Monday, January 10, 2011

Monday: The Rugged Discipline of Steel

Will our leader transform in name again to turn back the march of the rampaging Baltimore Ravens?

"Here we go again," Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis said with a smile on his face. "I told you guys earlier in the year, man, that it's something [special] about the journey." (NFL Nation, James Walker)

Lewis vividly remembers the two teams' last playoff meeting in 2009 and feeling overwhelmed on the field by a "12th man": the home-field advantage, and the unstoppable energies of civic faith and hometown pride emanating in part from a nominally powered-up mayor of Pittsburgh eating sandwiches with thick and rich Heinz Ketchup.

"This is the NFL at its best," Ravens Pro Bowl defensive end Terrell Suggs said. "This is what the world wants to see. They want to see Baltimore and Pittsburgh." (ibid)

Can Pittsburgh afford to take on a divisional and conference rival like Baltimore with any degree of ill-preparedness or complacency? I say no. When a season is on the line like this, there are no tomorrows. Playing it safe means pulling out all the stops. Produce Steelerstahl.

We owe it to Cleveland, Youngstown and Steubenville to keep all the AFC North bragging rights in Cleveburgh.


Good news for the Hill District and the North Side: Trib, Jeremy Boren

Even more good news for the North Side: NSC, Matthew Chichowicz

More good material from the North Side Chronicle: NSC, Emily Leone, parts I, II, and III

Relive the drama of New Years Eve, or learn about it for the first time if you were not living in that cave: P-G, Joe Smydo

Students in the former Westinghouse and Peabody feeder patterns now get to choose between new single-gender Academies at Westinghouse that run on trimesters and utilize a talking Sorting Hat, or other magnet programs, or Milliones "University Prep": P-G, Eleanor Chute

There is a national moment of silence today at 11:00 am, so I will keep this brief.

"I call on Americans to observe a moment of silence to honour the innocent victims of the senseless tragedy in Tucson, Ariz., including those still fighting for their lives,” [President] Obama said in a prepared statement. “It will be a time for us to come together as a nation in prayer or reflection, keeping the victims and their families closely at heart.” (Toronto Sun, Qmi Agency)

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