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RB Charles Sims made his first, last and only year at West Virginia count.
Sims ran for 1,095 yards and 11 touchdowns this fall, had 401 receiving yards and three touchdowns, and today he was named to the 2014 Reese's Senior Bowl, set for Jan. 25 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Sims is one of 10 Big 12 players on the roster. He is joined at the running back position by Heisman finalist Andre Williams (Boston College), Antonio Andrews (Western Kentucky), Marion Grice (Arizona State) and Jerick McKinnon (Georgia Southern).
Even though Pittsblogh has only been around for six months, we, too, want to get in on the end-of-year list thing everyone does all over the place at the end of December.
Our quirky little blog covered the summer of the Pittsburgh Duck, and the amazing playoff run of the Pittsburgh Pirates. We said goodbye to one of our team members when Heather Schmelzlen abandoned us, er, got a job in NYC, and got a mention in Editor and Publisher magazine. All in all, not a bad six months for our little toddler of a blog (there's probably a joke here about how we finally got our six-month old to sleep through the night, but then that leads to jokes about diapers, and no one needs that).
We ran the numbers to see which were the most-read stories from Pittsblogh so far. We'd love to know which are your favorites, and, if you have ideas for upcoming posts.
We'll always remember 2013 as the Year of the Duck. We miss that giant yellow fella.
Check out our photo staff's strangely moving photo gallery of the Duck's time in Pittsburgh.
Thanks for a fun 2013, Pittsburgh. Can't wait to see what comes our way next year.
Photo by Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette
It's the day before the night before Christmas. Still have some shopping to tackle?
Many stores are staying open late (or all night) until the big day. Others are holding special last-minute events to help shoppers who are still struggling to find the perfect something for someone special.
Here are a few places to check out:
Emy Mack trunk show in Sewickley: For the fashionista on your list with a soft spot for shoes, try a gift by a Pittsburgh-based brand Emy Mack (pictured above at a trunk show last summer). Emy Mack shoes are high-end, made-in-Italy styles for women willing to invest for classic (classy), long-lasting footwear.
Shop the collection www.emymack.com.at 501 Beaver St., Sewickley. Information:
Kohl's stores open non-stop: Through, most locations are open around the clock. Plus, if you use your Kohl's charge card, you can take an extra 30 percent, 20 percent or 15 percent off your purchase.
Macy's stores in Pittsburgh open extended hours: Stop by your local Macy's department store today until 2 a.m. On Christmas Eve, stores will be open from
United Colors of Benetton winter sale: Through, save up to 50 percent on apparel. The store's gift items selection also is stocked with stocking stuffer options, including ear muffs, watches, iPhone covers and more. In Pittsburgh, Benetton is located at 5513 Walnut St., Shadyside.
-Despite free agency losses and injuries, the Penguins' penalty kill keeps on ticking.
-“I don’t know how much more I’ll get out of sitting out any longer.” - Brooks Orpik on his injury status.
-Penguins defensive prospect Derrick Pouliot (above) made Canada's final roster for the upcoming World Junior Championship tournament.
-Happy 31st birthday to former Penguins defenseman Zbynek Michalek. A free agent signing in 2010, Michalek has spent the past two seasons with the Penguins. In 2010-11, Michalek appeared in 73 games, scored 19 points and led the team with 149 blocked shots. During that spring's postseason, he played in seven games and recorded one assist. In 2011-12, injuries limited Michalek to 62 games and 13 points and a team-leading 144 blocked shots. He appeared in six playoffs games in 2012 and recorded one assist. In the 2012 offseason , he was traded to the Coyotes in exchange for Harrison Ruopp, Marc Cheverie and a draft pick. He is still a member of the Coyotes. In 135 regular season games with the Penguins, Michalek had 32 points. In 13 postseason games, he recorded two assists.
-Happy 30th birthday to current Penguins forward Chris Conner. A free agent signing in the 2009 offseason, Conner has spent parts of three seasons over two stints with the Penguins. In 2009-10, Conner appeared in eight games and scored three points. During the 2010 postseason, Conner played in one game and failed to record a point. Last season, Conner set career highs in games (60), goals (seven) and points (16). During the 2011 postseason, he played in seven games and scored one goal. The following offseason, he joined the Red Wings as a free agent. Conner rejoined the Penguins this past offseason. This season, he has played in 15 games and has scored four points. In 83 career regular season games for the Penguins, Conner scored 23 points. In eight postseason games, he had one goal.
-Happy 37th birthday to former Penguins forward Mikael Samuelsson. Acquired late in the 2002-03 season along with Joel Bouchard, Richard Lintner and Rico Fata in a deal which sent Mike Wilson, Alex Kovalev, Janne Laukkanen and Dan LaCouture to the Rangers, Samuelsson's Penguins' career amounted to 22 games and two assists that campaign. In the 2003 offseason, Samuelsson and two draft picks were traded to the Panthers for two draft picks, one of which was used to select Marc-Andre Fleury. Samuelsson is currently a member of the Red Wings.
-Happy 49th birthday to former Penguins forward Petr Klima. Acquired early in the 1996-97 season in a trade which sent a conditional draft pick to the Kings, Klima appeared in nine games and scored four points that campaign for the Penguins. He was released midway through the season. As a result, the Kings were forced to return the draft pick.
-After the Jump: Bruce Boudreau returns to Washington and Roberto Luongo is injured.