Polanco Powers Pirates Past Pesky Rockies

Gregory Polanco

What amounted to a 5-3 win for the Buccos was a statement game for Gregory Polanco. When @El_Coffee comes up throwing, you need to get back quickly. http://t.co/p76sKEJqEZ pic.twitter.com/DhVWZl4Oib — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 29, 2015 If we learned one thing tonight, it is #DontRunOnGregory: http://t.co/ZaAD7kqMoz pic.twitter.com/OWK28MAO0I — Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) August 29, 2015 ‘Nuff […]

9th Anniversary


Today my website is 9 years old. I’m amazed it has lasted this long.  What started as a limited class project has become a means of expression for myself. I look forward to many more years to come!

Awesome Mix Vol. 1


I’m sharing this album because these songs have been stuck in my head recently.  You can scroll through the playlist in the upper right corner of the video.  Enjoy!

Goodbye, and Good Riddance, Jon Stewart



Incredible Chinese Explosion

Incredible Chinese Explosion

Here is some video of an explosion in Tianjin, China. Incredibly explosive, and once the shockwave hits… BOOM. @thelastnext the explosion in Tianjin Binhai New Area pic.twitter.com/MQcpfuTN2M — William Locke (@thelastnext) August 12, 2015 I have no idea what caused this but hopefully not too many were hurt or killed in the blast. UPDATE: Death […]

Jerome Bettis Inducted Into the Pro Football Hall of...


The wheels on the bus have rolled to a final stop in Canton, OH. We have arrived at our destination. Jerome Bettis, for a time, WAS Pittsburgh.  He was the focal point of a team identity that was designed to impose “The Steelers Way” through blunt, brute force.  Bettis was the sledge to hammer that system, that […]

What Makes A Band Legendary?


Was Nirvana really a "legendary" rock band? — Ryan (@Ham0nRy) July 23, 2015 Ryan Hamner got me thinking: What makes a band legendary beyond just “knowing” they are legendary.  I believe it to be a mix of talent, influence, popularity, moment definement, and are themselves a story that transcends music. Example of metrics would be: “Was […]

Hero Time: Andrew McCutchen Wins it in The 14th


Riding a 17 game hitting streak, it took Andrew McCutchen 14 innings to keep his streak alive. UNBELIEVABLE pic.twitter.com/hU0curdoWo — Forbes to Federal (@ForbesToFederal) July 12, 2015 BADDEST DUDE IN THE LEAGUE pic.twitter.com/JhaS5EPiLU — Forbes to Federal (@ForbesToFederal) July 12, 2015 pic.twitter.com/DE2R7XIRA8 — Forbes to Federal (@ForbesToFederal) July 12, 2015 (h/t to Forbes to Federal […]

Terrible Call Doesn’t Sink Pirates’ Ship


Tonight, AJ Burnett struck out the batter Derek Norris only to have umpire Paul Emmel call it a foul tip. Norris proceeded to get a base hit and extend the inning. You be the judge: this was ruled a foul ball pic.twitter.com/HmeZpaMCFD — Forbes to Federal (@ForbesToFederal) July 7, 2015 The line on AJ tonight. 1.99 ERA. #Whiff […]

Andrew McCutchen’s New Style

Apr 2, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen (22) works out prior to the game against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Ever since Andrew McCutchen cut off his long locks of hair, he’s “let his hair down” in how he has behaved. Taking his playful nature to another level recently, here he is last night ducking a ball coming straight for his head: pic.twitter.com/aXa0L9vD0Y — Forbes to Federal (@ForbesToFederal) June 24, 2015 No days off. #Gains […]

Punch Brothers Cover The Strokes


This is an awesome cover.

Charlie Morton Ground Into Chuck By The Nats

Pirates Charlie Morton

Charlie Morton’s day was done before it really ever got started.  After surrendering 9 runs on 8 hits, he was lifted in the 1st inning after retiring only 2 batters. 121.5 ERA for Chuck today. Not kidding. — Jacob Clegg (@steelersclegg) June 21, 2015 Charlie Morton this season: First 33.1 IP: 6 ER (1.62 ERA) Today in […]

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  • Penguins Maatta Must Step Up in Latest Comeback
    Posted by Lee C.J. Sobotka on August 22, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Today is Olli Maatta’s 21st birthday. Back in January, the Pittsburgh Penguins lost an extremely valuable piece to their puzzle when defensemen Maatta had surgery on his shoulder.  He was returning from previous surgery on that same shoulder, and had played 20 games to that point in the season. After this past off season when the […]

  • Marc-Andre Fleury’s Play Has (Finally) Silenced His Critics
    Posted by Lee C.J. Sobotka on August 18, 2015 at 3:30 PM

    Take a walk over to a nearby window. Open it up if you can, or just put your ear to it and listen. Do you hear that? *crickets* That’s the sound of Marc-Andre Fleury’s critics as the new season draws near. He is coming off one of his best years as a pro; where he boasted […]

  • Does Phil Kessel Score Over or Under 35 Goals This Season?
    Posted by Lee C.J. Sobotka on August 2, 2015 at 5:30 PM

    The Pittsburgh Penguins new winger, Phil Kessel, is known for his ability to “put the biscuit in the basket” with the best of them. Historically, he posted 37 goals twice – the 2011 and 2013 seasons. He put up 36 in his final season with Boston, back in 2008. Excepting for the strike-shortened season when he […]

  • End of July in Pittsburgh: A Fresh Start
    Posted by Lee C.J. Sobotka on July 31, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    The Penguins are in many ways an afterthought in the City of Pittsburgh at this time of year. The flurry of activity surrounding the start of the NHL’s Free Agency period has dropped off.  Most, if not all, of the big moves that are/were going to be made, have been made. The Pirates are plowing their way […]

  • Breaking Beau: The Comeback of the Beau Bennett Comeback
    Posted by Lee C.J. Sobotka on July 18, 2015 at 5:04 PM

    Beau Bennett is poised on the brink of yet another comeback. He’s been injured seemingly more than he’s been healthy, and one has to wonder how much his development has been hampered by this run of bad luck. Now that he has signed a one-year, $800k deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins; all hopes return to Bennett having […]