The President of Pittsburgh is practically knighted

Update: I’ve been informed that Mario is ALREADY knighted by Canada. There you go.

Here’s the first picture I’ve seen, but I’ve been under a bit of a rock lately, so maybe you’ve already seen one, of Mario receiving the Officer in the Order of Canada award last week.

It’s the highest honor one can receive for lifetime achievement in Canada.

So, in his honor, let’s just pretend Canada is a real country for today.


Don’t write me hate mail, all you pretend people in Canada.

Also, check this out. At Daylife, where I love to hunt for good Burgh photos from the AP, like the ones you see up there, it has a suggestion box while you’re searching, and please look at what they categorize Wayne Gretzky as:

Hockey player. Got it.

What do they classify Mario as?

Oh, is that ever church.


  1. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    September 9, 2010 12:33 pm

    Definitely Church!

  2. Carpetbagger
    September 9, 2010 12:35 pm

    Didn’t know Wanda Sykes was Canadien!

    “Canada is the greatest nation in this country.”
    –Former Toronto mayor Allan Lamport

  3. Jason (from Cranberry)
    September 9, 2010 12:35 pm

    If you type in “Mario Lemiuex h” it fills in “handsome.”

    If you type in “Wayne Gretzy h” it fills in “homely.”

  4. Pensgirl
    September 9, 2010 12:37 pm

    That’s so church that “church” should just be renamed “Lemieux.”

  5. Pensgirl
    September 9, 2010 12:38 pm

    Oh, and actually, Sir Mario was already knighted.

  6. spoon
    September 9, 2010 12:45 pm

    I’d take Sir Mario Lemieux over Sir Paul McCartney any day.

  7. Gypsa
    September 9, 2010 12:47 pm

    That’s right. He was already knighted by the Order of Quebec last year. He’s been Sir Lemieux for awhile now.

  8. facie
    September 9, 2010 1:07 pm

    Love Mario. Love that.

  9. toni
    September 9, 2010 1:10 pm

    Can we get Mario to run for Mayor?

  10. bluzdude
    September 9, 2010 1:35 pm

    I’m with the Carpetbagger. First thing I thought was “what the heck is Wanda Sykes doing there?”

    Maybe she’s there to represent her .000000015 of Canada’s black population.

    (I’m kidding… I know they’re up to at least .000065)

  11. codyapplegarth
    September 9, 2010 2:13 pm

    Wanda Sykes??? That is none other then Her Excellency The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, the Governor General of Canada who is the Queen’s representative. She carries out most of the royal duties in Canada.

    She is very well loved here up north and is a Haitian born refugee.

  12. Elle C.
    September 9, 2010 2:20 pm

    Has Mario had some ‘work’ done? Maybe it’s the way the light glistens off his tight, high cheek bones in these photos. Just throwing it out there.

    He’s still uber-seksi.

  13. T
    September 9, 2010 2:36 pm

    Elle- I was thinking the same thing.

  14. Carpetbagger
    September 9, 2010 3:08 pm


    Are you suggesting that the right honourable Wanda Sykes is not equally revered here?

  15. unsatisfied
    September 9, 2010 3:46 pm

    carpetbagger shoots and scores.

    great honor for mario and I love him more than a dogfish 90 minute.

    but, I’d say that, gretz is the bigger player legend overall…..

    ***ducks and hides under desk***

    (though, gretz does suck as a businessman and a coach….)

  16. Larry
    September 9, 2010 4:23 pm

    Start typing in “Alexander Ovechkin” and you get the tag “Washington Capitals player”.

    Yup, that’s right — Gretzky is a hockey player, but Ovechkin? Nope; whatever he’s doing there, and whatever they stand for as a team… it ain’t hockey…!

    (If there were any justice in the world, though, it’d come up “a$$hat”.)

  17. Pa-pop
    September 9, 2010 4:39 pm

    Canada’s Governor General Michaelle Jean is a rather pretty woman, and with her arms wrapped around 66’s neck do you think she’s deserving of at least one tawdry caption? Like:

    “Oh! I didn’t know you brought your stick!”

    “That’s not my stick.”

  18. cody applegarth
    September 9, 2010 5:30 pm

    @carpetbagger- quite the contrary. Wanda Sykes is probably as loved in Canada and the US as much as we love our Govenor General. I would actually like to see Wanda do a parody of Michaëlle Jean because it would probably be the funniest thing ever.

  19. BeckyS
    September 9, 2010 6:09 pm

    Amen, sister!

  20. BeauJacques
    September 9, 2010 9:37 pm

    Can we burn several dozen Qurans to celebrate??

  21. lisa
    September 10, 2010 7:59 am

    Oh thats church all right~

  22. BeauJacques
    September 10, 2010 8:12 am

    Just checkin’ 1st Amendment rights- equality!

    Since it’s OK to burn US flag…..

    Just sayin..

  23. BeauJacques
    September 10, 2010 8:14 am

    Wanda Sykes needs to hookup with Rosie and STFU!

  24. BeauJacques
    September 10, 2010 8:16 am

    Election Day CAN’T get here soon enough!!

  25. Scott
    September 10, 2010 10:00 am

    Canada…America’s hat.