Michael Sanserino's all-sports chat transcript: 3.16.16
March 16, 2016 4:10 PM
David Freese jokes with teammates last week in Bradenton, Fla.
POLL: How far will Pitt advance in the NCAA tournament? A. Round of 64 (60%) B. Round of 32 (20%) C. Sweet 16 (0%) D. Elite Eight (0%) E. Final Four (0%) F. National Championship (20%)
POLL: How many games will the Pirates win this year? A. Fewer than 75 (50%) B. 75-81 (0%) C. 82-88 (0%) D. 89-94 (0%) E. 95+ (50%)
Guest: Are the Steelers done signing free agents? What about Reuben Randle to replace Martavis Bryant?
Michael Sanserino: I don't think the Steelers are done, but I'm not so sure abour Reuben Randle. Signing Ladarius Green will help the Steelers in the passing game, and the move was made with the knowledge that Martavis Bryant would probably miss the upcoming season. I think they'll try to address secondary depth.
Sid Bream: Who hits more HR's this season, John Jaso, David Freese or Michael Morse?
Michael Sanserino: I'll say Freese. It's amazing how quickly his star has fallen, but I think he still has a little more pop than Jaso, even at PNC where lefties have better chances than righties.
The Card Says Moops: What exactly is a Hoosier, anyway?
Michael Sanserino: No one really knows, so "someone from Indiana" is the only thing that makes sense. My favorite story about the word is that there was a bar fight in pioneer times. A man's ear got cut off, someone picked it up and said "Who's ear." Almost certainly not true, but I like it. I think it was invented as a derogatory term, and the people of Indiana embraced it.
Carl: Will Mike Wallace amount to any sort of a threat in Baltimore?
Michael Sanserino: No. He was pretty disappointing in Miami and Minnesota. Flacco is a better QB than Tannehill and Bridgewater, but not by much.
Tom Crean is a genius: If Indiana makes the Final Four will you get a I Heart Tom Crean tattoo?
Michael Sanserino: Indiana couldn't even make the Final Four of the Big Ten tournament.
The Card Says Moops: When Roy Halladay, er, I mean Charlie Morton 'reminisced' about his time with the Pirates, what could he possibly have been thinking about? His fun in injury rehab?
Michael Sanserino: Hey, Charlie had some good moments! Sure his "Roy Halladay" connection was probably beaten to death, but I always thought Charlie was good for the rotation when healthy. That "when healthy" is key, as you pointed out.
Kelvin: The NCAA women's tournament is so top-heavy; huge upsets rarely happen. Think it should be trimmed from 64 teams?
Michael Sanserino: I don't think so. It's still a special thing to make the tournament, even if the 16 seed has as good a chance of beating a 1 seed as I do of winning the lottery. The Robert Morris women are thrilled to be playing Connecticut, and who knows, they could pull off the greatest upset in sports history.
Michael Sanserino: OK, they won't. But I'm sure they'll still have fun.
The Card Says Moops: The Trib does podcasts. Now granted, most of them are terrible (had to stop listening to Ike Taylor after he said 'Martavius' Bryant for the fourth time), but is the Post-Gazette considering podcasts? Love these chats btw.
Michael Sanserino: We've done podcasts in the past -- Steel Castings, college football, baseball. We dropped them for a variety of reasons, but I'm certainly open to them. It's an interesting medium that I don't think we pulled off quite well. I'd like to explore it in the future, but I want to make sure we do it well and don't just do it because we can.
Tom: Think the Steelers wanted to sign offensive players in FA or were they just the best deals out there? Got some really good bargains for solid players IMO
Michael Sanserino: I think they wanted to get a tight end and an offensive lineman, and they found a talented tight end in Green and a bargain in Harris. I think they still have a need in secondary and just haven't found a good fit yet. They might not -- we knew from the beginning there weren't a lot of quality DBs out there who could be had for what the Steelers can afford.
The Card Says Moops: Hey Sid Bream...I've disliked you ever since you came to my college and used up all my time in the batting cage during one practice. Never got a chance to say thanks, so thanks for that.
Michael Sanserino: Most Pittsburghers dislike Sid Bream for another reason, but you do you, Moops.
Juanita: I just saw on Twitter that Barry Bonds beat all of the Marlins in a BP home run derby today. Which former big-leaguer would you most want on your beer league softball team?
Michael Sanserino: Definitely Bonds. He looks to be in great shape from photos I've seen from spring training -- slimmed down quite a bit from his final years with the Giants. Then I'd go with Jose Conseco, because he could probably crush a lot of beers, tell a lot of jokes and just mash at the plate.
The Card Says Moops: I would bet my Plaxico Burress signed football (retail value ($0.75) that Mike Wallace has a career game against the Steelers next year.
Michael Sanserino: Without a doubt. That's just how it goes, right? We were talking in the office the other day about what point in time do we send Brink or Nesbitt to Baltimore to write the "Pedro is an MVP candidate" story. My guess is early June.
Bam: Which Supreme Court Justice (let's include Merrick Garland for kicks) would win in a game of H-O-R-S-E?
Michael Sanserino: In order of finish: 1. RBG 2. Kagan 3. Roberts 4. Garland 5. Thomas 6. Sotomayor 7. Breyer 8. Kennedy 9. Alito
The Card Says Here Come Peter Cottontail: Think the Pirates will go on the cheap now that they got the fans back in the seats? Ride the income like they did when they built PNC Park?
Michael Sanserino: I don't think so. They have a competitive team and a bright future with a couple young arms and a few good position players near the majors. I think they stay conservative, but I don't think we're going to see a fire sale or a cash grab.
JamesinNYC: Did you see the Wallace comments about Flacco, throwing Tannehill and Bridgewater under the bus, and admitting in a roundabout way missing Ben?
Michael Sanserino: I did. Wasn't really a good look for him, but what has been, really? He's not wrong -- his success as a Steeler had as much to do with Ben as it had to do with Wallace's own talent. I don't know if he has found a gold mine with Flacco, but I think he is certainly an upgrade over his past situation(s).
Dave Stoller: Ryan Harris is a devout Muslim according to Wikipedia but he went to Notre dame, ironic isn't it?
Michael Sanserino: I don't know if I'd really say that's ironic. It's not like there is a Muslim University that develops professional football players. There are tons of kids who go to Notre Dame or Boston College or Brigham Young who aren't Catholic or Mormon.
Moocher: Back in the day did you dive into the quarries from the rocks?
Michael Sanserino: I did not ever go swimming in the quarries (watch Breaking Away, for those who don't get the reference). It was illegal, and I had no sense of real adventure. And, apparently, it was dangerous -- tons of debris at the bottom where you could get cut/stuck.
Bam: Would you rather dunk in an NBA game, score a touchdown in the NFL (and get to do a dance), or hit a home run (and get to flip your bat, etc.)?
Michael Sanserino: Definitely dunk. But instead of an NBA game, I'd rather dunk in front of a crowd of all my friends, enemies and ex-girlfriends. And do it over Manute Bol or someone like that.
Patio Furniture: Will you drink a green beer tomorrow if Indiana beats Chattanooga?
Michael Sanserino: I will drink a green beer tomorrow, no qualification needed.
The Card Says Here Come Peter Cottontail: What did Beachum sign for?
Michael Sanserino: I still have not seen any contract figures. Only that it's a two-year deal.
Michael Sanserino: OK, that's all for this week. Thanks for stopping by and participating. Ed Bouchette will be chatting in an hour, same channel. Enjoy the Madness!
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