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Voytik officially, finally named starting QB

Written by Sam Werner on .

Shocker, I know. The worst-kept secret around Pitt football is finally not a secret any more. Panthers coach Paul Chryst announced today that Chad Voytik will, indeed, be the starter for Pitt's opener against Delaware Aug. 30.

Voytik took every single first team snap this training camp, so this really isn't a surprise, and Chryst even admitted as much.

"He's taken all the reps with the ones," Chryst said. "I think he's proud, and he should be, of the work he's done. But he wasn't real high. I think all of them are competitive and want to play, and I think absolutely it means something to them. I don't think he feels like he's arrived or anything like that, and that's what I like about it. He keeps working."

And Voytik said that, even though this was a designation he knew was coming, it means something to earn the official title of "starter." In fact, as training camp progressed, he began to get a little antsy as to when the official announcement would come.

"It feels good," he said. "I have been getting the 'one' reps, but being named is an honor and I am just so excited to play in nine days.

"We're all getting kind of anxious, looking at the clock on the wall counting it down. We are all excited."

In other news, Chryst shed some light on the running back situation. He said that, as of right now, Pitt still have five running backs (James Conner, Isaac Bennett, Rachid Ibrahim, Qadree Ollison and Chris James) that could see action against Delaware. As Pitt heads into game week, though, Chryst said that number will likely get down to four, with only three guys really getting into the rotation. Here's the exact quote:

"I think we've got five guys that can play. We'll pare it down a little bit. It's hard to get five ready. It was good getting Isaac back going. I liked the way James worked. Rachid has done a really nice job. He's a guy that's truly made improvements from spring to fall camp. And the two young guys have done a good job.

"We'll visit on that a little bit, and make sure we get four guys ready. Really, you're getting three ready and then another that in any kind of situation can help."

Conner is obviously a shoo-in to play, but it seems like both other spots are up for grabs. Bennett is the best back in playbook knowledge and pass protection, which makes him a valuable asset on third downs. I also think it's still hard to believe James will stay off the field. That said, nothing would really surprise me. Ibrahim and Ollison have both looked good in training camp, so that'll be one big thing to watch in the opener.

Chryst also confirmed Thursday that redshirt sophomore Reggie Mitchell will be the starting cornerback opposite Lafayette Pitts for the opener. That means Avonte Maddox will likely be the first defensive back off the bench in nickel situations.

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How to get passes to see preview of "The November Man"

Written by Barbara Vancheri on .

 
 
If you are trying to get passes to the free preview of “The November Man,” here is the correct information. There was a problem with the web address and code in the ad (not our fault but I know it’s frustrating when the code doesn't work). 
 
Go to this address: 
http://www.relativityscreenings.com/PITTPOSTGAZ
 
Type in this code: 
PITTPOSTGAZ
 
“The November Man” stars Pierce Brosnan and opens in theaters on Wednesday, Aug. 27.
 

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Red Ripe and Roasted tomato and garlic festival Sunday helps the hungry

Written by Doug Oster on .

 blog Oster RRR Tomato3I pay my daughter $25 to dress up like a tomato for the festival, that's fair...right? Photo by Doug OsterIt’s the 10th year for Red Ripe and Roasted, the tomato and garlic festival I helped start with the help of Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. On Sunday August 24th, 2014 from 11-4 p.m. visitors can enjoy great food, a farmer’s market, participate in a tomato contest and more. I’ll be cooking my Extreme Garlic Pesto recipe at 12 noon for you to taste.

The idea of the festival is to get as much fresh produce for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. The festival is free, but gardeners who bring a bag of food get into the conservatory for free to see the Summer Flower Show and Butterfly Forest.

Bring your own tomatoes to be judged for the biggest, smallest and ugliest fruit.

The festival includes a farmer’s market of all certified naturally grown produce, cooking demos and fun activities for kids.

It’s also a place where gardeners can buy a wide variety of garlic for planting without paying shipping.

I’ll be signing copies of Tomato Garlic Basil and my friend and colleague Miriam Rubin will have her book Tomatoes to sign too.

Please join me for a day of fun and help the hungry.

Hope to see you there!

Here's a spot from Pittsburgh Today Live with Jordyn Melino, exhibit coordinator for Phipps. She teams with me to talk about the festival and I cook Extreme Garlic Pesto.

 

 

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Vacation post - 08-21-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

-Happy 41st birthday to former Penguins forward Steve McKenna (right). One of the tallest players in franchise history at 6-foot-8, McKenna spent parts of three seasons with the Penguins. He initially came to Pittsburgh midway through the 2000-01 season in a deal which sent Roman Simicek to the Wild. In 34 games with the Penguins that campaign, McKenna failed to score a point but recorded 100 penalty minutes. During the 2001 offseason, he joined the Rangers a free agent but returned to the Penguins in 2002 once again as a free agent. In 2002-03, McKenna, playing partially on a line with Mario Lemieux and Alex Kovalev, set career highs in games (79), goals (nine) and points (10) and led the team with 128 penalty minutes. McKenna's final season in the NHL was 2003-04. He saw action in 49 games, scored three points and recorded 85 penalty minutes. During the 2004-05, McKenna joined Nottingham in Britain. In 162 games with the Penguins, McKenna scored 13 points and compiled 313 penalty minutes.

-Happy 44th birthday to former Penguins forward Roman Oksiuta. Acquired at the 1997 trade deadline in a deal with sent Richard Park to the Mighty Ducks, Oksiuta's entire Penguins' career amounted to seven games and and no points in 1996-97. He was released in the 1997 offseason.

-Happy 45th birthday to former Penguins goaltender Rob Dopson. A free agent signing in the 1991 offseason, Dopson's entire NHL career amounted to two games in 1993-94. He had no record, a 4.00 goals against average and .870 save percentage. He was released in the 1994 offseason.

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Texas Indictment

Written by Rob Rogers on .

"We don't settle political differences with indictments in this country. It is outrageous that some would use partisan political theatrics to rip away at the very fabric of our state's constitution."

No, this isn't a quote from a leading democrat or President Obama. Those words came from the lips of Republican Texas Governor Rick Perry in response to his indictment. 

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