Welcome to Gorman Way, my take on the Pittsburgh sports scene.
My hope is to create a one-stop shop where you can follow the Tribune-Review’s coverage of your favorite teams through my views and the news reported by our sports staff — Joe Rutter and Chris Adamski on Steelers, Jonathan Bombulie and Bill West on Penguins, Rob Biertempfel and Adamski on the Pirates — and photographers Chaz Palla and Chris Horner, as well as the #TribHS sports staff.
The Trib has undergone many changes over the past few months, but you can still find our coverage online at PghTrib.com and triblive.com and in print in the Tribune-Review’s Westmoreland and Valley News Dispatch editions.
If you’re wondering about the name of this blog and the street sign, allow me to explain: My family runs four generations deep in Pittsburgh. My paternal great-grandfather, Matthew Gorman, was a Pittsburgh Police captain who had a street named after him in the Oakland neighborhood (just off the Boulevard of the Allies) where he walked the beat. It’s just a block on a dead-end street, but it’s a source of family pride.
I’m as proud of my family history as I am of my hometown, especially the role my ancestors played in building this city. My paternal grandmother told stories of her father fighting against the Pinkertons in the Homestead Steel Strike. My paternal grandfather worked on the railroad, just across the river from the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex. My maternal great-grandfather, James Austin, invented Austin’s carpet cleaner and other household cleaning products in the basement of his home on Greenfield Avenue. You might remember the Downtown billboard with the continuously pouring Austin’s A-1 Bleach bottle or recognize the Austin’s “Good.Clean.Done” jingle from television commercials.
These stories were passed down in my Irish-Catholic family, where both parents had seven siblings and I have more than 100 cousins. The storytelling came naturally, as did my love for sports while growing up in the City of Champions in the 1970s. My father, Paul (Ace) Gorman, was a sports fanatic with a degree in journalism who handed down his love for newspapers. My mother, Mary Catherine (Cathy) Moore Gorman, was a legal secretary at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart and Reed Smith who taught us the value of hard work. My younger brother, Brian Gorman, got the brains: He’s a former assistant public defender for Washington County and now executive director of Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services, which serves Washington, Greene, Fayette and Somerset counties.
And I’ve spent two decades covering and writing about sports for newspapers, starting with The Purbalite at Baldwin High School and continuing at The Leader and The Globe at Point Park College and The Daily Collegian at Penn State University and for The Commercial Appeal in Memphis, The Arizona Republic in Phoenix, The Dallas Morning News and Kansas City Star. I’ve worked at the Tribune-Review for 17-plus years, covering everything from preps to pros.
While most readers know me from covering high school football and recruiting, I enjoy writing about the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates and Pitt, Penn State and West Virginia and also love to cover boxing and golf as the Trib’s sports columnist. To me, it’s about finding and telling the compelling stories of our sports figures.
Here’s to finding and telling more on Gorman Way.