How will you remember 2013?
After two decades of losses – the Pirates not only had a winning season –
But made it into post-season play –
And the phrase, “Raise it!” became part of everyone’s vocabulary.
While it was an exciting year for baseball – and hockey –
The Steelers — not so much.
There was a 16-day federal government shutdown in October.
The Pennsylvania legislature did little except pass a transportation funding bill.
Pittsburgh’s lame-duck mayor was invisible most of the year.
The city’s police chief was fired – indicted –
And pleaded guilty to conspiring to steal police funds.
Pittsburgh had a weird “first” –
A mayoral candidate running from another continent.
There’s been enough political intrigue in Monroeville to create a soap opera.
Some suburban school boards aren’t doing much better.
Highmark and UPMC are still slugging it out –
Leaving consumers confused, concerned and angry.
On a brighter note –
Pittsburgh made more lists for being a great place to live – work – and visit.
And a giant yellow rubber duck floated into town for a few weeks.
Let’s just call 2013 The Year of the Bucs and the Duck –
And see what next year brings.