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Monday, October 23, 2006

Bye, Bye, Kenny from Phi 

don't go out on the don hemly limb here, but cipazzo and i saw what may be Ken Hitchcock's only win of the season. The Flyers abused the Rangers by 4-2 the other week. While it was only the Flyer's first win, they've not come close since. So, last night, when no one was looking the Flyers dumped GM Bobby Clarke and Coach Ken.

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.

Go Steelers 

This is from Pat's cousins Tom and JoAnn V, who've retired back north of the Steel City.
( 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
City Beer.

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!

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