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Pitt losing a Buddy? I've always heard a lot of good things about Pitt strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris, and apparently, so have the Washington Redskins, who will interview him for a similar position on Wednesday.

Morris was Pitt's strength and conditioning coach from 1980-90 and from 1997 to 2001, moving on to hold the same position for the Cleveland Browns from 2002-05 under head coach Butch Davis. After a 2006 spent as director of sports performance at the University of Buffalo, Morris re-joined his alma mater and is credited with building up the Panthers' late-game endurance for five wins in the fourth quarter or overtime in 2008. [PG]

Duquesne axes four sports: It's a sad day for the Duquesne athletic department, which is doing away with baseball, wrestling, men's swimming and men's golf. The move will affect 70 athletes and will shift more than $1 million annually into the athletic department's 16 other sports. [WPXI]

Stan Musial: The Bridge: The Bridge Formerly Known as Donora-Monessen will soon be renamed in honor of Donora native Stan Musial, as a bill is set for a vote Wednesday in the Senate Transportation Committee.

The 89-year-old Cardinal great was a 24-time All-Star, 3-time World Series Champ and 3-time MVP. He hit .331 in his career, with 475 homers and 3,630 hits, and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1969.

Musial gets nowhere near the national recognition he deserves because he didn't play in New York, but this is a step in the right direction, even if only on a local level. [PG]

Ben Roethlisberger: The Football Camp: Boys and girls ages 7-14 can sign up now for this experience, which takes place on June 21-23 at Mars HS. Cost is $224 per person and includes goodies such as an autographed camp team photo. But as far as I know, you'll have to bring your own Big Ben Beef Jerky. []

Jersey Shore invades the North Shore: I totally whiffed on this, but apparently a few cast members of Jersey Shore were at McFadden's recently, and Channel 11 was there with camera in hand. If any of you fellow Italians out there are cool with the whole "Guido" thing, then click away, because the caption writer for these photos used it to describe virtually every picture in the gallery. [WPXI]

Concert season will be upon us soon: Dave Matthews just announced a concert at PNC Park on on July 10, and Megadeth will be coming to Greensburg's Palace Theatre of all places on March 12. But the big question: when is the Pants on the Ground guy coming to town?

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Steve said...

Just driving through Donora today who would think Stan Musial, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. came from there. It’s always amazing how much hall of fame, athletic talent came out of the Mon-Valley. From heavyweight champ Michael Moorer (Monessen) to Montana, per capita, the area has produced an amazing amount of world class athletes.

Real McCoy said...

I'm guessing there won't be too much debate on the Musial bridge naming.

Not quite like health care or other controversial issues.

As great as his career was he was not a unaminous selection for the HOF. I'm not sure what the voters were looking for who chose not to vote for Stan. Maybe more steals?

BurressWithButterflywings said...

I am personally a bit offended by the frequent use of the term Guido and the general portrayal of Italian Americans in film and television. I am not going to compare it to the use of the N-word because that is a far more painful slur for so many reasons. However, it is certainly an ethnocentric slur as much almost any other term that I will not list here.

Growing up, everybody assumed my Dad was in the Mafia because he is Italian and always made comments about it. I couldn't imagine if I accused black classmate's parents of all being gang members, I can imagine a few trips to the principal office and some sort of formal protest would have promptly followed.

Justin said...

Did WPXI just publish someone's facebook album and call it news?

BurressWithButterflywings said...

haha, that is entirely possible.

I think i broke my ankle falling off of my soapbox btw.

Steve said...

Hmmmm, Your right, I don't remember a Father N-word Sarducci.

jmarinara said...

"Did WPXI just publish someone's facebook album and call it news?"

Doesn't that basically sum up the local media in a nutshell?

P.O. said...

cue the whining of every "Dave" fan that the concert is at PNC Park and not a weekend extravaganza at PG Pavilion.

Steve said...

Letterman has a gig at PNC Park?

Anonymous said...

Daniel Tosh: "Dave Matthews Band sucks. If that upsets anybody in here, you're the problem in our country; because somebody had a difference of an opinion than you, you felt personally attacked instead of focusing on a bigger issue: why do you listen to shitty music?"

Sorry there are just too few opportunities to use that quote. Gotta take advantage.