Steelers Week 10: Cheers, Jeers, & Fears

by: Jimi The Intern
November 8, 2017

As the second half of their season starts, the Pittsburgh Steelers have an opportunity to clinch an important first-round bye in the AFC playoffs, something they haven’t done since 2010.

The Steelers’ quest to a No. 1 seed and home-field advantage starts with a matchup against a struggling Indianapolis Colts team this Sunday.

The Colts are coming off of just their third win, but the team was dealt a crushing blow with the news that Andrew Luck will not return this season.

Instead, Pittsburgh will have to deal with a shifty Jacoby Brissette who is capable of making plays but is very inconsistent.

This should be a game where Pittsburgh dominates from start to finish.

Here are my cheers, jeers, and fears for the week 10 game against the Colts.

Cheers

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Even though they were on a bye, last week was a successful week for the Steelers in their quest for an AFC North division title.

Every other team in their division lost, and Pittsburgh is starting to distance themselves from the pack. The closest team to them is the Ravens who are currently sitting at 4-5 on the season and 2.5 games back of the division lead.

The Bengals are unraveling, and the Browns just did the most Browns thing ever. As my dad said, “Only the Browns can find a way to lose on a bye week.”

With a few winnable games ahead of them on the schedule, Pittsburgh could wrap-up a second-straight division title early in the season.

Jeers

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Stop giving us heart attacks every Sunday.

Pittsburgh has played in four one-score games this season, and in the other four, although they had the game in hand, I never felt comfortable.

This comes down to my overreaching season-long jeer of red zone efficiency.

I’ve talked about it. I don’t want to continue to dwell on it.

They need more touchdowns and fewer field goals when they get in the red zone. Boswell, I think you’re great, but I’d rather see you kicking PATs and not 24-yard field goals.

Fears

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Missing out on an opportunity to roll into the playoffs with a bye, and possibly home-field advantage.

Pittsburgh finishes its season with what might be the easiest schedule in the NFL. Only three of their final eight games are against teams who currently have a winning record.

Those three games are against Green Bay, Tennesee, and New England.

All of those games are at Heinz Field where Pittsburgh — and Big Ben — have historically played their best football. The late-season matchup against the Patriots could decide who gets home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Steelers should be favored in every game going forward, and yes, even against the Evil Empire.

My fears are that Pittsburgh falls into old habits and continues to play down to their opponents level. It has happened frequently and has to be one of the most frustrating things to watch as a Steelers fan.

(Besides not being able to watch them on normal TV.) 

The Steelers have a great chance to finish the season with the best record in the NFL. With that would come much-needed home-field advantage in the playoffs, plus a first-round bye.

Veteran leadership and health will be key to success down the stretch.

We have a lot of football yet to play, and I’m excited to see how it all shakes out.

For this week, the Colts are no match for the Steelers if they show up in the right mindset. Pittsburgh has more skill all around and is clearly the better team.

With that said, Pittsburgh might look a little sluggish out of the gate but pulls away late in the game.

Pittsburgh starts their march towards the postseason this weekend with a 34-17 win over the Colts.

Categories: Sports, Steelers

Memoria: The Means to an End

by: Micah Jacobs
November 8, 2017

Since 2013, the York County-based Memoria has been a force to reckon with in the metal and hardcore music scene.

With an arsenal of songs that touch on so many different aspects of metal, I could sit here and compare them to a dozen bands you already may have heard of. That is not to say they mimic other bands, however, they draw from various influences.

There are beautiful harmonies, hair-raising screams, soothing clean guitar sounds and, heavy low-end bass. One moment the double bass is increasing your heart rate, and the next your dropped into a beautiful progression of melodic chaos.

But, all of that is about to come to an end.

This Saturday, Nov. 11, Memoria will hit the Chameleon Club stage for one final performance. I caught up with Memoria vocalist Johnathyn Youmans to talk to him about his journey with Memoria and, what this final show means to him:

MJ: During the years, what has been your favorite moment with Memoria?

JY: For when we got to play with Atreyu. There was a crowd of about 3,000 people. It was absolutely mind-blowing to play on that level after busting our asses year after year. Finally, to have something that rewarding happen to us, playing with a band that we looked up to and have listened to since we were kids!

Why the decision to hang it up?

Life sometimes just kicks your ass. There are so many things we’ve accomplished and hurdles we’ve overcome to keep the band going and together, but there are too many uncontrollable things that get in the way and life is just moving on. We’ve put time, effort, money, and everything we can into this band. It’s hard to have a job, go on tour, come back and get a new job. If you want to have a personal life, a band is not the way to do it.

Tell me about what people can expect at the final show this weekend

Well, the cool thing about a farewell show is we are in control of what bands we booked. We have some great friends that are amazing musicians coming out to support us and, we are not even the best band on the bill. There are going to be a lot of emotions though, and hopefully a lot of beer!


It is sad to see a band like Memoria come to an end. I have no doubt we will see these guys, whether together or individually, still active in the music community in the future.

Music takes a lot of you but, it rewards you tenfold.

Head out to the Lizard Lounge at the Chameleon Club this Saturday, Nov. 11 to see Memoria one last time as they take the stage with Promise Breaker, RatgodThe University of South Vietnam School of Warfare, and Numerics.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets are just $10 from Ticketfly.

Memoria – Tickets – The Lizard Lounge – Lancaster, PA, November 11, 2017 | Ticketfly

You can check out more of Memoria for yourself on their BandCamp page.

Categories: Lancaster, Music, Nightlife, York

Planning a Local Thanksgiving: Guest Feature

by: Sara Bozich
November 7, 2017

The following is a guest blog post by Julia James, Radish & Rye.

And so, despite the long-lingering summer that kept us warm through most of October, it’s November.

This means that not only has Sara had her baby, but that it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving.

I’m a pretty food-centric person, so I suppose it makes sense that Thanksgiving is my favorite of all the winter holidays. I love sharing a big meal with loved ones any day of the year, but I particularly love doing so with an intention of gratitude.

I also love that because we are theoretically, or at least sort of replicating or emulating a historic feast that occurred around this time of year in a place not too far away, there is a very natural focus on foods that are seasonal and local for us here and now.

Sourcing your local ingredients

In our household it has become a point of pride to have an all-local Thanksgiving — that is, a feast made almost entirely from locally grown ingredients — but I have to confess that I’m not sure we should be so proud because the truth is it isn’t all that challenging.

Last year, we did a turkey from Village Acres Farm in Mifflintown. This year, we’ll get one from North Mountain Pastures in Newport. 

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Feeling non-traditional?

Consider a ham from Sweat Pea Farm or a goose from Pecan Meadow Farm (they do turkeys, too).

Choices abound for side dishes, too. Last year, we had a pretty small table and didn’t want to go all out so we went fairly traditional with collard greens, mashed potatoes, and stuffing.

The ingredients for all of those dishes are very easy to get locally this time of year, either directly from your favorite farm at Farmers on the Square or the PA Open Air Farmers Market, or from Radish and Rye where we pull from a number of different local farms to get all in one place.

Setting a bigger table?

Other locally available in-season ingredients include a wide variety of squashes — butternut and acorn are the obvious ones — cabbage, sweet potatoes, pie pumpkins, carrots, parsnips, beets, turnips, rutabaga, onions, and the list goes on and on!

Customizing your plan

Often when I’m planning a meal, especially a locally focused meal, I’ll start by selecting the main ingredients and then seek out recipes.

When thinking about Thanksgiving, though, because the most traditional foods are what’s readily available locally, you might be able to get away with selecting the recipes first.

Again, much of this can be very easy. If you want to make sweet potatoes (and who doesn’t), they’ll be available just about anywhere locally grown produce is sold. The same is true for carrots, squash, and potatoes.

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Of course, anything calling for asparagus isn’t going to work for a local feast this time of year, but the pilgrims weren’t enjoying asparagus at their Thanksgiving either.

If you want to venture a little further afield from the strictly traditional, you start taking on some risk that your ingredients won’t be available. It’s going to be difficult for a farmer to guarantee ahead of time that they’ll have fennel bulbs, cauliflower, broccoli, or Brussel sprouts the specific week of Thanksgiving, but it’s likely, barring a super hard frost early in the month, that at least some of these will be available.

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To mitigate the risk of planning on something that it turns out I can’t get after all, what I like to do is plan my meal around the ingredients I know will be available — the sweet potatoes, squashes, etc. — but have some ideas for sides to make depending on what else I can find.

Once I know what’s available, I can decide whether I’ll be making a fennel salad or braised cabbage (or both!); whether it’ll be a celery or celeriac going into the stuffing; and whether the mashed potato substitute (for those who don’t do potatoes) will be whipped cauliflower or squash puree.

As long as the big pieces are known and well-planned, making last-minute adaptions based on what’s available can be easy and even fun!

Harvest Tradition

We often think of Thanksgiving as a uniquely American holiday, but the truth is that harvest festivals are celebrated all over the world, giving thanks for the year’s bounty and for the stored crops that will carry the community through the winter.

For most of us, our survival is no longer directly tied to the success or failure of the local crops as it was 300 years ago, but whether or not we recognize it in our day-to-day lives, we are dependent on farmers for nearly everything we eat.

For me, choosing to make the Thanksgiving feast a local one acknowledges the role agriculture plays in our lives and communities and celebrates both the bounty of the harvest and the hard work of those who sustain us through their farms.

Eating locally reminds me that we live in communities of interdependence, bound to each other and to the earth in our successes and failures, in our joys and our struggles. It is humbling and uplifting — and for me, it is the very essence of Thanksgiving.


Meet Julia James

Julia and Dusty James, Radish & RyePurveyor, Radish & Rye Food Hub, Broad Street Market

Julia James has been a hobby locavore for years.

Since 2015, she and her husband, Dusty, have owned Radish & Rye Food Hub at the Broad Street Market, where they stock exclusively locally grown and produced foods, including organic produce, grass-fed meats and dairy, artisan bread, and much more.

When they’re not at the stand, Julia and Dusty are usually cooking, preferably while sipping on local beer or Spanish wine.

Comedy Night at The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey {GIVEAWAY}

by: Sara Bozich
November 3, 2017

Wind down after the Thanksgiving holiday with Comedy Night at The Vineyard and Brewery at Hershey! 

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Throughout the year, The Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey hosts regional comedians to transform the Red Barn into a comedy club.

For their next Comedy Night on Saturday, Nov. 25, they are featuring two regional comedians — Buddy Harris and Marc Staudenmaier.

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The Comedians

Buddy Harris once gave up his comedy dreams, but thanks to the help of his two daughters, he got back in the game. Harris is young at heart, which gets him into trouble from time to time, and he shares it all with anyone who will listen.

Marc Staudenmaier is originally from Harrisburg, Pa., but now calls Downingtown home. He has been perfecting his craft for the past year to bring his own brand of observational humor to the audience.

While you’re having some laughs, be sure to check out the seasonal offerings from both The Vineyard and Brewery. Plus, stop by your favorite takeout joint before heading to The Vineyard to enjoy dinner with the show.

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