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Friday, March 9, 2018

Fans are upset that Pittsburgh Pirates president spoke at a fundraiser for congressional candidate Rick Saccone

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 3:12 PM

The Pirate Parrot at a 2017 Pirates game - CP PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS
  • CP photo by Luke Thor Travis
  • The Pirate Parrot at a 2017 Pirates game
In the 2017 baseball offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded away two star players in Andrew McCutchen and Gerrt Cole. The fans were upset with Pirates management and many Pittsburghers were gearing up for a disappointing season for the Buccos.

Then, for some, there was another reason this week to be upset with the Pirates. According to a tweet from Washington Post reporter James Hohmann, on March 8, Pirates president Frank Coonelly spoke in support of Pennsylvania state Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Elizabeth), who is running for U.S. Congress in a special election on March 13 against Conor Lamb (D-Mount Lebanon). According to Hohmann's tweet,  Coonelly spoke at the Republican Party of Allegheny County's "Spirit of Lincoln" dinner in Green Tree on March 8 and he also brought the Pirate Parrot with him. The dinner served as a fundraising event for Saccone and featured President Donald Trump’s counsel Kellyanne Conway.

Regis McDevitt, a Pittsburgh resident and Pirate fan, wrote on Twitter on March 8 “@Pirates this is shameful,” in response to Hohmann’s tweet. McDevitt also tweeted that the Pirates should address Coonelly’s involvement with Saccone and wrote that “inserting the organization into a political argument is true cause for a boycott.”

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

You can now buy a bobblehead of Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on his bike

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 12:09 PM

  • Photo courtesy of National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster bike bobblehead
In October 2017, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster tweeted out a picture of his beloved bike and informed his followers that it had been stolen. Pittsburgh social media exploded with calls for the thief to return Smith-Schuster’s bike, with the hashtag #TeamFindJujusBike. Fellow Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown even offered free tickets to a Steelers home game in exchange for the bike.

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Source: God is not a Pittsburgh sports fan; Pirates trade Andrew McCutchen to San Francisco Giants day after Steelers bounced from NFL playoffs

Posted By on Mon, Jan 15, 2018 at 5:34 PM

  • CP photo by Luke Thor Travis
Apparently the Pittsburgh Pirates' plan for future success does not include keeping one of the franchise's greatest stars in black and gold.

Center fielder Andrew McCutchen was traded Monday afternoon to the San Francisco Giants. It wasn't immediately known what the Pirates got in return. However, speculation inside City Paper's newsroom is that the players the Pirates will receive come with both low salaries and low expectations.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster wants his bike back

Posted By on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 4:56 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers' new star wide receiver, JuJu Smith-Schuster, is known for catching touchdowns and coming up with innovative celebrations, including a hide-and-seek number during the Steelers' win over the Bengals on Oct. 22. But Smith-Schuster is also known as the team's best bike commuter, as he often rides his bike to practice at the Steelers' training facility in the South Side. And in a town where city councilors might scream at you for riding your bike, that's an impressive feat.

However, Smith-Schuster tweeted today, Oct. 24, that his bike has been stolen. "I hope it's not an end of an era #TeamFindJujusBike," wrote Smith-Schuster on Twitter.

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers dominate Cincinnati Bengals 29-14 at Heinz Field

Posted By on Mon, Oct 23, 2017 at 10:04 AM

Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sun., Oct. 22. - CP PHOTOS BY VINCENT PUGLIESE
  • CP photos by Vincent Pugliese
  • Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Sun., Oct. 22.
The Pittsburgh Steelers had a fairly easy day of it on Sunday getting by the Bengals, 29-14, at Heinz Field on Sunday. Here are photographer Vincent Pugliese's top 15 photos from the game.

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers win home opener at Heinz Field

Posted By on Mon, Sep 18, 2017 at 11:15 AM

  • CP photos by Vincent Pugliese
The Pittsburgh Steelers won Sunday's home opener at Heinz Field, beating the Minnesota Vikings 26-9. Here are photographer Vincent Pugliese's 10 favorite shots from the game.

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Monday, September 11, 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers open season with 21-18 win over Cleveland Browns

Posted By on Mon, Sep 11, 2017 at 9:49 AM

  • CP photos by Vincent Pugliese
The Pittsburgh Steelers opened their season yesterday with a 21-18 win over the Cleveland Browns. We sent photographer Vincent Pugliese to Cleveland to document the game.

Here are Vincent's top 10 photos from the Steelers' first win of the season.

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Monday, June 12, 2017

Pittsburgh Penguins announce Stanley Cup victory parade route

Posted By on Mon, Jun 12, 2017 at 4:25 PM

Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup championship parade, 2016. - CP PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS
  • CP photo by Luke Thor Travis
  • Pittsburgh Penguins Stanley Cup championship parade, 2016.
There were catfish on the ice, an alleged claim of halitosis and some up-and-down goal keeping, but the Pittsburgh Penguins still emerged victorious in the Stanley Cup Finals. On June 11, the Pens defeated the somewhat stupidly named Nashville Predators by a score of 2-0, winning the series in six games.

This is the second straight Stanley Cup for the Penguins, and city and Allegheny County officials want to celebrate with you Downtown. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's office sent a press release indicating the Pens championship parade will be held on Wednesday, June 14 at 11 a.m. in Downtown.

The parade route will begin at the intersection of Grant Street and Liberty Avenue, traveling down Grant Street to Boulevard of the Allies. From there, the route will head down Boulevard of the Allies toward Point State Park, where it will terminate. A stage will be set up on Point State Park's lawn (the one closest to the city streets), where Penguins personnel and players will give celebratory remarks.

City of Pittsburgh Public Works employees will be setting up barriers beginning Tue., June 13, in the evening and during the following morning. Road closures will being at 9 a.m. on Wed., June 14.  

Pittsburgh officials advise parade watchers to wear warm-weather, waterproof attire and bring plenty of water, as Wednesday's forecast predicts a high of 84 degrees, high humidity and possible thunderstorms.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

A photo essay of the University of Pittsburgh's 37-34 shootout win over Georgia Tech

Posted By on Mon, Oct 10, 2016 at 11:45 AM

The Pittsburgh Steelers weren't the only team fans were cheering on at Heinz Field this weekend. On Saturday afternoon, the University of Pittsburgh Panthers took on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The win came down to a field goal at the last second, with Pitt beating Georgia Tech 37-34.

Check out our highlights from the game in our photo essay below.

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Friday, June 10, 2016

Thousands gather outside Consol Center for Pittsburgh Penguins Game 5; Pens lose, trash strewn

Posted By on Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 2:51 PM

Thousands of Pittsburgh Penguins fans gathered outside Consol Energy Center for Game 5 of the NHL Finals Thursday to watch the Pens’ bout with the San Jose Sharks on the big screen. And they left behind them hopes for an easy win and a sea of garbage in the streets surrounding.

The Pens lost 4-2 in their bout with the Sharks. Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals is this Sunday in San Jose.

“You know what, it’s Game Five, they played hard,” said Bryce Knapp of Thunder Bay, Ontario — Pens goalie Matt Murray’s hometown. “It’s early. Their goalie stood on his head. You can’t be disappointed. They played a hell of a game, in my opinion.”

Washington Place was filled with people from Fifth Avenue to Centre Avenue, seated in lawn chairs in the street, in openings at the Two Chatham Center parking garage, on the steps of Epiphany Catholic Church and standing in the yard surrounding Consol.

Two quick goals from the Sharks in the first three minutes of the match put a damper on the Pittsburgh crowd, but it was shortly equalized by two goals from Pens  Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin— both goals scored within 22 seconds of each other.

Confetti peppered the crowd outside as they erupted into cheers, cheers that would not be heard for the rest of the game. The Pens led an assault on Sharks goalie, Martin Jones — taking 46 shots in total, and saving 44 of them — but were unable to get the puck beyond the goal line. The second period went scoreless on both sides.

“I think they got to just keep playing their game,” says Rob Degangne, who was sitting on a wall outside Consol with Knapp, waiting for people to file out. “They got to get on pucks — they got to beat them with their speed. They’re a better team, they’re faster, and San Jose can’t keep up with their skating, in my opinion. Pittsburgh has better goaltending.”

The Pens still lead over the Sharks in the series, 3-2, but Sunday’s game will determine whether the Pens will walk away with their fourth Stanley Cup, or head to Game 7 at home.

“The Pens have outplayed them every game in the series,” said Pens fan Tyler Falk. “Goals just didn’t go in tonight, that’s all.”

Falk, along with his friend Shane Fisher, arrived at Consol around 4 p.m. Thursday, and managed to find a spot for their chairs in the street about halfway up Washington Place. At that point it was the furthest row back.

Fisher and Falk stayed seated in the street well after Game 5 ended and the rest of the crowd shuffled past them, taking cautious steps through the piles of airless boom sticks, rolling beer bottles and flattened pizza boxes.

The two each clenched a can of Miller Lite and watched workers push the garbage around with leaf blowers and push brooms as the screen at the bottom of the hill showed the Pens logo.

When asked if they plan to come watch Game 6 outside Consol, Fisher answered: “Hell yeah. For sure.”

“We’re just going to sit here until Sunday,” said Falk with a chuckle.

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