- November 1, 2011
- filed under Evgeni Malkin, Penguins, Pirates, Sidney Crosby, Steelers, Troy Polamalu
1. The order in which I will pilfer my children’s Halloween candy:
- Apple blow-pops
- Watermelon blow-pops
- 100 Grand
- Sour Punch
- Reeses Fast Break
- Take Five
And then I light the Tootsie Rolls and Whoppers on fire to stay warm through the winter.
2. I’m sure most of you have seen this already, as it has been heavily passed around on the sports blogs and twitter and I’m late to it because MY LIFE IS CRAZY. Geno and Sid dressed up for Halloween and Geno tweeted the picture because Geno’s twitter is an out of this world awesomebomb.
Sid is a gladiator and Geno is … a … Russian pornstar at the disco roller rink?
3. Troysus was fined a few weeks ago for talking to his wife on his cell phone to let her know he was okay after he took a blow to the head. A majority of Steeler Nation was aghast when Goodell fined Troysus $10,000 for violating the no-cellphone usage rule. Much was written. Much was spewed over beers at the local bars.
Meanwhile, in my head, I thought: “Troy knew the rule and yes he had a good reason to violate the rule, but he violated the rule and there was a consequence for breaking the rule. Would we rather Goodell get to pick and choose who has a valid excuse for using a sideline cell? Calling your wife to tell her you’re fine: OK. Calling your kid to wish him happy birthday just as he’s blowing out his candles? NOT OK. Calling your masseuse to move your appointment because the game is going long? REALLY NOT OK.”
I didn’t WRITE that because I didn’t much feel like having trash thrown on my lawn by angry yinzers.
However, here is a nice legal argument as to why rules are better than standards:
But in most cases, including with the NFL’s cell phone ban, the benefits of rules outweigh their costs. Rules promote equal treatment of like cases, the cardinal virtue of a just legal system. A rule ensures that all cases that fall within the ambit of the text are treated alike—for example, any player who uses a cell phone in-game is fined, whether he uses it to tweet, Google an NFL rule, or chat with his wife.
So to sum up, I’m right; you’re wrong. PBTHH!
But srsly. I’m right.
4. A national recording artist moved to Beaver and explains why:
“It’s hard to explain why we moved here, because I’m getting asked that question a lot, not just by friends, but people here … This just feels like real America to me. I don’t want to over-romanticize it, but there’s an optimism here that’s not in other parts of the country,” Ryan said.
(h/t Just a Simple Man)
5. 80s Tees, which is local, has a ridiculous array of Princess Bride shirts and I’m loving this one right now:
6. Speaking of the 80s, you lawn-trodding whippersnappers, check out the costumes Burghers Abby Fudor and Mike Rubino wore to Friday Night Improv’s Halloween show at the Cathedral of Learning:
They win Tuesday. Hard. Wax off.
7. Has anyone ever used “Wax off!” as an insult?
9. We’ve come [clap] to the end of the road [clap]:
The Pittsburgh Pirates have declined options on pitcher Paul Maholm, catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder and shortstop Ronny Cedeno.
I’m going to miss Ronny the most because he is so fun to hate.
10. The Boston Herald’s pre-Steelers game coverage included this gem:
HAHAHAH! HAHAHAHAH! HAHAHAHAH!
Wax off, jagoff!
[awkward karate moves]