Thanks to Dawn for this. She says:
psamp, check out this guy... He looks like he is wearing furry footie pajamas! His name is Snip a de Boogie!
Now all I can think of are these Steelers dog pajamas. Plus, with many mini ponies being about dog-sized, we could really encapsulate this website's entire name in one truly amazing picture. Oh, the possibilites.no comments
I was talking with an acquaintance named Dante last night when he brought up Jack Kerouac's fantasy baseball league and I had to get more information of the Pittsburgh team because I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
The league's teams were named after cars or colors. For example, the Cincinnati Blacks and Boston Grays were two such latter teams, while shown below are the Pittsburgh Plymouths, St. Louis Cadillacs and Washington Chryslers:
Fortunately for us Pittsburgh fans, the Plymouths were the only team managed by Kerouac himself.
It's rather hard to distinguish the Plymouths' lineup exactly, what with there being only a few small images publicly available, and those that exist are shown written in Kerouac's chicken scratch handwriting. But I've tried to list out the Plymouths' team below:
Pittsburgh Plymouths Starting Fielders:
1st Base: Tod Gavin
2nd Base: Homer Landry
3rd Base: Joe Martin
SS: Leo Sawyer
C: Gus Texas
LF: Lad Gavin
CF: Paul "Sky" Tibbs
RF: Rob Sokolka
Pitchers (no first names given):
Largest availble image of the Plymouths lineup below (full-sized here), but even then, some of these names are guesses:
GUS TEXAS! The incredible Gavin brothers, Tod, Lad and N! My name is Nicholas, so I'm just gonna go ahead and say it's Nicholas Gavin because I need to be a part of this team. Even as a B-rated relief pitcher. Plymouths Shark Tank, baby.
And if Andrew McCutchen doesn't somewhow acquire the nickname "Sky" then all is for naught.
Kerouac had some sort of card system built up where certain rated players could perform relative to certain rated pitchers, and he was found to have played this game for most of his life, unbeknownst to his closest friends. The game underwent changes from the time he began the league as a teenager, and some historians believe he moved from cards to dice to perhaps projectiles at a game board on a wall.
And players moved about as well. Paul "Sky" Tibbs, the Plymouths' center fielder? He's listed as being a member of a team named the Blue Sox at some point. Us Plymouths fans are just glad he eventually made his way to Pittsburgh. I mean, he's the only one with a nickname on the team, he HAD to be something special.
I should get bonus points for finishing an entire Kerouac baseball post with zero easy "beat" or On The Road puns.no comments
Thanks to walterflanagan for this. He says:
Uhhh, psamp, I think you need to see this. No explanation is really needed.
Frankly, an explanation would've merely lessened the impact of this picture. We can only pretend to know what cowboy dog and mini pony get into on a daily basis. TV-show worthy, definitely.no comments
Thanks to Britt for this. It comes from a now-defunct "cute things" Twitter account. And believe me, I have no idea why anyone would get rid of a "cute things" Twitter account. Those are the best. They said:
The happiest little goat.
Little fluffy baby goats are always awesome. Get one that smiles like so and we're in a whole new stratosphere of adorable. And anything this adorable gets honorary "mini pony" status in this feature.no comments
First off...I COMPLETELY APOLOGIZE for posting an image of the harshest moment in semi-recent Pirates memory. It hurt me just uploading it to my site as much as it likely pains you to see it again.
Now on to more important findings. Deadspin has compiled a list of random and unique responses that fans have gotten from athletes. Some expectant-father Braves fan received an autographed photo of that NLCS play at the plate with the following inscription:
Mike, Congradulations [sic] for the new baby that is coming. Can I tell you that Sidney would be a good name for a girl, but don't name your boy that. I was not too fond of my name.
Since Bream's slide started a Pirates spiral in 1992, the name had to be among the lowest in local baby-naming lists for many a year following. In fact, it took 13 years for Sidney Crosby to be drafted to the Steel City, ending a mostly-negative connotation with that first name. And it took 17 years for a Pittsburgh championship with a Sid on roster to finally wipe away all those bad feelings.
And now we find that former-Pirate Bream hates the first name Sidney.
What is the saying...anything you say on the Internet remains forever? Well, anything you write on random glossy 8X10's has the same staying power. You better believe we'll take this as some sort of diss on a then-five-year-old Crosby. Basically, Sid Bream is every Flyers fan who yells out CINDY CRYSBY. Because Sidney is a girl's name and LOL Pittsburgh has a famous guy with that name.
And Sidney Poitier says GO PENS.no comments
For as awful as the Steelers have played through eight games, it was eternally refreshing to watch them take complete control of another team and exert their gameplan. And this was yet another contest in which Pittsburgh came out sluggish, turned the ball over and immediately had to play from behind. Only "behind" was just three points, and the opposition was the Bills...a team much worse than the Steelers.
With a 3-6 record through nine games, it remains to be seen if wins such as this one will do much to change the fortunes of the 2013 squad. You'd think that with six losses, the team's destiny was set in stone. Only through these nine games, the Steelers have played just two division games, with large tilts against the Ravens and Bengals looming. And with the latter losing to the former on Sunday, Pittsburgh's current spot at the bottom of the division is really only two back in the loss column from 6-4 Cincinnati. The AFC North is pretty terrible, and the Steelers have four more games against those pathetic foes to see what happens.
My stream-of-counsciousness blogging kicks in here: I keep my music player on shuffle and as I'm writing this recap, Tool's "Schism" starts playing. That word aptly describes my thoughts on the six-loss Steelers being just two losses back of the Bengals. There's the thought process of trying to accept the disappointment already present in this season. And then there's the hope that there's only good to come. That schism is will be present throughout the fanbase as long as the rest of the AFC North stays within striking distance of Pittsburgh.
Ben: Ben started slow, what else is new? Until his 34 yard shovel pass to Le'veon Bell he had just 31 or so yards through the air. I'll mostly blame the wind, as a number of early passes seemed short as if Ben was forcing it through gusts. The opening drive featured vintage Todd Haley play-calling...Ben converted a 30-some yard third down play to Jerricho Cotchery to get the team in FG range only to have the next play designed as a pass to the RB 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage to take the team right back out of range. Following that was a rainbow down the sideline to Markus Wheaton that was picked, ending a nice, early drive. The pick could be attributed to Wheaton's route, the wind or Ben's decision to chuck it as called by Haley...any explanation could really do there. Ben settled down somewhere late in the second quarter, and hit Cotchery for a gorgeous play-action fade for a touchdown. 18 of 32 for 204 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT. In a game where the running attack showed some life and the defense stepped up, Ben could rely on vintage Steelers football to win and didn't need to fling the ball 50+ times and accumulate 400 yards and multiple TDs. 3.5 of 5 motorcycle helmets when that happens. No gaudy stats, but a win.
RBs: No back really took control of the game, but altogether they formed a pretty nice three-headed monster that would've been stellar had it been just one guy. Bell had 57 yards and a necessary TD. Dwyer contributed 38 with a nice 17-yard sprint up the middle, including two early third down conversions. And even Felix Jones added a nice nine-yard jaunt through the Bills D before basically giving his spot to Dwyer. 3 of 5 motorcycle helmets, but kicked up to 4 of 5 helmets if we factor in Manny Sanders' 25-yard end-around coming from the Wildcat. With or without that, the Steelers topped 100 yards on the ground, and that's something I'll never take for granted anymore with how few those running yards been in recent tilts.
Defense: This is the game they needed, not just as a cure-all from last week's debacle but as a show that they're still not dead yet in 2013 as a whole. I said this last week:
31 points scored, four passing TDs and a 400-yard passing day for the QB should put your team in position to win, not lose by 24...There was a time when the Steelers could win with a third of those offensive stats. Now, not so much.
They responded in a big way, making the Bills punt nine times and only allowing that one FG before a garbage end-of-game TD that the refs gave to Buffalo despite an unreal non-called false start. Here's what the D gave up in the first half, which included having to fight off a first-drive Ben interception, via CBS:
And here's the Bills' drives the entire game, via ESPN:
That's...good Steelers defense. 5 of 5 motorcycle helmets. It's only fitting to give them the full five after the zero they got last week.
Antonio Brown: He's been off and on all season, but I'd be remiss not to point out that he's leading the league in catches. I mean, Marv Albert only pointed it out about 700 times during the game. He was by far Ben's go-to-guy in the wind, catching six for 104 yards, some of those in quite big spots. He had that 40-yard catch up the middle on a first down. And another 20-some yarder while wide open on a crucial thrid down. And let's not forget the punt returns. AB catches hell for the high number of fair catches when he's back there, but when he has the room, watch out. The 24-yard return was nice-enough...the 50-yard return blew that one away. With as many punts as there were at times, those returns helped settle down the field position struggle.. 4 of 5 motorcycle helmets.
Much love as well to these guys: Lawrence Timmons' 7 solo tackles and one sack. Willie Gay's 11 total and 9 solo tackles after a bone-headed early interference. Cam Heyward with a sack as he really starts to come into his own. Shaun Suisham going three for three in the wind. And Cotchery. Man, Cotchery.
Detroit comes to Heinz next week and it'd be wise to pull for another cold, windy game to hopefully ground Megatron. And I say this as a Calvin Johnson fantasy owner. This might be the heaviest game remaining on the Steelers' schedule if you accept how terrible the division is and that Aaron Rodgers may or may not play the eventual Packers game. The Steelers cannot afford a misstep.no comments
Mini Pony Alert
From Braun Ability HalloweenOnWheels costume contest page
It's now a week+ since Halloween but I'm always available to showcase great mini pony costumes. Plus, I haven't really gotten any Thanksgiving-themed mini pony submissions yet so just roll with this.no comments
These images come from an eBay listing noticed by Rich and they are truly something to behold.
First things first...the full-sized version of the eBay page is here. Maximize that to not only get a glimpse of the Pittsburgh PenQuins, but also that one of three rings were sold prior to the sale completing. Demand is there.
But back to the rings. Here's what Sidney Crosby's 2009 behemoth Stanley Cup ring looks like:
You see how the skating anthropomorphic penguin looks like a skating anthropomorphic penguin? The replica-makers would be wise to try and emulate that rather than splashing what appears to be a pewter amoeba on top. Here's a closeup of the replica for fun:
I think you're starting to get my gist.
And frankly, until I zoomed and cropped that image, I had no idea the replicas included the background Stanley Cup. But it's there. I think.
On to the sides:
Again, let's get a bit of a larger view of this monstrosity:
That...doesn't say CAPS, and you cannot convince me otherwise. And we should take note of the Pens seemingly losing to the Flyers 4-7 in an 11 game series. But at least the Pens exacted revenge on the Flaming Spaghetti-O's from the season prior to win the '09 Cup.
This may be the most accurate part of the replica and I am being overly generous here. The '91 and '92 numbers on the left and right Cups have vanished, and the Cups themselves are much worse than the aluminum foil Lord Stanleys your drunk uncle routinely demands to bring to games.
You have 23 bucks to spend...spend it wisely, Pens fans.no comments