Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: August 15, 2019 (Pt. 2)

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: August 15, 2019 (Pt. 2)


THE KDKA SPORTS DESK IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY XFINITY. WELCOME BACK TO THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL . NO BEN ROETHLISBERGER THIS WEEK. BUT MASON RUDOLPH WILL GET TO START IN THE SECOND PRESEASON GAME. HE WAS THE BACKUP IN THE FIRST ONE. CAME IN IN RELIEF OF JOSH DOBBS, HAD A PRETTY GOOD GAME IN THAT FIRST GAME. THE PRESEASON OPENER. 5 FOR 8. 91 YARDS. 2 TOUCHDOWNS. 141 PASSER RATING. NOW HE WILL GET AN EXTENDED OPPORTUNITY AND AN OPPORTUNITY TO START AND CONTINUE TO OPEN EYES AND BATTLE FOR THAT BACKUP JOB THAT IS GOING ON RIGHT NOW BETWEEN HIM AND JOSH TOGGLING. SPEAKING OF JOSH DOBBS, JOSH DOBBS WILL PLAY IN THIS GAME. BUT WILL TAKE OVER AFTER MASON RUDOLPH IS DONE. NEAR THE FIRST, AND OF THE FIRST HALF. PROBABLY THE SECOND HALF, YOU WILL SEE A LOT OF JOSH DOBBS AND THEN DEVLIN HODGES WILL PLAY AFTER THAT. BUT DON’T COUNT OUT JOSH DOBBS FOR THE BACKUP JOB. THIS IS A BATTLE RIGHT NOW. DOBBS FELT LIKE HE HAD A PRETTY GOOD GAME. HAD SOMETHING GOING IN THE OFFENSE. ESPECIALLY WITH HIS FEET IN THAT FIRST GAME. BUT YOU KNOW, HE DIDN’T THROW ANY TOUCHDOWN PASSES. BUT HE PICKED UP A COUPLE BIG THIRD DOWNS. AND HE HAD A PRETTY GOOD GAME. WHAT HE THOUGHT SO. HE WILL GET THE SECOND CHANCE. AND THEN THEY WILL FIGURE THINGS OUT FROM THERE. BUT YOU KNOW, GAMES ARE WAITED A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN PRACTICE. SO, THESE GUYS HAVE TO OPEN SOME EYES UP. CONTINUE TO IMPRESS AND OPEN EYES FOR BEN’S BACKUP JOB. THAT JOSH DOBBS WON LAST YEAR. BEATING OUT LANDRY JONES. AND SPEAKING OF LANDRY JONES, HE SIGNED A BIG CONTRACT TODAY. NOT IN THE NFL. BUT HE SIGNED A CONTRACT WITH THE XXL. HE IS THE FIRST PLAYER TO SIGN WITH THE XXL. VERY FIRST PLAYER. AND HE IS THE FIRST QUARTERBACK. THE XXL WILL TRY TO SIGN SEVEN MORE QUARTERBACKS. SO, THERE WILL BE EIGHT QUARTERBACKS THAT ARE SIGNED BEFORE OCTOBER’S DRAFT. AND THEN, EACH TEAM WILL GET TO PICK WHICH QUARTERBACK THEY WANT. AND THEN WE GO FROM THERE. AND FEBRUARY, THE SEASON STARTS FOR THE XXL. LANDRY DID HAVE A WORKOUT WITH THE DETROIT LIONS EARLIER. THIS OFF-SEASON. BUT OBVIOUSLY, DID NOT MAKE THE TEAM. NOW, HE IS WITH THE XXL. THE FIRST PLAYER TO SIGN WITH THE XXL. SEASON STARTS IN FEBRUARY. WERE GOING TO GET OUT TO THE PHONE LINES RIGHT NOW AND WE ARE GOING TO GO OUT TO MIKE OUT IN CHARLEROI. WHAT’S UP, MIKE? K, RITCHIE. THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY CALL. NO PROBLEM. THANK YOU FOR CALLING. — SAID ABOUT NOTHING BEING SO CHEAP. BUT HE IS A MULTIBILLIONAIRE. HE IS A SMART MAN. HE IS A SMART BUSINESSMAN. HE DESERVES TO MAKE A PROFIT, THE SAME AS YOU, AS A SPORTSCASTER, DESERVE TO TRY TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS YOU CAN. UP. AND ANY OTHER BUSINESSMAN, THEY DESERVE TO MAKE AS MUCH MONEY AS THEY CAN. LOTS HAVE BEEN SAID, DECREASE THE PAYROLL, WHICH WILL INCREASE THE WINNING. GET MORE PEOPLE IN THERE. THAT IS NOT NECESSARILY THE CASE. IF YOU LOOK BACK TO THEIR PLAYOFF YEARS, 14, 15, AND 60. MIKE, WHAT YOU TRY TO SAY? THE GUY IS MAKING 50 $-150 MILLION A YEAR. THERE’S A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT HE MAKES AND WHAT I MAKE AND WHAT YOU MAKE AND EVERYONE ELSE MAKES. I UNDERSTAND ABOUT MAKING A PROFIT. BUT THIS GUY IS RUINING BASEBALL IN THE CITY. I UNDERSTAND THERE. I AGREE WITH YOU THAT. BUT, INCREASING THE PAYROLL IS UNNECESSARILY GOING TO INCREASE THE ATTENDANCE. IF YOU LOOK BACK – YOU MIGHT BE RIGHT ABOUT THAT. BUT IT’S GOING TO INCREASE THEIR CHANCE OF WINNING. SO, DO YOU NOT WANT THAT? IT’S NOT YOUR MONEY. WHY ARE YOU, WHY IS THIS BOTHERING YOU? IT’S NOT YOUR MONEY. THEY SHOULD BE SPENDING MORE MONEY. THERE IS $60 MILLION BELOW LEAGUE AVERAGE. SECOND LOWEST PAYROLL IN THE MAJORS. IT IS EMBARRASSING. IT’S NOT BOTHERING ME. I’M JUST SAYING. THE GUY, WHAT IS DOING. I UNDERSTAND WHAT IS DOING. HE’S GOOD BUSINESSMAN. HE SHOULD CONTINUE TO BE A GOOD BUSINESSMAN IN SEVEN SPRINGS AND IN THE NEWSPAPER BUSINESS. BUT YOU’VE GOT HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF PRIDE WHEN YOU OWN A SPORTS TEAM. THIS SHOULD BE A SECONDARY BUSINESS. I AGREE WITH YOU. OKAY. WELL, IF YOU AGREE WITH ME, I APPRECIATE THE CALL, MIKE. GOT ME A LITTLE FIRED UP THERE. LET’S GO OUT TO PETE IN SQUIRREL HILL. WHAT’S UP, P? HOUSE MY MAIN MANAGED TO TONIGHT? DOING GOOD. I’M A LITTLE FIRED UP NOT BE. IT SOUNDS LIKE HE WAS A NUTTING SUPPORTER. I JUST CAN’T TAKE THAT RIGHT NOW. HE MIGHT HAVE , THE WINNER — FOR SEVENTHS’S RINGS ARE HIDDEN VALLEY. THAT BUSINESSES FAILING, TOO. WHEN ESCAPE SKIING ANYMORE. RIGHT ON TIME. WAS IN, I WANT TO GIVE YOU THREE EXAMPLE OF QUOTES. I WANT YOU TO GIVE ME OF EVERYONE. TWO WEEKS AGO, WHEN THE PIRATES WERE IN THE MIDST, THEY HAD A HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE BASEBALL. PAUL NUTTING SAID, DON’T FORGET, WE ARE STILL IN THIS THING. THAT WAS NEIL HUNTINGTON. YEAH. NEIL HUNTINGTON. I’M SORRY. TECHNICALLY SPEAKING. AFTER TUESDAY NIGHT’S GAME IN ANAHEIM, THEY ASKED CLINT HURDLE AFTER THE GAME, YOU ONE 2 IN A ROW AND EVERYTHING AFTER THAT HORRIBLE STRETCH OF BASEBALL AND EVERYTHING. YOU KNOW, BUT I BET THIS FEELS GOOD. HE SAID THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW YOU, THAT THESE GUYS ARE CAPABLE OF SPECIAL THINGS. OKAY? LAST NIGHT, RICH, THE POST GAME SHOW, JONES WAS PINCHHITTING FOR MIKE McKINLEY. AFTER THE GAME, ROB KEY SAYS, WELL, AT LEAST WE WIN OUR FIRST SERIES SINCE THE ALL-STAR BREAK. IT SHOULD BE A LITTLE BIT MORE PLEASANT A RIDE HOME. GARRETT JONES SAYS, WHEN YOU CAN BEAT A GREAT TEAM LIKE THE ANGELS, 2 OUT OF 3, YOU ARE HEADED IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. RICH, THE ANGEL CAT FIELD A POP UP, A GROUND BALL, OR DO A RUN DONE, JUST LIKE THE PIRATES. WHERE DOES, WHAT IS GARRETT JONES WATCHING? A GREAT TEAM. WELL, PETE, THESE GUYS ARE PAID BY THE PIRATES.’S PIRATES BROADCAST STATION. LOVE ROD KING. I THINK HE’S GREAT AT WHAT HE DOES. THEY ARE HEADING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION TO TAKE 2 OUT OF 3 AGAINST THE ANGELS. I DON’T DISAGREE WITH WHAT ROB KING SAID THERE. BUT YOU KNOW, I THINK, SOMETIMES PLAYERS, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU HAVE LIKE A GARRETT JONES COME IN AND MICHAEL McHENRY, NOT TO BE CRITICAL OF THEM, BUT THEY ARE NOT AS CRITICAL BECAUSE THEY ARE CLOSER TO THE TEAM. THEY JUST WERE PLAYING BASEBALL A FEW YEARS AGO, AND THEY KNOW SOME OF THESE GUYS. SO, THEY DON’T WANT TO BE OVERLY CRITICAL RIGHT AWAY, BECAUSE THEY FEEL LIKE, THESE ARE STILL MY BUDDIES OUT THERE. AFTER THEY BECOME, REMOVED FOR A FEW YEARS FROM BASEBALL OR FOOTBALL OR WHATEVER, THAT IS WHEN YOU SEE GUYS START TO BECOME MORE CRITICAL AND START TO DO BETTER, BE ABLE TO ANALYZE THE GAME A LITTLE BIT BETTER, AND TO BE ABLE TO CRITIQUE PLAYERS MORE. I THINK A LOT OF PLAYERS, IT’S A FINE LINE FOR THEM. THEY DON’T WANT TO HURT THEIR FRIENDS FEELINGS. I THINK THAT’S WHERE YOU MIGHT BE WITH GARRETT JONES. I DIDN’T GET TO WATCH THE POST GAME SERIES. BUT I WILL TELL YOU WHAT, I DON’T LIKE TO TRY HARDER THING. THEY TRIED HARD TONIGHT. EVERYONE TRIES HARD. THEY HAVE GOT TO START WINNING. AND THE ONLY WAY THEY ARE GOING TO START WINNING, PETE, AND WE ALWAYS KNOW THAT, WE TALK ABOUT THIS EVERY DAY ON THE SHOW. I LOVE WHEN PEOPLE CALL IN TO JUST VENT A LITTLE BIT. BECAUSE, IT IS TOUGH. EVERYWHERE I GO, EVERYWHERE I GO, PEOPLE WANT TO TALK TO ME ABOUT THE PIRATES. NOT ABOUT THE STEELERS. THEY WANT TO VENT ABOUT THE PIRATES AND THE FRUSTRATIONS. SO, THERE ARE PILOTS FANS OUT THERE. THIS IS A BASEBALL 10. AND I THINK NUTTING IS RUINING BASEBALL HERE WITH THE MODEL THEY ARE TRYING TO, HOW THEY ARE TRYING TO RUN THE PIRATES. IT’S A SHAME THAT SMALL-MARKET BASEBALL EXISTS. IT REALLY IS. BECAUSE, IT’S JUST NOT, IT IS NOT RIGHT THAT HE CAN GET AWAY WITH HAVING A $60 MILLION PAYROLL, WHEN THAT $60 MILLION BELOW LEAGUE AVERAGE. THERE HAS GOT TO BE A FLOOR. AND YOU ARE NEVER GOING TO GET A FLOOR WITHOUT A CAP. ARE YOU STILL THERE, PETE? WELL, THANKS FOR CALLING, PETE. I APPRECIATE IT.

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