I'm not a cat person, but I would trade places with this lucky feline any day of the week. He's literally just hanging out on a miniature horse's back. Me and you...we can't claim something sweet like that.
We can read these links, though:
Prayers to the families of those killed in that plane crash in Montana. [CNN]
LeBron James chase-down blocks compilation. [Paneech]
Tell your favorite non-superstar NBA player, win Mountain Dew stuff. Sounds like a plan. [With-Malice]
Interview with bantamweight champion Miguel Torres as he prepares for WEC 40. [Chicago's MMA]
I think ALL Chinese kids need to be taught Pittsburgh cheers. Gavin is seriously doing the Lord's work over there. Those kids don't know it now, but they were steered down the right path at an early-enough age.
And it's cool to hear them say "Dejuan Blair eats centers alive," or "Sam Young can't be stopped." Because last I checked, those statements are 100% true.
Jim Shearer's Yinz Luv 'Da Guins is always a must-watch. Dude just knows how to get it done when it comes to the latest Pens games.
The latest episode just blew my mind, though. Jim's wearing my old high school's t-shirt. I think I had about 75 of those shirts, in gray, orange and green. That was our colors at Yough High School. And I graduated with like 190 other people...so its weird for me to see the shirt of my small public high school from out in the cut of the rural Sewickley and South Huntingdon townships south of the city on some dude in the NYC metropolitan area.
Anyway, the latest installment is below, because that's what must-watch means.
You know, I had nearly forgotten about this little fact. Swann was well known for his amazing catches and leaping ability, but the tale of him jumping over a car in 1979 is almost never told. I'd seen it at some point in my youth, but never on the Internet before.
Wexell had a mention of it in his book Tales From Behind The Steel Curtain. You can see it at the bottom of this page.
Enjoy this absurd Steelers happening, and go talk about it with someone who has no idea about it.
ESPN recently had Samuel L. Jackson and Heat superstar Dwyane Wade pick March Madness brackets. I'm still not sure why, but I'll go with it.
I didn't even pay attention to what badass Samuel L. was saying, because I was kinda distracted by Dwyane Wade's national champ pick. He picked Pitt, which I'm sure might sting to some Panthers fans.
Back in 2003, Wade famously knocked off Pitt in the Sweet 16 with 20 second-half points. In what was one of the games that put Wade on the national stage, he helped usher the Panthers to a second-consecutive exit in that round, and that's part of the reason that we gets so antsy when someone mentions Pitt as potentially going deeper.
Wade's Marquette team put an end to Brandin Knight's career. Chevy Troutman, Donatas Zavackas...we had so much hope in that team. But we weren't getting past Wade.
After the Golden Eagles built their 41-37 lead, Wade scored Marquette's next 10 points with short jumpers, long jumpers, a fastbreak layup and a duck-under 12-foot bank shot to make it 51-44 with 13:57 left.
His most spectacular play came when he drove the baseline, lost his balance when he was bumped and, while falling to the floor, flipped the ball over his shoulder for an improbable basket. He completed the sequence with a free throw for a 60-51 lead with 9:51 to go.
"I don't know what happened," Wade said. "I'm blessed to be able to do the things I can do. There was a little bit of luck right there," he said, laughing.
"I can't say I practiced that."
6 years later, and Wade is dropping 40 on any given night while Knight is an assistant Panthers coach trying to keep his team's minds right on the verge of the '09 tourney. It's weird how many careers were altered with that game that seems so long ago. Just read:
"We're really disappointed. We felt we had a chance to make a run at the Final Four and for the national championship," Coach Ben Howland said. "I'm still basically in shock the season is over."
Now Pitt officials must make a strong effort to keep Howland, who is one of the leading candidates for the job at UCLA.
Associate head coach Jamie Dixon has expressed interest in pursuing the head coaching position at Wright State University, a Division I program in Dayton, Ohio.
Not only did Wade go on to an NBA title and a MVP-like season this year while Knight eventually returned to Pitt, but Ben Howland left for UCLA and three-straight Final Fours while associate Jamie Dixon bypassed Wright State for continued success with the Panthers.
So when Panthers fans see Wade picking Pitt on some feature for ESPN, we aren't just looking at a star endorsement. There's a lot of old feelings that get brought up with something like that.
Look, Youtube videos are crucial to this site. If I'm going to highlight the local fans as much as I do the athletes, teams and owners, then fan videos are the way to go.
To you upstart bloggers out there, you must beware the dangers of Youtube. You may think you've stumbled upon the next great viral video, but most of the time, you're dead wrong.
Take, for example, my trek into Youtube-land today. I searched for "steelers" to see if there was anything unique and/or funny to be found about the team. What I came across was a file named steelers 006. And now my life has meaning.
That video is at the top of this post for your...enjoyment? I'd love to discuss this more, but I find myself drifting off into subliminal thoughts that seem implanted in my brain by someone else. Can't really explain it.
* If you don't get the reference in the title of this post, go here, then here. Then leave because you should've already known it.