Yes, we continue to explore the various Church Fish Fries each Friday night during Lent. So far this year we have visited St. Theresa of Avila in Perrysville and St. Alexis in McCandless, Both parishes have been at the Fish Fry game for years and years and both put on a great event. Good fish sandwiches and both also serve a mean bowl of clam chowder. We have three Fridays remaining between now and Good Friday, and we have two "definites" penciled in: Howard's Tavern in West View (not a Church, true, but owned and operated by fellow St. John Neumann parishioners), and the Serbian Club on the South Side. This one benefits our neighbors and friends, George and Barb Topich's Serbian Orthodox Church. That leaves one upcoming Friday in the "TBD" column.
A word of warning. Our friends Fred and Susan Shugars had a not-so-great experience by opting for take-out at St. Alexis this past Friday, so you may want to consider eating in, which is what we did. When it comes to take-out, always remember what Joe Pesci said about going through the drive-through (or, take-out window, in this case) in "Lethal Weapon 2".
Congratulations to the Robert Morris University basketball team for their first place finish in the Northeast Conference this season. This means home court advantage throughout the NEC Tournament. It also means that March Madness begins this coming Wednesday night when RMU takes on St. Francis (NY) in the opening round game. Survive and Advance. Be there!
The Pirates now stand at 2-7 in Grapefruit League play. So, who cares, these are exhibition games.
On the other hand, Starling Marte is now hitting .417 in grapefruit League Play. Now THAT is something to get excited about.
This is what is great about Spring Training. You get to pick-and-choose what's important.
Speaking of the Pirates, their game this past Friday was televised and it was great to watch some Pirates baseball. Catching for the Bucs that night was Lucas May. Now, I like to think that I keep close track on my favorite ball club, but I have to tell you, I had NEVER heard of Lucas May.
The stories about the "fractured" Steelers locker room this past season that are now coming out are sort of interesting, but, to be honest, I'm not putting a lot of credence in them, nor am I paying too much attention. However, one item that did catch my eye was the retired Hines Ward talking about too much "finger pointing" taking place among the team this year, a team, by the way, that, lest we forget, Ward was not a part of. This is coming from the same Hines Ward who a few years back accused Ben Roethlisberger of dogging it for not playing when he had a concussion.
It's High School Musical season. We took in Seneca Valley's production of "Annie" last Friday. In two weeks, it'll be North Allegheny doing "Footloose", and next month it will be "Legally Blonde" at Montour. Few things make you feel better than seeing the energy, talent, and just plain fun of these kids - cast, orchestra, and crew - putting on a show.
So Mayor Luke has decided not to seek re-election as Mayor of Pittsburgh. In his column today, John Mehno talked about the "frat-boy sensibility" that the Boy Mayor has brought to the office, and that was certainly reinforced when you read Luke's Mayoral "timeline" in the PG the other day, and saw about Luke's Seven Springs birthday party, crashing a party to meet Tiger Woods, attending concerts at Star Lake in city vehicles, airplane rides with Mario Lemieux, appearance in the Batman movie, and you could go on and on..
Davey Lawrence, he wasn't.
A DVR Alert for tonight, Sunday: "Annie Hall" is on TCM at 8:00 PM. One of Woody Allen's very best. Oscars for Best Picture, Actress (Dianne Keaton), and Director and Screenplay (Allen). Terrific movie.