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You've never seen Super Bowl helmets like this before ...

Written by Sara Bauknecht on .

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Some of the fashion industry's top designers are getting in the Super Bowl spirit early, thanks to a collaboration between the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Bloomingdale's and the NFL.

Forty-eight designers were tapped to add their own twist to a Super Bowl XLVIII helmet, which will be auctioned off to support the NFL Foundation. The helmets were unveiled today at Bloomingdale's on Manhattan's East Side. 

Want one of your own? Bids can be placed through Feb. 4 at bloomingdales.com/superbowlhelmets. Each will go for a minimum of $248, in honor of the 48th Super Bowl.

Who knew football could be so fashionable?

BETSEY JOHNSON 1

Betsey Johnson


DENNIS BASSO 2

Dennis Basso


KENNETH COLE 1

Kenneth Cole


NICOLE MILLER 1

Nicole Miller


BADGLEY MISCHKA

Badgley Mischka


NARCISO R

Narciso Rodriguez


DVF

Diane von Furstenberg

(Photos courtesy of Bloomingdale's)

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Catlike Reflexes: Tavon Austin has the reflexes of a cheetah

Written by Stephen J. Nesbitt on .

The St. Louis Rams' video squad went under the hood to investigate how former West Virginia WR Tavon Austin matches up against a cheetah, looking to (not-so) officially prove or disprove the notion that Austin has "catlike reflexes."

Their conclusion is that, yes, according to the Rams' highly skilled research team, Austin's reflexes are as quick as a cat.

This idea perhaps came about early in the season, when Austin quipped to his coach: "I'm a cheetah, coach. I don't warm up. Cheetahs go right after their prey." 

Here's the five-minute video: 

Now, it's clear that Austin isn't as fast as a cheetah, which is what I really wished they had been trying to prove. Austin can run upwards of 18 mph; a cheetah can eclipse 60 mph. But, hey, if you skew the results enough we might be in for a viral video with shocking results.

For a few more comparisons, one of these next three GIFs Tavon Austin. You decide which.

Yes, you saw that right. Austin pointed the cheetah toward the end zone, and it followed his lead. Unreal.

And I've certainly never seen a cheetah fake out a punt coverage team like this before ...

Or dance like this ...

Or reverse fields like this ...

Or play dead like this ...

Or WALK THE TIGHTROPE LIKE THIS ...

Well, folks, in the battle between Tavon and cheetah, I believe we've got a winner ...

And one upset kitty ...


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Potholes, we've got potholes

Written by Jon Schmitz on .

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Our Sunday report about the early onset of pothole season caused quite a stir. Other news organizations jumped on the story, and soon, the new Pittsburgh mayor, Bill Peduto, was ordering a 72-hour "blitz" by road crews to fill as many potholes as possible.

All well and good, but if the city wants to get the upper hand on potholes, it must pave more than the 40 or so miles that it typically does in a construction season. The city has about 1,000 lane-miles of streets to maintain, and good practice would be to repave them at least once every decade. That means a 100-mile paving program each year.

Public Works Director Rob Kaczorowski wants the city to build its own asphalt plant, or enter a joint venture with Allegheny County to build such a facility.

You can read our coverage of the pothole outbreak here and here, including where to call to report a pothole and get it fixed.

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An extended Martin Luther King Jr. Day observance for PennDOT, whose driver's license and photo centers will be closed Saturday and Monday.

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Gasoline price update: The average per-gallon price in Pennsylvania as of today, according to the AAA Fuel Gauge Report, was $3.532. That is up 7.5 cents since Dec. 30. The transportation bill passed in November effectively raised the Pennsylvania gasoline tax by 9.5 cents on Jan. 1, and shifted all taxation to the wholesale level. There was some disagreement over whether the entire tax increase would be passed to consumers at the pump. At this point, the tax increase clearly has pushed up the price, but not quite as much as some had feared.

The national average price today was 3.306, or 22.6 cents lower than Pennsylvania's average.

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Pittsburgh Fashion Week's latest installment of Pop-Up C.O.R.E. project features designer Elaine Healy

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Pittsburgh Fashion Week founder and executive director Miyoshi Anderson announced earlier this month that she would be "popping-up" across Pittsburgh, and perhaps beyond, to feature talents in the fashion, style and beauty industries as part of the new Pop-Up Fashion C.O.R.E. (Create Opportunity for Real Exposure) project.

For the first interview, Ms. Anderson met with Pittsburgh-based designer and recent Art Institute of Pittsburgh graduate Elaine Healy in her design studio. The two talked about Ms. Healy's fashion inspirations and shared a peek of her collection.

Check it out in the video above, and keep an eye on Ms. Anderson's Facebook page for the next video installment.

Pittsburgh Fashion Week will return for its fifth year Sept. 22-28. Information: www.pittsburghfashionweek.com

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Mac Miller is leaving Rostrum

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macmiller14Mac Miller is a free agent. Let the bidding start.

After two albums on Rostrum Records, the Pittsburgh rapper is parting ways with the hometown label.

He told MTV that his contract expired and will not be renewed.

“Rostrum is my family. That is forever,” he said. “No matter what, we will always work together. We moved mountains and I can only see them continuing that tradition. I am grateful for everything I learned and am always here for whatever.”

Miller signed to Rostrum in 2010 on the success of his independently released “K.I.D.S.” The next year his “Blue Slide Park” became the first independently distributed debut album to top the Billboard charts (with 144,000 sales) since Tha Dogg Pound’s “Dogg Food” in 1995.

Rather than jump to the majors, he stuck with Rostrum and last year, he landed at No. 3, right behind Kanye West and J. Cole (at 102,000) with his more experimental “Watching Movies with the Sound Off.”

Miller’s label mate and fellow Allderdice grad Wiz Khalifa issued his first two albums on Rostrum before signing a cooperative deal with Atlantic Records.

Rostrum President and CEO Benjy Grinberg told MTV, “Mac is an incredible artist and has a bright career ahead of him. We are proud of the historic run that we had together and we will continue to support him in any way that is needed. We wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

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