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Ireland Contracting Nightly Sports Call: Feb. 9, 2018 (Pt. 1)

August 21, 2019


YOUR COMPUTER, PHONE, OR TABLET ANY TIME AT KDKA.COM. RIGHT NOW IT’S THE NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL WITH RICH WALSH. RIGHT NOW PITTSBURGH’S BEST SPORTS SHOW IS ABOUT TO BEGIN. CALL US OR TWEET US. WE’VE GOT THINGS TO TALK ABOUT IT ON THE IRELAND CONTRACTING NIGHTLY SPORTS CALL. THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN. CALL (412)575-2600. I’M RICH WALSH. @ @PAULZEISE IS WITH ME TONIGHT. WE ALWAYS SEEM TO TALK ABOUT PITT WHEN YOU’RE ON. WE’LL TALK ABOUT WHATEVER YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT. AS WE ALWAYS DO, YOU KNOW WHAT I’M SAYING. IT’S THE ANNUAL FATHERS TRIP IN DALLAS. IT’S THE NINTH YEAR THEY’VE BEEN DOING THIS. THE ONE THING THAT WE TALKED TO COACHES AND PLAYERS ABOUT, MIKE SULLIVAN TOUCHED ON THIS, IT’S MOTIVATION FOR THE PLAYERS. THEY WANT TO PLAY WELL FOR THEIR DAD. THEY GOT TWO GAMES ON THE ROAD. I’M SURE TOMORROW THEY’LL HAVE ACTIVITIES PLANNED FOR THE FATHERS AND STUFF. IT’S A NICE THING. THE PIRATES DO THE SAME THING. DO THE STEELERS HAVE A FATHER’S TRIP. I SEE THEM ON THE ROAD. BUT THEY DON’T HAVE A DEDICATED TRIP FOR FAMILY. I THINK REALLY, I THINK HOCKEY AND BASEBALL PROBABLY LEND THEMSELVES MORE BECAUSE OF THE WAY THE SCHEDULE IS. IF YOU HAVE THREE GAMES IN WRIGLEY IN BASEBALL, IT’S WORTH IT TO BRING YOUR FATHER. THEY GET THREE GAMES. IN HOCKEY YOU GET TWO GAMES IN A WEEKEND. FOOTBALL YOU GET ONE GAME. AND THE OTHER THING IS I’D BE WILLING TO BET IT’S HARD TO GET THAT MANY TICKETS. YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT WHAT IS THERE 53 ON THE ROSTER. THEY BRING EVERYONE. THE PRIVATE SQUAD GUYS. 63 DADS PLUS ALL THE STAFF’S DADS. IT’S PROBABLY HARD TO GET THEM TICKETS. WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT. I GUS YOU’RE RIGHT. BUT I THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA. I ASKED IF IT WAS UNIQUE TO PENGUINS. I KNOW THEY’VE BEEN DOING IT FOR NINE YEARS. I DON’T THINK THE PENGUINS STARTED THIS. I FORGET WHICH TEAMS STARTED IT. I DON’T KNOW IF IT WAS TAMPA. BUT MIKE SULLIVAN SAID THERE’S A HANDFUL OF TEAMS THAT DO THIS IN THE NHL. I THINK IT’S GOOD. I THINK IT’S REWARDING. IF MIKE WAS A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE I WOULD LOVE TO HANG OUT WITH A BUNCH OF DADS AND FATHERS. IT’S FUN. AND THEY USUALLY PLAY WELL WHEN THE DADS ARE WATCHING. ONE TEAM THAT’S NOT PLAYING WELL IS THE PITT PANTHERS BASKETBALL TEAM WHO LOST AGAIN TO CLEMSON. ANOTHER TOUGH LOSS. THEY DIDN’T EVEN COVER THE SPREAD THIS TIME, PAUL, THE TEAM IS TRENDING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION. I REMEMBER US TALKING ON THE SHOW. YOU SAID YOU WOULD JUDGE IT ON HOW THEY FINISH THE SEASON WHETHER HE SHOULD COME BACK OR NOT. WELL THEY’RE STILL 0 FOR. I ONLY SEE ONE OR TWO GAMES ON THE REST OF THE SCHEDULE THAT THEY HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN. SO I MEAN THE ODDS ARE THEY MIGHT NOT WIN A GAME. DO YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND NOW? I KNOW YOU’VE BEEN A BIG ADVOCATE. WE TALK ABOUT THIS. I’LL SAY THIS AGAIN. IT WOULD NOT BE FAIR TO GIVE THE GUY UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR. I GET IT. IT WOULD NOT BE FAIR. YOU HAVE TO GIVE A GUY MORE TIME. SO IF IT WERE ME, I WOULD GIVE HIM ANOTHER YEAR, THAT BEING SAID, THREE OR FOUR WEEKS AGO, I WAS ADAMANT THAT THERE’S NO REALLY GOOD ARGUMENT TO BRING HIM BACK. NOW HERE’S THE THING. THEY’VE PLAYED 12 ACC GAMES. THEY’VE LOST NINE OF THEM BY 14 POINTS OR MORE. WHICH MEANS THEY’RE NOT COMPETING. THEY’RE NOT BETTER NOW THAN THEY WERE WHEN THEY PLAYED MIAMI AT THE BEGINNING, THE FIRST ACC GAME. THEY’RE NOT ANY BETTER. THEY MIGHT BE WORSE. THEY CERTAINLY LOOK WORSE DEFENSIVELY THAN THEY WERE. SO THEY’RE NOT GETTING BETTER AS A TEAM. SOME OF THE PLAYERS INDIVIDUALLY ARE GETTING BETTER. BUT AS A TEAM, THEY’RE NOT GETTING BETTER. THEY’RE NOT REALLY EVEN COMPETING IN THE ACC. SO — AND THERE’S NOBODY COMING TO THE GAMES. SO TO ME, IF THEY DECIDE TO PULL THE TRIGGER, I’D HAVE A HARD TIME CRUSHING THEM FOR IT. I WOULDN’T AGREE COMPLETELY WITH IT. BECAUSE I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT WHAT THEY HAVE. YOU GET LUTHER BACK NEXT YEAR. YOU GET THE ELLISON KID COMING IN. YOU GOT ALL THESE GUYS BACK. THEY’RE A YEAR OLDER. YOU KNOW. MAYBE YOU HAVE A BETTER TEAM. BUT I COULDN’T CRUSH THEM. WHERE AS A MONTH AGO, I WOULD HAVE CRUSHED THEM FOR IT. NOW I COULDN’T CRUSH THEM IF THEY DECIDE TO PULL THE PLUG. I STILL WOULDN’T AGREE WITH IT. A YEAR, IT’S HARD TO COME IN AND BUILD A TEAM IN THE ACC. BUT I DO THINK THESE LAST SIX GAMES IN THE ACC, THEY NEED TO BE COMPETITIVE. I SEE BOTH SIDES OF THIS ARGUMENT, PAUL. ONE THING I SEE BEFORE WE GO TO BREAK IS WHAT DOES THAT SAY TO YOUR FAN BASE? OR TO THE PEOPLE THAT ARE COMING TO THE GAME IF THIS GUY CAN’T WIN GAMES. NOT COMPETITIVE AND YOU’RE BRINGING HIM BACK. YOU THINK THERE’S 1500 THAT GO TO THE GAME THIS YEAR, IF YOU BRING THIS GUY BACK, THERE MIGHT BE 500. WHAT OPTIMISM DO YOU HAVE. I KNOW YOUR DIEHARD BASKETBALL FANS WILL SAY YEAH, THEY’RE GOING TO BE BETTER NEXT YEAR. HERE’S THE FLIP SIDE. UNLESS YOU BRING IN SEAN MILLER, WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BRING IN THAT WILL HAVE THAT MUCH OF AN IMPACT ON TICKET SALES. YOU HAVE TO BUY THIS GUY OUT FOR 9.5 MILLION DON’T FORGET THAT. WINNING ULTIMATELY IS WHAT WILL BRING FANS BACK. OKAY YOU GO OUT AND HIRE, I DON’T KNOW, JOSH OR THE NEXT BRYCE DREW, OKAY, SOME YOUNG GUY WHO COMES IN. MAYBE THERE’S EXCITEMENT. YOU HAVE A SPIKE IN TICKET SALES FOR A COUPLE DAYS. PEOPLE GO. BUT IF THEY STILL AREN’T WINNING — SO TO ME, IF YOU LEAVE KEVIN STALLINGS IN PLACE FOR ONE MORE YEAR, YOU’LL PROBABLY HAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF WINNING NEXT YEAR. I DON’T THINK YOU CAN WIN 12 OR 13 ACC GAMES. BUT MAYBE YOU WIN 7 OR 8. AND NOW YOU’VE SHOWN PROGRESS. NOW YOU GO WITH IT FOR ONE MORE YEAR, AND IF YOU GO FROM 7 OR 8 TO 9 OR 10. YOU KNOW. THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU’RE BACK TO HAVING A SOMEWHAT RESPECTED PROGRAM. I’M JUST TELLING YOU WHEN YOU CONTINUALLY FIRE GUYS AND BRING GUYS IN AND BRING GUYS OUT AND ALL THAT STUFF, YOU NEVER DEVELOP A PROGRAM. AND I THINK THAT STABILITY IS A GOOD THING. AND I THINK PITT SHOULD LEARN FROM THE FOOTBALL PROGRAM. THEY SHOULDN’T HAVE FIRED — PAT FINALLY HAS THE THING BACK. I THINK HE’S GOT IT ON THE RIGHT TRACK. BUT IT TOOK HIM SEVEN OR EIGHT YEARS SINCE THEY FIRED HIM. FOR WHAT? HI DIDN’T GET ALONG WITH SOMEONE. THAT’S WHAT I MEAN. YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL IF YOU’RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DO THAT. YOU GET A REPUTATION AS A PROGRAM WHERE COACHES CAN’T SURVIVE. AND THAT’S NOT GOOD EITHER. ALL RIGHT. WE GOT TO TAKE A BREAK. BACK WITH PHONE CALLS.

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  • Reply SheetZa February 10, 2018 at 4:49 am

    UPLOAD PART 2 DAMMIT

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