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Talkin' Bout Practice: Aug. 21

Written by Sam Werner on .

Pitt lightened things up today for practice No. 13 of training camp, with a scrimmage looming on Saturday. It was just helmets and shoulder pads, but here are a few notes from the day...

- First, some good news on the running back front as Qadree Ollison appears close to returning to full strength. Pat Narduzzi said this morning that the stitches are out of his pinkie, and he's close to getting back into the rotation. Narduzzi was optimistic that he would be able to scrimmage tomorrow. Chris James is still a bit banged up, but he should be getting closer to returning, too.

- Narduzzi was a little less optimistic about Artie Rowell, who has missed all week with an undisclosed injury. Narduzzi said the most important thing with Rowell is making sure he's ready to go for the opener Sept. 5. Even though he is coming off an ACL injury, Rowell is a fifth-year senior who knows the offenses better than just about any other player. You never want to have a guy out, but he's one who probably won't lose too much by sitting out a few training camp sessions.

- Back over at running backs, freshman Darrin Hall has taken advantage of the reps with guys like Ollison and James out. He looks like a pretty strong candidate to play this year for Pitt.

- On that topic, freshman WR Quadree Henderson said today that the coaches have told him he's going to have a role in the offense against Youngstown State. He brings a unique skill set to Pitt's wide receiver position with his speed and quickness. Wide receivers coach Kevin Sherman said it helps that Henderson played the slot position in high school, so he knows it a little bit better than some of the other freshmen.

- There was some more shuffling along the offensive line as Alex Bookser worked his way back into the rotation from injury. He was at right guard, though, as Brian O'Neill stayed at right tackle. I'd still expect Bookser to start at right tackle in the opener, but it looks like the coaches are looking at all their options in terms of the offensive line depth.

- A few videos from the day...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Pirates' walk-up songs — reimagined as classical music

Written by Elizabeth Bloom on .

What would happen if Andrew McCutchen, the Pittsburgh Pirates' star center fielder, used classical music as his walk-up song?

pirateswalkup-08202015“It’s really dark,” McCutchen said, laughing, upon listening to "O rubor sanguinis" by Hildegard of Bingen. “It definitely sounds like, I’d be watching ‘300’ right now, and it’s right as they’re about to go into battle or something.”

I had some fun working out that hypothetical. On Thursday, the Post-Gazette launched a multimedia presentation about the Pirates' walk-up songs and what their classical equivalents would be. That means Steve Reich instead of AC/DC, Hildegard of Bingen in lieu of Taylor Sift, and "La donna e mobile" replacing "That's Amore." Designed by the Post-Gazette's talented developer Zack Tanner, the interactive presentation includes clips from my interviews with five players, a Spotify playlist, and selections from the original and reimagined walk-up music. (A slightly longer text is linked at the bottom of the interactive, and will appear in print on Sunday.) 

http://newsinteractive.post-gazette.com/pirates/classical/

What do you think of the choices? Do you have other suggestions? Should the Pirates try this out for a game?

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Movie podcast: Reviews of Hitman, Brando doc, Phoenix

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 

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#SettingtheSEEN: Sail Away to a Posh Picnic!

Written by Natalie Bencivenga on .

Sail away with Sara and I this week on Setting the SEEN as we explore Boat Pittsburgh and Riverlife's Party at the Pier. We get into the spirit of a posh picnic with looks from Modcloth as well as hair and makeup by Izzazu Salon, Spa and Serata!

And until next time...we'll be seeing you!

Get your tickets for Riverlife's Party at the Pier HERE.

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Vacation post - 08-21-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

-Happy 42nd birthday to former Penguins forward Steve McKenna (right). One of the tallest players in franchise history at 6-foot-8, McKenna spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He initially came to Pittsburgh midway through the 2000-01 season in a deal which sent Roman Simicek to the Wild. In 34 games with the Penguins that campaign, McKenna failed to score a point but recorded 100 penalty minutes. In the 2001 offseason, he joined the Rangers a free agent but returned to the Penguins in 2002 once again as a free agent. In 2002-03, McKenna, playing partially on a line with Mario Lemieux and Alex Kovalev, set career highs in games (79), goals (nine) and points (10) and led the team with 128 penalty minutes. McKenna's final season in the NHL was 2003-04. He saw action in 49 games, scored three points and recorded 85 penalty minutes. During the 2004-05, McKenna joined Nottingham in the United Kingdom. In 162 games with the Penguins, McKenna scored 13 points and compiled 313 penalty minutes.

-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins forward Roman Oksiuta. Acquired at the 1997 trade deadline in a deal with sent Richard Park to the Mighty Ducks, Oksiuta's entire Penguins' career amounted to seven games and and no points in 1996-97. He was released in the 1997 offseason.

-Happy 48th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Rob Dopson. A free agent signing in the 1991 offseason, Dopson's entire NHL career amounted to two games in 1993-94. He had no record, a 4.00 goals against average and .870 save percentage. He was released in the 1994 offseason.

(Photo: Peter Diana/Post-Gazette)

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