Is Jones another disappointing No. 1?

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• Considering the Steelers' recent lack of success in the early rounds of the draft, the demotion this week of 2013 No. 1 choice Jarvis Jones, although not conclusive of anything, is not good news. His failure to have enough "detailed work" is pure coach-speak. But if it indicates a work-ethic problem this is particularly not good news.

• If the Steelers lose Sunday, they are totally and completely a team going nowhere, which means it would be hard, if not impossible, to justify continuing to play Jason Worilds, who will be an unrestricted free agency, over Jones.

This Bloomberg.com link is to a graphic full of fascinating information about MLB teams, including how much they earn in ticket receipts, sponsorship, concessions, etc. It also lists the total value of every team. The Pirates are ranked 23rd at $610 million.

• Attempts to place the blame for Terrelle Pryor’s 93-yard run on the first play from scrimmage Sunday on the Steelers coaching staff are unfair and the vent of frustrated fans. But the consistent underperforming of this team early in the game against weaker or equal opponents rests at least as much with the coaching staff as the players.

• Had Starling Marte won a Gold Glove Tuesday -- and he was the Pirate with the best chance -- it might have made a switch of positions between him and Andrew McCutchen a bit easier to do down the road -- if that’s where the Pirates want to go.

• Looks like Pitt’s Steven Adams didn’t make the colossal mistake some claimed he did by turning pro after one college season. Expected by many to be sent to the NBA Developmental League to refine his game, Adams instead made the Oklahoma City Thunder roster with an impressive exhibition season in which he averaged a team-high eight rebounds along with 7.9 points. His salary is $2.09 million.

• Unsung Pittsburgh angle to the World Series: Boston President and CEO Larry Lucchino is a Greenfield native and graduate of Allderdice High School, where he was a basketball standout. Lucchino is among the elite of the elite of sports executives. He was a driving force behind the building of Camden Yards in Baltimore, which began a trend in new ballparks that has changed the face of MLB. Since taking over his current duties in 2002, the Red Sox have won three World Series.

• Player A and Player B both had 77 at bats for their respective teams. Player A had four doubles, no home runs and three RBIs. Player B had three doubles, one home run and 10 RBIs. If you had to choose, based on those spare stats, which player would you want batting fourth for your team? Player A is Pirates No. 4 hitter Justin Morneau. Player B is Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw.

• Remember the days when the Steelers vied to be No. 1 in the NFL. After their loss to Oakland, Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com had them 29th, of 32, and New York Daily News has them 25th.

• Raise your son to be a pitcher. The projected arbitration award for Kershaw, a lock to win the Cy Young Award, is $19 million.

• Quoting an industry site, Darren Rovell of ESPN.com reported that the average price of tickets on the secondary market for Game 6 of the World Series last night was $2,056. He also reported the sale of two of the best seats at Fenway Park, first row dugout box, at $24,000.

• Not to be overlooked in the Pirates ability to raise payroll for 2014 will be the expected, and understandably so, increases in ticket prices at PNC Park.

Was St. Louis manager Mike Matheny aware his team was involved in an elimination game last night? He sure didn’t manage like it. Over the course of two innings, beginning late in the third, the Boston Red Sox had these consecutive at bats: hit batsman, bases-loaded double, line out, home run, strikeout, double, fly out and intentional walk. Then -- with the score, 4-0, and two men on base who would score -- Matheny decided to make a pitching change. Incredible!


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