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:10—Let’s get a couple shoutouts in right out the gate for all my loyal readers. With today’s entries, I think that kicks me up to about 12 or 13 by now. First, to “Auntie Ning,” she of the “Lindsey/Farr/Russ” family connection. Somewhere on the south side of 80, but I ain’t sayin’. She still carries that stick. But she’s reading every week. And this flash from the past. “Big Mike” Freeland. A combination of Charles Barkley on the hoop court and Dave Parker on the softball diamond. Mike was that immovable force in the paint with the soft touch with the rock and the home run power with the bat in hand. Hey, the good news is…you’re both now in the locker room! Keep on reading.

:09—Even I knew the Pens would drop the first game to Ottawa on May 13. Bobby Ryan scores the overtime goal to take a 1-0 series lead in the Conference Final. Hey, that was a serious series with Washington. They had to be feeling it a little. Nonetheless, the Pens will take the series with Ottawa 4 games to 2. Take it to the bank.

:08—Y’all know “Big Ed” out at Ace’s in Wilkinsburg…yes you do…yes you do…Aw, shut up.  Anyway, here’s his latest lineup, and trust me this is an unbeatable team if there ever was one. No. 1, Magic at the point. No. 2, Kobe at the two. No. 3, James Worthy at the small forward. No. 4, Shaq Daddy at the strong forward, and No. 5, Kareem at center. That, boys and girls, as I say every week is game over!

:07—Look, I am not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I can tell ya this. If you’re the Spurs and you gave up a 25-point lead to Golden State in the loss on May 14, does – not – look – good – for – you – nephew.

:06—It was 8 p.m. May 14 and your Bucs were going into extra innings with the Diamondbacks. I knew they would end up winning the game…and once again, ya boy was right…They won 6-4 in 10 innings. That’s two in a row and on their way to a 10-game win streak. I am just sayin’!

:05—For the record…so to speak, the best record, aka album, ever released, is “What’s Going On” by Marvin Gaye. But know this. “I Want You,” also by Marvin the Master, is right there. Can’t remember?  Do yourself a favor, put it on and remember “I Want You,” “After the Dance,” “We’re Making Love”…C’mon man!

:04—High school track and baseball is going on now. Get out and support. Don’t get in the way, you were never that fast and you know it. Just support!

:03—Rave reviews coming out of Steeler Camp about Pitt superstar James Conner. Mark my word, he’s your season-opener third down back. He’s made of Steeler stuff!

:02—The 2017 Willie “Pops” Stargell Pittsburgh MVP Awards Celebration, coming to you May 31 at the fabulous Savoy Restaurant.  6 p.m. is the cocktail reception, 7 p.m. is the awards show. Dress to impress, not formal—tickets are $50 for adults, $25 for youth 12 and under. First come, first pay, first seat. Valet and street parking, cash bar, elaborate Hors d’oeuvres spread, 50/50 raffle, and all brought to you by the grandmasters—Chuck Sanders, Gary White and Kedron.

:01—You need to know…so here you go!  This year’s awardees: No. 1, Celebrating Women Awards—Margo Hinton, Dr. Heidi Stark, Dr. Bonnie Tatar, Dr. Regina Holley, Chelsa Wagner, Stephanie Turmin. No. 2, MVP Awards—Emmitt Miles, Mayor William Peduto, Councilman Dan Gilman, Richard A. Stewart Jr., Omar Foster, James Conner. No. 3, Pittsburgh Urban Officials Award—Ray Morton, Greg Smith, Paul Dorsey, Dan Robinson, Rich Alsberry. No. 4, The Connie Hawkins Summer Basketball League Hall of Fame Inductions—Hosea Champine, Eric Carter, Shawn Harvey, Rico Appendanza, Kenny Lewis, Kevin Price, Joe Barlow, Vince Lackner, Dave Burris, Corey Gadson, Mark Halsel, Brian Walker Carroll, Coach John “Ringo” Saunders.



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