Daily Bernie: Mar 15 – Pietrangelo Playing His Season’s Best Hockey; NCAA Tourney Primer

It’s been an up and down year for Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo, who’s been accused of not living up to his ice potential. This could be changing.

Pietrangelo had two assists in the Blues’ 3-1 Monday win over LA.

Pietrangelo has played some of his best hockey and led his team by example, and he’s done this in the wake of the trade sending Kevin Shattenkirk to Washington. Bernie and Travis Green delve in Petro’s recent play on Wednesday’s show.

And it’s tournament time so your host offers a primer before you fill out those Big Dance brackets, giving the favorites as well as the team’s who’ll benefit from the best coaching. Wednesday’s guests are Cardinals play-by-play man Dan McLaughlin and ESPN NFL senior writer John Clayton.

7 a.m. Hour

Yadi has a big WBC Tuesday performance

Not so fast, Carson Kelly. Yadier Molina still has plenty of tricks up his sleeve as evidenced by his all-around performance for the Dominican Republic against Puerto Rico Tuesday.

Bernie describes how Yadi’s arm, bat and moxie played a part in the Dominican win and notes how lucky we are to be able to watch the great catcher.

NCAA Tournament prep-guide

The tournament officially kicked off with Tuesday’s play-in games, but the real action kicks off Thursday at 11 a.m. on 101ESPN.

Your host takes you through the field, gives his picks for the favorites and lists the best and worst coaches throughout the tourney.

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8 a.m. Hour

Examining Pietrangelo’s play since the Shattenkirk trade

Alex Pietrangelo was given a mighty role to bear this season and played inconsistently through much of it until recently. He’s now playing some of his best hockey.

Petro has led by example since Kevin Shattenkirk’s trade and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Is there even more in the tank or is this just a phase?

Interview w/ FSM Cardinals play-by-play announcer – Dan McLaughlin

Danny Mac discusses his long career calling Cardinal games and discusses the team’s spring training success and whether it can carry over into April.

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9 a.m. Hour

NBA MVP race is one of the best in years

At least four players have a legit shot at this season’s MVP honors and their chances fluctuate on a weekly, sometimes daily, basis.

Russell Westbrook, James Harden, Kawhi Leonard and LeBron James have all made strong claims. A recent “front office experts” poll showed the experts being just as torn as the rest of us.

‘Ask Bernie’

Listeners take over the show this segment and send in their questions for Bernie via text, email, tweets and voicemails.

Interview w/ ESPN senior NFL writer – John Clayton

The Professor chimes in on Eddie Lacy’s signing with Seattle and handicaps the rest of the running back free agent market.

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