The Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger threw for 340 yards and six scores and set an NFL record for touchdown passes in consecutive games in an awesome victory over the Ravens this last Sunday.
Mean Joe Greene’s #75 was also retired this last weekend during halftime. This legend of Pittsburgh got a great showing at the game and everyone was abuzz about this event on Monday.
A Steelers car seen at the Pittsburgh History Museum.
And now onto the Pens!
Hockey is back. I can smell the ice and the excitement all the way from Swissvale. None of these tweets below will ever be as awesome (to me) as Mike Lange’s classic, “Slap me silly, Sidney!” There were some good ones, though. The Pens played hard. Fleury was hated on, followed by a monstrous “Fleury, Fleury, Fleury!” chant. There were fights; there were penalties. Steigy made a generalizing German comment; Errey was cool as a cucumber. The fans were rowdy, and this town was having fun. I will never get sick of these things, no matter how many years go by. I am a hockey fan at heart, and a new promising season has begun. Sill held ground and moved to the top of the roster for some, and Hornquist did pretty well, too. Maybe Johnston will turn things around; maybe we will have a winning team this year (again). Who knows what the season will bring. All I know is that it was great night for hockey in this steel town.
And now, for the best tweets of the night:
If you’ve already gotten your Father’s Day gifts for this weekend, you’re way ahead of a lot of us here in the ‘Burgh. And just because you’re last-minute shopping doesn’t mean you are bound to get a crappy gift for your Dad. Most of these gifts I will be suggesting can be bought online (and delivered a little late, if that fits in with your plan for this weekend) or at a store nearby. For the Pittsburgh Dad, who is hardworking, most likely a blue collar worker, nice but slightly surly, although always loving, I’ve got the best gift suggestions for your Father’s Day celebrations.
-Pittsburgh Dad stuff: The Pittsburgh Dad & Co. made a great list of Pittsburgh Dad merchandise that your Dad will cherish forever, found here. This list includes the new Big Ben and Pittsburgh Dad Hot Sauces, a collaboration of these two greats of Pittsburgh. I would also suggest the Pittsburgh Dad 3-2-1 Win Beer for all of those beer-loving dads out there.
-Sports Merchandise: What Pittsburgh Dad doesn’t want more Pirates, Steelers, and Penguins gear? They can never get enough, so check out Amazon.com or any local store for some Pittsburgh sports shirts, hats, and the like for Dad.
Pens tee, anyone?
We will all remember where we were when we heard Dan Byslma was fired from the Penguins management team. I was in Lowe’s, shocked and appalled after hearing the news from my Pens alert. I yelped in shock and uttered a few obscene words, but all in all, I was mostly just disappointed. Bylsma came to Pittsburgh, and seemingly turned this team around. When asked about him, the team always had good things to say. He got us a Stanley Cup in 2009, and kept us in the Playoffs for the last 5 years. Personally, I liked the guy, but I don’t get a vote on the new management the Pens bring in. Other changes included promoting Jason Botterill to Associate General Manager and naming Bill Guerin and Tom Fitzgerald to Assistant General Managers, if you hadn’t heard the news yet.
To send Bylsma off, I’d like to share some awesome things he has done for the Pens (for the haters):
-He coached the team to win a franchise-record 252 games
Jon Hamm was quoted with saying our city’s skyline is “absolutely gorgeous”. Hamm and Rinku Singh, Pittsburgh Pirates player, were at PNC park yesterday fielding questions and promoting their new movie, Million Dollar Arm, which is slated to start showing in theaters this week on May 16th. The movie is about J.B. Bernstein, a sports agent who discovered some of the most legendary players from India, Singh and Dinesh Patel, and brought them to California to play in the minor league baseball system, which eventually led to them playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates in the minor league.
This was Hamm’s first time in Pittsburgh, but it didn’t last long. After promotions yesterday, he had to head back for filming of Mad Men.
“I think a big part of the story of the movie is hard work.” Hamm proclaimed, stating that part of it is “the work that these guys put in, which is epic in scope—never having touched a baseball to being prospects at the major league level in under a year is the stuff of fiction, but it actually happened.” …And the Mad Men ended his visit eloquently…
We’re still in the Playoffs (barely), so it’s time for a little hockey trivia. Here are some interesting facts about our Pittsburgh Penguins:
The only symbol in the Penguins logo that has stayed the same throughout all of the years the Penguins have been around (since 1967), is the golden triangle. This is a symbol of the city, because it represents the meeting of the three major rivers, and is the center of the City of Bridges.
In 1980, the Penguins changed their colors from blue and white to the city’s traditional black and gold color scheme. Continue Reading