Published on Sunday, 28 December 2014 9:00 pm by Dan Gigler
afc-north-championship-in-tweetsHALFTIME Regardless of tonight's outcome, Steelers open playoffs on Saturday at 8:15. If they win, it will be Ravens at Heinz. If they lose, at Indy— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) December 29, 2014 Tonight's attendance @heinzfield: 64,697— Burt Lauten (@SteelersPRBurt) December 29, 2014 Kramer gets sick after drinking ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 28 December 2014 3:51 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
sid-s-going-to-be-fine-12-28-14  With one goal in his past 12 games, Penguins center Sidney Crosby's lack of offensive production has drawn plenty of attention from critics. His biggest rival isn't among them. “Sid's going to be fine,” said Washington left winger Alex Ovechkin following his team's practice at Southpointe Sunday. “He got sick [with mumps],” said Ovechkin, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 28 December 2014 8:37 am by Doug Oster
italian-lunch-was-the-best-ever  Eros Buratti with tour guide Anna Maria Massimi in his meat and cheese shop in Verbania, Italy. Photos by Doug Oster By Doug Oster / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette VERBANIA, Italy — Serendipity and a chance encounter on my recent trip to this Mediterranean country led me to the very best lunch I’ve ever eaten — anywhere. It began back in September ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 28 December 2014 10:11 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-12-28-14Penguins -The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “I’d be lying if I said it didn’t feel pretty good. A little better than most games.” - Capitals defenseman Brooks Orpik (above, battling Sidney Crosby) on beating his former team. -The Washington Post's recap. "A lot of guys I respect on their team and am pretty good friends with that I ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 28 December 2014 12:49 am by Seth Rorabaugh
capitals-at-penguins-12-27-14POSTGAME -First things first, there were no updates on the health of Patric Hornqvist or Kris Letang. Hornqvist left the game after the first period and Letang left with approximately 2:30 remaining regulation. The Penguins have a practice tomorrow and presumably, some update on them will be available then. -The Capitals beat the Penguins with ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 27 December 2014 3:11 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
don-t-expect-crosby-niskanen-ii-12-27-14  Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen will play his first game against the Penguins since leaving Pittsburgh as a free agent this past offseason. The previous time he played the Penguins came as a member of the Dallas Stars. In a 5-2 home win for Dallas Nov. 3, 2010, Niskanen fought Penguins captain Sidney Crosby. “After he gave me a whooping ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 27 December 2014 2:45 pm by Seth Rorabaugh
about-the-capitals-12-27-14A preview of the Capitals. When and where: 7:30 p.m, EST, Consol Energy Center. TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), NBC Sports Network (rest of the United States), SportsNet. Record: 17-11-6, 40 points. The Capitals are in fourth place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division. Leading Scorer: Center Nicklas Backstrom, 36 points (11 goals, ... Read More and Comment
Published on Sunday, 28 December 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
patriotic-serviceDid you do your patriotic duty and go see "The Interview" in theaters? Kim Jong Un was not happy about the movie's release. He called Obama a monkey. So, it would seem Kim's not just a cruel despot, he's a racist cruel despot.  Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 27 December 2014 7:33 am by Sam Werner
a-few-notes-from-narduzzi-s-first-press-conference There you have it, ladies and gentlemen, Pat Narduzzi is officially the next Pitt football coach. Here's a link to my story from today's Post-Gazette, and here's my colleague Ron Cook on Narduzzi's first impressions. Here are a few extra notes that didn't make it into the paper... - A big theme in Narduzzi's introduction was his background in ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 27 December 2014 5:14 am by Doug Oster
taking-chances-in-the-garden-pays-off-sometimes Fall is when gardeners can take a leap of faith by planting cold weather crops, betting the winter won't be as harsh as the year before. Some seasons the decision looks like genius, others more like foolishness. This winter, late planters look brilliant. Tiny yellow violas are luminescent in the late afternoon sun. They are planted along the edges ... Read More and Comment
Published on Saturday, 27 December 2014 2:38 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-12-27-14Penguins -The first time Brooks Orpik (right) played for the Penguins back in 2002, he didn't even get his own jersey. Tonight, he'll be wearing a completely different jersey with the rival Washington Capitals. -Teammate Matt Niskanen and assistant coach Todd Reirden will also have something of a homecoming tonight. -Steve Downie and Thomas Greiss ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 26 December 2014 3:58 pm by Elizabeth Bloom
liner-notes-vol-xiiiLooking for some reading this holiday weekend? Check out a few pieces of music and arts journalism below, including a feature in the Atlantic on the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust:  From the New York Times, a watery piano recital http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/11/arts/music/hlne-grimaud-performs-tears-become-streams-become.html  From the ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 26 December 2014 12:33 pm by Natalie Bencivenga
setting-the-seen-new-year-s-eve-specialRing in the New Year with a sneak preview of the Pittsburgh Opera's New Year's Eve Gala and Concert: As Time Goes By! Big shout-out to Boutique la Passerelle and Anna Ciaccio for styling us! Follow @NBSeen on Twitter and on Instagram @NatalieBenci to keep up with #wheresNataliePG Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 26 December 2014 12:29 pm by
perry-on-politics-the-problem-with-the-interview Dennis Lavalle holds a ticket and a poster of the film "The Interview" starring actors Seth Rogen and James Franco as he attends the Christmas Day screening of "The Interview" in the Van Nuys section of Los Angeles, California, Dec. 25, 2014. (Associated Press photo)By James M. Perry"The Interview" is a second-rate comedy about the...Read ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 26 December 2014 10:17 am by Doug Oster
north-hills-community-outreach-needs-seeds-to-help-the-hungry These heirloom bean seeds would be a perfect gift to help the hungry. Photo by Doug Oster The North Hills Community Outreach grows vegetables providing food for three food pantries and could use your help. Donations of organic seeds are now being collected for their Rosalinda Sauro Sirianni Garden. Lettuce, spinach, bush beans, carrots, cabbage ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 26 December 2014 8:27 am by Doug Oster
double-amaryllis-is-stunning-how-to-make-them-bloom-again 'Sweet Nymph' amaryllis is the perfect cure for the winter blues. Photo by Doug Oster The frilly pink blossoms of 'Sweet Nymph' amaryllis light up the living room from the windowsill. I was sent three bulbs to try from Longfield Gardens. The first to bloom is 'Sweet Nymph,' the other two amaryllis bulbs are 'Cherry Nymph' and 'White Nymph,' ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 26 December 2014 4:05 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-12-26-14Penguins -The Penguins and the rest of the NHL are on Christmas vacation. -Happy 77th birthday to former Penguins forward and coach Gene Ubriaco. Acquired from Hershey of the AHL in the 1967 offseason in exchange for Jeannot Gilbert, Ubriaco, the first player in franchise history to wear No. 11, spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins as a ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 25 December 2014 8:51 am by Sharon Eberson
the-interview-filmmakers-get-their-wish-it-s-being-seen-even-by-meI was personally offended by the movie I saw on Christmas Eve. It took aim at broadcast journalists who are depicted as either being stuck in ivory towers or idiots. Nah, not really. I'm not easily offended. For my $5.99 at www.seetheinterview.com and the twinge of nervousness spending it, I got the gross, irreverent "The Interview," which like ... Read More and Comment
Published on Thursday, 25 December 2014 4:15 am by Seth Rorabaugh
empty-netter-assists-12-25-14Penguins -Who are the Penguins' top 10 prospects? -From Jaromir Jagr to Dominik Uher. The Penguins have had at least one Czech on the roster since 1990-91. -Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins forward Stu Barnes (right). Acquired early in the 1996-97 season along with Jason Woolley in a trade which sent Chris Wells to the Panthers, Barnes spent ... Read More and Comment
Published on Friday, 26 December 2014 12:00 am by Rob Rogers
sweater-returnDo we really need another Rick Santorum presidential run? No we don't.  Read More and Comment