Yeah, I don't feel like giving you links today. Say something...
Yeah, I don't feel like giving you links today. Say something...
This hat sucks.
True story: my dad used to work at his old high school. Around the McKeesport area. After living in those parts all their lives, he and my mom moved to New Jersey back in 2007. Dad took a job elsewhere, and when he was leaving, the school gave him some Steelers stuff like a shirt, Terrible Towel and hat so that a part of Pittsburgh was going with him. This was the hat.
He gave it to me because he sure as heck didn't want it. For one, it just says Pittsburgh Steel on the front, surrounding an enormous PS. And the words are on like a 5,000 pound metal slab. And yes, you would be correct to assume that the brim...
...is hardened rubber with flames etched into the sides.
I know, I know, this probably wasn't even meant to be a Steelers hat, per se. Steel is synonymous with Pittsburgh, that the vendor was probably just paying homage to the backbone of the city's earlier days. But when you use the black and gold colors, you're obviously hinting at something. And the Steelers would be appalled at having something like this to be even remotely associated with the actual team.
I don't even want to guess what that fake "officially-licensed sticker" signifies.
This hat is just sitting in the closet. I tried it on once, found it to be a few tons too heavy for my liking, and just forgot about it. Until yesterday, that is.
I'll just put it out there now, I'm not a book reviewer or anything. But when I see something cool, I'll tell you how cool it is. An example of something really cool is this book above, Pittsburgh Steelers: The Complete Illustrated History. by Chicago-area sportswriter Lew Freedman.
They asked me to take a look at this thing what seems like forever ago. Of course, I see the word Steelers and I'm immediately drawn in. And then I see that lifelong Steeler-Dick Hoak wrote the forward. Dick's no writer, but it's hard to ignore a local legend recounting his memories.
Freedman, who also penned another Pittsburgh-based book about legendary loser Harvey Haddix, gives you everything you'd expect from the title. All Steelers, from the beginnings of the franchise to the most recent Super Bowl. It's nothing overwhelming, so anyone from new fans to diehard Stillers supporters would enjoy it.
If you're anything like me, you don't get bored by the tales of the early days. I could listen to the same stories about a young Art and the original Pittsburgh Pirates football team any day. But usually in the overall history of the club, there's much more press and recognition from the 70s-onward...when the team was actually good. Freedman devotes the first 40% of the book or so to lean pre-1969 Steelers...I'm all for that. And each page is littered with a variety of high profile and rarely-seen pictures of the team.
Oh and at the end is the appendix, which is just the Steelers record book. Like did you know the most fumbles the Steelers had in a game was 10, back in 1943? Rashard Mendenhall is all, "See, guys?"
Whatever, this book was sweet, it would make any of your coffee tables that much harder and is well worth your time and attention.
I don't even know if they wanted a link to the Amazon page, but here you go. I'm cool like that.
Why the saddles? Is there a gang of monkeys or something that are always trying to ride mini horses? Gotta be prepared?
Hines is dirty. [OFTOT]
Pens won. Seems like we've been saying that a lot lately, and I don't mind if it continues for the foreseeable future. [The Pensblog]
Edward Norton crushes in the NYC Marathon. [Steady Burn]
Which overrated product did you try? [No Guts, No Glory]
Lance Briggs is a comic book geek. [Zoner Sports]
A-Rod also has a portrait of himself as ManBearPig. [Hugging Harold Reynolds]
This comes over from my bud DYm. His mother-in-law gave him this shirt. Perfect.
In the weirdest sense ever, the above "Strippers Love The Steelers" shirt is right on par with the Jesus Loves The Steelers one. Both are incredibly simple, with one singular person expressing their love for the same football team. See...weirdest parallel ever.
And you know what, I totally enjoy this one as much as I did the one with our Lord and Savior on it. The vendor didn't try some elaborate design to make a PITTSBURGH SUPER WORLD CHAMPIONS shirt seem like a Super Bowl Champion Steelers one. They had a message...short and sweet...and didn't care that they used STEELERS without permission.
And that's the thing. With the Jesus shirt, we thought the only way to use a licensed word like STEELERS without getting a cease and desist letter was to incorporate religion. But we forgot about the strippers.
I have no idea why Rod Woodson and "Retired NFL Player Kenyon Rasheed" are sitting on a spare couch, staring at a webcam and then spouting off about some probably-make-believe football show. One that supposedly also features Tim Brown...but they couldn't fit him on the couch, apparently. That, and this is a sketchier end product than the [Unnamed] Steelers Pregame Show.
I would do some research into this football venture, but Rod and Kenyon told me that all I have to do is "click the button below." That seemed to be their main message. Here's what was directly below the video, where said button was supposed to be.
I see no magic button that will take me to your talk show, Rod Woodson and random former NFLer. And for that, you've killed my desire to dig deeper.
The Guide Horse Foundation, from where I've gotten a few awesome mini horse images, has a section devoted to miniature horse shoes. Yes, those are Reebucks and Mare Jordans. What, no Hay-Swiss?
Mike & Ike. [OFTOT]
Red Wings fans are cute when they're in denial. [The Pensblog]
You can't catch Johnny Damon. [Sports Untapped]
A hockey goalie mask gallery. [Gunaxin]
The newest BCS Chimps spot. [Global Sports Fraternity]
Goalie moonwalk. [With Leather]
There's a downside to watching your local teams win two championships in one calendar year. New fans start popping up everywhere, and it's hard to keep them all in line. You spend your entire life trying to be a model fan...waiting for your shot at glory, only to have trendy jerks hopping along to spoil the fun while destroying the integrity that you helped build.
Pittsburgh sports fans like to believe that we're as close to normal as you can get, but we can't deny that there's been a huge number of new fans thanks to the recent championships that don't take their job seriously. We're not New England fans...we have a certain history, which causes a method to our madness. But if these newbies wanna ruin the fun, then we need a Pittsburgh sports pope to sort everything out.
This guy at the most recent Pens game had the right idea, but I doubt he wants the burden of advising the Pittsburgh sports faithful. And if he isn't up to the task, then he should give me a ring. Dude, I'll totally do it. Plus, I'd get to wear that awesome hat, which cancels out any stress that would come with the job.
Pittsburgh Sports Pope Tecmovius I. Yeah, that works.
Pitt potpourri. [Pitt Blather]
Manu > A Bat. [Fanhouse]
Kevin Garnett is back and still douchey. [Pippen Ain't Easy]
An extreme PAT. [Deadspin]
San Diego bail bonds commercial targets Raiders fans. [SPORTSbyBROOKS]
I hadn't heard from China Jack in a few weeks, so I had no idea if he was still alive or not. The dude does drink a lot.
But Gavin and Jack popped up again with a spot-on spoof of the Colbert Report. Really, it's stunning how much a Chinese guy has the Colbert mannerisms down. Make sure to go to Gavin's place to get the transcript. I mean, Jack's still Chinese.
Anyway, the only thing that ties this to Pittsburgh sports is Jack and the fact that Gavin is from Pittsburgh, but whatever. This is a perfect way to close out the week.