Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A few odds and ends

Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before we saw one of these:



It comes to us from 28 North, an L.A.-based rock band of Pittsburgh kids. I grew up around the corner from lead singer Mike Lindner, who at some point in high school, sold my little brother a bag of tarragon for $25. No, it hasn't ever stopped being funny.

Needless to say, they're good guys. I ran into Mike a few months ago during a show at Mr. Small's, and despite the band's tremendous recent success -- they'd just signed their first recording contract with Sony -- all he wanted to talk about was the Pirates. So give these guys a look and a listen -- they're a straight-up, honest-to-god rock band, they're starting to make waves out on the west coast and they've got a heavy Pittsburgh flavor.

I'm not here to make a record, you dumb cracker. They're broadcasting me out on the radio!
Speaking of speaking about the Pirates, WESA-FM's Larkin Page-Jacobs, a friend of FTC, interviewed me for an hour last week for a piece she's doing about the impending demise of The Streak.

I'm told it's going to air on Wednesday morning, that I'm sharing air with Gene Collier, and that I come off as "passionate," which is mediaspeak for crazy. It'll be fun to see how this turns out.

As is the case with most conversations I have about the Pirates, I don't remember a lot of what I said, as talking about the Pirates from the fan perspective has become a lot like repeatedly banging my head against a wall, so I'm eager to tune in and find out how nuts I sound on a scale of 1-14. And because it'll be on Wednesday morning, it's timed to capitalize on the optimism you feel the morning after Jeff Locke walks the opposing pitcher twice in three innings.

That's what makes National League ball so great -- you're eligible for an entirely different level of suck.

On football
If you haven't yet, give Franco's Final Word on football a read. While I've been openly dealing with the moral questions he's answering for over a year, he's been steadfast in his convictions the entire time, and he deserves a great deal of credit for that.

I don't know if I'm ready to completely walk away from football, but it's something I think about constantly. I do know that I care substantially less about it than I did a year ago, and I'm completely furious with the NFL for the disingenuous approach it's taken toward all of these issues since they've come to light.

A longer reaction piece is forthcoming.

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