On the eve of his fourth season as the Panthers' head coach, Pat Narduzzi has yet to reach the promised land. It didn’t happen for him at Michigan State initially, either. But when it eventually happened, it was real and it was spectacular.
Ryan Shazier's battle back from a paralyzing injury last season and his subsequent rehabilitation from spinal stabilization surgery is a more compelling saga than the Steelers’ quest to reach Super Bowl LIII.
The non-waiver trade deadline came and went on Tuesday and when the dust had settled, the Pirates were a legitimate contender. They had bought, not sold players and they had positioned themselves to compete, not play out the string in 2018.