NASCAR PREVIEW: KANSAS

By Brennen McCall, Racing Contributor Kansas Race Preview This weekend NASCAR travels to Kansas Speedway just outside of Kansas City. The 1.5-mile tri-oval hosts two race weekends every year and usually puts on a decent show. Built back in 2001 near the peak of NASCAR’s popularity, Kansas Speedway has seen a surprising number of hard crashes in its 20 years

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NASCAR PREVIEW: TALLADEGA

By Brennen McCall, Racing Contributor Few names in sports seem to resonate when it rolls off the tongue. Talladega Superspeedway is such a name that is synonymous with American stock car racing. The 2.66-mile tri-oval boasts blistering speeds, massive pileups and spectacular airborne flips that turn 3400-pound racecars into feathers. It’s a frightening prospect for the average human being, but

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NASCAR PREVIEW: RICHMOND

By Brennen McCall, Racing Contributor The three-quarter mile D-shaped oval of Richmond Raceway is the latest stop on the NASCAR Cup Series schedule. It’s the third short track in three races. Richmond is known as “The Action Track” given for its multi-groove racing and short track tempers. Richmond has been hosting NASCAR races since the early 1950s and has become

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NASCAR Race Preview: Martinsville

By Brennen McCall, Racing Contributor The NASCAR Cup Series stars shake off the dirt from Bristol and recharge from the Easter off week and head to the shortest track on the schedule. The flat, half-mile oval of Martinsville Speedway is one of NASCAR’s oldest venues, hosting just the sixth race ever run in what would become the NASCAR Cup Series

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NASCAR Preview: Bristol Dirt Race

By Brennen McCall, Racing Contributor The Bullring. Thunder Valley. The World’s Fastest Half-Mile. The Last Great Coliseum. Nicknames like these are descriptive by nature. Pointing out something specific to help define a person or thing. Sometimes nicknames can become more well-known than their real counterparts. Sport venues across the country have nicknames given to them by the community they stand

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JuJu’s prevalence both impressive, and puzzling

By Joe Smeltzer There won’t be many one-year, $8 million deals that will get the reaction that this one does. The words “polarizing” and “JuJu Smith-Schuster” go together like milk and cookies, so it’s appropriate that his surprising new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers has a lot of people talking, with many spewing contrasting opinions. Is Smith-Schuster loyal for reportedly

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NASCAR PREVIEW: ATLANTA

By Brennen McCall, NASCAR Contributor Race Preview: Atlanta Martin Truex Jr. rallied from scrubbing the wall early to earning his first victory of the 2021 season. Phoenix proved all day to be a bit of a challenge for drivers particularly with passing. The PJ1 traction compound on the top side of both corners was the dominant groove which forced every

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NASCAR PREVIEW: PHOENIX

By Brennen McCall, NASCAR Contributor The 2021 NASCAR season continued its trend of unpredictability in a thrilling race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend. The fourth race of the season saw its fourth different winner. Kyle Larson is no stranger to winning. The dirt racing prodigy has found victory in NASCAR’s highest level on six occasions before receiving

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NASCAR PREVIEW: LAS VEGAS

By Brennen McCall, Racing Contributor Viva Las Vegas! The surprisingly unpredictable NASCAR season continues from the beachy shores of Florida’s East Coast to the hot sun of America’s Western deserts. Three races have now seen three different winners. Young gun William Byron took only his second Cup Series victory last week at Homestead earning him a spot in playoffs. While

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Daytona 500 Preview

By Brennen McCall, Guest Contributor It’s that time of year again. A new NASCAR season is upon us and the green flag will fall for the Great American Race. It’s the Super Bowl of stock-car racing. There is no offseason for NASCAR teams as they spend the winter months preparing their cars for the new year. The best equipment is

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Taillon’s Time in Pittsburgh Was Marred by Misfortune

By Joe Smeltzer Every notable Pirate that’s went somewhere else over the past several years has a different story. Andrew McCutchen and Starling Marte left having reached their full potential. Pedro Alvarez and Josh Bell left showing flashes of greatness, and nothing else. Pitchers Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow left a system that failed them, and now… look at them.

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Penguins Post-Series Commentary (Capitals)

By COMON Network Team 1/17 – Pittburgh Penguins (1-2-0, 2 pts) 4 def. Washington Capitals (2-0-1, 5 pts) 3 in a shootout. The Penguins got their first win of the season via shootout against the Washington Capitals Sunday afternoon. After back-and-forth scoring and a very methodical overtime, the Penguins were able to overcome the Capitals after Jake Guentzel’s shootout goal and

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Steelers Postgame Commentary: Week 17 vs Browns

By COMON Network Team Final Score – Cleveland Browns (11-5) 24 def. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4) 22 The Pittsburgh Steelers traveled to Cleveland sans Ben Roethlisberger, Cam Heyward, TJ Watt, Chris Boswell, Terrell Edmunds and Maurkice Pouncey, and also were without the services of Joe Haden due to a COVID situation that came about Saturday. At the end, a failed two-point conversion

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Possibility of Browns collapse makes an otherwise dull Sunday exciting

By Joe Smeltzer Don’t lie to yourself. You know why you care about the Steelers’ last regular season game, and it has nothing to do with the Steelers. A win probably won’t make a seventh Super Bowl ring any more likely, so don’t pretend that it would. Unless Mason Rudolph throws for about 400 yards or launches a football into

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Top 5 Pittsburgh Sports Moments of 2020

By Jack Hillgrove Ah, yes. 2020. Perhaps the most cliché year of our lifetimes if there is such a thing. Every once in a while I’ll come across the Match.com commercial where Satan meets up with a woman named “2020,” and I can’t help but laugh. In the most comical way, I think that is the perfect summary for how

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CAROLINE AIN’T SO SWEET: TIME FOR PITT TO DITCH SWEET CAROLINE (Part 2)

By David Haddad, Guest Contributor Unique stadium anthems have become a valuable calling card in American athletics, galvanizing fanbases before the 4th quarter, leading up to do-or-die defensive stands and after wins. These ballads that have become synonymous with their program’s successes and have deeply embedded themselves in the culture and brand of their respective institutions. They enhance the game-day

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Caroline Ain’t So Sweet: Time for Pitt to Ditch Sweet Caroline

By David Haddad, Guest Contributor Unique stadium anthems have become a valuable calling card in American athletics, galvanizing fanbases before the 4th quarter, leading up to do-or-die defensive stands and after wins. “Jump Around” at Wisconsin, “Dixieland Delight” at Bama and “Enter Sandman” at Virginia Tech are all examples of power ballads that have become synonymous with their program’s successes

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Pirates Deal Josh Bell to Washington Nationals

By COMON Network Team The Pittsburgh Pirates have traded first baseman and slugger Josh Bell to the Washington Nationals, reports say. Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was the first to break the news. The Pirates acquire two right-handed pitchers from the Nationals for Bell, according to Mackey and ESPN’s Jeff Passan, among others. The two hurlers are ranked No.

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Meeting With the Big Bad Chiefs Becoming Less and Less Likely

By Joe Smeltzer I don’t know when it started. But at some point, every Steelers fan from here to Prague decided that whatever happened in 2020 would lead into a heavyweight clash with the Kansas City Chiefs. Fans, even of the same team, disagree on many things. One thing everybody in this city has in common is a minor obsession

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Steelers Postgame Commentary: Week 14 vs Bills

By COMON Network Team Final Score – Buffalo Bills (10-3) 26 def. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-2) 15 After starting 11-0, the Pittsburgh Steelers have dropped two-straight games as they lost tonight to the Buffalo Bills 26-15, falling to 11-2 despite clinching a playoff spot earlier in the day by virtue of Miami’s loss to Kansas City. The Steelers drew first blood following

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Steelers Postgame Commentary: Week 13 vs Washington Football Team

By COMON Network Team Final Score – Washington Football Team (5-7) 23 def. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-1) The Pittsburgh Steelers have lost for the first time, falling to the Washington Football Team for the second loss in Heinz Field history after leading by 14 or more points at any point in the game. The Steelers struck first, with 10:33 remaining in the

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