Saturday, February 28, 2009

Time to blow off a little steam

Well, tonight the gang is heading out to have a little fun.
Now, first off, when I say "the gang" you know, of course, that I'm talking about myself, Bob, JT, and usually Bob's buddy Matt. We may even be joined by another of Bob's friends, but we'll wait and see how that turns out.
Anyways, we've got a bit of a ride ahead of us tonight as the concert we're going to is in Rochester PA - about an hour north of the 'Burgh. It's called the Arise and Conquer Tour, featuring War Of Ages, Destroy The Runner, Inhale Exhale and Hope For The Dying. Yes, they're all indie bands. And, yes, they're all hardcore-metal/screamo bands. And, Yes,there will be a mosh pit - maybe even a Wall of Death, too! We're psyched!
Guess that's all I have for now. I'm hoping to have pics for tomorrow. Lets hope the batteries in my camera and the lighting at the venue cooperate.

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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Quote for 2/26/09

"Whoever renders service to many puts himself in line for greatness - great wealth, great return, great satisfaction, great reputation, and great joy."
Jim Rohn

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

God is sooooo good to me

I gotta tell ya, I never saw this coming!
As I'm sure you're all aware by now, Respironics was bought by Philips. The deal was announced back in December of 07 and has been slowly progressing to it's end - which will be April 1st of this year. And while many of my co-workers have had doomsday scenarios playing out in their heads, I have believed from day one that this would be a good thing for us. I have been prove right!
We've been going through phases of transition from Respironics policies and procedures to Philips policies and procedures. It's been a bit annoying at times as we have to make sure to dot our i's and cross our t's - not to mention minding our p's & q's. But we're almost fully integrated now. The only thing that remains is the phasing out of our Respironics benefits package into Philips benefits, and I, for one, am pretty happy with the change.
We had meetings this week so that representatives of Philips could share details of the various benefits and plans that are available to us. From my perspective, I will either retain similar benefits to the ones I currently have, for less money per pay. Or I will be able to upgrade to certain better benefits for what will be less than the $13/paycheck that President Obama's stimulus plan is supposed to return to me. And something even better, as our current benefits are structured, we pay our share of our various insurance premiums every pay. With Philips we will have the added "bonus" of not having to pay those premiums with our first official Philips paycheck. And, whenever we get three paychecks in a single month (like we will in May and October of this year), the third paycheck will also not have the premiums witheld. So, basically, my first paycheck, and my extra paychecks in May and October, will have substantially more money in them for me to work with. How cool is that?
Something else that I find to be rather intriguing is the way the premiums are structured for us. Philips has a tiered structure based upon our income. The less you make, the less you pay towards your medical insurance.
At first I wasn't sure what to think about this. Being the consumate capitalist that I am, I see hints of socialism in this idea. And yet, if this is how Philips chooses to run it's business, who am I to complain? After all, this isn't being mandated by some government entity, this is a decision made by the management of the company. And I've always believed that the companies that take the best care of their employees usually have the most loyal employees.

I think about how so many companies are laying people off, reducing benefits, cutting pay, or closing down altogether, and I can't help being thankful to God for this amazing blessing. I've never felt so protected in my life. And I do feel protected! It's as if God has placed a barrier between me (and my co-workers) and all of the turmoil that the rest of the world is going through. I'm blessed! Richly so! How can I not be thankful to Him for all of this?

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Sunday, February 22, 2009

Nevermind

Earlier this week I posted about a possible Compassion event at a local church that I would be responsible for coordinating. However, and it is with some regret, I must say that I will not be attending the event.
It would seem that the church had several people sending out requests to various organizations to fill the need for their outreach and we just weren't timely enough. But that's OK because the lady that I spoke to will keep my contact info in case they need someone from Compassion to speak at a later event.

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Saturday, February 21, 2009

Quote for 2/21/09

"Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old."
Mary H. Waldrip

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Small world

I got an e-mail the other day from my Regional Network Director about a request to have a Compassion advocate speak at an outreach event at a local church. As I read through the e-mail and got to the contact info for the person who made the request I found out that her e-mail address was at Respironics. So I called her last night to exchange more info and found out that she's the Director of Marketing for our Children's Medical Ventures group - which I happen to be a part of.
Then as I was talking to one of my co-workers this morning, and I was telling her about the upcoming event, she asked me which church it was to take place at. When I told her the name of the church she informed me that one of our Production Managers also attends that church.
Hmmmmm...

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Quote for 2/16/09

"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children."
Alex Haley

I hope I can make this a somewhat true statement.

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Making a difference

It's been a great weekend.
Had today off for Presidents Day. Go figure. But I'm not about to complain. If Philips wants to give us Presidents Day as a paid holiday I'll gladly stay home, sleep in, goof-off and visit with my daughter and grandson.
I'm sure by now you're all well aware that I'm a grandfather. If you didn't already know that, then you can read more about it below. But there was so much more to my weekend than just becoming a grandfather.
I had a Compassion event at a conference for college students that I volunteered for on Saturday. It went very well. I helped find sponsors for 7 kids. I say that because it's quite possible that those kids wouldn't have been sponsored if I hadn't been at the tables to answer questions and talk to people about the ministry of Compassion.
You see, it was another one of those events where the coordinator had more things to look after than just the table and volunteers. We had a speaker at the conference who is actually a graduate of one of Compassion's projects in Uganda. He also moved on into the Leadership Developement Program which takes the best and the brightest and helps them to go to college. So my coordinator, whose name escapes me, spent most of his time showing our speaker, Richmond, around and preparing him for his time on stage. That meant that I was spending most of my time at the table all by myself. And I'm cool with that! Especially after being given the reigns when I took P.Dave to help out at Creation Festival: The Tour. So I was in my element.
One really great thing about being at the table was the way so many people who already sponsor kids would approach me just to tell me how much it has impacted thier lives. And I would get to share with them about the impact it's had on mine. But the best thing was when someone would come up and ask me questions about sponsorship and I'd give them answers that they needed to hear. The most satisfying sponsorship that I managed to get was from a young man who wanted to talk to me about it, but wasn't sure he could afford it. As we talked, I reminded him of all the things we buy out of our desire to simply have something, not because we need it - it's just because we want it. And we discussed the things we get on a daily basis, like coffee, bottled water, or pop, and how we could easily do without these things if we chose to, and the amount of money we end up not spending could actually cover the cost of sponsoring a child. By the time we had finished talking he knew what it was he was going to sacrifice in order to sponsor the child he had been looking at. It was a good feeling for me because I know he's not just giving from his surplus, this is coming from his heart because of the conversation we had. And I know that the people who give from their hear will continue to give even when things get tight. Because I also know that most people who only give because it's affordable won't keep giving when things get rough.
At the end of the night my coordinator thanked me for being there. He's the one who said that none of the 7 children who were sponsored would've been sponsored if I hadn't been at the table. My being there really made the difference. And all I did was show up and talk to people about something that I really believe in. And God honored that.
So, not only did I get a grandson this weekend, I helped 7 kids in this world to find a better future in life. Tell me that isn't cool...

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Sunday, February 15, 2009

Say hello

Here he is; my grandson, Craig Allan Schiller Jr.



I think they're going to call him C.J. for short (Craig Jr.). Born 2/15/09 at 12:25 AM. Weighing in at 5 lbs., 13 oz. and 19" long.
Mom and baby are doing fine.



From what I've been told, it was a little scary for awhile. At one point the umbilical cord was wrapped around C.J.'s neck. But the doctor got him untangled and delivered him just fine. He was also kinda pale at first, but they figured it was just a little dehydration. So, they gave the poor little guy an IV to get some fluids into him and he started tunring nice and pink pretty quick.

Here's father and son.



And grandfather and grandson



There's actually a pretty funny story about the whole delivery that I haven't been posting about. But I'll share it now.
Aliesha went to the hospital on Tuesday to have some kind of procedure done that typically causes the mother to go into labor within 48 hours. So, for 48 hours we all waited, and waited, and waited...
Saturday rolled around, the baby's actual due date, and I had my Compassion event to do (which I'll share about later), so I called Aliesha before leaving to make sure she was OK. She told me that she was having contractions, but her doctor was thinking it was a false labor. Then I get home from my event around midnight to find a message on my machine from Craig saying Aliesha was in the hospital and dilated 9cm. The time of the message was 11:24 PM.
I dutifully got on my computer to reply to an e-mail from my brother since he had heard rumors about Aliesha being in labor. I told him what I knew, and just as I was about to hit "send", the phone rang. It was 12:45 AM. I was a grandfather.
I added the new info to the e-mail and sent it along. Then I called my mom to tell her what was going on. We were all so excited. Then, of course, I made sure to put up a quick post for all of you. And then I went to bed.

Stopped to see everyone this morning before I went to church. Got the pictures. Stopped again after church to visit with mother and baby again. And now I'm here sharing it with all of yinz.

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I'm a grandpa

I just got in from my Compassion event to find a message on my answering machine telling me that Aliesha was in the hospital and dilated 9cm. That mesaage was timed at 11:24 PM. Now I just got off the phone to find out that my grandson was born around 12:45 AM.
Craig Allan Schiller Jr., 5 lbs. 13 oz.
There will be pics posted tomorrow!

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

I just can't help it

I really did promise myself that I wouldn't go off on any Anti-Hallmark-Holiday rants about Valentine's Day, but so many people have inflicted their wishes that I should have a happy Valentine's Day today that I just can't keep that promise and my own sanity at the same time...

First and foremost, I have to say that being the capitalist that I am, I have no problem with businesses capitalizing on special occasions. But does it have to be every business? Do we really believe that our "special someone" would appreciate a gift card to a convenience store? Or to any restaurant that doesn't have a somewhat ambient/romantic atmosphere? Isn't it bad enough that we get pummeled by the ads from the jewelery, lingerie, greeting card, and chocolate industries? Must we be inundated by all of the peripheral stuff as well?
I give up.
As far as I'm concerned this is just another reflection of how dismal our society has become. That we need to be reminded on a particular day, each year, that we ought to show some special affection to someone that we care about. Why aren't we doing it everyday? And why do we need all of the ads? Could it be because so many people don't really know what it is that their significant other would really like?
And what about those of us who have no significant other? Do the people who wish us a "Happy Valentine's Day" even know, or care, that it can pretty much come across like a slap in the face when you're not with anyone? Don't they notice that none of our purchases are even remotely related to romance or Valentine's Day? This is the one time of the year when I would be just fine with a generic "Happy Holiday" or "Season's Greetings" when I shop. Maybe I should sue someone...

I've been forced to think about today, with a certain amount of loneliness and reluctance. Forced by people who either have someone to show their affections to, or who have something to gain from reminding others to spend some money. And I keep coming back to the idea that it's all like those spam/junk/chain e-mails that people send out to everyone in their address book. And it doesn't seem to matter whether they have a solid friendship with you or if you're just a passing acquantance. Everybody gets their e-mail and they get the satisfaction of feeling like they've gone through you some labor of love for you. As if some e-mail telling you to pass it along truly consititutes our faith in God, love for Jesus, or support of our troops. If we really do these things, then we don't need some pathetic e-mail to remind our friends of that, they already know it because of our everyday actions. All they've really done is give you something to drop in the trash later on, and maybe even a sense that there's something wrong with all of it.

And I guess that's my point. If your everyday actions don't demonstrate your genuine love to those around you, then how does today make it any different? Why is today a better day to do that? Isn't there something wrong with our relationships if we're not showing the ones we care about that we're here everyday? And if we're only doing it for the day, why bother at all? It won't matter tomorrow...

OK, once again - as I have in earlier years, I wish those of you who have someone to share the day with, and perhaps even to enjoy a little exceptional romance with, please, by all means, enjoy it with them. But don't let this be the only day you share that affection with them. Make a daily habit of it.
And for those of you who don't have anyone in particular to share the day with. Take comfort in knowing that you're not alone in it.
As for me; yeah, I'm feeling a little lonely today. But I'm still trusting God that it's only a temporary situation. And I will be spending my Valentine's Day showing my genuine love for some people that I do care about; I'll be staffing a table for Compassion at an event downtown this evening. And I don't need a holiday to do that, either...

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Friday, February 13, 2009

Quote for 2/13/09

"The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses."
Francis Bacon

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Say it with me

In case you couldn't tell from the above "Quote...", today is one of those days which is eternally link to superstition; Friday the 13th.
Anybody out there suffer from triskaidecaphobia?

Funny that it should fall on the day before Valentines Day this year...

Coincidence? I think not.
For those who are superstitious, they suspect that some misfortune will befall them today. Should they forget to buy a present for their valentine, they will suffer a great misfortune tomorrow.

I'm just saying...
Anyways, I promised myself I wouldn't go on some Anti-Hallmark Holiday rant about Valentines Day this year. So, I'll just stop now before I get started.
Have a Blessed (not lucky) day!

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Now we're movin'

I have to admit, it wasn't as painful as I was expecting it to be.

The tree removal, that is...

Anyways, it took awhile to get it all straightened out - most of the morning and part of the afternoon - but it's pretty much done. I called 5 or 6 different services, and left messages with all of them. I kinda knew they'd all have their hands full today. 4 returned my calls, but only two showed up to give me an estimate. And the one was nearly half the price of the other.
Guess who got the job...
I called them back to talk about when they could do it. They said they'd call back and make arrangements. Then they showed up shortly after 6:00 this evening to cut enough of the tree up so I could get out of my driveway. That was pretty cool! No extra charge, either. But I suppose it was all part of the whole job anyways. They had it cleared up by 7:00.
My insurance company will reimburse me after I pay for it all - minus the deductible, of course, which is $250. The job itself is only going to cost $350. That means I'll get $100 back in a few weeks. So I won't complain.

And tommorrow I'll get to go back to work.

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Not goin' anywhere?

And I don't even have a Snickers to munch on while I'm stuck here...

Nasty windstorms we had last night, huh?
Ya know, I don't remember seeing the giant pine tree laying in my yard yesterday, but there it is now.



And this is why I say I'm stuck here - without a Snickers



And just to give you some scale to guesstimate by, a different angle to see the rest of the tree from.



At least nobody was hurt. Nor was my car damaged at all. Neither were my phone or cable lines ripped from the pole - or my house - but one of them is dangling kinda precariously low to the ground.
All in all, I guess things aren't so bad. I got the day off! Unfortunately, now I won't get paid for the unused PTO day in April. I'm still waiting to hear from my insurance company. Meanwhile, I have people coming to give me estimates on the cost of removal. I'll let everyone know how things turn out.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A little bit of fun never hurt anybody

Does it sound weird that I can say I've been having fun at work for the last few days?

It began last Friday when I was shifted into a different work-area, again. A product that I've worked on before, but haven't touched in nearly 5 years. So it's pretty cool that I get to re-learn everything I've forgotten since then. But I'm also getting to learn some new stuff that we didn't do when I worked on the line previously.
There's a machine that has been added to the line. A machine that includes a slimey, gray liquid that "hardens" into a rubbery gasket for the product enclosures. It's nothing too messy, but when mistakes are made the gasket has to be removed and re-applied. To give everyone a rough idea about the substance that I'm dealing with I'd have to say it's got a similar odor and consistency to what was once a "toy" (for lack of a better term) called Slime.
Now, for those of you who remember Slime, you probably also remember pretending to sneeze while flicking small gobs of Slime at others. All in good fun, of course. But since I can't quite get away with such shennanigans at work I've had to refrain and opt for wordplay instead. So the recurring statement for the last few days has been "They call it a gasket, but it'snot!"
Otherwise, I've just been enjoying the fact that I get to do something a little different these days. And I have different co-workers to talk to and joke around with. I'm not sure how long it will last, but I'm OK with it all for now.

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Sunday, February 08, 2009

Quote for 2/8/09

"It would be a divine injustice to allow only those people who were learned and who had the time and money to buy expensive books to have access to true knowledge."
Paulo Coelho

My thoughts are expressed below.

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True knowledge

When I came across the above Quote... the other day, it really jumped out at me. It reminded me of a passage of scripture from the New Testament;

"26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy[a] when God called you. 27 Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. 28 God chose things despised by the world,[b] things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important."
(1 Corinthians 1:26-28 (New Living Translation). Footnotes: 1 Corinthians 1:26 - Or high born. 1 Corinthians 1:28 - Or God chose those who are low born.)

We live in an age of "enlightenment". We think we've begun to understand the mysteries of the universe, and yet we admit that scientists are just finding out how much we don't know. We have universities to teach us everything we think we should know about culture and society. We study political sciences and liberal arts to try to find an answer to the "human condition" - as if it could ever be solved by policy, education, or even social engineering. We even have seminaries and Bible colleges to teach us about theology, God and religion. But God reminds us that these things don't matter to Him.
God is not interested in that. God is interested in a relationship with us. And I think a lot of people stumble over that idea while trying to understand everything. I think a lot of people refuse to believe because it's too simple to just believe. They feel as if there should be something more to it than just believing and being in relationship with the Creator.
I know that a part of that comes from our need to have things clearly defined for us. Our natural curiosity seeks answers, even if they're too complex to fully grasp, at least it's an answer. That's why religion sets up rules and regulations for us to follow. We may hate the rules, but we feel better about having them. We may "toe the line", and ponder stepping over it. But even if we do, we take comfort in knowing that there's a line that we can step up to, and either cross over it or not.
And as much as our enlightened age has rejected the simplicity that is the true knowlwedge of God, so did the educated leaders of Jesus' day. For all of the rules and regulations that they had, it was too easy to believe what Jesus was telling everyone; "God loves you, you're forgiven. Now, go and share the things I've done, and shown to you." And just like today, they couldn't accept what He was saying because it meant that everything would have to change. And that applies to the Church today as well. Things have to change.
There's nothing complex to helping those in need. There's no special training for doing good for those around you. There's no degree required to love your neighbor as yourself. All we have to do is trust that God loves us, and that He will honor our efforts to show our love for Him by our actions here on earth. And when we make mistakes, we just have to trust that He will forgive us.
It's that simple.

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Friday, February 06, 2009

Quote for 2/6/09

"By far the most dangerous foe we have to fight is apathy - indifference from
whatever cause, not from a lack of knowledge, but from carelessness, from
absorption in other pursuits, from a contempt bred of self satisfaction."
William Osler

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

I had nothing to do with it

Go read this news story.

No! It wasn't me! My proof? Look closely at the picture in the article...
Whatever it is that guy is holding in the photo, it isn't a batlh'eth! It's some sort of generic blade that is constantly being advertised on e-bay as a batlh'eth, but it's not! I oughta know. You've all seen mine before. And I would never use it for anything as dishonorable as robbing a convenience store.

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Steeler Nation

Yesterday was a pretty big day here in the 'Burgh. It was the celebratory parade for our beloved Steelers. I've read that 350,000 people showed up "dahntahn" to welcome home the Super Bowl victors. I would've liked to go, in fact, my brother, Chris, invited me join him and my nephew, David. But I didn't have enough advance notice to schedule a vacation day. So he sent me an e-mail to tell me what it was like and to share some of the pics he took. He also included some other thoughts that I think really tell us what the Steeler Nation is all about.
Printed with permission, of course. (Because he can still kick my ass)...

"I have figured it out...... I know why Steeler Nation loves their team so much......

THE TEAM GETS IT.... from Dan Rooney all the way down the line.

I have met a number of athletes in building my autograph/memorabilia collection.... Some of the greats were total assholes - Bonds, Willie Mays. Hank Aaron wasnt very personable either but he wasnt rude - he came across as doing his job. 99% of the Steelers I have met are very courteous, down to earth, likable, every day kind of guys who happen to have a glamorous job and get paid a king's ransom to do it.

This goes back to guys from the 70's... Hell, I had the chance to tell Terry Bradshaw he made growing up here a lot of fun and his reply was "You guys made it fun to play here." We talked for a couple minutes while he waited for someone to bring him a drink.... there is only one guy on the current team who shall remain nameless who came across as full of himself. A few weeks ago we met LaMarr Woodley and asked for a picture with David...he got up and came around the table and took the picture (yeah I am sure he felt bad cause David was on his crutches at the time) but he talked to all the fans there. So did Farrior.

I think the team understands the fans and what the team means to us and what we want from them. We want to see guys who give the effort we have been brought up to give in our jobs and we want to see them succeed because nobody sees us succeed in our jobs. We live vicariously a little bit through their success.... And in turn they understand that. A guy may not run a 4.2 40 but he works hard, plays the right way, puts his team first and at the end of the day he knows that effort is appreciated and he gets more than just a paycheck for the effort.....And everytime that relationship gets reaffirmed at some event, it gets to be an even deeper relationship. On both sides of the ball. I also think because the team is close to each other they come across as being more in it for each other, for team success, than for the money. I think we everyday working stiffs want to think it is about more than the money. That just like us - friends and family are more important than a buck to them.

A number of the guys got out of their cars today and walked along the railing shaking hands. Harrison was creating such a frenzy the cops asked him to get back in his car (yellow corvette convertible).... but you could see they understood what this meant to the fans and in turn we could see what the turnout meant to them. A number of them yelled down to the fans "Best fans in the world."..... These guys today were bigger than any rockstar you could imagine.... I really cant imagine how they could want to leave here for just dollars and cents.... I know its a business but like Jeff King of the Pirates said about 15 yrs ago "I make $4 million a year.... $4million... a year.... How much do I need? I like it here, I'm comfortable here, why leave?".
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I think my brother is right. And I think the team recognizes the contibution that the fans make to their success. You can see it in the way they interact with the crowds at the games - or any other event. You can tell by how the various announcers talk about the fans at Heinz Field, especially during the playoffs, being the "12th man". It's a great thing!

Now, below you'll see some of the pics he sent me.









You can go to the Steelers site to see a great slideshow. Patrick can be seen in pics number 12 and 63. I gotta wonder what he's thinking about all of this. An undrafted rookie, named rookie of the year for his team, being in the Super Bowl, on the winning team, and having a really great hit during the game, and then coming home to this. But now he knows what its like to be a part of the Steeler Nation.

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Monday, February 02, 2009

Yeah, baby !!!

Steelers - 27
Cardinals - 23

What an incredible game! Hard fought on both sides. Worth every second.
The Pittsburgh Steelers now have their Six Pack. Makes me wonder what kind of catchy phrase will we have to come up with for our next Super Bowl win. Harrison's interception has given the Steelers another glorious feat for the Super Bowl record books. Big Ben pulled off another 4th quarter win. Wow! Is all I can say.
I gotta tell ya, while I had some very nervous moments, I never doubted that the Steelers would win it. In my heart of hearts I knew they would pull off the last minute, 4th quarter win. It's been their way all year long.

Now for the peripherals;
*Patrick had a great hit in the 4th quarter. That boy will definitely be invited back next year.

*The party at church went well. Very well. We had about 20 people show up. Everybody brought something tasty. My wings were quite popular. But I still had enough leftover to bring home as a decent snack for myself tomorrow. We also had kielbasa and sauerkraut, JT's taco dip, various chips, pop, and a lot of other stuff that I can't quite remember right now.

*JT spent the entire game twittering about the game, the festivities at church and the commercials. He also spent some time texting P.Dave to find out how things were going for him at the game.

*Loved the commercials!
JT's favorite was the Career Builder one.



How can you go wrong with a koala bear getting punched out?
The Doritos Crystal Ball ad was hilarious.



The Polamalu spoof of the Mean Joe Greene Coke commercial from the 70's was awesome!



Of course, the E-Trade talking babies is always kinda funny.



For some odd reason the Pepsi Max "I'm Good" commercials made me think of The Three Stooges.



I'm so glad I scheduled a vacation day for tomorrow. I'm exhausted, but I'm too hyped up to go to bed. I have no voice. And I'm still stuffed from all of the wonderfully delicious goodies we had to choose from. So I sit here blogging about it all so I can wind down a bit.

And to you, my dear friend, Faith; It was a great game. The Cards played well. I have mad respect for them, especially since Breaston is a local boy. And I'll admit that a big part of what gave the Steelers their win were the penalties that the Cards had that kept bringing one of the Steelers drives to life. But I still have to ask you, when are you going to start cheering for the only PA team that's worth cheering for? Until your beloved Eagles win their 6th Super Bowl there is just no way you can talk any smack on which PA team is the best. It's the wins in the big one that matter, and the Eagles just don't have 'em. The Steelers do! But I love ya anyways.

OK, I think I'm ready to pass out now. Goodnight, all.

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