Football http://wesa.fm en AFL Quarterback Tommy Grady: A Real "Power" Player http://wesa.fm/post/afl-quarterback-tommy-grady-real-power-player <p>The <a href="http://pittsburghpowerfootball.com/">Pittsburgh Power</a>, the city’s professional arena football team, are having their best season, ever. They’re undefeated at home at Consol Energy Center and just clinched their first-ever playoff berth. While they don’t get as much recognition as the Steelers, what is life like for the men who play in the arena league?</p><p>Tommy Grady is the quarterback for the Pittsburgh Power and says the differences between the two leagues are vast.</p><p>“The game of arena football is a lot quicker, the field’s about half the size. We play on that hard turf, which is pretty hard on our bodies. The biggest thing is the speed and quickness of the game. A lot of guys have played in the NFL before, and it’s hard to adjust to the game.” Fri, 25 Jul 2014 20:08:34 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 33223 at http://wesa.fm AFL Quarterback Tommy Grady: A Real "Power" Player Weather Likely to Impact the Spectacle of Super Bowl XLVIII, But Not the Game http://wesa.fm/post/weather-likely-impact-spectacle-super-bowl-xlviii-not-game <p>This Sunday, <a href="http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/48">Super Bowl XLVIII</a> pairs the AFC champion, the Denver Broncos with the NFC champion, the Seattle Seahawks.</p><p>For the first time, the big game is being played in the cold weather of a northern city, outdoors. This means there may be some snow, and temperatures are likely hover around freezing. How is the weather likely to change the game? Fri, 31 Jan 2014 23:27:21 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23718 at http://wesa.fm Weather Likely to Impact the Spectacle of Super Bowl XLVIII, But Not the Game Super Bowl Viewers to Order 1.23 Billion Chicken Wings http://wesa.fm/post/super-bowl-viewers-order-123-billion-chicken-wings <p>While the beloved Steelers won’t be playing in this year’s Super Bowl, residents of the City of Champions <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/local/region/2014/01/18/Pittsburgh-is-still-a-football-town-even-when-the-Steelers-aren-t-playing/stories/201401180052#ixzz2r4FAxdqI">still enjoy </a>watching the annual football game.</p><p>As one of the largest watched TV broadcasts each year, the economic impact of the football game reaches all facets of the tradition.</p><p>Super Bowl revenue includes everything from commercial payments to transportation and restaurant packages. This year<a href="http://www.nfl.com/superbowl/48"> the game</a> will be played on February 2nd&nbsp;at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.</p><p><strong>Rebecca Harris</strong>, business contributor and Director of the Center for Women’s Entrepreneurship at Chatham University explains that this game will be a first for shared hosting by New Jersey and New York, as well as the first time the game will be played outdoors in cold weather conditions.</p><p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 19:29:49 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 23493 at http://wesa.fm Super Bowl Viewers to Order 1.23 Billion Chicken Wings When Clubhouse Culture Goes Too Far http://wesa.fm/post/when-clubhouse-culture-goes-too-far <p>While “boys will be boys” may seem a likely excuse for some, in the wake of <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/04/243058164/miami-dolphins-suspend-richie-incognito-over-slurs-threats">hazing allegations</a> against Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito, many fans believe the teasing of Jonathan Martin crossed the line into inappropriate bullying.</p><p>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sports Writer Emeritus Bob Dvorchak says the NFL does exist in a “culture of hazing,” but usually the tasks forced on rookie players are not so cruel. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 21:55:10 +0000 Katie Blackley 19456 at http://wesa.fm Night Football Returns To Its Place of Origin http://wesa.fm/post/night-football-returns-its-place-origin <p>One hundred and twenty-one years ago the <a href="http://www.adweek.com/video/general-electric-night-football-122248?auto">first night football</a> game was played in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. The game was between Mansfield University formerly known as Mansfield State and Wyoming Seminary.</p><p>The teams played with the help of a new promotional lighting device from General Electric, the light bulb.&nbsp;The setup involved a string of lights wrapped around a wooden pole placed in the middle of the field.</p><p><a href="http://gomounties.com/staff.aspx?staff=5">Steve McCloskey</a>, Director of Athletic Operations and Sports Information, says the lighting post “proved to be a detriment” to the game, as multiple “players ran face first into the pole because they had trouble seeing it, or it just kind of snuck up on them.” Fri, 13 Sep 2013 21:02:55 +0000 Nick Frost 16510 at http://wesa.fm Night Football Returns To Its Place of Origin Steelers Fall to Titans; Pouncy, Foote out for Season http://wesa.fm/post/steelers-fall-titans-pouncy-foote-out-season <p>The Tennessee Titans opened the season in reverse. The Pittsburgh Steelers, however, appear to be the ones backing up.</p><p>Chris Johnson ran for 70 clock-chewing yards and the Titans overcame an embarrassing early flub to shut down the Steelers 16-9 on Sunday.</p><p>Jackie Battle ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Rob Bironas kicked three field goals for the Titans. Tennessee's revamped defense did the rest.</p> Sun, 08 Sep 2013 22:12:23 +0000 The Associated Press 16180 at http://wesa.fm Steelers Fall to Titans; Pouncy, Foote out for Season Steelers Former Offensive Linemen Speaks Out About Stigma of Epilepsy http://wesa.fm/post/steelers-former-offensive-linemen-speaks-out-about-stigma-epilepsy <p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Former Steelers offensive lineman and all-pro guard, Alan Faneca returns to Pittsburgh this week, as honorary chairman of the Epilepsy Foundation of Central and Western Pennsylvania’s 25th <strong><a href="http://epilepsyrunwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1062604">Family Fun Run and Walk</a></strong>, taking place Saturday.</span></p><p dir="ltr" style="line-height:1.15;margin-top:0pt;margin-bottom:0pt;"><span style="font-size:19px;font-family:Arial;color:#000000;background-color:transparent;font-weight:normal;font-style:normal;font-variant:normal;text-decoration:none;vertical-align:baseline;">Faneca was diagnosed with epilepsy as a teenager in Texas. And despite the condition, he played 13 seasons in the NFL, 10 of which with the Steelers, including a victory over Seattle in Super Bowl XL.</span></p><p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:18:29 +0000 Heather McClain 12972 at http://wesa.fm Steelers Former Offensive Linemen Speaks Out About Stigma of Epilepsy