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Pirates' Burnett tweets about empty seats

Pirates' pitcher A.J. Burnett tweeted this last night after the game:

 
 
Naturally, Twitter responded. 
 
Some agreed, some questioned whether A.J. was implying the team lost because there weren't enough fans in the seats (see his subsequent tweets and retweets)
 
The Pirates have now lost two in a row to the Padres, including Monday night when Burnett (8-11) was pitching. And, while the team is in a pennant race, last night was a Tuesday during the school year.
 
What do readers think: Was Burnett right to grumble-- does this show a lack of fan support? Or, should the team be more focused on winning games than counting empty seats?

 

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'Faceburgh' exhibit puts best face forward

Written by Kim Lyons on .

The feeling of recognition is sort of uncanny with the Faceburgh project; it's like recognizing an actor from a TV show but not being able to put a name to the face.

But Faceburgh is a photo essay, a collection of images showing "who" Pittsburgh is.

Photographer Matte Braidic said the project grew organically from his daily routine. "Every day, I sit in cafes, with my dog, smoke cigarettes and drink coffee," he said. "This is how the world looks as it passes my eyes."

Braidic started taking the candid, street-level photos in 2011, and amassed a collection of more than 23,000 faces. The PG's Dan Gigler wrote about the project last year, complete with a slideshow of the Faceburgh images Braidic had collected to that point.

Choosing 35 pictures from his collection for an upcoming exhibit at the South Side Welcome Center was no small task, but Braidic said he's happy with the results.

"This is a celebration of Pittsburgh," he said.

An artist's reception will be held Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the South Side Welcome Center. The exhibit will remain on display at the Welcome Center through October.

For more information: facebook.com/faceburgh.

Also, check out Dan Gigler's story about the photographer from 2012.

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 All images courtesy Matte Braidic

 

 

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'Breaking Bad' quiz coming to Pittsburgh

Written by Kim Lyons on .

 

As the show "Breaking Bad" hurtles toward its probably violent finale on Sept. 29, fans of the AMC show are already mourning its departure. Many of these fans are known for their deep knowledge of the show's most intricate details. Many theories abound about the fates of the show's central characters, particularly that of science teacher/cancer patient turned meth cook and drug lord Walter White. One in particular, the "Hunter-Gatherer Theory" seems to be catching a lot of attention (contains spoilers if you're not caught up with the latest episode).


Before the show ends, Denver-based Geeks Who Drink will host a pub quiz at a handful of establishments across the country on Sept. 25, including at James Street Gastropub on Pittsburgh's North Side. "Los Geek Hermanos" is a quiz, not a trivia night, says Geeks Who Drink spokesman John Smith, "because trivia is trivial," he said, and "Breaking Bad" fans, like many devoted TV fans, take their show very seriously.
Geeks Who Drink conducts its quizzes in the Irish tradition of pub quizzes, Smith said, with participants divided into teams, and prize money at stake. 


The quizzes do sell out, and it's first-come, first-served, so if you want to test your knowledge of Walt, Jesse, Hank, Skyler and the rest of the "Breaking Bad" inhabitants, check out the details for the quiz night here.


And be sure to have an A-1 day. B*tch.

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photo: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

 

 

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Twitter files papers to go public

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Twitter announced today -- fittingly in a tweet -- that it has filed papers to go public

 

The announcement has been long anticipated. Analysts recently predicted the value of Twitter IPO at around $10 billion. Twitter's filing is confidential, therefore, none of the details are open to the public at this point.

Facebook, Zuckeberg's social media giant, went public on May 18, 2012. Now the company is valued at about $100 billion.

Twitter investors are surely happy about the IPO decision. Others -- not so much.

What do you think?

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Pirates on the cover

Written by Heather Schmelzlen on .

Have you seen the front page of today's Post-Gazette?

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In case you can't make out those statistics at the top of the page, here they are:

81: Number of victories by the Pirates so far this season, guaranteeing they will not have a losing season

20: Prior to this season, the number of consecutive losing seasons, a record for the four major sports

1,374-1,796: The Pirates' aggregate win-loss record in the 20 losing seasons since they lost Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series

7: Number of losing seasons between the Steelers and Penguins during the Pirates' losing streak

 

And we're not the only ones who think the Bucs are cover worthy. Sports Illustrated announced today that the team will also grace the front of its Sept. 9 issue.

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You may remember that closer Jason Grilli was on the cover of the July 22 issue. Two Pirates on the cover in one summer? Here's what Sports Illustrated has to say about that:

For the first time in 21 years, the Pittsburgh Pirates will finish with at least a .500 record and for the second time this season, their magical summer has landed them on the cover of Sports Illustrated. All-Star closer Jason Grilli was featured on the front of the July 22 issue and this time it’s another of Pittsburgh’s five All-Stars, centerfielder and MVP candidate Andrew McCutchen, who gets top billing. That’s appropriate because McCutchen might be the single biggest reason the Pirates enter play on Wednesday with a two-game lead in the National League Central as they chase their first division title and playoff berth since 1992, which is also the last time they finished with a winning record.

 

Oh, and just for kicks, this was the Pirates' presence on the front page of the Post-Gazette on Sept. 4, 2012:

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Just a teeny-tiny mention in the skybox ... of the team's loss to Houston the previous night. What a difference a year makes, huh?

 

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