Welcome to Trendsburgh! Every Monday-Friday at 5 p.m. (sometimes earlier), we'll give you a quick recap of what was trending on Twitter and/or Facebook here in the 'Burgh and U.S. throughout the day.
This week: August 29 - Sept. 2
"I don’t want the first half of last season to happen ever again. I want the second part. I want to keep the Cup."
Those were the words Penguins captain Sidney Crosby penned in an essay to Sports Illustrated's The Cauldron.
The 29-year-old described the struggles he and the team faced early on last season — and how they were able to turn it around.
"That October to December stretch was awful; the lowest point of my career outside of injury. I’ll put in any amount of work I have to so I don’t have to go through that again," Crosby wrote.
The NHL star remembers feeling the frustration of going on a scoring drought early on and the media constantly asking why a team loaded with star power was losing so much.
"After each and every practice and game, reporters were there to remind me that things weren’t going well. 'Why aren’t you scoring?' . . . 'Why can’t the offense get going?' . . . 'Why is a team with so much talent struggling to win?' "
He continues: "...when the media repeats the same questions — particularly when the team isn’t winning consistently — you already know that whatever is being said out there, it isn’t good. You can feel the atmosphere in the arena and see the look in people’s eyes. It’s hard not to hold the stick a little bit tighter. It’s hard not to want to fix it all with one big game. It’s hard not to over-think and over-work and try to make perfect plays instead of just playing."
He briefly mentions the coaching change the organization made halfway through the season, saying it "is difficult as a player to have rest on your shoulders," but acknowledged that it led to a faster playing style that ultimately led the team to success.
All in all, he writes, "winning the Stanley Cup was amazing (obviously), but it was made all the more sweet on account of how we started the season. We were an afterthought, a punchline — and then we weren’t."
The full essay can be found here.
(Rodrigo Cruz/The New York Times)
The he-said-he-said continues.
Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto today reiterated that Mexico would not pay for a wall — despite what Donald Trump had said following their meeting.
Donald Trump tweeted this last night following his speech in Arizona:
Mexico will pay for the wall!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 1, 2016
Pena Nieto had something else to say:
Repito lo que le dije personalmente, Sr. Trump: México jamás pagaría por un muro. https://t.co/IJNVe0XepY— Enrique Peña Nieto (@EPN) September 1, 2016
Translation: "I'll repeat what I told you personally, Mr. Trump: Mexico will never pay for a wall."
The tweet follows what was a rough morning for Trump among Latinos that had been supporting him.
Trump's speech Wednesday night raised many eyebrows, especially among the Latino community where some thought he would be softening his stance on immigration.
This morning, via POLITICO:
Jacob Monty, a member of Trump’s National Hispanic Advisory Council, quickly resigned after the speech. Another member, Ramiro Pena, a Texas pastor, said Trump's speech likely cost him the election and said he'd have to reconsider being part of a "scam." And Alfonso Aguilar, the president of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, said in an interview that he is “inclined” to pull his support.
“I was a strong supporter of Donald Trump when I believed he was going to address the immigration problem realistically and compassionately,” said Monty, a Houston attorney who has aggressively made the Latino case for Trump. “What I heard today was not realistic and not compassionate.”
Trump was again making headlines after his speech in Cincinnati in which he said he would require schools to teach patriotism.
“We will stop apologizing for America, and we will start celebrating America,” he said. “We will be united by our common cultures, values, and principles, becoming one American nation, one country under the one constitution, saluting one American flag—always saluting.”
Colin Kaepernick drew ire from the Internet yet again after someone spotted him wearing these socks during practice.
He then took to Instagram to explain his position:
Just when the controversy was dying down, too.....
Hurricane Hermine is on its way and all the Gulf Coast can do is wait and brace itself.
"This storm is life-threatening," Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.
The former musician was honored in London, days ahead of what would have been his 70th birthday.
The Queen frontman’s home in the suburb of Feltham was decorated with a English Heritage Blue Plaque — a historic marker that ties the location with a famous person.
Blue plaques have been erected in the English capital for 150 years and currently total over 900. English Heritage, the organization that awards the plaques, only adds a dozen or so each year. The plaques have become popular tourist destinations.
Viral video(s) making the round(s):
SpaceX had setback today during a routine static test-fire.
The blast destroyed Facebook's first satellite.
At last, the drama is over.
The NFL today cleared the Steelers linebacker of any wrongdoing relating to an Al-Jazeera report that tied him and other players to the use of banned substances.
“The NFL found no credible evidence that Pittsburgh’s James Harrison and Green Bay’s Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers were provided with or used substances prohibited under the NFL-NFLPA Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances following a comprehensive investigation into allegations made in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America," the report read.
(Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images)
The meeting with Mexico's president was short and sweet, just like the announcement.
And like the announcement, today's conference left us with more questions than answers.
Especially the one on everyone's mind: Who will pay for the wall?
"We did discuss the wall. We didn't discuss payment of the wall...I think we're very well on our way. We have to be strong." - #DonaldTrump— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 31, 2016
Trump did get some praise, though.
Who knows whether it's a lasting moment or whether tonight overtakes it, but Trump played typical visiting pol role well— Scott Detrow (@scottdetrow) August 31, 2016
However, there was some disappointment among others:
How can a press conference with two of the least-popular political leaders in the Western Hemisphere be so boring?— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) August 31, 2016
Mexico's president has a different version of what went down, it seems.....
There IS a season 2 coming, folks.
We just have to wait a while.
Netflix had this little tease to offer:
The adventure continues. Stranger Things 2 is coming 2017. pic.twitter.com/3H4WR3DGEj— Stranger Things (@Stranger_Things) August 31, 2016
But they didn't answer the question on everyone's mind [SPOILER ALERT]: WHAT HAPPENED TO ELEVEN??
Speaking of Netflix, guess who's getting their own show — again?
That's right, Bill Nye the science guy.
- "Bill Nye Saves the World" will explore science and its impact on politics, society and pop culture. Each episode will tackle a different topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry. Nye will also bring in special guests, conduct experiments and, ultimately, let the facts make the case.
“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” Nye said. “Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”
Let the countdown to spring 2017 begin.
The debate continues.
This time, several veterans took to Twitter using the hashtag #VeteransForKaepernick to show their support for the embattled San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who made headlines earlier this week by refusing to stand during the national anthem in protest of the black lives lost to police violence.
The R&B star is making headlines again.
Police in Los Angeles spent a good portion this morning searching through the entertainer's house after receiving a call from a woman who said Brown had threatened her with a gun.
The search was sparked by a call for help from a woman who said she had been threatened by the performer, police sources said, with officers first arriving at Brown’s home in the 5000 block of Corbin Avenue about 3 a.m. Tuesday, said LAPD Officer Liliana Preciado.
The woman said Brown, who has had several previous run-ins with the law, pointed a gun at her during a violent rage before she ran outside to call police, according to the police sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly about the case.
TMZ, who broke the story, says weapons and drugs were found in a duffel bag Brown threw.
This isn't Brown's first run-in with the law.
He pleaded guilty in 2009 to attacking superstar Rihanna, his girlfriend at the time, and spent six years on probation and also performing 1,000 hours of community service.
More from Los Angeles Times:
Brown also faced charges in connection with driving without a license and accusations of a hit-and-run. In May 2014, he admitted to violating his probation after committing an assault outside a Washington hotel.
More recently, in June, Brown’s former manager, Michael Guirguis, known as “Mike G,” filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles County Superior Court alleging he was attacked by the singer.
Brown punched Guirguis four times in the face and neck in an incident on May 10, according to the complaint.
Tim Tebow is doing everything he can to be back out in the field — even if it's a baseball field.
The former NFL quarterback had a two-hour workout today in front of 42 MLB scouts (the Pirates included).
Reviews were mixed.
The former Heisman Trophy winner hit eight balls over the fence at USC's Dedeaux Field, including shots that cleared a scoreboard and reached the trees in right field. The lefty also hit an opposite-field drive that cleared the left field wall.
He looked less impressive during live batting practice against former major league relievers Chad Smith and David Aardsma. Smith's fastball topped out at 92 mph, and Tebow put four of Smith's first 20 pitches in play, cracking a line drive to center field that would have been the only sure hit in the bunch. He also lined two balls to shortstop and grounded to second base in displaying decent bat speed.
Some tweets from those who saw him live:
for what it's worth, 6.7-6.9 in 60-yard dash is around Major League average, three scouts had Tim Tebow at exactly 6.76— Taylor Blake Ward (@TaylorBlakeWard) August 30, 2016
Tebow has hit some major bombs. Here's one of at least four into, or over, the trees in right. pic.twitter.com/vmxYgoA817— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) August 30, 2016
Tim Tebow's out here running like https://t.co/SlQ2FRlYzA— Michael Lananna (@mlananna) August 30, 2016
So can we expect to see Tebow in an MLB uniform soon?
representative says they're hoping that Tim Tebow will sign soon enough to get into instructional league, which is usually mid-October— Taylor Blake Ward (@TaylorBlakeWard) August 30, 2016
Tired of hearing about the Olympic swimmer?
Lochte's going to be in the spotlight for some time after it was announced he'll be on this season's "Dancing With the Stars."
If you're not a fan of him, we suggest you avoid the ABC network.
Wonder if he'll be bringing these moves.
Among the other cast members taking part in the show are actress/model Amber Rose, Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez, rapper Vanilla Ice, actress Maureen McCormick, former NFL receiver Calvin Johnson and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
It all started with an article.
More specifically, an article from a site called "The Modern Man."
The title of it, plainly: How to Talk to a Woman Who is Wearing Headphones.
In it, the author lists ways to, well, talk to a woman who is wearing headphones.
The Internet wasn't having it.
#HowToTalkToAWomanWho is wearing headphones/reading/otherwise occupying herself: Don't.— L. Nicol Cabe (@nicolthegreat) August 30, 2016
HOW TO TALK TO A WOMAN WHO IS WEARING HEADPHONES— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) August 30, 2016
Step 1: Don't
Step 2: Truly, don't
Step 3: She doesn't wanna talk to you
Step 4: I promise
Headphones means she has already decided what she wants to listen to, and it's not you.— Chloe Angyal (@ChloeAngyal) August 30, 2016
Probably didn't help that this was in the author's bio:
- If you have a problem with women, I have the perfect solution for you. I've already helped thousands of guys to achieve instant success with women and I would love to help you too. View customer success stories, browse my products or watch this mind-blowing video about success with women.
The Islamic State reported that their spokesman and senior leader in Syria was killed by an airstrike.
But some were wondering:
Well then... Who made the announcement? https://t.co/TrH85JMj6m— Mike Sisak (@mikesisak) August 30, 2016
Rest In Peace, Gene Wilder.
The star of "Willy Wonka" and Mel Brooks movies "The Producers," ''Blazing Saddles" and "Young Frankenstein" died on Sunday at the age of 83.
Via the Associated Press:
Jordan Walker-Pearlman said in a statement that Mr. Wilder was diagnosed with the disease three years ago, but kept the condition private so as not to disappoint fans.
"He simply couldn't bear the idea of one less smile in the world," Mr. Walker-Pearlman said.
Mel Brooks took to Twitter to honor his friend:
Gene Wilder-One of the truly great talents of our time. He blessed every film we did with his magic & he blessed me with his friendship.— Mel Brooks (@MelBrooks) August 29, 2016
(Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)
Another day, another sexting scandal for the former congressman.
This time, it's costing him something more dearly: his wife.
Via The New York Times:
- Hillary Clinton’s closest aide, Huma Abedin, said Monday that she intended to separate from her husband, Anthony D. Weiner, the former congressman and New York City mayoral candidate, after it was reported that Mr. Weiner had exchanged suggestive images and messages with a woman while the couple’s young child was beside him.
This would be the third time Weiner has been embroiled in a sexting controversy.
“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” Abedin said in the statement. “Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy.”
The MTV Video Music Awards dominated social media, but the TV ratings say another thing.
Anyways, Beyonce was, of course, the talk of the night (and the Internet), taking home eight Moon Men out of 11 and delivering a performance that had people buzzing.
Adele was second in nominations but ended up with zero wins — perhaps the reason why she didn't show up.
Among the highlights in what was a pretty tame awards show compared to previous year (MTV might reconsider bringing Miley Cyrus back)
- Beyonce's "Lemonade" performance
- Kanye West being Kanye West
- Britney Spears taking on the VMA stage again
- Drake opening up about Rihanna
- Ariana Grande and Pittsburgh's Mac Miller making it official-official
- The Final Five!
(Wilfredo Lee/Associated Press)
Trending since Sunday, Juan Gabriel is not a name widely known in U.S. pop culture, but to Latinos, it's as popular as Elvis.
The Mexican legend died Sunday from a heart attack at the age of 66.
His popularity in Latino culture can be compared to that of Michael Jackson, Prince, Elton John, the list goes on.
Via a Billboard profile that was published before Gabriel's death:
Born Alberto Aguilera Valadez, the son of a farmer, in Parácuaro, Mexico, about 165 miles west of Mexico City, Gabriel is a courtly gentleman, the single father of four adult children. Yet he transforms onstage into a master of melodrama (his nickname is "The Divo From Juárez") and is known to bring both men and women to tears during his two-and-a-half-hour concerts.
Gabriel was in the middle of his MeXXIco Es Todos (Mexico Is All of Us) tour.
Several artists took to social media to mourn him.
For a better understanding of his significance: