Sunday, January 28, 2007
forward to league operations:
a T E R R I B L E s..tty call in today's Detroit-Colorado game, allowing a goal on a clear "above the net" shot. i'm not waiting for the league's excuse, and turning off the game. golf is more honest!
Monday, October 23, 2006
Chipazzo doesn't remember when Booby Clarke was the Flyers. Apparently the owners forgot, too. But hey! Ken Hitchcock! I'm not Kenny's biggest fan, and the NHL ain't one of them other leagues, but let's not bet against his getting picked up somewhere 'round the league before the Zamboni's go quiet this spring.
( in the interests of full disclosure, your editor roots for very few teams ahead of the Steelers,
and at the moment, I can't think of any)
Even tho our boys lost today this article is still truly a winner. It
brought tears to my eyes. We're gonna rally and bring in a winning
season again!! GO STEELERS!!
What's the big deal about Steeler football? Being a Steeler fan means
so much more than football. It means being from a corner of the world
unlike any other. It means being from a place where the people are so
tough-minded that they have survived the Homestead strikes, the
Johnstown flood and most recently the Etna Floods. These people have
the DNA of hard work, in mills and mines, without the necessity of
complaint. They live simply, with no frills. They don't have movie
stars or fancy cars. Instead, they have simple traditions like
kielbasa and Kennywood. They live in distinctive neighborhoods like
Polish Hill and the Hill District and all of the surrounding counties.
These people are genuine. They don't have chic Internet cafes and
cappuccinos, but they have The Original Hot Dog, Eat n' Park and Iron
People from Pittsburgh don't have sunny beaches or fancy boats, but
the rivers roll gently, connecting the small towns of people whose
histories have been built on strength and humility. People from
Pittsburgh don't have the biggest shopping malls or the best
nightclubs, but they'll take Friday night high school football and
Steeler Sunday over anything. They ran free without a care or concern
in the valleys of those Allegheny Mountains. Their blue-collar world
was easy ... there was no one to tell them that they lacked material
things. There was no one to tell them that they needed more. As the
steel mills closed and the jobs disappeared, some of these people had
to leave. While the world benefits because they spread their
Pittsburgh values, they long for their home where things were simpler
and more pure. They teach their kids about Jack Lambert and Joe
Greene in hopes of departing not just the knowledge, but the feeling
that they represented. They are everywhere, those Terrible
Towels. They wave, not just for the team, but for the hearts they left
behind. They wave in living rooms in Tampa, Daytona, Chicago,
Cleveland, St. Louis, Denver and in the bars of D.C. They wave all the
way to the Seattle Superdome! They wave for the Rooney family, whose
values mirror our own loyalty, grit, and humility. They wave for
football players like Jerome Bettis and Hines Ward, whose
unselfishness and toughness have allowed sports to be about the game
and the team. Make no mistake that Steeler football is not just about
I could not be prouder to be from the Pittsburgh area than I am right
now!! Even if you no longer live in the area, you have South Western
Pennsylvania in your blood no matter where you go, deep down in your
heart of hearts, you can still hear the Super Bowls of times past, the
excitement in everyone's voices especially our fathers, cousins, and
anyone else who gathered around the TV on Football Sundays!! Make no
mistake, its just as exciting right now if not more!! It's not just
about rivalries and who is better than the other, it's about family,
tradition and roots! It's more than football, but it is football at
its finest!! No matter where you now live, be proud of where you were
born and who your FIRST favorite football team is!! GO STEELERS!
Monday, March 06, 2006
Thanks for the memories #34.
Monday, February 13, 2006
Doesn't every "homer" think there team is getting "jobbed"?!?! ... despite the very objective points raised in this article ;-)
Monday, January 16, 2006
Googling "morelli call colts" this morning, the top hits were on two _other_ calls involving the Colts Morelli made. Since one was on the Colts home page, it was a little difficult to get the clear picture, but one may infer he felt "he owed 'em one". He forgets who he's working for: the NFL, and who are they working for, if not the fans of football.
Let it be said, in the interests of full disclosure, I've plenty of reason to be upset with the call: since his days in Minnesota, I've been a Tony Dungy fan. I loyally followed him to Tampa Bay, and was a Bucs fan all his years there, where he brought them within a season of winning the Super Bowl, John Gruden reaping the coaching ring. When TD went to the Colts, I couldn't follow him, since a team sneaking out of town, with their logo intact, falls well below the bar of civic responsibility. Honestly, I was ready to grant Tony his ring, while grudging it was on the Colts sideline. Ms Statboni hails from PGH, and we were in town, during the blackout days, to hear the "Immaculate Reception" on the radio. I've been a Pittsburgh fan over the years, and will root for them against any number of teams (most of them, in fact). If a fan-ship is developing here, it might be for the Washington Redskins, but that's another story. I've felt it necessary to have a major-sports team, in all sports, and they've changed over the years. In terms of longevity, it's the Phillies, from the '50s, just when Sports Illustrated came out. Brother Dan picked the Yankees (no Twins in MN yet), because he mistakenly thought "they are the underdogs -- everyone hates them". Next came the Vikes. But I gave up on them, and almost football altogether when, at the moment of the "Hail Mary", in a rarely shown piece of footage, Drew Pearson offensively interfered with Nate Wright, to score the game-winning TD in the NFC title game, which would have been the Vikes best chance at a Super Bowl. What is less known is the official right in front of the play had his hand on the yellow hanky, ready to pull it out, and failed to make the call against "America's Team". And then, out of the stands, comes a completed bottle of Jack Daniels, finding the sleeping official on the noggin. The irate fan was ultimately identified and did a few hundred hours of community service. The Vikes inability to close any of 4 attempts at a Super Bowl ultimately led to my forsaking them. Until Tony Dungy. My only other affiliation is the Boston Bruins, that being from a recent stint back in Boston: '00-'01. I'll stay with them while they expiate their sins. I do call them "The '05 Stanley Cup Champions", since, as we all know, New England/Boston mopped up that year, and no-one else can claim the cup. My basketball fan-ship is limited to noting Al Harrington, of the Atlanta team, who-ever the heck they are, was leading the NBA in 3pt pct!
I discovered the reason I'm becoming more of a "sports fan", and less of a "team fanatic" is it's better for your heart.
Enter yesterday's ugly display of officiating. For starters, I'll be checking to see if the NFL ever lets Morelli call another playoff game, and letting them know they won't be counting on my witness of their show. I'll also be boycotting any regular season game he should be so unfortunate as to have to call.
"You know the officiating is bad when we're talking about it", so said one of the major networks pre-game coverage team anchors, referring to Saturday's games; this before Morelli made "the worst call in the history of the replay". What follows are some links to news reports led by those writers (non-wire service, of course) who were willing to "call it the way they saw it": shameful, a disgrace, the worst call, the immaculate reversal, ...
It's worth reporting on a few sidelights of the play. The Steelers' Joey Porter was the one player willing to speak out; he expects a league fine. I say, let Morelli pick up the tab. One of the writers below is guessing Morelli was prescient: he knew beforehand this would make the game interesting; No Kidding!
And in an aside before we share the links: Tony lost the game when he let Manning go for it on 4th down. Sure it led to the one legitimate Colts TD, but it gave Cower all the impetus he needed to convert two fourth downs, which aside from the Roethlisberger tackle, actually gave the Steelers the win. Watching Manning shake his head at those two conversion was all the compensation I needed for his going against his coach. When he overrulled Dungy's call, I told the Ms that there would be reckoning in the course of the game. If Vanderjagkt should be mad at anyone, it should be at referee Morelli, for making the call that put him on the spot!
Anyway, the links:
Edmonton Journal, CA. Not afraid to speak out: John MacKinnon,
Jerry Lindquist, no-holds barred
Adam Schein: calls the alternative a disgrace
Joe Bendel, from Pittsburgh
Joey Porter Links:
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
His plan: a weekly podcast hitting the high spots of the NHL week.
Your editor, ever the sucker for more information, took the bait. We'll stage it here. So, when the Chipazzo returns from Crawford, er..., Bethany Beach, the Statboni crew will crank up the old ice machine and turn some of these textual rants into the audio variety.
This feeds "Ed"s need to appreciate other forms of communication, ol' Marsh (McCluhan) havin' said enough on the subject.
For some podcast examples, visit the site:
and search for NHL. there were three links as of this writing.
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
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