tourney a with come-from-behind 10 inning 8-6 win over Plum in Saturday's title game.

Blackhawk (27-1) trailed 5-1 going into the ninth inning before coming back to avenge its lone defeat of the season the previous day.

- I 'd like to see if there's a better Hall of Fame class than Ringgold's first of Stan Musial, Joe Montana, Ken Griffey Sr. and Fred Cox, which will be inducted Sept. 2 at a banquet at the New Eagle Fire Hall.

On the subject of Montana, he's a 1974 Ringgold graduate, not 1973, as was reported last week.

- It's nice to see the Pittsburgh Pirates are 10-6 since the All-Star break and riding their longest winning streak in two years at five games.

Unfortunately it doesn't mean much when your overall record is 40-66 and you're sitting in last place by 19 games.

To avoid a 14th straight losing campaign, the Pirates are going to have to go 42-14 in their final 56 games.

With 26 road games remaining, forget it. The Pirates are an embarrassing 13-40 away from PNC Park.

- And thanks to Tom Pucci, of Perryopolis, who says if you think education is expensive, try ignorance!

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