Steelers Preseason: Cheers, Jeers & Fears

by: Jimi The Intern
August 23, 2017
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GAME TIME! Steelers football is back.

Although it’s just the preseason, there are some things that all Steelers fans should be looking at in these next two games.

Pittsburgh fans got a good look at a mix of starters, backups, and prospects in the first two games. In the third game, they will see even more familiar faces.

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Last season, the Steelers almost accomplished it all. They won their division and went on an exciting playoff run only to run into the freight train that was the New England Patriots.

Now, Pittsburgh is even better — and have their eyes on even loftier goals for this season. It remains to be seen if they have the capabilities to take down “The Evil Empire,” but they have the best team they have had in a while.

Without further ado, here are the cheers, jeers, and fears for the rest of the preseason.

Cheers

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Martavis Bryant is back, and if you’re not excited about this guys potential, you don’t have a pulse. He has speed, hands and precision route running that will make him lethal in the passing game.

He was severely missed in the offense last year and was extremely hard to replace. Sammie Coates and Darius Hayward-Bey tried to take his spot but failed.

The addition of Bryant makes this offense one of, if not, the best in the league.

Another bright spot for Pittsburgh is their young and talented defense. Young players like Artie Burns, Sean Davis, T.J. Watt, Javon Hargrave, and Bud Dupree are going to have significant roles in this Steelers defense this season.

Get ready to hear a lot of Renegade this season.

Jeers

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I could go with Le’Veon Bell here, but push come to shove, he’s going to be there in the end, and he’s the type of talent that doesn’t need to participate in preseason activities.

[Editor’s note: I strongly disagree. Hope Bell’s princess crown doesn’t get too dirty when he hits the field again.]

Sure, it would be nice to see him out there. Instead, he’s training on his own and most importantly not taking big hits in meaningless preseason games.

[Ed. note: I wonder if he can even handle playing a whole season – we wouldn’t know, would we??]

With that said, it’s time to end this holdout and at least get to practice.

My preseason jeers are for the tight ends. Pittsburgh has three tight ends that they use in rotation for different aspects of the game.

Jesse James is going to be the main pass catcher, while David Johnson and Xavier Grimble take on a lot of the blocking duties.

With all of these players, the Steelers are still lacking at the position. James is a good serviceable tight end who showed flashes of talent last season.

A tight end that can make plays down the middle of the field would be a huge asset to an already stacked offense.

Fears

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Injuries.

It’s the one word that can strike fear into any fan base.

The biggest worry is if Ben can stay healthy for the entire season. There is little to no faith in Landry Jones or Josh Dobbs to lead this team.

Pittsburgh has depth at other positions that they could get by and eke out wins, but having Big Ben under center is vital.

If Ben can stay healthy for the entire season, I believe the Steelers will get to their 10th Super Bowl in franchise history.

Pittsburgh has what it takes to get to the promised land, but the Patriots are still standing in their way. With that said, I have to go with my heart.

The Steelers will be better both offensively and defensively this season and will make it to Super Bowl 52 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Categories: Sports, Steelers

Hip-Hop in Harrisburg Pt. 5: C Bizzle

by: Micah Jacobs
August 23, 2017
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It’s time for another installment of Hip-Hop in Harrisburg, and this time we spotlight a local favorite and fan recommendation, C Bizzle.

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Early on in this project, a friend posted a video by C Bizzle featuring MoneyManMeech to my Facebook wall. I was at work when the notification came across and I checked it out right away (during my next break, of course).

I was thrown back by what I saw — a huge, loud voice from C Bizzle featuring visuals from all over our city of Harrisburg. The opening scene features a massive piano intro, the camera approaching our capital from across the bridge while C Bizzle opens up his first verse of lyrical assault. I was immediately a fan and knew I needed to get in contact with him as a part of Hip-Hop in Harrisburg.

Check out the video for yourself and make sure you turn it up because this beat slaps!

MJ: What do you think of the sound that is coming out of Harrisburg?

CB: This city has never been this active lyrically, we’re two hours away from Philly, and we sound nothing like Philly rappers. I’ve heard people compare our sound to Atlanta too, but Harrisburg has its own sound and it just needs to be broadcast on a bigger stage. I remember back in 2010, one of my first shows, there was only a couple people that had videos out. As the years go by, more and more artists are putting videos out, being in tune with the scene and the music.

You’ve been doing this for awhile, you’ve seen this scene really start to grow. How has it grown for you?

For the longest time nobody wanted anything to do with artists, but when I put out my second CD, I rode around and sold 300 copies in a few days. It’s crazy because I’ll be walking down the street and hear people riding by listening to my music, people that I don’t know come up to me and are fans. I just started kind of playing around and now a few years down the line, it’s real crazy to see fans react to my videos and music. People are actually listening now and that motivates other artists in the area, especially a lot of the younger artists that are just starting out.

It’s been a common theme with everyone I’ve interviewed so far, is hip-hop about to break through in Harrisburg on a national or global scale?

We’ve never had that big artist from Harrisburg, we’ve had athletes but never any rappers from Harrisburg really blow up. So we all recognize that as long as we stick together, it’s going to happen. When I was down in Atlanta that is the one thing I noticed about their scene, they all stick together and that is what we have to do here in Harrisburg. There is a lot of dope talent in Harrisburg and as soon as someone that is genuine and has a good heart makes it in, it’s going to bounce through the rest of the city. I do everything I can to put Harrisburg on, I even put Middlesworth chips in my video!

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How do you feel about hip-hop today, in its current state?

You can’t be one-dimensional, so I always make sure I change it up. That is not the way music is nowadays. They want to hear you rap, they want to hear you sing, they want to hear you do catchy things so you have to be more than just one-sided. You have to build it up song by song. I really don’t release too many visuals before I put my project out. I let the city tell me what tracks they like. You can hear them singing it, rapping along with it at shows, and they will tell you what the next single or the next visual needs to be.

I want to talk about “From the Hill to the U” because that video means a lot more to Harrisburg than one may first see on the surface. Tell me about how it came about.

People from different areas of the city are listening to my music. People from The Hill to Uptown are listening to this, and when you listen to the track it’s two areas of the city coming together. I feel it was a good look because there are things going on between the two areas or whatever, but when Meech reached out to me and we put this track together, it showed unity. Unity from both sides of the city in the video, rappers from both sides, it was just a good look for Harrisburg.


When you watch videos from C Bizzle, and plenty of other local artists that I’ve spoken to or have on deck to speak to, you can see they all love the city and want to see Harrisburg succeed. Not just in hip-hop but in all aspects, from education to economic success.

There are no famous rap artists from this area for kids to look up to and, guys like C Bizzle know this and want nothing more than to be able to give back to their city, to be a role model, to help guide the Harrisburg youth in the right direction.

Follow C Bizzle on Facebook to keep up with his travels and performances. Check out his SoundCloud to listen to one of my favorite tracks from him “Cake.”

Categories: Harrisburg, Music

Event: Harrisburg VeggieFest Sept. 23

by: Sara Bozich
August 22, 2017
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The first-ever Harrisburg VeggieFest is Saturday, Sept. 23 at Strawberry Square!

Join us for HBG VeggieFest, an all-inclusive healthy living festival featuring local food and beverage purveyors, craft breweries, vendors, cooking and healthy living demonstrations, and MORE!

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Who should attend HBG VeggieFest?

  • Vegetarians
  • Vegans
  • Veg-curious
  • Craft beer lovers
  • Health-conscious eaters (maybe you like a little Meatless Monday every now and then?)
  • Supporters of #eatlocal, #shoplocal, #dinelocal #drinklocal
  • Would-be or practicing yogis, home cooks, gardeners
  • YOU!

HBG VeggieFest aims to connect Harrisburg’s community through our growing network of local producers, chefs, brewers, growers, healthy living experts, and more while raising funds for local nonprofit, Jump Street.

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Categories: Food/Drink, Harrisburg, SBHH

Sprocket Mural Works’ HBG Mural Fest [+ Giveaway]

by: Sara Bozich
August 21, 2017
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The inaugural Sprocket Mural Works HBG Mural Fest runs Sept. 1-10, creating 10 murals in 10 days in the City of Harrisburg.

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Check out the muralists and current mural locations »

The festival starts with a private VIP Kick-Off Event on Sept. 1 at the Pennsylvania State Archives Building. It features drinks and hors d’oeuvres from Rubicon, plus music from Aortic Valve, and a chance to meet the muralists.

HBG Mural Fest events:

The HBG Mural Fest Closing Block Party is open to the public and includes:

  • A local artist creating a live mural
  • Camp Collab on-site for families to create art on the spot with help from the Sprocket team
  • HBG Flea Pop-Up
  • Live music
  • Food trucks
  • MORE!

Contact Sprocket Mural Works to find out how you can get involved with HBG Mural Fest.

This week, we’re giving away 2 pairs of tickets to Sprocket Mural Works HBG Mural Fest VIP Kick-off Party!

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