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Pancakes or Waffles? Ryan Chimes In With a Must Read Piece

 Ryan McDermott – Staff Writer

There are few questions that are still left unanswered to mankind. Hamburgers or hotdogs? Paper or plastic? Shorts or jorts? However, one of the most difficult age-old questions that has stumped humanity for centuries, and tore numerous families apart. Pancakes or Waffles?

First things first, I take this kind of stuff seriously, so don’t think that this is some kind of sick joke. Now, there are people who argue on both sides of this debate, but the side I am on is obviously pancakes. If you are on the side of waffles, I am not sorry at all. You obviously lack common sense and the ability to make a rational decision.

Who doesn’t feel a little badass after taking down a towering stack of hot cakes? I know I do, and if you don’t, then from the wise words of WWE legend Chris Jericho, “You’re a stupid idiot.”

I mean seriously! Who has ever said, “Yeah, I just ate a pretty hefty stack of waffles!” I’ll tell you who, nobody, and let’s be honest nothing good has come out of Belgium since Dr. Evil. Not to mention the fact that waffles are damn near impossible to cut through! I may be a tad bit biased in this situation considering that I have had a few unfortunate run-ins with the cafeteria waffle iron.

The point is, you can’t really screw up a pancake. It, in my opinion, is a staple of any breakfast. They are a gift from the Breakfast-Food-Gods themselves. So, to all of the pancakes out there, I just want to let you know that we appreciate you.

The Raiders Leave Oakland… Now What?

Josh Wagner – Staff Writer

Let me get this off of my chest: I am really pumped to see the Raiders heading to Las Vegas in the near future. After reading Twitter and watching sports commentary, I feel like I am in the minority that is excited for this transition.

The Oakland Colesium was a dump and it always slightly annoyed me that there was dirt from the baseball field on a football field. Lets get something straight: a pro football team should NEVER have to share a venue with anyone or anything! The NFL is a multi billion dollar industry and Oakland couldn’t give their beloved Raiders a new home! Sad! Good for you Davis family, get your nut and go to Sin City! I know this sounds harsh to the Oakland natives but football is a business and sometimes businesses screw people over. That aside, this new combo of Raiders and Las Vegas is a match made in sports heaven.

Tell me a more ideal combo than gambling and betting on the ponies, and then catching a football game on the same trip! That stadium should and will probably never be empty come 2019. Not to mention the NHL is also arriving in the near future, seems to me its time for Wags to take his talents to Las Vegas! What a great day for sports and gambling, two of the best past times in American history. Sorry Oakland fans, but this move is just so polarizing. How funny will it be when the Raiders break their Super Bowl drought in Sin City, think of the winnings in the casino market.

Put me down in the hell yes I love this move category! The Las Vegas Raiders, what a perfect fit for Sin City.

Kang doesn’t deserve to be a Pirate

I hope Jung-Ho Kang never steps foot onto the field at PNC Park ever again. Let’s just get that out of the way right off the bat. When Kang first came to Pittsburgh, there’s no debate that he was an immediate fan favorite. I’m not here to talk about his stats, and how great of a ballplayer he was for the Pirates the past two seasons. I’m here to talk about Kang and his behavior off the field.

It all started in the summer of 2016 when it came out that Kang was being investigated by Chicago police for an alleged sexual assault that occurred when the Pirates were playing the Cubs in Chicago. For the Pirates, this should have been the first warning sign for Kang. While Kang hasn’t been charged in that case, it was just the beginning of him being in the news, and once again, not for the right reasons.

In early December, Kang crashed his car while under the influence of alcohol in his home country of South Korea. Unfortunately, more reports showed that this was Kang’s third DUI in his home country. DUI’s are a very serious matter, and serious enough that he was left off of South Korea’s team for the World Baseball Classic, and denied a work visa to come back to the United States to play for the Pirates. And you know what? I’m totally okay with that.

Baseball is just a game when it comes down to it. Sure, you want to put your best players on the field that give you the best chance of winning. It’s no secret that having Kang on the field would do that for the Pirates. However, this is bigger than the game itself.

Kang has brought nothing but negative publicity to the Pirates since last summer. Allegations of sexual assault and a third DUI are not a matter to take lightly. This isn’t a time where the Pirates should be throwing out second chances for Kang. It’s time the organization makes the right decision and Kang never plays another inning for the Pirates. Sure, he was our first true third baseman, both offensively and defensively, in a long time. But that doesn’t matter here. What matters is that this is a person who represents the organization and has done so in a negative light. This is a man who is supposed to be a role model for young fans of the Pirates. And in my opinion, this isn’t a man who any child should look up to. Your behavior off of the field should mean just as much as your play on the field. Jung Ho Kang doesn’t deserve to wear the Pirate uniform anymore. This decision is about way more than the game of baseball. It’s about who you want representing your team, and doing the right thing. If the Pirates want to set the right example about prioritizing a man’s character and behavior over winning a few more ballgames, this should be an easy decision.

Andrew McDermott – Editor

Tis’ The Season (Memoirs of a Lost Sports Fan)

Josh Wagner – Staff Writer


Hello to everybody out there on the limitless domain that is the internet! I suppose I am to tackle what we are deeming the inaugural post for our super mediocre sports blog that is Steel City Hot Takes. Listen though, I am not here to get analytical or even dive into anything truly related to any particular sports story, I am here to tell you as a sports fan the light at the end of the tunnel is almost here! Spring has sprung and so has one of the best times to be a fan in the sporting world.

Tis’ the season for the greatest time in sports the year, take this from me a sports addict. Hello I’m Josh Wagner and I’m a 21 year old sportsaholic and until March Madness saved my sanity I have spent my past few Sunday’s watching NASCAR. I know the bottom of the barrel, the deepest valley and up shit’s creek without a paddle. I figured I would just try and watch Daytona weekend, but before I knew it I was hooked. I even found myself learning the ins and outs of the sport: what a slippery slope that was. I have a favorite driver and team now and check the standings after every race, but I will be damned if I give a rat’s ass about racing once the greatest season in sports begins… Just remember folks its always darkest before the dawn.

I, as a Southern raised gentleman have pledged myself to football as my first love and I never expect that to change. With that being said watching Penguins hockey is a very close second. (Only second because of the Steelers and my addiction to fantasy football.) But recently as many Burgh hockey fans can agree, it’s hard to get it up for regular season games nowadays. Let me clarify: I still watch about 70-75 games a year but barring the Mike Johnston fuck up of a season it’s not hard for our Pens to win in the regular season and make the playoffs. Yes I know I sound like a cocky Pens fan, but for real we haven’t missed the postseason in nine years including this year. Please wake me up when Lord Stanley playoff’s comes knocking again. As long as we have Sid and Geno the Pens can sleepwalk through the regular season for all I care…

As far as basketball is concerned I am all about the NBA, but get this through your brains now: I do not care who your favorite teams are! Cleveland and Golden State will be in the finals for what should be a fantastic trilogy. I will most certainly watch the playoffs and enjoy every moment of the Wizards resurgence, but all the rounds leading up to the NBA Finals is just a giant cock tease for the main event.

We also have the return of America’s favorite past time! Not only is baseball a fan favorite around the nation, it’s also a reminder that summer is right around the corner! You know cold beer, (never Natty) grilling burgers, sun burn, refusal to launch fire works safely and failing yet another year to get your beach body into form.

Now  I’m a Pirates fan and it’ll be fun to see the Buccos again. I wouldn’t call myself an optimist and I am really riding on the Pens going back to back this June! It should be a make or break season for the Pirates though, they have the tools offensively but they will only go as far as their rotation and bullpen can take them. Oh and you can also attempt a visit every ball park in the country trip, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Lastly we have a tournament that I have followed as many years as I can remember and that is the The Masters at Augusta. I know golf may not be your cup of tea but this tournament just has something magical about it. For shits sake it gave Bubba Watson a major victory and green jacket! BUBBA! A side note to these four days of golf to start the major year in the PGA are the afternoon naps that accompany them. If you ever find a more soothing collection of melodies and commentary I will reevaluate my position but c’mon its such a peaceful broadcast wire to wire (Clever golf joke, right?) I am not a big napper and don’t make a normal thing to get them in, but come Masters weekend I will be about 4-5 Blue Moon’s deep with some rice cakes and chips and snoozing my ass off! Again find me a more relaxing scenario, I will wait…

All of these events noted above have this in common and that is that we are on the cusp of a lot of events that you can ignore your personal life to dig your eyes balls into, and your ass into your favorite couch.

Oh wait, did I mention Johnny Manziel will be playing football again in early April… Don’t call it a comeback $$$! So fire up the grills, crack open the cold ones (again never Natty), pay the cable bill and really make sure to try to text your significant other at least during commercial breaks!

Here we go fellow sports fans, let us leave the dark times behind!



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