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Things to watch for: Heinz Field edition

In case you missed the announcement, Pittsburgh Dad will be running special new episodes on the jumbotron at Heinz Field during home Steelers games this year.

Already, people in the comments on youtube are hoping he discusses why it’s called a Jumbotron, but there is no jumbo on it.

Also, the videos should also eventually be posted online as well, as revealed in the comments on youtube as well.

Secondly, before each game, Saint Vincent College, home of the Steelers summer training camp (and my alma mater), will be airing some sort of special video as well.  Hopefully I’ll be able to be able to see it online sometime.

A follow up to Orpik’s You Can Play ad

Orpik’s “You Can Play” ad ran during a recent Pirates broadcast and The Pensblog picked it up.

I think it speaks volumes about how far society (or at least how awesome Pittsburgh is), that the conversation quickly turned to Pringles, juggling, and other random bits of news, the commentors having written off those who had some sort of problem with the ad campaign.

Penguins join in with equality

Hot on the heels of the Pirates “It Gets Better” video, which I wrote about here, Brooks Orpik is teaming up with the “You Can Play” campaign.  Pensblog broke the story here:

“What matters to me and my teammates? A player with a hard slap shot. A player with awesome puck-handling skills. A player who can shoot. A guy who can help our team win”

Patrick Burke founded the campaign after his brother died and it’s been making a lot of traction as the playoffs continue.    The Post-Gazette interviews Orpik here, and he really does seem like a class act:

Orpik said the reaction he has received since his video was released last week “has been nothing but positive.” But he knows negative reaction might be coming from those fans who have no idea what the words “tolerant” and “accepting” mean. “If I do hear anything negative, it’ll probably be from people who have a problem with themselves and don’t like who they are.”

Check out the video here, and the comments from the Pensblog fans in the youtube comments make it just as much fun as the sad comments on the Pirates video.

The Pirates join the It Gets Better Campaign

The Pirates are the first of the three main sports teams in Pittsburgh to make an “It Gets Better” Video, which aired in PNC Park before a recent game.   Check out the video here.

The Pirates are also working on programs to support local LGBT organizations, and President Frank Coonelly had this to say:

We feel it is important to get the message out that there is no place in our society for bullying anyone for any reason,” he said. “The organization is pleased to utilize our resources to help call attention to this subject and to encourage those that have been a victim of bullying to come forward and seek help.

Pittsburgh City Paper covers the story here, and my favorite comment comes from YouTube, looking at the irony of the most-loosing professional sports team saying that “It Gets Better.”


Bucs vs Reds

Already got fireworks for the two run homer, and more coming up after the game.

PATransit Tuesday: North Shore Connector

Over the weekend, I headed to the Pirates game (the one they lost) and on the way back, was able to take the North Shore Connector from the North Shore station to Steel Plaza.

My only complaint is that the steps were messing with my eyes a little bit, but I think my glasses hadn’t gone all the way back to clear from sunglasses at the time, so I’ll chalk it up to that.

We ended up waiting about five minutes with a pretty large group.  We all got on, and smoothly headed across to downtown.  It has been years since I’ve ridden the T, and I forgot how smooth it was.  I ended up helping a very nice couple who was unsure of the order of stops, but were also getting off at Steel Plaza, so it made it convenient for them to just follow me.

I’m a little confused as to what the “Area of Refuge” signs are for.  First I was thinking it was for lost children, but then I realized young kids would not understand the word “refuge.”  Then I thought maybe in inclement weather, the T station can be used a storm shelter, or maybe it is a warming station for the homeless.  If you know, please sound off in the comments, I’m interested!

Since it was free, I took the T, although I think I probably would have ridden even if I had to pay for the convenience, I just don’t know how I would have shown the operator my pass, but I guess since I rarely ride the T my ignorance can be forgiven, at least this once.

Check out the rest of the pictures from the North Shore station (and pictures from the game) in the gallery here.

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