Jeb 2016

Written by Rob Rogers on .

Jeb says he is his own man ... and yet he is surrounding himself with advisors that worked for his father and his brother. 

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Fairy gardens are fun for big and little kids

Written by Doug Oster on .

blog gumbyFairy gardens can be anything you want them to be, even Gumby will enjoy time with the fairies. Photos by Doug Oster

After a garden talk at Wholey's, three and a half year old Meadow Santucci came up to me an asked, "do fairies like parsley?" I told her yes and after talking to her mother Sandy, I realized why she asked. The parsley growing in their fairy garden was struggling as the succulents thrived. Here's a segment from Pittsburgh Today Live which includes a video I made of Meadow and Sandy talking about their fairy garden. I also plant a fun fairy garden with Jon Burnett and Kristine Sorensen and solve the Santucci's problem with their garden.

meadow and sandy2Meadow and Sandy Santucci love their fairy garden. Fairy gardens have become all the rage, and why not, they’re fun. It’s a small garden for fairy’s, gnomes, trolls and more. Even though it’s wonderful project for children, big kids can enjoy making these gardens too. There are fairy garden Steelers tailgate decorations available.
I found everything I needed at Chapon’s Greenhouse in Baldwin. They have a huge selection of fairy garden supplies.
At the Santucci’s, the parsley needed water, the other plants wanted it dry. It would be hard to grow both together, that’s something to think about when choosing plants.
I prefer the succulents as they are almost indestructible. First pick a container with drainage, the Santuccis found a cracked pot which was the perfect home for fairies and everything they love. Fill the container with a moist planting mix and then the garden can be filled with small plants, moss, rocks small benches and more.
A fairy garden is only limited by your imagination.
Maybe you’ll be lucky like Meadow and get some fairies visiting your garden. She told me, “fairies blow pixie dust so our flowers grow.”

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Postgame: Duquesne 79, Saint Louis 66

Written by Craig Meyer on .



“I thought we just came out with energy. We’re starting to find out how hard we have to play if we’re going to win in this league. That’s what we did tonight. We came out, we were unselfish and got stops.”


“We’ve gotten a lot better from the beginning of the year and it was the same thing last year, if I remember correctly. I don’t know what it is, but teams just start to get in a groove at the end of the year. We’re happy that we’re one of those teams.”


“From last year to this year, I feel like the team is way more together than last year. Last year, I don’t feel like our chemistry was all the way together. But now, we all like to play together, we all play hard for each other and we just like to see each other happy.”

“I try not to think about it that much, but I think about it every day I wake up. My college career is about to be over with.”


Opening statement: “This is two games in a row now where we’re starting to show our potential. You can see the cohesiveness of this group. They played really hard. I thought we started the game out with great tempo and speed, and then Saint Louis made a run back at us. We were able to hold that off and continue to play. I think early in the season, we weren’t doing that. Everybody is fighting for something right now. If you see the scores in the league, it’s crazy. It’s February basketball. The team is getting better and they’re really working hard.”

On Micah Mason's recent play: “He’s finally understanding what we’ve been talking to him about being more aggressive. He’s taking more shots, he’s being more aggressive and he’s playing with more confidence, as he should. Twenty points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals – that’s a hell of a night. When he plays like that, we have a chance to win.”

On improved free throw shooting performance from the first meeting: “I didn’t make it a mental issue. We do the same thing – we just shoot them. We shoot them in different ways, we shoot them after you’re tired and you shoot them in situations. But I wasn’t going to make it a mental incident.”

On Micah Mason and Derrick Colter's extended minutes of late: “It’s February, man. We’ve got three games left until the tournament and we’re all fighting for something. I think they have the toughness to do so if we need them to.”

On if team is hitting stride offensively: “We’ve played two of our best games all year, back to back. I think it’s the right time for it to start happening. I think they’re getting comfortable with each other and we’re finally kind of locked in to our rotation. My teams in the past have gotten better at the end of the year. This one took a little bit longer, but I think as everybody saw, they’re really starting to play off each other.”

On whether it's odd running into a more inexperienced team, like Saint Louis: “Those kids are talented. They’re going to have a bright future. Their guards are big and can score in different ways. It’s a good group. He’s got those same frustrations on the road that we’ve had. But they’re fighting. They’re not giving up either.”


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Aerosmith Rocks: #tbt classic newsclips from Mark Madden, Barry Paris

Written by Scott Mervis on .


With "Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014" going into theaters tonight, I did a media teleconference last week with Brad Whitford and Tom Hamilton (hey, they were the ones doing it, what can I say), so for this week's #ThrowbackThursday classic news clip, we have some vintage 'Smith reviews.

The most interesting thing about these are the writers. Yes, Mark Madden wrote music reviews for the Post-Gazette in the '80s while he was also working as a sports editor and before he went on to be the shock jock of Pittsburgh sports radio. And so did Pittsburgh's greatest wit, Barry Paris, who went on to become a film critic and esteemed biographer.

Madden knows his hair bands and doesn't pull punches, now or then, as we see in his appraisal (from 1987) of Dokken and Joey Kramer's solo.

Paris was not long for the loud, rough-and-tumble world of concert-reviewing, as we could glean from his closing graph of this 1982 review (the previous graph is about Aerosmith bailing out fans arrested at their shows, which they actually did):





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Empty Netter Assists - Recapping Penguins-Capitals - 02-26-15

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .


-The Post-Gazette's recap from last night's game. “I was ready for the game." - Evgeni Malkin after Capitals forward Tom Wilson made contact with him during warm-ups.

-The Washington Post's recap. “Our focus wasn’t where it should be, where I expect it to be, and where it needs to be to play a very good team. We had good focus the first three times and we got victories. Tonight we weren’t as focused, and we deserved a loss.” - Capitals coach Barry Trotz.

-The Associated Press' recap. ''We lost the last three games to this team, and this was a chance to beat them. Of course we have more confidence right now.'' - Malkin.


-Mike Lange's goal calls.

-Wilson gave Malkin a love tap in warm-ups:

-That absurd scrum in the Penguins' bench:

-Wilson took a few runs at Christian Ehrhoff:

-Marc-Andre Fleury gave some flak back to Washington's Joel Ward:


-Mike Johnston speaks:

-Malkin speaks:

-Sidney Crosby speaks:

-Jim Rutherford speaks:

-“I feel the team we have now has as good a chance as any other team in the league." - Rutherford following the acquisition of Daniel Winnik.

-"Penalties get called. Penalty calls get missed. And Department of Player Safety reviews every penalty, whether or not there was a penalty called, or whether or not there was a penalty missed. The fact of the matter is, that play, like other plays that catch their interest, get reviews and analyzed, and it was determined that no supplemental discipline was necessary, or appropriate or required under the circumstances … The people we entrust to make those decisions looked at it carefully and made a decision that I’m comfortable with." - NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Capitals captain/forward Alex Ovechkin slashing Kris Letang last week.

-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Bryan Rust is dealing with a "lower-body" injury.

-Happy 40th birthday to former Penguins defenseman Mike Wilson. A free agent signing in the 2001 offseason, Wilson's Penguins career amounted to 21 games and two points in 2001-02. Wilson spent most of 2001-02 and 2002-03 with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and was traded to the Rangers along with Alex Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture in exchange for Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner, Rico Fata and Mikael Samuelsson.

-Happy 58th birthday to former Penguins all-star forward and assistant coach Joe Mullen (right). "Slippery Rock Joe" was acquired in the 1990 offseason in a trade that sent a second-round pick to Calgary and spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins over two different stints as a player. His first season was 1990-91. He appeared in 47 games and scored 39 points. During that spring's postseason, he saw action in 22 games, scored 17 points and helped the franchise claim its first Stanley Cup championship. In 1991-92, Mullen saw action in 77 games and scored 42 goals and 87 points. Injuries limited him to nine games and seven points during the 1992 postseason but he won his second consecutive Stanley Cup ring. Mullen played in 72 games and scored 70 points in 1992-93. During that spring's postseason, he saw action in 12 games and scored six points. In 1993-94, played in all 84 games and netted 70 points, including a team-leading nine game-winning goals. He appeared in six postseason games that spring and scored one goal. During the lockout-shortened 1994-95 season, Mullen played in 45 games and scored 37 points. The 1995 postseason saw him appear in 12 games and recorded three assists. In the 1995 offseason, he joined the Bruins as a free agent and returned to the Penguins as a free agent in the 1996 offseason. Mullen finished his playing career in 1996-97 by playing in 54 games and scoring 22 points. He saw action in one postseason game that spring and failed to record a point. Mullen returned to the Penguins as an assistant coach and served in that capacity from 2000-01 into the 2005-06 season. Midway through that season, he replaced Michel Therrien as the head coach of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. He is currently an assistant coach with the Flyers. The first United States-born player in NHL history score 500 career goals, Mullen was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000. In 379 regular season games with the Penguins, Mullen scored 325 points, 19th-most in franchise history. In 62 postseason games, he scored 31 points.

-Happy 27th birthday to former Penguins forward Brian Gibbons. A free agent signing in 2011, Gibbons made his NHL debut last season and has appeared in 41 games while scoring 17 points. He played in eight postseason games last spring and scored three points. He joined the Blue Jackets this past offseason.

-After the Jump: Trades!

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