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Raise the Jolly Roger! Pittsburgh Pirates – Winning!

9 Jul

In the words of Charlie Sheen – “Winning!”

… That’s what the Buccos have been doing! Raise the Jolly Roger – the Pittsburgh Pirates are making Da’ Burgh believe again!

We haven’t had a winning season since 1992, but this year it looks as though the Pirates are out to prove that they aren’t the joke of MLB, as they’ve been portrayed as in recent years.

They’ve been playing in front of sell-out crowds at the gorgeous PNC Park….playing, and actually winning quite a few!

Last night, the Bucs won 7-4 with an exciting 3-run homer by Michael McKenry that had the entire crowd up on their feet. Many Pittsburghers stated that they didn’t know the last time that fans just erupted in cheers over one hit. The excitement around town was tangible, and Twitter was lit up with joyful “Let’s Go Bucs!” tweets.

They play the Cubs again tonight at PNC Park, 7:05pm. You can see McKenry’s hit here: http://mlb.mlb.com/index.jsp?c_id=pit

The Pirates are currently 2nd in the National League Central.

As ESPN put it, “The Pirates would be a good bandwagon to jump on right now.” Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Quickie Randomosity: Earthquake Aftershock in Pittsburgh, Pirates Pierogi Gets Rehired, USA Loses World Cup, Britney, Gaga, Eclipse, and PHOTO OF THE DAY: Let’s GO!

27 Jun

This blog is a quickie mash-up of some local and national randomosities of the week…. ready, set, go…

1)   There was a 5.5 magnitude earthquake along the Canadian Ontario-Quebec border that was felt all the way down here in, yes, Pittsburgh! Aftershocks were reported in the South Side, Oakland, Aspinwall, Swissvale, Homestead, and Newscastle, and also in West Virginia, New York, and Ohio! Some buildings in the South Side. Oakland, and downtown Pittsburgh were evacuated as a safety precaution.

  2) I wrote a Glitzburgh blog about the Pittsburgh Pirates organization firing one of the racing Pierogi mascots for blasting the team’s managment (and less-than-stellar record) on his personal Facebook page. (I also had a commentor inform me that a “pierogi did not get fired.  One of the 20 people who dress up as a pierogi got fired.” So thank you, to whoever wrote that, for clearing that one up!)  Well, get this. Not only was this fella offered a job as a Washington Wild Things HOT DOG (score!) but, the Pirates organization also had to re-hire the Pierogi (also known as Andrew Kurtz)  According to the Associated Press, “Pirates communications director Brian Warecki says team management learned of the firing on Friday and promptly offered Kurtz his job back because he shouldn’t have been terminated in the first place. He added that bad publicity played no part in the decision.”  (Riiight! You know my blog did it. Admit it! Hehehe.) The best part of the story is that ESPN basically reported that the Pirates “had to rehire him” because they “didn’t fire him properly.”   Turns out that the Buccos hit a whole new level of pathetic with that one. But, if Kurtz did accept the offer, WELCOME BACK to the PIEROGI TEAM, ol’ fella!

3) Sadly, the United States lost their FIFA World Cup match against Ghana yesterday. Also sadly, I won’t pretend that I am a diehard “futbol” fan, or a fan at all, really. I never was in to soccer, o I didn’t want to be a “faker” and just jump on the proverbial bandwagon, sbut, I did mosy on home from the pool yesterday to watch about half of the game. I did feel actual emotion that we lost, surprisingly, as it was a true disappointment. I was hoping for another miraculous down-to-the-wire comeback like Donovan pulled off on Wednesday, but, I guess asking for a 3rd comeback would hae been just TOO much. Well, good job, boys, nonetheless! You made it pretty darn far and did pretty darn well. Gotta hand it to Ghana for their incredible STALLING and ACTING abilities at the end of yesterday’s game….I’ll give them that.  But in all sincerety, United States, you played your butts off (from what I actually watched) in the World Cup and deserve a big congratulations and a big hug. Kudos. I won’t be watching any more of the World Cup games now that the USA is out of it, will you? If so, who are you all rooting for?   I’m just praying that I’ll never have to hear a vuvuzela again. Please.

4)  Reports are swirling that Britney Spears is going behind Jason Trawick’s back and reaching out to Adnan Ghalib again. I don’t have much more to say on this topic except PLEASE GOD NO. No!  If this true, we can expect to see the pink wig and no-panties shots coming out soon, and it’s all we can do but to hope to not see her strapped to a gurney within a year. I’m really hoping that Daddy’s conservatorship hasn’t made her come to this. (And I say this with all sincerity, I’m really pulling for her, because, yes, I happen to be a huge Britney fan!)

5)  Did you all hear Jerry Seinfeld’s comments about Lady Gaga? He called her a “jerk” and said that he “hates” her.  First off, very mature, Mr. Seinfeld. Secondly….um, earth to Jerry Seinfeld: you SO are not relevant anymore…and, in all sincerity…your show really WAS about nothing…and NOT that funny.

6) Twilight: Eclipse premieres June 30th! Yay!  Critics are calling it not only the BEST of the Twilight Saga but also one of the best movies of the summer! (I sure hope so, because, I love the Twilight books, but, the movies never do them justice!)   What do you think, Twihards? Will it top the other two? And what are you doing for the premiere?

Pssst…speaking of the Twilight Saga….Pittsburghers, Taylor Lautner is set to start filming his new movie right here in Da’ Burgh, soon! Word is that it will likely begin filming in the neighborhoods of Squirrel Hill and Shadyside within the next month AND they are now casting for extras! Don’t forget that Glitzburgh broke the news of this movie, Abduction, right away, back in  MAY!

FOR FUN:
Below is a video of the Racing Pierogis at a Pirates Game. To welcome back Andrew Lutz to the team:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQuk5szea5U&feature=related

 

PHOTO OF THE DAY:

Gaga & Elton John over the weekend:

(Iconic, if you ask me!)

Instead of firing the manager, or making some key trades, the Pittsburgh Pirates fire a Pierogi

19 Jun

Instead of firing the manager, or making some key trades, the Pirates dump a… pierogi. File this under: REALLY?!?

Andrew Kurtz, age 24, was let go on Thursday by the Pittsburgh Pirates, who, after last night’s game against the Cleveland Indians are on a 12-game losing streak.

You might think that this personnel change would be for the betterment of the franchise in an effort to improve their pathetic showing this season, and, well, in recent years, but, you’d think wrong.

They fired a racing pierogi.

No, you didn’t read that sentence wrong, this isn’t an error that my spellcheck missed or a proofreading mistake: they fired a pierogi.

Andrew Kurtz was one of the 4 “pierogis” who ran after the 5th inning at each Pirates home game in “the Great Pittsburgh Pierogi Race N’at” which is sponsored by Mrs. T’s Pierogi’s and features Oliver Onion, Jalapeno Hannah, Cheddar Chester, and Sauerkraut Saul.

He was fired for basically telling the truth about his team on his Facebook page and posting “disparaging comments” about the Pirates. Everyone else says that they suck, but when a pierogi says it – well, that’s a different story.

Facebook isn’t as private as people want to think that it is. Unfortunately, someone from the PIrates organization saw the negative remarks about the team and he was subsequently given the axe. I’d say something about “biting the hand that feeds you” …. but …. that just sounds a bit backward and creepy when speaking of a pierogi.

Maybe he can get a gig doing the Milwaukee Brewers Sausage Races?

Dancing with the Stars – DWTS >> Weekly Thoughts

30 Mar

I have to say, Kate Gosselin is a horrible dancer. I almost feel bad. I felt awkward watching her last night during her 2nd dance in the 10th season of, “Dancing with the Stars.” She looks much how I would probably look if I went on Dancing with the Stars, and, if it weren’t for a bum knee, I might even be better than her. At least I HAVE some dance experience, and, most importantly, I know how to listen to people when they are trying to help me. I also know how to smile instead of looking terrified, miserable, and uncomfortable the whole time!

I would feel bad for Gosselin if she were more willing to learn. She was trying to teach her teacher how to teach – who DOES that?

I understand that everyone learns differently, but when you’re on Dancing with the Stars, my suggestion would be to listen to your pro.

That being said, Kate IS at a disadvantage, as they’ve pointed out many times. She is NOT an entertainer, she is NOT an athlete. Most of the other people are one or the other, and what they lack in dancing talent they can make up for with stage presence and charisma, or, other phsyical stunts. Kate is what she is, and what you see is what you get.

While she’s a trainwreck, I’m rooting for her more than Nicole Scherzinger. I DO realize that out of the entire bunch, Nicole Scherzinger, of Pussycat Dolls fame, is undeniably the most talented. However, I feel like Scherzinger (who I’ve met – see right – and who is very nice, though treading on diva-ish) is too experienced, and overqualified for the competition. Isn’t the point of it to watch non-dancers progress and learn how to dance? This is why, even though she is horrible and still isn’t my favorite contestant, a part of me is pulling for Gosselin. I can’t even say that I really like her, but, I do want to watch her learn and improve (or, fail miserably.)

Kate needs to get a lot of votes from the public to stay in the competition with her low scores. (Same goes for Buzz Aldren.)

I love Niecy Nash and I think Ochocinco is hilarious and charming on the show. Shannen Doherty surprised me, and I could care less about the figure skater or soap star. (Who ARE they, anyway? LOL)

Who I’m actually pulling for personally, are Pam Anderson, and Erin Andrews, Pam being my slight favorite. Both definitely have the charisma and the spark, the look and the personality, the determination, and, I think, the potential. Of course, they’re nowhere near as good as someone like Nicole Scherzinger, but, I’ve made up my mind that these two who I’m rooting for, and so I wish Pam and Erin the best of luck!

Ex – Steeler Joey Porter Suspected of Drunk Driving and Assaulting a Police Officer

28 Mar

Local news outlets and other sources such as ESPN and NFL.com reported this morning that Ex-Steeler, linebacker Joey Porter, who most recently played for the Miami Dolphins and now has been signed with the Arizona Cardinals, was arrested for drunken driving, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and assaulting a police officer last night in a fast-food parking lot in California.

Known for his attitude and outspoken ways, Porter, an NFL veteran at age 33, refused to show officers his license when they pulled him over for DUI suspicion, and began to roll up his window to drive away. He then slapped away the police officer’s hand who tried to open his door to complete the arrest.

No other details regarding the incident, the timeline of the evening or blood alcohol levels have been provided.

Porter played for the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1999-2006, wearing #55 and earning a Superbowl Ring in Super Bowl XL.