Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Ralph Macchio's Comeback

I recently discovered the very funny video titled "Wax On, F*ck Off with Ralph Macchio" on Funny or Die.

Here's a description of the four-minute video: 

In his new movie, Ralph Macchio faces his toughest challenge yet; to become a Hollywood bad boy. With Karate Kid returning to the big screen, his career fading his friends and family are forced to stage an intervention. In order to re-establish himself in the entertainment industry he hits the streets of Los Angeles to show everyone how tough he can be. 

I wonder if this video is the reason that Macchio was asked to be on Dancing With the Stars this season!

 The video may be NSFW for a few bad words. (The title shows that word.)

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Netflix Dexter Problem

This is my current Netflix queue:

I rolled through the first 2+ seasons of Dexter and have hit a bit of a snag. By "bit of a snag," I mean that there is a very long wait for season 3, disc 2 of Dexter even though there is no wait for any other DVD in the series. My initial thought was that there is something so spectacular on this DVD that everyone wants to keep it. After talking to folks who have seen these episodes, that's not the case. When I called Netflix, they indicated that Dexter is a popular series. They didn't sufficiently answer the question as to why this DVD has a very long wait while the other ones have no wait at all.

It turns out that there have been similar problems with this particular DVD for years. Not cool, Netflix, not cool. Can't you just order a few more DVDs from Showtime?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Baby Names

There’s a lot of pressure in choosing your child’s name. Your kid is going to be stuck with this name for his entire life. Even if he wants to go by a nickname when he gets older, the given name will still be on his driver’s license, tax returns and all other official documents. Fortunately, I’ve enlisted the help of Lisa Shaw’s “The Everything Baby Names Book” featuring over 25,000 names for assistance. Although the book’s copyright is 1997, surely it can help me find the perfect name for my pending child, right? Well, let’s see what I’ve found thus far.

Bronson certainly seems like a candidate for an increase in usage. Actor Bronson Pinchot may help further the cause. Wow, putting the future of the name Bronson in the hands of Mr. Pinchot looks to have been a bad call.

Did you know that Calvin means bald? Do you know any Calvins? If so, do they have hair? Cal Ripken definitely fits this defintion.

CarrollFamous Carrolls include actors Carroll O’Connor and Carroll Spinney, who plays Big Bird on Sesame Street. Is the actor that plays Big Bird famous? Is Carroll Spinney truly well-known?

Dean was wildly popular back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, probably because of actor Dean Martin, but today no such actor carries the torch for the name. Oooooo, snap Dean Cain.

Egan (or the variation Egon) – How can there be no mention of Dr. Egon Spengler? Carroll Spinney makes this book but not one of the famous Ghost Busters?

Garth – Sure, Ms. Shaw you mention Garth Brooks, but no Garth from Wayne’s World! For shame, Ms. Shaw. For shame!

Grover - Grovers who have been famous include the Sesame Street Muppet and Grover Cleveland. I love the fact that the Sesame Street character gets top billing over an American President.

Hatchootucknee - Although the book indicates that this name is of Native American origin meaning snapping turtle, I believe that this is what you say to a sneezing gymnast or figure skater.

Hines – Not in the book? Hines is not in the book! BOOOOOOOO.

JaromirGreat spring. In 169 post-season games, Jaromir Jagr scored 181 points (77 goals & 104 assists). Those are many great springs.

LombardLatin for long beard. Perhaps we should have nicknamed Brett Keisel, Lombard (or Lombardi).

LutherThe visibility of singer Luther van Dross, however, may make this name more popular as a first name in the next few years. I’m pretty sure that Luther’s last name was one word, not two. I call shenanigans.

MarkIn 1976, of course, Olympic swimmer Mark Spitz and his victories set off a whole new wave of babies named Mark, but it didn’t seem to last as long as the first wave. Um, Spitz’s historic Olympics took place in 1972, not 1976. Did you stop fact-checking sometime after K, Ms. Shaw?

NinianUnknown definition. Is the definition of Ninian unknown or does Ninian mean unknown definition?

Oh-oh-e-so-to-whoNative American (Osage tribe) for seven bulls. It may also mean five hyphens.

RadcliffMothers who might choose Radcliff may be thinking about their alma mater, Radcliffe. Really? You don’t think they were thinking about Vassar?

Maybe I should try a different book.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Trivia Tuesday: Highway Edition

Welcome to Tuesday. Before we begin, I wanted to let you know that you could be reading the blog of a millionaire. I played the MegaMillions yesterday, so I expect to win the $244 million jackpot tonight. In case you're wondering, I think that I'll continue to blog as a millionaire. If Mark Cuban can do it, I can too!

Let's get to this week's quiz. Your challenge today is to identify the namesakes of the following highways:

1. English explorer who visited what is now New York in the 17th century honored with a parkway in Manhattan.

2. Astronaut honored with a stretch of Interstate 480 in Ohio.

3. U.S. President honored with a stretch of Interstate 196 in Michigan.

4. Spanish name for the mother of the Virgin Mary honored with a stretch of Interstate 5 in California.

5. Boston Red Sox player honored with a stretch of Route 9 and a tunnel in MA.

6. English Queen consort honored with a highway connected Niagara Falls, Ontario to Toronto.

7. Oklahoma-born humorist honored as the namesake of Route 66.

8. Georgia may have been on his mind, but U.S. Highway 90 through Greenville, Florida is named after this singer.

9. 13th century Italian cardinal whose Spanish name refers to U.S. Highway 101 in the Los Angeles area (and an America song).

10. Brooklyn Dodgers player honored with a parkway in Brooklyn and Queens.

As always please leave your answers in the comments section below and do not use the internet for assistance. Good luck!

This quiz is courtesy of the fine folks at Stump Trivia.

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Pulse of a Pittsburgh Sports Fan

ESPN’s Bill Simmons wrote a column several years ago stating that you can’t complain about your sports team for five years after they win a championship. Does that apply to all sports teams in the same city after one wins a title? What if two teams win championships? The Pittsburgh Steelers won Super Bowls in the 2006 and 2008 seasons while the Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup in the 2008-2009 season. Nevertheless, when the Steelers lost to the Green Bay Packers last month, it hurt as a fan. The consolation in the defeat was that Green Bay outplayed the Steelers and definitely deserved to win, and I shifted my focus to the Penguins and Pitt basketball.

Nearly 24 hours after* Pitt lost in dramatic fashion to Butler on Saturday night, I’m still amazed at the ending. Actually, I’m amazed at the entire game. This was the year that Pitt was supposed to reach the Final Four. The team started 3 seniors and 2 juniors and had one of the deepest teams in college basketball. Pitt won the regular season Big East Championship in arguably the toughest conference ever. Even the loss in the Big East Tournament was fine since you figured that the team would be well-rested for the NCAA tournament and focus on the mistakes made against UConn and work to correct them. Then, Saturday night happened. (Sorry to interrupt this post, but Butler's Matt Howard just flopped as I was typing this.) As was the case in most of Pitt’s losses this year, they fell behind early and extended a lot of energy and emotion to come back. However, Pitt did come back against Butler. If you follow basketball, you know what happened during the final 10 seconds. I’m not going repeat the game story here, but I don’t remember a game with such a drastic range of emotions over such a short period of time. The end result is one of the most painful defeats in Pittsburgh sports history.

So 2011 has not started well for Pittsburgh sports. Sure, feel free to make the argument that the Cleveland Browns would love to have been in the position to play in a Super Bowl. There are also 300 college basketball teams that would love to reach the NCAA round of 32. That doesn’t make me feel better. I’m already waiting to see what spectacular way the Penguins will lose in the playoffs. Will Sidney Crosby return only to get another head injury in a game 7 against the Flyers or Capitals courtesy of Mike Richards or Alexander Ovechkin and then that same player scores the game-winner moments later? Yes, that’s where I am right now. I guess that way the year has gone so far, but maybe I’m looking at everything wrong. Maybe the unthinkable has yet to occur. Perhaps the Pirates can be a .500 team!

You know, what makes me (and hopefully you too) feel better? Jerome Lane’s dunk (and reading about the dunk)!

Read more about the Pitt-Butler game on the Pitt Script blog & Sports Illustrated

* I’m either writing this on Sunday night or I travelled to Australia and somehow changed time. Your choice.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day From Uncle O' Grimacey

I loved McDonald's Shamrock Shakes when I was a kid. That was something that I always looked forward to in March. I had a Shamrock Shake a few years ago, but it was not nearly as good as I remembered.

Anyway, McDonald's apparently had a character named Uncle O'Grimacey to promote the Shamrock Shakes. I don't remember him at all, but enjoy him in this commercial.

h/t Nick

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Congratulations Neil Diamond

Congratulations to Neil Diamond on his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! I've mentioned this previously, but Neil Diamond was the first concert I attended (at Pittsburgh's Civic Arena!) when I was only 5 or 6. You want to see highlights from his ceremony, don't you? I know that I did.

There are so many questions about this video.

- Did Neil perform Sweet Caroline twice consecutively?
- Why not throw in Forever In Blue Jeans or America?
- Who are the dancing women just past the 5-minute mark?
- Is fellow inductee Alice Cooper somewhere off-camera singing along?
- Was it just me or did the person filming seem to lose Neil during much of the first minute? (Then out of nowhere, Neil appears right in front of the camera.)

Yes, any post about Neil Diamond is an excuse to link to my Neil Diamond concert experience and the offer I received to get free tickets in exchange for getting someone messy.

In addition, here's a video of Neil Diamond on David Letterman. I have no idea when this appearance took place, but Paul Shaffer had hair.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Trivia Tuesday

Happy Tuesday to you. Let's get right into this week's quiz. Given the team, league and the number, you challenge is to name the players whose number was retired.

1. Edmonton Oilers (NHL) #99

2. Chicago Bulls (NBA) #23

3. New York Yankess (MLB) #3

4. Chicago Bears (NFL) #34

5. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) #66

6. Boston Red Sox (MLB) #8

7. Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) #32

8. New York Jets (NFL) #12

9. Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) #9

10. Pittsburgh Pirates (MLB) #21

11. Boston Celtics (NBA) #00

12. Buffalo Bills (NFL) #12

By the way, I'm not sure that I can be your friend if you miss #5.

As always please leave your answers in the comments section below and do not use the internet for assistance. Good luck!

This quiz is courtesy of the fine folks at Stump Trivia.

Finally, if you're looking for a college basketball poll to join, my friend Rizzo (host of Rizzo Sports Live) organized a free poll on ESPN.com. Just click on this link or, if it doesn't work, search for Kittanning or FLTV under the join a public group option.

Monday, March 14, 2011

2011 Celebrate Fairfax Headliners Announced

Northern Virginia’s largest community event is set for June 10-12 at the Fairfax County Government Center. While I’m sure that I’ll write about the 90 live concerts featuring some of the best local artists, 300 exhibitors, crafters and food vendors, fireworks and other activities the festival offers as the event gets closer, I’m excited to announce this year’s headliners now. Friday, June 10th at 8:00 PM: Third Eye Blind Saturday, June 11th at 8:00 PM: The Bangles Sunday, June 12th at 4:30 PM: The Legwarmers I AM SO PSYCHED THAT I’M USING ALL CAPS. (I’ll stop now.) The Bangles were one of the best pop acts in the 1980s. Eternal Flame and Walk Like An Egyptian both reached #1 while Manic Monday and A Hazy Shade of Winter peaked at #2. I’m curious to see if Hosni Mubarak makes a guest appearance to walk across the stage during The Bangles’ signature hit. It’s possible, right? He’s not doing much these days. I also hope that Susanna Hoffs still does that eye thing as displayed at the 2:47 mark of the video. 

 Speaking of the 80s, The Legwarmers are the best 80s cover bands I’ve ever seen.* I went to one of their concerts at the State Theatre about four years ago where they played for at least 3-4 hours. It was an amazing show! The band is really talented and you know every song they play. If you want to attend a fun concert and have a great time, I suggest seeing The Legwarmers.

Finally, the festival kicks-off on Friday night with Third Eye Blind, a band that seemed to be everywhere in the late 1990s. You may remember 3EB for "Semi-Charmed Life," "Graduate," "How's It Going to Be," "Jumper,” and the underrated "Never Let You Go." So there you have it. For more information about the event, make sure to visit the Celebrate Fairfax website. See you in June! 

* I haven’t actually seen many 80s cover bands live, but The Legwarmers are by far the best. Actually, I’m not sure if I’ve seen any other 80s cover bands besides The Legwarmers.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Disappointed By Ohio State

I received a call the other day from the folks creating The Ohio State University Alumni Today, the first publication ever to feature alumni listings from 1890-something through today. The school wanted to make sure that my information was correct and then tried to sell me this publication. (The hardback version is available for two payments of only $49.99 each!) Anyway, one of the first questions asked by seller was if I was still basking in Ohio State’s Sugar Bowl victory. I paused and replied that I had moved on to the basketball season. In reality, I couldn’t even remember who Ohio State played in the Sugar Bowl. What I remember from the game was that QB Terrelle Pryor and four other Buckeyes were permitted to play in that game even though they were suspended for five games of the 2011 football season for selling jerseys, championship rings and trophies. They were permitted to play by signing a ridiculous document stating that they would return to school the following season (not declaring for the NFL draft) as required by coach Jim Tressel.

So last week, Yahoo! Sports reported the following (this text is from ESPN)

Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel received an e-mail last April telling him that two of his players were caught up in a federal drug-trafficking case and the sale of memorabilia, breaking NCAA rules.

Tressel responded: "I will get on it ASAP."

But he never mentioned it to Ohio State's compliance department or his athletic director for more than nine months.

On Tuesday, Tressel was suspended for the first two games of the 2011 season and fined $250,000 for violating NCAA rules by failing to notify the school about the players' involvement. He also will receive a public reprimand and must make a public apology.

The NCAA is still investigating and could reject Ohio State's self-imposed penalties and add more sanctions.

So Tressel knew about this since last April but did nothing about it. Lovely. Let’s go back a step. The five Ohio State players who are all around 21 or younger sold jerseys and championship rings for money. If you have little or no money in college and have an opportunity to sell something, you do it. I would have loved to have sold baseball cards or something for $1,000 when I was in college. Of course, what the players did was in violation of NCAA regulations, and therefore, they were punished. I get that. However, Tressel is not a college student with limited resources. He’s a grown man with a seven-figure annual salary. The fact that his suspension is less than the players is ridiculous. This is a case where the cover-up is worse than the crime. I hope that NCAA does the right thing here and significantly increases Tressel’s suspension.

Let’s get back to the Ohio State administration for a second. I was there when football coach John Cooper was fired. At the time, the school stated that he was fired because of players having academic and off-the-field problems. In reality, he was fired for going 6-6 and 8-4 in his final two seasons in Columbus and his inability to win bowl games or defeat Michigan. Here’s what really bothers me about the situation (again from ESPN):

Ohio State president Gordon Gee said he and Tressel had discussed the violation at Gee's house for 3 hours one night.

Gee also said he had not considered dismissing the Buckeyes coach.

"No, are you kidding?" he said with a laugh. "Let me be very clear. I'm just hoping the coach doesn't dismiss me."

President Gee, you are the leader of one of the largest institutes of higher education in the United States. The buck (or in this case, the buckeyes) stops with you. I’m sure that you were instrumental in helping secure the recent $100 million investment by Leslie Wenxer, the head of Limited and chair of the school’s Board of Trustees. Congratulations to you for that (although Wexner probably would give millions of dollars to the school regardless of the president). However, when it comes to football, you would be better served to stay quiet. You already made a fool of yourself in criticizing TCU and Boise State last fall. Now you’re saying that the coach is bigger than you. It doesn’t work that way. Perhaps the Board should consider you position as president.

Oh, I’m not giving any more money to Ohio State, so enjoy making millions off of Pryor and the other players who you threw under the bus while acknowledging that the coach is fine. You probably don't need my money anyway.

The Columbus Dispatch has more about this story.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Cats and Babies

You remember Ziggy, right? He is our 12-13 pound lovable and mischievous cat (among his many attributes) who often acts like a dog by greeting me at the door and rolling over so that I can rub his stomach. He also seems to be near us at all times and makes his presence known when he is hungry or wants attention. His morning routine begins by coming under the covers to curl–up with me. When he realizes that I’m not getting out of bed, he usually jumps on top of our headboard or bedroom television or bats the blinds. Basically, he does whatever he can to make noise. It is quite effective, though if he does this too early in the morning, he runs the risk of being kicked out of the bedroom. Additionally, Ziggy has a habit of trying to get into places where we don’t want him with the garage being #1 on this list.

I mention all of this since Ziggy will no longer be the center of attention in our household fairly soon. I’ve tried to explain to him that a baby is coming, but I don’t think he grasps the situation. Our primary concern is making sure that he does not get into the crib. In fact, we don’t want him in the baby’s room at all. My question to any parents or cat people out there is how do you handle the cat/baby situation? Is there a way to introduce the cat to the baby? What type of precautions do we need to make sure that Ziggy doesn’t get near the baby? While I’m looking forward to sitting on the couch watching Pittsburgh Penguins playoff games while holding the baby with Ziggy sitting next to me, it’s the other times when I worry how Ziggy will react.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Lunch Rut

For the past 6+ years, my weekday lunches have consisted of a Hebrew National salami sandwich, banana, Rold Gold pretzels and a Dannon Light ‘N Fit yogurt. This isn’t my typical lunch; this is essentially what I eat five days a week all year. There are times when I may replace the pretzels with Cool Ranch Doritos or eat a plum instead of a banana, but usually, my variety is the yogurt flavor (peach, cherry and strawberry are my favorites).

So I’m starting to think that perhaps I should branch out and eat something different. The problem is that I truly am a creature of habit. Plus, I really don’t want to increase my lunch budget. This how much I spend on lunch for a week:

Hebrew National salami: $4
Wegmans Light Wheat Bread: $2.50
Dannon Yogurt: $2.50 (.50 per cup)
Pretzels: $2.50 per bag
Bananas: $2

You can’t really beat $13.50 for five lunches. With that written, any lunch suggestions?

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Trivia Tuesday

This may be the most straightforward Trivia Tuesday we’ve ever had. Listed below are the years that the last 10 U.S. Presidents served in office. Your challenge this week is to name the last 10 First Ladies. We need both the first and last names (maiden names are not needed).

1. 2009-present

2. 2001-2009

3. 1993-2001

4. 1989-1993

5. 1981-1989

6. 1977-1981

7. 1974-1977

8. 1969-1974

9. 1963-1969

10. 1961-1963

As a bonus question, identify the largest United States city named for a U.S. President. This city is the 74th largest in the country. Plus, the city’s name consists only of the President’s name. (Meaning that Jefferson City or Obamaville is not the answer.)

As always please leave your answers in the comments section below and do not use the internet for assistance. Good luck!

This quiz is courtesy of the fine folks at Stump Trivia.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Monday Links

The Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament has taken up much of my blogging time lately, so I'm a little behind in sharing links from around the web. Here are some great posts to start your week:

The Washington Post's fifth annual Peeps Diorama contest is underway. Photo entries are due next Monday, 3/14. [The Washington Post]

Virginia explains why people may have a good reason for leaving sporting events early. [That's Church]

Fascinating article about Charlie Sheen and his Babe Ruth World Series ring written by Pete Nash. Just as interesting is that Pete Nash was/is Pete Nice of Def Jam's 3rd Bass. (Remember Pop Goes the Weasel?) [Deadspin]

Even though I was disappointed that the Penguins lost to Toronto last week, this is such a great picture after the game-winning goal. [Yahoo's Puck Daddy]

Bill Simmons has a great take on the greed of the NFL owners. [ESPN.com]

Ngewo writes where the characters from Dazed and Confused are now. Not the actors; the actual characters. [Ngewo's World]

An interesting take on Brandon Davies, BYU's Honor Code and possibly hypocrisy written by a BYU graduate. [Deadspin]

Have you seen Lionel Richie? [Sportsocracy]

Finally, congratulations again to Pirates Prospects for winning the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament. If you don't read the blog, I highly encourage you to do so. Pirates Prospects was already a great blog and then they added the guys from Pittsburgh Lumber Co. Check out the blog all season (and off-season) long. [Pirates Prospects]

Saturday, March 05, 2011

Congratulations Pirates Prospects

Like Charlie Sheen, Pirates Prospects is all about winning the 3rd annual Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament. Pirates Prospects joins previous winners, The PensBlog and Bucs Dugout in the pantheon of Pittsburgh sports blogs.

I also want to congratulate Steelers Depot for reaching the Championship after getting to the Final Four last year. Two straight Final Four appearances are great in any type of tournament.

Thanks to everyone for voting and supporting all of the terrific Pittsburgh sports blogs. I wrote this at the start of the tournament, and I believe this to be completely true. There is a special Pittsburgh sports blog community that is unmatched by any other city in the country. Please make sure to visit all of the Pittsburgh sports blogs linked on the right side of this site.

If you write a Pittsburgh sports blog that is not included on my links section, please e-mail me at seanramblings at yahoo [dot] com and I'll add you to the sidebar.

I also want to thank Cotter of One For the Other Thumb once again for designing the awesome logo.

Go Penguins! Go Pirates! Go Pitt! Go Steelers! Go Bloggers!

Friday, March 04, 2011

Can I Get A Hot Tub?

(Voting for the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament concludes today, Friday 3/4, at 4:00 PM. Scroll down the page or click here to vote or for more information.)

You've seen this State Farm commercial, right?

It's amusing. A baseball flies through your window, and all of a sudden you get a hot tub, a sandwich, and the girl from 4E. Simply sing a jingle, and poof, you find out what your State Farm agent can do for you. Apparently, this State Farm agent runs an escort service, deli and a hot tub store. Very convenient.

We had a shower leak recently and all our insurance company gave us was some money towards the repairs. I guess I should have switched to State Farm so that I could have got a hoagie.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Gas Story

(Please scroll down to the next post to vote in the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament Championship.)

Sorry to disappoint some of you, but this is not a TMI Thursday story. When we moved last January, we quickly learned that we had separate bills for gas and electric. The previous owners moved out and had left the heat at 60 degrees before we moved in. Between getting our home’s temperature to a comfortable 70 degrees, the movers constantly leaving the door open while bringing in our stuff, and the activation fee graciously added by the gas company, our first bill was extremely scary. Although we budgeted for the mortgage and other bills, we were completely unprepared for the gas bill. Fortunately, the bill leveled off significantly, and became virtually non-existent over the summer when we switched from heat to air conditioning which is part of the electric bill.

Here’s the story: the gas bill has remained non-existent throughout the fall and even now. Our gas bill has been $9.56 ($9.00 for a distribution service system charge and $0.56 for the state & local utility tax) for each of the last 8 or 9 months or so, and I don’t understand why. The heat is on (oh, it’s on the street), and the bill shows our 12-month energy use history, so clearly we’re using HDD (high definition Dalmatians?).

The only thing I can figure out from the bill is that our total Therms (TH) used is 0. I’m not sure how this is possible, and I feel like there must be some kind of mistake. I’m dreading the day when we receive a letter from the gas company stating that there has been an error in the meter reading and that we owe 1 million dollars (this could be a slight exaggeration, but I know that some of you said this in a Dr. Evil voice, so that made it worthwhile).

Anyway, does anyone know if this is typical? I know that Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is no longer in effect, but I don’t feel like it is appropriate or necessary for me to contact the gas company. Any thoughts or should I just consider myself lucky?

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

2011 Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Championship

We have now reached the Championship of the 3rd annual Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Tournament.

Who will join The PensBlog and Bucs Dugout to reach the pantheon of Pittsburgh sports blogs? Our finalists are Pirates Prospects, a blog that shockingly covers the Pirates and their minor league system, and Steelers Depot, a blog that (you won't believe this) discusses the Steelers. They are both remarkable blogs and are well-deserved finalists.

Since this is the championship, the polls for this round are open longer. Voting begins now and will run until 4:00 PM Eastern time on Friday, March 4th.

I want to thank everyone for voting and supporting some amazing blogs. This silly little tournament has had voters from across the country plus the United Kingdom, Austria, Canada, Spain, Poland, Finland, Slovakia, Belgium, Mexico, Uruguay, Switzerland, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Liechtenstein, Italy, France, Norway, Australia, and even Pittsburgh! Thank you!

Plus, thanks to Cotter for designing the awesome logo!

UPDATE 3/4 at 4:10 PM: Voting is now closed. Congratulations to Pirates Prospects on becoming the Best Pittsburgh Sports Blog Champion! More information coming soon.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Trivia Tuesday

(If you're looking for the final four round of the best Pittsburgh sports blog tournament, please scroll down to the next post.)

I have an amazing idea for a name that tune edition of Trivia Tuesday. Unfortunately, I don't have enough songs yet, but I will dedicate the rest of this week to coming up with another five more songs. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, this week's Trivia Tuesday is courtesy of Sporcle, one of the greatest websites in history. Listed below are three Sporcle quizzes as well as the amount of time you have to complete the quiz. Good luck!

1. Can you name the largest US cities in 1920? (15 minutes)

I scored a 72 of 100 on this one. You should do well if you know your Massachusetts cities and towns.

2. Can you name the pitchers with the most 10 win seasons in Major League Baseball (since 1901)? (7 minutes)

I scored a 12 of 26 and feel like I should have done better.

3. Can you name the VMA Best Female Video Nominees? (15 minutes)

110 of 131. I think this is my trivia wheel-house.

Take the Sporcle quizzes yourself and share your results in the comments section below.