Random n’at.

1. Two things you want to do.

Comment to enter the CASA Tailgate Party ticket giveaway so that you can maybe meet Steeler Mike Wallace.

Also, don’t forget to use the CHURCHROCKS code to buy presale tickets to Rock of Ages.

2. Ronny Cedeno somehow wore the wrong jersey to the Pirates final game of this piece of shit season.

And apparently he was all pissed off about what was either a mistake or a prank.

You lost 105 games, Ronny. If you want to get pissed about something, get pissed about that.

You can watch a video of him hitting a homer wearing the wrong jersey here.

(h/t Liz)

3. Today is Mario Lemieux’s 45th birthday and I just want to pause a second to shake a cute little fist at the fact that men get ruggedly handsome with age and women … don’t.

In honor of his birthday, the Mario Lemieux Foundation’s Mario Mosaic was unveiled at the Consol and it is absolutely breathtaking.

Here’s a picture from my colleague Sean Conboy of Pittsburgh Magazine, that he posted on his @SeanCon66 account:

That’s a static image and there’s a computer you can use to search for pictures by name and it will tell you where to look in the mosaic for the correct postage stamp size photo. The headshot photos that make up the border of the mosaic are the construction workers who built the Consol. How cool is that?

You can play with the online version here.  I don’t need to tell you what that far right picture of Mario with his arms crossed does to the pitter-patter of my heart, do I?

All hail the President of Pittsburgh.

4. Ben Roethlisberger look-alike Jesse James sporting a Steelers cap while out and about with Kat Von D.

Going from Sandra Bullock to Kat Von D is like going from a Rolls Royce to a geriatric donkey with the runs.

(h/t Liz)

5. My father forwarded this on to me and I cannot wait to get my hands on kibbee, grape leaves and spinach pies.

That is honestly the food of my childhood and teen years thanks to all the Syrian blood in my family and a grandmother who spent every Saturday baking Syrian food from morning until we arrived for dinner.

6. A student dressed as a panda went on the attack at Grove City College.

A 17-year-old Grove City College student says he was attacked by someone wearing a panda bear costume.

Take a note, Internet. This is what happens when Sad Panda becomes Mad Panda.

(h/t Traci)

7. Parents Magazine named Pittsburgh the fourth best city in the country for raising babies.

8. Speaking of babies, ladies, hold on to your ovaries and check out this picture Jamie and Ali McMutrie sent from Haiti of one of the children they care for down there:

As Jeff said recently in an episode of Chuck, “I think my water just broke.”


  1. unsatisfied
    October 5, 2010 2:40 pm

    if cendeno’s jersey said “pinatas” on the front instead, that’d be more like it.

    it’s not as bad as the washington “natinals”…..

  2. spoon
    October 5, 2010 2:58 pm

    I’m the boog in far left Mario’s nose.

    My parents would be so proud.

  3. Kathy
    October 5, 2010 3:22 pm

    geriatric donkey. *snort*

    Can’t wait for the video. (sorry Ginny)

  4. Monty
    October 5, 2010 3:29 pm

    Kat Von D >> Sandra Bullock.

    I recognize that I am about to get shelled. I love you people, try not to hold it against me.

  5. empirechick
    October 5, 2010 3:34 pm

    I’m on Mario’s forehead right between his eyebrows (me and my adorable nieces and nephew, that is)!!

  6. empirechick
    October 5, 2010 3:35 pm

    Far left Mario, that is – good to see I’m hanging out in Spoon’s neighborhood!

  7. Pa-pop
    October 5, 2010 4:10 pm

    I can see why Jesse is smitten with Kat. She’s got really big tats.

  8. bluzdude
    October 5, 2010 4:11 pm

    In my book, nothing is > than Sandra Bullock. But to each his own. More Sandra for me…

  9. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    October 5, 2010 5:14 pm

    I’m on the right temple area of the pitter patter Mario. It’s awesome!

  10. Ex-Pat Pittsburgh Girl
    October 5, 2010 5:15 pm

    Oops, right temple area if you are looking at the mosaic, actually Mario’s left temple are.

  11. Noelle
    October 5, 2010 10:14 pm

    r.e. Jesse cheating on Sandra: If you can’t trust someone who left his pregnant porn-star girlfriend for you, than who can you trust?

  12. bucdaddy
    October 6, 2010 10:05 am

    Where’s the coward Robert Ford when you need him?

  13. Linda
    October 6, 2010 12:48 pm

    But where is the picture of Michelle in her princess dress!

  14. mamadegs
    October 6, 2010 12:50 pm

    The St. George’s food fest is AMAZING! I went back all three days last year. The dessert booth changes constantly as new homemade bits of fabulous arrive and are scooped up! Don’t miss the “frozen foods” section. The “kibbee footballs” were a huge hit!

  15. Lizzy
    October 6, 2010 1:11 pm

    Completely agree with your post on Jesse James..really, Kat – oh well – to each his own – BARF!

  16. Dave Cochenour
    October 6, 2010 2:51 pm

    You want kibbee and grape leaves? Mary’s in New Castle or a few other fine middle eastern restaurants. Come on up we will be glad to have you.

  17. Mary
    October 6, 2010 3:48 pm

    Oh honey, you have a way with a word.

  18. mamadegs
    October 6, 2010 5:20 pm

    to Dave–fattoush, schwarma and shish tawook? I’m there! moved here from Toledo–The Beirut–nothing can beat it. But always looking for contenders! St George’s (more Syrian than Lebanese–but close and done with such love!) has filled a void.

  19. Burghthing
    October 6, 2010 8:33 pm

    Couldn’t help seeing your adorable face on there Ginny, over and over again. Found my GF on there at least three times but I had to use the little search thingy to find me.

    Seriously, how cool is that?

  20. Burghthing
    October 6, 2010 8:34 pm

    Yeah but that kibbee is cooked! I want my raw kibbee from Samrini’s dammit.

  21. mamadegs
    October 6, 2010 9:59 pm

    where is Samrini’s and why are these great places such a secret?

  22. Burghthing
    October 6, 2010 11:26 pm

    Sadly Samrini’s is no more. Used to be in Shadyside (iirc). Funny story of my family taking me there as a young child. I had never heard of ‘valet parking’ before, so when we left the restaurant I ran over to our car and jumped in the backseat. Then this stranger gets in and starts to drive the car away.

    I don’t think my dad tipped him near enough for what I put him through on that 50′ drive.

  23. Matt DC
    October 7, 2010 1:18 am

    Damn. First you tell me the Syria Mosque is a parking lot, now your telling me Samrini’s is gone. I leave for few decades and the whole place falls apart. Next you’ll tell me they finished building that Bridge to Nowhere. . .