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Pitt releases 2014 schedule, with some thoughts

Written by Sam Werner on .

The ACC released its 2014 football schedule this afternoon, which means we now know Pitt's full slate for the upcoming season. Here's the schedule and a few thoughts...

Aug. 30 - vs. Delaware
Sept. 5 (Friday) - at Boston College
Sept. 13 - at Florida International
Sept. 20 - vs. Iowa
Sept. 27 - vs. Akron
Oct. 4 - at Virginia
Oct. 16 (Thursday) - vs. Virginia Tech
Oct. 25 - vs. Georgia Tech
Nov. 1 - vs. Duke
Nov. 15 - at North Carolina
Nov. 22 - vs. Syracuse
Nov. 29 - at Miami

- Two non-Saturday games on the schedule: Friday night in Boston and Thursday at home against Virginia Tech. Friday night game's aren't ideal, and are a haunting reminder of Pitt's time in the Big East. But if you're going to do a Friday night game, Boston is a better place to be than East Hartford. The Red Sox are at home that weekend, so any fans making the road trip will have all day Saturday to see the city and catch a 7 p.m. Sox game at Fenway.
As for the Thursday night game, those are just a part of college football in 2014. With a team like Virginia Tech coming in, that should create a pretty good atmosphere at Heinz Field. It's also early enough in the season that the weather shouldn't be too bad at night.

- As a lot of people have noted on Twitter, Aug. 30 is shaping up to be a disaster on the North Shore. The Pirates play the Reds at 4:05 at PNC Park. With a 4:05 start time, there's really no time Pitt could play that's going to be convenient. A noon kickoff would mean the football game is ending right when the Pirates are starting, and a night game would cause the opposite problem. We talked to Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson this afternoon, and he said the original plan was to play at 1 p.m. with the Pirates going at 7. With the Pirates switching to 4 for TV, they're still trying to figure out the logistics. Pederson didn't offer any specifics as to what the ultimate solution will be.

- The bye weeks set up a lot nicer for Pitt this year. Last season, because of the Labor Day game, Pitt had a bye week in the second week of the season, and then another in early October. That meant that Pitt played games in eight consecutive weeks to end the season. This year, they have one bye week in early October and another in early November (plus, the Thursday night game gives them a long week of preparation for Georgia Tech).

- The big stretch for Pitt will be that late October/early November run of Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Duke and North Carolina. If the Panthers can go 3-1 in that stretch, you'd have to feel pretty good about their chances in the division. There's a bye week in there after the Duke game.

- Pederson said he is "hopeful" that Thanksgiving weekend against Miami will become an annual fixture on Pitt's schedule. Interesting note that this year's game is on Saturday instead of Friday, like last year.

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Punxsutawney dreaming: Were Bill and Phil both confused?

Written by Mila Sanina on .

Bill Murray does not have an agent. It's hard to know his schedule or his plans. He is a private person, but, rumor has it that when fans are lucky enough to run into him on the street, he frequently surprises them by being approachable and very generous. 

So, four days ago he surprised us again by showing up on Reddit for an Ask Me Anything session

groundhog-day-bill-murray-5People submitted more than 500 questions for him, then they voted up those they wanted to be answered and Bill Murray got to pick which ones to answer. The questions were all over, folks inquired about his views on peanut butter and pickle sandwiches, his thoughts on recreational marijuana, the Monuments Men script and the current cast of SNL.

His answers are funny, witty and sincere. 

Someone asked: "What is it like being so awesome?"

Bill Murray: "Well, nothing prepared me for being this awesome. It's kind of a shock. It's kind of a shock to wake up every morning and be bathed in this purple light."

There was also a question about a movie every Pennsylvanian must have heard about it if not seen:

"Every year my dad and I watch Groundhog Day together on Groundhog Day. It's one of my favorite movies of all time. What was it like filming the same scenes over, and over, and over?"

Bill Murray:  "Well, that part was fine, the filming of the scenes over and over because you know that's what the story is. The scripts is one of the greatest conceptual scripts I've ever seen. It's a script that was so unique, so original, and yet it got not acclaim. To me it was no question that it was the greatest script of the year. To this day people are talking about it, but they forget no one paid any attention to it at the time. The execution of the script, there were great people in it. It was a difficult movie to shoot because we shot in winter outdoors. If you ever get to go to Puxatawney, you should go, it is one of the few things that is BETTER than advertised. It's really something to see. But doing the movie, shooting the scenes over and over, it's like an acting challenge. It's like doing a play and those same scenes over and over and again, so you can try to make it better or deeper or funnier than you made it previously."

Added: Nice quote, right? And a strong endorsement of Punxsutawney from Bill Murray... except, as one of our editors pointed out, Groundhog Day was shot almost entirely in Woodstock, Illinois and not in Punxsutawney, Pa., every person in Woodstock knows it, apparently, there is even a plaque in the town square where Bill Murray's character stepped into a puddle. So, was Bill confused beyond the typo? 

In all fairness to Bill Murray, although the movie was not shot in Woodstock, he did visit Punxsutawney to do research and then to promote the movie, as @BillyRayKDKA and @jtkola pointed out on Twitter. In fact, Erik D. Scholl (‏@BigMother40 on Twitter) tweeted that both Bill Murray and Harold Ramis were in Punxsutawney in 1992 on Groundhog Day before starting the filming, and Erik D. Scholl met them both.

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If you want to read more quotes from Bill Murray and find out his views on Mendel, you should definitely read the entire AMA with Bill Murray.

Have you ever participated in Reddit's AMA? Do you have a favorite? Is there any Pittsburgh newsmaker you think should do a Reddit AMA?

 

 

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About the Canadiens - 01-22-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Canadiens.

When and where: 7 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports, TSN, RDS.

Record: 27-15-5, 59 points. The Canadiens are in third place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: P.K. Subban, 35 points (8 goals, 27 assists).

Last Game: 5-3 road loss to the Maple Leafs, Saturday. Carey Price made 25 saves for the Canadiens.

Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 home win, Nov. 23. Max Pacioretty (right) scored two goals for the Canadiens.

Canadiens Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Pacioretty. He has a four-game point-scoring streak.

Ex-Penguins on the Canadiens: Marc Bergevin, general manager; Jean-Jacques Daigneault, assistant coach; Douglas Murray, D; Michel Therrien, head coach.

Ex-Canadiens on the Penguins: Jacques Martin, assistant coach; Tomas Vokoun, G.

Useless Canadiens Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The Czech-born Vokoun, who made his NHL debut with the Canadiens in 1996-97, was the second European-born goaltender in Canadiens history. The first was Wilf Cude, a native of Barry, Wales. Cude played for Montreal from 1934-35 until 1940-41.

Best Canadiens Video We Could Find: Former Canadiens center Jean Beliveau scoring a goal in Game 7 of the 1965 Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (27-11-1, 2.33 GAA, .915 SV%) for the Penguins. Carey Price (22-13-4, 2.30 GAA, .924 SV%) for the Canadiens.

Injuries: For the Penguins, right wingers Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), Chris Conner (hand), Pascal Dupuis (knee), centers Andrew Ebbett (ankle), Brian Gibbons ("lower body"), Joe Vitale ("upper body") and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Canadiens, center David Desharnais (flu) is probable. Centers Alex Galchenyuk (hand), Ryan White ("upper body") and defenseman David Drewiske (shoulder) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

 14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 12 Chuck Kobasew
36 Jussi Jokinen - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
17 Taylor Pyatt - 16 Brandon Sutter - 15 Tanner Glass
27 Craig Adams - 46 Joe Vitale - 5 Deryk Engelland

  Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
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Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
 3 Olli Maatta - 2 Matt Niskanen

-The Canadiens expected lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

67 Max Pacioretty - 51 David Desharnais - 11 Brendan Gallagher
81 Lars Eller - 14 Tomas Plekanec - 21 Brian Gionta
8 Brandon Prust - 48 Daniel Brière - 17 Rene Bourque
32 Travis Moen - 49 Michael Bournival - 71 Louis Leblanc

79 Andrei Markov- 76 P.K. Subban
40 Nathan Beaulieu - 26 Josh Gorges
6 Douglas Murray - 55 Francis Bouillon

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Canadiens, this happened:

-Eller has 97 career points.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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Pittsburgh Fashion Week 'pops up' at 1 on 1 Fitness

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

It's another week -- and another installment of Pittsburgh Fashion Week's ongoing Fashion Pop-Up C.O.R.E. (Creating Opportunities for Real Exposure) project.

This week, founder and executive director Miyoshi Anderson interviewed personal trainer Clay Moorefield about ways for fashionistas to keep fit in the new year.

Watch the video above to see the full interview, and keep an eye on Ms. Anderson's Facebook page for the next installment. Learn more about Pittsburgh Fashion Week (Sept. 22-28) at www.pittsburghfashionweek.com.

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Talented Ellwood City player Aloi transfers to Lincoln Park

Written by Mike White on .

In recent years, Lincoln Park has been the destination of a number of transfer students who happen to be talented basketball players. And it has happened again with a player from Ellwood City.

Nick Aloi, who averaged 15 points a game last season as a freshman, left Ellwood City and enrolled at Lincoln Park Tuesday. Ellwood City principal Kirk Lape confirmed Aloi's transfer.

Aloi is not playing this season as he recovers from a torn ACL injury sustained before the season. He showed plenty of promise as a freshman.

Lape said he had no comment on Aloi's transfer. It's highly likely the WPIAL will eventually have a hearing with the Alois to determine if the transfer was for athletic intent.

Aloi's father, Frank, is a former Ellwood City basketball player and his uncle, Dan, also was a star player at the school in the 1980s. Nick Aloi's grandfather, Frank Sr., is superintendent of Ellwood City schools.

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