Thoughts on Luke …

So Luke had his five minutes of Letterman fame yesterday, and also met with Mayor Bloomberg of the fine cities of Manhattan and New York City (wink).


1. Confused:

The talk show host then presented Ravenstahl with “something to beautify Pittsburgh” – a bonsai tree with a red ribbon tied around it.

“The homework comment was a little surprising, as well as the gift. I really didn’t quite know how to react to the gift, and I still don’t,” said Ravenstahl, all smiles after the interview. “Let’s just put it this way, I don’t think we’re going to take the gift home with us.”

Was the gift an insult or something? I am totally missing something here. Why wouldn’t you take a bonsai tree from David Letterman, and put it in your office and say, “David Letterman gave me that.”

2. Whoever recommended to Luke that he not wear a tie …

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I’d like to buy you dinner. Excellent advice.

3. Whoever recommended that Luke bring a stuffed dinosaur and a Mr. Roger’s T-Shirt for Dave’s kid:

Being polite Pittsburghers from Summer Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Ravenstahl brought two Pittsburgh-themed gifts for Mr. Letterman’s young son — a stuffed T-Rex from the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and a Mr. Rogers T-shirt — only to be told the notoriously icy host did not like gifts.

… I’d like to smack you around for a bit if you don’t mind. (I bet he would NEVER have turned down a stripping Troy Polamalu or Sonni Abatta).

4. I have no idea what an appropriately zingy comeback would have been when Dave asked Luke if being at the show made him miss doing his homework, but I imagine it would have involved the word “Geritol” or “Viagra” or “Kiss my young tight ass.”

5. Luke held a press conference with Bloomberg, during which a question about the Pirates came up and Luke said:

But I couldn’t tell you, to be honest with you, what the Pirates have done over the last couple of weeks. I’ve been pretty consumed with everything else. They’re doing good? All right. Here we go.

I don’t blame him one bit. It’s the PIRATES for crying out loud. It’s not like it’s the River Rats or the Passion. But I would totally sign a petition that “Here we go” cannot be used for any other local sports team than the Steelers. That’s like a prayer. It’s sacred.

6. Next up, an article in GQ … not making that up. Hopefully this will satisfy you nutballs searching for “Luke Ravenstahl shirtless.”

Woy live blogged the show.  Check it.


  1. Judge Rufus Peckham
    September 15, 2006 9:08 am

    I found it interesting that he was very concerned about the O’Connor family’s feelings as to whether he should appear on the show, but he didn’t think it unseemly to let it be known, two weeks after assuming office under tragic circumstances, that he will be running for his own term whenever the election is held.

  2. Maria
    September 15, 2006 9:55 am

    There was one point when I thought he said a little too abruptly, “He did pass away and we moved on.”

  3. Maria
    September 15, 2006 10:03 am

    No tie on the Letterman Show: OK.

    No tie when meeting with Mayor Bloomberg to sign a proclamation on gun violence: Not OK.

  4. Matt H
    September 15, 2006 1:05 pm

    I thought it was a strange comment as well in regards to the gift he got from Letterman.

  5. Joe
    September 15, 2006 2:10 pm

    It is rather disheartening to me the lack of respect the Pirates get. The Pirates may not be a great team but baseball is still our national pastime. The pirates may be eliminated from the playoffs but we still are watching some good baseball — and not to mention the current batting leader does play on the Pirates.

    I understand Pittsburgh is purely a football town – but come on give baseball some credit for the sake of tradition and history!

  6. pittgirl
    September 15, 2006 2:17 pm

    Joe, this blog o’ mine is well documented with my feelings about the Pirates, namely, I like the sport, I go to a few games a year, but I’m getting a bit tired of the fans accepting the fact that we have had 14 losing seasons in a row. It is high time, I think, that we started demanding a bit better bang for our buck. I’ll give the Pirates more credit when they start playing some .500 ball. I’m not ragging on the great tradition and history of the WINNING Pirates of late, I’m ragging on the miserable Pirates and the owners of the last 14 years.

  7. yinzernation
    September 15, 2006 2:32 pm

    The Pirates get no respect because they deserve no respect. How can you respect 14 years of losing caused as much by inept ownership as an inept MLB economic model? If they earn our respect, we’ll respect them.

    Despite the lack of respect, we still support them because they’re our hometown (or hometahn) team.

    The ownership sucks…beat ’em Bucs!

  8. Joe
    September 15, 2006 3:03 pm

    What ever happened to the just wanting to go out to the ‘ole ball game and eat a hot dog, sing take me out to the ball game, watch some baseball.

    For Pittsburgh to be so much of a “What have you done for me lately town” I am surprised anything is supported except the Steelers!

  9. pittgirl
    September 15, 2006 3:09 pm

    Oh, Joe. You WOULD HATE my letter at

    What ever happened to wanting to go out to the ole ball game and eat a hot dog, sing Take Me Out to the Ball Game, and watch some WINNING baseball?

  10. Rob
    September 15, 2006 3:10 pm

    I’ll take the bonsai. Better yet, give it to Phipps! You could give it to the National Aviary for the parrots, but it would last about 5 minutes at most.

  11. pittgirl
    September 15, 2006 3:11 pm

    I know, Rob! I am still so completely at a loss as to why Luke thought it was such an insult. Yarone?

  12. Joe
    September 15, 2006 3:18 pm

    Technically it is winning baseball — it might just be the Mets winning. Technically the Pirates have won 38 games at home while only loosing 34 games at home – last time I checked that is winning baseball. And in response to the DearMarkCuban Site I actually agree with Value Seeker’s comment.

  13. Shawn
    September 15, 2006 3:22 pm

    this conversation shows one of the big problems with pittsburgh. people are so god damn uptight about everything that they can’t just have a good time. go to a baseball game with some good friends and enjoy yourself. life isn’t always about winning.

  14. pittgirl
    September 15, 2006 3:36 pm

    Oh, Geez. Now I’m being called uptight. THAT is a new one. Well apparently I am one of the very very very few people in Pittsburgh that would like to see the Pirates field a winning team. I’m out. Anyone else want to try to reason for me?

  15. Chris
    September 15, 2006 3:48 pm

    I have to agree with Value Seeker, Joe, Shawn, and any lurker not ready to voice their opinion. I like the fact that baseball games here in Pgh are so cheap. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard from a girl, “I don’t care where we sit, I just wanna go.” So the $9 are perfect. Compare this to the Champs across bridge…one day ticket sales, and you have to be connected to get tickets any other way. I’d have to be engaged to a girl, or have guaranteed hand or head, at the stadium, in my seat, before I’d ever take a random out to a Steeler game. It’s just not financially responsible….and as for the winning season, Joe’s right, 38 > 34. Technically, its winning. Its kinda like fishing. I’d love to catch a prize fish each time I went out, but even if I didn’t catch anything, it was fun going….

  16. yinzernation
    September 15, 2006 3:54 pm


    The original question was “Why don’t the Pirates get more respect?” We answered that they haven’t earned respect.

    Next thing you know, things unravel into “Pittsburghers being too uptight and obsessed with winning”. Who’s uptight here?

    My reply ended with the fact that we support the Pirates because they’re our hometown team. We don’t have to respect the Pirates organization to support our hometown team.

    A few other comments that beg reply:

    Pittsburgh can definitely be a “what have you done for me lately” town, but 14 consecutive years of losing hardly qualifies us as fickle in this instance.

    “Last time you checked” the Pirates were a winning team? Are you kidding me? When was the last time you checked? 1992? “Last time I checked” the Pirates are 27 GAMES BELOW .500.

    Again, we can support the team because they’re ours and we can go to games for the baseball experience, but let’s not be sheep about this or the inept ownership will gladly continue to take our money laughing all the way to the bank.


  17. pittgirl
    September 15, 2006 4:00 pm

    Chris? The Astros were in the World Series last year. You can get tickets for 7 bucks to their games. The Detroit Tigers are at the top of their division and you can get bleacher seats for $8. Just saying.

  18. Ravenyinzer
    September 15, 2006 4:03 pm

    When was the last time anyone posting on this site got laid?

  19. Chris
    September 15, 2006 4:20 pm

    hahaha. well according to some posts, we’ve been getting screwed each year for the past 14 yrs!

  20. Ravenyinzer
    September 15, 2006 4:21 pm

    I just read on that Pittsburgh has a “Self loathing index of 220” — 100 is “average”. Only Butler County residents loathe themselves more.

  21. Pete
    September 15, 2006 4:21 pm

    Not to get back on the bonsai thing, but can anyone else picture Skrinjar trimming the little bugger like Mr. Miyagi as Luke-san practices crane kicks?

  22. yinzernation
    September 15, 2006 4:24 pm

    Chris: Tou-friggrin-che to that my brotha!

  23. Colson
    September 15, 2006 4:25 pm

    Waiting for PittGirl to help me out with that…

  24. Maria
    September 15, 2006 4:33 pm

    Isn’t a bonsai tree a miniature tree? How was that a bonsai?

  25. Rob
    September 15, 2006 4:33 pm

    And, as far as the “getting laid” thing…because of the new antidepressant, I don’t function as well as I used to. We’re down to only 4-5 times a week.

  26. Mia
    September 15, 2006 4:47 pm

    Bonsai trees are mini trees that are often “shaped” – – perhaps it wasn’t that young Luke thought it was an insult, perhaps he flew to New York and knew there was no way he’d make it through security with the tree!

  27. pittgirl
    September 15, 2006 6:53 pm

    How pleasant to check in and see we’re back on topic! :) But in all fairness, I did start the Pirates thing by insulting them again.

    I’m just really really waiting for Yarone to chime in here on the subject of the tree.

  28. Mike
    September 15, 2006 7:14 pm

    He was stiff and unprepared. He’s a smart guy who could do better. “Lots of things, but especially getting elected Council President,” isn’t a very good answer to “What have you done.” Get Pittsburgh on solid financial footing, modernized the city, etc, etc, etc. Have something–whether it is true or not.

    As for the tree: something called being gracious. When you’re Mayor, you get to plant lots of trees. Some of them even have a plaque dedicated to a person. Take the tree home, find some place that needs a new tree, and plant it for God’s sake.

    If he’s going to run for Mayor, he needs to sharpen up on those things. He’s capable of doing the job. However, so are lots of other people. The trick is convincing other people that you can do a better job. Refusing gifts and forgetting accomplishments isn’t a very good start.

  29. Mike
    September 15, 2006 7:15 pm

    PS–Trees are really good for Redding up the city. Plant the tree!

  30. Lino Gunn
    September 16, 2006 12:47 am

    Asshat Santonio Holmes needs to stop by the Pirates locker room, open his Bible and tell them looooooosers it’s just the Lord testing them, but it’s a long test see, 14 years, kinda like being lost in the desert, tested. Yeah, yeah that’s it.

  31. Rob
    September 16, 2006 12:51 am

    Bonsai are rated by the number of hands required to hold them. Some bonsai can thus be quite large. My wife jokes about 40-hand bonsai!

    Mine’s a small one-hander.

  32. Awesome Comet
    September 16, 2006 1:17 pm

    Okay, two threads:

    1) Baseball is about *hustling*, right? When at the good ol’ ballgame with your good ol’ hotdog n’ crap, and a player fails to sprint out a ground ball, they generally get booed, right? And you use that as an example to teach your little yard apes about the value of hustling, right? /// Can Pirates management be said to have huslted over the past decade?

    2) Score another one for people irked by Luke’s dissing the bonsai. Aside from the fact that bonsais are entirely cool … what the hell was he expecting? Grinder Girl?

  33. Rob
    September 16, 2006 1:37 pm

    Grinder Girl would take Pittsburgh back to it’s Steel-town image. The contract for a new animation for the Top 10 list would have been a lot better!

  34. Rob
    September 16, 2006 1:41 pm

    Grinder Girl would take Pittsburgh back to it’s Steel-town image. The contract for a new animation for the Top 10 list would have been a lot better!

    Your captcha is keeping me from commenting.

  35. Joe
    September 18, 2006 11:03 am

    Please note that the Pirates brought out the broom this weekend verse the Mets.

  36. bern1
    September 19, 2006 2:17 pm

    Bonsai trees for everyone! Personally, I’m intrigued by this whole “self-loathing index” thing. I think mine’s about 320.