I have to admit that I am a bit underwhelmed thus far with Pirates coverage on PG+. As most of you know, that's the "premium" pay site the PPG has for extended or detailed coverage on various and sundry issues. Dejan was the first beat reporter to use it for Pirates coverage and, with Dejan's move toward covering all of Pittsburgh sports, it has now become Colin Dunlap's home. Colin seems like a great guy and friends of mine who read his WVU stuff say he's very good at regularly posting content.
And he does that - posts regularly. Unfortunately, in my opinion, his posts offer little insight or value. Many times he simply throws issues out to the masses and asks for their thoughts. If I wanted to read what Yinzer thinks, I'd check the comments section. (In a classic bit of irony, however, the comments section is one of the better aspects because someone named JAL has an obsession with posting links to every bit of Pirates news he can find on the net. I don't know how or why he does it, but I do know I appreciate it.)
The main coverage has been lackluster. Dejan jumped into Pirate land a couple days ago and has, therefore, posted some interviews, thoughts, and articles on the PBC. All these did was remind me how much I preferred his coverage. This isn't an attempt to hoist Dejan to Journalistic Heavens, nor is it to throw Colin under the proverbial bus. Rather, I'm just noting that in my opinion the coverage offered by PG+ for the Pirates (which, I must admit, is the only reason I subscribe) has declined substantially in value. I worried the PPG would be cutting off its nose to spite its own face when it put Dejan in his new role, and my fears have been realized. I'm sure others (including DK) are happy he's covering a wide range of sports (his coverage of La Roche hoops was fantastic), but I'm sure as heck not.
Am I out to lunch here? I realize I can and make my own decision whether I end my subscription, but I'm curious if I am just jumping at shadows. Perhaps there's still value and/or hope in Pirates coverage on PG+. At the end of the day, I guess I'm simply curious if other PBC fans are wrestling with the same issue - or whether I'm alone on this particular boat.