Ben Roethlisberger (left) talks with Antonio Brown in September 2016, prior to recent in-house struggles with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Photo courtesy of Keith Allison. Let's go Pens. By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz on Twitter The Pittsburgh Steelers may not be participating in the NFL Playoffs this season, but the team dodged a damaging reputation blow as … Continue reading SATIRE: Pirates prematurely named 2019’s “Most Dysfunctional Sports Team in Pittsburgh”
The unsung tragedy of LeBron James' westward move leaves his hometown team in the darkest of depths. On November 2, 2016, the Cleveland Indians lost Game 7 of the World Series, throwing away a 3-1 series lead against the Chicago Cubs. On December 31, 2017, the Cleveland Browns lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers to cement … Continue reading Cleveland Basketball’s Wasteland of Bittersweet Stories and Broken Salaries
By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz on Twitter A brand new ProjectLeftBench.com podcast is available now at https://soundcloud.com/oscar-rzodkiewicz/project-left-bench-emergency-podcast-2018-nba-finals-game-1-june-1-2018-projectleftbenchcom or below! 2018 NBA Finals, Game 1 Edition Listen during your morning breakfast, on your way to work, during your afternoon breakfast, or, hell, just sitting on your couch! Timestamps: 0:55 - Cavs/LeBron James' OT downfall 3:20 - Fair overturned charge … Continue reading Project Left Bench EMERGENCY Podcast AVAILABLE NOW – 2018 NBA Finals, Game 1 Edition
By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz on Twitter Cleveland Cavaliers hometown hero LeBron James dazzled the Boston Celtics in a win-or-go-home Game 6 in Ohio to the tune of 46 points, including two gargantuan and clutch threes with under 150 ticks left on the clock, and one dime shy of a triple-double, so the series boils down … Continue reading To Trust LeBron James or the Celtics at Home: A Statistical Basketball Enigma
By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz While his contract negotiations with the Pittsburgh Steelers have been tabled until a later date, All-Pro RB Le'Veon Bell's music career may also be stalling after a recent threat to his listeners on SoundCloud of retirement from rapping. "I should be getting recognized like a musician and an entertainer," Bell said. "Just look … Continue reading SATIRE: Le’Veon Bell Threatens to Sit Out, Retire from Rap Game if Mixtape Doesn’t Reach 17M Listens on SoundCloud
By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz on Twitter By the numbers, a small market team can still win plenty of games in the MLB, but the success is definitively limited. Major League Baseball remains as the only professional sports organization in America that does not enforce a salary cap for teams, allowing bigger market squads to spend … Continue reading The MLB Payroll Question: Can a Team Simply Buy Wins?
By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz on Twitter The public likes Pittsburgh in its postseason matchup Sunday, but everybody may be getting ahead of themselves. The Pittsburgh Steelers sit as a 7-point favorite against the Jacksonville Jaguars for their AFC Divisional Round game this weekend, and with rest, home-field advantage, and talent on their side, betting on … Continue reading Is All the Chatter Around the Steelers Foreshadowing a Disappointment vs. Jacksonville?
By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz on Twitter After another polarizing comment from his father, Lonzo Ball's professionalism and demeanor deserves a nod. LaVar Ball is no stranger to making media outlets frenzy over his comments, and his most recent quotes hold no exception. The father of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball criticized Los Angeles' head coach Luke … Continue reading Lonzo Ball’s Place in this Game of Tug-of-War Must Be Tiring
By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz on Twitter The blatant lack of consistency over officiating the act of catching a football continues to burden fans, players, and coaches. Dubbed the biggest game of the season by many personalities across the country, the highly-touted matchup between the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots and the contending Pittsburgh … Continue reading The NFL Catch Rules Need to Catch These Hands
By: Oscar Rzodkiewicz, @ORzodkiewicz Behind a few late James Harden moments, the Rockets were able to outlast the Sacramento’s youthful offense in the Golden1 Center’s second season. With 26 seconds left in the game, a replayed call sent Eric Gordon to the free-throw line to put the Rockets up 5 and seal the game. Harden … Continue reading Late Houston Surge Spoils Kings’ Home Opener 105-100