It’s a jam-packed installment of Best of the Web this week, with 20 links including the story of two Steelers who want to buy the Poplawski house, Mike Wallace talking trash, Mario Lemieux back on the ice, Joe Paterno’s coaching plans, and to top it off, ElRoy Face in the shower!
James Harrison and Hines Ward have been mentioned as possible buyers of the Poplawski house, which is up for sheriff’s sale on January 3.
The Stanton Heights home was the site of a tragic incident in 2009 that resulted in the shooting deaths of three Pittsburgh police officers; neighbors and police alike want the house to be torn down, and that is apparently where Ward and Harrison would enter the picture. [KDKA, Wikipedia]
Please tell me Mike Wallace didn’t really call Darrelle Revis “just another guy”. He did? Oh, Mike. [NFL.com]
Troy Polamalu is becoming more vocal inside and outside the game, calling out himself, calling out teammates, doing more interviews, and appearing as a shampoo pitchman. And to think, it only took him seven years to become so comfortable! [Trib]
James Harrison, Troy Polamalu and Keyaron Fox are the leading vote getters at their positions for the 2011 Pro Bowl, played on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. On the other side of the ball could be Michael Vick, the leading vote-getter among all NFL quarterbacks. I guess it’s safe to say football fans have forgiven him for that little dogfighting ring thing. [NFL.com]
Mario Lemieux, back in a Penguins uniform, getting ready for an upcoming game, scoring goals…what year is this again? [PittsburghPenguins.com]
Ever wonder how Sidney Crosby would fare in the free-wheeling 1980s NHL? Well, Joe Starkey wonders as well – and tries to figure out if Sid would compare favorably to the Lemieuxs and Gretzkys of the world, all things being equal. I’m going out on a limb and saying ‘yes’. [Trib]
There’s a war going on in the NHL…a war against personality. These guys have more unwritten rules than baseball, which has the biggest unwritten rulebook in the history of unwritten books. [Puck Daddy]
On the other hand, it sounds like personalities will be on full display in the NHL 24/7 show featuring the Capitals and Penguins. Also on full display: lots and lots of naughty language! [Deadspin]
Pittsburgh Penguin Wives and Girlfriends will host their annual charity bowling tournament to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater PA & Southern WV on Monday, January 17 at the Crafton-Ingram Bowling Lanes. Participants have a chance to bowl with Penguin players, and there’s also a silent auction and a homemade bake sale presented by the wives and girlfriends.
Tournament openings are limited and may be purchased for $400 per bowler by calling the Make-A-Wish Foundation office at 412-471-9474. [PittsburghPenguins.com]
Who wants to see ElRoy Face in the shower? Don’t all raise your hands at once. [Rum Bunter]
Kent Tekulve and Lanny Frattare will be some of the featured guests at the Washington Wild Things’ Hot Stove Banquet, which takes place January 13, 2011, at the Holiday Inn in Washington, PA. Tickets are $60 and $85, and all proceeds benefit The Washington Hospital Foundation. [WashingtonWildThings.com]
Lyle Overbay, 34, was signed by the Pirates this week to man first base, and it’s safe to say the move hasn’t exactly thrilled the Pirate corner of the blogosphere. [Bucs Dugout]
Ryan Doumit has one foot out the door and another on a banana peel, because the Pirates want to rid themselves of his $5.1 million salary – or at least some of it – in 2011. You know their rule – only one player on the roster is allowed to make $5 million at a time. [Pirates Prospects]
Lastings Milledge is staying busy in the offseason, getting into a fight in a Venezuelan League game. He keeps that up and he’ll be playing in the Venezuelan Penal League in 2011. [Rotoworld.com]
Remember Matt Walbeck, the former Altoona Curve managed who received a blogosphere-wide pity party when he was fired by the organization in September? Well, the Winter Meetings have come and gone…and he’s still out of work. [Baseball America]
Joe Paterno, author of the college football version of The Neverending Story, recently told a recruit he wanted to coach another five or six years, which would put him at 90 years old. By that logic, he doesn’t plan to be there at 91 years old. Obviously, that would be way too old to coach a big-time football program. He needs some time to enjoy retirement. [National Football Post]
We all knew Antwaan Randle-El was a special football player. But I never expected to see El get an honorary trophy named after him, which is what just happened in the new-age Big 10. [BigTen.org]
With Bill Stewart being pushed out the door at West Virginia, yet keeping his job for 2011 as the lamest of ducks, here’s a great question from ESPN Big East blogger Brian Bennett: what if the Mountaineers go 12-0 next season? Call me crazy, but I don’t think they’ll have to worry about that. [ESPN Big East Blog]
Have you seen the 1982 SMU payroll document? Now that’s a collectible. [SPORTSbyBROOKS]
Breaking news: Michigan loses a recruit who’s more interested in being a Leader than a Legend! [Sports Pickle]
Don Spagnolo is the founder of the Pittsburgh sports and entertainment blog Mondesi’s House.