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Racer's death, Pitt's offense regrettable

| Monday, Oct. 17, 2011

I'm not a fan of racing of any kind really, but I'll mention first the death of Dan Wheldon on Sunday.

He was one of the few race car drivers that I actually heard of because of my lack of interest in the sport, but his death is an unbelievable tragedy.

The crash that he was involved in was horrible to watch. May he rest in peace.

* Having attended the Pitt-Utah game on Saturday, I left asking myself one question: What was worse at Heinz Field this weekend• A. The wind or B. the Pitt offense.

Need a hint• The answer is not A.

Coming into the game, Ray Graham was leading the entire nation in rushing yards with 899.

On Saturday, he had 12 carries. Are you kidding me• That's not high-octane ?that's high-idiocy.

You can't blame the wind for the Panthers' inability to throw the ball either. Utah's backup quarterback, that's right, backup, finished 14-of-23 throwing the ball.

Did I mention that the Utes' running back had 36 carries• But the nation's leading rusher only had 12. High octane• Yeah, right.

* What are the chances we see freshman running back Rushel Shell and freshman quarterback Chad Voytik as opening day starters for Pitt next year• I'd say there are better than 50-50 odds on that.

* Hockey season is in full swing and we already had our first controversial fight.

The Pens' Arron Asham knocked out the Capitals' Jay Beagle after he roughed up Kris Letang. So, what's the problem?

Granted, Asham didn't have to do the "goodnight" motion afterwards, but even he admitted that he disgraced himself.

Fact of the matter is that he did what he is supposed to do in that situation; he stuck up for his man. Beagle agreed to drop the gloves and he paid for it. Superstar Alex Ovechkin called Asham dirty for fighting an "unexperienced" young player. I think he needs to shut it, considering his go-to move has been the knee-on-knee hit.

* Without further ado, my Sellew-tions for the week:

1. The Steelers should begin cloning offensive linemen who are named to the Pro Bowl each year ?as well as their backups. .

2. Joe Paterno should give a motivational speech to football coaches at all levels about how to dodge players leaving the field of play. In case you missed it, Saints Coach Sean Payton tore his MCL and broke his leg Sunday in a collision similar to Paterno's last season.

3. Pitt should start scouring the local Walmarts and Giant Eagles for any stock boys that can throw a football ala Kurt Warner.

4. I should scalp the tickets for the remaining Pitt games this season. I'll gladly pay you Tuesday, to take my tickets today ... channeling my inner-Wimpy.

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