Steelers Week 15: Cheers, Jeers & Fears

by: Jimi The Intern
December 13, 2017

Is there any precedent for a kicker winning the MVP?

There’s not, I’ll save you the Google search, but Chris Boswell is making the case that he should at least be the Steelers’ team MVP. He’s as clutch as it gets.

With four game-winning field goals in the final minute, three in the final seconds, he has kicked the Steelers to four out of their last five wins and is the reason they have won so many close games.

Sunday night against the Ravens was a rollercoaster of a football game. I came to terms with a tough loss about four to five times throughout the game, and I still can’t believe they were able to pull off a win.

The Steelers are AFC North champs once again.

Now, they face their toughest test to date when Darth Vader, Emporer Palpatine, and the rest of the stormtroopers from Foxboro make their way to Heinz Field on Sunday.

The Patriots –The Evil Empire– and Steelers will play one of the most meaningful football games of the season. If Pittsburgh wins, they have a great shot at keeping home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, if New England comes out with a win, the AFC goes through Foxboro once again.

Here are my week 15 cheers, jeers & fears. 

Cheers

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Resiliency.

This team has this in spades. They never give up. They never think they are out of a game.

Even after blowing a 14-point lead and going down by 11 heading into the 4th quarter, this team never blinked.

Just look at the pass from Ben to AB with only a minute left. It looked like they expected to make that play. Ben dropped a dime on his 64th pass of the game, and the Ravens were dumb enough to play AB in single-coverage.

Heads up Baltimore, that’s not what we would call a “good” idea.

Even before the final drive, Pittsburgh showed their mental toughness. The defense, who had been sliced up all game, came up with several crucial stops to give the offense the opportunity to keep scoring.

This is a resilient bunch that has earned the right to be called Super Bowl hopefuls.

Jeers

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While the defense stepped up big at the end of the game, they looked terrible for the first 57 minutes. The Ravens aren’t an offensive juggernaut, and the Steelers, in their first full game without Ryan Shazier, struggled to stop the run.

Flacco smartly picked on Coty Sensabaugh all night, who couldn’t cover anyone, and the front seven couldn’t get much of a pass rush, save for the last play of the game, to force Flacco into bad throws.

Pittsburgh wasn’t getting much help from the referees either. Artie Burns was flagged two times on horrifically lousy pass interference calls that led to Ravens’ touchdowns.

They were awful calls that can deflate a defense.

With the said, the Steelers need to step up their defensive efforts if they want to have any shot at taking down the Patriots this weekend and beyond.

Fears

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Ryan Shazier’s injury might be hard to overcome.

Last week when I wrote this, Shazier’s injury didn’t seem as severe as it turned out to be. There was legitimate hope that he would return in time for the playoffs.

We now know this isn’t the case, and Pittsburgh needs to adjust their game plan accordingly.

Sean Spence and Arthur Moats looked slow and had trouble tackling in the open field. James Harrison still saw a limited role, but that could change in the coming weeks.

I still think the key to “replacing” Shazier is getting Bud Dupree more involved. His speed can help make up for what the defense lost when Shazier went down. It’s a tough ask, but someone needs to step up.

Prediction

This is a hard one to predict. It’s the one game you look at on the schedule and usually chalk up to a loss.

It’s no secret that The Evil Empire has had the Steelers’ number as of late. Pittsburgh deploys the same defensive scheme against them time after time, and it never works.

While my faith in the defense is waning, my faith in the offense continues to soar.

The Steelers have the top passer, rusher, and receiver in the league in Ben, Bell, and Brown, and their offensive line continues to improve.

Pittsburgh continuously plays to the level of their opponent, and they continue that trend this weekend and give the Patriots all they can handle.

Pittsburgh wins 30-24, and the defense makes a few key plays to stifle a last-minute Patriots drive. Just win, baby.

Categories: Sports, Steelers

Grocery Shopping at Broad Street Market: Guest Feature

by: Sara Bozich
December 12, 2017

The following is a guest post by Andrea Black, Friends of Midtown

“So, I can totally see why you love the Market.”

That’s what a recent transplant to the Harrisburg area told me after his first visit to Broad Street Market.

“That was an awesome experience, and I definitely will be going back there more often,” he said.

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With its two buildings bustling with diners, shoppers, and browsers, it’s pretty obvious that this friend and I weren’t alone in our love for Broad Street Market.

In the Market’s Stone Building, you’ll find lunch options for everyone, from Indian, Jamaican or Greek food to burgers, barbeque, and cookies. Plus, with the addition of Zeroday Øutpost at Broad Street Market, you can grab a beer with lunch!

Announcing: Zeroday Øutpost at Broad Street Market

In the Market’s Brick Building, you’ll find some prepared food vendors, but you’ll also find traditional market vendors selling produce, meat, cheeses and many other grocery staples. It’s where I do most of my grocery shopping. In fact, I haven’t shopped at Giant, Weis, Karns or Wegmans in at least two years.

What I can’t buy at Broad Street Market, I used to pick up a Rite Aid or Target, but now that Provisions is open at Strawberry Square, I can round out my Market grocery shopping with a quick trip to Provisions.

I do my grocery shopping at The Market on Saturday mornings, after doing a small group class at Next Step Performance (it’s just a couple of blocks down 3rd Street).

Post class, I’m usually starving, so my first stop is at Lil’s Pretzels for a sausage, egg, and cheese pretzel log. Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds!

Next stop is Elementary Coffee Co. for my dose of caffeine. The line for coffee is usually pretty long, so I have time to eat breakfast while I wait. After coffee time and some socializing, I head off in search of groceries. I’m a creature of habit, so I shop at the same handful of vendors every week.

I start in the back of the building at Peach Ridge Produce, where I pick up most of the fruits and veggies I need. Peach Ride has a good selection of basic fruits and vegetables, sometimes locally grown depending on the season, and they also have a pickle bar with dozens of options.

Next, I stop at JB Kelly Seafood Connection for some fantastic, wild Alaskan sockeye salmon. Like I said, I’m a creature of habit. If I weren’t, I’d pick up some sushi-grade tuna, or maybe homemade crab-cakes or smoked salmon spread. Maybe I’ll do that next week …

Hummer’s Meats is my next stop, where I buy all the meat, cheese, and eggs I need for the week. Lately, I’ve been really into their petite filets, which are the perfect size for topping a salad. Hummer’s also has the best chicken salad I’ve ever eaten. Seriously.

My last stop for groceries is at Radish & Rye Food Hub. This is the only place where I tend to buy totally different things every week. One week, I’ll pick up salsa, salad dressing, crackers, and carrots, and the next week I might pick up mushrooms, purple sweet potatoes, maple syrup, and bread. Fun fact: they’ll even slice your loaf of bread for you!

The absolute last stop I make during my Broad Street Marker shopping is at D. McGee Design Studio for a small bouquet of fresh flowers to perk up my living room.

Like I said, I’m a creature of habit. There are many, many, many other vendors where you could grocery shop, and they’re all listing on Broad Street Market’s website.

Take a look and make your shopping list. I’ll see you at the Market on Saturday!


Meet Andrea Black

Business Co-Chair, Friends of Midtown

Andrea Black is a midtown Harrisburg resident who spends entirely too much time at Broad Street Market. On non-Market days, you can find her practicing her unicycle riding or working out at Next Step Performance. She is also Business Co-Chair and candidate for president of Friends of Midtown.

Holiday Beer Dinner at Tattered Flag {GIVEAWAY}

by: Sara Bozich
December 11, 2017

Choose your food pairing adventure with Tattered Flag Brewery + Still Works’ Holiday Beer Dinner on Thursday, Dec. 28.

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Unlike most beer dinners, Tattered Flag Brewery + Still Works offers the option to pair the six-course dinner with beer, cocktails made with Tattered Flag spirits, or wine selections from Cassel Vineyards.

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When purchasing tickets, be sure to select which drink option you would like to pair with your dinner.

A cocktail hour from 6-7 p.m. kicks off the dinner with Bourbon Sweet Potato Dunkle with Ghost Peppers paired with a Maple Bacon Crostini.

Before each course, you will get a description of the beer, cocktail, or wine you’re tasting, and why it pairs well with the dish.

Menu

First course: Sweet Potato Soup
Beer pairing: Candied Yam Ale

Second course: Green Bean Sausage Casserole
Beer pairing: Cranberry IPA

Third course: Maple Pomegranate Ham with Rum Pineapples and Cherries accompanied by Cheddar Au Gratin and Apples
Beer pairing: Sah’ti Ale

Fourth course: Chocolate Peppermint Cheesecake
Beer pairing: Chocolate Shake Stout

Stick around after the dinner for a social hour from 8-9 p.m. featuring Gingerbread Brown Ale on Nitro, brewed in collaboration with Wolf Brewing Co.

The cocktail menu includes:

  • Egg Nog Rum
  • Hard Apple Cider Shine
  • Gin Fizz
  • Old Fashioned
  • Cranberry Mule
  • Pumpkin Margarita

This week, we’re giving away TWO (2) tickets to Tattered Flag Brewery and Still Works’s Holiday Beer Dinner.

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Weekend Roundup 12/7

by: Sara Bozich
December 7, 2017

Happy Weekend!

Please excuse the abbreviated Weekend Roundup. I have a pretty good reason.

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What are you doing this weekend?

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