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Zak of All Trades: The good news first, or the bad?

April 4, 2014

We've likely all heard the question, and many of us dread it: "Which would you like to hear first — the good news or the bad news?"

Depending on our personality types, so many of us who are quite alike would answer this question differently.

For some, hearing the good news first puts them in a better state of mind to hear the bad news. I call these individuals "a little bit crazy."

As for me, my answer has always — without hesitation — been "give me the bad news first." That way, when the good news came, I would know that the worst of it had already come.

On Review: 'Noah'

April 4, 2014

Editor's Note: This monthly installment of movie reviews by Spirit employees Matt Triponey and Dan Long rates Noah.

In Mark Twain's The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, there's a scene where young Huck faces a moral crisis — his entire life, he's been told it's a sin to assist the enslaved in freeing themselves.

However, over the course of his journey, he's become friends with the runaway slave Jim, whose freedom is now at stake. So, faced with a choice, Huck says one of the book's most famous lines: "All right, then, I'll go to hell." And he helps his friend.

The Watering Hole: Yeah, that's right. You heard me

April 3, 2014

By Michael Waterloo
Of The Spirit

I think I owe all of you an apology.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column that was basically just a rant about current events.

At the end of said column, I said that I promised I would keep it positive going forward.

I previewed some storylines in baseball, but last week, I showed my disdain for the Pittsburgh Power "professional" football team.

I backslid, guys and girls.

So, what do you say we have some fun with this column?

As you know, I've referenced Matthew Berry quite a bit in the eight months that I've been working at The Spirit.

The Watering Hole: Power Up? How about Power Out

March 27, 2014

By Michael Waterloo
Of The Spirit

After an 0-3 start to begin the 2013-2014 season, the Philadelphia Flyers fired head coach Peter Laviolette as a scapegoat for the poor start.

It's not first time we've seen a coach lose his job that soon, especially in hockey, which is considered by many to be the hardest sport to keep a coaching job.

But what about a football team firing its coach after an 0-1 start to the season?

Well, look no further than Pittsburgh, as the black and gold relieved their coach after the season started with a loss.

No, not the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Zak of All Trades: Follow your dreams, as long as they're ones worth following

March 21, 2014

Growing up, I wasn't much of a dreamer.

And by that, I don't mean that I didn't have all kinds of dreams — I wanted to be all sorts of things and go all sorts of places.

What I mean is that I never had — or more accurately, never remembered — dreams while I slept.

The few dreams that I did remember were ones that startled me out of a deep sleep, and those dreams were always terrifying.

I remember one of them that was recurring, and in that dream, I was
on a skateboard fleeing from this dark, mysterious figure.

McGuire's Musings: A red-truck-owning redneck and proud of it

March 21, 2014

So, you say you're a redneck?

That's a question that, years ago, I would've answered with an emphatic "No!"

If you ask me that today, I'd have to say — proudly — "Yes!!!"

Before comedian Jeff Foxworthy began exploring whether or not people are smarter than fifth graders, his main claim to fame always has been an answer to that question.

You're a redneck if:

"You believe you got a set of matched luggage if you have two shopping bags from the same store."

"You think the last words to The Star Spangled Banner are, 'Gentlemen, start your engines.'"

The Watering Hole: Baseball season approaches with multiple storylines

March 20, 2014

By Michael Waterloo
Of The Spirit

This is without a doubt the best time of the year for me, and the best time of the year for many sports fans.

Not only are NBA and NHL teams jockeying for position as the playoffs near, but the NFL offseason is in full swing.

However, it's two other events — March Madness and MLB Opening Day — that get me the most excited.

The first two days of March Madness should be a national holiday.

Sadly, this is the first time in recent memory that I've had to miss the majority of both days, but hey, the bills don't pay themselves.

The Watering Hole: It's time to address some current issues

March 13, 2014

By Michael Waterloo
Of The Spirit

I try to be happy in my columns, but I usually find something negative to voice my opinion on.

Well, I guess today is no different.

Over the past week, there's been a lot of talk around the sports world, and it gets me frustrated, well, as much as sports can.

So, allow me to clear some things up.

Darrelle Revis, an Aliquippa High School alumni, signed with the New England Patriots Wednesday after he was rented out by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last year.

The Watering Hole: A tribute to the man who I know better virtually, than through what he did on the field

March 6, 2014

By Michael Waterloo
Of The Spirit

When you hear the name John Madden, what do you think about?

Do you think about his playing career that never happened after he suffered a knee injury with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1958?

Perhaps you see the iconic image of him being carried by his players after he led the Oakland Raiders to a 32-14 Super Bowl victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

That's my dad and grandfather's John Madden.

For people my age, we know Madden for a couple of different reasons.

Pinky & The Brawn: Heartbreakers vs. Slaughter

March 6, 2014

The start of any sport season has many different emotions attached to it, and roller derby is no different. There is the anticipation of all the hard work put in coming together. There is nervousness of first-bout jitters. Nervousness turns into excitement and then back to trepidation of tripping and falling as your name is announced for you to skate around the track and wave to the crowd.

Then, the first whistle sounds and a whole new set of issues arises.

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