First speech: Rashard Mendenhall argues that he should not be blamed for the Super Bowl hit; statistics Jack Suwinski behind the big day

The former Pittsburgh Steeler opens himself up to criticism.

Former NFL defender Tom Brady and Peyton Manning have a strange opinion. Monday’s Major League baseball schedule can be difficult for some MLB bats.

And some in-depth statistics made Jack Suwinski’s big day at PNC Park even more impressive.


Help me with this

Steelers’ former defender Rashard Mendenhall stepped into Twitter on Sunday to fight anyone who thinks he beat Super Bowl XLV in a loss against Green Bay Packers.

That’s what the price of the box says. That’s what your eyes told you. But Mendenhall says that didn’t happen. Mendenhall, now 34, says he didn’t really bother. Instead, he was “separated from the ball.”

“It’s the equivalent of an RB bag. I couldn’t have done anything with it. Respect my career. # Free34,” Mendenhall said to work in an unsafe tweet.

I am not sure what the difference is, in Mendenhall’s opinion, between ‘fumbling’ and ‘separating from the ball’. However, as the video for the show shows, Mendenhall had the ball secured and took several steps before lineman Clay Matthews blew it up.

No, neither David Johnson nor Doug Legursky made their blocks well, and Matthews did well. But Mendenhall had the ball and ran along with it.

Until or unless the NFL creates “ball-separated” statistics and changes Mendenhall’s turnover in the game book, Mendenhall made the Super Bowl.

Period.


Not on board here either

It wasn’t the only former player I didn’t quite understand.

Check out this quote from former Baltimore Ravens and New York Jet line protector Bart Scott. He claims that it was harder to play against Peyton Manning than against Tom Brady.

Scott claimed Manning was so mentally ill that it would not keep him up at night. But he said Brady’s success was a remnant of Bill Belichick’s game planning.

“Tom Brady talked more about Bill Belichick. The whole team. Execution. They have a game plan,” Scott said.

“I’d rather go against Tom Brady every day of the week than Peyton Manning.” Scott said on ESPN radio. “I believe that’s how everyone feels.”

Well, I guess that’s not all. Because I don’t see how that is possible.

I wonder if Scott asked his opinion from men like former steelmen Joey Porter, Jason Gildon, Troy Polamalu or James Farrior. Because I know for sure what the Steelers did to Manning in the 2005 playoffs. And I know what Brady did to the Steelers in 2001. And in 2004. And almost every time he played them.


Jack’s statistics

Jack Suwinski was the big story on Pittsburgh Sports Sunday. The newcomer to the Pirates won three home teams, including the ninth game winner who defeated the San Francisco Giants.

How unique was this achievement for Suwinski? Check out these nuggets on ESPN.com.

• According to Elias Sports Office, Suwinski became the first newcomer in the history of the Premier League to play three home games, including a home run.

• According to a survey by ESPN Stats & Information, he became the first pirate player to run home several times in a month after Wally Westlake in September 1947.

• Suwinski is the second Pirates newcomer to hit three home teams in the game, joining Andrew McCutchen (August 1, 2009). Josh Bell was the last player to hit three in the game against Pittsburgh on July 1, 2019.

• The outfielder also hit the home game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 4th. According to the Pirates Media Relations Department, he and Westlake are two of eight pirates with multiple home teams during the season. Others are Jacob Stallings (2021), Starling Marte (2015), Craig Wilson (2004), Mark Smith (1997), Frank Thomas (1953) and Ralph Kiner, who did this twice (1948, 1952).

These were the ninth, 10th and 11th home teams for the season for Suwinski.


K day

Keep an eye out for the Major League baseball score for all Monday games. It’s probably astronomical.

Why? Three of the top five strikers will be knocked out. Tampa Bay left-back Shane McClanahan leads the MLB with 105 ks. He plays against New York Yankees’ team Gerrit Cole, who is fifth with 91.

Milwaukee Brewers star Corbin Burnes will also have 100 strokes to lead the national league. He’s second in MLB after McClanahan. On Monday, he will play St. Against Louis Cardinals.

In third place is Philadelphia Aaron Nolal with 99 strokes. Dylan Cease of Chicago White Sox is fourth in the MLB with 97.

Tim Benz is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Timm at [email protected] or at Twitter. All tweets can be reposted. All emails are subject to publication unless otherwise stated.


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