1. Thanks to my butler Mike for not giving up and thanks to the Mario Lemieux Foundation for working with him to make it happen, we now have a live tracker there to show our progress as we head on up toward $10,000 for Make Room for Kids.
Since he can apparently do anything, I’m going to ask Mike if that when that thermometer reaches the top, can he make it so a hologram of me pops out of your monitor a la Star Wars and gives you a hug. Make it happen, Mike!
Also, a little email I received from reader Shelly:
Every day you write about the kids in Children’s it breaks me down to tears. At 16 I was diagnosed with Hodgkins and spent months in Children’s for surgery and chemo. The absolute worst part of my stay was seeing the little guys battling diseases they couldn’t even pronounce let alone understand.
People don’t consider the fact that when children are sick, that doesn’t mean their parents get to stop showing up for work. So on top of being sick, a lot of time these kids are alone all day as well. It was easy for me- I was plenty old enough to do my own thing. But I can remember walking my floor and seeing the little ones in bed with nothing but the TV to keep them company.
I can’t even imagine the difference this room will make to those kids. Thank you so much for doing this.
Of course the new Children’s Hospital has lots of playrooms now, but this will be a fabulous place to play for the older children or will give them something to do while they are in bed.
Please consider a donation!
2. Ed Bouchette, what are you smoking? Srsly.
Note this teaser:
Then you click and read this:
Forget the apology Hines Ward delivered to his teammates yesterday. You should have heard his guarantee.
While he did not use the precise word uttered by a long-gone young defensive back two years ago before the Steelers played at New England, and while it occurred in a different context, Ward made some assurances about Sunday’s game against Oakland in Heinz Field.
He did not guarantee a victory; he guaranteed the season would be over if they lose.
“The playoffs officially begin for us this week. You lose, we’re pretty much out of it,” Ward stated. “We know what’s at stake. Our playoff season begins this weekend. This team knows if we lose we’re pretty much out of it.”
What a way to get people all aflutter. “HINES WARD MADE A GUARANTEE?! ‘Scuse me while I go hang myself with a string of Terrible Towels.”
Then you click the article and he didn’t make ANY sort of guarantee in ANY sort of fashion.
[shakes cute little fist]
3. LOVE THIS SHIRT! “We’re not Manhattan. We just built it.”
I wonder if I can get them to let me give one of those away?
4. Best Lukey cartoon ever? Hell yes.
Go check out some of the artist’s other works!
5. Check it! Email from reader Bradley:
Screw New York: If you’re looking for Pittsburgh ‘ahtta tahn’, here’s a shot of my nephew, Army Ranger Captain Tom Rieck, on duty in a little section of the Burgh carved out of Iraq. He grew up in Lebo. This, I believe, is his second tour.
Pittsburgh Steelers St. in Iraq!
So much love.
6. Last night I had a dream that I was stuck in a horror movie in which I was in a haunted house and the only way to get out was to basically successfully complete an obstacle course of horror, never knowing what evil lurked around every corner. It eventually became like a reality show and the host?
I’m not making this up, you guys.
I’ll never sleep again.
I’m going to go call Scarehouse‘s Scott and recommend that next year, he incorporate some sort of Luke Ravenstahl Room of Horrors in the house in which as soon as you walk in the room, there’s a business-suited guy with a Luke Ravenstahl nametag and he takes all of the money in your wallet for the “Scare Tax.”
I’m here all week. Send me money. For the KIDS!