:10 Let’s get right to it. The faster you swallow the medicine the better it tastes. 1. Coach ‘T’ I know you get paid a lot of money to know these things but chances are if you go with one running back, you would only have one fumble. Not six from four different backs. 2. Just let Plaxico go 10 yards, turn around and catch the ball. 3. I don’t care if you throw Heath Miller the ball 10 times in a row. If he keeps catching it, keep throwing it.


4. The quarterback problem is a problem we created. We should have never gone to training camp with two guys whose careers are all but over. And knowing that “Big Ben” does get hurt…I mean hurt! Okay that was just a little slip off the tongue humor because Ben said his broken rib was going to puncture his heart…yeah right! 5. Good news. James Harrison and the defense are back. And remember no matter how ugly it was it only counts as one loss!

:09 Speaking of defense, and I was, TROY WHO?! That’s right, I said it. If you got the #1 defense in the league without him, then why do we need him? I’m just saying.

:08 The Rivers family still does it better than anybody when it comes to the holiday hook-up. The reining patriarch of the family J.R. and his beautiful wife Shiela had enough food to feed a bus full of homeless people. And I mean a Mega-Bus. Good food, good family, good friends, football, Bey-Bey kids everywhere, “Mark” and his hate the Steelers non-stop noise (although the word on the street is that Mark sleeps in a Steelers T-Shirt.) All that and you add one of Pittsburgh’s finest, Mike Logan, to the family mix and it just doesn’t get any better. I can still hear mom and dad Rivers in the background spreading the good old family love around…The tradition continues with Gena all grown up, “Looking like the Hollywood star we knew she would be,” Ron’s baby girl Reece a mom, and did I mention the food? Thanks Maryellen for bringing me into the family. We’ve had some great times, I love you all. (P.S. Mary Ellen, you know Darlene should have won!)

:07 Where is the good music? I mean the really good stuff? Babyface—Roberta Flack—Peabo Bryson—Issac Hayes—Barry White—The Main Ingredient—Natalie Cole—Patti LaBelle…C’mon y’all, remember!!!!

:06 The Lakers will be just fine. When Nash returns the offense will too. Kobe will have to score less and Dwight Howard and Gasol will form an inside force to deal with. Take it to the bank!

:05 Pitt took #4 Michigan to the wire after leading most of the game. Yea they’re for real!

:04 Speaking of Pitt, and I was. (See how this works. You Wilkinsburg Grads aren’t as slow as people say.) Does anybody remember Mike Booker and the King Twins; some of the Burgh’s finest runners? Anyways, don’t miss “The City Game” coming up Dec. 5 at Consol. I can remember when that Pitt/Duquesne match up was the game of the year and an annual sell-out that never disappointed.

:03 Ms. Johnnie Howard, thanks for reading. You’re now “In The Locker Room.”

:02 Hey Today’s Hunting Season…….. That’s all I got.

:01 At the buzzer HEEEEEERRREEE WE GO.

1. Rayco “War” Saunders goes to battle next week. I predict a knockout. What we gonna do, champ? Rumble young man, rumble.

2. The Pittsburgh United Rays Corvette Club invites you to their annual Christmas party Dec. 8 at Three Lakes Golf Club in Penn Hills from 9 p.m until midnight, and its free. Old School DJ, cash bar, free parking. And it’s free to get your free ticket. Call 412-287-8610.

3. You’ve been waiting for it. Here it is. The 2012 Awardees’ for the 37th annual Willie “Pops” Stargell Pittsburgh/Allegheny County MVP Awards Banquet, Dec. 9 at Three Lakes Golf Club, 6700 Saltsburg Rd. in Penn Hills. 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception—7:30 Yolanda Barber in Concert—8 Dinner—9 Awards Presentation—Free Parking, Cash Bar and Special Celebrity Guests Chanel Smith (former Ms. Pittsburgh), Rita Gregory (actress), Jacquet Bazemore (Karate Grand Master), Rick Coleman (Pittsburgh basketball legend), and Michael Moorer (former World Heavyweight Boxing champion), just to name a few. Awardees Include: Michael Moorer—Wes Lyons—Terry Smith—Harvey Smith—Calvin Clinton—Coach Gary Ingelido—Kevin Howard—Charles “Buddy” Allie—Donna Baxter—Ulish Carter—Eric Gaines—Octavia Greswold—Reggie Dukes—Coach Chad Walsh—Donna Bey—Heath Bailey—Nicco Pryce—“Londoun” Gloria Schifino—Thomas Woodson—Carly Seneca—Akil Young—Kalia Rose—Anne Carter and Mike Booker Jr. For ticket information, call 412-628-4856.

“It’s the Nite Of The Champions”


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