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  • Back Sports Page Question of The Day 11/27


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    Back Sports Page Question of The Day 11/27

    How Can the NHL make themselves more relevant in the sports landscape?

    Every Week Back Sports Page asks Five Questions to staff and experts. The questions and answers are posted throughout this week on Backsportspage.com.

    Check Out today's Question and let your voice be head by by leaving your opinion below!!

  • A Mayor and his Coliseum


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    A Mayor and his Coliseum

    Special to BackSportsPage by Sean K. Palmer

    There’s less than 40 days until the puck drops on the 2015-2016 NHL hockey season.  As it approaches, there is a strange feeling upon me; something or someone is missing.   

    See, I've been an Islander fan since the day that I was born. From the moment my grandfather took me to my first game, sometime in the late 1970's.  There I saw Bossy, Trottier, Potvin, and of course, the legendary coach, Al Arbour.  

  • Mark Howe Speaks With Back Sports Page


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    Mark Howe Speaks With Back Sports Page

    Howe Opens Up About His Book and Much More!!

    Author Rob Benvin

    I’m a Pittsburgh native. I’ve grown up there, in the city of “champ-yinz” for the majority of my life. When I had the opportunity to interview the great Mark Howe, I was elated. Yet, while I carried around his book with the image of him in a Flyers uniform, the glares I received from Pittsburghers, also known as “yinzers,” were comparable to those that one would get when only driving the speed limit.

    Mark Howe, Gordie Howe’s son, as he continues to identify himself, exposed much of his personal life in this autobiography. Traditionally, an autobiography recounts the achievements and challenges that one individual has encountered. But, this book is more of a “family-ography” written from the perspective of just one person.

  • An Angel Amongst Devils


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    An Angel Amongst Devils

    Author Nick Singleton

    If there’s one thing David Clarkson knows, it’s toughness. The 28-year-old New Jersey Devils winger fought his way into the NHL by being a gritty, hard-nosed player who gained a reputation as a physical checker, vicious fighter, and ideal teammate in the locker room. In his first full regular season on the Devils, Clarkson had 21 fighting majors. More often than not, he is fighting on the ice to stand up for a teammate who might not be able to stand up for himself.

Rob Benvin

Rob Benvin is a “yinzer” sports fan and a teacher from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Yes, the sports city where all of the major sports teams wear the same colors (black and gold). Born in Bozeman, Montana, his family moved to Pittsburgh when he was four years old and he grew up on pierogies and Primanti’s. Rob went to college at the University of Charleston, WV where he graduated with a BA in English Education and a Leadership minor. Being married and having his first child on the way, he truly feels he living the American dream with family being the best luxury. Rob played baseball for twenty-three years and was a catcher for twenty-two of them. Although his experience sits with our American pastime, his love and addiction for hockey has grown over the past few years.

Breaking Down the Steelers

on Sunday, 04 September 2016. Posted in Football


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Breaking Down the Steelers

Looking forward to the upcoming NFL season, there are plenty of teams and players about which to be excited. One won’t go far down the list of potential Super Bowl XVI contenders without seeing the Pittsburgh Steelers. Contributions from a set of core players, mainly the offense, sets up Pittsburgh to be a top five pick for world champions. Player health and suspensions seem to be the only factors working against Big Ben Roethlisberger and his squad.

Week Four Steelers Preview

Written by Rob Benvin on Saturday, 01 October 2016. Posted in Football

Make sure that you always eat your Wheatons


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Week Four Steelers Preview

With an overall record against the Philadelphia Eagles of 28-47-3, week three for the Pittsburgh Steelers ended in terrible fashion not just for the players but for the fans. A 34-3 loss resonated throughout the city of bridges and probably will do so for the rest of the season. Carson Wentz looked like a ten-year veteran while Ben Roethlisberger looked like a first-year quarterback.

Coin Toss- Steelers Report!

on Friday, 07 October 2016. Posted in Football

Which team are you getting this week?


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Coin Toss- Steelers Report!

This week, flip a coin. Heads is the Steelers from Week Four. Tails is the Steelers from Week Three. I’ve never seen such a ten-fold flip in a team in one week. The Pittsburgh Steelers rocked the Kansas City Chiefs in Week Four 42-14 with the Chief’s 14 points coming late in the fourth quarter.

Get Your Coates On: Steelers Report!!

on Sunday, 16 October 2016. Posted in Football


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Get Your Coates On: Steelers Report!!

Last week against the New York Jets, the Steelers showed their common game. Week in and week out, I presume the performance for the rest of the season will resemble Week 5. The Pittsburgh Steelers have improved to 4-1 on the season, 3-0 at home, and have secured the 1st place in the AFC North Division.

Flipper’s Revenge-Steelers Report

Written by Rob Benvin on Saturday, 22 October 2016. Posted in Football


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Flipper’s Revenge-Steelers Report

“Awww! Ben’s hurt! Dat’s it. Season’s over. Don’t need to watch anymore games for the year.” That phrase was a reoccurring theme after the second quarter last Sunday when Ben Roethlisberger ended up tearing the meniscus ligament in his left knee. Surprisingly, Ben came back to finish the game, but without any positive result.

The Miami Dolphins seemed to be unstoppable and could possibly be returning in different uniforms that look like the New England Patriots. After last week, Miami now is 24th in the league in rushing yards after adding 216 yards on the ground against a somewhat highly ranked rushing defense. Look for former short-lived Steelers player LaGarette Blount to rekindle his friendship this week with LeVeon Bell as the Patriots come to Heinz Field.