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…

…are you sure it wasn’t the Steelers who played a Monday Night Football game that went into overtime who not only had to get ready for their next opponent on a short week but travel across country for a 1:00 kickoff while your body clock says its only 10 am.  Then lose your cool and…

Holiday Music From Steve Perry On The Way!

Former Journey frontman Steve Perry will be releasing a festive holiday record called “The Season!” He’s made available now his rendition of the track “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” to celebrate the upcoming release! Perry said he hopes his music will transport people “back to those golden moments with their loved ones,” and will give…

It’s the Kielbasa Kid…

…and for the last two weeks the Pickle has been featuring a series called I Love My Hometown. The first week we featured Uniontown and next week we’re going to feature Carmichaels/Masontown. Now this past week we focused on the city of Connellsville and I had the pleasure to talk with Scott Blasey of the…

It’s the Kielbasa Kid…

…and what a weekend of football from a cat falling from the upper deck at a college football game saved by an American flag to what some are calling a waterfall of “poo” falling onto the seats from the upper deck of an NFL game in Washington. All the while in Buffalo, the Bills must…

ABBA Releases First Album In 40 Years With “Voyage!”

Swedish pop icons ABBA are reuniting for the first time in 40 years! The group announced their new album “Voyage” and released two new songs from the project titled “I Still Have Faith In You” and “Don’t Shut Me Down.”. ABBA will also come together for a “revolutionary” concert experience in London on May 27th…

It’s the Kielbasa Kid…

…and I think I ask this question every year, where did summer go? She was here a few minutes ago. I turn to look and boom, she’s gone. Yeah the unofficial end to summer or Labor Day will be here before you know it. Fall arrives on Sept 22nd next thing you know instead of…

Styx And Voodoo Brewing Create A Steeler-Themed Lager!

Voodoo Brewing Company, based in State College, Pennsylvania, is teaming with Styx to release a new lager honoring a favorite to Pittsburgh Steelers fans!  “Oh Mama” is a traditional golden American lager brewed for the Steel City honoring the classic hit “Renegade,” which blares through the speakers at Heinz Field during the third quarter of…

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…and with the passing of Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts at the age of 80 the Rolling Stones are down to just 3 remaining original members. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman who unbelievably quit the stones some 20 years ago are all that’s left of the original lineup from 1963. Another founding member…

It’s the Kielbasa Kid…

…woke up Sunday morning to the headline “NFL World Reacts To Ben Roethlisberger’s Performance vs. Lions” Hey got to admit even though the game was against a team that may be the first eliminated from the playoffs this year it looked very much like vintage Big Ben. During his first series Ben looked as nimble…