Michael Sanserino's all-sports chat transcript: 2.17.16
February 17, 2016 3:00 PM
Vontaze Burfict: One scary player, but is he scarier than James Harrison?
Michael Sanserino: In the words of Billy Eichner: And away... we... go.
Bill: Who's scarier: James Harrison or Vontaze Burfict?
Michael Sanserino: Great question off the bat. I'd say Burfict is scarier today, but Harrison is scarier if you're comparing prime to prime. All time fear factor for me: Bill Romanowski and Jack Tatum. But I played tennis in high school, so I'm pretty soft.
Steve: What are you most looking forward to from baseball season?
Michael Sanserino: Probably the same thing every year: a chance to sit outside in short sleeves, drink a beer and realize winter is gone. As for this season in particular, looking forward to seeing how the Pirates bring up their young stud pitchers (if at all), how Mike Trout and Bryce Harper continue to evolve, how the Cubs follow up on last season, how the Dodgers will still spend gobs of money and lose in the playoffs. I enjoy the playoff race more than anything.
Rodrigo: What's your favorite uniform in sports?
Michael Sanserino: I like a classic look. The Blackhawks home sweaters are near the top. St. Louis Cardinals home whites are up there, too. But I probably give the nod to the Boston Celtics road jerseys. Also a big fan of the 1990s era Denver Nuggets and the 1990s Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kelvin: Over/under 70 wins for the Warriors?
Michael Sanserino: I'm going to say over. Klay Thompson and Steph Curry finished 1-2 in the NBA 3-point contest. Draymond Green is a much better NBA player than I ever expected him to be. It is a complete team, and I think they make a run at the 95-96 Bulls.
MIke: Mike, were you as surprised as Pac Man Jones that Antonio Brown got shut out in the grammys Monday night?
Michael Sanserino: I was shocked! But, I must admit, I can't stand the Grammy's. My least favorite awards show out there. It used to be too high-brow for the mainstream, and now I think there has been an overcorrection. Did Taylor Swift REALLY have the best album of the year? Come on.
Mike E: I think that L'veon Bell is a Steeler at heart just like Ben is. Do you yhink so? Thus, I think that he will sign a multi-year contract with the Steelers. Your thoughts.
Michael Sanserino: I can't really speak to his heart. Only two know what's in his heart. I think he likes playing here, though. Why wouldn't he? The offense fits his skill set. I think the Steelers try to sign him to a multi-year deal, but I'm not sure how high a priority it will be. As we have seen, quality running backs are not hard to find in today's NFL.
Kelvin: March Madness is soon ... any early Final Four predictions?
Michael Sanserino: Sparty-Kansas-Kentucky-Oklahoma. Now that I've said that, you can go to Vegas and bet that none of these teams will make the Final Four.
Arturo: Is Pitt it?
Michael Sanserino: Not in basketball. At least not right now. The program has lost all its momentum. Seemed like they were building some early this season, but this ACC season has zapped that. It's just amazing this team was on the cusp of "elite" status just a few years ago, whatever that means. There's no buzz now.
Pens fan #1: Penguins-Red Wings tomorrow. Any memories from those Stanley Cup battles?
Michael Sanserino: I have memories of missing a lot of the 2009 Cup Final. I was on my honeymoon for the start of it, and I was traveling to San Francisco during Game 7. Was planning to settle in and catch the game from a bar, but the flight was delayed, had car trouble and couldn't find parking. By the time I got settled in, the celebration was over. As for the games themselves, I remember thinking it was all over after Game 5. No way Fleury rebounds after that showing. Detroit had all the momentum. But then Fleury responds with a couple great games, and Max Talbot turns hero. As an aside, I was at a Pittsburgh-area Goodwill recently and saw a Talbot jersey for sale for $15. is that any way to treat a Stanley Cup hero?
LGB: What kind of year do you think Jung Ho Kang will have?
Michael Sanserino: That's really hard to say. Everything I have read about his type of injury talks about how serious it is. The healing is a complicated process. Certainly, you'd expect him to be an even better hitter in Year 2 than in Year 1. But with that injury, who knows? I'm curious.
Stillers: Ryan Clark is on TV as we speak. Who's the next former Steeler to make that jump?
Michael Sanserino: Ramon Foster has a future in broadcasting, I think. And I think DeAngelo Williams could be on TV at some point.
Kelvin: Starting an NBA franchise today, who's your No. 1 draft pick? Curry? Davis? Wiggins?
Michael Sanserino: Really tempted to say Davis because he is a monster and he is only getting better. But I am going to pick Curry. The GM in me says he is the most dynamic player in the league. The team president in me says he is the perfect player to help build your brand.
Card say What What!: Do you watch the combine? Am I crazy for watching it?
Michael Sanserino: No, I don't watch it. But no, you're not crazy for watching it. Sports are supposed to be entertaining, so if that captivates you, go for it. Just not for me.
kevin from Ponxy, get it: Can Steelers improve their secondary next year without signing an outside FA?
Michael Sanserino: I think they can. And I think they have to, because the current DB market is pretty underwhelming. That's not to say they won't be active; I just don't think their impact move will come via free agency.
Guest: Are Nick Kingham and Brandon Cumpton going to be ready to start the season?
Michael Sanserino: I don't believe Kingham will be ready. Not sure about Brandon Cumpton. Bill Brink and Stephen Nesbitt, who are in Bradenton now, would know better than I would.
Guest: Did you hear of the HS girls swim team that has won state championships 30 years in a row. I believe in Indiana? Any clue on PA high school dynasties?
Michael Sanserino: Yes, I have. Grew up in Indiana, so I am well familiar with Carmel HS and its swim program. I don't know of any PA high school dynasties that could match, but Thomas Jefferson's run of WPIAL and state titles was pretty impressive, as was Clairton's undefeated streak. High school dynasties are pretty impressive to me because the talent pool is so limited. How do schools do it?
Ralph LA: Did the Pirates dodge a bullet when the Appel draft pick fell through?
Michael Sanserino: I think so. Who knows how he would have developed in the Pirates system -- nobody was denying his talent. But the Pirates picked up a talented position player with that comp pick and Appel's career has not panned out the way anybody thought it would. Another reason to be wary of drafting arms.
Guest: Best prediction for starting rotation coming out of the all star break?
Michael Sanserino: Cole-Liriano-Niese-Vogelsong-Glasnow. Taillon certainly could be there, but I have a hard time digitally penciling a guy in for the rotation who hasn't pitched competitively in a couple years.
Michael Sanserino: OK, that's all for this week. Thanks for joining me. We'll do it again next week.
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