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Essential Pittsburgh
4:41 pm
Mon September 29, 2014

James Harrison's Return to the NFL Brings Controversy

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sportswriter Emeritus Bob Dvorchak joins us to talk about the controversy over the return of James Harrison to the Steelers. And now that the Pirates have returned to the post-season for the second consecutive year, what are their chances of reaching the World Series?

Sports
7:07 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

Steelers Hold off Browns Surge

Johnny Manziel's time is coming. For now, the most famous backup quarterback in football is merely a student.

Brian Hoyer, the journeyman veteran who beat out the Heisman Trophy winner for the starting job in Cleveland, provided a lesson in resilience on Sunday. Then Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers provided another in how to finish.

Again.

Roethlisberger hit Markus Wheaton twice during a last-gasp drive to set up Shaun Suisham's 41-yard field goal as the Steelers survived 30-27.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:14 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

The NFL Takes a Stronger Stance on Domestic Violence

Post-Gazette Sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak joins us to discuss the Steelers' regular season opener as well as the possible outcome for two Steelers players who were stopped for marijuana possession. Also, the NFL takes a stronger stance on domestic violence.

Food
3:19 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Feeling Hungry, Steelers Fans? Heinz Field to Debut New Grub on Saturday

The Emperor Burger features a beef patty with shaved kielbasa, onion bacon kraut, a fried egg and Heinz Field Secret Sauce on a brioche bun.
Liz Reid 90.5 WESA

Heinz Field’s new executive chef John DiMartini has only been on staff for three months, but he’s ready to roll out 10 new house-made menu items in time for the Pittsburgh Steelers pre-season home opener Saturday.

Available to all fans in the concession areas is the Emperor Burger, named for late Steelers head coach Chuck Noll: a beef patty with shaved kielbasa, onion bacon kraut and Heinz Field Secret Sauce on a brioche bun. Also new to concession stands this season are 8-inch personal cheese and pepperoni pizzas from Fox’s Pizza Den, based in Murrysville.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:36 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Joe Greene’s Number Will Be Retired This Season: What Took So Long?

Thirty-three years after Joe Greene retired from football, the Pittsburgh Steelers are officially retiring Joe Greene's number 75.
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Chuck Noll’s selection of Joe Greene in the 1969 draft is believed by many to be a major changing point in the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise. He was the first of many Steelers drafted by the team under Noll who went on to win four Super Bowls and be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Post-Gazette sportswriter emeritus Bob Dvorchak emphasized the Steelers organization retiring a number is remarkable, as it has happened only once before Greene.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:16 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Remembering Chuck Noll and A Turning Point for Pittsburgh

Hall of Fame Steelers Coach Chuck Noll died Friday at the age of 82.
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Last Friday night, former Pittsburgh Steelers Head Coach Chuck Noll died in his home of natural causes at the age of 82.

Noll coached the Steelers for 23 seasons and transformed the team from a long-standing joke to a championship dynasty, becoming the only coach to win four Super Bowls.

It can also be said that he transformed the city of Pittsburgh into a football town; with Franco’s Italian Army, the whirls of yellow at each game in the form of Myron Cope’s Terrible Towels, and the one play that's been viewed as the true turning point in Steelers history "The Immaculate Reception."

Noll was there for all of this and the driving force behind it all.

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Community
7:42 am
Sun June 1, 2014

Pittsburgh Conference Aims to Help Dads Reach Their Full Potential

More than one-third of all U.S. children grow up without their fathers, according to the U.S. Department of Census.

That’s a statistic that Urban Impact, a faith-based community organization in Pittsburgh, wants to change.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:37 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

Study: Pittsburgh Steelers Fans Take a Loss the Hardest

Steelers fans rank ninth in an Emory University study on the Best Fans in the NFL.
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According to a recent study done by Emory University, Steelers fans take losses harder than any other fan base in the NFL.

Manish Tripathi, assistant professor of Marketing at Emory University focused the research on fans' emotional responses and found out why it's more than just a game to Steelers faithful.

He says he used instantaneous social networking strategies to gauge the mood of fans after winning or losing.

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Essential Pittsburgh
3:32 pm
Tue October 29, 2013

Gary Pomerantz Novel on Friendship Among the Super Steelers

Gary Pomerantz is the author of Their Life's Work, a book about the bonds of friendship of the Super Steelers.
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Mean Joe Greene, Terry Bradshaw and Franco Harris played major roles in the 1970's Steelers dynasty. On assignment for the Washington Post, in 1981, Gary Pomerantz interviewed them to see if the dynasty was in decline.

Years later Pomerantz interviewed these players and others to see how football had formed their bonds of friendship on and off the field. What he discovered is chronicled in his new book, Their Life's Work: The Brotherhood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:15 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

The Death of a Steelers Legend

Member of the Steel Curtain, LC Greenwood, died Sunday at the age of 67.
Credit United States Navy, Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Christina M. Shaw

The Steel Curtain was considered the key to the Steelers success in the 1970s and on Sunday the third of the four legendary defensive lineman died. LC “Hollywood Bags” Greenwood died at the age of 67. The cause of death was kidney failure, according to the Allegheny County medical examiner.

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Sports
11:42 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Steelers, Authority Try to Settle Heinz Field Beef

The Pittsburgh Steelers and the taxpayer-funded city-county Sports and Exhibition Authority say they're going to try to settle a dispute over who must pay most of the estimated $30 million cost to add 3,000 seats to Heinz Field.

An Allegheny County judge in June rejected the teams' claim that the authority must pay most of the money, but agreed to hold a trial on the matter Dec. 4.

But now, both sides say they'll try to work out a deal before then after both sides met with the judge Thursday.

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Steelers
6:12 pm
Sun September 8, 2013

Steelers Fall to Titans; Pouncy, Foote out for Season

The Titans' Zach Brown forces Pittsburgh's Isaaac Redman to cough up the ball late in the fourth quarter of the Steelers 16-9 loss.
Mark Nootbaar 90.5 WESA

The Tennessee Titans opened the season in reverse. The Pittsburgh Steelers, however, appear to be the ones backing up.

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.

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.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:46 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

The Steeler Way: What It Takes to Be a Star in This Town

Steelers owner Dan Rooney
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The Pittsburgh Steelers are notorious for their intense local and national fans, their endless arsenal of black and gold apparel, and their acclaimed six Super Bowl Championships.

Fans may not know, however, that the players are expected to behave under a standard referred to as “The Steeler Way.”

“If you’re a Steeler and you stay out of trouble, you’re a star in this town. That will stay with you,” says journalist Ben Schmitt, who recently wrote about the concept for Pittsburgh Quarterly.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:26 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Black & Gold Devotion and the Steeler Fan Diaspora

How would you describe the ultimate Steeler fan?
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For Steelers fans living outside the city, it isn’t hard to find a nearby Steelers bar. But with more than 700 in the United States, Pittsburgh devotees can connect across the country to cheer on the iconic football franchise.

This diaspora of fans grew out of the economic decline of the 1970s and '80s when many Pittsburghers had to leave the city to find jobs.

But as PRX reporter Lauren Ober observes, “You can leave Pittsburgh, but the black and gold never leaves you.”

Black and Gold Religion

From wrapping newborns in Terrible Towels to black and gold wedding cakes, Steelers fans are notorious for their passionate devotion.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:10 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Traveling with the Steelers

Taking in a Steelers away game? Check out places to visit when they're on the road.
Credit James Willamor / Flickr

For devoted fans who follow the Pittsburgh Steelers when they're on the road, travel contributor Elaine Labalme suggests some places to check out while cheering on the black and gold.

From Otto Pizzeria in NYC, to the Harley Davidson Museum in Wisconsin, and Boston’s Freedom Trail, there are some great sights to take in outside the stadiums.

Sports
3:58 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Station Square Honors Pittsburgh Sports History With Fountain Show

Station Square has unveiled a nearly 11-minute water fountain show that honors Pittsburgh’s rich sports history.
Credit Michael Lynch / 90.5 WESA

Water and oil might not mix — but what about water, music, colored lights and sports?

Station Square unveiled a new water fountain show Thursday that honors Pittsburgh’s rich sports history.

The nearly 11-minute show features hundreds of multi-colored jets choreographed to spray water 40 feet into the air.

With water dancing to the beat of songs like “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osborne and Queen’s “We are the Champions,” the performance incorporates sound clips of historic sports moments from the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates throughout the years.

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