Pittsburgh sports is in the dumpster

The two major cities on opposite ends of Pennsylvania are also at opposite ends of the sports spectrum.

On one side is Philadelphia, which tops the World Series with the Phillies, the Eagles as the NFL’s only undefeated team, the Flyers off to a better-than-expected start, and the 76ers still an NBA title contender.

On the other side is Pittsburgh, where absolutely nothing is going right. It’s so bad that you might be able to find an argument for it by asking “Are the Pirates the best team in town?”.

It’s so bad that even the Penguins, the only team in town that has been remarkably consistent over the past two decades, are struggling. They are on a six-game losing streak in which they lost multiple goals in a row in the third period.

On Tuesday, they turned a 5-3 lead in the third period against Boston into a 6-5 overtime loss, followed by a 3-1 lead in Buffalo 24 hours later by turning a 3-1 lead in Buffalo into a 6-3 defeat in which they conceded five goals in a row.

That start comes after four consecutive first-round eliminations in the playoffs, including last year when they slacked off a straight 3-1 lead. There’s still plenty of time to shoot their season. And given the talent they have left, they probably will.

Then there’s the Steelers, who appear to be on track to have their worst season in decades, potentially giving head coach Mike Tomlin his first losing season in the NFL.

After Sunday’s ugly 35-13 loss to the Eagles, the Steelers find themselves with a 2-6 record. They are last in the AFC North. Pittsburgh has the worst offense in the league, led by a rookie quarterback in Kenny Pickett, who is experiencing growing pains behind a bad offensive line in a broken system early in his career.

The Steelers have apparently already thrown in the towel by trading one of their first wide receivers, Chase Claypool, to the Bears for a second-round draft pick.

The fights go back even further than this season. Since starting the 2020 season with an 11-0 record, the Steelers are 12-19-1.

The Pirates, now coming off their second straight 100-loss season, have little hope with owners showing no financial commitment.

Even the college scene sucks.

After a 10-win season and an ACC championship a year ago, Pitt Football entered the 2022 season with high expectations. But after losing Pickett to the NFL and star wide receiver Jordan Addison to the transfer portal, the Panthers were a massive disappointment . They are 4-4 and out of the ACC race.

The Pitt basketball team, once a national power, has failed to make the NCAA tournament in the past six seasons and is expected to be one of the worst teams in the ACC.

It’s been a long year for black-and-gold sports fans, and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.


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