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 […]

First SPECTRE Trailer Available


Here is the first look at the upcoming James Bond film, SPECTRE.

Led Zeppelin Lost Track Set To Release


Here is the song, “Sweet Mama,” originally recorded for their 1969 debut album, Led Zeppelin I. (h/t VH1)

Short Game Reviews – Cities: Skylines / The Ev...

Lots of hiding and sneaking in this game.

I’ve played a few new games recently and figured I’d share a few thoughts.

Pedro Alvarez Smashes a HR Into the Allegheny

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 19: Pedro Alvarez #24 of the Pittsburgh Pirates reacts after hitting a solo home run in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins during the game at PNC Park on May 19, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Last night Pittsburgh Pirates 3rd baseman Pedro Alvarez smashed a ball into a boat docked on the Allegheny river… ON THE FLY.  It is only the 3rd time in PNC Park’s history that a player has reached the river on the fly.

State of the Penguins Series


Over at The Hockey Writers is my 3-part series about where I think the Pens roster sits right now and where it might be going. Part 1 – Goaltending Part 2 – Defense Part 3 – Offense

#Pirates Complete First Ever 4-5-4 Triple Play


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  • 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 […]

  • An Opportunity for New Hope in Pittsburgh
    Posted by Lee C.J. Sobotka on July 12, 2015 at 11:15 PM

    “Great moments are born from great opportunity.” – Herb Brooks That’s what the Pittsburgh Penguins have right now: A fantastic opportunity to push through fear and doubt and come out swinging. Refocusing the team concept, the Pens are shifting away from trying to squeeze a stout defense into the wide open style of play that the team was […]

  • Pittsburghers Love Saad; Penguins Are Better Off Without Him
    Posted by Lee C.J. Sobotka on July 1, 2015 at 12:00 AM

    Pittsburgher Brandon Saad, formerly a restricted free agent for the Chicago Blackhawks, was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a haul of players and a 4th round draft pick. The Blackhawks, fearing that they could no longer afford to retain him, got what they could. The Pittsburgh Penguins were confirmed to have made an attempt […]

  • 3 on 3 OT Will Be a Boon For Pittsburgh
    Posted by Lee C.J. Sobotka on June 24, 2015 at 12:30 PM

    It was reported last night by Bob McKenzie that the NHL will more than likely be going to a 3-on-3 overtime format. Pending B of G approval, NHL will go to 3-on-3 overtime for 5 minutes in regular season games next season. — Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) June 24, 2015 The league is hoping to inject […]

  • A Rob Scuderi Buyout Can & Should Still Happen
    Posted by Lee C.J. Sobotka on June 22, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    View image | gettyimages.com Adam Gretz over at CBSSports.com recently wrote about possible buyout candiates around the league, and included among the riff-raff was the Pittsburgh Penguins very own Rob Scuderi.  Seeing Scuderi on such a list is unsurprising, but with General Manager Jim Rutherford declaring, “No, we don’t have any plans to buy guys out,” […]