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Pittsburgh's Chris Jamison finishes third on 'The Voice,' but what's the deal with that Craig Wayne Boyd interview?

Written by Maria Sciullo on .

Well, that was super-awkward.

It's not unusual for media types to get tangled up in the post-show interview area at big events. But when WPXI hired Los Angeles -based Stephanie Stanton to get a quote or two from Chris Jamison, a Ross man who'd just finished third on NBC's 'The Voice,' it got more than it bargained for.

jessiejInstead of Jamison, she was approached by coach Blake Shelton and the show's host, Carson Daly. Next came winner Craig Wayne Boyd, who gave her a little hug.

In an understandably good mood, the three men settled in around Stanton for an interview. Clearly taken aback, she let them say a few words before cutting in to say, to the effect, "uh guys, we only really care about the Pittsburgh singer, and look, here's a video of him from last night."

No surprise, when the live cameras returned to the red carpet, the three men had hightailed it out of frame.

Still, it was a big night for Jamison. He sang a couple of numbers, including "Masterpiece," with Jessie J, it was revealed he'd been given a new Nissan automobile, and given the connections he's made through the show, appears to be light years ahead in his career than this time six months ago.

As coach Pharrell Williams noted on Tuesday night's show, "The Voice" is a platform to go out and "conquer the world."

 

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"The Interview" NYC premiere scrapped, Carmike won't play film

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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Variety has just reported that the New York premiere of "The Interview" has been canceled. That came on the heels of word that Carmike Cinemas had scrapped plans to show the movie. 

The news came hours after hackers’ threats that evoked 9/11 and seemed to target theaters playing the comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. It stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, who canceled their media appearances for today and tomorrow.

Sony still plans to release the movie, the trade publication reported, but told distributors they could pull it from their Christmas Day openings. It’s too early to know if other chains will follow Carmike’s example.

Christmas, after all, is one of the busiest, most lucrative movie seasons of the year. Today’s news isn’t just about patrons who might be leery of seeing “The Interview” but of going to any theater to see a movie.

The Department of Homeland Security said earlier today there was “no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theaters” but said it was still analyzing messages from the hackers calling themselves Guardians of peace. However, the Associated Press reports that law enforcement in New York and Los Angeles are addressing measures to ramp up security.

 

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Knights In Steelers' Service

Written by Dan Gigler on .

In what was a particularly inspired showing Sunday by Steelers fans at a road game (which is really saying something given Pittsburgh fans' propensity for taking over stadia across the land) even head coach Mike Tomlin took a moment to acknowledge postgame, saying,

"I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Steeler Nation. They were special in the building today, just love and appreciate the support that we get from our fans on the road, we are used to seeing it but it never gets old, we really appreciate it. ”

On that note, check out the Nick Tolomeo and Bethany Novak of Pittsburgh's South Side and Jessica Wolfson and Chad Holcomb of Atlanta who melded the Steelers Nation with the KISS Army to great effect: 

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Popular Vokoun was 'silly' - 12-16-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Tomas Vokoun's professional career began in 1995-96 with the Wheeling Thunderbirds, the precursor to the Nailers. As a 19-year-old Czech who spoke little English and didn't have a drivers license, he had to take special measures to get to the rink from his apartment.

I had to sit every morning by the window,” Vokoun said in a 2013 interview with the Post-Gazette. “Wait until [teammates] were leaving so they wouldn’t leave me because I wouldn’t have any way to get to the rink. “

Vokoun, 38, announced his retirement Sunday after 19 professional seasons, including 16 in the NHL. A free agent signing in 2012, he spent two seasons with the Penguins. Serving as a backup for the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, he took over for struggling starter Marc-Andre Fleury and led the Penguins to the Eastern Conference final.

Tomas has always been a great teammate,” said defenseman Kris Letang. “Obviously a veteran in the room. So many good memories. He's a fun guy to be around. Obviously, every time that he stepped in, especially in the playoffs, he did really well for us. He had a great career I think.”

In 700 career games with the Canadiens, Predators, Panthers, Capitals and Penguins, Vokoun had a 300-288-78 record with a 2.55 goals against average, a .917 save percentage and 51 shutouts.

I remember a lot playing against him in his years down in Florida. You'd throw a whole bunch of shots at him, 40 or 50 shots at him , and you'd maybe get one goal.”

Well schooled in the details of the game, Vokoun wouldn't hesitate to aid a teammate

He was the No. 1 [goaltender] there [with the Panthers],” said Lightning defenseman Jason Garrison, a teammate of Vokoun in Florida. “It was good to have him there as a mentor for a defenseman. He's been around obviously. He'd kind of show you your positioning on the ice and how to defend and what goalies expect of you.”

Vokoun was something of a rarity in that he caught pucks with his right hand. Of the 710 goaltenders who have played in at least one NHL game, only 79 (11.1 percent) of them have been - to use the sport's slang - “silly siders.”

It's odd,” said Lightning left winger Brenden Morrow, a former Penguins teammate of Vokoun. “As a left shot, you kind of thinking low blocker. That's your shot. When there's a silly goalie like that, it changes things up a little bit. It probably gives a little bit more of an advantage to him.”

It was always tough to read him [in practice],” said Letang. “He had that step on us like he was reading what we were going to do. So you kind of looked bad every time you were going to take a shot on him.”

Vokoun's 2013-14 season was spent on injured reserve as a result of a blood clot in his groin. Aside from a two-game conditioning assignment with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Vokoun did not play at all last season. An unrestricted free agent this offseason, he turned down a handful of free agent offers and training camp invitations before deciding to retire.

(Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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My 2014 AP All-American ballot

Written by Sam Werner on .

I know everyone is in coaching search mode, but I just wanted to take a second to post my AP All-American team for this year. Here's a link to the full team, and here's my ballot:

FIRST TEAM:
Offense
QB - Marcus Mariota, Oregon
RB - Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
RB - Tevin Coleman, Indiana
OT - Brandon Scherff, Iowa
OG - Arie Kouandjio, Alabama
C - Jack Allen, Michigan State
OG - Shaquille Mason, Georgia Tech
OT - Andrus Peat, Stanford
TE - Nick O'Leary, Florida State
WR - Amari Cooper, Alabama
WR - Rashard Higgins, Colorado State
All-purpose player - Tyler Lockett, Kansas State
K - Roberto Aguayo, Florida State

Defense
DE - Vic Beasley, Clemson
DT - Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
DT - Malcom Brown, Texas
DE - Hau'oli Kikaha, Washington
LB - Scooby Wright, Arizona
LB - Eric Kendricks, UCLA
LB - Paul Dawson, TCU
CB - Senquez Golson, Ole Miss
S - Gerod Holiman, Louisville
S - Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
CB - Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
P - Tom Hackett, Utah

SECOND TEAM:
Offense

QB - J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
RB - James Conner, Pitt
RB - Jay Ajayi, Boise State
OT - Cameron Erving, Florida State
OG - Laken Tomlinson, Duke
C - Reese Dismukes, Auburn
OG - A.J. Cann, South Carolina
OT - Spencer Drango, Baylor
TE - Clive Walford, Miami
WR - Jaelen Strong, Arizona State
WR - Kevin White, WVU
All-purpose player - Shaq Thompson, Washington
K - Josh Lambert, West Virginia

Defense
DE - Joey Bosa, Ohio State
DT - Danny Shelton, Washington
DT - Michael Bennett, Ohio State
DE - Shane Ray, Missouri
LB - Denzel Perryman, Miami
LB - Mike Hull, Penn State
LB - Zach Vigil, Utah State
CB - Zack Sanchez, Oklahoma
S - Landon Collins, Alabama
S - Kurtis Drummond, Michigan State
CB - Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Oregon
P - Austin Rehkow, Idaho

 

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