Random n’at

1. The order in which I will pilfer my children’s Halloween candy:

  1. Apple blow-pops
  2. Watermelon blow-pops
  3. 100 Grand
  4. Sour Punch
  5. Payday
  6. Reeses Fast Break
  7. Take Five
  8. Butterfinger
  9. Twix

And then I light the Tootsie Rolls and Whoppers on fire to stay warm through the winter.

Bullshit candy.

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!

I kid.

But srsly. I’m right.


(h/t Charles)

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:


(h/t Robin)

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?

I’m gonna.

8. Steelers-themed cookies for your dog!

(h/t Toni)

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:


Wax off, jagoff!

[awkward karate moves]


  1. Christina
    November 1, 2011 2:12 pm

    Seriously – I could spend a whole day just with looking at the pic of Sid and Geno. It’s pure awesomeness.
    I absolutely love to see how Sid is obviously laughing behind that mask.

    There are a lot of reasons to be a Pens fan and these boys are one of the best.

    And yeah … Geno will definitely win all kind of local Twitter awards :)

  2. AngryMongo
    November 1, 2011 2:22 pm

    Except that Troy did not call his wife, IIRC. The team doctor did and then deemed it appropriate to hand Troy HIS phone.

    So, I ask you, which is the lesser of the two evils, being fined by a pompous ass or pissing off your wife by saying, “I just had a head injury but can’t talk right now.”?

  3. Butcher's Dog
    November 1, 2011 2:42 pm

    The bump on the girder bears an uncanny resemblance to the nipple that appeared on Brady’s forehead. Coincidence? I don’t think so!

  4. Beth
    November 1, 2011 2:44 pm

    Would we rather Goodell get to pick and choose who has a valid excuse for using a sideline cell?

    Goodell DOES get to do this. He gets to do WHATEVER HE WANTS. There is no one to stop him or reign him in. Roger Goodell levies fines, suspensions and punishments as Roger Goodell sees fit. For example, Ben Roethlisberger gets suspended for four games while not being charged with anything, while Shaun Rogers can get arrested for taking a loaded gun into the airport and be fined less money than he makes in a week and Albert Haynesworth can grope/objectify waitresses and get no punishment whatsoever. The players can appeal, of course. To Goodell.

    I’m not saying that Ben didn’t deserve the suspension, I’m just saying that Goodell has entirely too much power to subjectively mete out punishment.

  5. CrashJK
    November 1, 2011 3:28 pm

    Geno is 70s era John Oates, come on, that was easy !

  6. unsatisfied
    November 1, 2011 3:49 pm

    10,000 clams = NFL all-star pocket change. lighten up, people.

  7. DG
    November 1, 2011 4:19 pm

    Speaking from experience, Beaver is an exellent place to grow up as a kid. I whiled away many an hour tooling around there on my 10-speed, harassing my cousins, and lazing around at the pool. My kids own growing up in Suburbia is just not the same.

  8. bluzdude
    November 1, 2011 4:50 pm

    In my house, growing up, we always had to pay my dad the Milk Dud tax after Halloween.

    Much like Goodell, he had universal power. “Half the Mild Duds go to the house,” he decreed. And so it was.

    I used to clean up on my sibling’s Zagnut bars though, because they hated the coconut. Copped my share of Mounds and Almond Joy for the same reason.

    Should I assume that Geno is sitting down? Or is Sid wearing 6″ KISS boots?

  9. Sue
    November 1, 2011 5:56 pm

    You put an apple blow pop at the top of your candy list??!! And Butterfinger at #8?? I am shocked.

  10. Noelle
    November 1, 2011 6:38 pm

    Bluzdude, your milk dud tax is the cutest story. Only thing I really remember from Halloween in the 1970s (in Michigan) was mom having to make the costume a few sizes too big so it could fit over my snowsuit.

  11. PittCheMBA
    November 1, 2011 7:15 pm

    Concerning #10, Steely McBeam may have something to say about pretty boy Brady punching the steel beam.

  12. Rick
    November 1, 2011 10:10 pm

    I think it’s AWESOME that Geno dressed as Gabe Kaplan for Halloween. Keep Welcome Back, Kotter alive!

  13. Christina
    November 10, 2011 8:51 am

    I have a horrible week and I just came back to look at Sid and Geno to cheer me up like other people look at cute puppy pictures.

    Weird, I know – but hey … it helped!