February 28, 2006

Happy Mardi Gras!

Happy Mardi Gras to all of those in hated, stricken New Orleans. I hope all of you "heathens" have a fun time! I wish I could be there.

Also..TO SHU:

Dear sirs and madames,

I hope you had a fun semester. Now, I know it's not the end of the semester yet, but it is the end of my tenure here. I hope to see you all being successful in what you do. Except three people, but they, along with the rest of the world, know who they are. I personally hope those three people rot in Hell, or some other equally unnice place.

Peace.

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February 15, 2006

A fond Adieu

This will be my last blog entry. Apparently people don't like my brand of saving my own ass from lawsuits and what not.

To them I say this:


Tough shit. I'd rather save my own ass and take down what's offense than have someone force me too. Sometimes a writer, both in journalism and in the creative writing field, needs to realize that enough is enough and it's a good idea to save your own skin.

To the rest of you, as end of the Semester, my last semester at SHU, draws to a close--I want to leave with my favorite quote:

A mind not to be chang'd by Place or Time. The mind is its own place, and in it self Can make a Heav'n of Hell, a Hell of Heav'n.

I say goodbye and good luck to everyone.

--Lou

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February 13, 2006

A short Story

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Just in time for St. Villiansti..I mean St. Valentine's Day! A short story to warm your hearts from the guy that hates lovey-dovey crap. Enjoy!

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February 6, 2006

The Annual Fund

(Before I begin, let me just state, I don't mind fundraisers--some are for good causes. Thank you. Now let me get to my point)

The Annual Fund is upon us, and I saw this letter in my mailbox. I'm thinking, "great. i got the letter from Anna." (well we broke up anyways--so it wasn't that big of a deal trust me.) No, it was the Annual Fund. Where they raise money for "Seton Hill students."

I tell you what, if anyone should be given money, it's me. After the way I got treated by certain professors (you know who you are.) and I got treated and "listened" to by people that are supposed to help, I think I deserve a little restitution.

Hey Mr. Norris, or anyone for that matter, when something like this comes up, skip my mailbox. ok? I'm not even going to look at it like I did this time, im just gonna rip it up immidately.

Oh, and the nice thing about not having to blog academically? I dont have to leave the comments on!

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February 5, 2006

THEY DID IT

Well...this is the last post as "A Guy from Black 'n Goldsburg, Pennsylvania" so..I just want to say...


wait for it...

wait for it...


wait for it...

THEY DID IT!

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February 4, 2006

Football and the love of it...(aka Why the Steelers Will Win Today)

Ok, for those of you who live under a rock..this is SuperBowl XL-40, or X-tra Large baby!

Now..if you know me from the last few semesters, you'll know that I LOVED it when Seton Hill got a football team. I cheer for the Golden Lions and Pitt Panthers everytime. I watch the National Championship (all of them actually--Division I-A, I-AA, II, and III.)

So..for all of you from out of the country (that includes Hempfield Township btw), this won't make sense to you. For those of you from out of the Pittsburgh area, if you're city or the one nearest to it, you'll understand. For those of you that are slow (ie, Clevelanders, Oaklanders, and Dallasers...) I'll go slow.


For those of you from Seattle, I apologize in advance, you're team is a fine team don't get me wrong. I also have an uncle that lives in Seattle. During the NFC post-season, I was rooting for the "underdog" 'Hawks (I'll explain that one later.) Below are my 3 keys to Success:


1.) The fans. The city of Detroit has been come Blitzburgh Part II. The Seahawks and Red Raiders want to use the term 12th man? Well so will I. The Steelers fans are THE 12th man, be-otch! When the Hawks get the money, I encourage the Steelers fans from as far away as Japan to right here in the heart of Black and Gold Country to yell at the top of their lungs--That will rattle a few bird cages.

2.) Jerome Bettis. The Bus. "The wheels on the bus go round..and round.." Whatever way you want to look at this--this maybe Jerome's last game. MAYBE. Hey, when the Steelers win tomorrow he may decide that he wants to defend his world heavyweight championship, as it were. I can also imagine the dialogue tomorrow:

Hilgrove: The Steelers on the Seattle 10 yardline...10 seconds to go..the handoff to the Bus..can he do it? Block by Alan Fancea...the 5...the 3...1....TOUCHDOWN STEELERS! THE STEELERS WIN!

Myron Cope (if the petitions got to him): Yoi! Double Yoi! Quadruple Yoi!

Hilgrove: Ladies and Gentlemen, you're 2005 World champions...the Pittsburgh Steelers!

3.) Ben Rothelis..Rothelis..oh hell, you know, what's his name? Last year, we as a people of steel, were struggling to pronounce this young man's last name (well except me, but strangely I also got a running backs and a safety's (Troy Polamalu's) last name right on the first try). This year, we're writing "In Rothelisberger We Trust" on our currency. The Rookie has become a Legend rather fast. Just around this time last year, Pittsburgh was playing the "what-if" game. "What if Maddox hadn't gotten hurt?" "What if Ben would have made the Superbowl." Now, this year, we're playing the "when" game. "When Big Ben wins the Superbowl." "When is Big Ben gonna finally snap under.." nevermind! wrong "sport"

There...three simple things..you get the fans involved early and often, you get the ball to Jerome, and you make sure Big Ben is having a good game. If you can't do that, I'm sorry to say Blitzburgh, that you don't deserve to be in the Superbowl then.

Now..for the otherside of the coin. The Seahawks. A good team. I just have one problem that every other writer has with them. As I play this song (Unforgiven-Metallica), I can't help but think of the Seahawks.


New blood joins this earth
and quikly he's subdued
through constant pain disgrace
the young boy learns their rules

Sure their not "new"--in fact their 30+ years old. But they are new on the playoff winning field. Another problem I have with them is that they constantly bitch about an East coast bias. Puh-leeze! Sure, the New England Patriots have won the SuperBowl...and sure, the Steelers will in 4 1/2 hours...but there is no East Coast bias.

Also, please stop with the "yeah, we played in the shitty NFC. Pity us." bull shit. That's all it is. Is bullshit. You, the #1 seed in the NFC (old NFL) are the UNDERDOG to an AFC (old AFL) #6 seed. Deal with it.

The End.

Steelers 24 Seahawks 20.

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February 3, 2006

Welcome to Black and Goldsburg, Pennsylvania

For those of you from out of town, and not familiar with SouthWestern PA's love for football, all I have to say is, What the f*** are you doing here? Get out of this area immidately.

See..the whole thing started in 1898...Greensburg-Salem (All Hail GSHS!) wasn't creatd yet, but it's predecessor was, the Greensburg Athletic Association. It was called the Golden Lions. The played against the Pittsburgh Athletic Club and the Latrobe Athletic Club, earning the Pennsylvania State Football Champions (PSFC), beating LAC 6-0.

Then in 1933, Art Rooney Sr., otherwise known as the Chief--god rest his soul--bought an NFL franchise for reportedly 2,500 dollars, reportedly from race track winnings. Anyways, he named the franchise the Pittsburgh Pirates, after the succssful MLB franchise--his franchise felt failure. While home games were played at Forbes Field, Rooney often took his team to such cities as Johnstown, Latrobe, Youngstown, New Orleans, and Louisville in the 1930s due to competition with baseball and college football.

Then, according to steelers.com:


1940s: In 1940 Rooney changed the team name to the Pittsburgh Steelers, representing the heritage of Pittsburgh. The first winning record in the organization’s history came in 1942 when head coach Walt Kiesling led the Steelers to a 7-4 finish with the league-leading rushing of rookie Bill Dudley. But the next year Dudley joined the Armed Forces along with many other NFL players as the nation went to war. With rosters depleted, Rooney merged the Steelers with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1943 (Phil-Pitt "Steagles") and with the Chicago Cardinals (Card-Pitt) in 1944.

Rooney hired legendary Pitt coach Jock Sutherland in 1946, and Dudley returned from the war to earn NFL MVP honors, leading the league in rushing, interceptions, and punt returns. Today, Dudley is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Sutherland led the 1947 Steelers to an 8-4 record for a share of the Eastern division title, but they lost their first-ever postseason game, 21-0 to Philadelphia. Sutherland died suddenly the following spring while on a scouting trip.

1950s: Succeeding Sutherland, John Michelosen was head coach for the 1948-51 seasons, compiling a 20-26-2 record. In 1952 Joe Bach returned for his second stint with the Steelers, having coached the team previously in 1935-36. The Steelers became the last team to abandon the single wing for the T-formation in 1952.

Bach resigned for health reasons following the 1954 season and was replaced by assistant coach Walt Kiesling, who had been the Steelers’ head coach twice previously. Kiesling’s three stints covered the 1939-40, 1941-44, and 1954-56 campaigns.

1960s: Buddy Parker was named head coach in 1957 and over the next eight years he led the Steelers to five non-losing seasons. Hall of Fame quarterback Bobby Layne quarterbacked the team through three of those campaigns, leading the Steelers to a 9-5 mark and a playoff game vs. Detroit in 1962, which the Steelers lost 17-10. Parker completed his tenure with a 51-48-6 record and ranks third among all-time Steelers coaches for career wins.

Brief stints by Mike Nixon in 1965 and Bill Austin from 1966-68 preceded the hiring of the 37-year-old Chuck Noll on January 27, 1969. Noll began to rebuild the Steelers through the draft, starting with the defense when he selected defensive tackle Joe Greene with his first choice in 1969. Today Greene is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

It wasn't until after going 1-13 in 1970 that the steelers as we know them came to be:

1970s: A 1-13 record in 1969 gave the Steelers the first overall choice in the 1970 draft, with which Noll addressed the offense by selecting quarterback Terry Bradshaw, another Hall of Famer, after the Steelers won the first selection by winning a coin toss with the Chicago Bears. Cornerback Mel Blount was added in the third round that year, followed by linebacker Jack Ham in 1971 and running back Franco Harris in 1972. In all, Noll drafted six players who are now enshrined in the Hall of Fame including three in his first 20 picks and four of his first 38.

Two significant changes took place in 1970, when the Steelers moved from the NFL Century Division to the AFC Central with the merger of the American Football League and the NFL. The Steelers also moved into a new home as Three Rivers Stadium opened. Previously, the Steelers had played home games at Forbes Field from 1933-57 and at both Forbes Field and Pitt Stadium from 1958-63. From 1964-69 the Steelers played at Pitt Stadium until Three Rivers opened in 1970.

Gradual improvement in the early 1970s resulted in the team’s first division title in 1972 with an 11-3 record. In the first playoff game at Three Rivers the Steelers defeated the Oakland Raiders 13-7 with Franco Harris’ "Immaculate Reception" in the final minute. Despite a 21-17 loss the following week to the undefeated Miami Dolphins, the Steelers had reached a new plateau.

It took 40 years for the Steelers to finally win their first division title, but over the next decade they achieved a level of success unprecedented in professional football.

In 1973 the Steelers won a wild card playoff berth with a 10-4 record. Oakland avenged their loss from the previous year, however, with a 33-14 defeat of the Steelers in the playoffs.

The Steelers won their first of six consecutive AFC Central titles in 1974 and marched past Buffalo (32-14) and Oakland (24-13) en route to their first Super Bowl appearance in Super Bowl IX. The fierce Pittsburgh defense led the way to a 16-6 victory vs. the Minnesota Vikings, and Art Rooney was presented the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the first time.

In 1975 the Steelers won 11 straight games to finish 12-2 and claim their second consecutive division crown. After defeating Baltimore (28-10) and Oakland (16-10) in the playoffs the Steelers became the third team in NFL history, joining Green Bay and Miami, to win back-to-back Super Bowls with a 21-17 win versus the Dallas Cowboys in Super Bowl X.

The 1976 Steelers struggled to a 1-4 start before reeling off nine straight victories including five shutouts to win the division with a 10-4 mark. They defeated Baltimore 40-14 in the playoffs, but lost to Oakland, 24-7, after both starting running backs, Harris and Rocky Bleier, were injured. The following year the Steelers dropped a 34-21 decision to Denver in the first round of the playoffs after posting a 9-5 regular-season record.

In 1978 the Steelers made history after a league-best 14-2 regular season and playoff wins versus Denver (33-10) and Houston (34-5). Their 35-31 Super Bowl XIII win versus Dallas made the Steelers the first team to win three Super Bowls.

Yet another standard was set the following year when the 1979 Steelers defeated the Los Angeles Rams, 31-19, in Super Bowl XIV to make them the first team in history to win four Super Bowls and the only team to win back-to-back Super Bowls twice. The Super Bowl victory followed a 12-4 regular season and playoff wins versus Miami (34-14) and Houston (27-13). With six consecutive AFC Central crowns, eight straight years of playoff appearances and four Super Bowl championships, the Steelers were tagged the "Team of the Decade" for the 1970s.


Then the 80s and 90s:

1980s: As the 1980s opened the Steelers stumbled, failing to make the playoffs in 1980 and 1981 with records of 9-7 and 8-8.

In 1982 the Steelers celebrated the team’s 50th anniversary by qualifying for the playoffs with a 6-3 finish in a strike-interrupted season. During the season an anniversary banquet was held to commemorate the team’s first 50 seasons and to honor the Steelers’ all-time team as selected by fan voting. Thousands of fans were attracted to Pittsburgh for a week of activities and exhibits before the anniversary season was ended by San Diego’s 31-28 win in the playoffs. This would be the last playoff game at Three Rivers until the 1992 season, a span of 10 years.

The 1983 Steelers won their eighth division title with a 10-6 record, but fell in the postseason, 38-10 to the Los Angeles Raiders. The following year the Steelers won their ninth division crown and the team advanced to the AFC Championship game with a 24-17 playoff win at Denver. A 45-28 loss to Miami in the AFC Championship game prevented the Steelers from a fifth Super Bowl appearance.

The Steelers’ streak of 13 consecutive non-losing seasons came to an end in 1985 with a 7-9 finish, followed by 6-10 in 1986. Playoff hopes remained alive in 1987 until the Steelers lost their last two games to finish 8-7 during the strike-shortened season.

In 1988 the team suffered through its worst campaign in 19 years with a 5-11 record. The next season got off to a similar start with losses of 51-0 and 41-10 in the first two games as the offense failed to score in the first month of the season. But the young team fought back to finish 9-7 and earn a wild card playoff berth on the season’s final weekend. An exciting 26-23 overtime playoff win in Houston was followed by a heartbreaking 24-23 divisional playoff loss at Denver in which the Steelers led until the final minutes.

1990s: A 9-7 finish in 1990 left the Steelers in a three-way tie for the AFC Central lead, but they were eliminated from playoff contention by a 2-4 division record. The 1991 team finished second in the division despite a 7-9 record, winning the last two games under Noll at home against the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns.

On December 26, 1991 Noll announced his retirement from football after 39 consecutive seasons, the last 23 as the Steelers’ head coach which made him one of only four men to coach the same team for 23 consecutive years. He left as the fifth-winningest coach in NFL history with an overall record of 209-156-1, and as the only coach to win four Super Bowls. Noll was rewarded in 1993 with his election to the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

A new era began in 1992 with the retirement of Noll and the arrival of 34-year-old Bill Cowher, the National Football League’s youngest head coach at the time he assumed control. In the first season of the new era, the Steelers won the AFC Central division crown for the first time since 1984 with an 11-5 record. While the team enjoyed newfound success, Cowher was recognized by the Associated Press as the NFL’s Coach of the Year and six Steelers played in the Pro Bowl, the most in more than a decade.

Under Cowher the Steelers became the first AFC team since the 1970 merger to claim its 10th division title. Their 11-5 record equaled the best in the conference and gave the Steelers the home field throughout the playoffs, but in the first postseason game at Three Rivers in exactly 10 years the Steelers were defeated by eventual AFC champion Buffalo, 24-3.

In 1993, the Steelers earned a wild card playoff berth, marking their first consecutive playoff appearances since the 1983-84 seasons. A 9-7 record was good for second place in the division, but the season ended in a 27-24 overtime loss in Kansas City in the AFC wild-card game.

The 1994 Steelers won seven of their final eight regular-season games for their strongest finish since 1978. They captured their second division title in three years with the AFC’s best record of 12-4. After a 29-9 victory over the Cleveland Browns in the first round of the playoffs, Pittsburgh hosted their first AFC Championship game since 1984. The game went down to the wire and the Steelers lost to the San Diego Chargers, 17-13.

At 38, Bill Cowher became the youngest head coach to lead his team to a Super Bowl. Along the way, Cowher’s team captured their third AFC Central division title in four years, made their fourth straight playoff appearance, and won the Steelers’ first AFC title since 1979. After a first-round bye, they defeated the Buffalo Bills (40-21) and the Indianapolis Colts (20-16), before losing to the Dallas Cowboys 27-17 in Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, Arizona.

In 1996, injuries forced Cowher to use 40 different starters during the course of the season. But the Steelers’ "never-say-die" attitude led to a 10-6 finish and their fifth consecutive trip to the playoffs. Cowher earned his 50th regular-season win Nov. 3, 1996 in his 73rd game to become the eighth fastest to reach 50 wins. He ended the season with 57 career victories ranking him as the second winningest coach in team history, behind his predecessor Noll.

The Steelers captured their fourth consecutive AFC Central title in 1997, while posting an 11-5 record. They were one play away from earning their sixth Super Bowl appearance and lost to Denver, 24-21, in the AFC Championship game.

In 1998, the Steelers finished a disappointing 7-9, losing their last five regular-season games and missing the playoffs for the first time under Bill Cowher. It marked the first time that Cowher had been associated with a team with a losing record during his 14-year coaching career.

Then, everyone knows the years 1999-2006. Struggling to get that one for the thumb. Making it to the AFC championship game, only to be stopped the Patriots (who I think are more hated than the Cleveland Browns around here now.) Now finally we're on the drive for five!

So as you can see the football tradition started here in 108 years ago. It's continued since. and to quote a t-shirt:

If you ain't a Steelers Fan, you ain't shit
.

(oh, and for those of you who think im gonna be more PC, and nicer, not say the things I used to, well, you all can kiss my ass!)

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February 1, 2006

Police Apologize, Drop Charge Vs. Sheehan

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060201/ap_on_go_co/state_of_union_sheehan

"The officers made a good faith, but mistaken effort to enforce an old unwritten interpretation of the prohibitions about demonstrating in the Capitol," Capitol Police Chief Terrance Gainer said in a statement late Wednesday.

So basically the police interpretated the law on their own, there's a big surprise...

Sheehan was taken away in handcuffs before Bush's arrival at the Capitol and charged with a misdemeanor, while Young left the gallery and therefore was not arrested, Gainer said.

"Neither guest should have been confronted about the expressive T-shirts," Gainer's statement said.

1. If Sheehan was arrested, Mrs. Young should have been too. 2. Just like Iraq, there's another preemptive strike..funny..what is it with the Bush Administration and preemptive strikes? Seriously.

Y'know, I know I said I was going to vote Republican or what not. Then Puffy made a good point about party politics. I normally vote for the best candidate, and don't go based on record or party. For example, if Joe Smith said "I'm for the legalization of pot, as long as it's government controlled." But then John Doe said, "I'm for it as well, but without another government agency to regulate it." Then I'm gonna vote for Joe Smith--because he has a good head on his shoulders.

The same thing in real life, in the beginning Bush seemed like a good guy, and I did vote for him vs Gore. Now however, if I knew what I know now, I would have to vote for Gore.

Everything seems like one big mess for the Administration. Mr. President, I hope for you that everything works out in the end. I hope that your legacy is not tarnished too much, and that people will see that you while you tried to help the American people, and the residents of the world--you ultimately did the wrong things to help.

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