August 20, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - The final installment of the Dark Knight trilogy was filmed here. Heinz Field stood in as the home stadium for the Gotham Rogues, and as villain Bane systematically obliterates the Batman-less city he sets off a bomb underneath the grass just after kickoff. The ground craters and engulfs every player save for the kick returner. The image briefly crossed the mind while watching the Eagles first-team offense play on that very same turf Thursday night. What if the earth swallowed up every wide receiver?
December 19, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney met with Temple University officials Thursday and told them they must address the worries of neighbors before he can endorse the school's plan to build a football stadium on campus. "Temple asked for this meeting to explain the benefits of building their stadium," Kenney's spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, said in a statement Thursday night. "The mayor-elect enjoyed meeting with the university's representatives, and he appreciated them working with the city on this issue.
November 12, 2015 |
Y OU'RE NOT go to believe this. Clemson coach Dabo Swinney decided to name long snapper Jim Brown a captain for this week's game against Syracuse as a tribute to the great Orange running back with the same name. A nice gesture, no? Except none his players ever heard of the original Jim Brown, the Hall of Fame running back, who starred at 'Cuse from 1954-56. "One thing that's kind of funny, I've been waiting all year to name Jim Brown the captain for the Syracuse game," Swinney told Clemson reporters.
March 29, 2015 |
IT MIGHT BE 2 years away, but the Flyers and Penguins have been working together behind the scenes to pitch an outdoor game between the teams to the NHL and broadcast partner NBC. Flyers chief operating officer Shawn Tilger revealed that news at a "town-hall meeting" between team executives and season-ticketholders Thursday night. Tilger said the pitch is for the contest to be played at a "certain stadium in Pennsylvania" in 2017 to commemorate the 50th year of both franchises.
November 7, 2013 |
ON SATURDAY, Roman Catholic High School senior Hezekiah Trahan will head to Pittsburgh to watch Pitt take on No. 24 Notre Dame at Heinz Field. The University of Pittsburgh already made a scholarship offer to the 6-4, 250-pound defensive end, and Trahan says it could be time to collect. "Yeah, I might sign," he said, sitting in a conference room inside the school's Broad Street campus wearing an even broader smile. "It might be a done deal. " The 18-year-old, who recently received second-team All-Catholic honors, wants it to be a family trip, so the blended bunch will make the nearly 5-hour trek.
November 25, 2012 |
If Big East football hasn't had enough drama lately (with all the reconstituting that's in play), more was added Saturday when the conference's two ranked teams stumbled. No. 21 Rutgers, which will leave the Big East for the Big Ten in two years, was pounded by host Pittsburgh, losing 27-6 at Heinz Field. And No. 19 Louisville, which has been rumored to be courted by other conferences, lost at home to Connecticut, 23-20, on a 30-yard field goal in the third overtime. The upsets will have little effect on the Big East championship, however, as Rutgers (9-2, 5-1 Big East)
November 2, 2012 |
THE PITTSBURGH Steelers are turning their visit to New York this weekend to face the Giants into a day trip. The Steelers will leave for New York on Sunday morning and depart Sunday evening. NFL teams are required to travel the day before a game. The league allowed the Steelers to alter their plans because the hotel the team is booked to stay at in Jersey City was still without power as of Thursday afternoon. Pittsburgh will fly at 9 a.m. on Sunday and arrive in New York about 90 minutes later, well ahead of the scheduled 4:25 p.m. kickoff.
October 9, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - A cold rain fell intermittently on Heinz Field. Some homecoming. LeSean McCoy was back in the city where he played his college football, and the Eagles were in the middle of doing what they always seem to be doing this season. That is, trying to overcome another first half of mistakes. It was a game where quarterback Michael Vick could not hold on to the ball, again. And where the Eagles' defensive line could not sack the quarterback, and where they trailed at the half, again.
October 8, 2012 |
PITTSBURGH - The Eagles had just pounded out a 17-play, fourth-quarter touchdown drive that appeared to have three main features: It covered the approximate length of the Pennsylvania Turnpike. It felt as though it took longer. It threw the Steelers over an embankment that was a whole lot steeper emotionally than the one-point deficit it would illuminate on the Heinz Field scoreboard. There were still 61/2 minutes to play, but that was not so much a comfort as a threat.
October 8, 2012 |
It isn't much of a rivalry on the field. The Eagles have played just one regular-season game in Pittsburgh's not-exactly-brand-new Heinz Field. The Steelers have been to the Linc just once for a game that matters. So this isn't exactly Flyers-Penguins, as intrastate feuds go. It isn't even Phillies-Pirates, at least on the field. No, this Pennsylvania grudge match is conducted on an entirely different level. Here are two deeply passionate football towns, placed like siblings on opposite sides of a seesaw.