Carpenter’s Crunch Time Column; Being a Pittsburgh pro fan is tough

BUCKHANNON – It’s tough being a fan of the Pittsburgh professional sports teams right now.

I don’t need anyone to cry me a river, and I know more than my fair share of people that enjoy a Steelers loss more than win from their own team.

The Pirates just lost their 100th game of the season in perfect fashion, a 9-0 loss to the Cubs, the Steelers look just terrible and Big Ben looks like he is 59 out there playing, and the Pens are going to start the season without both Sydney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in the line-up.


I didn’t watch professional sports last year because of my own personal beliefs and this is what I come back to. Maybe I need another year off.

Now onto our games this week as Brian Bergstrom and I are tied after three weeks at 10-5.


Brian 10-5 (3-2 last week)

Duane 10-5 (4-1 last week)

John Marshall (3-2) at Buckhannon-Upshur (1-2) — John Marshall may be the better team on paper but it’s the Bucs home opener and also there Homecoming Game. I still think there is an upset to be had by the Buccaneers this season and what better time to get than tonight? My pick: Buckhannon-Upshur, 28-24; Brian’s pick: Buckhannon-Upshur 21-14.

Lincoln (3-0) at Lewis County (1-3) — Lincoln has risen all the way up to No. 2 in the WVSSAC Class AA rankings despite having two games canceled this year. They have a huge contest lined up next week on the road at Robert C. Byrd. That said, I don’t think they will overlook a game Minutemen team. My pick: Lincoln, 34-13; Brian’s pick: Lincoln 28-6.

WVWC (0-4) at Wheeling (2-2) — New head coach Dwayne Martin and his Bobcats still seek their first win of the year. Wesleyan will look for a quick start Saturday after being outscored 77-12 in the first half of their three games played. Wheeling is looking for their first three-game winning streak in its short program’s history. My pick: Wheeling, 45-28; Brian’s pick: Wheeling, 28-7.

Marshall (2-2) at Middle Tenn. State (1-3) — Marshall could easily be 4-0 on the season as their two losses are a by a combined five points. They have been their own worst enemy at times. They should return to the win column on Saturday as Middle Tenn. State doesn’t like playing much defense, giving up 30 points per game. My pick: Marshall, 48-21; Brian’s pick: Marshall, 35-20.

Texas Tech (3-1) at WVU (2-2) — Well, WVU played well enough to pull off the upset at No. 4 Oklahoma last week and made just enough mistakes to make sure that didn’t happen. Despite what most of the WVU fanbase thinks, Jarrett Doege is still the quarterback to lead this team. While I don’t mind to see Garrett Greene get some snaps, this is still Doege’s team to lead. WVU gets a win on Saturday. My pick: WVU, 27-24; Brian’s pick: WVU, 28-14.

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