Yakkin’ With YaJagoff – Pens Announcer Mike Lange, Part #2

We are yakkin’ with Pittsburgh Penguins Hall of Fame broadcaster, Mike Lange at Jergel’s.

What does Mike do in the summer?

He’s a fan of “the Blues” but not the St. Louis kind and, of course, he WANTS me to be his sidekick some day because we are hockey buds!

Go to the Pens website HERE to hear more of Mike Lange-isms.


For the production!

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(They are both AWWWWWWWESOME!)

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Route 28 Construction is OVER??


Even people who moved away from Pittsburgh and come back every 15-20 years know to plan for erratic traffic patterns due to construction.  I’m fairly certain that George Washington wrote about them in his logs.

But, according to this news report at KDKA-TV, the work on Route 28 is officially over… completo….finito…done-o!

My question to you, how long will it be before Duquesne Light, a gas company or water company heads out to that stretch and digs up a manhole cover OR, even worse, just puts a hole in it to check a valve?  And then, of course, replaces that 4 x 4 foot section with some cheap black top that starts the pothole parade progression?

You’ve seen it….. a road just gets a nice finish and BOOM… within a week some utility is jack-hammerin’ a square out of it.

In the meantime, what the hell are those people “up 28″ gonna use for being late to work from now on?  Hell, they might even be early for work these days for the first time in 6 years!  What will Pittsburgh traffic reporters do to fill time… the time that they used to use talking about the #!* that was going on Route 28?

Wait!  Do you think the the Route 28 construction was created by the local traffic reporters so that they would have jobs??

I’ve digressed, so let’s say this… thanks to those who worked their ARSES off on that road and even got it done early AND under budget.  And for you utility peeps, stay the hell away from that road with your backhoes, bulldozers and air-compressor tools or owl get Sister Anecita outta retirement to come out there and bash your jack-hammer-shovel-pick-some-stand-around-and-do-nothing knuckles Ya Jagoffs!!

Hey! Let’s Play the Lottery!!

I know that this makes me  just sound grumpy and whiny.  However, sometimes I just LIKE to be grumpy and whiny vs. being snarky.

I’m thirsty, I want to get home, I just need a quick drink.  So I pull into a “convenience” store where beef jerky, Vienna finger cookies and PowerAde are more expensive than they SHOULD be but I am supposed to be able to CONVENIENTLY walk in, purchase what I want and leave.

But wait!!!!  Someone wants to play the lottery.  And not just a quick-pick.  It seems that they have had some dreams that equate to some numbers and then they saw a number on a billboard on the way there that made them think of their high school graduation date, but they’re not sure that number is dead on, so they box it and then ask for the number plus one and the number minus 1.  But wait!!!  What are those little cool valentine thingies?  Oh, they’re scratch offs?  They’re cute!  How much are they?  Give me 5, oh wait, I want to play 1 more number so only give me 4 valentine thingies.  Are the Valentine lottery scratch off thingies half off like the valentine candy?  Oh, shoot!  I never played these before…. how many do I scratch off.. how do I win?

But wait on MORE time!!!!! There’s only 1 person working at the counter!!!  So the rest of us who want a newspaper or a 99-cent Arizona Tea and have the correct change must wait while this person goes through their lottery gyrations.

By the way, we get the whole lottery thing.  We’re like a lot of people… we’re on the “401K-Powerball” retirement plan.. which means you don’t believe a $30 million dollar jackpot is worth a buck but, once it gets over $100 million, you’re looking for lottery-pool partners at work!!!

Not sure who to blame here… the person that thinks they own the counter-time as if they are picking out perfume at Macy’s for a new girlfriend whom they know NOTHING about or the Management of the NOT-SO-CONVENIENT-CONVENIENCE-STORE who puts only one person on duty during rush hour!!!

Either way, Mr. Lottery Guy, the fact that you saw a camel does NOT mean that 4-5-8 is going to hit on the lottery tonight OR any other combination of those three integers.

And Counter-Guy, (who’s face we shadowed in the above pic), when there are 8 people that want 1 item or to pay for gas, and you KNOW Mr. Lottery-Numbers-Picking-Guy, who is used to putting on his underwear correctly ONLY by knowing that the yellow stains go in the front and the brown stains go in the back, wants to spend time picking numbers, MOVE THE OTHER PEOPLE THRU THE LINE FIRST!!!

All that I know is, I would like our stop at the CONVENIENCE STORE to be CONVENIENT, Ya Jagoffs!


And the winner of this Kris Letang signed pic from our Friday blog post  is…Kristen Vardzel



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