1. Closing 101: How Top MLB Firemen Do It

    Coming into a MLB game in the ninth inning, listening to your favorite rock or rap song surely will get you a bit nervous/pumped up/downright scared. In my case, that song happens to be "Wonderwall" by Oasis...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about 4 years ago 107 reads 0 comments

  2. Brett Favre To Retire: An Ode To No. 4

    I've been a lifelong Pittsburgh Steelers fan, and over the years, I have owned many football jerseys. My first was of Jerome Bettis. At the age of eight, I received an Antwaan Randle El jersey...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about 4 years ago 349 reads 2 comments

  3. Steelers Preview 2010: Offensive Workhorses Need to Pick Up Ben's Slack

    Steelers' quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is currently suspended by the NFL for six games due to his disorderly conduct in Georgia this offseason. His suspension may be reduced to four games if he continues to behave well...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about 4 years ago 1,133 reads 27 comments

  4. Fantasy Football 2010: Deciding on a Strategy for Draft Day

    NFL training camps have already started, and a new season without a salary cap opens up with the defending champion New Orleans Saints hosting the Minnesota Vikings at the Superdome on September 9...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about 4 years ago 1,727 reads 12 comments

  5. Brazil vs. Netherlands 2010: Dunga's Firing Appears Imminent after Upset

    Brazil, an international soccer superpower, fell to the Netherlands 2-1 in the Canarinho's quarterfinal match today. Brazil initially took a 1-0 lead with Robinho's 10th minute strike off of a brilliant pass from Felipe Melo that split the Dutch defense.

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about 4 years ago 1,404 reads 0 comments

  6. Draft Dilemma: Who Should the Pirates Take With Their No. 2 Pick?

    Given that the Washington Nationals will likely take power-hitting junior college catcher Bryce Harper with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft on Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates have a bit more of a dilemma when it comes to their selection...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about 4 years ago 590 reads 2 comments

  7. Previewing The Upcoming Pirates-Giants Series

    Whenever the San Francisco Giants come to town, I always ask my parents if I can get tickets. I do this for these three reasons: Tim Lincecum Tim Lincecum Oh yeah, did I mention Tim Lincecum? As you may have assumed, Lincecum is my favorite pitcher...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about 4 years ago 172 reads 0 comments

  8. Dear Detroit Tiger Fans: Don't Blame Jim Joyce

    Many Detroit Tiger fans are blaming Jim Joyce for Armando Galarraga's loss of a perfect game. Seriously, Tiger fans, don't blame Joyce. Galarraga came oh so close to getting a perfect game...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about 4 years ago 165 reads 1 comments

  9. Potential Prospect Showdown: Lincoln vs. Strasburg

    While many Pittsburgh Pirate fans are anxiously waiting for top pitching prospect Brad Lincoln to come up, the rest of the majors is anxiously waiting for pitching sensation Stephen Strasburg to make his debut for the Washington Nationals...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about 4 years ago 418 reads 0 comments

  10. "Role Models": Most Athletes Aren't Them

    Many people have let me down in life. Barry Bonds was the first person to do that. When I was younger, around the age of three or four, I began to watch baseball. Around that time, in the late 90s and early 2000s, Bonds was the best player in the game...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about 4 years ago 1,791 reads 12 comments

  11. The Pittsburgh Pirates: Why We Continue To Root for Them

    Seventeen years of futility and losing, and it will likely become 18—possibly 19. Yet I am still faithful, and I am not embarrassed whatsoever about rooting for the Pittsburgh Pirates...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about 4 years ago 385 reads 11 comments

  12. Paging Brad Lincoln: Charlie Morton May Be Sent Down by Pittsburgh Pirates

    Charlie Morton has not been exactly what you would call a "good pitcher" for the Pittsburgh Pirates this season. In fact, Morton has been something you would call a "horrible pitcher that deserves to be sent to the minors" this season...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about 4 years ago 264 reads 0 comments

  13. Introducing You to The Greatest Reliever of All Time: Billy Wagner

    While some people will certainly argue that there are better relief pitchers to pick up a ball, I still argue that Billy Wagner is the greatest reliever to ever play baseball...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about 4 years ago 502 reads 2 comments

  14. How to Become More Durable: Be Like Lincecum and Halladay

    Tim Lincecum, all 5'11" and 170 pounds of him, has never felt his arm tingle. Ever. The mopped-topped Bellevue, Wash...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about over 4 years ago 777 reads 0 comments

  15. Pittsburgh Panthers Quarterback Battle: Tino Sunseri or Pat Bostick?

    It is still unknown who the Pittsburgh Panthers' starting quarterback for the 2010 season will be. With the graduation of Bill Stull, the quarterback hole needs to be filled. The quarterback competition has two competitors: Tino Sunseri and Pat Bostick..

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about over 4 years ago 967 reads 9 comments

  16. Anton Volchenkov a Good Fit for the Pittsburgh Penguins

    Anybody who has a third grade education knows about the "square peg, round hole" figure of speech. Square pegs do not fit into round holes. Square pegs fit into square holes. Round pegs fit into round holes...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about over 4 years ago 987 reads 6 comments

  17. Obituary—Duquesne Baseball Will Be No More

    The Duquesne Dukes lost their Sunday home game to the Temple Owls 8-3. Unfortunately, it is the last home game the Duquesne baseball program will ever play...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about over 4 years ago 429 reads 3 comments

  18. Bullpen Specialization: Not Necessary, But Will Continue

    Alas, the days when teams had one relief pitcher who pitched multiple innings are gone. Specializing relief pitchers is part of the game now, as we rarely see a reliever go more than one inning unless special circumstances apply (rain delay, blowout, etc.

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about over 4 years ago 262 reads 2 comments

  19. Sport Psychology and Its Impact On Athletics

    Even though physical aspects such as strength, speed, and power are indescribably important in sports, sports are played mentally. You think about where you should throw the ball. You think about where you want to shoot the puck...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about over 4 years ago 5,401 reads 2 comments

  20. Is Jermaine Dye a Good Fit for the Red Sox at DH?

    While there are Boston Red Sox fans who still appreciate David Ortiz for his greatness from 2003-2007, Red Sox Nation is beginning to get fed up with Ortiz's lack of production at the plate in recent years...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about over 4 years ago 719 reads 19 comments

  21. MLB: As Pitch Counts Fall and Dollars Rise, Are Current Pitchers Babied?

    "Throw 'til you blow" used to be many major league teams' motto. Now, they are teaching the complete opposite. Pitch counts are used in every single game, for every single pitcher. The days of the four-man rotation are over...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about over 4 years ago 572 reads 10 comments

  22. Peg-Leg Pirates Blog: Milledge to Leave When Tabata Comes Up?

    It is certainly a matter of when, not if, the Pittsburgh Pirates will bring their top prospects up this year. The three prospects the Pirates will likely bring up are Pedro Alvarez, Brad Lincoln, and Jose Tabata...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about over 4 years ago 706 reads 23 comments

  23. Spectacular Surgeon James Andrews Gains Fame For Operating on Athletes

    Dr. James Andrews is a simple man. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama, and you wouldn't expect him to be worldly renowned. But he is very famous. Andrews, an orthopedic surgeon, is known as one of the best surgeons for knee, shoulder, and elbow injuries...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about over 4 years ago 953 reads 2 comments

  24. Charlie Morton Is a Good Thrower for the Pirates, but He Doesn't Pitch

    Unlike division-foe Mike Leake, Pirates pitcher Charlie Morton is not a pitcher. Morton, who has allowed at least five runs per start this season, lacks the mental toughness needed to pitch in Major League Baseball...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about over 4 years ago 333 reads 2 comments

  25. Mike Leake's Key to Success: Mental Toughness

    Mike Leake is not your typical pitcher. Leake, 22, has made the jump straight from the draft to the major leagues...

    Kevin  Bertha Written by Kevin Bertha about over 4 years ago 1,160 reads 28 comments