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So now we know – again – who America’s most favorite NFL team is and who voted. Thanks, America, I guess that’s why they’re called “America’s Team”. That’s right, the Dallas Cowboys are this land’s most favorite professional football team.

And it shouldn’t shock you; it’s the fifth straight year the Blue Stars were voted into the top spot.

10/31/2011 - 09:09
Ellis G. Cannon
This being PSR’s annual NHL Preview, we’ll dedicate this space to hockey – sort of. Not to say the hockey and the New York Islanders are one and the same. Forget about the beat-down with the Penguins last season that was close to being celebrated by the Islanders this offseason. We’re way, way past that.

We’re on to tattoos.

10/03/2011 - 11:33
Ellis G. Cannon
With the September issue of PSR featuring our annual Pittsburgh Steelers and NFL Preview, the timing could not be more perfect for this column. I just hope to be living in India by the time you read it. Actually, when I first read about professional football coming to India, I had to gather myself.

Then, after I read the details, I had to gather myself all over again.

09/06/2011 - 19:46
Ellis G. Cannon
The NFL lockout is over. To some, the agreement could not have come soon enough. To others, the saga was boring, particularly with the inevitability of an agreement and the REAL economy presenting a few more everyday challenges to most of us.

Tracking the blow-by-blow over the recent months between court challenges, negotiations, leaks and allegations proved to be much less interesting to Joe Lunch than whether the Pirates were for real

07/29/2011 - 17:28
Ellis G. Cannon
“Under the Lights” may not be the most original slogan for this September’s Notre Dame - Michigan football game, but don’t let that get in the way. The fashion stuff, however, may stop you in your tracks.

Sure enough, just when you thought it was only going to be a football game, the two schools went into the fashion business. What, you didn’t think they’d be playing dress-up, too?

06/23/2011 - 11:28
Ellis G. Cannon
Here are snippets from recent offerings of the Ellis Cannon Sports Business Report from Radio PA, available weekdays via its network of radio affiliates throughout Pennsylvania and at www.elliscannon.com:

“Sports Business” has evolved in recent years, but now I get my latest on the topic from US Magazine, TMZ, Rolling Stone, Gossip Cop and Popeater web sites. Actually, they’re the n

06/04/2011 - 09:18
Ellis G. Cannon
If there was a need to underscore just how much the sports world is looking for ‘the next great thing’, consider it done. At least until the next one comes along; and at least with respect to sports marketing.

Let’s back up to the NHL’s Winter Classic. We recently saw NBC sports bigwig Dick Ebersol—he's the one NHL.com points out has produced eight of the top 10 most-watched television events in U.S.

05/06/2011 - 13:28
Ellis G. Cannon
There’s nothing new about this time of year - we’re getting out the madness of winter as we march toward another form of madness. Then we turn our attention to April, pretty much talking and acting like summer is already here as we look to flee the ache that typically accompanies our winter.

We also hear about all kinds of numbers this time of year: Falling temps, raising temps.

04/04/2011 - 17:01
Ellis G. Cannon
Don’t worry, no need to review what happened at Super Bowl XLV, you’ve probably had enough. So let’s talk about what PSR did in Dallas. The week’s top storyline was weather.

Not the X’s and O’s, not the coaches, not even organizational pedigrees. All got their due; none came close to the weather and its impact.

Unless you didn’t get to sit in your seat.

02/25/2011 - 13:15
Ellis G. Cannon
The headline says it all, really – this isn’t real. “This” is another Steelers’ trip to a Super Bowl. The only thing more difficult to get one’s head around is the idea Pittsburgh has a chance to win its seventh championship in a temple built by Jerry Jones.

And that's something that undoubtedly delights Steelers Nation, if not the Steelers’ organization.

01/29/2011 - 09:54
Ellis G. Cannon
Neil Walker’s contract expires after the 2016 season. The Pirates second baseman is due for a big raise in arbitration this offseason—likely to $10 million—and signing him to a long-term extension will cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $12-$15 million annually.
Editor's DeskFeature OneNorth Shore Notes
Belle Vernon junior wrestler Jarod Verkleeren has quietly become one of the most decorated athletes in the state.
Feature TwoHigh School
And then there was one. Fall 2015 marked the first chapter for Armstrong High School. The new school is the merger of Ford City and Kittanning high schools, which were only five miles away from each other.
Feature ThreeHSCOGOS2014
While the recruiting season is usually a time for top schools to scratch and claw for high school seniors, the 2015-16 Pitt Panthers have taken an alternate route.
Feature FourPitt Basketball
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Trust the process. Say it with me. Breathe. It’s all part of the transition. Pitt basketball fans have repeated this mantra a lot over the past year.
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Twenty-two years. That is the amount of time that elapsed between wins in the NCAA Tournament for Robert Morris University.
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It’s the Duquesne Dukes 100th season for basketball this year and the pressure to do well is on the line.
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The McConnell family name casts a lofty shadow in Pittsburgh basketball circles.
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