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Candidate Cruz

Written by Rob Rogers on .

To the delight of democrats and editorial cartoonists everywhere, Ted Cruz has launched his snowball's chance in hell 2016 Presidential Campaign. It will make this long, drawn-out slugfest a little more interesting ... at least until he drops out and becomes an also-ran. 

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Michalek adjusting to Blues - 03-25-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

 

"All our Pittsburgh guys had big nights tonight."

Those were the words of Blues forward Alexander Steen following Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win against the Penguins in Consol Energy Center. He was right. After falling being 2-0, former Penguins defenseman Robert Bortuzzo and forward Marcel Goc scored the Blues' first two goals in order to forge a tie.

In overtime, Steen scored a deflected goal off a shot/pass from former Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek at the left point.

A member of the Penguins for parts of two seasons, Michalek is still trying to find his role with the Blues after being acquired from the Coyotes prior to the traded deadline three weeks ago. Sidelined by a concussion at the time of the trade, Michalek has only played seven games thus far with the Blues and recorded his first point with St. Louis last night.

A stay-at-home, shot-blocker, Michalek, 32, is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason. Prior to last night's game, he talked about his brief tenure with St. Louis and his future.

How have things gone with the Blues so far?

"I think pretty good. When I came [after the trade], I was injured. I didn't play for a while. Finally got in the lineup about 10 days ago. Feeling better and better each day, each game. Hopefully keep improving. Starting to feel more and more comfortable with the system and all the players. Hopefully everything will be fine."

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock usually has strong defensive teams is there anything unique with how he wants defensemen to play?

"I don't think so. It was actually pretty similar to what I was used to from [the Coyotes]. Not many things are really different. I think him and [Coyotes coach] Dave Tippett kind of coach a pretty similar style. There really wasn't that many different things."

So for you, it's probably status quo with how you play. Blocking shots, breaking passes, etc.

"Yeah. For me, that's what I am. Play good defensively. Be hard to play against. Be in the shooting lanes. [Penalty kill]. Just keep it simple I guess. Move the puck well. Get the puck to our forwards. If you can, get on the forecheck because we're a big physical team and we should be good on the forecheck."

You're a restricted free agent this upcoming offseason. How cognizant are you of what a good stretch run and playoffs could mean for you this summer?

Definitely it's important for me. I want to stay in the league. I want to get another contract somewhere. It's important for me to [have] a good end of the season and hopefully a good run in the playoffs. I'll do my best and hopefully the team can benefit and myself too at the end.

What is it like going from a team like the Coyotes where the playoff hopes were non-existent to the Blues who are seen as a Stanley Cup favorite?

"It's means so much to me. It's another chance to play in the playoffs and go play for the [Stanley] Cup. At my age, who knows how many more chances I'll get. I really appreciate it. I'll do whatever I can to help the team."

(Photo: Billy Hurst/Associated Press)

 

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Drusky to hold charitable Unity Concert

Written by Scott Mervis on .

 

Drusky Entertainment promised an event that would address issues of race and social justice, and here it is.

The promoter, along with Pittsburgh Artists for Social Change, present A Unity Concert to Benefit Afro American Music Institute on April 23 at Altar Bar in the Strip with:

*Revered Deryck Tines and the Lincoln Larimer Senior Gospel Chorale

*Faculty jazz Instructors from Afro American Music Institute

*Afro Cuban duets by father and son Miguel Sague Jr and Miguel Sague III

*Puerto Rican standards by Geña y Peña

*Christiane D and the V*Sague Sangers

*Launka Zimeir

*Shad Ali

*John Basement

*Bluey

*Sosa

*Billy Pilgrim

*the students of We Rock Workshop from Creative Life Support

*Umoja

*Kep Flow

*Stevee Wellons

*DJ Nuke Knocka from PR7X Radio

*DJ Mike Canton from the Soul Show on WYEP

 *Hosted by Dr. HollyHood, Lita D'Vargas and Phat Man Dee

 Speakers to include:

*Tim Stevens of B-PEP - Black Political Empowerment Project

*Anupama Jain of Pittsburgh Coalition for Racial Equity in the Arts at the Pittsburgh Arts Council 

*Pittsburgh Human Rights Alliance

Tickets for the 6 p.m. all-ages show are $10 at the door; additional funds accepted; no one turned away for lack of funds. Tickets are on sale at the venue box office, Ticketfly.com or by calling 1-877-4-FLY-TIX.

In addition to donating 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales, Drusky Entertainment will contribute a portion from each ticket sold at all future Drusky shows at Altar Bar for one year.

Drusky Entertainment president Brian Drusky stirred controversy in December when he wrote a series of joke posts on Facebook that were perceived as making light of the racial justice protests following the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.

The promoter promised at the time to meet with members of the black community to organize a charitable event.

 

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Empty Netter Assists - Recapping Penguins-Blues - 03-25-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

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-The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “We’re trending in the right direction. But that’s a game I think we feel we could have won. That’s a point we let slip away.” - Ben Lovejoy.

-The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's recap. “The good thing is we didn’t really change anything. We didn’t give up too much before [falling behind]. There wasn’t too many things that went wrong. We kept pushing back.” - Blues forward and former Penguin Marcel Goc on his team's come back.

-The Associated Press' recap. Christian Ehrhoff left the game in the first period due to an undisclosed injury.

-Highlights:

 

-Craig Adams versus Blues forward Steve Ott:

-A good look at the fight:

 

-A great look at Steve Downie scoring against Blues goaltender Jake Allen and Michalek:

-The shadows on this photo of Blues forward T.J. Oshie were fantastic:

-Robert Bortuzzo. St. Louis Blue:

 

-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Blake Comeau speaks:

-Marc-Andre Fleury speaks:

-“Seeing the Blues paraphernalia around [when] it’s not my team any more [is] a little weird.” - Ian Cole on facing his former team.

-Derrick Pouliot was recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton while Andrew Ebbett was assigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.

-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins forward Pat Hughes. Acquired in the 1979 offseason along with Rob Holland in a deal which sent Denis Herron and a draft pick to Montreal, Hughes spent parts of two season with the Penguins. In 1979-80, he appeared in 76 games and scored 32 points. He appeared in five postseason games that spring and failed to score a point. After 58 games and 19 points in 1980-81, Hughes was traded to the Oilers in exchange for Pat Price. In 134 regular season games with the Penguins, he recorded 51 points.

-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins forward Shawn Antoski. A free agent signing in the 1996 offseason, Antoski's Penguins' career amounted to 13 games and no points in 1996-97. Early int he season, Antoski and Dmitri Mironov were dealt to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in exchange for Alex Hicks and Fredrik Olausson. Antoski is one of seven former first-round picks from the 1990 draft who played for the Penguins. The others were Petr Nedved, Jaromir Jagr, Darryl Sydor, John Slaney, Drake Berehowsky and Bryan Smolinski.

-Happy 60th birthday to former Penguins forward Ted Bulley. A free agent signing in the 1983 offseason, Bulley appeared in 26 games for the 1983-84 team and recorded five points. He was released in the 1985 offseason.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins forward Bruce Crowder. Claimed off waivers from the Bruins in the 1984 offseason, Crowder appeared in 26 games for the 1984-85 Penguins and recorded 11 points. He retired in February of that season.

-Happy 51st birthday to former Penguins goaltender Ken Wregget (right). Acquired prior to the 1992 trade deadline in a three-way deal which also brought Rick Tocchet, Kjell Samuelsson and a draft pick from the Flyers and Jeff Chychrun from the Kings while sending Paul Coffey to the Kings and Mark Recchi to the Flyers, Wregget spent parts of seven seasons as a part-time backup/starter in Pittsburgh. He finished 1991-92 by playing in nine games and going 5-3-0 with a 4.15 goals against average and .847 save percentage. He appeared in one playoff game that spring, had no record and sported a 6.00 goals against average and .750 save percentage while helping the franchise win its second consecutive Stanley Cup title. He followed that up in 1992-93 by playing in 25 games, compiling a record of 13-7-3 with a 3.42 goals against average and .887 save percentage. During 1993-94, Wregget saw action in 42 games, went 21-12-7 with a 3.37 goals against average, .893 save percentage and one shutout. With starter Tom Barrasso sidelined in the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Wregget took over as the starter. He went 25-9-2, with a 3.21 goals against average and .902 save percentage. His 25 wins led the league. In 11 postseason games that spring, he went 5-6 in 11 games with a 3.00 goals against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout. During 1996-97, Wregget played in 46 games, went 17-17-6 with a 3.24 goals against average, .905 save percentage and two shutouts. During that season's playoffs, he played in nine games, went 7-2 with a 2.30 goals against average and .930 save percentage. His final season in Pittsburgh was 1997-98. Hes saw action in 15 games with a 3-6-2 record, 2.75 goals against average, and .904 save percentage. Wregget appeared in all five of the team's postseason games in 1998 and went 1-4 with a 3.64 goals against average and .915 save percentage. In the 1998 offseason, Wregget and Dave Roche were traded to the Flames in exchange for German Titov and Todd Hlushko. In 212 regular games with the Penguins, Wregget had a record of 104-67-21 with a 3.29 goals against average, .898 save percentage and six shutouts. His win total is third-best in franchise history. In 26 postseason games, Wregget was 13-12 with a 2.93 goals against average, .914 save percentage and one shutout.

-Happy 59th birthday to former Penguins forward Dwight Schofield. Acquired in the 1986 offseason from the Capitals in exchange for cash, Schofield appeared in 26 games for the 1986-87 Penguins and recorded seven points. The following offseason, he signed with the Winnipeg Jets.

-After the Jump: The Kings beat the Rangers in a rematch of the Stanley Cup final.

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Arugula is my garden obsession and the seeds have sprouted!

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog arugula sprouting seedlingArugula sprouts easily inside and then will thrive outside in cold weather. Photos by Doug Oster

blog sprouting arugula adagioMy obsession with arugula began in 2006 on a magical trip to Italy to celebrate 25 years of marriage. Sitting on the patio of a small family run trattoria, my wife and I were served antipasto salad which included fresh rocket. We didn't know what rocket was, but when we discovered it was arugula, a plan was made to grow it in the vegetable garden.

The spicy green has a peppery flavor which seems to be a "love or hate" flavor for most. My family loves it and the garden is planted with nearly a dozen different varieties.

Arugula is one of those plants which doesn't ask much from the gardener. It sprouts happily outside when ready or can be started inside like these seedlings. It's nice to jump start the season and fill a four inch pot with seeds. They sprouted in just a few days on a windowsill and now will grow in an unheated greenhouse until they big enough to be tucked into some good compost out in the garden. Thinnings will be potted up into flats with a few of them sacrificed as a greenhouse snack. They could also be put out in the garden with a little protection, maybe planted under a milk carton with the bottom removed.

Wild arugula is almost a weed and in my opinion the most pungent (in a good way) 'Astro' is very productive and 'Adagio' is a slow bolting variety I'm trying for the first time this season. It has smooth leaves like 'Astro,' but is said to last longer in the garden when things warm up. Like most greens, Arugula thrives in cool weather and then will bolt (go to seed) when it gets hot.

It's the perfect spring and fall crop, but will grow in the summer with a little protection from the afternoon sun. I like to grow it in beds that get morning sun and afternoon shade. Succession planting every few weeks assures greens through the whole season. Plants left in the garden at the end of the season will over winter during a mild winter. If left to go to seed the plants will volunteer readily in the spring.

Every time I find a new variety in a seed catalog, it's ordered, planted, the results noted and compared against favorite varieties.

It's fun to have a garden obsession, every few years I find a new one. Of course I'm the only one who knows the difference between the different types when they are served. The family roles their collective eyes as I pontificate about the virtues of each, that's one way the obsession manifests itself.

Each time I bite into the fresh greens covered in good extra virgin olive oil, I think of the special time I had with my wife sitting outside of that little restaurant.

 

 

 

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