#1 Cochran Sports Showdown: September 1, 2019 (Part 1)


GOOD EVENING EVERYONE, WELCOME TO ANOTHER ROUND OF SILENT. THIS IS THE NUMBER ONE COCHRAN SPORTS SHOWDOWN, I’M BOB POMPEANI. THANKS FOR JOINING US. HAPPY LABOR DAY WEEKEND. WE HAVE A LOT TO GET TO. PIRATES HAVE WON EIGHT OUT OF TEN. WHAT DOES IT REALLY MEAN? WE WILL TALK ABOUT THAT AND ALSO THE PITT PANTHERS, LOSERS AT HOME IN THEIR OPENER. WHEN WILL THE CYCLE OF MEDIOCRE FOOTBALL END FOR THE PANTHERS? AND THE NUMBER ONE TOPIC TONIGHT WILL BE THE STEELERS AND THE PATRIOTS. ARE YOU READY FOR WEEK ONE FOOTBALL? IT WILL BE THE GAME OF THE WEEK NO DOUBT. FOR HERE TO DISCUSS THAT WITH YOU TONIGHT IS THE PANEL ON THE TELEVISION SCREEN. MR. TIM BENZ. LIVE OVER THERE. THANK YOU, TIM FOR BEING HERE. IN THE MIDDLE, HE DOES AN OUTSTANDING JOB WITH THE ATHLETIC COVERING THE STEELERS. PAUL ZEISE, POST GAZETTE COLUMNIST AND ALSO HOST OF THE RADIO SHOW AND SO THAT IS ALSO A PART OF THE GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH. BUT ONE DAY I WILL. ANY WAY WE DID REGRESS. PAUL, I WANT TO START WITH YOU ON THIS ONE. WE’LL LOOK AT STEELERS, RIGHT OFF THE BAT. UNLIKE 2015, WHEN THIS WAS THE TALK LIKE MONTHS UPON MONTHS, LEADING INTO IT OPENING UP WITH NEW ENGLAND OUT THERE AND THEY LOST AND THIS TIME THERE IS NOT A WHOLE LOT OF TALK YET SO FAR. DOES THAT HELP THE STEELERS IN TERMS OF GOING UP THERE, PLAYING WEEK ONE? NO BECAUSE THERE WILL BE A LOT OF TALK THIS WEEK. I MEAN I THINK THIS IS STILL ONE OF THE PREMIER MATCHUPS IN THE AFC AND IT ALWAYS WILL BE. THE HISTORY OF THESE TWO TEAMS, WELL KNOWN. THE RECENT HISTORY IS WELL KNOWN. IT WILL BE A GAME BY THE TIME WE GET TO GAME TIME WILL BE PLENTY OF HYPE. I THINK THAT IT REALLY COMES DOWN TO CAN THE STEELERS FIGURE OUT A WAY TO WIN UP IN NEW ENGLAND AGAINST TOM BRADY, WHICH THEY HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO DO. SO NO, I JUST THINK WE HAVE BEEN CAUGHT UP IN PRESEASON AND NOW THAT WE START, IT’S GAME WEEK. THIS WILL PROBABLY BE THE GAME THAT EVERYONE TALKS ABOUT NEXT WEEK. I DO THINK IT WILL HELP THEM MAYBE ON THE INTANGIBLE SIDE THAT BLEEDS INTO THE TANGIBLE SIDE ON THE SENSE THAT IT IS NOT JUST WHAT BOB IS SAYING OR THE OUTSIDE PERCEPTION THAT THERE IS A LACK OF BUILD UP FOR THE PATRIOTS OPENER AS OPPOSED TO THE RECENT SEASONS. JOE HAYDEN WAS THERE THE FIRST TIME AROUND. HE KIND OF SAID LOOK, I’VE HAD PHIL ON MY iPAD SINCE MAY. HERE WE ARE JUST NOW STARTING TO TALK ABOUT IT. YOU HAVE SEEN THIS BEFORE, REFERENCED IT, FEELING LIKE IT HAS BEEN A SLOW BURN UP TO NEW ENGLAND, A GOOD THING FOR THEM. I FEEL LIKE THEY WOULD BUILD IT UP IN THEIR MINDS SO MUCH THAT BY THE TIME THE FIRST WORKWEEK WILL ROLL AROUND AND ADVANCE THE OPENERS THAT THEY HAVE HAD WHEN THEY HAVE BEEN TO WASHINGTON GENERALS, THEY WILL OUTTHINK THEMSELVES. SEE FOR INSTANCE IN 2015 THE REVERSE TO ANTONIO BROWN AND THAT DERAILED THE FIRST DRIVE THAT REALLY SET UP THE TONE. ENDED UP BEING THE PATRIOTS VICTORY. IT’S A GOOD THING. I DON’T THINK THAT THEY WOULD HAVE MUCH OF A CHOICE EITHER. YOU REALLY COULDN’T LOOK AHEAD WHILE YOU’RE IN THIS BASIC TIME FRAME. OF WHERE YOU DON’T WANT TO CREATE ANY DRAMA. NOW COULD YOU IMAGINE WHAT WE WOULD BE TALKING ABOUT IF ALL THE STEELERS WERE TALKING ABOUT THE PATRIOTS DURING TRAINING CAMP? AND SO THEY WERE PROBABLY THINKING ABOUT IT, BUT KNEW THEY COULDN’T BECAUSE THEY HAD TO PRESENT THAT UNITED FRONT OF BEING ON THE TEAM. IT WOULD CHANGE THIS WEEK AND HOW IMPORTANT IS THIS TEAM IS MY BIG QUESTION. DO THEY HAVE TO GO IN THERE AND WIN IT? I DON’T KNOW BECAUSE YOU KNOW WHAT I’M ONE OF THE FEW PEOPLE WHO DON’T THINK THAT THEY ARE REALLY LIVING UP TO THAT SUPER BOWL MARKER. OKAY, THEY WON ALL THE SUPER BOWLS, BUT THEY’RE NOT AS GOOD AS THE TEAM RIGHT NOW IF THEY COULD GO IN THERE TO SET UP THE TONE, WINNING THE GAME. PROBABLY THE BIGGEST THING ABOUT THIS GAME IS TO SET THE SEASON IN MOTION AND MORE ON THE AFC SIDE. YOU UNDERAPPRECIATE THE PLAYOFF ISSUES. THEY HAVE BEEN SO GOOD AT HOME IN THE PLAYOFFS. ON THE ROAD THEY’RE NOT THE SAME AND SO TIM BENZ FROM THAT POINT OF VIEW, EVEN THOUGH IT IS WEEK ONE, I STILL LOOK AT PLAYOFF IMPLICATIONS. I THINK AT THE VERY END THEY WILL BE A PART OF THE EQUATION. YEAH, I WILL AMPLIFY THAT, BOB AND E WE’VE LATE TO WHAT MARK HAD TO SAY THERE. YOU DON’T THINK THE PATRIOTS HAVE BEEN AS GOOD AS IN YEARS PAST, THEN PERHAPS THEY’RE A FOUR SEED OR A THREE SEED AS OPPOSED TO A ONE OR TWO. IF YOU SEE THEM DROPPING DOWN, THE STEELERS WILL WIN THE DIVISION AT 10-6 AS SO MANY PEOPLE SEEM TO BELIEVE. THEN THIS IS A BIG ONE. PATRIOTS ARE 10-6 AND THEN THIS COMES IN TO A BYE. IN SOME OTHER AREAS WHEN THE PATRIOT WILLS BE 15-1 OR 13-3 ANY WAY. WHERE THEY WOULD FALL FOR YOUR DIVISIONAL ALIGNMENTS. AND HOW ABOUT WORRIED LAST YEAR AND THEN START WORRYING ABOUT WHAT WILL HAPPEN AND THEY LOSE HERE. EVERY GAME WILL MATTER. I UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT IF THEY ARE THINKING IN TERMS OF THAT, THEN THEY ARE FOCUSED, ON THE WHOLE PLAY BECAUSE THEY SHOULD BE THINKING 100%, JUST BEATING THE PATRIOTS, FIGURING OUT HOW TO DO IT. IT WAS HERE. BUT THE QUESTION IS THEY UNDERSTAND THEIR POINT OF VIEW AND YOU’RE RIGHT ABOUT THAT, PAUL. THEY SHOULD COME IN TO PLAY, SHOULDN’T THEY? I’VE GOT TO BE HONEST WITH YOU IN THAT NFL SEASON, ONLY 17 WEEKS, SUCH A LONG GRINDING MARATHON. YOU KNOW WHAT, PAUL’S GOT A POINT, BOB. THINK ABOUT IT. THEY BEAT THEM LAST YEAR AND IT MEANT NOTHING. BECAUSE OF THE CRAPS THEY PULLED ON THEMSELVES. THEY BLEW IT SO MANY OTHER TIMES AND LESSER TEAMS THAT HAVE MEANT NOTHING. THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE PLAYOFFS. OKAY. HOW ABOUT THEIR KICKER DOESN’T SLIP IN OAKLAND? THAT WOULD HAVE HELPED. OR THIS ONE AGAINST CLEVELAND. WE HAVE MORE COMING UP. WE’LL CONTINUE THIS CONVERSATION AND ALSO TALK ABOUT THE AFC NORTH AND DO THESE GUYS THINK THE STEELERS ARE STILL THE DOMINATING TEAM OR IS IT CLEVELAND? THAT’S COMING UP. IN THE MEANTIME YOU KNOW THE TWO-MINUTE DRILL. YOU HAVE TO HURRY UP, GET TO THE LABOR DAY SALE EVENTS BEFORE THEY GET OFF AND THEN PLUS UP TO EXTRA SAVINGS. THAT’S AN EXTRA $750 FOR TRADES. AN EXTRA $250 SAVINGS ON ANY NEW VEHICLE. IT WILL END ON TUESDAY AT THE NUMBER ONE COCHRAN LOCATIONS. AND IT WILL BE OPEN ON LABOR DAY AT 9:00 TO 5:00. WE’LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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