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Admiral, there be archives here!

With the imminent demise of Vox, I figured I should finally import those old posts before they disappear into the aether.


Neal Huntington and the “Draft to Nowhere”

During primary season in Pennsylvania this year, a Democratic candidate ran an attack ad against Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato. (I don’t remember which candidate, but he lost, so sucks to be him.) In this ad, Onorato was criticized for backing the “Tunnel to Nowhere.”

The tunnel in question is part of the Port Authority’s North Shore Connector, which will run under the Allegheny River and extend the T light rail system from Downtown to PNC Park, Heinz Field, the Carnegie Science Center, and Rivers Casino. The entire project has been a political lightning rod, both for its priority over other public transit needs and for the decision to bore a tunnel under the river instead of building a bridge. (We’re pretty good at bridges. We’ve had lots of practice.)

The attack ad used the actual phrase “tunnel to nowhere.” Sounds like the project is dead, or stalled. Right?

The extension is still under construction, and is scheduled to open in 2012.

Maybe that has something to do with why Onorato is the Democratic candidate for governor of Pennsylvania now?

Now I told you that story to tell you this one.

Mondesi’s House is jumping all over Neal Huntington. It seems that Mr. Huntington has been accused of a grievous injury to Yinzer Nation: He has done his job as General Manager of the Pittsburgh Baseball Club.

It’s one of the most thankless jobs in sports: PR manager for the White Sox, Bruce Pearl’s dry cleaner, Antti Niemi, and Pirates GM.

The crux of Mondesi’s argument is that the Pirates are making a big deal about signing Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie when it should be business as usual. (Ignore his Aroldis Chapman argument: He was a free agent, not drafted.)

This is why Huntington can’t win. Half the columnists in town visit the sins of Bonifay and Littlefield on Neal, and the other half rip him when he defends himself from the first half.

Huntington’s real problem is that he can only make the same promises Bonifay and Littlefield broke, and until this stockpile of minor league prospects become major league talent, the won’t-be-fooled-again media will continue to use him as a punching bag. It’s Huntington’s lot in life to be cursed for not completing a Five Year Plan in two years.

Maybe if the Pirates had Dan Onorato’s campaign manager…

I think I’ll go for a walk! (You’re not fooling anyone, you know.)

Sarah’s kind name-drop in her most recent Friday Football Foodie reminded me of how little I’ve written lately, in this space or others. I’ve been up to my hairline with real life. It’s just as well that I haven’t penned much. Between the Super Bowl and the Stanley Cup, I would have become That Guy sometime in July. Better to remain silent and be thought a gloating, arrogant douchetard, than to open my mouth and remove all doubt. Imagine how insufferable this town would be if the Pirates didn’t suck in historic proportion. Way to keep us grounded, Buccos!

That Foodie post also has me itching to try that breakfast enchilada recipe. Maybe the 15th. There aren’t many opportunities for game day breakfast food Back East. Especially when your team is the defending Super Bowl champion and in demand for prime-time games, not 1:00 starts called by CBS’ #4 crew. (See, there I go.)

Pardon our dust…

I wasn’t happy with any of WordPress’ themes. (No offense, yinz guys, but there wasn’t enough black and gold for my tastes ‘n’at.)

I still have to sand off some rough edges and get my banner photo up there, but this is close enough for gubmint work.

Here endeth the lesson.

Congratulations to the 2007-2008 Stanley Cup Champions, the Detroit Red Wings.

And thank you, Pittsburgh Penguins, for such a thrilling season of hockey.

I’ll write more when I’ve had a chance to gather my thoughts. And shave.

Thank you, NHL Network USA!

Thank you for simulcasting the 2008 Memorial Cup in the United States. Because of your foresight, I got to witness this live:

I am forever in your debt.

The Wonders of Modern Technology

So, if a guy in his living room can rewind the Versus HD feed on his DVR, advance frame-by-frame a replay of a disputed goal call, find clear evidence of the puck crossing the line, aim his cameraphone at his HDTV, and send video to the guy next to me at Mellon Arena, what the hell is the War Room using?!

Who else would I sponsor?

Finally, an answer to the question, “Who the hell would sponsor this guy?

I Give You The 2007-2008 Colorado Avalanche

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I'm moving again.

Not in real life. Just the blog. Vox is an interesting hybrid of blog and social networking site, but for how I use it, it's neither fish nor fowl. WordPress works much better for my purposes, and it gets along with MarsEdit quite well. Sorry, 6A, but I can't wait for your API to catch up.

You can find the new Legend of Vincent Tremblay here:

(If that works as a link, that is. Maybe I shouldn't be posting from a Firefox 3 beta.)

This site will still be hanging around for the foreseeable future. I haven't figured out an easy way to transfer old posts yet, so I want to keep the archives intact.

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