All Hines, all the time.

The old adage that the most important news in Pittsburgh on any given night is either the Steelers or severe weather is holding true now that Hines Ward has reigned victorious in winning the Mirrored Ball Trophy in the Dancing With the Stars finale last night (told ya so! Something Something didn’t have a chance).

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Of note:

1. Not only did WTAE host a live viewing party at Stage AE where over 500 fans showed up to watch the two-hour extravaganza, but there are actually people who want to hold a parade in downtown Pittsburgh for Hines to celebrate and show off his new trophy. Steeler Nation is clearly suffering from football withdrawal. Those symptoms don’t usually kick in for me until early August.

2. The top stories news slider on WTAE right now has ten items. Six of them have to do with Dancing With the Stars. The absolute best of all of them is Kendra Wilkinson, another of the Something Something variety, suddenly appearing next to a live-reporting Sally Wiggin all, “I AM KIND OF A BIG DEAL.” As per her usual, Sally handles it like a pro, recognizes Kendra immediately.

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As opposed to had it been me reporting live, I’d have been all, “Who the eff are you?! Get outta my damn shot.” And then I would have thrown my cell phone angrily to the ground like a boss.

3. God bless Sally Wiggin.

4. If the City of Pittsburgh actually hosts a parade for Hines Ward’s Dancing With the Stars win, I will be the one standing in the crowd with the sign reading “This is why the terrorists hate America.”


  1. tw
    May 25, 2011 1:52 pm

    Side note…Chris J.’s impression of Bruno was hilarious. They should have more of that on dancing when the stars have to get the boot. :)

  2. HeatherB
    May 25, 2011 1:53 pm

    Sally Wiggin is a GODDESS! I absolutely love her!

  3. Jen
    May 25, 2011 1:55 pm

    “If the City of Pittsburgh actually hosts a parade for Hines Ward’s Dancing With the Stars win, I will be the one standing in the crowd with the sign reading ‘This is why the terrorists hate America.'”


  4. Karen S.
    May 25, 2011 1:58 pm

    how funny! “you did a fabulous job! i thought you were gonna fall on your head!”

  5. Butcher's Dog
    May 25, 2011 2:06 pm

    What Jen said.

  6. Aileen
    May 25, 2011 2:08 pm

    I confess. The next Steeler I want to see on a tv show is Casey Hampton – on Man vs. Food.

    Then, I want someone to capture the look on Mike Tomlin’s face the moment he sets eyes on Big Snack for the 1st time at training camp.

  7. inBrookline
    May 25, 2011 2:10 pm

    If the city actually throws a parade for this tripe, I’m moving to Cleveland.

  8. Laurie
    May 25, 2011 2:18 pm

    I was actually thinking that the very fact this show exists is why the terrorists hate America. Nobody needs that much glitter and jazz hands, but I have to hand it to Hines for dancing like a champ.

    Just say no to the parade!

  9. burghbaby
    May 25, 2011 2:19 pm

    I’ll help you make the sign.

  10. spoon
    May 25, 2011 2:34 pm

    WTAE had 20 of their 30 minute broadcast at 11p about this crap and likened it to winning the Super Bowl. The terrorists have already won.

  11. AngryMongo
    May 25, 2011 2:38 pm

    “Oh MY! Allow me to act surprised and starstruck as you photobomb my segment.”

    “Oh, and we actually have to go back to the studio, but I’ll pretend to keep recording you for a later segment that will never air.”

    Sally is the bomb!

  12. Rachel
    May 25, 2011 2:41 pm

    I wonder what would win out if “severe” weather hit during a Steeler game??

    When the new chickie (Heather Something) on KDKA this morning said this made up for losing the Super Bowl in February, my eyes almost rolled out of my head!

    Add me to the list that is happy for Hines but would be completely embarrassed for the entire city if a parade is thrown

  13. Bram R
    May 25, 2011 2:49 pm

    I’d like to see a parade from the Consol Center straight up Center Avenue.

    Yo’ TAE: You disabled embedding on the video? Why? Sally Wiggin into camera with your chirons and banners blazing isn’t good enough publicity? You feel bad because YouTube needs the traffic?

  14. Elle C.
    May 25, 2011 3:13 pm

    Hahaha, exactly what AngryMongo said. I definitely think Sally continued to interview her because she felt bad that Kendra just kinda popped up there. Saint Sally!

    Someone told me that Chelsea Kane (Something Something) had the power of teens who love the Jonas Brothers behind her (she was on their show), but clearly nothing can compete with Steeler Nation!

  15. Dan (Not Onorato)
    May 25, 2011 3:15 pm

    Sorry but I still cant stand Sally Wiggin. She just irritates the eff out of me. And what-her-bucket that “surprised” Sally just irritates me more.

    A parade for one man winning a dancing show is kind of pathetic. SRSLY?!?! Dont get me wrong congrats and all goes out to Hines but a parade? Pass….

    I will agree with tw though, the imitation was awesome.

  16. TripleC
    May 25, 2011 3:43 pm

    All I can say is…….thank god it’s finally over!!!!

    And if a parade actually happens, this city deserves to made fun of in every way possible.

  17. jann
    May 25, 2011 4:34 pm

    Loved when Sally gave the “wave off” to the camera when trying to go back to studio. She couldn’t get them to quit filming quickly enough!
    She is truly a good sport and a good Pittsburgher!

  18. Smooter
    May 25, 2011 5:28 pm

    No CMA, the fact that’s considered news is why I hate america…
    Okay, hate is a strong word. Really, really dislike American ‘news’ would be more appropriate…

  19. Vivian formerly NYLuvsPitts
    May 25, 2011 6:39 pm

    If there is a parade I want to be there. ROAD TRIP ;-)

  20. VAgirl
    May 25, 2011 8:31 pm

    Why not a parade and have it in the cultural (sp) area. Then top it off with the unveiling of Gene Kelley’s statue. Just to show that there is more to Pittsburgh then grunts, icemen and the boys of summer. It could be a festivus of great porportions. God I am tired and goodnight.

  21. bluzdude
    May 25, 2011 8:57 pm

    I would totally tune in to see Casey Hampton on Man vs Food, especially if he had to eat McDonalds. Big Snack vs Big Mac.

  22. bucdaddy
    May 25, 2011 9:00 pm

    I don’t use words like “moron” and “idiot” without putting a lot of thought into it, so … Kendra Wilkinson is a moron AND an idiot.

    I’ve seen her show. She’s barely sentient. I have smarter shrubbery.

  23. Sam's Dog
    May 25, 2011 10:28 pm

    bucdaddy, do you think your intelligent shrubbery could have a talk with my grass and get it to stop growing so effin fast? I’m wearing out my mower. Thank god for kids home from school who haven’t started summer employment yet. Also, I may have a fistfight with my buddy who sent his guys out to fertilize.

  24. bucdaddy
    May 25, 2011 11:22 pm

    I didn’t say my shrubbery was intelligent. I said it was smarter than “Kendra!”

  25. USCMike
    May 26, 2011 12:10 am

    Poor Kendra, stereotyped as a dumb blonde because she was in Playboy and somehow managed to wrangle a TV show too…

    She may have escaped that stereotype if the show had had no audio track, but once her mouth opened, she proved she was no MENSA candidate…

  26. Jenny
    May 26, 2011 8:12 am

    My exact thought when I woke up the next morning & saw that Hines had won was “So, when is the parade??”

  27. Kim Z.
    May 26, 2011 11:29 am

    Headline: (One of) The Pittsburgh Steelers Won the Super Bowl (of Ballroom Dance)

  28. Lee
    May 26, 2011 11:37 am

    Okay, I guess I’m in the minority here because I actually thought Sally Wiggin embarrassed herself that night. She’s a reporter for crying out loud. She practically humps every steeler she comes in contact with, it’s insane. She gushed all over that ‘news report’ that night — from talking OVER the actual DWTS hosts at the end of the show, to going on and on about how worried she was that Kirstie might win, to the slightly off camera hugging him and the dropping of ‘we had dinner last night’ crap, all the way up to not knowing how to handle the Kendra thing.
    At the end of every DWTS, the reporters line up on the dance floor and the ‘stars’ walk from one end of the line to the other to be sure each reporter gets their minute with each person. Sally didn’t ‘handle it like a champ,’ she handled it like an idiot who had no idea what was going on.
    Kendra didn’t photo bomb the interview, she merely moved on to the next reporter in line, like she was supposed to. How was she to know that she was up against someone who had no idea what to do?

  29. Lee
    May 26, 2011 11:40 am

    For the record, I love Hines Ward and I’m glad he won. I just wish Wiggin would act a little more professionally when she’s around the Steelers players rather than gushing all over them all the time. It’s not just the Hines DWTS thing, either. Her interview with Ben after the ‘incident’ was an embarrassment. She acted like his groupie…not like a reporter.

  30. Steverino
    May 26, 2011 11:51 am

    I don’t know how WTAE could lose any more credibility after this DWTS fiasco. That’s all they were showing for months. This isn’t real news. But hey, it’s the STILLERS.

  31. Joe K.
    May 26, 2011 12:33 pm

    A parade would be too much. Maybe a dance party at downtown nightclub with contests for the best dances.

  32. Sam's Dog
    May 26, 2011 12:36 pm

    I agree with Lee. Haven’t been a Sally fan since she admitted on ‘DVE one morning that she texts while driving. In my book, that puts her, well, maybe not in Kendra’s camp, but certainly near bucdaddy’s shrubbery.

  33. Joe K.
    May 26, 2011 12:39 pm

    And severe weather being an important topic is hysterical given how little of it we get around here.

  34. bucdaddy
    May 26, 2011 1:47 pm

    FWIW, Kendra! makes $2,000,000* a year, same as Pauly D from “Jersey Shore” and $500,000 behind the Kardasians who aren’t Kim.

    Yeah, I know.

    *–I wrote out the zeroes instead of writing “$2 million” so that if Kendra! ever reads this she’ll spend 10 minutes trying to figure it out and still think she makes $2. “But zeroes are NOTHING, aren’t they?”

  35. CrashJK
    May 26, 2011 2:00 pm

    Who is this Kendra chick…some porn star…she looks like one…and she’s hot…Hmmm….

  36. VAgirl
    May 26, 2011 6:57 pm

    What a great idea Joe, but maybe someplace that young ones could attend. I do have to agree that Sally does go gaga when it comes to the “stillers”

  37. Lee
    May 27, 2011 4:06 pm

    I’m not saying that Kendra deserves her celebrity, I’m saying at least she understands how an interview line works. That makes her at least a little smarter in that one moment than Wiggin’s brain was able to react in the midst of her “OH_EM_GEE Hines WON!” brain-fart.

  38. Peter
    June 1, 2011 10:55 am

    “This is why the terrorists hate America.”

    I’ve had that thought almost daily in the last 10 years…