Archive for the ‘The Steelers Encyclopedia’ Category
Posted on January 10, 2013 - by ChuckFinder
When the Steelers appeared so unSteelers-like last April in picking up Mike Adams and Chris Rainey and their baggage, people wondered.
When fellow rookie Alameda Ta’amu was arrested early in the season on a dozen charges related to drunk driving, eyebrows raised.
The actions of Thursday proved one thing: The Steelers accept only so much baggage on their plane.
The club ridded itself of Rainey Thursday after he was charged in Gainesville, Fla., with battery against a woman — the second such arrest for Rainey in two years’ time. Upon drafting him last April, after checking with the same Maurkice Pouncey who lived with Rainey for a time, the Steelers talked about second chances and examining closely a player’s behavior, personality and makeup. On Thursday, Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert was quoted in a news release: “Chris Rainey’s actions this morning were extremely disappointing. Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”
Adams, who personally begged the Steelers for forgiveness for testing for marijuana at last February’s NFL Combine, got an opportunity with them — although he had to meet unspecified “conditions.”
Posted on December 23, 2012 - by ChuckFinder
One happy item, one sad:
This weekend marked a celebration of the Immaculate Reception hitting the middle age of 40. It was a rollicking time, with Frenchy Fuqua in his I’ll Never Tell T-shirt and Franco Harris posing and a conspiracy theory from a playful Raiders’ Phil Villapiano (whom the Steelers almost drafted instead of Jack Ham, as the “Steelers Encyclopedia” relates). Our friend Sharon Levosky, who helped to name football’s most famous play, received special attention from Franco Friday and got her turn at the mic at Saturday’s Immaculate Reception Memories event at the Heinz History Center.
That memories event was followed by the monument unveiling Saturday afternoon and a live-TV party that night at Stage A&E. Sunday, they had a halftime ceremony, a Terry Bradshaw video tribute and Terry’s daughter Rachel singing the national anthem. Outside of a forced re-enactment with Frenchy and Franco, it was a memorable weekend.
So now whaddya do for the 50th?
The sad moment: the death of former Steelers center and longtime coach Chuck Cherundolo, a fixture for a generation from 1941 on.
According to his daughter, Pat, Chuck passed Saturday in the Lakeland, Fla., where they lived. He was 96. . . and still a hoot.
Chuck gave the book a Buck O’Neil feel, an oldtimer with great tales to tell — though not containing the same social ramifications as O’Neil.Not many people can tell you colorful stories about “Bullet” Bill Dudley, of whom he said: “I was faster.” He was integral to the book, and a beloved teammate/coach — folks from Art Rooney Jr. to Hall of Famer Jack Butler couldn’t wait to get back in touch with Chuck.
I visited him in September and gave him two copies of the book, and had him sign one of mine. He had grown a beard since last I saw him, much to the chagrin of his daughter. He lived a grand, long life. But I’ll still miss him. As will many.
Posted on December 1, 2012 - by ChuckFinder
Steelers Nation members in the Baltimore, D.C. and NoVa areas, come on down to the Pour House and join us for trivia, Steelers talk and books starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.
* Thursday, Dec. 6: South Hills Village Barnes and Noble, 6-8 p.m. Coffee’s on me!
* Sunday, Dec. 9: Public House in Manhattan for the New York/New Jersey/Connecticut Nation.
* Sunday, Dec. 16: Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub in Charlotte. (Sorry, Dallas fans. . . but we figured most of the Steelers folks in the Metro area would get into Jerry Jones’ edifice to see the game themselves).
More to come.
Look for ads on KDKA.com, on The Fan 93.7 FM and on Patch.com, among other places.
Posted on November 22, 2012 - by ChuckFinder
The Perfect Christmas Gift … The Perfect Hanukkah Gift …The Perfect Kwanzaa Gift … oh, heck, it’s just The Perfect Gift for the Steelers fan in your life
It’s in bookstores from Barnes and Noble to the Pittsburgh International Airport to little shops in Dormont and Oakmont and any other local -monts. It’s online at Amazon and B&N and Temple.edu/tempress. And it’s on display at upcoming book signings/trivia contests in Steelers bars in D.C., New York and Charlotte along with Western Pennsylvania bookstores and television shows and more.
Just in time for the holidays, eh?
Yes, you may see a Steelers Encyclopedia advertisement here or there over the next month, possibly even catch a glimpse in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s ads for its own PG Store, yet another place where the book’s available. But the standard is the standard, and it is what it is, and you can call this present is holiday-capable: a pretty good gift for the black-and-gold faithful.
Take the word of Steelers fan after Steelers fan last weekend at Mike Feinberg Co. in the Strip District: Each leafed through, bought a copy (or up to four!), and had it inscribed as ha oliday gift. From Florida to Toronto, from Germany to London to, yes, London, Ontario. From West Virginia to far west California.That was the aim of this book: to inform, to entertain, to make every Steelers fan say, “Wow, I didn’t know that” — thanks to the nearly 100 different voices of Steelers players, coaches, scouts, trainers and more, thanks to the 180-plus photos and 340-plus pages including the Steelers’ statistics from every NFL season.
(If you think you know everything Steelers, check out Jack Ham‘s move to middle linebacker, Jack Lambert‘s intelligence more than his fury, John Stallworth vs. Lynn Swann, Gene Keady, Johnny Unitas, Len Dawson over Jim Brown, Ingots, cheerleaders, the polka writer, Immaculate Reception tales, Hall of Famers you never knew and the ones you knew from Johnny “Blood” McNally to Jack Butler/Dermontti Dawson, the Chief and the Hall of Fame, behind the scenes Rooney tales, the Steelers station wagon, the importance of the horse-racing business and other Steelers-business/sale insights, the legacy of centers from Chuck Cherundolo to Bill Walsh to Ray Mansfield to Mike Webster to Dawson, Notre Dame stealing players, Joe Greene‘s maturity and support of Terry Bradshaw, Gabe Rivera as the next Joe Greene, draft-room tales of Stallworth over Lambert and others over Ham and more, . . . and on and on.)
Here’s the deal: For you folks so far-flung that book signings might be difficult, send your orders to our P.O. Box and we’ll inscribe those books personally.
P.O. Box 13379
Pittsburgh, PA 15243
Love that black-and-gold box enumeration: Steelers No. 1, born ’33 (remember the Rolling Rock bottle?) and ’79 for the final Super Bowl of Chuck Noll and the Super Steelers of the ’70s.
Anyway, drop a note inside the books, or send an email to Chuck@ChuckFinder.com with details.
And, most of all, happy holidays.
Posted on November 13, 2012 - by ChuckFinder
Latitude 40 opening night, Light Up Night at Dahntahn Macy’s…a busy Steelers trivia/book-signing week
And so the Pittsburgh-centric tour picks up pace.
Tuesday night, we’ll be playing Steelers (and Immaculate Reception) trivia in earnest on the upstairs stage normally reserved for bands and DJs at the swanky new bowling-arcade-restaurant-bar-placetobe, Latitude 40. After a preview Friday night, I can tell you: It’ll be a place for families during the day, for folks looking for a more active/energetic restaurant/bar time during the night. Check out KDKA-TV’s piece on it, from the same Friday when Jerome Bettis and Charlie Batch stopped by.
Saturday, we’re at Mike Feinberg Company in the Strip District from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and the Waterworks Mall Barnes and Noble from 3-5 p.m. — when and where we’re hoping to have a special, Immaculate Reception guest (see first link, above!).
Thanks! And please spread the Steelers Encyclopedia word. . . .