It’s The Kielbasa Kid…

…and with the passing of former Steeler Tunch Ilkin there is not much more you can say at this point that hasn’t been already been said. You would be hard pressed to find a man who gave so much of himself to help other people. While I didn’t know Tunch during his playing days our paths crossed many times during his broadcast career. It really took off when he joined the broadcast team of Bill Hillgrove and the late Myron Cope. It would be Myron’s shoes that Tunch eventually had to fill and did an admirable job too. It was habit in my home on Steelers Sunday to turn down the TV sound and crank up the radio side of the broadcast. The memorable moment for me came during the 4th quarter of the Steelers Colts divisional playoff game in Indianapolis. It was the Steelers Super bowl XL run. The Colts were attempting a comeback with 1:27 to go. It was 4th and 16 at the Colts 12 yard line and Tunch says “this is the ballgame”. Just before hiking the ball Tunch says “got to go after them” and Steelers Linebacker Joey Porter did just that and sacked Payton Manning at the 2 yard line and Tunch yell’s “that’s the game baby!’ Then says “we are off to Denver”! And why wouldn’t he be correct to say so. It’s Steelers ball, and were now just 2 yards away from adding another touchdown to their lead. But on the very next play Jerome Bettis fumbles the ball and you hear Tunch saying in disbelief, “Oh… fumble! Oh no they picked it up…oh no…oh my gosh…oh my gosh…somebody’s got to tackle him…oh my gosh”! The Colts Nick Harpers got the ball heading the other way for a touchdown but is stopped by Big Ben with 1:09 to play. Tunch continues “oh my gosh…okay you got 1:09 left on the clock, Colts got the ball on the 42 yard line…the game is not over cancel the reservations to Denver” The Colts get close enough to try a 43 yard field goal to tie the game but Mike Vanderjagt kicks it wide right and Tunch screams “call up the travel agency, remake those reservations we’re going to Denver”! Thanks for the memories Tunch. You were one of a kind. R.I.P

It’s the Kielbasa Kid…

…and I’m looking forward to some Steelers football Saturday night even if it’s only a preseason game. Who doesn’t want to see how the quarterback situation plays out with Mitch Trubisky and Kenny Picket? I’ve already seen what Mason Rudolph can do in a Steelers uniform especially after that wonderful tie with Detroit last season.…

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…counting my winnings in a different way since I didn’t lose any money in the Mega Million jackpot because I didn’t play. Once again, my mom’s lucky numbers turned out to be not so lucky. She actually hand printed them out on a piece of paper. Cut it out into a just a strip of…

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…and who ever heard a restaurant offering “All you can eat … up to a point?” Not only that but it was an All You Can Eat Buffet!.  A British blogger is accusing an all-you-can-eat buffet restaurant of fat-shaming her after she claims to have been double-charged for eating too much. The blogger is Poppy Jones…

Latest Kennedy Center Honors!

The Irish rock group U2 will be saluted at the next Kennedy Center Honors!  The band will be honored for their achievement in the arts on December 4th at the Kennedy Center along with actor George Clooney, singers Gladys Knight and Amy Grant, and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Tania León!   Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter says…

It’s the Kielbasa Kid…

… and didn’t Billy Joel once sing” it’s still Heinz Field to me” or something like that? Tell you what, from the widespread reaction in Yinzer nation I don’t think too many people would disagree that whatever the name change it will always be Heinz field. Sort of typecast like Star Lake. When I first…

It’s the Kielbasa Kid…

…and something I look forward to every 4th of July and something my wife calls disgusting is the annual hot dog eating contest that used to be televised on ESPN but apparently has now been regulated to streaming services who want money for you to watch. Well, after a little web surfing I was able…

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 … and this years 4th of July cookout is going to cost more thanks to inflation which has raised the price of everything. According to a new American Farm Bureau Federation survey, the average cost of a cookout for 10 people is $69.68. That’s less than $7 a person, which may not sound so bad, but it’s 17%…

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…and nothing like sitting on a plane getting ready to take off only to hear the pilot say, “you may have noticed that we have taxied around the runway twice already no need to worry they are just training air traffic controllers tonight”. Oh, yeah that’s comforting to know and happened to me a while…

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…and I think it’s time for me to upgrade but I really don’t know if I want to. I was talking to my son about using on demand to rent the new Spider-Man movie but he said he had the movie and would let me borrow it. Not only did he have the new Spider-Man…

Michael Jackson “Thriller” Gets 40th Anniversary Reissue!

Michael Jackson’s 1982 album “Thriller” is being reissued for its 40th anniversary!  A press release from Sony Music and the Micheal Jackson estate says “Thriller 40” will be “full of surprises for fans, including never-released tracks which were worked on by Michael for the ‘Thriller’ album!”  “Thriller” is the biggest-selling album of all time!  The…