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Pirates …. best losers around

September 20, 2012 Leave a comment

I realize I’m complaining just like everyone else, but it would be nice to see a winning season, before I die.

But, then again … if you are going to do something, do your best, no matter what it is {{groan}} even losing ….

I  can see the headlines now – “20 great seasons – the best losers in town”.  Not that the team did massively bad this year, but the last time I was able to not watch a game simply because I KNEW the were going to win was in the 70’s and early 80’s.  Baseball games no longer give me that “happy fuzzy” feeling they used to when I was a kid.

Guys …. you have a slim chance remaining …… give us something little this year.

Remember, we gave you that nice new shiny ballpark – let’s get a few more flags for it before we have to build a new one.

-SWB

… {{swish}} missed the ball again ………

My Limoncello project, G-20, and the Pittsburgh Pirates

September 24, 2009 1 comment

cloudscene1Well, some good news today:

With a slight bit of issue, my Limoncello project worked out well. Unfortunately I used too much water for the simple syrup, so it freezes … but you learn for the next time.

What does this have to do with the G-20?

Absolutely nothing, except I wanted to see if the combination would get me a few international hits … or maybe a few of the visiting leaders that like Limoncello will find my blog and contract me to make it for them.

Anyway, back to some type of blog posting …

Why the cloud pic?

Two reasons:

  1. If are dumb enough to quickly drink Limoncello, that’s pretty much where your head ends up for a few hours.
  2. If people think the G-20 is going to yield any immediate results, that’s where their heads are too.

Am I against the G-20? No – but I am worried about how our city will be perceived by the important visitors coming to it. Will they see the city as a “war zone” due to all of the barricades, or will they start throwing treats to the residents on the other side of the fence, because the eight foot fencing makes the whole city look like the Pittsburgh Zoo?

My biggest peeve about the G-20?

The protesters, the boarded up buildings, the loss of business to the city during a time of recovery? …. Nope, none of those.

It is … the Pittsburgh Pirates … yup, the Pirates. Why?

Well, when your team basically sucks beyond belief … you don’t take up thousands of desperately needed parking spaces during a major international event for people that REALLY need them. They could have graciously just forfeited the game (because it wouldn’t have hurt their rating anyway – and they have already achieved the embarrassing milestone of the most losing seasons in professional sports history).

This could have easily helped the parking problem, and more importantly freed up necessary space for protesters, maybe easing tensions and avoiding possible issues. Oh, well … as with most decisions concerning the Pittsburgh Pirates – it was a bad one.

-SWB

PS – I noticed so many useless rants about the G-20 that I felt left out and obligated to make up one of my own. Enjoy.

Coach Bylsma now on full time

April 28, 2009 1 comment

swbkudosKudos and congratulations to Coach Bylsma!

The Penguins moved Bylsma off the interim list and into full time. Considering how he has turned the team around in such a short time, he deserves it.

Click Here to read the Tribune-Review article on the announced upgrade for the coach. It also has some links to other Penguins articles. Although we originally posted concern about The Penguins rushing to switch coaches, we applaud Coach Bylsma for stepping up to the plate with his “A game” and moving forward proving his worth to the team. He gave a clear answer to the challenge he was given and didn’t step down nor stutter.

-SWB

PS – Maybe he can work with the Pirates in the off-season?

The Pirates Are Striving (for a 17th losing season)

April 6, 2009 1 comment

pncparksceneI’ve some to like the scene to the left – PNC Park in twilight, even though I’m still a little irked about having to pay for part of it. It does look pretty, and attracts attention to the city – until you get closer. What do you see when you get closer? The Pirates. Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m all for supporting our sports teams … but at least the other ones try a little. The Steelers definitely give it their all. The Penguins at least give a good show no matter if they win or not.

You see, I had the joy of watching the Pirates around 1976, and even meeting some of them. The were great role models, they played the games well, they loved the sport. I’m not entirely sure what the current Pirates aspire to be, but I’m hoping it is a better team than their minor league counter-part (or at least better than a pee wee team).

I’m not asking for all-out wins here – just some consistency. I’m not looking for perfection – just someone that looks like they can actually hit a ball. I’m not looking for heroes here – just a player that can maybe run a little. I think I’m not asking for much more than Pittsburghers would like to see also.

Ho hum … oh well, dreams are dreams – and the Pirates are the Pirates.

Anyway – articles for yinz:

From Dejan Kovacevic of The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

and Rob Biertempfel of The Tribune-Review

Or course Click Here for The Pittsburgh Pirates Web Site.

-SWB

PS – Pirates fan, “The glove, the glove …. catch the ball IN THE GLOVE ……. awww, come on ….”

More Signs Of Spring in the Burgh

April 1, 2009 Leave a comment

phippsbutterflySo far I have my fig trees out of dormancy, seedlings started for corn, tomatoes, corn, etc … and no flowers. I’m trying, give me time. Maybe I’ll just leave it up to Phipps this year to fill me spring flower needs.

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Anyway … the signs of spring in Pittsburgh are starting to become more bountiful:

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates are in spring training and are hoping they won’t get beat by the pee wee teams again. Click Here for PG reference article.
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins are coming together under the new coach and we’ll get to see next season if they still hold it together. Click Here for PG reference article.
  • Parents are worried about tuition and if it will be there. Click Here for PG reference article.
  • Pitt dropped the ball, but at least Penn State still has a shot. Click Here for the Tribune-Review reference article.
  • Long lost diseases are springing up from the ground. Click Here for the Tribune-Review reference article.

SWB ‘s signs of spring:

  • I moved out of an apartment so I now have to start cutting the **** grass again.
  • The doggy poop cans in the park  starting to get thaw and get ripe.
  • Rust on Pittsburgh bridges is coming into full bloom.
  • The salt coating on the car is starting to melt off … taking most of the paint with it.
  • Band camp is starting … why … oh … why???
  • Spring drivers are out and wrapping themselves around telephone poles.
  • BBQ grills and corner drug transactions are starting to pop up.
  • Romantic interludes happening in public places (this item added for my friends at The Cork Factory)

Things SWB misses at the beginning of spring:

  • Seeing the river through the walkway on The Smithfield Street bridge.
  • The return of the pretzel guy downtown (stale pretzels never tasted so good).
  • The smell of coming from underneath the bleachers at Three Rivers Stadium.
  • Sweating in a PCC Trolley while riding out to South Hills Village.
  • Seeing people almost fall into the Fort Pitt Bastion at Point State Park before it was buried.

It’s Spring (in Pittsburgh) … I think, maybe

March 19, 2009 1 comment

mothersday051108A few days ago it was nice, sunny, and happy. The buds on my fig tree have opened bringing it out of dormancy ….. so it needs to go outside now. The dogs are staring out the window waiting to dig up all of the spring flowers. It’s going down to 29 tonight. Huh?

Well, there are signs of spring … I’ve seen them:

  • The emerging craters known as potholes.
  • The Pittsburgh Police officers almost getting knocked off their bikes by the Downtown drivers.
  • The homeless residents appearing in various corners of The SouthSide and the river shores.
  • The spring beer pong competitions and dollar draft specials.
  • The entertainment promoters advertising they are trying to get Metallica to do one last Pittsburgh concert.
  • The Pittsburgh Penquins are actually winning.
  • The Pittsburgh Steelers are starting to come out of hibernation.
  • There is still no sign of The Pittsburgh Pirates doing anything useful.
  • The lines of students at the airport flying home to their parents (or somewhere they haven’t told their parents they are going).
  • The motorcyclists going through road barriers and flying over ledges on tight turns.
  • Predictions of spring storms strong enough to blow the rest of your shingles off your roof are coming from the weather channel.
  • New fake Steelers garb shows up in The Strip District along with the roadside cell phone dealers.
  • You smell the Mancini’s bread stand from five blocks away and realize you can’t even get near it once you get to the store.
  • Sounds of accordions playing everywhere!!
  • Rain soaked club advertisement cards all over the sidewalks.
  • Your winter tires are bald.
  • Your prized spring flowers that just bloomed are now in your dogs mouth.

Yep – although it’s not in full bloom yet, it’s definitely the beginning of spring in Pittsburgh.

-SWB

PS – For the clueless, Beer Pong is not a game where you volley a can of beer between two racquets.