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Zak of All Trades: TMZ isn't where I look for my role models

January 24, 2014

If you took a survey of all the people who knew me well and asked them what they thought my column would be this week and you gave each of them 417 guesses, my bet would be that not one of those guesses would have been Justin Bieber.

Even still, here it is, early Friday morning, and I've got Bieber Fever — in a way — as I can't stop thinking about the kid.

The Watering Hole: There's a right way and a wrong way to earn a shutout

January 23, 2014

By Michael Waterloo
Of The Spirit

The Punxsy Chucks' football team found itself in a down swing late in the season, as it was shut out in back-to-back games against the Clarion Bobcats and the Moniteau Warriors.

Head Coach Alan Nichol didn't make excuses.

He didn't say that the other teams were playing unfairly.

The fact of the matter is that the Chucks faced some very superior teams, and did what they could to hang on.

However, both teams earned their respective shutouts in classy fashion.

What happened in Ford City on Monday night was anything but classy.

Zak of All Trades: Learning to thrive in a self-centered world

January 17, 2014

In last week's column, I wrote about the phenomenon unfolding in my life where self-awareness has been leading to the realization that I'm self-centered — or even selfish.

And that realization really is phenomenal — for me at least — because it's taken me 30-plus years on God's green Earth to come to it and to fully embrace it.

I went on to say that we're not all that different from the animals — we wake up in the morning and start thinking about what we need to do to survive, and we go about our business throughout the day working to survive.

McGuire's Musings: Weathering the storm in this high-pressure job

January 17, 2014

Mark Twain said, "Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it."

I'm not sure why that is. I thought some scientists have tried
by putting some kind of pellets into the clouds which could determine the outcome of the Thursday-morning forecast in the Panic area.

Here I am, living in the "Weather Capital of the World," with the
the premiere weather forecaster, Punxsy Phil, and I've not attempted to do anything.

Since I've been on a I-should-have-made-this-my-career kick lately, here's another almost career of mine: weatherman.

The Watering Hole: Shootouts are entertaining, but shouldn't decide the game

January 16, 2014

By Michael Waterloo
Of The Spirit

It's something that I never thought I'd find myself saying or typing.
But the fact is, I agree with John Tortorella.

Following the Vancouver Canucks shootout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins last week, Tortorella voiced his displeasure with the shootout in the NHL to decide games.

Zak of All Trades: I'm really self-centered — and you might be too

January 10, 2014

I've been doing a lot of thinking and self-evaluating lately, with the new year and all. And looking back on the year, one of the things that has stood out the most is that I'm selfish.

And quite honestly, I don't exactly think that being selfish — or maybe self-centered is the better descriptor — is necessarily a bad thing.

In fact, as the title of the column suggests, I think you might be self-centered too. (Please, don't take it personally; I think we all are, really! And if we can keep it in check, I don't even think it's necessarily a bad thing.)

A column full of TRUM

January 9, 2014

By Michael Waterloo
Of The Spirit

By now, you probably know how much I look up to and respect one Matthew Berry from ESPN.

Yes, he's a fantasy sports columnist, but Berry could write about daffodil flower bombs, and I'd still read it.

Early fans of Berry will recall when he used to write his TRUM articles.

Berry still pulls them out about once a year, and they are some of my favorite pieces of his.

TRUM stands for "Thoughts, Ramblings, Useless Information and Musings."

Zak of All Trades: All my 2014 resolutions are inspired by sports

January 3, 2014

This year, I promised myself that I wasn't going to make New Year's resolutions. I promise that I promised that.

Resolutions take resolve, and resolve to carry through a resolution too big or too lofty for me — which many of my own resolutions have proven to be — hasn't proven to be one of my strengths.

But, here's the thing. Sitting on my dad's recliner as the Steelers' season came to an end much later than we all expected with a missed field goal and a crazy overtime in a game across the country, I couldn't help but reflect. And reflection often leads to resolutions.

On Review: 'Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues'

January 3, 2014

Editor's Note: This monthly installment of movie reviews by Spirit and Jefferson County Neighbors' reporters Matt Triponey and Dan Long rates Anchorman: 2: The Legend Continues.

Plot Recap: After getting fired, anchorman Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell) reunites his old team — Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell) — and helps found GNN, the first-ever all-news network.

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The Watering Hole: If you're looking for someone to blame, take it out on the Steelers, not Succop

January 2, 2014

By Michael Waterloo
Of The Spirit

Junior Hemingway was this close to being relevant and a sports hero in the city of Pittsburgh.

Hemingway, who plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, hauled in a crucial 31-yard pass from Chase Daniel to put the Chiefs in San Diego territory with 2:31 left in the game.

After multiple runs by Knile Davis brought the clock to 8 seconds, and the ball at the San Diego 23-yard-line, Ryan Succop had his chance to join Hemingway, too.

Unlike his teammate, Succop was unable to deliver on the kick.

Courtney Cole, president of the Punxsutawney Rotary Club, is pictured presenting the IUP Rotaract Club with its charter...
The students at Mapleview Elementary School made the most of the sunny weather and the approaching holiday this week by...
The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW Post No. 2076) presented the top three winners of the SS.C.D. School essay contest...
While it may be spring, the winter weather isn't ready to leave. Because of a mix of snow, cold...
The Chucks will take on the Uniontown Red Raiders tonight at DuBois Area Middle School for its...
After having its Senior Night delayed multiple times, the Punxsy wrestling team will hit the mat...


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