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#TBT: How Pittsburgh Got It’s “H” Back

DHREA 19/07/2018

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Thanks to the United States Board on Geographic Names, big cities and little towns alike lost a lot of character in the late 1800s. In 1891, with President Benjamin Harrison’s stamp of approval, the board decided to change a few things about how towns and cities should be named. One of the newly adopted rules impacted Pittsburgh, and in typical Pittsburgher fashion, we demanded we get “our” Pittsburgh back. Let’s all be honest with ourselves…Pittsburg, PA, just doesn’t seem right, does it?

One of the newly adopted rules read as such: “IN NAMES ENDING IN ‘BURGH,’ THE FINAL ‘H’ SHOULD BE DROPPED.”

The city was happily using that “h” for more than a century! We had  newspapers, baseball teams, and buildings already bearing the consonant. “Too bad”, said the committe. Thus, Pittsburgh became “Pittsburg”.

Never going quietly into the night, the city said, “Not so fast, my friend.” While most cities weren’t bothered enough to fight for their heritage, Pittsburgh wouldn’t make the change to “Pittsburg” quietly. The city was originally named to honor William Pitt the Elder, but it was General John Forbes who did the naming. His Scottish background is the reason for that extra “h” (think Edinburgh). To edit the spelling to the German “burg” was akin to editing the city’s founding.

After 20 years of complaints, the Board finally overturned their previous decision on Pittsburg(h)’s controversial consonant on July 19, 1911. Town representatives even got a little sassy when they announced victory, claiming they were from “Pittsburgh, a city in Pennsylvania (not Pittsburg)”.

Never change, Pittsburg. We mean…PITTSBURGH!!!

 

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#TBT: The Glory Days of The Green Weenie!

DHREA 05/07/2018

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One thing about Pittsburgh will forever be true…we love superstitions. Especially when it comes to our sports teams. The Pirates have never strayed from embracing superstitions, and might lay claim to some of the most fun and interactive superstitions in Pittsburgh sports history. “We Are Family”, anyone? Most recently, fans have grabbed onto the “Power of the Zoltan” and used wrestler Daniel Bryan’s “Yes” chants to whip the crowd into a frenzy. The Buccos and their fans have always latched onto unique ideas, but let’s take a look at one of the most bizarre superstitious talisman the city has ever seen. Today, let’s celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Green Weenie.

Back in 1966, legendary Pirates broadcaster Bob Prince and trainer Danny Whelan indirectly co-created the gimmick after Prince observed Whelan doing something very peculiar…yelling at Houston Astros pitcher Dave Giusti while pointing and waiving a green, rubber hot dog at the right handed pitcher. During the next broadcast, Prince asked Whelan what he was doing, and the gimmick was born. Within weeks, Tri-State Plastics started manufacturing the idea, and “Green Weenies” were seen all over Forbes Field.

If you’ve never seen an original Green Weenie, imagine a hot dog shaped maraca you would waive at an opposing team to place a “hex” on them. Conversely, if you waived said hot dog shaped maraca towards a Pirates player, he would be graced with great success. You can’t make these things up.

Sounds totally insane, right? Here’s some “food” for thought. Even though the Pirates failed to win the pennant in 1966, Roberto Clemente won the National League MVP Award, Matty Alou won the National League batting title, Bill Mazeroski led the league in double plays, and Willie Stargell had his personal best year in batting. Well, hot dog! Maybe there was something to it after all!

In later years, attempts were made to bring back the Pirates’ bizarre good luck charm. However, the gimmick never showed lasting power, which might be for the better. We’re the greatest city in the United States. We’re Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania! Give us Pittsburghers a Pierogi Race over a Green Weenie any day! 😉

 

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#TBT: Remembering G.C. Murphy’s!

DHREA 07/06/2018

Today’s generation will remember Walmart, Target, Dollar General, Walgreen’s, etc. Most likely, those memories will pale in comparison to the tales told of the days when G.C. Murphy’s was all the rage. Except back then, we probably called the department store giant “swell” or “groovy”.

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To millennials, G.C. Murphy’s is nothing more a topic brought up at holidays while families reminisce of the “old days”. To many Pittsburghers, G.C. Murphy’s was a way of life. The retail giant, whose first store was opened in McKeesport in 1906, had more than seventy Pittsburgh-area stores before being bought out in the 1980s. In fact, the influence the retail icon was the focus of a 2008 book by Jason Togyer entitled For the Love of Murphy’s: The Behind-the-Counter Story of a Great American Retailer (Penn State University Press).

A fantastic article, written in 2009 by Jessica Dailey for the Pittsburgh City Paper, detailing some historical facts about Murphy’s and reviewing Togyer’s book can be found HERE!

 

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#TBT: The History of the Pittsburgh Marathon

DHREA 03/05/2018

 

The Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, commonly referred to as the Pittsburgh Marathon, is an annual marathon race held on the first Sunday in May. In other words…happy race weekend!

The Marathon was first announced on October 3, 1984 with U.S. Steel and PNC Bank as sponsors, and the following spring on May 5th, 1985, the first race was held. From 1985 to 2003, the race was held annually and named the UPMC/City of Pittsburgh Marathon, although serious financial difficulty within the City of Pittsburgh municipal budget and UPMC’s withdraw from title sponsor led to suspension of the race from 2004 to 2008. In 2009, the event was revived with a new title sponsor, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and renewed interest in the race, arguably creating a bigger feeling event from year to year.

Random historical fact: The 1988 and 2000 races were USA Olympic Trials for women and men, and were held separately from the regular event although both were held over the same course.

Historically, the course has wound through the unique and hilly topography of the city. Crossing five different bridges, the course traverses all three rivers of Pittsburgh’s at least once. The start and finish lines have changed many times, but have always been in either Downtown or North Shore. Previous finish lines have included Point State Park, David L. Lawrence Convention Center, and the 50 yard-line of Heinz Field. The current finish line is on the Boulevard of the Allies near Point State Park. Numerous other historic and well-known Pittsburgh neighborhoods are along the route, including the South Side, Oakland, Shadyside, East Liberty, Highland Park, Bloomfield, Lawrenceville, and the Strip District.

Throughout the course, thousands of neighborhood residents show their support by lining the streets of the course and volunteering at aid stations. Neighborhood organizations are awarded financial grants for community-engaging celebrations along the route. Sixty bands, almost all of which are from the Greater Pittsburgh area, line the streets throughout the course, spanning a range of musical genres.

So while you’re out this weekend celebrating Cinco de Mayo (all weekend long…I see you, Pittsburgh 🙂 ), make sure you find a spot on the marathon route to cheer these exceptional men and women along this Sunday!!!

 

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#TBT: Do You Believe In Miracles?

DHREA 22/02/2018

Early this morning, our United States Women’s Hockey Team defeated Team Canada in a shootout to capture Pyeongchang gold! If you were lucky (or stubborn) enough to stay up and watch the game last night, you saw one of the greatest games in United States women’s hockey history…and are probably a little tired today.

Rejoice, hockey fans! Drink a coffee and celebrate another great moment in United States hockey history! This week’s Throwback Thursday moment is the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” game. Ironically, February 22nd, 1980.

The Pittsburgh tie in? While the United States was engaged in arguably the most important game in USA hockey history, then President Jimmy Carter was hosting BOTH the Steelers and the Pirates for their respective championship visits to the White House! We here at DHRE would like to think two Pittsburgh sports dynasties meshing with the world’s greatest office caused a blast of patriotism that was felt all the way in Lake Placid, scaring the “Soviets” out of their game plan. (Laugh all you want…still a better plotline than Jean-Claude Van Damme’s “Sudden Death”.)

Here’s Al Michaels with the legendary call:

 

 

 

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#TBT: Goodbye, Eastland Mall

DHREA 15/02/2018

In 2018, seeing a mall close down is like seeing the mailman: It’s common, it’s expected, and you’re kind of surprised if you don’t see one for awhile. Analysts are predicting 25% of America’s malls will be closed down over the next four years. This shouldn’t be a shock to anyone in Western PA, home of struggling malls like Century 3, Beaver Valley, Clearview Mall, and the Pittsburgh Mills. That’s just naming a few still open. We could travel down memory lane and bring up Parkway Center Mall, but we’re here to talk about a different former place of commerce: The Eastland Mall.

February 15th, 2005 was the last day of operation for North Versailles’ shopping mall. Eastland Mall was a unique place that operated more like a rotating carnival than a mall, but somehow stayed in operation for over forty years. When built, Eastland was state of the art build. But in a way, Eastland was built to fail. Located within miles of five other local malls, Eastland had stiff competition. Competition in better locations.

After several incidents including bankruptcies, a fire, and a crumbling local economy, Eastland fell victim to what many malls would be faced with: turn our once great shopping malls into gimmicky bingo halls, television station locations, flea markets, and wrestling gigs…or sipmly close down. Well, Eastland did a little bit of “all of that”.

It’s no secret internet shopping is destroying brick and mortar locations. It’s a sign of the times. But after further review…Eastland wasn’t a victim to the internet era. Eastland Mall may have been a victim of itself.

 

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#TBT: Snowmageddon 2010

DHREA 08/02/2018

 

Winter storms aren’t uncommon in the Northeast and here in Pittsburgh. One prime example is the massive storm of 2010, known as Snowmageddon.

Now in its eighth anniversary, folks are still reminiscing about the February 2010 storm that wreaked havoc in cities from the West Coast to the East Coast, but most notably the Mid-Atlantic. The storm caused more than 40 fatalities, including deaths in Mexico as well as the United States.

Pittsburgh was the first major city to experience part of the nor’easter’s heaviest snow, raking in 11.4 inches on Feb. 5 and an additional 9.7 inches on the 6th (that’s 21.1 inches in two days)!

Three days later, almost 8 more inches of snow fell over a two-day span.

Snowmageddon is currently ranked as the fourth largest snowstorm on record, just behind the March blizzard of 1993 in which 25.3 inches of snow fell.

The 2010 storm dropped heavy and wet snow on cities across the state, which caused more damage to trees and power lines compared to the infamous blizzard of 1993. Power was out for thousands of people in southwestern Pennsylvania for a week or more.

In the end, the city of Pittsburgh spent several weeks clearing out. The cost of the clean-up from Snowmageddon, as well as the storm immediately following, added up to more than $5 million.

 

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#TBT: The Coldest Day In Pittsburgh History

DHREA 18/01/2018

 

When it comes to winter weather, the Steel City has been pretty fortunate in recent memory. We’ll never be known for having temperate winters (or remotely moderate), but the winters haven’t been terrible by Pittsburgh standards. But this year…

Let’s not kid ourselves.  It’s. Been Cold.

How cold has it been? Since Christmas, we’ve had 15 nights where the low has been in single digits. You can toss on an extra two days where the low was an exact 10 degrees, and 3 days where the low was BELOW ZERO.

It’s. Been. Cold.

Alas, when we think it’s bad, there’s always a time when conditions were much worse. On January 19th, 1994, it was much worse. Unless you consider -22°F comfortable or normal, 24 years ago today you were much colder than you are right now.

The “Blizzard of ’93” garners so much attention as one of Pittsburgh’s most iconic winter weather moments (even though it was in March), most overlook the bitter cold we experienced the year after. One day of cold temperatures can be rough, but the 1994 temperatures happened during a major cold snap. Four days in a row, the minimum temperature dropped below zero. And at the peak of 1994’s cold snap, temperatures stayed below zero for 52 straight hours. That is the longest time period on record with temperatures below zero.

Now that a heatwave of 40 degree weather is headed our way, Pittsburghers can rejoice and break out the shorts again. But don’t forget how cold it can, and probably will, get in the Steel City.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#TBT: Caught In “The Act”, The Steelers Fall To The Flop

DHREA 11/01/2018

The undeniable feeling of playoff football is back in the Steel City air. The Black and Gold are heading into this weekend’s divisional round with lofty expectations and a couple targets in mind: the Jaguars, Tom Brady, and whoever is fortunate enough to emerge as the NFC Champion. (We’re not overlooking you, Titans fans, but we will get to you later.)

Now it’s time for our annual, “let’s not look too far ahead” post. Some of the NFL’s wildest finishes have eminated from the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs. Games like The Tuck Rule and The Immaculate Reception to name a few. But, there was a particular contest Steeler fans simply remember as “The Act”. Or “The Flop”. Or the most accurate name, “(expletive deleted)”.

For this week’s Throwback Thursday, we take you to the 2002 AFC Divisional Round matchup between our Pittsburgh Steelers and the Houston Oiler…I mean…Tennessee Titans. Relive one of the worst calls in NFL playoff history. A call so bad, the league felt obligated to write the Steelers organization an apology letter.

And killing two birds with one stone, in the spirit of award season, sit back and enjoy both the nominee and winner for “Best Acting by a Placekicker or Punter in a Playoff Drama”: Joe Nedney.

First, The Steelers need to get past Jacksonville this weekend. But if they do, I’m certain the Steelers’ faithful would prefer to send Tom Terrific home for the winter. But, Titans fans: we haven’t forgotten. And probably wouldn’t mind a little revenge. The reality is…our three Super Bowl appearances and two championships since “The Act” have helped ease the pain and helped us realize you needed that win more than we did anyway. 😉

 

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#TBT: Steelers Beat Raiders In “Ice Bowl” To Win 2nd AFC Championship

DHREA 04/01/2018

To some, the Steelers vs. Raiders rivalry during the 1970s is still the hardest hitting and most ruthless rivalry in all of sports history. Don’t believe me? Let’s dig a little deeper. Besides facing off in three straight AFC Championship games and meeting in five straight playoffs, these two teams caused rule changes, saw multiple last second finishes including The Immaculate Reception (also the Steelers’ first playoff win), lawsuits, bodyslams, clotheslines, potential criminal activity, and nearly everything else you’d expect to find in a defunct XFL football game. The Steelers and Ravens may be today’s “Clash of the Titans”, but back in the 1970s, time stood still when these two franchises came together for a gentleman’s duel.

On this date in 1976, our hometown Steelers bested the Pirates from the Bay Area 16-10 to win their second AFC Championship. While not as thrilling of an ending as the Immaculate Reception game, this game still ended with a dash of controversy, and a lot of cold weather. Known as one of the coldest games in Steeler history, and named “Greatest Game in Three Rivers Stadium History” on Steelers.com, the “Ice Bowl” brought snow, ice, wind, and sub zero temperatures players are still having nightmares about. The low scoring affair was riddled with turnovers from both teams, but the Steelers held strong when it mattered most. Steeler legend Mel Blount made a game saving stop on Raiders’ receiver Cliff Branch at the 15 yard line on the the final play of the game, ending Oakland’s drive and securing the Steelers’ second consecutive Super Bowl birth. Problem is…we haven’t gotten controversial yet.

In one of the most memorable games in the history of the Black and Gold, the most memorable moment of the game was marred with typical 1970s Raiders behavior. Steelers Hall of Fame wideout and Steel City favorite Lynn Swann left the game on a stretcher after a vicious hit to the back of the head by Raiders’ defensive back George Atkinson. Although the hit was legal at the time, Swann suffered a concussion and remained hospitalized for two days. Although Swann returned in time for the Super Bowl, and became the first wide receiver to win Super Bowl MVP, this was the catalyst to a lot of bad blood, name calling, and lawsuits. A circus of lawsuits.

After the Raiders seemingly targeted Swann in the opening game of the following season, Steelers head coach Chuck Noll called the Raiders and George Atkinson the “criminal element” of the league. This led to Atkinson suing coach Noll and the Steelers for defamation of character, and by now I think I’ve proven the aforementioned point of this rivalry being one of the most insane and intense in all of sports history.

Times have changed, and the rivalry between these two franchises has dwindled to nothing more than a memory of the past. But 42 years ago today, Pittsburghers far and wide were crying out for a safer NFL with rules in place to protect players, and the future of the player’s body and mind. How times have changed, indeed.

 

 

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