Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: October 3, 2019 (Pt. 1)

Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: October 3, 2019 (Pt. 1)


RIGHT NOW IT IS THE NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. PITTSBURGH’S BEST SPORT SHOW IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. CALL US OR TWEET US. WE GOT THINGS TO TALK ABOUT. ON THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. GOOD EVENING. WELCOME TO THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. RON COOK OF THE PITTSBURGH POST- GAZETTE. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? I MISSED YOU. WE ARE TALKING SPORTS. YOU CAN CALL HIM TONIGHT AT 412-575-2600. THAT IS THE NUMBER . YOU CAN LET’S TALK ABOUT THE PENGUINS. DO WE HAVE TO? I WAS AT THE ARENA AND IT WAS AWFUL. I THINK JASON HAS DONE A GOOD JOB OF BRINGING IN TALENT. CONOR SHEARY PLAYED HIS BEST HOCKEY SO FAR. YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT QUICK HANDS, YOU SAW TWO OCCASIONS HE GOT SHOTS OFF. HE WAS OUTSTANDING. BUFFALO — P AND PRESEASON WE HEAR THE COMMITMENT TO DEFENSE, THEY WILL CUT DOWN ON THE ODD MAN BREAKS. IT WAS JUST AS BAD TONIGHT IF NOT WORSE THAN IT WAS LAST SEASON. I THOUGHT MATT MURRAY WAS TERRIFIC. AND 41 SHOTS, THAT IS THE MOST SHOTS THE PENGUINS HAVE GIVEN UP SINCE 2003. 41 SHOTS. HIGH- QUALITY CHANCE. ODD MAN RUSHES BREAKAWAYS. MATT MURRAY WAS GREAT. THE WHOLE TEAM I THOUGHT — CROSBY HAVE ONE SHOT ON GOAL ALL NIGHT. MALKIN PLAYED WELL. OTHER THAN THAT, I CANNOT COME UP WITH MUCH GOOD. IT WAS AN AWFUL PERFORMANCE. THE CROWD GAVE IT TO THEM IN THE THIRD PERIOD. VERY LOVELY. THE PENGUINS LED THE NHL IN SHORTHANDED GOALS ALLOWED AND ODD MAN BREAKS. TONIGHT THEY MAY HAVE BEATEN THEIR AVERAGE EVERY TIME I LOOKED UP THERE WAS A BREAKAWAY. AT THE END OF THE 2nd PERIOD, THE GOAL WITH AN INDICATION OF HOW THE PENGUINS ARE SLOPPY. EVEN THOUGH THE PENGUINS HAD A PERIOD TO RECOVER, THE GOAL KILLED THEM. THEY WERE NEVER REALLY IN THE GAME. MALKIN SCORED. THAT DID NOT LAST. IT WAS OVER. IT WAS VERY DISHEARTENING. I GUESS MALKIN WAS PRETTY GOOD AFTER THE GAME SAYING, THIS IS NOT THE EXHIBITION SEASON ANYMORE. WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO GET THINGS GOING. ALL THESE POINTS MATTER. IT IS GETTING HARDER AND HARDER TO MAKE THE PLAYOFFS EVERY YEAR. YOU GIVE AWAY TWO. YOU WILL NOT WIN EVERY GAME. IT FELT LIKE THEY GAVE AWAY TWO TONIGHT. FOR A TEAM THAT BARELY MADE THE PLAYOFFS LAST YEAR YOU CAN UNDERSTAND HIS POINT. YOU DON’T WANT TO HAVE POINTS SLIP AWAY AT HOME. WE WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS ON SATURDAY. WHEN THE BLUE JACKETS COME TO PPG PAINTS ARENA. COMING TO HUNTSVILLE THIS WEEKEND IT IS GOING TO BE THE BALTIMORE RAVENS. NOW WE HAVE SEEN ROETHLISBERGER AND SO MANY GREAT MATCHUPS. NOW IT IS A NEW GAME THIS YEAR WITH JACKSON VERSUS RUDOLPH. MANY PEOPLE ARE SAYING THAT MASON RUDOLPH WAS PRETTY MUCH MANAGING THE GAME TO THE POINT WHERE THEY PUT ON TRAINING WHEELS AND MADE IT LOW RISK FOR EVERYTHING. TO ME IT WAS WELL EXECUTED. IT WAS A GOOD GAME PLAN FOR A TEAM THAT WAS DESPERATE FOR A WIN. THEY FIGURED SOMETHING OUT. WE WILL SEE. I DON’T THINK THIS WILL DEFINE MASON RUDOLPH. I THINK YOU CAN GO DOWN THE FIELD AND HE HAS MORE TO OFFER. I THINK IT IS TOO EARLY TO MAKE A JUDGMENT. HE HAS PLAYED 6/4. TWO GAMES AND TWO CORRIDORS. IT IS WAY TOO SOON. WE WOULD LIKE TO THINK HE WOULD GET BETTER AS HE GETS MORE EXPERIENCE. I WAS OVER THERE TODAY BEFORE THE PENGUINS. APPARENTLY HE TOLD THE MEDIA YOU GUYS SAY I AM NOT THROWING DOWN FIELD. HE HAS TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO GET JAMES WASHINGTON MORE INVOLVED. WASHINGTON HAD ONE TARGET THE OTHER DAY. THAT IS RIDICULOUS. THEY HAVE TO GET THEM THE BALL. IF THE PENGUINS WINNERS, IF THE STEELERS WIN THIS THEY ARE BACK IN. EVEN THOUGH THE DIVISION IN MY OPINION, STINKS. YOU CAN TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THAT. NEXT THING YOU KNOW YOU ARE DRIVING THE DIVISION. SPECIFICALLY THE HOME GAMES. WE ARE GETTING STARTED. WE SAW A FANTASTIC GAME TONIGHT AS THE BRAVES AND CARDINALS CAME UP WITH BIG BATS TO WIN

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