Archive for January, 2009

Steelers & NAMI & St James
January 31, 2009

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  OK… a couple more Steelers- related events to share before the big game tomorrow. 

This is a morning breakfast to honor the volunteers with NAMI. Director Chris Michaels (seen on the far left) encouraged everyone on the staff to wear black and gold all week. Obviously, I didn’t know this until I got there…. but I’m happy to say I obeyed her rule… and all last week wore  black and gold each day!  Darcey Garda is the Manager of Development and Marketing standing beside me in the black jacket. Click here to see her blog!  NAMI is a great organization which helps people with mental health issues. Everything from mild depression to issues which are much more severe. If you or a loved one needs  little extra help you should click here.  

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Also last week, I was honored to speak to students at St James School   for their career day. The students were wonderful and asked great questions. I had a lot of fun.  I took a picture of this in the school lobby.  They decorated it up for the big game…. I’m calling it the Terrible Tree.

Go Steelers! 

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Funny Super Bowl Commercial
January 30, 2009

Our producer Tom showed me this commercial which will air in the Super Bowl. : )

History of the Terrible Towel
January 30, 2009

Click here to read a wonderful article in the New York Times this morning about the Terrible Towel.  The Times interviewed Elizabeth Cope, Myron’s daughter. They talked about the huge impact he’s made on Steelers Nation but more importantly the huge impact he’s made on the severely disabled. Myron signed over the trademark rights to the Allegheny Valley School where his son Danny lives. Danny has never spoken a word or been to a Steelers game.

 When I interviewed Elizabeth right after Myron passed away, she told me it’s so strange to think that her father who was known for his unique voice  cheering on the Steelers (as a teenager she begged him to “stop talking like that” because her friends teased her) ……  passed along every bit of  the money from his famous Terrible Towel go to those who don’t even care about football. Elizabeth Cope is a wonderfully caring person and a joy. I’m sure Myron is more proud of her than he his of his beloved Steelers making it to the Super Bowl.

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 Also, did you hear on Channel Four Action News Bill Hillgrove explaining how the Terrible Towel came to be? He said the first idea thrown out to rally the Steelers Nation was to get fans to wear Lone Ranger- type masks to the game!!!!    ?????  Can you imagine going to a game wearing this????

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When they looked into it, it was too expensive. So someone throw out there that everyone could wave a gold towel… and Myron said, “We’ll call it the Terrible Towel!”

Online Guitar Hero-type Game
January 30, 2009

O.K. For all of you blog readers telling me how tired you are of only hearing about the Steelers… here’s something cool for you. It’s an online game called Jam Legend. It’s a game that lets you turn your computer keyboard into a guitar and … just like guitar hero… you play songs and compete. So if you have a little time to kill at work… (but you want people to think you’re working hard on your computer)  you may want to give this a shot.

****  The idea is the number keys ( 1 through 5) are the strings and the enter key is how you strum. To try it click here.

Steelers Nation Radio
January 30, 2009

I had no idea but there’s something called Steelers Nation Radio on MySpace. There are Steeler videos and lots of things for Black and Gold fans. Thanks to Paul for the heads-up!

Click here to see it. 

    I also just found out there’s a MySpace page for local musicians and you can click here to get to that.

Potato Casserole with Secret Ingredient!
January 29, 2009

This new twist on an old favorite  for your Super Bowl party is from my friend Laurie: 

 
Potato Casserole (Secret Ingredient is Frosted Flakes)
 
2 lb bag of frozen hash browns – southern style
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pt sour cream
2 Cups cheddar cheese
1 stick melted butter, divided
1 1/2 Cups Frosted Flakes – NOT Corn Flakes!
 
Let the hash browns sit out for about a 1/2 hour then combine first four ingredients along with 1/2 stick of melted butter (reserve other half for topping).  Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes or until bubbly and lightly browned around the edges.
 Cook the Frosted Flakes and remaining 1/2 stick of butter on the stove-top until it’s lightly browned.  Add to the top of the casserole and bake another 5 minutes. 

Myron Cope Poem
January 29, 2009

Blog readers George and Marie sent me this poem to honor Myron Cope and the Steelers:

 Twas the Night Before the Super Bowl

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‘Twas the night before the Super Bowl, when along the gulf shore,

Steelers fans were praying for “just one more;”

The players were nestled all snug in the sack, With visions of the first NFL Six-Pack;

Coach Tomlin was young, but wise for his years, So I drifted off to sleep without any fears;

When at the stadium there arose some strange chatter, The Cardinals feared, what was the matter;

We heard “Okel Dokel”, we heard “Double Yoi,” We jumped from our beds, our hearts jumped for joy;

He stood at the fifty with a grin ear to ear, Steelers fans everywhere started to cheer;

Then in an instant to our surprise, This little old man had tears in his eyes;

He went to the booth and there took his chair, While Terrible Towels waved in the air;

Then over the airwaves came his shrill voice, The Steelers Nation began to rejoice;

He said, “I am back, but you know I can’t stay, I just had to see my Steelers play;

From my home up above, I have a great view, But I wanted to celebrate here with you;

So bring on the Birds, we’ll send them a flyin’, On the way back to Phoenix, they will be cryin’;

Ben, Hines, Troy, Jeff and all of the rest, No matter the outcome, to me you’re the best;”

The airwaves went silent, the stadium still, Was this just a dream, it seemed so real;

In our team we have faith, in our team we have hope, But the game’s not the same without Myron Cope.

Written by: A.K. Young 01-23-09

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Dirty Screen?
January 29, 2009

Click here to have your computer screen cleaned off a bit : ) he he he

Thanks to Julianna and Veeka for sending me this!

Beware the Hair Shirts
January 28, 2009

Check out these awesome Steelers shirts! A McCandless Township woman designed them. 

I’ll introduce you to Sharon Smith tonight on Action News during the 5:30 show.   Her shirts are one for $15 and two for $25. And I also asked Troy Polamalu himself what he thought about it. : ).. you’ll hear his reaction tonight.

 Sharon got her first batch of shirts Christmas Eve and says she can get them for you by the Super Bowl if you’re looking for a unique Steelers shirt. 

Click here to order a shirt. Or email her directly at order@bewarethehair.com

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My Interview with Troy
January 28, 2009

So…. our crew in Tampa covering the Super Bowl keeps going on and on and on about how beautiful and warm it is down there. UGH. Then I get the chance to interview Troy Polamalu by satellite… and he starts out by doing the very same thing! 

polamalu_troy_43623Taunting me about having to do the interview by satellite rather than in person in sunny Tampa!  He laughed all the way through the interview about it. I told him he was no better than Sally and Andrew and Guy!  Enough! Those of us stuck in this winter storm warning KNOW how wonderfully hot it is there. Bring home the trophy, Troy, and all is forgiven! : )

Click here to see my interview with Troy.

 Hey, and later today on Action News I’m going to tell you about a new tshirt a local woman designed to honor Troy and his hair. : )  It’s not your typical Steelers tshirt. That story coming up  this evening on Action News.

Popcorn-n-That / Steelers Treats
January 28, 2009

This next Steelers Super Bowl treat suggestion comes from Bob and the Popcorn-N-That company. Bob says it was voted best in Pittsburgh! You can pick out various Steelers containers… and tons of different kinds of popcorn. 

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Click here to order.

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Steelers History Photos
January 27, 2009

Tomorrow, I’m going to have a cool new Steelers shirt featuring Troy to show you…. I can’t wait!

In the meantime… here’s more Steelers stuff: 

Click here to see a website that includes old photos of the Steelers and the stadiums. Thanks to Jack for passing this one along.

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  Also click here to see a wonderful New York Times article on the Rooney family.

New Book Suggestion / Wally Lamb
January 27, 2009

  OK. I’ve gotten several requests to post something other than Steelers stuff…. So I’ll pause from the Black and Gold … and talk about the latest book I’m reading. It’s the brand new book out by Wally Lamb called The Hour I First Believed.    

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  Wally Lamb is one of my favorite authors.  I’ve suggested She’s Come Undone here before… one of his other books. It’s almost 800 pages and I’m a little more than half way through it. It’s emotionally intense. It’s about a couple with many troubles who both work at Columbine High School when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire in the school and killed so many in 1999.  Although in that setting, the story is fiction. It’s also fantastic.  I hope to finish it by the weekend.  Also, Action News reporter Jon Greiner’s wife has my next book selection… and I can’t wait to get started on that one!

   I just found this interview he did about this latest book and thought I’d share. 

  Here is the book review from Amazon: 

Amazon.com Review :   In his new novel, The Hour I First Believed, Lamb travels well beyond his earlier work and embodies in his fiction myth, psychology, family history stretching back many generations, and the questions of faith that lie at the heart of everyday life. The result is an extraordinary tour de force, at once a meditation on the human condition and an unflinching yet compassionate evocation of character.When forty-seven-year-old high school teacher Caelum Quirk and his younger wife, Maureen, a school nurse, move to Littleton, Colorado, they both get jobs at Columbine High School. In April 1999, Caelum returns home to Three Rivers, Connecticut, to be with his aunt who has just had a stroke. But Maureen finds herself in the school library at Columbine, cowering in a cabinet and expecting to be killed, as two vengeful students go on a carefully premeditated, murderous rampage. Miraculously she survives, but at a cost: she is unable to recover from the trauma. Caelum and Maureen flee Colorado and return to an illusion of safety at the Quirk family farm in Three Rivers. But the effects of chaos are not so easily put right, and further tragedy ensues.While Maureen fights to regain her sanity, Caelum discovers a cache of old diaries, letters, and newspaper clippings in an upstairs bedroom of his family’s house. The colorful and intriguing story they recount spans five generations of Quirk family ancestors, from the Civil War era to Caelum’s own troubled childhood. Piece by piece, Caelum reconstructs the lives of the women and men whose legacy he bears. Unimaginable secrets emerge; long-buried fear, anger, guilt, and grief rise to the surface.

As Caelum grapples with unexpected and confounding revelations from the past, he also struggles to fashion a future out of the ashes of tragedy. His personal quest for meaning and faith becomes a mythic journey that is at the same time quintessentially contemporary—and American.

The Hour I First Believed is a profound and heart-rending work of fiction. Wally Lamb proves himself a virtuoso storyteller, assembling a variety of voices and an ensemble of characters rich enough to evoke all of humanity.

Steelers Hard Hat Treat
January 26, 2009

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Thanks to Tina for giving me a heads-up about this.

 A local company (Turtle Creek) that specializes in unique business gifts for trade industries has a great Steelers special.

A real OSHA hardhat filled with chocolate chip cookies and molded chocolates  for the big game. Click here to check them out!


Barbecued Beef
January 26, 2009

Over the weekend I bought a slow cooker.  If any of you have easy to make recipes that I can start in the morning and have ready when I get home after work… PLEASE share them. Here’s one I found I’m going to try. 

Barbecued Beef

1 1/2 cups ketchup

1/4 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

2 tablespoons prepared Dijon-style mustard

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 teaspoon liquid smoke flavoring

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 (4 pound) boneless chuck roast

DIRECTIONS In a large bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar, red wine vinegar, Dijon-style mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and liquid smoke. Stir in salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Place chuck roast in a slow cooker. Pour ketchup mixture over chuck roast. Cover, and cook on Low for 8 to 10 hours. Remove chuck roast from slow cooker, shred with a fork, and return to the slow cooker. Stir meat to evenly coat with sauce. Continue cooking approximately 1 hour.

Spoon meat onto toasted sandwich buns, and top with additional barbecue sauce.