Steelers Week 12: Cheers, Jeers, & Fears

by: Jimi The Intern
November 22, 2017

On Thursday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers turned in their best performance of the year with a 40-17 drubbing of the Tennessee Titans.

Despite the close game minutes into the third quarter, a Steelers’ victory never seemed to be in doubt.

Pittsburgh’s offense was clicking, and the defense found a way to force key turnovers to keep Tennessee’s offense off the field.

Now, Pittsburgh has six games left on a somewhat easy schedule, and it starts with another primetime matchup with the Green Bay Packers this Sunday.

Here are my week 12 cheers, jeers, and fears.

Cheers

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What can’t AB do?

He’s a game-breaker in every sense of the word. Even when you have him completely covered he still finds a way to make a play.

He finished with three touchdowns, 144 yards, and what might be the catch of the year.

AB is the best player on the field no matter who is opposing him. Ben should remember this and continue to feed him the ball.

Another cheer goes out to the defense. Although Mariota had 300 passing yards, 75 of those came on one play, and the front seven held the Titans’ duo of running backs to only 42 yards on the ground.

The Steelers secondary stepped up without the services of Joe Haden and kept Mariota in check despite the one long pass play. Pittsburgh doesn’t face another elite quarterback until they play the Patriots in week 15, and there is a chance Haden is back out there for that game.

Jeers

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Converting red zone chances into touchdowns.

The Steelers seemed to find their way in the red zone after the first half, but they could have put the game out of reach before halftime if they were able to convert touchdowns in the red zone.

Coming into the game, the Steelers were second to last in red zone efficiency having scored touchdowns on only 41 percent of their red zone opportunities, a number that dwindled during the first half.

Pittsburgh did improve and converted on all three of their red zone opportunities in the second half on three touchdown passes from Big Ben.

If the Steelers can keep that up, they will be tough to beat down the stretch.

Fears

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Inconsistency.

We have seen it time and again this season where it looks like this team has finally figured it out only to go out and lay an egg in the next game, even in a win.

As I’ve said, Pittsburgh has a favorable schedule upcoming, and they need to take this opportunity to bury the rest of the AFC North in the process.

If the Steelers can get a win on Sunday, and then rattle off wins against the Bengals and Ravens, they should have the AFC North wrapped up by week 15.

I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, however.

The game this week might show us what we can expect from the Steelers down the stretch. They are playing a team that is not only missing its all-pro quarterback, but also both of its starting running backs.

This should be a game that Pittsburgh dominates. Ben should have his way against a Packers’ defense that isn’t very good, and I expect Antonio Brown to go off for another two touchdowns and 100+ yards.

Notice how I keep using the word should? The SHOULD win this game handily, and make it an early stress-free night for the Black and Gold faithful.

Pittsburgh wins comfortably at home 35-17 to improve to 9-2 on the season.

Categories: Sports, Steelers

Micah’s Top Picks for a Live Turkey Day

by: Micah Jacobs
November 22, 2017

It is time to break out the sweatpants, watch a bunch of football, and muster up the courage to once again squirm in fear as your aunt slops her mystery casserole onto your plate of homemade goodness. Can someone pass me a roll?!

Yes, Thanksgiving brings us all together through friendship and family to eat dinner at 1 p.m. and bite your tongue as you listen to your family talk about politics, religion and why you aren’t married/pregnant yet.

But fear not, my friends, because Thanksgiving weekend is always amazing for live music in our area!

Here are some of my top picks for live, local music to help you escape this weekend.

Wednesday, Nov. 22

The biggest party night of the year, a.k.a. the biggest high school reunion you’d ever want to avoid. I suggest checking out some local hip-hop at Momo’s BBQ and Grill with sounds from DJ Abeanoo featuring Alonda Rich, Vito Depierro, Entellekt, Dwight Lep and Machine Life Empire.

There will be free food with admission and the beat drops at 9 p.m.

If hip-hop isn’t your thing, head up to Joe K’s Brewhouse and check out the award-winning D-Bo for a night filled with great covers that span all genres from funk to country! The music starts at 9 p.m. and lasts all night long!


Read Micah’s Hip-Hop in Harrisburg Series »


Thursday, Nov. 23

Let’s face it, there aren’t too many options to help you dance off that extra plate of yams with marshmallows and syrup on Thanksgiving Day. I’d suggest heading over to Crawdaddy’s early to check out Positive Force Experience for some beautiful neo-soul sounds to make you thankful for living in a city with such talented musicians and great live music. Show starts at 1 p.m. Get there early to grab yourself a seat!

As for Thanksgiving night, well, I’d suggest sitting back and enjoying the evening with your friends and family. Remember all of the good in your life, have some good laughs and pig out on Christmas cookies!

Friday, Nov. 24

Black Friday madness! If you’re like me, you avoid any type of retail and head straight away to your favorite watering hole, brewery or, live music venue. I will be heading over to River City City Blues Club and Dart Room for Nate Myers & The Aces to get down with their rockin blues sound and sip on a few gin martinis.

The Mighty Klucks open up the show at 9 p.m., and tickets are available through Ticketfly for only $5.

If you really want to kick it up a notch, head over to the Radisson Hotel for the 92.1 WTPA Birthday Bash featuring Kix! This all-ages show has tickets available for as low as $25 in advance and the doors open at 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 25

I love a good album release and a great local brew! Saturday night, head over to ZeroDay Brewing Co. for The Tsunami Experiment’s album release show. This 4-piece instrumental band from right here in Harrisburg brings a 21st-century upgrade to some vintage 1960s style surf music.

Check out their Reverb Nation page to listen to some of their tracks and head over to ZeroDay Brewing Co. at 8 p.m. to also catch Super High-Tech Jet Fighters open up the show.

Admission is free and the brews are always delicious.


With the holidays upon us, make sure you take a moment to step back and be thankful. If you do go out, be smart and have a designated driver or catch and Uber.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. Be safe and have fun!

Categories: Harrisburg, Music, Nightlife

4 Things To Know About Coffee: Guest Feature

by: Sara Bozich
November 21, 2017

The following is a guest post by Peter Allan, Little Amps Coffee Roasters

If you’ve asked me “what’s up,” lately, and I said, “not much, you?” I lied. Sorry about that!

It’s just that I’ve been pretty into my work and totally stoked on it. If you’re a Harrisburger, you most likely know I’m team Little Amps.

What you might not know is that I am not a barista. I am many things, but I can’t take the credit for the awesome service and tasty drinks delivered by the friendly and hard-working baristas in our shops every day.

What I can take some credit for is the high level of coffee we are producing. Along with AC [owner Aaron Carlson], I buy our green coffee, help set roast profiles, and run quality assurance on all brewing parameters in our shops.

I also travel a lot, as we’ve been super lucky to build up an excellent wholesale program with like-minded coffee folks all over Central PA and beyond.

All of this action with our staff and other specialty coffee heads has been very stimulating, and I’m feeling energized to head into the new year, so please read my mind.

Coffee is a fruit

This is a real eye-roller for my peers, but I think the agricultural importance of this statement alone is enough to bear repeating.

Like a lot of fruits, coffee cherries grow on trees. Actually, they grow on little three-foot shrubs. These shrubs take about three to four years to produce fruit ripe enough for harvesting.

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This is a big reason why the recent hurricane in Puerto Rico was so devastating to their coffee production. Harvest season had just started when Maria completely wiped out the majority of the island’s coffee.

NPR ran a pretty compelling article on this for those who might want to dive deeper.

We also have a GoFundMe page to ensure the home community of one of our baristas receives some attention and resources.

Coffee is not immune to climate change

Remember, what we drink is the seed of a fruit. All the coffees we buy rely on consistent and particular altitudes, soil qualities and weather patterns.

As our world’s climate starts to shift, our industry needs to be prepared for the change.

It’s a little early to tell, but it’s possible that we’ll start buying specialty coffee from emerging places like China, Vietnam, or even northern California.

While this is exciting, we must also keep in mind the adverse impacts climate change could have on countries whose economies rely heavily on coffee, both specialty and commodity.

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Not to mention the possible economic impact on producer countries if and when things shift.

A lot of people work really hard to get that seed. Pickers harvest the coffee cherries and take them to washing stations, where more people use high and low technology to wash the cherries, sort the good from the bad, and strip the cherry flesh and mucilage away from the seed to dry and be prepared for shipment.

This gets pretty deep, and if you’re interested, I’d recommend reading the handy guide from Cafe Imports.

I’m okay with Starbucks!

I had to slide this in because honestly, specialty coffee owes a lot to the green mermaid. Way back when, S-Bux was one of the first companies to tag countries of origin to coffee.

It may seem standard today to say “oh yeah, I like Ethiopian coffee,” but 30-40 years ago consumers weren’t thinking too much about all that agricultural and origin stuff I brought up earlier.

In fact, coffee houses were hardly present before Howard Schultz set about on a mission to channel the espresso bar culture of Italy.

I honestly feel like the heat is wearing off, but when I first started in coffee 5+ years ago, customers and baristas alike were quick to bash “the bux.”

I think these days it’s kind of like enjoying a Pizza Boy Sour sometimes, and a Bud Light Lime other times. Right?

You can make better coffee at home

And you can do it pretty easily.

Sure, it requires some small equipment investments, but if you’re looking to brew for just a couple of people, you can get started in our shops or online with a Hario grinder, Beehouse ceramic dripper, filters and a scale.

But how do you make it?

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Start with a brew ratio, the amount of coffee to water. This gets pretty personal to your tastes, but I think to start with a 1:16 ratio is safe for all homebrew methods (unless you’re ripping espresso shots, then I’m just jealous!).

If you’re on the Beehouse or other dripper tips, this should look something like 22g coffee to 352g (12 oz.) water.

Most grinders will give you a starting point for your preferred brew method, but you can always skip that and go straight to the internet, which is full of resources.

Make sure your water is filtered and hot (205 degrees) and brew away.

There is a lot of opinion on technique, but I say start simple with two pours.

The first is your “bloom,” 60-70g water to saturate your beds. After blooming for 45 seconds, pour the rest of your water in with steady concentric circles and watch your beautiful brown liquid drop down.


Meet Peter Allan

peter allan little ampsCo-owner, Little Amps Coffee Roasters, Harrisburg, Pa.

Peter Leonard aka Peter Allan is a Harrisburg native with a passion for human connection and tasty drinks. He is a co-owner of Little Amps Coffee Roasters and manages the company’s wholesale program along with green coffee buying, Q.A. and Q.C. and a bunch of other jobs depending on the day. He and his family proudly reside in Midtown Harrisburg.

Categories: Guest Feature

Ugly Sweater Party + Movie at Whitaker Center {GIVEAWAY}

by: Sara Bozich
November 20, 2017

Break out your ugliest holiday attire and join us at Whitaker Center for an Ugly Sweater Party and showing of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

The FREE Ugly Sweater Party runs from 6-8 p.m., complete with treats and refreshments from local vendors to get you into the holiday spirit. Then, head to the theater at 8 p.m. to watch the Christmas classic on the big screen.

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Cost: $12 movie ticket includes a free small popcorn and soda to enjoy during the movie.

FREE Ugly Sweater Party includes:

Show up in your ugly sweater and get a voucher for $2 off your ticket for Star Wars: The Last Jedi (out Dec. 15) and a free popcorn!

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