Big Lead Sports Bar

12/30/2009

TODAY'S HEADLINES



Olympic Penguins: Sidney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury will don the Team Canada sweaters at the 2010, as informed today by Steve Yzerman, the team's executive director. Both young men will be making their Olympic debuts, although they have seen action in international play for Canada several times already.

Crosby and Fleury join Penguin teammates Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar (Russia) as participants in the games, with Brooks Orpik, Bill Guerin, and Alex Goligoski looming as possibilities for the yet-to-be-named US team. Former Pens Jaromir Jagr (Czech Republic) and Miroslav Satan (Slovakia) will also be participating. [PittsburghPenguins.com]

Steelers Pro Bowl snubs thrown a bone
: QB Ben Roethlisberger, TE Heath Miller, and LB LaMarr Woodley were all named as first alternates for the 2010 Pro Bowl in Miami, meaning the minute a player at their position drops out, they will be able to participate in the game. And being that many players bail out on the Pro Bowl when it's in Hawaii, the fact that it's taking place in Miami should cause even more excuses from veterans with a been-there, done-that mentality. So odds are that one or all of these three will find their way to the game. [Times Online]

No Troy on Sunday: It's looking like safety Troy Polamalu will not be playing in the Steelers' regular season finale on Sunday at Miami. Although Polamalu participated in practice today, he acknowledged that it would be unreasonable for him to play against the Dolphins. This lack of game action must be killing Head and Shoulders. [PG]

Cowher to the Bills? The latest rumor has the former Steeler coach being "impressed" with the Bills organization. I can think of a number of ways to describe the Bills' organization, but impressive would not be one of them. [USA Today]

Apologies Offered to the Pirate Nation: SI writer Jeff Pearlman publicly chastises himself for a weak column on the Pirates he recently posted on SI.com. As I said in my year-end post, there are some incredibly passionate Bucco fans out there, and they refuse to go quietly. [JeffPearlman.com]

Revisiting the 2008 Pirates: Dejan Kovacevic looked back at the Bucs' 2008 squad and figured that the eight starting position players alone would make $46.45 million, in 2010 salaries, and that's with zero dollars spent on pitching. So basically, it would still be a bad team that costs even more money. [PBC Blog]

Flying weiners in Fayette County
: This has to be the excerpt of the month for December:

"A Uniontown woman was cited for harassment Monday after she allegedly got into an argument about Christmas at a local eatery and then hurled a hot dog at an employee.

Uniontown police Officer Jennifer Field said that Ruth Wilson, 57, was cited for harassment after she tossed the condiment-laden frankfurter at Rhonda David at Hot Diggity Dogs restaurant on Beeson Avenue." [Herald Standard]

Headline of the Day: "Drunk off-duty firefighter stole casino truck".

Airborne hot dogs, drunk firemen stealing casino trucks...what's Western PA coming to? [Trib]

Jersey Shore/North Shore Pittsburgh parody: From the always-creative minds at Benstonium:


And to close, here's a take on Jay-Z and Alicia Keys' wildly popular "New York State of Mind", but with a Yinzer flavor. It's "Steel State of Mind". [B-94]



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3 comments:

MJ said...

@Pro bowl snubs: Not to mention a certain Colts quarterback will most likely be preparing for the Super Bowl and will not be allowed to play in the Hawaii Bowl. So I expect to see Big Ben suiting up in the feared Red & White (unless a miracle happens in the ensuing four weeks).

BURGH08 said...

Another list the Buccos made:

http://thebiglead.com/?p=32857#more-32857

Cecil from Cecil Twp. said...

B94....still the worst radio station in America.