Pittsburgh, the City of Bridges, is now earning itself a new title: The City of Sports. With every team playing for the city coming out on top, it is undeniable that winning is the new normal.
During the 2016-2017 hockey season, the Pittsburgh Penguins stood out as a force to be reckoned with. They finished with a record of 50 wins and 21 losses, with only 11 overtime losses. A total of 111 points were scored by various members of the team, high scorers being Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. They finished off the season with a Stanley Cup Championship title, their second in two years.
So far this year, the Penguins are 6th in the Eastern Conference Metropolitan division and 20th overall in the league. Justin Schultz, who has scored 2 goals and has 8 assists so far this season, is currently out for a couple weeks with an upper-body injury. Phil Kessel has had a successful season so far, with 15 goals and 22 assists. Although the Pens are off to a rough start, they are predicted to pick it up come the middle of the season, which seems to be a trend for the team.
The Steelers are also excelling in the 2017 NFL season. They have come out on top, ranked number one in the AFC North. While they have had a season full of highlights, some top moments were beating Kansas City, a very talented team, and beating the Ravens by one point. Their up-to-date record is 11-2, and they have officially secured a playoff spot. Coming up this week was the most important game of the year, the game against arch-rivals the Patriots. The game is on 12/17, and the Steelers will have a tough time defeating the amazing team, especially with the absence of Shazier. While the injury is an obvious negative, the team’s has rallied around him, sending prayers and support his way ever since the injury. Another positive is that a very important player- Juju Smith-Schuster- is back from his suspension. He was suspended for blocking Vontaze Burfict from the Cincinnati Bengals and then “taunting” him. He will be back in action for the New England game, and the Steelers could not be any more ready to take on their arch-rivals.