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Happy Thanksgiving from "The House"

As we come upon the five-month anniversary of Mondesi's House, I realize there are many things that I am thankful for. Mondesi's House is much more than one person and his computer. It has become a community that relies on a number of people to succeed. That is why I always refer to Mondesi's House as "our"; it has gone way beyond me. If I may, I will list a few of my reasons to be thankful on this holiday:

First and foremost, I would like to thank our readers. There is a very solid base of people who read the site on a daily basis, comment on my musings, and email posts to their friends & family. Without the readers, Mondesi's House does not exist. I thank each and every one of you.

I would like to thank all of the blogs and sites that link to Mondesi's House. There are a number of truly great websites devoted to Pittsburgh sports, and they all send a fair share of their readers in my direction. I greatly appreciate the continued support.

The media has been a great friend to Mondesi's House, especially WDVE (Randy Baumann and Jim Krenn), ESPN Radio (Mark Madden), The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Dan Gigler and Chuck Finder), and Deadspin (Will Leitch). Each one is responsible for exposing Mondesi's House to the masses, and I know we've picked up a number of our regulars from these outlets. I am eternally grateful for your mentions, appearances, and plugs.

I must thank my family for the inspiration to start this site. My parents, both journalism majors, gave me the writing background that flows in my blood. My father and brother (who I now call Felipe and Ramon) argue with me back and forth on the very topics we discuss here on a regular basis. I would also like to thank the future Mrs. Mondesi, who is very supportive even though she is not exactly a sports nut, and my Grandma, who actually reads the site on a regular basis. Now that is one cool Grandma: computer-savvy and reading a sports blog to boot!

I also thank the readers who support my business,, through their purchases of memorabilia or consignments of their collections. To each and every one of you, I give my sincerest thanks. If anyone else out there wants a Pittsburgh-related gift for Christmas or wants to sell their prized collectibles, I'll take care of you!

I can't leave out the Steelers, Pirates, Penguins and Panthers. Without the Cowhers, Roethlisbergers, Crosbys, Wannstedts and Littlefields, this site just wouldn't be the same!

I wish each and every one of you a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving. Unfortunately, we have to endure another Lions game, but try to make the best of it! And as I say, as long as you keep reading, I'll keep writing!

- Don


Anonymous said...

Both myself, and my homeboy Louis Lipps, are thankfull for Mondesi's house.

It's almost like Pittsburgh sports fans now have our own private Deadspin.

Sean said...

Have a Happy Thanksgiving too! Keep up the great work!

I'll be one of the millions of people eating turkey and not able to watch the Chiefs-Broncos game since I don't have the NFL Network.

Anonymous said...


Don't be late for dinner.


Megatron said...

Happy Thanksgiving weekend brother!