Bryant Not A Problem Child, But He Does Have A Problem

by Steelreign | Mar 24, 2016 - 10:57 PM
On the surface, Martavis Bryant looks like just another young athlete with marijuana issues. He started this past season with a four game suspension, and is being suspended again for the entire 2016 season, and although itís for marijuana related issues, the problem runs much deeper than that. Bryant isnít the party loving athlete who loves his weed, he is a young man who is battling depression, recently checking in to a depression clinic, and uses it to cope. There is a big difference between the two that some people just donít understand, and to judge Bryant as someone who is choosing marijuana over an NFL career is completely unfair. It has been reported that the suspension he is serving, for the 2016 NFL calendar year, is for missing mandatory drug tests, not failing them (the leagueís view is that a missed test is the same as failing one). Whether that is indeed factual or not, the underlying, and more important issue, is his battle with depression.

Since the announcement of Martavis Bryantís second suspension, some fans have labeled him as selfish, stupid, and immature, among other things, while some have called for the Steelers to cut him loose. Sure itís frustrating to see this happen, knowing the affects it could have on the Steelers offense next season, but at this point, the well being of Martavis Bryant the person is much more important than Martavis Bryant the Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver. Iím sure Bryant is regretful of the fact that he let his teammates, fans, his family and the Rooneyís down by getting suspended, but Iím even more sure that he would choose to not have to suffer from depression, like so many people do. Up until now, marijuana was how he coped with depression, but what he needs, more than anything, is support, not judgement, and the counseling he is going to start receiving. The only difference between Bryant and the rest of us, is that he is a pro athlete who has given us many exciting moments. For him to be able to return to the field, he has to fix and take care of himself, Martavis Bryant the person, first.

By all accounts, Martavis Bryant is a good kid and teammate. His desire to get better is genuine, and his reaction to the challenge that Ben Roethlisberger publicly issued to him, prior to the wild card game, showed that he is more mature than people give him credit for. Bryant has owned his mistakes without excuses, and is taking the steps necessary to get himself better, and... [Read More]
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Rumbunter Podcast 2016 featuring GM Neal Huntington!

by Kipper | Mar 24, 2016 - 11:18 AM
http://www.rumbunterplus.com/2016/03...podcst-s6-ep1/



The first Podcast of the 2016 season, featuring GM Neal Huntington, along with myself and cocktailsfor2 asking questions!

This is a no-fills podcast. There's none of myself and cocktailsfor2 blabbering before and after (although we did).. This is all about listening to GM Neal Huntington talk about the DH, Josh Bell, Ryan Vogelsong and pitching, power vs
OBP and much more, so check it out!!

(and help me to get cocktailsfor2 to release the "mythical" session from last fall when we interviewed Garrit Cole)
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State By State Bucco History Part XI

by battlingbucs | Mar 18, 2016 - 3:31 PM
This is the continuation of my ATP (All Time Pirates) series but I have opted to change the name to make it a little more obvious what is covered in the topic. As a quick recap this is a running series of mine that digs into the Pirates past and takes a look at it from various different angles. This particular exercise is looking at it from the player's place of birth. Each US state, the District of Columbia and each foreign country will be investigated in the attempt to build a team. For more specifics check out the introductory post here.

In part XI I will continue looking at the Pirates pitchers by place of birth and this focus on class B locations. Class B locations consist of places that have 31 to 60 players eligible for the pitching staff. This is a bigger range than I would like but it proved to be impossible to find a cut off that was completely to my satisfaction. Anyway these pools are large enough where more than half of the eligible players will be cut from the staffs.

Dominican Republic

Rotation and Relief Ace
#1: Francisco Liriano
#2: Jose DeLeon
#3: Edinson Volquez
#4: Wandy Rodriguez
RA: Salomon Torres

Reserves
SP: Pascual Perez
RP: Diomedes Olivo
RP: Cecilio Guante
RP: Damaso Marte
RP: Josias Manzanillo
RP: Jose Mesa
RP: Julian Tavarez
RP: Antonio Bastardo

Notes: The rotation likely requires very little introduction as it features 1 current Pirates and 2 pitchers who were Pirates not all that long ago. Liriano has been a very good starter for the Pirates for the past three years and easily claims the ace spot for this staff. Jose DeLeon pitched for the Pirates for four seasons back in the mid 1980s and put up back of the rotation numbers but he’s the only non-Liriano starter with 200+ IP. Volquez pitched for the Pirates in 2014 and had a very nice year and Rodriguez spent parts of 2012-2014 with the Pirates being an average pitcher until injuries derailed him.Torres with 21 starts actually has the most of any pitcher... [Read More]
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State By State Bucco History Part X

by battlingbucs | Mar 04, 2016 - 3:45 PM
This is the continuation of my ATP (All Time Pirates) series but I have opted to change the name to make it a little more obvious what is covered in the topic. As a quick recap this is a running series of mine that digs into the Pirates past and takes a look at it from various different angles. This particular exercise is looking at it from the player's place of birth. Each US state, the District of Columbia and each foreign country will be investigated in the attempt to build a team. For more specifics check out the introductory post here.

In part X I will continue looking at the Pirates pitchers by place of birth and this focus on class C locations. Class C locations consist of places that have 20 to 30 players eligible for the pitching staff meaning each team will have several pitchers who failed to make the 13 man staff.

Indiana
Rotation and Relief Ace
#1: Bob Friend
#2: Babe Adams
#3: Nick Strincevich
#4: Vic Aldridge
RA: Dan Plesac

Reserves
SP: Mike Dunne
SP: Kirtley Baker
SP: Roscoe Miller
SP: Walt Terrell
SP: Bill Nelson
SP/RP: Bill Brandt
SP/RP: Harley Young
RP: Barry Jones

Notes: Friend and Adams have a legitimate claim to being the best two pitchers in franchise history so it goes without saying that this dynamic duo is quite a formidable one. Friend and Adams could really be ordered either way but Friend gets the nod here as he pitched in a more modern area of 1951-1966 compared to Adams tenure from 1907-1926. Strincevich and Aldridge in the 3 and 4 spots are no slouches either as both racked up over 600 innings and an ERA better than league average during their tenures with the Pirates in the 1940s and 1920s respectively. The relief ace position is a bit of a weak link for team Indiana and Plesac was just a rather ordinary middle reliever for the Pirates during the 1995 and 1996 seasons.

In the reserves Mike Dunne is a very fine extra starter while Barry Jones and Bill Brandt put up a strong fight against Plesac for the relief ace... [Read More]
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VOTE for Pittsburgh Pirates Honorary Bat Girl

by Kipper | Mar 01, 2016 - 12:12 PM
If you have a chance, I'm asking everyone to go vote for Kim Booher at the Link provided below, to be an Honorary Bat Girl for the Pittsburgh Pirates

Kim is a breast cancer survivor thanks to early detection. She has been a huge advocate for many cancer support fundraisers such as Relay For Life, Stand Up Against Cancer at many Pittsburgh Pirates games, various American Cancer Society events and much more..

To top it off she is a huge Pittsburgh Pirates fan who attends many games yearly, has attended PirateFest for the last 3 years and has a full wardrobe of Pittsburgh Pirates swag (did I mention a dedicated Pittsburgh Pirates Christmas Tree?)

Please take the time and click on the link below and find Kim Booher and please vote for her!

Thanks!


http://mlb.mlb.com/honorarybatgirl/2016/gallery.jsp
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