The film roles that have defined Michael Keaton

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With Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” descending upon Western Pennsylvania theaters, area cinephiles will finally get a chance to see what the fuss is all about. Yes, the dramedy has been drawing a ton of Oscar buzz.

At the center of the hype is one Pittsburgh native named Michael Keaton, who plays the lead role of Riggan, a washed-up actor who peaked in the part of a popular superhero. Now, the actor is looking to make his way back to the top after a hard fall.

Sound familiar?

Much has been written about “Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” drawing a parallel to Keaton’s own career. Remember, he became a household name in the late ’80s when he donned the cape and mask of Batman. He walked away from the franchise after a 1992 sequel and never looked back.

Keaton had no regrets, and he’s gone on to enjoy a great career as an actor. It looks like things could heat up again, but before we forget, here are some of the iconic performances Keaton has given us:

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10. “The Merry Gentleman” (2009) Never heard of it? Few people checked out Keaton’s debut as a filmmaker, and they missed out on a good one. Here, he directs and stars as a hit man who begins an unlikely relationship with a woman fleeing an abusive relationship.

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9. “Johnny Dangerously” (1984) Keaton plays the role of Johnny Kelly — an honest guy who takes up crime to cover his mother’s medical bills and help his brother pay for school — in this flick from Amy Heckerling. Set in the 1930s, it’s part comedy and part gangster film.

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8. “The Other Guys” (2010) Keaton wasn’t the headliner in this cop comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg, but he stole enough scenes as a police captain — with plenty of inspiration from R&B group TLC — to prove he’s still got the chops to own a comedic role.

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7. “Game 6″ (2005) Another under-the-radar film, Keaton delivers one of his finest performances as a playwright named Nicky who skips the opening of his newest project to take in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series between the Red Sox and Mets.

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6. “Jackie Brown” (1997) Keaton had a strong supporting role in Quentin Tarantino’s explosive adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel. Wound tight, he plays a federal agent who uses a stewardess to help with the arrest of a notorious gunrunner.

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5. “Mr. Mom” (1983) This comedy written by John Hughes was a movie that found Keaton breaking out as a mainstream actor. The Pittsburgher played the role of Jack, an unemployed guy forced to stay home and watch his kids while his wife went off to work.

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4. “Clean and Sober” (1988) Keaton was probably typecast as a comedy actor until he took the lead role in the drama “Clean and Sober.” Playing the role of a drug addict trying to kick his habit, Keaton proved he had far more range than anyone ever expected.

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3. “Beetlejuice” (1988) Before Johnny Depp was director Tim Burton’s go-to guy, there was Keaton. This one was an instant smash, as Keaton played the role of a mystical miscreant conjured to help a ghost couple get rid of a family residing in their former house.

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2. “Night Shift” (1982) Ron Howard’s comedy introduced Keaton to movie fans, and it was a hilarious hello. Keaton teamed with Henry Winkler, and they played a couple of morgue workers who decide to turn to the prostitution business to make some extra bucks.

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1. “Batman” (1989) and “Batman Returns” (1992) Keaton had a steady following from some of the aforementioned films, but successfully starring as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Burton’s two pictures about the legendary Gotham superhero put him at the top of the game.

 HONORABLE MENTIONS

GungHo   Thepaper   Baghdad

 

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From the Web: The best satirical news stories about Pittsburgh

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What? You’re saying Andy Kaufman is still alive? No way!

Admit it! You’ve been fooled by a satirical news story on one of your friend’s Facebook pages, and you might’ve even fallen for something similar on your Twitter feed. Or, perhaps, you’ve posted a story from a satirical news site, and thought it to be true. Yes, this happens all the time (need some evidence?). Don’t be afraid to admit it. We’ve all been duped. Even the important news outlets that report the real stuff are taken for a ride every so often

Just this month, we’ve seen stories about Ebola zombies and Stevie Wonder not being blind. Some news outlets, reputable ones such as the Washington Post, produce weekly stories debunking these false reports. Although, sometimes, it’s too late. The stories have been shared thousands of times on social media.

Here at the Trib List blog, we’ve gathered some of the best satirical news stories about Pittsburgh from around the Internet. So, without further ado, away we go …

From The Onion:

— From 2005, Study reveals Pittsburgh unprepared for full-scale zombie attack

— From 2006, PNC Park threatens to leave Pittsburgh unless better team is built

— From 2009, Pittsburgh School District leads nation in ability to spell ‘Roethlisberger’

— From 2009, Sidney Crosby takes advantage of player’s discount at Penguins Store

— From 2013, Pittsburgh residents horrified to learn Ben Roethlisberger considers city home

From Cap News

— From 2009, Pittsburgh Pirates unveil new Somali-inspired logo

From The Spoof

— From 2014, Pittsburgh says that they’ll gladly take the Milwaukee Bucks

From the Weekly World News

— From 2010, Robots enrolled in college

From The Beaverton

— From 2013, Crosby has head surgically removed in order to play out rest of season

From Glossy News

— From 2014, Pittsburgh PUC halts ride-sharing at Kennywood

From Empire Sports

— From 2014, Sandusky coaches football team in jail

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More great nostalgic Pittsburgh commercials

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What’s our fascination with old commercials, you ask? Yeah, we’ve done blogs on the most-Pittsburgh Iron City commercials and another on old Pittsburgh sports commercials, but we get a kick out of them. For a lot of us, these TV spots bring back fond memories, and it’s fun to track them down on the web. So, here are some more of the best Pittsburgh commercials from days gone by.

 

THE BEST FOR FIRST

— Pittsburgh Guitars is still in business on the South Side. We’re not sure when this one was made, but it’s one of the best Pittsburgh commercials we’ve found. Pittsburgh Guitars has also done ads with members of The Beatles and Ozzy Osbourne.

 

LET’S GO SHOPPING

— There used to be Hills Department Stores all over Western Pennsylvania, but now they’re all gone. This 1986 ad is a little creepy.

— Just like Hills, Phar-Mor Department Stores were born in Youngstown. Just like Hills, Phar-Mor is gone from the Pittsburgh area. This TV commercial is also from 1986.

— Remember the old days when you had to buy music at the mall. More specifically, at Camelot Music. This 1993 commercial says Camelot now has laser discs.

— Back in the day, Kathy Svilar was the voice of Shop ‘N Save. This 1988 commercial has the pitch woman running down the grocery store’s latest sales. And don’t forget about those double coupons.

— This chef dad heads to Giant Eagle to pick up all his ingredients in this 1997 TV spot. There’s also this Giant Eagle ad from the ’90s.

 

BEER HERE

Iron City isn’t the only local beer around Western Pennsylvania. Latrobe’s Rolling Rock had this romantic commercial from 1990.

 

FEELING HUNGRY

— Perhaps, the most popular Pittsburgh commercial ever, Eat ‘N Park’s Christmas ad has been running around the holidays since 1982.

— Elby’s Family Restaurants can’t be found around Western Pennsylvania these days, but in 1988, they had this great giveaway.

— Heinz will always be linked to Pittsburgh, and that’s why we liked this ketchup commercial from the late 1970s so much.

 

THOSE CRAZY LOCAL MEDIA ADS

— Whatever happened to John Cigna and his weather reports? This 1986 ad is plenty of fun, as well as this commercial from 1984.

— WTAE spotlighted Pittsburgh with this 1981 promo that featured members of their news team working around town. We also found WTAE ads from 1977, 1983 and 1994.

— KDKA teamed with Chiquita Banana to sponsor a fitness bike ride in 1980. The commercial features bikers riding all over town.

— 3WS put together this fun TV spot from the 1980s. Other radio stations — WLTJ, WAMO and WXDX — also had classic commercials from back in the day.

— John Steigerwald, working at WTAE at the time, was a sports reporter for all seasons in this 1981 commercial. Another sports reporter, Sam Nover of WIIC-TV, also had a commercial of his own in 1979.

 

BEST OF THE REST

— This is arguably the most popular of the Kennywood spots, but there are others from 1955 and 1968.

— Hey, The Beach Boys are coming to the Civic Arena. Unfortunately, the concert was happening in 1988.

— If you’ve spent any time in Pittsburgh, you’ve seen an Edgar Snyder commercial. He’s been at it for awhile. This ad is from 1993. Here’s another one from around the same time.

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The best ‘Pittsburgh is awesome’ videos

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Living in Pittsburgh isn’t such a bad thing these days.

Remember getting bombarded by all those bad stereotypes? All the young folks are moving out of town because there are no jobs and nothing fun to do? It’s so depressing that the city’s still decaying all these years after the steel mills went under? And on and on.

Yeah, you’ve heard it before, but, certainly you’re not hearing it nearly as much.

Pittsburgh has undergone quite a transformation over the last decade or so, and now everyone’s talking about its greatness. With a new business model that includes healthcare, technology and natural gas, the city’s rebounded, and it’s found itself on any number of those “most livable” city rankings put together by that magazine you’ve never heard of. The civic pride is at an all-time high.
Here’s a small sampling of videos, compiled from the internet, that says as much:

 

 

— This comprehensive video from VistPITTSBURGH, the official tourism agency of Allegheny County, is one of the best we could find on the web. It provides several reasons why Pittsburgh is a “mighty” place to visit.

 

 

— Put together by Tim Migliore, this video titled “The City of Pittsburgh” is a simple, yet effective portrait of Pittsburgh shot last summer. Migliore takes his camera all over town, providing plenty of sights of the Steel City.

 

 

— “Pittsburgh: The Movie” is one of the cooler videos to emerge over the last year, weaving in clips of all the TV shows and movies that have been shot all over Western Pennsylvania. Not sure who put it together, but it’s a job well done.

 

 

— “Steel City Sights — A Pittsburgh Timelapse Project” showcases many different parts of the city through timelapse video. Put together by Charlie Moscow Media, the video’s been around for a couple of years, and it’s a fun watch.

 

 

— “Love You Pittsburgh” doesn’t share the same production as some of the other videos, but the catchy country song called “Lights of my Hometown” from Aaron Lines gives the video a nice feel. The song plays well with the Pittsburgh sights.

 

 

— “You’re from Pittsburgh if … ” from a fellow named Skowronski Liz touches the inner yinzer in all of us, as it hits on all of the idiosyncrasies of Pittsburghers. The music score showcases some of those classic Pittsburgh songs, as well.

 

 

— One of the more original videos we found, “Walking in Pittsburgh,” from musician Tim Ruff, is simply awesome. The 2011 video has Ruff singing in the studio and walking through town. Some of us might even like it better than Marc Cohn’s “Walking in Memphis.”

 

 

— “Pittsburgh Video Tribute” strings together a collection of Pittsburgh photos, old and new. It’s another video boosted by its choice of music, which is Patrick Stump’s “My City.” It’s not the best of the bunch, but it will have yinz feeling all nostalgic.

 

 

— Brian Aiken’s “Pittsburgh from Above” is certainly awesome. Uploaded in the past year, Aiken gives viewers a magnificent view of the city from above, as he shot his videos from a drone. Certainly a contender for one of the best videos.

 

 

— If you live in Pittsburgh or used to, you’ve heard of Pittsburgh Dad. Yeah, he’s funny, but he also takes pride in visiting some of Pittsburgh’s landmarks, including the incline, Kennywood, Heinz Field, or PNC Park. There are plenty of videos to see on the Pittsburgh Dad YouTube channel.

 

 

— Pittsburgh-born rapper Wiz Khalifa has provided a showcase to parts of Pittsburgh in some of his music videos, including the popular “Black and Yellow” (above) or “Pittsburgh Sound,” one of his earlier hits.

 

 

— Last, but certainly not least is Pittsburgh pitchman Rick Sebak, who’s been singing the praises of the city for decades. Search “Rick Sebak” or “It’s Pittsburgh & A Lot of Other Stuff” on YouTube, and you’ll find a goldmine of Steel City tidbits.

 

If we missed any of your favorite videos, let us know in the comments section below.

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A bit of nostalgia: 18 old Pittsburgh sports commercials

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Whether it is representing their league, pushing tickets for an upcoming game or expressing their love for that new deodorant, athletes have been doing commercials since the dawn of, uh, commercials.

Any number of Pittsburgh athletes have been tabbed for these opportunities, as it’s a good way to earn some extra coin and make their bosses in the front office happy.

We combed through the Internet to find some of the better ads with Pittsburgh athletes, and here they are:

 

PENGUINS

1982 — Rod Schutt, Pat Price, Randy Boyd and Pat Graham promo Picnic Jug Night at the Civic Arena.

1986 — Mario Lemieux wants you to drive a Chevrolet.

1977 — Colin Campbell pitches McDonald’s Stick Night at the Igloo.

1986 — The first 10,000 fans, 17 and over, get a free mug on Stroh’s Mug Night at the arena.

1977 — Legendary Pittsburgh voice Bob Prince and Dollar Bank have a sweet deal for Penguins fans.

 

PIRATES

1982 — Dale Berra, Johnny Ray and Chuck Tanner love to play Atari in the clubhouse. Maybe a little too much.

Early 1950s — How did Ralph Kiner become a six-time All-Star? He always ate his Wheaties.

 1961 — Bill Mazeroski, the hero of the 1960 World Series, can thank Gillette for his smooth shave.

2004 — Every day is game day for the Pirates. That was the team’s motto for this set of funny commercials.

1982 — Fireworks Night is an institution in Pittsburgh. Especially when it comes to the Pirates.

 

STEELERS

1983 — Pittsburgh Paint found the toughest pitchman possible to push their product. His name’s Jack Lambert.

1979 — Who knew Terry Bradshaw could move so fast? This Spalding commercial proves the QB had some wheels.

1985 — Two Pittsburgh legends — Jack Lambert and Myron Cope — take a spin on a new Kennywood ride.

1978 — In the Steelers, Samsonite found some tough customers to test out its luggage.

1979 — Did you know Uniroyal had a Steeler tire? So, it was probably an easy choice picking the Steelers to plug it.

 

THE CLASSICS

These classic commercials will always be linked to their respective teams, whether it be the Steelers, Pirates or Penguins.

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Getting around Pittsburgh? There are apps for that

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If you’re new to Pittsburgh, or even a native, there’s always help to be had in getting around town and finding things to do. In order to get that help, you only need a smartphone to chart these streets. That smartphone, filled with these useful apps will undoubtedly get you to where you want to go, and you might just discover that Pittsburgh has more to offer than you ever imagined.

 

 

TAKING YOUR OWN CAR

Waze (free, available for iPhone/android) is the best option for navigating your path around Pittsburgh. Not only is Waze a great GPS app for drivers, but it also incorporates social aspects. Drivers can report traffic jams, accidents or a speed trap around the corner. Wazers accrue points for reporting activity on the roads, as well.

Other free options for GPS apps include Google Maps and MapQuest.

THERE WILL BE TRAFFIC

If you want to check things out before hitting the road, take a shot with MultiCam Pittsburgh ($1.99, available on iPhone). The app lets users access traffic web cams around Pittsburgh to see where the jams are. The app has around 200 camera views, so wherever you’re going, you’re covered.

PARKING COULD BE A PROBLEM

If you’re limiting your trip to Downtown Pittsburgh or the North Shore, parking could be an issue, especially on the weekend. ParkPGH (free, available for iPhone) can be your guide. The app from the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust provides real-time parking availability for Downtown Pittsburgh and the North Shore. The app has some bugs and it’s limited in scope, but it’s a nice option when parking is limited.

WHAT? YOU DON’T HAVE A CAR?

No need to worry about not having your own ride. There are plenty of options.

ezRide Pittsburgh (free, available for iPhone/android) is a solid guide for public transportation around town. The app provides detailed information as to when the bus or T is coming, and even allows users to plan their trips. It’s a great resource for getting around town without a ride of your own. Another free option with public transportation is Google Maps, as it also provides route information and arrival/departure times for the T and bus.

 

 

— If you don’t feel comfortable jumping on public transportation, why not catch a ride from your own front door? That’s where Uber (free, available on iPhone/android) and Lyft (free, available on iPhone/android) come in. Both services allow you to catch a ride to your destination. Money is handled through the app, as riders just plug in their information from a credit/debit card. Prior to catching that ride, you have to have an account, though, so plan ahead.

— In the old days, folks used to walk to a lot of places. That’s another option, especially if you’ve parked across town. A good option for walking is the City Maps 2Go Pro — Offline Map and Travel Guide app ($2.99, available on iPhone/android). The app doesn’t require an internet connection, so it won’t suck up your data plan or battery. Besides maps, it also has plenty of content in regard to restaurants, shopping or popular attractions.

 SO, YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A GOOD PLACE TO EAT

There are plenty of apps — probably hundreds — that will lead you to a good meal in Pittsburgh, but a handful of them are better than the rest. So, if you’re hungry, put these apps in your phone.

Yelp (free, available for iPhone/android) is one of the most popular apps around, and it gives users listings of all of the possible restaurants in your area. Yelp does a fine job of categorizing your choices, and it includes user reviews which are very helpful. Much like Yelp, the Urbanspoon app (free, available for iPhone/android) also delivers a comprehensive listing of dining choices in Pittsburgh. Both are great, not to mention, easy to use.

 

 

AND YOU NEED RESERVATIONS

There are a couple of good apps that allow users to make reservations right from the phone. So, after picking out a place through Yelp or Urbanspoon, check out the Pittsburgh-born NoWait app (free, available for iPhone/android). The app allows users to skip those hard benches in restaurant lobbies and receive texts when their tables are ready. Another option for reservations is OpenTable (free, available for iPhone/android), an app that partners with Yelp. Both of these apps are easy to use, and allow for convenience from your smartphone.

TALK TO THE EXPERTS

LocalMind (free, available on iPhone/android) is a great app for not looking like a tourist to Pittsburgh. The app allows you to survey the scene and find places to eat or drink. Just send a question out to the LocalMind community — for example, what’s a good dive bar in the area? — and an answer is right around the corner.

 

 

LET’S EXPLORE

Fieldtrip (free, available on iPhone/android), a creation of Google, is an app that allows users to explore the area that they’re in. Users can find popular architecture, historic places and markers, popular lifestyle spots, art and museums and spots that are just unique. Even better, the app lets you know when you’re close to one of these places.

WHAT TO DO …

There are some great apps that allow you to navigate the goings on around Pittsburgh. Below is a specific list of apps that will help you find things to do.

— The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra app (free, available on iPhone/android) provides plenty of info on the PSO and their next performance. It also carries recordings of the orchestra, so you can also listen on the go.

— While Kennywood doesn’t appear to have an app, The Roller Coaster Guide app (free, available on iPhone) is a good look at what the West Mifflin park has to offer. It allows users to explore the roller coasters on display, and includes rankings.

— The Rivers Casino has been around for about five years, and it’s a popular spot for lots of Pittsburghers. Of course, the casino has an app (free, available for iPhone/android). It carries detailed information about the casino, as well as special mobile offers and alerts. Additionally, Rush Reward members can check their accounts on their phones.

— If the weather doesn’t look so good, and you should decide on a movie, there are two apps to choose from. Fandango (free, available for iPhone/android) and Flixster (free, available for iPhone/android) offer movie times for films being shown all over Pittsburgh. Both apps also allow users to buy tickets and check out what the critics have to say.

— If you’re a music fanatic, there are a couple of good apps that allow you to find concerts. Songkick (free, available for iPhone/android) allows users to track their favorite performers and find out when they’re coming to town. Once you get in the app, and apply your favorite artists, Songkick keeps you up to date, especially when new tour dates are added.

— Sports, sports, sports. The three big professional teams in Pittsburgh — the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins — all have good apps (free, available on iPhone/android). They offer schedules, team info and options to buy tickets if they’re available. Or, you could just go to the Ticketmaster app (free, available for iPhone/android) which offers tickets for just about every event.

 

 

— Pittsburgh has lots of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, and there are plenty of apps available. MyPGH Parks (free, available for iPhone) gives users event listings, maps and event info for parks around the city. Walk PGH (free, available for iPhone/android) allows users to track their steps around Pittsburgh neighborhoods, and it includes a pedometer. For cycling, check out Map My Ride ($2.99 or free, available for iPhone/android). It allows cyclists to navigate the trails and streets of Pittsburgh. Finally, hikers can find trails all over Western Pennsylvania with AllTrails (free, available on iPhone/android), an informative app that provides maps, directions and reviews of trails all over town.

— Fore! Looking for a place to swing the clubs? GolfNow (free, available on iPhone/android) lets users find golf course and book tee times. Not all of the municipal courses are listed, but most of the major ones are available. It’s also easy to navigate.

— Pittsburghers love their fireworks, and the WPXI Pittsburgh Fireworks app (free, available for iPhone) lists all of the fireworks shows throughout Western Pennsylvania. Now, you can see fireworks whenever you want.

AN ALL-ENCOMPASSING EVENT APP, PLEASE

Eventbrite (free, available on iPhone, android) is an app that allows users to see most or all of the events happening around Pittsburgh in the present or future. Users can also hook up with their friends and buy tickets. The app has a wide range of events listed, even tipping off users to things like job fairs. Descriptions of each event are also included. Time To Enjoy (free, available for iPhone) is another all-encompassing app that hooks into your calendar and gives you a rundown of upcoming events. Just enter the zip code, and you’re on your way.

NOW, WHAT DID WE MISS?

There are so many useful apps out there for smartphones, especially for getting around. Give us some ideas of what we missed, so we can update this list with new info.

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13 defining moments in the history of the Pirates Baseball Club

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The Pirates, formerly the Alleghenys, have represented Pittsburgh since 1882, making them one of the oldest baseball organizations in history. According to MLB.com, the Bucs are only younger than the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves. The Cincinnati Reds started playing the same year as the Pirates. In all those years, the Pirates have had their share of defining moments, whether it be a single game or a World Series or an incident in a particular contest. We’re not talking long losing streaks or record-breaking strikeout totals that went for a season.

There’s plenty of debate to be had with a list like this, as it could be much longer or a few defining moments shorter. We felt like 13 was the perfect number because, well, the Pirates snapped their string of losing seasons in 2013. Are there any moments I forgot about?

 

 

— A memorable playoff victory (Oct. 1 2013, Wild Card victory over the Reds) Reds ace Johnny Cueto had previously owned the Pirates, shutting them down on most occasions, but he faced an intimidating 10th man at PNC Park in a National League Wild Card playoff game. The one-game series had the winner moving on to play the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. The Pirates, and a suddenly reborn fan base, got the best of Cueto and the Reds to advance. The 2013 season was special, but this victory was the highlight. On a national stage, PNC Park was electric, and it showed that Pittsburgh could be a baseball town again. The Bucs went on to lose to the Cards in the NLDS, but the fever was back in the ‘Burgh.

 

 

— A trippy accomplishment (Dock Ellis’ June 12, 1970, no-hitter against the Padres) It’s really one of the strangest stories in major-league history. The Pirates were in San Diego to face the Padres, and pitcher Dock Ellis forgot he was supposed to pitch. With that, he decided to take LSD on this day. It didn’t seem to matter, as Ellis went out and tossed a no-hitter. The starting pitcher, who got plenty of help from his fielders in the feat, struck out six and walked eight. To this day — whether good or bad — it’s one MLB feat that will never be forgotten. A remarkable animated video (above), put together by James Blagden, details the whole affair. The season picked up from there, as Ellis and the Pirates went on to with the World Series.

 

 

— Not that Babe (Pirates rookie overshadows Cobb-Wagner in 1909 World Series) The 1909 World Series — won by the Pirates in seven games — was billed as the battle between the Pirates’ Honus Wagner and the Tigers’ Ty Cobb, both absolute legends of the game. However, it was a rookie pitcher who delivered the goods for the Bucs in winning their first championship in the modern Major League Baseball era. Manager Fred Clarke took a chance on Babe Adams, and he pitched the Pirates to victories in Games 1, 5 and 7. In doing so, he set a record for victories in the World Series by a rookie. Adams made his last MLB appearance with the Bucs in 1926, compiling a 194-140 record in the bigs.

 

 

— Oh, so close (Harvey Haddix tosses 12 inning of perfect baseball in 1959 before losing to the Braves) Without any doubt, It would’ve been the greatest perfect game in major-league history. “Would’ve been” being the key words. Haddix, nicknamed the Kitten, took a perfect game into the 13th inning against Milwaukee on May 26, 1959, and lost it in the bottom of the inning after a fielding error by Don Hoak. Three batters later, the Braves’ Joe Adcock connected on a home run that put the no-hit bid and the game to rest. All these years later, some folks still consider Haddix’s near-perfect outing as the greatest pitching performance in MLB history. Even more so when it was revealed years later that the Braves had been stealing signs throughout the game.

 

 

— Beating back a giant (Pirates beat Walter Johnson and the Senators in Game 7 to win 1925 World Series) Entering Game 7 of the 1925 World Series, the Pirates faced one of the best pitchers in MLB history in Walter Johnson. The Hall of Famer had held the Bucs to one run in Games 1 and 4, but the guys from Pittsburgh had the momentum going into the deciding contest against the defending champion Washington Senators. The Pirates climbed out of a 3-1 hole to force a Game 7. In the finale — a game remembered for terrible weather conditions — the Pirates took advantage of two Roger Peckinpaugh errors at shortstop to become the first team in World Series history to come back from a 3-1 deficit.

 

 

— A team effort (Pirates pitchers Cordova and Rincon combine for no-hitter vs. Astros in 1997) In a year that saw the Pirates come close to snapping a string of losing seasons, the greatest highlight came on July 12 in front of a sold-out Three Rivers Stadium. Cordova put together nine no-hit innings, before surrendering the game over to Rincon, who masterfully handled the 10th. A walk-off homer in the bottom of the 10th by Mark Smith won it for the Bucs. It was history on the North Shore, as Cordova and Rincon put together the only combined, extra-inning no-hitter in modern major-league history. It’s also the last no-hitter recorded by the Pirates. Sadly, things didn’t get much better after that.

 

 

— Pops will lead them (Stargell hits .400 to lead Pirates to 1979 World Series victory) Age ain’t nothing but a number, and that was true for Pirates slugger Willie Stargell in the 1979 World Series against the Orioles. Boosted by their veteran power hitter and a certain theme song from Sister Sledge, the Pirates roared back to knock off the Orioles in seven games. Stargell was amazing in the series, batting .400 with a record seven extra-base hits and 25 total bases. His towering home run off of Scott McGregor in the sixth inning of Game 7 propelled the “We Are Family” Bucs to another championship.

 

 

— It’s finally over (Pirates clinch first winning season since 1992 with Sept. 9, 2013, win over Rangers) With a record of 79-83 in 2012, the lowly Pirates became the first team in major-league history, not to mention in all of professional sports, to have 20 consecutive losing seasons. On Sept. 3, in Milwaukee, the team ended the streak. A few days later, in Texas, the Pirates, behind a solid performance from rookie pitcher Gerrit Cole, clinched their first-winning season since 1992. It was a most-welcome moment for Pittsburghers who so wanted a major-league team that could compete on the highest levels.

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— Breaking down barriers (Pirates start first all-minority lineup in MLB history on Sept. 1, 1971) It’s one of the lesser known facts about the Pirates, but on Sept. 1, 1971, with manager Danny Murtaugh at the helm, the team started the first all-minority lineup in major-league history. The lineup (as seen above) was led by an outfield that included Willie Stargell and Roberto Clemente. Dock Ellis took the mound for the Bucs. Sure, the Pirates also played the first World Series night game at Three Rivers Stadium that same season, but the all-minority lineup was much more important to the sport.

 

 

— It takes two (Clemente and Blass lead Pirates to 1971 World Series victory) The Pirates won their fourth World Series title — knocking off the Orioles in seven — behind the strong performances of pitcher Steve Blass and right fielder Roberto Clemente. Blass, a 15-game winner during the season, hung tough in the series, winning Games 3 and 7 with complete performances. Then, there was Clemente, the MVP of the World Series. The right fielder was unstoppable at the plate, batting .414 for the seven-game series, He also notched a tremendous home run in Game 7 to lift the Pirates to an ultimate victory.

 

 

— Safe at home (Braves slide past Pirates in 1992 NLCS to go to World Series) It’s arguably the worst moment in the history of the Pirates organization. The World Series was on the line in 1992, and the Pirates had a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 7. With the bases loaded and the Braves at bat, Francisco Cabrera smacked a two-run single that scored David Justice and Sid Bream. It sent Atlanta to the World Series and the Pirates back to Pittsburgh. It was the last, best shot for that Pirates team. The organization followed that dramatic loss with 20 years of losing baseball.

 

 

— A lasting image (Roberto Clemente gets his 3,000th hit on Sept. 30, 1972) Roberto Clemente will be remembered for a lot of things, whether it be his prowess at the plate, his rocket throws from right or his tremendous ability to help people. In all of those memories, and so many more, the lasting image of arguably the greatest Pirates player of all time is his 3,000th hit on Sept. 30, 1972 against Jon Matlack of the New York Mets. It would be the last season Clemente played, as he was killed in a plane crash on Dec. 31 in the process of delivering aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

 

 

— Maz’s smash (Bill Mazeroski’s Game 7 walk-off homer in the 1961 World Series) When most baseball fans talk about the defining moment in Pirates history, they talk about Bill Mazeroski’s home run in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series against the Bronx Bombers. The Hall of Fame second baseman’s shot won the World Series for the Pirates against a Yankees lineup that included names like Mantle, Maris, Berra and Ford. It came on Oct. 13 at Forbes Field, giving the Pirates their first World Series championship since 1925. It’ll probably never be topped in the long history of the Pirates.

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All the baseball movies you must see

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With basketball and hockey winding down, baseball season is in full swing. Whether you’re backing the Pirates or another MLB team, the best way to get a fix when baseball’s not on TV is by watching one of these great movies. If you haven’t seen all of them, what are you waiting for?

 

 

“Pride of the Yankees” (1942, 128 min.) Gary Cooper stars in a tear-jerker about the life and career of Yankees legend Lou Gehrig, one of the best baseball players who ever lived. Directed by well-known filmmaker Sam Wood, the picture is a fantastic portrait of baseball history, not to mention one of the sport’s greatest players.

 

 

“42″ (2013, 128 min.) An intense biopic, filmmaker Brian Helgeland tackles the early professional career of Jackie Robinson, the man who broke the color barrier in the majors. Boosted by strong performances from Chadwick Boseman and Harrison Ford, “42″ is a very powerful film that tackles an incredibly important moment in baseball history.

 

 

“The Bad News Bears” (1976, 102 min.) Let’s get one thing out of the way now. Skip the 2005 remake of this wonderful film at all costs. The earlier version is excellent and stirs those memories of playing baseball at a younger age. Oh, it also carries a memorable performance from the curmudgeonly perfect Walter Matthau as the coach.

 

 

“Major League” (1989, 107 min.) A spectacular cast — Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Wesley Snipes, Dennis Haysbert and Corbin Bernsen included — got passing grades as baseball players in this epic sports comedy about an outrageous pennant-chasing Cleveland Indians team. Don’t waste your time with the two sequels, though.

 

 

“Eight Men Out” (1988, 119 min.) Much like “Pride of the Yankees,” “Eight Men Out” has its roots in baseball history. Unfortunately, the story stands as a black eye for baseball. The feature film covers what is referred to as the Black Sox scandal, or when a group of the White Sox players notoriously threw the 1919 World Series.

 

 

“Field of Dreams” (1989, 107 min.) Adapted from the award-winning W.P. Kinsella novel “Shoeless Joe,” “Field of Dreams” has a spot in every baseball fan’s heart. It not only details the magic to be had from the baseball diamond, but the importance of family. Kevin Costner and James Earl Jones serve up terrific performances in this spiritual quest.

 

 

“Sugar” (2008, 114 min.) If there’s one film on this list that not enough baseball fans have seen, this is it. “Sugar” details the difficult trip through the minor leagues by a Dominican pitcher. While the baseball stuff is a big part of this movie, the off-the-field struggles are the most important aspect of “Sugar.” This is a true under-the-radar gem.

 

 

 ”Money Ball” (2011, 133 min.) While not as good as the book it was adapted from — Michael Lewis’ 2003 bestseller of the same name — “Moneyball” is a strong look at the game behind the game, as far as putting a team out on the field goes. Throw in top-shelf performances from Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill and Philip Seymour Hoffman, and you have a superb picture.

 

 

“A League of Their Own” (1992, 128 min.) Hey, why not give the ladies a chance to play? Director Penny Marshall brings forth the story of the first female professional baseball league in this excellent dramedy that wears its emotions on its uniform sleeve. An A-list cast includes Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell and Tom Hanks.

 

 

“The Natural” (1984, 138 min.) Adapted from the 1952 novel of the same name from Bernard Malamud, “The Natural” will also have a place among the top baseball movies. Robert Redford, Glenn Close, Robert Duvall and Kim Basinger star in a film about Roy Hobbs, a prodigy of a baseball player who takes the sport by storm years after a mysterious accident.

 

 

“The Rookie” (2002, 127 min.) Based on a true story, this inspirational baseball story explores the road to the majors by a Texas high school coach. Jimmy Morris — played by Dennis Quaid — attempts to try out for a major-league team after losing a bet to his baseball team, and ends up surprising everyone. Especially himself.

 

 

“The Sandlot” (1993, 101 min.) It’s not the best baseball movie by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s another film that successfully brings back memories of playing ball with all of your old friends in the neighborhood. The pic follows a group of teens who fill their summer days by playing baseball and making some mischief.

 

 

“Bull Durham” (1998, 108 min.) Most consider “Bull Durham” the best baseball movie of all time, and it’s definitely a contender. Ron Shelton wrote and directed this highly enjoyable portrait of life in the minor leagues, as a journeyman takes a top prospect under his wing in an attempt to prep him for the bigs. Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon are fabulous.

 

 

Extra innings: “Cobb” (1994, 128 min.), “Bang the Drum Slowly” (1973, 96 min.), “Game 6″ (2005, 87 min.), “Fever Pitch” (2005, 104 min.) and “Mr. Baseball” (1992, 108 min.).

 

 

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19 of Carnegie Mellon’s biggest Hollywood stars

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Carnegie Mellon University has an excellent reputation for churning out talent on every level of entertainment, especially film and television. So, with our latest Trib List blog, we’re going to point out some of those CMU graduates who have emerged as giants in Hollywood. In no particular order, here are some of the great contributions from the famed Oakland institution:

 

Patrick Wilson

PATRICK WILSON (graduated in 1995) ACTOR

What you know him from: “Little Children,” “Watchmen,” “Lakeview Terrace,” “The A-Team” (movie), “Insidious: Chapters 1 and 2″ and “The Conjuring”

 

Blair Underwood

BLAIR UNDERWOOD (1988) ACTOR (Grammy Award winner)

What you know him from: “L.A. Law,” “Sex & the City,” “The Event,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and “In Treatment”

 

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NANCY MARCHAND (1949) ACTRESS (Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner)

What you know her from: “Lou Grant,” “The Sopranos” and “The Naked Gun”

 

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JAMES JACKS (1968) PRODUCER

What you know him from: “Raising Arizona,” “Tombstone,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Mallrats,” “The Mummy” franchise and “Intolerable Cruelty”

 

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JOHN PASQUIN (above left) (1969) DIRECTOR

What you know him from: “Home Improvement,” “Family Ties,” “Growing Pains,” “Roseanne,” “Alice,” “Thirtysomething,” “Newhart,” “L.A. Law” and “Rules of Engagement”

 

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GEORGE PEPPARD (1951) ACTOR

What you know him from: “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “The A-Team” (TV series), “The Carpetbaggers” and “How the West was Won”

 

GEORGE A. ROMERO

GEORGE ROMERO (1960) DIRECTOR/WRITER

What you know him from: “Night of the Living Dead,” “Dawn of the Dead,” “Monkey Shines,” “The Crazies,” “Land of the Dead,” and “Diary of the Dead”

 

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BUD YORKIN (1948) DIRECTOR/PRODUCER (Emmy Award winner)

What you know him from: “An Evening with Fred Astaire,” “All in the Family,” “Maude,” “Good Times,” “Sanford and Son,” “What’s Happening!!” and “Carter Country”

 

ROTH

ANN ROTH (1953) COSTUME DESIGNER (Academy Award, BAFTA and Tony Award winner)

What you know her from: “Midnight Cowboy,” “Silkwood,” “The English Patient,” “The Talented Mr. Ripley,” “The Hours,” “Closer,” “The Hours” and “Cold Mountain”

 

James Cromwell

 JAMES CROMWELL (1964) ACTOR (Emmy Award winner)

What you know him from: “L.A. Confidential,” “Babe,” “The Queen,” “The Artist,” “W.,” “The Green Mile,” “The People Vs. Larry Flynt,” “I, Robot,” “Six Feet Under,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “American Horror Story: Asylum”

 

John Wells

 JOHN WELLS (1979) DIRECTOR/PRODUCER

What you know him from: “August: Osage County,” “The Company Men,” “I’m Not There,” “ER,” “Shameless,” “The West Wing,” “Southland” and “Third Watch”

 

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JACK KLUGMAN (1948) ACTOR (Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner)

What you know him from: “The Odd Couple” (TV series), “The Twilight Zone,” “Quincy M.E.,” “12 Angry Men” and “Cry Terror!”

 

Rob Marshall

ROB MARSHALL (1982) DIRECTOR (Emmy Award winner)

What you know him from: “Chicago,” “Memoirs of a Geisha,” “Nine,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Annie” (TV movie)

 

Greg Mottola

GREG MOTTOLA (1986) DIRECTOR 

What you know him from: “Superbad,” “Adventureland,” “Paul,” “The Daytrippers,” “Undeclared,” “Arrested Development” and “The Newsroom”

 

Steve Bochco

STEVEN BOCHCO (1966) WRITER/PRODUCER (Emmy Award winner)

What you know him from: “Hill Street Blues,” “L.A. Law,” “NYPD Blue,” “Doogie Howser, M.D.,” “Columbo” and “Cop Rock”

 

Michael McKean

MICHAEL MCKEAN (1969) ACTOR (Grammy Award winner)

What you know him from: “This is Spinal Tap,” “Best in Show,” “A Mighty Wind,” “Clue,” “Plains, Trains and Automobiles,” “Saturday Night Live” and “Laverne & Shirley”

 

USA Holly Hunter

 HOLLY HUNTER (1980) ACTRESS (Academy Award, BAFTA, Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner)

What you know her from: “Broadcast News,” “The Piano,” “Blood Simple,” “The Firm,” “Thirteen,” “O Brother, Where Art Thou?,” “Raising Arizona,” “Saving Grace” and “Top of the Lake”

 

DANSON LONG PERLMAN

TED DANSON (1972) ACTOR (Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner)

What you know him from: “Cheers,” “Becker,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Damages,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” “Three Men and a Baby,” “Saving Private Ryan” and “Ted”

 

Cherry Jones

CHERRY JONES (1978) ACTRESS (Emmy and Tony Award winner)

What you know her from: “24,” “The Beaver,” “Ocean’s Twelve,” “Erin Brockovich,” “Signs,” “The Village” and “The Perfect Storm”

 

HONORABLE MENTION

— Zachary Quinto (1999) Actor/Producer

— Judith Light (1970) Actress

— Aaron Staton (2004) Actor

— Rene Auberjonois (1962) Actor

— Matt Bomer (2001) Actor

— Mark Frost (1975) Writer/director/producer

— Josh Gad (2003) Actor

— Michael Goldenberg (1986) Writer/director

— Megan Hilty (2004) Actress

— Joe Manganiello (2000) Actor

— Pablo Schreiber (2000)

— Laura San Giacomo (1984)

— Charles Haid (1968) Actor/director

— Barbara Feldon (1955)

— Robert Cummings (1930) Actor

— Gaius Charles (2005) Actor

— Abby Brammell (2001)

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Memorable NFL draft gems of the Steelers

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Earlier this week, we looked at some of the NFL draft busts that the Steelers have had over the past few years. Now, it’s time to look at some of the better picks they’ve made. These aren’t picks like Ben Roethlisberger or Mean Joe Greene. Those guys were picked high and delivered. No, these are afterthoughts, picked in the later rounds. Coming into the NFL with chips on their shoulders, they became starters the Steelers could depend on and went about establishing themselves in the NFL. Here are some of the hidden gems the Steelers have plucked from the NFL draft:

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10. Brett Keisel (2002, No. 242, Brigham Young) A standout defensive end for the Steelers, Keisel became a regular starter in 2006. He played on two Super Bowl-winning teams, and was named a Pro Bowler in 2010. Presently, Keisel is a free agent, and even if he decides on retirement, the defensive lineman known for his wild beard has had a solid NFL career, even after being picked in the seventh round.

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9. Ernie Holmes (1971, No. 203, Texas Southern) Picked late in the 1971 draft, Holmes, nicknamed “Fats,” became a key member of the Steelers’ legendary Steel Curtain defense as a feared defensive tackle with a knack for sacks. Holmes played six seasons with the Steelers, and was on the team that won Super Bowls IX and X. The Steelers dealt him to the Buccaneers in 1978, and he retired soon after.

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8. Antonio Brown (2010, No. 195, Central Michigan) Scooped up by the Steelers in the sixth round, the speedy and reliable Brown has solidified himself as a No. 1 receiver and dangerous kick returner in the NFL. In 2013, he put up big numbers, hauling in 110 catches for almost 1,500 yards. A two-time Pro Bowler and a member of the Super Bowl XLV team, Brown looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

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7. Darren Perry (1992, No. 203, Penn State) After a solid career in State College, the Steelers grabbed this safety late in the 1992 draft. Perry was strong out of the gate, picking off six passes in his rookie season. With Rod Woodson, he solidified the defense, and helped to lead the Steelers to Super Bowl XXX. He finished with the Saints, and retired after the 2000 season. He’s now an assistant coach with the Packers.

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6. Andy Russell (1963, No. 220, Missouri) A tough LB, Russell played his entire 12-year career with the Steelers. Russell lead the team into the glorious 1970s, and he was a member of two teams that won Super Bowls. He also had his fair share of Pro Bowls, collecting seven over his career. He briefly left the team to fulfill an Army ROTC commitment, and he was stationed in Germany for two years.

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5. Mike Wagner (1971, No. 268, Western Illinois) A late-round draft pick, Wagner was originally looked at as a receiver, but he was switched to safety with the Steelers. The move worked out pretty well, as Wagner recorded 36 interceptions over a career that included two trips to the Pro Bowl and a key spot on a team that won four Super Bowls in the 1970s. Wagner retired in 1981 after a decade with the Steelers.

Lloyd

4. Greg Lloyd (1987, No. 110, Fort Valley State) One of the most-feared linebackers to ever play for the Steelers, Lloyd came to the team in the sixth round of the 1987 draft. Lloyd made his name as a pass rusher, and he recorded 54.5 sacks over a steady career that also included five Pro Bowls. He also played for the team that made it to Super Bowl XXX. Lloyd retired from the NFL after the 1998 season.

WEBSTER

3. Mike Webster (1974, No. 125, Wisconsin) A fifth-round pick in 1974, Webster learned the game for two seasons under Ray Mansfield, before stepping into the starting lineup in 1976. He would go on to become arguably the greatest center in NFL history. Webster made the Pro Bowl nine times, and he was a member of a team that won four Super Bowls. He retired from the NFL after the 1990 season and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1997.

Greenwood

2. L.C. Greenwood (1969, No. 238, Arkansas-Pine Bluff) The Steelers got a steal in the 10th round of the 1969 draft, taking Greenwood, a tall defensive end. Known for his gold-colored shoes, Greenwood was a big part of the team’s Steel Curtain defense. He was named to the Pro Bowl six times and won four Super Bowls with the Steelers. He recorded 73.5 sacks over a solid NFL career, before retiring in 1982.

Rocky Bleier

1. Rocky Bleier (1968, No. 417, Notre Dame) A member of a Steelers team that won four Super Bowls, Bleier had to battle back from a bad war injury — sustained in Vietnam, where he received a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star — to become a remarkable success story. Bleier was a running threat for the Steelers, but he made his name as a punishing blocker for Franco Harris. He retired from the NFL in 1980.

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Honorable mentions: Carlton Haselrig (1989, No. 312, Pitt-Johnstown), Willie Williams (1993, No. 162, Western Carolina), John Jackson (1988, No. 252, Eastern Kentucky), Dick Hoak (1961, No. 90, Penn State), Dwayne Woodruff (1979, No. 161, Louisville), Frank Pollard (1980, No. 305, Baylor), Orpheus Roye (1996, No. 200, Florida State), Carlos Emmons (1996, No. 242, Arkansas State), Barry Foster (1990, No. 128, Arkansas), Clark Haggans (2000, No. 137, Colorado State), Lee Flowers (1995, No. 151, Georgia Tech), Myron Bell (1994, No. 140, Michigan State), Merril Hoge (1987, No. 261, Idaho State), Tunch Ilkin (1980, No. 165, Indiana State).

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