Penguins Trivia

Penguins Trivia

Being a fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins back in the 1970s was not always easy. The team struggled on and off the ice, so much so that they became the butt of many jokes. There was one particular favorite joke when team was in financial straits: “I hear the Pens are moving to the Philippines. Yeah, they’re going to be called The Manila Folders.” But times

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Some Not-So-Well-Known Steelers Facts and Trivia  

Some Not-So-Well-Known Steelers Facts and Trivia  

It is no secret that the Steelers have been the most successful franchise in the history of the NFL.  The numbers can do the talking, as the Steelers have six Super Bowl victories, more than any other team.  Everyone knows about the team’s recent successes under Mike Tomlin, as the Steelers are one of the perennial favorites to win the Super Bowl.  There are some

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Roberto Clemente

Roberto Clemente

“Anytime you have an opportunity to make things better and you don’t, then you are wasting your time on this Earth.”  ~Roberto Clemente Pittsburgh awoke to a big snow storm on New Year’s Day in 1973.  The news that greeted Pittsburghers as they turned on their radios and televisions was unbelievable.  Tragically, their star Pirate baseball player had been taken from them in the prime

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The Terrible Towel is Poised to Strike! 

The Terrible Towel is Poised to Strike! 

Pittsburghers are no strangers to talismans.  During the 1966 Pirates baseball season, legendary broadcaster Bob Prince introduced the Green Weenie, a green plastic rattle that was shaped like a hot dog.  When shaken at an opposing team, the Green Weenie was supposed to jinx them.  Eventually, the Green Weenie lost its magic and was replaced by another Prince creation, the babushka.  In 1974, Pirates fans

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Success on Ice: Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux

Success on Ice: Pittsburgh's Mario Lemieux

The Pittsburgh Penguins, over the past forty-plus years, have turned themselves into one of the most storied franchises in the history of the National Hockey League.  Today, led by their young captain, Sidney Crosby, the Penguins have proven year after year to be one of the NHL’s most successful franchises, as well as boasting the title of Stanley Cup Champions in 2009. There has been

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Pittsburgh Pirates: A Charmed Life

Pittsburgh Pirates: A Charmed Life

For centuries, people have looked to good luck charms to enhance their fortunes.  The ancient Egyptians wore Eye of Horus talismans, the Celts carried rabbits’ feet, and the Druids pocketed four-leaf clovers.  It seems a bit fanciful to believe that necklaces, animal appendages, and common weeds can bring good fortune, but in light of some of the Pirates lucky pieces, they don’t seem all that

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Hockey in Pittsburgh

Hockey in Pittsburgh

When you hear “hockey” and “Pittsburgh” in the same sentence, you probably assume that the Penguins are being talked about. Contrary to popular belief, Pittsburgh did have an NHL franchise before the Penguins, which was known as the Pirates. The Pirates came to be in 1925 after the departure of an amateur team called the Pittsburgh Yellow Jackets. The Yellow Jackets were a successful team,

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The Story of Pitt Football

The Story of Pitt Football

Nine national championships, four hall of fame coaches, countless legendary players and rabidly loyal fans.  No it’s not the Steelers but the well-kept Western PA secret known as Pitt Football! With 28 bowl appearances, 86 first team All-American honors and 23 first round NFL draft picks, Pitt football has its own unique and storied history as part of the local sports landscape.  Inspired by legends

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Pittsburgh’s MVP: Andrew McCutchen

Pittsburgh’s MVP: Andrew McCutchen

Over the decades, Pittsburgh has had numerous gifted professional athletes grace our fields, parks, stadiums, and rinks. A rare few not only excel in their sport, but also capture the city’s heart. Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen is one of those rare few. Birth of Pittsburgh’s MVP Andrew McCutchen was born on October 10, 1986, in Fort Meade, Florida, to Lorenzo McCutchen and Petrina Swan, who were

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The History of Baseball in Pittsburgh

The History of Baseball in Pittsburgh

While names such as Honus Wagner, Pie Traynor, Lloyd Waner, Paul Waner, Bill McKechnie, Fred Clarke, Arky Vaughan, Ralph Kiner, Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski and Willie Stargell sound like the surnames of a diverse modern Pittsburgh neighborhood, they are part of the honor roll of Hall of Famers who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates. The franchise’s proud history boasts five World Series titles, nine National

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