Friday, February 8, 2013
The Steelers defensive end shaves off his famous facial hair to benefit the cancer program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Check out the surprise celebrity barbers who helped.
“Only in Pittsburgh would this many people turn out to see a guy shave,” he told a cheering crowd of black-and-gold wearing patrons at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale Thursday. Then again, he wasn’t referring to lopping off just any old beard. For the third year in a row, the Steelers’ Brett Keisel, who resides in the Cranberry area, shaved off his fearsome facial hair as part of the “Shear Da Beard” event to benefit the cancer programs at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC. Chris Gessner, president of Children’s Hospital, said the event has raised close to $100,000 for cancer programs in the last few years. “He’s really become somewhat of a hero,” he said of Keisel. “His beard is kind of a symbol of hope for all these kids who…
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Do we root against Ray Lewis, whose career with the Baltimore Ravens has angered Yinzers for 17 years, or do we root against the 49ers so they don’t match the Steelers with six Super Bowl titles?
Judgment Day has come for Yinzers across Steeler Nation in Super Bowl XLVII. Do we root against Ray Lewis, whose career with the Baltimore Ravens has angered Yinzers for 17 years, or do we root against the 49ers so they don’t match the Steelers with six Super Bowl titles? It’s a tough choice. Lewis, one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history, has a torrid history with the law after he was arrested on murder charges in 2000. Those charges were eventually dropped and Lewis pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice. But what might stick in the craw of every Pittsburgher is when Lewis mocked Joey Porter’s kick celebration in 2003. Porter, the former Steelers linebacker who was injured after being shot earlier in that year, thought Lewis was…
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The defensive end will shave off his famous facial hair at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille to benefit the cancer program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC.
While the Steelers’ Brett Keisel is known for his fearsome facial hair, he doesn’t have a problem shaving it off for a good cause. For the third year in a row, the star defensive end, who resides in the Cranberry area, will “Shear Da Beard” at the annual Mountain Man Makeover to benefit the cancer programs at the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh UPMC. This year’s event takes place at Jergel’s Rhythm Grille in Warrendale on Thursday, Feb. 7. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the beard shaving takes place at 7 p.m. Pittsburgh legend Donnie Iris and former Poverty Neck Hillbilly Chris Higbee are both scheduled to perform at the event. Keisel also recently hinted on air with the WDVE morning team that attendees just may catch a live rendition of Fear …
Monday, September 17, 2012
Severely burned in a fire at his Seven Fields townhouse last year, the running backs coach talks to ESPN about that night—and making his way back to the football field.
Just 48 hours before the Pittsburgh Steelers Wildcard playoffs loss to the Denver Broncos in January, a fire broke out in the kitchen of Kirby Wilson’s townhome in Seven Fields. A veteran running backs coach with the Steelers, Wilson suffered second- and third-degree burns on almost half of his body from the flames. He also had lung damage from a smoke-inhalation injury. Three months later, Wilson, who initially was put into a medically induced coma, was returning to Steelers headquarters to participate in the NFL draft. By the time training camp rolled around in July, he was jogging up and down the sidelines with his players. On Sunday, Wilson opened up about his recovery to ESPN’s Josina Anderson. Also speaking to Anderson in that …
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Was it the right move? Answer our Patch Poll or leave your opinion in the comments section.
Fans of the black and gold are still buzzing from Wednesday's big news that the Pittsburgh Steelers are cutting wide receiver Hines Ward from the roster. In a statement posted on the Steelers website, Steelers President Art Rooney II said the team would release Ward of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL season. “Hines has been an integral part of our success since we drafted him in 1998 and we will forever be grateful for what he has helped us achieve,” Rooney said. “He has meant so much to this organization, both on and off the field, and we appreciate his efforts over the past 14 years. Hines’ accomplishments are numerous, and he will always be thought of as one of the all-time great Steelers. We wish him nothing but the …
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Steelers officials say running backs coach Kirby Wilson remains in critical condition after being burned on more than 45 percent of his body in a fire earlier this month at his home.
The Steelers organization on Tuesday released an update on running backs coach Kirby Wilson’s condition on behalf of the coach's family. The 50-year-old was severely burned Jan. 6 when an early-morning fire broke out in his townhouse on Jameson Way in Seven Fields. A medical helicopter transported him to UPMC Mercy in Pittsburgh, where he remains in critical condition in the hospital's Trauma Burn Center. "In addition to burns sustained over 45 percent of his body, he has suffered a smoke inhalation injury and will require multiple operative procedures in the future," the Steelers statement said. News of the fire's cause might soon be on the way. Fire Marshal Luke Nelson of the state police barracks in Butler confirmed the fire started …
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Andrew Knox's local music production company is working with the NFL on creating a song that could become the official, NFL-sanctioned Steelers anthem.
Andrew Knox fell in love with the Steelers when he came to Pittsburgh as a music student at Duquesne University. Now his Richland-based music production company, AKM Productions, is working with the NFL on creating a song that could become the official, NFL-sanctioned Steelers anthem. "The amazing thing about the Steelers and the whole NFL is that no team really has an anthem to play when they come on the field," said Knox. "That's what inspired me to get this music out there. A goal of mine is to make it the Steelers anthem to be played for them wherever they go." Actually, Knox wrote two songs: "We Are The Black and Gold" and "Get Hit With the Black and Gold." Using bagpipes in the songs' intros as a nod to the Irish roots of the Rooney …
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Photos are allowed, but admission must be purchased first.
Through Jan. 1, the Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh's Manchester neighborhood (North Side) will display all six Super Bowl trophies won by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The display will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on New Year's Day. Fans are encouraged to pose with the trophies and to take pictures. However, the opportunity to view the display only comes to those who have purchased a general admission pass to the science center, which costs $17.95 per adult and $11.95 per child (aged 3 to 12 years). Children aged 2 and younger may enter for free. Visitor parking at the Carnegie Science Center is $5 per vehicle for non-members and $3 per vehicle for members.
Monday, November 7, 2011
Got something you want to say about the Ravens victory over the Steelers last night? Let us know in comments.
Monday, November 7, 2011
After a hard-fought football game, the Ravens beat the Steelers in a 23-20 heartbreaker. There's no better expert than the fans. So here's your chance! Let your Patch neighbors know how you think about how the game against the Ravens and how it bodes for the rest of the season. Give us your analysis of the team: from the hit on Hines Ward, to Big Ben and Flacco, the coaches, defense to offense, special teams to the referees. You can say a few things about the Ravens, too, if you'd like. Tell us in the comments.
Monday, August 29, 2011
Patch columnist Alie Gensheimer finds that the changing of seasons isn't all that bad.
The transition from summer to fall has never been easy for me. Between school starting and the pool closing, the end of summer used to feel like the end of life as I knew it. Now that I am out of school and no longer have the free time to lounge by the pool, the changing of the seasons seems more bearable and perhaps something to anticipate. For at least the second time in my life, I am not dreading another school year or the loss of carefree summer days. Things are changing around me, yet everything in my life is staying the same. Because I'm not one for change, I like it. Now that my routine is consistent on a year-round basis, I can finally start to enjoy the changing of seasons-- or at least parts of it. One of my favorite summer …