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I recently read an article in the Nashville Scene titled; “Preds Fan’s Guide to Hating Pittsburgh. I thought there might actually be some substance to the article but once I read it I realized that, unlike them and their catfish tossing, we “Yinzers” have plenty to be proud of.

It started off slamming Pittsburgh calling it the “City that Self Awareness Forgot.” It went on to say that when talking to a Pittsburgher, “You have to listen to a litany of the most banal, mundane accomplishments in the history of human civilization.” Obviously the author of this post, whom I will address later, obviously doesn’t realize that some things are said jokingly; like our particular method of making left turns.

“They are really proud of their rivers too, even though only one is of any consequence.” I had to laugh at that one. While the rivers may not see the same commerce traffic of the steel era, they were what made Pittsburgh the industrial mecca of its time. All 3 rivers were packed with barges carrying coal, iron ore, steel, grain and livestock and on and on. The rivers are also the reason that Pittsburgh is known as the City of Bridges. This was because during WWII Pittsburgh was a prime target for the enemy, because of the Steel manufactured here for use in military weapons and vehicles. The large number of bridges insured that even if one was bombed, there would still be more to insure the commerce could continue. Let’s not forget that Pittsburgh is one of the leading City’s in medical research and development.

“Pittsburghers love to tell you about how great they are at waving towels, as if in the thousands of years humans have been drying themselves off, no one ever thought to spin one above the head until a bunch of Yinzers did it.” Once again, a small guffaw escapes my lips. Ok, here is the history of the Terrible Towel. It was invented by Myron Cope, the color commentator for the Pittsburgh Steelers, in preparation for the 1975 playoffs. Cope wanted a symbol for all the fans to rally behind. It worked because in 42 years the Terrible Towel is the only “gimmick” that has been constant in any sports venue. I mean, what does Nashville have? Dead catfish and a Country Music Super Star to sing the National Anthem? Which by the way was flat and pitchy. But I digress. Before you slam a Pittsburgh sports tradition, which by the way, every other sports team attempts to copy, maybe you should learn a little more about it. Such as, The Terrible Towel is 42 years old. Myron Cope signed the copyrights over to the Allegheny Valley School. This School is a series of campuses for people with severe mental and physical disabilities, of which Myron Copes son is one. That means all the profits go directly to the school. What do your dead catfish get you, besides laughed at I mean. It is also a lasting memory of Myron himself who bled Black and Gold and loved this city more than anyone I know.

They are very proud of having drafted Sydney Crosby for their beloved Penguins, a Team most of them didn’t know they had until 1984, then forgot all about until 2005.” The writer of this piece says there was some flim flammery involved in getting Crosby. He sites some shady drafting process because of the NHL cancelling the 2004 season and Pittsburgh was awarded the #1 Draft in 2005. But if Nashville would have been granted the #1 draft there wouldn’t be an issue. Oh wait, that’s right, The Nashville Predators weren’t even a gleam in the NHL’s eye in 2005. I also believe that if the NHL hadn’t given Nashville the equivalent of a participation award by awarding them a franchise, they wouldn’t have been able to attract one on their own.

Now they go on to say that Pittsburgh was awarded the #1 draft pick in 2003 and that wasn’t on the up and up. With that draft they chose Marc-Andre Fleury who, according to this well informed writer, “has since become best known for getting replaced by literally anyone within earshot of the Pittsburgh bench during the playoffs.” Let’s see, drafted in 2003. It’s now um, 2017. I make that 14 years in the NHL. I imagine he might have lost a step or two in that amount of time. But let’s not forget, when Matt Murry was injured at the beginning of the playoff, it was Fleury who was phenomenal and kept them in the playoffs.

The hater-ade must have been flowing freely when this last paragraph was written. It goes something like this; “Of course all of this fortune – which was definitely NOT engineered by the National Hockey League because the Pens are owned by one of the league’s all-time greats in Mario Lemieux (who ended up a Pen in 1984 because Pittsburgh put on a tank job George S. Patton would be proud of) – has resulted in resounding success in the Steal, uh, Steel City.”

I must laugh at anyone from Nashville wanting to point out any type of chicanery in the NHL. I guess the writer hasn’t watched any of the Stanley Cup Finals. Games one and two were some of the worst acting since, well I’m not sure since when. To watch the Predators player’s taking dive after dive during the first 2 games, it reminded me of the first Mighty Ducks movie when Coach Bombay wanted District 5 to play act to draw penalties. To watch PK Subban cry and hold his shoulder after a legal check was pitiful. Maybe he should learn from Oli Matta who took a slap shot off of his ankle to block a shot but kept playing. Or even Pekka Renne who was flailing around at times after barely being brushed by legal contact.

Now let’s add the officiating. I guess the only reason so many calls are missed by the officials is because Seeing Eye dogs can’t skate. For the announcers who clearly hate Pittsburgh to comment on how obviously one sided the officiating is, maybe it is true. Even Carrie Underwood, married to Captain Mike Fisher of Nashville, said pretty much the same thing about the officiating. For a player to be standing in front of the and can’t make a play on the puck is ridiculous. Is it because of poor skills, bad positioning? Maybe it’s because PK Subban has his arms wrapped around Sidney Crosby and he can’t even lift his stick. However, the officials did prove they knew what holding was because it was called several times against Pittsburgh in game 3. Actually, most of the penalties have been called against Pittsburgh the entire playoffs.

They like to make fun Pittsburgh for putting cole-slaw and fries on a sandwich. He makes fun of it but there are many copies of the Primani’s sammich. Even Nashville copy’s it. How do I know? I was stationed at Fort Campbell Kentucky from 1987 to 1989 and spent lot’s of time in Nashville.

The writer closes with this stream of pointlessness but I thought I would include it. “Like many teams, the Pens reflect their city well. A handful of supremely gifted artisans surrounded by a bunch of workaday salarymen, coming together to produce impressive, if ultimately prosaic accomplishments.

Sure, a 100-foot I-beam looks great … for an I-beam. But give us the raucous rowdiness of a canyon of gold instead. 

If Flashdance taught us anything, it’s that dancing is more fun than steel mills. And even Jennifer Beals — Pittsburgh’s most famous cultural export, even though she’s from Chicago — is pulling for Preds.”

I laugh at the comment regarding the raucous rowdiness of a canyon of gold. Pittsburgh is the home of rowdiness and gold, Black and Gold to be precise. Once again, another Johnny-come-lately sports franchise to copy Pittsburgh.

In my last point I wanted to say something about the writer. Unfortunately it was written by, and I quote, a “Committee of Hockey Insiders” which might just be code for not wanting to attach your name to this. I honestly can’t blame them. I wouldn’t want to take credit for what was written in an attempt to take away from Pittsburgh exactly what they are; A city of industry, a city that is culturally diverse, leading the way in technology, leading the way in medical advances, a City rich in deep history, more movies shot in this region then Nashville and oh, yeah, THE CITY OF CHAMPIONS!!!

Below I included A link to the original article. All it really is pure jealousy… Geeze, and they call ME crazy…

Preds Fans Guide for Hating Pittsburgh


Yes dear readers, it has been a while since I posted… There have been a million things going on and something had to give. I have still been watching football and NASCAR but have little time to blog.

Last week at Talladega Alabama, Tony Stewart set off a multi-car crash on the last lap. He was leading crossing the stripe to begin lap 188. Stewart had even said if someone tries to block him he will crash them… This comment was made a few weeks earlier and it was sad to see it come to fruition but someone else doing it to him. The crash shook up the points for the Championship and it is almost anybody’s race to win now. I haven’t been as religious watching as I usually am but I still try to see the results and try to catch a lap or two. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top.

Michael Vick and the Eagles visited Hinze Field this past Sunday. Vick was named MVP… By the Pittsburgh fans. The Eagles were in the red zone and Vick showed why he is not worth the 110 million he is being paid. He fumbled and Pittsburgh recovered in the end zone. He had trouble hanging on to the ball other times during the day as well. Vick Proved that unless it is a dog leash, he can’t hold on to it. Now I know I seem to hate the cross-state rival Eagles. I don’t. I don’t like Michael Vick or Any Reid. Vick should have never been allowed to re-enter the NFL after serving Federal jail time for dog fighting. Andy Reid is just a pud. He is not a good coach and a poor judge of talent. Vick has only ever played a complete season in his second year as a pro. If he finishes this season it will be a miracle. Most of his “injuries” occur after he has done something stupid, like fumble, throw an interception or completely screw up a play. Thankfully we are done with them for a few seasons until we have to beat on them again.

After the playoff game a few years back when Tennessee came to the Burgh and beat the Steelers they haven’t done much. The reason is the curse. they stomped the Terrible Towel and bad luck has befallen them ever since. Their QB Steve McNair was killed in a love triangle, Jeff Fisher was fired and they haven’t been tearing up the win column. In fact their stats have been less than impressive. Now tonight the Black and Gold travel to Tennessee after a 4-day break after beating Philly on Sunday. Now that could pose a problem but most of the Steeler faithful, myself included, don’t think it will be. As long as Pittsburgh plays their style of football and doesn’t play down to their opponent, like against Oakland, they will emerge victorious.

Anyhow, back to the curse. Myron Cope developed the towel during a playoff game in the 70’s. He was told by his bosses to come up with something to rally the fans. He told everyone to bring a yellow dish towel to Three Rivers Stadium to wave in support. Well that was it. The Terrible Towel was born. For 30 some odd years he towel has been a fixture in Steeler Nation. For the last 14 years the proceeds from the Terrible go to the Allegheny Valley School for autistic and handicapped children. Myron had a child that went there and it was his way to give back a little.

Myron Cope was a leader and a pumper upper of Steeler Nation. His unique voice and vocabulary became a fixture on Steelers broadcast with Bill Hillgrove and Tunch Ilkin. No matter what Pittsburgh was doing, winning or loosing, Myron had a way of speaking that became almost as famous as his towel. Below are the top 10 quotes from Myron.

10. “Like all copycats, they flop. Maybe they (fans) sit on them and if they take them home they use them for dust rags.” — Myron on imitation terrible towels.

9. “If that boy billionaire thinks he can shut me up, he should stick his head in a can of paint.” Myron Cope, after Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder sent someone into the broadcast booth during a game to tell Cope to stop referring to his team as the “Wash Redfaces.”

8. “I was freelance writing for Sports Illustrated and other magazines and the program director at WTAE radio said, ‘We’d like you to do commentary for us.’ I said, ‘Don’t try to kid me. I’ve heard my voice on tape.’ And he said, ‘That’s okay. Obnoxious voices are coming into style.’”

7. “Once people become inured to my voice, they listen to the content.”

6. “People may think I’m senile, but I ain’t. I thought I was a celebrity.”

5.”Okel Dokel!” Myron Cope-ism to describe something agreeable. For example, “Hey Myron, don’t the Bungals stink?” “Okel Dokel.”

4. Yoi – Yiddish saying by Myron to express shock or joy.

3. Double Yoi! — An addition to No. 4, but with more emphasis.

2. Triple Yoi! — No. 3, but with pinache. Such moments include the Immaculate Reception, Lynn Swan’s Super Bowl grab, or a sandwhich at Primatti’s (extra slaw).

1. Hum-Hah! — Used by Myron as a normal day equivalent to … well … nothing. Hum-Hah became an icon the same way Myron did; repetition and warm-heartedness. Rest in peace you cackling madman, you Dr. Cope, you Cope-a-canbana, you legend.

Myron created something special with the towel, the Titans tried to desecrate it and the curse prevailed. Tonight might be the same if Tennessee decides to go the same again.

Good luck Black and Gold…We love you win or lose…

It’s that time again. Football season is here. It started Thursday with what amounted to a high school game that saw Dallas play the Giants. I don’t think much of Tony Romo so even though Dallas won, I won’t comment on the game. Someone watching the game saw a true act of laziness. Jerry “The Jagoff” Jones actually has someone that sits in his owners box that cleans his glasses. Really Jerry? Do you think that you are so much better than anyone else? Ass.

Tried and True – Big Ben

Manning – Sent packing

Pittsburgh will open the 2012-2013 season traveling out to Denver to face newly transplanted Peyton Manning and the Broncos. Pittsburgh will start Roethlisberger who had a decent pre-season and looks ready to go the distance this season. Manning is returning to play his first regular season game since 2011. He injured his neck last year and ended up having an experimental procedure done over seas. Many pundants wonder if he is done or not. Obviously the Colts did. Instead of having him stay and mentor Andrew Luck, they ditched him. One of the best QB’s in many years, Indianapolis showed just what kind of front office they really have. Now needless to say, I have always liked Peyton Manning. He seems to be a down to earth person and approachable. He is no Tom Brady who just acts like a jagoff. Hey Tom, you ain’t that great. Now Big Ben, what else can you say. We are opening the season against the team that knocked us out of the playoffs last season on a questionable play but nonetheless we lost. Had we played better football that game that last play wouldn’t have mattered.

The Steelers Nation is in full swing and everywhere I have looked I see Black and Gold. No matter how the boys played last year it is last year and the Nation looks forward to the next season. I will say that no matter if the Steelers win or loose the Nation is one of the most faithful following I have ever seen. While many think that this game will be an easy win because Manning is rusty, let me remind you. It’s Peyton Manning. Rusty or not he is always a threat. Just coming off of an off season with injury doesn’t matter. It’s Peyton Manning. Now Roethlisberger has taken him on before and beat him. This is a new season and who knows, maybe the experimental surgery Manning had last season made him like Steve Austin, you know “The Six Million Dollar Man”, Nothing is a lead pipe cinch and over-confidence is not always a wise thing.

As I close, Good luck Black and Gold and let’s come home with a better outcome then last year. In closing something to make you laugh. My favorite “Pittsburgh Dad” football episode…

Pittsburgh Dad with Mike Tomlin

Pittsburgh Dad Watching the Steelers

Okay, now that I have your attention… There is no joke I just thought I’d recap some of the news from the last couple months.

I guess the biggest thing is the gas prices. Since Obama took office a mere 40 months ago gas prices have climbed $2.20. That’s right kids, gas was a paltry $1.79 when we inaugurated our current president. Of course he is not to blame. He says it’s because of the speculators on Wall Street causing the prices to skyrocket. Pull my left leg, it plays Jingle Bells. Obama is also a hypocrite. In a time when he tells the American people to tighten their belts to save and they might not be able to travel like they wanted to, he has taken more vacations than any other president in history.  I will give Obama credit though. He was able to do something in less than 100 days that GW Bush couldn’t do in 8 years. What is that you ask? Triple the deficit… Some call November time for a change, I call it, “The end of an error…”

Ben Roethlisberger is in the news in the NFL off-season and for once it’s not for crashing his motor cycle or being accused of improper contact with a female while drunk. He is embarking on a trip in June he says will hopefully hone his senses for the upcoming season; he’s going to Scotland and Ireland to golf.  “It’s going to be pretty hardcore,” Roethlisberger said. “I’ll be playing something like 12 courses in 10 days and they are some of the best courses you can find. I’m going to K Club, St. Andrews and a bunch of others.” Of the 12 courses, several have hosted either the British Open or European Tour events. “Golf is such a mental challenge, and as frustrating as it can be sometimes, it can definitely make you stronger,” said Roethlisberger, who passed for 4,077 yards last season. “Playing some great courses in a setting like Ireland and Scotland will be pretty awesome, but it is also a great way to keep your mind sharp.” Well, we’ll see how this summer abroad either helps or hurts the Pittsburgh signal caller. Maybe he should take James Harrison with him when he wants to play through.

Today is an unusual one in the “Burgh. Both the Penguins and the Pirates are playing Philadelphia today. The Bucco’s dropped the home opener to the Philly’s the other day 1-0, while the Penguins beat the Flyers 5-2. Today marks the end of the Penguins regular season and the Pirates will play game 2 of the 2012 season. The Pens are the 4th seed in the playoffs so they are there. The Pirates are trying to end a 19 season slide of being the worst team in Baseball. Hopefully skipper Clint Hurdle can right the sinking ship and help the Pirates raise the Jolly Roger while Dan Balsyma can help the Pens Snob their way to yet another Stanley Cup. Seeing as how they are the most conceded team in the NHL according to Rangers coach John Tortorella, who incidentally was fined $20,000 for running his mouth. He has a lot of room to talk. Hell the Rangers are the most over rated, under talented team. I mean even Winnipeg has more talent then the Rangers.  Let’s go guys. Hopefully we can remind Philadelphia why they hate coming here by handing them a loss in 2 sports today.

Here comes Peter Cotton Tail, hopping down the Bunny… BUSTER!! No!”

Well, tomorrow is Easter. We will make it here at our house with an Easter Egg hunt with Molly in the morning then Church. Then we will gorge ourselves on Ham and all the trimmings followed by a nice huge belch. While Easter is a time most of us look forward to getting together with family and friends to eat and drink and talk and catch up, we should truly remember what it is really all about. Now keep in mind that I am no religious zealot but I do believe we should keep the true meaning of the day in our hearts as well. Easter is the day we remember and celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead and ascending into heaven. It is more than a day of eating candy and ham. However you celebrate the day, please remember what tomorrow is truly about. Every year for Easter when I was growing up, my mom would make us new outfits right down to bow ties. We would don our new duds, pile into the family car for the sojourn to church and smile as everyone told us how nice we all looked. I searched high and low and couldn’t find a picture of my brothers and I dressed in our Easter best. It was a memory I will always have and cherish. I wish all of you a great Easter and please, do me one favor… Keep your dog inside until the Easter Bunny leaves.

Happy Easter Everyone from ATCMC!!

Hines Ward returned to Steelers headquarters yesterday to announce his retirement. Ward was cut by the Steelers earlier last week and after spending some time searching his options as a free agent, Ward decided to retire so he could end his career as a Steeler. He didn’t go through this decision alone. He spoke with someone he considered to be a “big brother”; Jerome Bettis. Bettis told him; “Your true value is always having a Steeler helmet attached to you. When you leave you don’t quite have that, you lose some of that mystique.” Bettis also said; “For a guy who’s played his entire career in Pittsburgh, I just thought it would be a shame if he put another helmet on for someone else for a year or two. He understood where I was coming from but, ultimately, he had to make the decision for himself  and I’m just glad he made a great decision.”

Wards career contained 6-1,000 yard receiving seasons, 29 games of 100 yards or more, 1,000 receptions, 85 touchdowns, 12,083 yards and was Super Bowl MPV in Super Bowl XL in 2006 when the Steelers got “One for the Thumb”. Some feel his stats are Hall of Fame worthy. This blogger feels that way as well. Ward was obviously emotional when making his announcement at Steelers headquarters. Ward said; “Today I came back to Pittsburgh to grant Steeler Nation its one last request, so, today, I’m officially retiring as a Pittsburgh Steeler. As much as I’ll miss football, my teammates, coaches, and everything about the game, I don’t want to play in any other uniform. The Black and Gold runs deep in me and I’ll remain a Steeler for life,” Ward said.

While emotions ran high at the announcement, I feel that Ward can hold his head high. He was a great ambassador of football and a man of fair play.  No matter the outcome of a play, he would smile. He was also the consummate competitor. He proved he was a champion when he took on the ballroom on Dancing With The Stars. He and partner Kym Johnson won the competition even after Johnson was taken away from one of their practices in an ambulance after sustaining a neck injury. Rumors flew that Ward and Johnson we dating. I have seen no proof either way. The way I see it, who cares.

I also believe that you will see Ward again on the Steeler sideline in the future. He is the best receiver in Steelers history and he played his entire career in Pittsburgh. I believe the Rooney’s will reward Hines for his loyalty. I look to see him join the coaching staff. With his record he would make a great receivers coach. I could also see him in the front office. No matter what Ward decides to do, you WILL see him again. My wife thinks he will go to Hollywood. She could be right.

I congratulate Ward on his stellar career and positive face of Steeler Nation. He will be in Canton some day soon and he will remain a positive fixture of the Steelers. Hines Ward is one in a million and I am thankful we had the opportunity to have Hines in Steeler Nation. ATCMC congratulates Hines Ward and we all hope to see him again soon.

As a tribute to Hines, please enjoy his ultimate career highlights. [See Video]

It is only Wednesday and this has been one of those weeks already. From the AFC Championship game to Jim Harbaugh of the Niners, there has been more criticism and whining then I have ever heard before. Not to mention two Harbaugh’s lost this past weekend, I thought that was worth mentioning.

I guess before I get into the weekend of professional sports I would be remiss to not mention the passing of Penn State coach Joe Paterno. JoPa lost his battle with lung cancer over the weekend. Many felt he followed the path of the great Bear Bryant who died a mere 28 days after retiring. Paterno had been fired in mid-November after it was learned that his long time assistant Jerry Sandusky had been molesting kids. Many felt that Paterno didn’t do enough to stop the abuse from happening or to put a stop to it. Many felt he got the short end of the stick in all of this and he was unfairly fired.  Be that as it may, many feel that JoPa chose to protect the University and the football program as opposed to making sure the abuse was swiftly dealt with. JoPa himself said; “I had no idea what to do, I had never encountered anything like this before. I reported it to my superiors.” Some feel that was enough, others feel it wasn’t. No matter what your opinion was or still is, he will be judged now and none of us will ever know the outcome.

Steven Tyler, the lead singer of Aerosmith, sang the National Anthem at the AFC Championship game this past Sunday. Many thought he did a horrible job and screeched his way through it. Others said he flubbed the words around :53 of the song where it says “The bombs bursting in air…” I had to listen to the song a couple of times to even pick up on the “mistake”.  Listen to the song When you hire Steven Tyler to sing the National Anthem, he is going to sing it like Steven Tyler. I’m sorry, I thought it was really good. He sang it as I expected him to.  He didn’t sing it like Andrea Bochelli.. If that’s what you wanted, then hire Andrea Bochelli. Good Lord, really?

Most of us Steelers fans know that the Ravens will NOT be going to the Super Bowl. It came down to a last second field goal attempt to tie the game. Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff was warming up on the sidelines in preparation for his attempt. He came on to the field and even the announcers were sure it was a done deal. A 32 yard field goal is way in the wheelhouse of Cundiff. Everyone was assured the game would be tied and sent to OT. See Attempt We all know what happened. He missed. Now it was said today in an article on Yahoo that it was a mistake on the score board that made him miss.  Supposedly Cundiff has a ritual he goes through before kicking. 1st down, he does something, 2nd down, he does another thing and so on and so forth. Supposedly the wrong down was up on the Patriots score board and it screwed him up. Really? This guy is paid millions of dollars to kick field goals in any situation. What if there was :03 seconds left and the Ravens just got a first down? He choked and needs to own it, stop trying to blame voodoo for your miss. Watch the latest episode of Pittsburgh Dad on the loss.  Watch Episode

Jim Harbaugh, coach of the 49ers and brother to Ravens coach John, also lost on Sunday. The Niners saw their season end against the New York Giants in the NFC Championship game. Harbaugh though chose to show his sour grapes by dissing the state he coaches in. He made the comment to reporters when one of them asked him how he felt after loosing. He said; “That has to be a California thing. They always want to know how you feel.” I say so what. He acts like it’s a big deal. It’s not like he has never coached out there before.  He was the coach of Stanford from 2007 to 2010. Maybe he is just a ball bag like his brother and doesn’t like to discuss his feelings. He should realize that after falling short of his goal of reaching the Super Bowl with the first 49ers team to have a 13-3 record in a decade, he should be a little nicer to those from the state where he coaches. Maybe being a jagoff works for his brother (no, really it doesn’t), but Cali is a different thing all together.

As I end this short little jaunt today, it will be the Patriots and Giants in the Big Dance in a couple of weeks. NASCAR is getting ready to start in a few weeks and Pittsburgh will be back next year for their run to #7. It wasn’t their year, it happens. I thank everyone for reading and look forward to more posts in the future…

2012 is just about here. As 2011 fades into the sunset we remember some of the more memorable events of the past year. Some were shocking, some were discouraging and some I just have no words for at all. Be that as it may, this is my rundown of some of the more memorable events of the past year.

Penn State and Jerry Sandusky

Jerry Sandusky

Joe Paterno

This was a story involving the sexual abuse of about 8 kids that not only involved Sandusky but ended up costing several key figures at Penn State their jobs. One of the most prominent was head football coach Joe Paterno. Many felt that Paterno didn’t do enough once he was made aware of the alleged sexual abuse involving Sandusky. After the scandal broke more and more young adults came forward claiming to have been sexually abused by Sandusky. Since the beginning of this entire debacle many students have been transferring from Penn State to complete their degree elsewhere because they no longer want to have any ties to PSU.

Gary Shultz

Mike McQueary

Also shit-canned and now facing charges along with Sandusky are Gary Shultz and then coaching assistant Mike McQueary. McQueary, as you may recall, allegedly saw Sandusky assaulting a juvenile in the shower and according to him said that he made sure the event was ended before leaving. Yeah right. Did you remove that child from the situation? No. You left him there and didn’t really do much to report it. You saw that child and the fear in his eyes and you chose to protect your job. Just as Joe Paterno chose to protect the football program, your actions harmed more children. You deserve to rot in hell like every other goddamn child molester. I hope it’s hot enough for you there.

South Fulton Tennessee Pay for Spray

Gene Cranick

Vicky Bell

After as much media attention as the South Fulton Tennessee fire department received last year after letting Gene Cranick’s house burn to the ground when he forgot to pay a $75 fire protection fee, they went ahead and did it again this year. The difference this time was the fact that Vicky Bell refused to pay it, she didn’t forget. The Mayor, David Crocker defends the 20-year-old policy by stating that if they allowed people to pay after the fact, there would be no incentive to pay the fee at all. Okay, I understand your thinking, but this isn’t garbage service we are talking about here, this is public safety. I fail to see how charging residents who live outside of South Fulton makes you right. The Mayor said that it is hard to answer all the calls and maintain the upkeep on equipment and staffing without the fee. Really? There are departments that have been doing it for years and years. Most feel it is like being extorted by your fire department. My suggestion is simple. If it is so hard to respond to those pesky calls for help, give up the area and let another department handle the area, one that isn’t hung up on money, one that is hung up on saving lives and property.

"The Don" David Crocker

The International Association of Fire Fighters thinks that the practice is reckless. They feel that a fire fighter shouldn’t have to check a list before they respond to a call to see if the home owner has paid the fee or not. It just astounds me that no one has stepped in and made South Fulton change their policy. It further astounds me that there have been no law suits. When Vicky Bell’s home burnt to the ground, the fire department stood idly by and watched as she and her boyfriend kept going back in to salvage as much as they could. Mayor Dave Crocker said that even in an instance where the home owner hasn’t paid the fee, they will do what they need to do to protect or save a life. Sounds like it. Why don’t you and the rest of your gun-toting, red neck fire fighters, (and I use that term fire fighters loosely), stick to rolling tourists or beating up old ladies for their pension checks. Leave the fire fighting to those who actually care about fighting fires.

Kate Gosselin

Kate "The Coopin Blogger" Gosselin

I had done a pretty good job staying away from this poor excuse for a human being this year but I have to admit, when her show got cancelled I actually smiled a little. We watched her abuse her eight kid gravy train for years so she could get her personal enhancement surgeries. Even though she swore she was still doing the show to make money to care for her kids. Right and chickens have pyorrhea. We all know that she loved the fame and attention but as the show drew to a close those around her the most, including assistants and those who actually took care of her kids, were getting sick of her. She abused everyone around her. It was an inevitable conclusion to the woman who made Marge Schott look like Julie Andrews.

As a footnote to all of this, it was reported a few months ago that she had a new job; as a coupon blogger. I have no idea what the eff that is but it sounds like it was the laziest job she could get. Why didn’t she return to being a nurse, you know a job that actually meant something. Oh, that’s right she would have to go through life anonymous if she did that. Is it really that hard to take care of your kids? I don’t know what a coupon blogger is and frankly don’t want to. I mean who would actually take her advice, if that is what she does. In my opinion she got too greedy and ended up where she deserved. Hopefully her ex-hubby is around to take care of the kids and give them what they need while she is coupon blogging.

Suspensions, Fines and All-Around Poor Sports

Ndumkong Suh

This year in sports has seen some of the worst sportsmanship ever from those so-called professionals. First and foremost on the list is Ndumkong Suh of the Detroit Lions. He was the first recipient of the ATCMC Sports Disgrace of the Year award given for the first time this year. He was tossed from the Thanksgiving Day game against the Packers and was subsequently suspended for 2 games and fined following that for stomping an offensive lineman from the Packers. [See Video] He tried to give some unbelievable half-assed story for what he did but it still doesn’t wash. [See Video] After being in the league for a mere 18 months he has racked up 9 personal fouls. Detroit better get him under control soon before he really hurts someone with his poor attitude.

Kyle Busch

Kurt and Kyle Busch from NASCAR are the next two on my list of sports miscreants. Both have received big sanctions from the NASCAR governing body for their on and off track behavior. Kyle Busch was suspended during the fall race in Texas for an on-track dust-up with Ron Hornady. Both drivers were racing in the truck event Friday night when they touched and both drivers went in to the retaining wall sustaining what looked like minor damage. Kyle Busch though was apparently angered by Hornaday’s decision to move up the track to pass a slower truck causing Honaday and Busch to touch. Busch’s reaction was to slam Hornaday’s truck causing both drivers to slam the wall totaling both trucks and taking them out for the rest of the race. [See Video] Busch was registered for the Nationwide and Sprint Cup races there the following two days but was suspended for his actions. He was also fined and docked championship points. His primary sponsor M&M/Mars also pulled out for the remaining two races of the 2011 season.

Kurt Busch

Kurt Busch was fired from Penske Racing following an expletive laced interview with ESPN’s Dr. Jerry Punch after the elder Busch Brother sustained transmission problems in the season finale at Miami/Homestead. [See Video] He even went as far as to call Dr. Punch a mother blankedy blanker. His crew chief Steve Addington jumped ship the following Monday and Busch was fired later in the week. Busch claims that the split was unanimous and that he was not fired. He said he felt it was time they parted ways. Well yeah, he’s done all the more damage he can there. Anyone with half a brain knows he was shit-canned and rightfully so. I wonder if he kisses his mother with that potty mouth of his. It is a shame that these idols that kids look up to and admire don’t meet the minimum standards of good sportsmanship and fair play.

The Castle Doctrine and The Death Penalty

Governor Tom Corbet

New Governor Tom Corbet re-worked the Castle Doctrine this past year and it has already affected two pending cases since that time. For those of you who don’t know what this doctrine is about, I’ll give you the very abridged version. Basically what it means is if someone is trying to break in and threaten your home, you have the right to use lethal force. It was changed to include living space as an attached deck or porch. A man in Somerset County was in jail awaiting trial for shooting his wife’s lover when the man came to his house threatening him. He was carrying a weapon and the husband shot him with a bow and arrow killing him. The husband said it was in self-defense and under the Castle Doctrine he did nothing wrong so no charges were filed by the DA. Another case comes from New Castle in Lawrence County where a would-be burglar was shot and killed on Thanksgiving Day by the owner of a home he was attempting to unlawfully enter. No charges were filed in that case either. The Castle Doctrine is a step in the right direction to allowing us to protect our homes and family.

There is also a bipartisan task force being formed by the State Senate to look over the Death Penalty. In 2007 a panel from the American Bar Association said that Pennsylvania’s death penalty is flawed with insufficient safeguards to protect the innocent and avoid racial or economic bias. The last person executed in Pennsylvania was in 1998. That was the infamous mass murderer Gary Heidnik from Philadelphia. In fact in the last 50 years there have only been 3 people put to death. Governor Corbet has signed upwards of 9 ceremonial death warrants since taking office in January. I am not opposed to the death penalty but I also believe if we are not going to use it then we need to get rid of it. What purpose is served by spending the extra money for a death penalty trial as opposed to a 1st degree murder trial then not execute someone. It is nothing more that a waste of money. Can the death penalty if you are not going to use it. It harms the families of the victims as well. They are forced to live with the notion that the life of the killer was more valuable and meaningful than the life of the victim.

Craig Morgan, Jeff Gordon and Bret Kiesel

Craig and Karen Morgan

Kiesel before and after

I did a small entry earlier in the year on how some celebrities do small things to help a larger group and I found that to them, all they had to do was something so simple that many didn’t notice it at all. Craig Morgan and his wife started Billy’s Place. It is a home for kids displaced from their homes in Dickson County Tennessee to go to when they need shelter. When he worked as a deputy sheriff he saw many kids having to sleep on cots or couches at children’s services until a foster home could be found. He decided if he was ever in the position to do something for them he would. Now that he is a successful country music singer he and his wife Karen have given back. He also holds charity rides every year to continue raising money for the project.

Jeff Gordon teamed with AARP for the 2011 racing season to raise money for a program to assist older Americans. It was called the Drive to End Hunger. Gordon said that he was shocked when he learned that there are a lot of elder people in our country that, through no fault of their own, just don’t have enough to eat. By driving his car every week he helped raise thousands of dollars for this program.

Bret “The Diesel” Kiesel was able to raise over $30,000 this past year by shaving off his famous beard. Kiesel is involved in many charitable organizations and is never afraid to help out in some way. The fundraiser was attended by hundreds including some of his past and present team mates.

Strikes and Ballroom Dancing

The past year has seen a lot from the Pittsburgh Steelers. After suffering a loss in Super Bowl 42 to the Green Bay Packers, the Black and Gold along with every other team in the NFL had a shortened pre-season due to the players strike. Once everything was all worked out the training camps were cut short but the only game that was lost was the Hall of Fame Game in Canton Ohio. Now the Steelers are waiting for the end of week 17 and the outcome of several games to find out whom and when they will play. If they beat Cleveland on New Years day and the Ravens lose to Cincinnati then the Steelers have a first round bye and home field advantage throughout the playoffs. The Bengals also need to win on Sunday to be in the playoffs at all. If the Steelers and Ravens both win, the Ravens will win the AFC North with home field advantage. In that case the Steelers would either play the Broncos or the Raiders the following Sunday. Either way the Black and Gold are in the playoffs and hopefully the road to win their 7th Super Bowl.

Hines and Troy cuttin' a rug

Steelers Troy Polamalu, Bret Kiesel and Hines Ward took part in a Head and Shoulders commercial in the off-season. [See Video] Troy is already the well-known spokesman for the shampoo but during the shooting for the commercial Hines Ward took some time out to show both Troy and Bret some steps. The whole thing was caught on a flip cam blew up you tube. [See Video]. It was nice to see the lighter side of these guys and the fact that they have a sense of humor too. If you remember, in Troy’s first Head and Shoulders commercial he introduced us to Polamalacules, the things that make Head and Shoulders work so well.

So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehn, Adieu

As 2011 closes hopefully we can look back and remember the good things from this year. Let’s go in to 2012 with a positive outlook for all things to improve. We all need to remember that the future is ours and we can make it anything we want. I almost forgot one of the Biggest stories of the year and that is combat operations are over in Iraq and almost all of the soldiers have returned home to their loved ones. The staff at ATCMC wishes all of you a safe, happy and prosperous 2011. God Bless.

It's on the way

Ndamukong Suh

Not to anyone’s surprise, Ndamukong Suh has won ATCMC’s first annual “2011 Sports Disgrace of the Year”. Winning with 62% of the votes it wasn’t even close. The Busch brothers were 2nd and 3rd. Stevie Johnson was 4th . There were 2 votes for Baltimore ball-bag John Harbaugh and one for Jerry Sandusky. We tried to call Suh on the phone but we could not reach him. When we called the Lion’s training facility we were told he was in the middle of his daily workout. We found him down the street at a local nursing home. At first we thought he was performing some type of community service. Then we heard him yell, “Pull!” At which time an elderly resident came sailing down the hallway in their wheel chair. Suh horse-collared and drug the resident to the floor then stomped them into submission. We didn’t want to get our currier trashed so we had them drop the coveted award off at the stadium.

He helped himself win the award by his actions in the Thanksgiving Day game with Green Bay, [See Related Video], and then by his subsequent interview on his ejection from the Thanksgiving game and other unsportsmanlike calls this and last season. [See Related Video.] I did have to laugh when he spoke of the incident against Green Bay. He said he was trying to get up and was being held down that was why it looked like he was bouncing Dietrich-Smith’s head off the turf. Right. Pull the left one, it plays Jingle Bells. He said, “I know what I was doing, so does the man upstairs.” At first I thought he was referring to God then I realized he meant Roger Goodell who considers himself higher than God. I couldn’t believe he was trying to defend his actions. Obviously he must think we are as blind as the referees that call the games or watch the replays. We congratulate Suh on aiming so low and finishing so far out in front, (or is it behind) of the other sports degenerates to take the first ever award issued in this category. I think it will look good proudly displayed on the wall of his trailer. Some of you might think I am only basing Suh’s award on his conduct in the TG day Green Bay game. I think it needs to be stated that Suh has only been in the League a year and a half and has already racked up 9 count them 9 personal fouls. Some people have called that statistic shocking. I call it appalling. What in the eff are they doing up there in Detroit? How can they allow this type of player behavior? Perhaps it is not all Suh’s fault. Perhaps the Lions coaching staff needs looked at. This is something they should be all over. If they are trying to get him to change his ways and he is not listening then maybe they should take their own disciplinary action instead of waiting for the Roger Goodell Dictatorship, sorry, I meant the NFL, to take action. His conduct is not excusable. There should be no confusing intensity with nothing more than poor sportsmanship.

"Disgrace" Runner up Kyle Busch

Kurt Busch

As long as I am mentioning poor sportsmanship I would be remiss if I didn’t say that 3rd place in our voting, Kurt Busch, is no longer driving for Roger Penske. After his potty-mouth rant and expletive-ridden comments to and about ESPN pit reporter Dr. Jerry Punch at Miami-Homestead, [See Related Video], it was inevitable that he got fired. His crew chief Steve Addington left the team to join 2011 Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart’s team (Stewart is the owner/driver), Monday following the season finale. It truly comes as no surprise to me that Kurt Busch would lose his ride. He has always had a big mouth and ill temper. It just surprised me it took this long for there to be substantial fallout. Kurt’s brother Kyle is not faring much better. After his on-track dust-up with Ron Honaday at Texas, [See Related Video], and Busch’s subsequent weekend suspension from racing there his primary sponsor, M&M/Mars bailed for the final two races. Some sources close to Busch say that they will return but there may be conditions. Hopefully both of these drivers cut their shit before they kill someone. Both have had on-track issues with other drivers so unless there is some kind of action now it could have a disastrous outcome the next time one of the ball-bag brothers loses his temper.

Harrison says hello to McCoy

In more not-so-surprising news, Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison has been suspended for Monday night’s game against San Francisco. No one was surprised because the only game Pittsburgh could possibly lose in their final three is against the 49ers. Of course it would stand to reason they would suspend him for just 1 game, that one. Harrison appealed his suspension but he already had three strikes against him. #1. He plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. #2. His name is James Harrison. #3. Pittsburgh is playing a team coached by Jim Harbaugh. His brother is the sniveling whiner coach of the Baltimore Ravens. Anyone who thinks Pittsburgh isn’t going to take one up the tail pipe Monday night, raise your hand… That’s what I thought.

He was suspended for helmet to helmet contact with Colt McCoy in last Thursday night’s game against the Cleveland Browns. It appeared to be a legal hit because McCoy was out of the pocket and was acting like a runner. He managed to dump the ball before the colon cleansing hit but nonetheless, he was taught the lesson of trying to run down James Harrison’s side of the field. [See Related Video.] Now the main reason for the suspension, according to the NFL, is the fact that Harrison is a repeat offender. Okay, we’ll concede that fact. But there are a lot of other ones in the league and for some reason they are left alone. I guess it could be a lot worse. When Harrison was injured in the game with the Texans, and gee go figure, there was no penalty on the play, Pittsburgh had enough fine replacements that they went on a 4 game winning streak. There are reports that Charlie Batch might get the start if Ben Roethlisberger is unable to play due to discomfort from the high-ankle sprain he suffered in the Cleveland game. We should remember that while he went to the locker room before the 1st half was over, he started the third quarter and finished the game. Hopefully that will continue here and they are able to emerge victorious on Monday night.


With the Black and Gold off on Sunday I watched the Bengals/Ravens game. This game would decide who would share the top spot with Pittsburgh in the AFC North. Anyone with a brain wanted Cincinnati to win because if Baltimore won, they would take the top spot by virtue of winning both games they played against the Steelers. I am not a fan of either team but I watched, hoping the Bengals could figure out a way to beat John Harbaugh and his incessant whining to the officials on every play. Most of the game was as I expected. Neither could do anything against the other and the ball was thrown more than run. Most of the controversy came in the last 7 minutes of the game.

The first egregious call came with just under 7 minutes to play. Jermain Gresham bobbled but snagged a 9-yard TD pass from Andy Dalton. True, Gresham bobbled but secured the ball, got two feet in bounds and broke the plane of the goal line  before falling to the ground. The ball hit the ground but was never lost. With the new NFL rules this year, all scoring plays are reviewed. Somehow, the moron in the replay booth said no touchdown. They showed the replay over and over and over again and even the announcers in the booth, Brent Musberger and Dan Dierdorf, couldn’t understand how the call was reversed. Then they recalled some Chris Johnson Rule when the player had to maintain control all the way to the ground. It is just amazing how the rules are tweaked as the games go on. The answer was given by the referee when he said that Gresham lost control of the ball when he hit the ground. Okay, first off, the rule stated, or so I thought, that the receiver must secure the ball and make a “football” move. Let’s cover this again. They said that the receiver lost control of the ball when he hit the ground. He was already across the goal line and the points should have counted. Roger Goodell who is as stupid as he is crooked will I’m sure see nothing wrong with the call at all. Watch the play

The next bad show of officiating came in the last 2 minutes to kill a Bengal’s drive. Raven head hunter Terrell Suggs sacked QB Andy Dalton. He came in, hit Dalton in the face, then horse collared him. None of which was called. Dalton tried to throw the ball and they got him for intentional grounding. I watched Joe Flacco do it 3 or 4 times during the game but nary a penalty was called. Go figure. I believe Ed Reed had a nice helmet to helmet hit midway through the 3rd period. He led with his head and a flag was not thrown. I used to think it was only Pittsburgh that got screwed when they played Baltimore.  I see that is no longer so. It was a pathetic display of who the officiating was favoring yesterday. Even my brother and sister-in-law felt the same way. To watch John Harbaugh cry to the officials every play was as disgusting as it was sad. Was he complaining or just reminding them who to call the penalties against. Even people at work who watched the game were as shocked by the ridiculous penalties called against the Bengals while the Ravens were allowed to break most rules with impunity. I know there are some who think this is a childish conspiracy theory, but perhaps instead of criticizing me, try watching a game the Ravens play and see if you don’t agree.

To end this before I throw up in my mouth again, it was obvious to anyone who actually watched the game that Baltimore didn’t deserve to win. The officials kept them in it all day. Yes, there were a few penalties called against them when there was no other choice but it was a pitiful display nonetheless.

The Black and Gold travel to Kansas City for an 8:20pm game with the Chiefs. Let’s go boys and keep the win streak alive for another one. GO STILLERS

As we move further into November we take a quick breath before the end of the year holidays get here. We search for a handle on the entire PSU tragedy, and I, for one, am disgusted by all the media hype over it. There are people who think Jo Pa is a God and should not have been fired. While Paterno might not have molested those kids and did report what was reported to him, he didn’t do what was morally right. He opted to protect the football program and the university.  I actually don’t feel bad that he got fired.  Had he acted responsibly and morally when it happened the university wouldn’t be under fire and scrutiny like they are now. There are even reports that students are transferring from the university because they no longer want to be associated with the campus. Even Governor Tom Corbet felt that the police should have been involved much, much sooner then they were. He is also making moves to change the laws regarding these types of crimes. I consider any crime against a child heinous and an abomination. You took the pure, honest trust that a child has in an adult and threw it away. I feel that everyone involved with this case in some shape or another should face the maximum punishment by law. Yes, even the Almighty Joe Paterno.

Pittsburgh rebounded from their close loss to Baltimore last week by owning the Bengals on Sunday. Pittsburgh seemed to be the team of old as they moved the ball at will while Cincinnati had no answer for Pittsburgh’s offense. Bruce Aryans and Roethlisberger used everyone on the offense and spread the ball around. I must admit that the Bengals Rookie QB Andy Dalton looks like he is the real deal. Cincinnati did a good job eliminating the huge hole they had in the play-caller position by trading Carson Palmer and Dalton could be the right fit. Time will tell. It’s only his first season and I have seen many a QB fall apart after the rookie season. By the time it was over Pittsburgh was on top 24-17 and a pick near the two-minute warning by William Gay sealed the game for the Black and Gold. Good job boys, it’s nice to move into a bye week coming off a win. They return to action on the 27th in Kansas City for an 8:20 game against the Chiefs.

It's almost that time

It is almost that time of year that I so look forward to. That time when normally normal people lose their minds and crash the value of their homes by uglying it up with as many Christmas abominations as they can find. I have already started driving around looking for those people with no taste or common sense when it comes to exterior illumination. I have asked once, but anyone who finds a hideous Christmas display please take a picture and e-mail it to me so I might include it in this year’s addition of Exterior Illumination. The deadline will be around the week before Christmas. If you do send me a picture, please include your name and where the picture was taken. I’ll make sure you get credit for it. Enjoy this time of year and please, use discretion when decorating for Christmas. I’d hate to have to include you in this year’s addition…

We are quickly closing in on Turkey Day and I am looking forward to time with family and friends. As we get close to the end of the year we need to remember all we have and should be thankful for. Please use this time of the year to do for someone else. Many people are in need and everyone should have somewhere to go and people to be with.

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