The Pittsburgh Passion played their first playoff game of 2009 this past weekend, losing to the DC Divas, 27-17. The Divas were the only team to beat the Passion in the regular season. From the Passion website:
"The Passion's 2009 Season comes to an end in DC... the Passion were defeated by the D.C. Divas 27-17 in the first round of playoffs on June 27, 2009.
The Passion would like to thank everyone from fans, families, staffers, coaches and sponsors... without you and your support the players on the Passion team would not have the opportunity to suit up and play football!"
All in all, it was a great season for the team. My coverage was spotty at best, but it's always good to throw as much support as possible to every team we have locally.
It's been awhile since we've checked in with Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, the Indian reality show winner-dudes picked up by the Pirates this past offseason. And it turns out we tuned back in at the right time.
I'm trying out this "after the jump" feature. Because I can, and that's where all the vital info is.
Might've found something cooler than the Mini Pony of the Day. It's the Tiny Pet of the Day, which happens to have a dwarf horse involved. That site claims to have been going on since 1997. And here I am being all full of myself 'cos I'm coming up on two and a half years at this joint. I'm a fool.
Cotter's top Steelers moments from 2008-09. [OFTOT]
I'm totally for this stunning new development of Penguins tribute videos set to badass music. Jim was using Muse in YLDG, yesterday showed off some Foo, and today we get The Used. Thanks to Igloo for this. [Vimeo]
We all brag that Steelers Nation is huge, and has members everywhere, so stuff like this shouldn't really be all that surprising. However, I was a big fan of engrish.com back in the day, so making fun of foreigners is always a treat.
Since the Steelers already have Iran and China on lock, it's time for those Asian boundaries to be pushed East...to Japan. As is the case with most videos I post here, I have no clue to the context of some guy holding up what is supposedly a shirt with the Japanese word for STEELERS on the front. He seems excited, and the woman videotaping is totally getting a kick out of this plot development.
Maybe that's all it is. Some woman making fun of a foreigner who is butchering her words. The Steelers were just an accessory to the hilarity.
The former Steelers RB was the first celebrity inductee of the International Bowling Museum & Hall of Fame. Following him was former MLB pitcher Tom Candiotti. Now, Swann joins both as the third inductee of this branch of the HOF. Swann wouldn't make the HOF based on his admitted high score of about 190, but gets in based on his charitable and promotional work for the sport. Because...
"...Sometimes a bowler just has to face the music."
Santonio Holmes gets the Internet. He's one of those athletes who can interact with his fans via his website and Yardbarker blog, and the latter is a refreshingly candid look at his life outside the field of play.
Tone paid tribute to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, via his blog shortly after MJ's passing. Now, he wants YOU to show off your dancing skills. In the above video, Tone asks you all to create a 2-3 minute video of yourselves dancing to your favorite MJ hit. Use all the props, wigs, costumes you need to make the video a hit, because Tone is giving away two tickets to a Steelers game this upcoming season as a prize.
The State of Pennsylvania is hosting it's first-ever MMA match tomorrow night, fittingly at the Civic Arena, HOME OF THE 2008-2009 STANLEY CUP CHAMPION PITTSBURGH PENGUINS!
UFC 101, the big-time MMA event, will be in Philly in August, but Pittsburgh had to one-up Philadelphia, scheduling the UCFC Rumble on the Rivers for June 27th, tomorrow night. The fight card features a bunch of guys you've never heard of and probably don't care about, but current MMA free agent Tito Ortiz is doing some major promotion for PA's first MMA experience.
The Trib's Justin LaBar caught up with the pandering Ortiz in this video. Ortiz, labeled as a "Celebrity Guest" for the UCFC event, is wearing a shirt that looks oddly like a piece of Steelers gear. It's from Punishment Athletics, the MMA clothing line run by Tito himself. But when I look at the PA website, I find no mention of this shirt.
So Tito's going the Barack Obama route...do everything possible to impress Steelers fans, recognizing our influence over the Pittsburgh community as a whole. If you can get Steelers fans on board with whatever you're selling, you have a great chance of starting some conversation, and getting the local result you were looking for.
But Tito better be careful. The Civic Arena only holds just over 17k, and showing up in a fakie Steelers shirt like the one above might cause more demand than supply.
I'll never get tired of telling you how amazed I am that pictures like this exist on the Internet. The MPotD feature was originally a joke, and I thought I'd run out of mini horse pictures in no time...which is not the case whatsoever. And the two ladies in this picture each get their own...