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Poll: Will you watch Hines Ward on DWTS?

The new season of Dancing With The Stars begins tonight.

Will you be watching Hines Ward dance?

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BLACK & YELLOW BLACK & YELLOW BLACK & YELLOW BLACK & YELLOW

As you might be aware, the Pittsburgh Steelers are prepping invites to the AFC Championship game this Sunday at 6:30 PM, to be played at Heinz Field. It seems LaMarr Woodley was a little late sending his, so he had to tweet one:

Manwhile, the playlist for the Steelers’ road to the Super Bowl has undoubtedly been the banging Wiz Khalifa anthem “Black & Yellow.”

Now, what you might not be aware is that the part at which they’re all waving terrible towels on the roof of the Dairy Mart is ACTUALLY RIGHT NEXT DOOR TO THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY OF PITTSBURGH – HAZELWOOD! Don’t believe me? Check it out.

Speaking of libraries, here are a couple of books you might enjoy (see if you can spot the theme):

Street Pharm
by Allison van Diepen

Ty Johnson has an amazing business acumen for a 17 year-old. Unfortunately, his business is dealing drugs. But it isn’t long after picking up where his now-incarcerated dad left off that he meets a girl who might just have what it takes to set him straight.

 

 

Sold
by Patricia McCormick

Lakshmi is a 13 year-old who leaves her poor mountain home in Nepal thinking that she was going to get work in the city as a maid. It isn’t long before she learns she has been sold to work the sex trade in India, with no hope for escape.

 

 

We also have books in case any of your younger siblings are Jets fans, as suggested by our Children’s Department:

 

Lose, Team, Lose
by R.L. Stine

Jennifer Ecch is so tough… She’s at Rotten School on an Arm Wrestling scholarship! Bernie Bridges calls her Nightmare Girl. But she’ll do anything to get him to be her boyfriend. That’s why she joined the all-boys football team. With Jennifer playing, they can’t lose. But wait. If they win, they have to play the National Champion team: the Bone Breakers! Someone’s got to stop the attack of the Ecch–or else Bernie and his teammates will be in the hospital by halftime!

 

Losers, Inc.
by Claudia Mills

Ethan Winfield and his best friend, Julius Zimmerman, are losers … and proud of it! They read only the shortest books for book reports and always have the worst project for the annual science fair, not to mention that they are pretty hopeless at sports. So Ethan and Julius form Losers, Inc., an exclusive club of two. But when a new student teacher shows up at school, Ethan tries to impress her and suddenly finds himself trying not to be a loser. Will Ethan have to resign as vice president of Losers, Inc.?

 

~Joseph
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Main

Rivalry-entertaining the masses since the old testament

I will accept no commission that would tend to create a rivalry with Grant. I want him to hold what he has earned and got. I have all the rank I want. – William Tecumseh Sherman

Wow, that’s a pretty nice quote from Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, eh?  He and General (and 18th President of the United States) U.S. Grant were pretty good chums, but, in this blog post, I’m not concerned with well-adjusted friendships – I’m thinking about rivals!

Rivalry is a big topic in Pittsburgh this week, because the Steelers play the Baltimore Ravens.  Each and every season the Steelers play the Ravens twice and we’re faced with tons of articles about how much the two teams love to play each other because they hate the other team so much.  Let’s face it, they’re onto something – rivalries in sports can be fun!  So cheer on your favorite team and boo the bad guys as much as you like, but try to keep it good-natured, alright?

Though sports immediately springs to mind when you’re thinking of famous rivals (Yankees vs. Red Sox, Harvard vs. Yale, Chelsea vs. Manchester United) there are many other famous (and not so famous) rivalries throughout history and the history of fiction.  Rivalries are compelling, so we’ve got tons of books about the topic.  As semesters wind down and the Holidays invade, hopefully you’ll have some time to check out these books about rivalry:

The Rivalry: mystery at the Army Navy game by John Feinstein – The Black Knights of Army and the Midshipmen of Navy have met on the football field since 1890, and it’s a rivalry like no other, filled with tradition. But this year, the match-up is also filled with intrigue. For weeks, Stevie and Susan Carol have been spending time at Annapolis and West Point, getting to know the players, and coaches. And the secret service agents. Since the president will be attending the game, security will, of course, be tighter than tight. As the game draws nearer Stevie and Susan Carol can tell that the agents are getting tenser. But as usual when Stevie and Susan Carol cover a big event–nothing is quite as it seems, and the coaches aren’t the only ones calling plays…

 
Bro-jitsu: the martial art of sibling smackdown
by Daniel H. Wilson – Practiced by countless siblings, mastered by few: here is the definitive guide to tormenting one’s brother or sister. From the author of “How to Survive a Robot Uprising” comes this hilarious yet highly informative manual featuring “126 techniques to atain total domination!” 




East of Eden by John Steinbeck – Looking to take on an amazing classic during the holidays?  Then why not read Steinbeck’s masterpiece about two rival families in California’s Salinas Valley who clash over the course of generations (and the twin brothers Cal and Aron, themselves twins and rivals)?  You’ll be glad that you did.





Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley – Scott Pilgrim (slacker, hero, wannabe, bass player for the band “Sex Bob-Omb”, and heartbreaker) has fallen in love, but to win the heart of Ramona Flowers Scott has to first defeat her “seven evil ex-boyfriends.”  Follow Scott through six digest-sized graphic novels and see if he can save his “precious little life.”




S.A. Special A by Maki Minami – Her whole life, Hikari Hanazono has been consumed with the desire to win against her school rival, Kei Takishima–at anything. He always comes out on top no matter what he does, and Hikari is determined to do whatever it takes to beat this guy…somehow!At age 6 Hikari lost to Kei in an impromptu wrestling match. Now, at 15, Hikari joins “Special A,” a group of the top seven students at a private academy, for the opportunity to trounce the guy who made her suffer her first defeat.


Bluford High: A Matter of Trust by Anne Schraff – In grade school, Darcy Wills and Brisana Meeks were friends. But all that changed at Bluford High when Darcy started hanging with “the zeros”–a group of students Brisana despises. Now the former friends are bitter rivals, and the tension between them is getting worse. For a while, Darcy tries to stay calm, ignoring her old friend’s daily taunts. But when she learns that Brisana is after her boyfriend, Hakeem Randall, Darcy knows she must do something. But what?


Corey - Main, Teen Dept.

How hard is too hard?

The most talked about sports topic this week revolved around the amount and the severity of violent head-to-head hits that occurred during last Sunday’s NFL games. The Pittsburgh Steelers’ own James Harrison was fined $75,000 for his hit on wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi. 

 The NFL sent out a  video to all of the teams about the rules regarding the controversal and maybe  illegal hits this past week.  The Steelers and most of  the Steeler Fans are all backing James Harrison regarding his style of play.  Some critics name him as a “dirty player”.   What do you think?

~Marian

 

STEELER TRIVIA: THE ANSWERS

1.  When Santonio Holmes was traded to the New Yorks Jets, that left the #10 available for Dennis Dixon, which he wore in college.  What number did Dennis wear last year? 

The number 2.

2.  Which Super Bowl did the Steelers not win and who was their opponent?

Super Bowl XXX was the only loss.  The Dallas Cowboys beat the Steelers 27-17. 

3.  What’s the highest  number of Steelers who have received Pro Bowl honors in the same year?  What’s the lowest number?  This question comes from Matt Fulks’ book The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

In 1976, 11 Steelers went to the Pro Bowl.  1979 and 1980 each had 10 players named.  In 2000, no Steeler players were selected to the Pro Bowl.

 4.  The AFC has four divisions and the Steelers are in the AFC North.  Prior to 2002, there were only 3 divisions–East–West and Central.  What teams were in the Central Division in 2001?  Bonus question:  Which four teams were the original members of the Central Division?

Ravens, Bengals, Browns, Jaguars, Steelers and Titans were all in the Central Division.  The original members were the Oilers, Bengals, Browns and Steelers. 

5.   In what year did the hated by all Pittsburghers Baltimore Ravens play their first season?

The Browns became the Baltimore Ravens in 1996.

6.   Few rivalries are as fierce as the one the Steelers had with the Houston Oilers during the 1970′s.  What AFC team used to be the Houston Oilers?

The Houston Oilers became the Tennessee Titans.  They still wear the “baby” blue uniforms which they call “Titans” blue. 

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7.  In 1992, what team did the Steelers beat in Bill Cowher’s first game as the head coach?

On September 6, 1992, the Steelers beat the Oilers 29-24 in Houston. 

8.  In 2007, what team did the Steelers beat in Mike Tomlin’s first game as the head coach? 

On September 9, 2007, the Steelers beat the Browns 34-7 in Cleveland. 

9.  What year did Heinz Field become the Steelers home stadium?  What team did the Steelers beat in the home opener

Heinz Field opened in 2001.  The home opener was on October 7, 2001 and the Steelers beat the Bengals 16-7.  The opener was so late that year because  the second week’s game was cancelled due to the September 11th Attacks, and the 3rd week was a bye week.

10.  In what year was the Steeler mascot Steely McBeam introduced? 

Steely McBeam was introduced in 2007 as part of the team’s  75th Anniversary celebration. 

STEELER TRAINING CAMP:  PHOTOGRAPHS BY LEE NEDROW.

 

~Marian

STEELER TRIVIA

The first regular season game for the Steelers is just 16 days away.  Yes, I am counting the days!  Are you ready to test your knowledge of all things black and gold?

1.  When Santonio Holmes was traded to the New Yorks Jets, that left the #10 available for Dennis Dixon, which he wore in college.  What number did Dennis wear last year?

2.  Which Super Bowl did the Steelers not win and who was their opponent?

3.  What’s the highest  number of Steelers who have received Pro Bowl honors in the same year?  What’s the lowest number?  This question comes from Matt Fulks’  book The Good, The Bad & The Ugly.

4.  The AFC has four divisions and the Steelers are in the AFC North.  Prior to 2002, there were only 3 divisions–East–West and Central.  What teams were in the Central Division in 2001?  Bonus question:  Which four teams were the original members of the Central Division?

5.   In what year did the hated by all Pittsburghers Baltimore Ravens play their first season?

6.   Few rivalries are as fierce as the one the Steelers had with the Houston Oilers during the 1970’s.  What AFC team used to be the Houston Oilers?

7.  In 1992, what team did the Steelers beat in Bill Cowher’s first game as the head coach?

8.  In 2007, what team did the Steelers beat in Mike Tomlin’s first game as the head coach? 

9.  What year did Heinz Field become the Steelers home stadium?  What team did the Steelers beat in the home opener

 10. In what year was the Steeler mascot Steely McBeam introduced? 

Clues to the answers can be found by clicking on the links.  I will post the answers in a few days. 

For more information about the Steelers, check out their web page and Facebook page

~Marian

Go Steelers!

The Steelers have a big game against the Minnesota Vikings this Sunday.  In honor of the game I would like to recommend The 50 Greatest Plays in Pittsburgh Steeler History by Steve Hickoff.  Each of the 50 plays has its own chapter with the story behind the play.  Steve Hickoff includes game details, player profiles, photos, play diagrams, and much more. 

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Here is a sample of the plays:

50   Harrison Hammers Reed

45  Roethlisberger Scrambles for Daylight

24  Jeff Reed’s Overtime Field Goal

14  The Greatest Interception Never Made

12  The Bus Rides Over Chicago

10  Willie Parker’s Record Run

 1  The Immaculate Reception

My favorite play is #43:  Four Men and a Flea-Flicker.  “Bradshaw to Bleier to Swann to Bradshaw to Cunningham:  the Steelers’ overtime flea-flicker that shocked the Browns into submission.”

I am not sure why such plays are called flea-flickers.  Here is a definition from Webster’s New World College Dictionary:

any of various deceptive plays involving both a lateral pass and a forward pass, esp. one in which the quarterback, after handing the ball off, receives a lateral pass and then throws a forward pass

Here is my prediction for the game:  Steelers win 31-24.

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