Sports Talk with Mike - Oct. 13, 2020

—2020 has been a year that has seen Covid-19 affect just about everything we do. Sports has been no exception. In Pennsylvania high school sports, teams dealt with strict attendance policies set by the governor and tweaked by local school boards. For indoor sports like volleyball, that meant no spectators in attendance. Thankfully, recent movement has seen policy adopted that allows a percentage of seating capacity to attend. High school athletics is important to the development of these young student athletes. And while this fall hasn’t been ideal, playing the games in front of no crowd is much better than having to sit at home and not play at all like what happened in the spring. Now, that in most cases, kids can have a few parents, grandparents or other moral supporters in attendance, it has become even more special to those participants. Fingers crossed that any further movement in the participation of high school athletics and attendance policies maintains a positive trend.

—After sitting out most of the 2019 season because of injury, Ben Roethlisberger has returned to guide the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 3-0 start to the 2020 season. It is the best start for a Steelers team in a handful of years. In a common theme, Pittsburgh’s 2020 season was interrupted in week 4 due to a Covid outbreak within the Tennessee Titans team. The Steelers will now be allowed to host approximately 5,500 fans for home games.

—The Pittsburgh Penguins decided that Matt Murray was not going to be their goalie of the future. In a move to free up some space under the salary cap, the Pens unloaded Murray to Ottawa for prospect Jonathan Gruden and the 52 pick in the 2020 draft. It looks as though Tristan Jarry will start the 2020 season as the Pens’ netminder. Personally, I never thought that Murray was a goalie that was going to lead them to another Stanley Cup Championship. He was injury prone and gave up too many soft goals at inopportune moments.

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