Category Archives: Pittsburgh Pirates

Beaded Banners and Much, Much, Much More!

Beaded Banners by Bonnie and More sells a wide variety of items from beaded banners, crafts supplies, books (new & used), Pittsburgh sports items, firefighter collectibles, and many other new and used items. I sell them on Ebay, my own website ( and will now be posting on new venues such as Craigslist, Etsy, and more. I also will be adding more items to my Ebay store.

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Beaded Banner Supplies on Sale……Plus Many More Items

Here are some great sales that will are currently being offered in my Ebay store.  To get to the items click on this link and then use the links in the left hand column in the store to find the items you are interested in.  Thank you for looking.
All Sales Run Through May 31st:
All Beaded Banner Supplies 10% Off
Includes beads, thread, rods, caps, blank grid, patterns from kits!
All Plastic Canvas Kits 50% Off
Great deal on brand new kits never opened!
All Pittsburgh Steelers Books 50% Off
Brand new books ~ Never used!
Christmas Items are 25% and 10% Off
Shop now for Christmas
All DVDs are 25% Off
Brand new DVDS still sealed!
Most Beaded Banners are 20% Off
These banners are handmade and make great gifts for others or yourself!
Heinz Food and Firefighting Collectibles are 50% Off
Get them before someone else does!

Pittsburgh Pirates, Pitt Panthers, Rib Fest, Labor Fest

Okay so the Pirates aren’t doing that good……….okay so they are doing pretty bad!  But we have tickets and like we tell everyone it is still good baseball (just the wrong team wins!) and still a beautiful ball park and still great food and still a wonderful city…… it is still fun.  It would be MORE fun if they won.  So anyway, here are pictures from some recent games we attended:


Pittsburgh Pirates vs San Diego Padres 07-25-08


Pittsburgh Pirates vs Cinncinati Reds 08-14-08


Pittsburgh Pirates vs Milwaukee Brewers 08-29-08


Pittsburgh Pirates vs Milwaukee Brewers 08-30-08



In addition to the above two Pirates games, I also attended my first Pitt football game at Heinz Field this past weekend and it was a disappointment with the way they played, but again it was still football, it was still a great stadium, the food was great (because we ate at the Rib Fest!), and it was still in a great city.  Too bad they didn’t win, but we experienced 3 losses in just over 24 hours so it’s not like we weren’t used to it!  Here are the pics:


Pitt Panthers vs Bowling Green 08-30-08



The Rib Fest was a great event to attend in between the Pitt game at Heinz Field and the Pirates game at PNC Park on Saturday.  It was hard to choose which booth to get ribs at but we chose the Texas Pit Barbecue because they won best sauce at this event last year, have won best ribs at this event in the past, won several awards at both the Erie and North East rib cook offs and since that is my hometown I thought it might be good (LOL), and it also won a cook off on the Food Network which we watch all the time.  Oh………but the big thing that got us was the Steelers flags, Terrible Towels, and apparel that was quite evident in their booth and on their workers!   Besides, ribs from TEXAS just seemed like they would be much better than ribs from NORTH CAROLINA!  LOL  So anyway it was delicious!  Here are some pics:


Then if we hadn’t done enough all weekend, we attended Labor Fest at Northmoreland Park which is an annual event for us.  It is great…… admission, food booths that benefit a lot of churches and fire departments, a great flea market, craft booths, and rides for kids (if you care to do those).  We found some great purchases and of course had to have the Saltsburg Fire Department fried dough sandwiches which are to die for!  Sorry, didn’t take any pictures at this event………aren’t you disappointed?


Well after three games, Rib Fest, Labor Fest and visits to Walmart, 380 Auction, Shop and Save, and Doug’s parents, we stayed home most of the rest of the weekend after Sunday afternoon!

Concerts – REO Speedwagon, Brad Paisley, Styx

We have been to some concerts lately.  In fact we went to three concerts in eight days…..right during the time my daughter was coming to town to find a job and a place to live!  We had the tickets for the concerts before she made her exact plans to come here, so she understood.  It was a crazy week for sure!


On Thursday, August 14th we went to PNC Park in Pittsburgh for the Pirates game followed by Skyblast (fireworks) and REO Speedwagon.  Boy can those old guys still sing!  LOL  Here is the link to the concert and firework pictures: 


Then on Sunday, August 17th we went to Post-Gazette Pavilion in Burgettstown, PA for the Brad Paisley concert.  Opening for Brad was Julianne Hough, Chuck Wick, and Jewell.  Except for the rude people who sat on the lawn by us and kept encrouching on our blanket even though we were there WAY before they were, it was a great time.  Here are links to the pics: 


Finally, on Friday, August 22nd we went to Console Energy Park in Washington, PA for the Styx concert.  This is the third time Doug and I have seen them together and they are so awesome.  Opening for Styx was Chris Higbee Project and Outlaws.  Check out the pics:





John Challis – What An Inspiration!

John Challis is an 18 year old that is facing death, but has become an inspiration to his school, his teammates, the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers, and all of Pittsburgh!  I’m sure his story has now reached way beyond here by now.  I know EVERY single time I see him on TV or read about him I am moved, inspired, and brought to tears.  Last night as we watched the Pirates vs Yankees on TV we saw the story of John in the locker rooms of both teams inspiring the players and the managers and everyone he came in contact with.  We saw the umpires shaking his hand.  We saw him in the broadcast booth for quite some time talking to Steve Blass and Greg Brown and not a word came out of his mouth that you didn’t sit back and say WOW.  Below are two stories about him but before you read those, I want to share with you the words that I hear him say over and over that are probably the most inspiring words I have ever heard:

JOHN CHALLIS:  “I used to be afraid, but I’m not afraid of dying now, if that’s what you want to know,” he said. “Because life ain’t about how many breaths you take. It’s what you do with those breaths.”

Here are two articles about John.  The first one was written about the Pirates game last night and the other one was written earlier this year.  Both articles are full of wisdom from a young man who is teaching many of us a lot of things.  THANK YOU, JOHN.


Bucs inspired by 18-year-old with terminal cancer

PITTSBURGH — When the Pittsburgh Pirates arrived for their game Wednesday against the New York Yankees, they were greeted by an 18-year-old occupying the manager’s office and an inspirational message on their locker room bulletin board.

The Pirates didn’t even care that John Challis, a former high school athlete with terminal cancer, most wanted to meet Yankees star Derek Jeter, which he did during batting practice.

The Pirates gave Challis the run of the clubhouse. He sat in John Russell’s chair during the manager’s daily news conference, gave a motivational talk to the players, visited the Yankees clubhouse and watched batting practice.

Challis also tossed out the ceremonial first pitch – a day after Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski did so – and took out the Pirates’ lineup card to home plate during the pregame umpires meeting.

It was a big day for a 5-foot-5, 93-pounder who learned two years ago this week he had cancer, which has since spread to his lungs, liver and pelvis, and is expected to take his life soon.

“Everybody else complains about it, I guess, but it’s not just me getting through this, it’s the people around me who have helped me get through certain things like days like this,” Challis said. “It’s a stepping stone I can look back on and say, ‘Well, I did it.’ Things like this help keep me going.”

Challis played high school football at Freedom Area High School in Beaver County before developing cancer, starting on the junior varsity offense and defense as a sophomore. He remained in high school after becoming sick and, after saying he wished he could play in one more game, Challis kicked off and played wide receiver for several plays against Hickory last season.

A former Pony League player, he also got his wish to bat in a high school baseball game. During an April 11 game against Aliquippa, he entered as a pinch-hitter and lined a single into right field in one of his two at-bats this spring.

Upon reaching first base – a difficult accomplishment given how hard it is for him to run – he found his first-base coach crying and the opposing Aliquippa players saluting him with applause. Some Aliquippa players wore Challis’ initials and his No. 11 on their caps the rest of the season.

“If we can have half the courage and faith John has, we’d all be better off,” Russell said. “It’s a great story and we’ve been following it and we couldn’t wait for John to get here. The courage he shows, the unselfishness that’s a part of his life, it’s a great message for all of us.”

Challis recently set up a foundation designed to help high school students with terminal illnesses. The Tampa Bay Rays have pledged to help by supplying game tickets and transportation.

Challis is surprised only because so many people are stunned at everything he’s done despite being so ill. He said days such as Wednesday badly tired him.

“I’m little surprised that people don’t understand how easy I think it is for a young person, especially myself, to see this major situation as a positive – I mean I don’t see it as a positive, but I’m not complaining about it,” Challis said. “I don’t know why people think it’s so hard.”

The Pittsburgh Penguins recognized Challis at one of their playoff games, where he met co-owner Mario Lemieux, Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and Steelers owner Dan Rooney.

Challis also went on a cruise after attending his senior prom and graduating from high school, with a snorkeling trip one of the highlights. Asked about the cruise, Challis laughed and said, “That’s a press conference in itself.”

And that motivational message he wrote on the Pirates’ bulletin board?

“Have fun,” he wrote, signing his name below his message. “It’s the reason we play ball.”

The Associated Press
Teen is running out of innings, but the game still isn’t over
A tale of courage
Sunday, May 04, 2008



Pittsburgh Pirates vs New York Yankees

We went to the Pirates game against the Yankees last night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh……….it was incredible!  It is the first time the Yankees have been in town since 1960 and if you remember that is when the Pirates beat them in the last game of the World Series when Bill Mazeroski hit a home run in the last inning!  That play has been a huge play in baseball history (not just in Pittsburgh) and the people of Pittsburgh voted it the best overall sports moment in Pittsburgh sports history this past year (even above Steelers Super Bowl wins and Penguins Stanley Cup wins!).  Bill was there to throw out the first pitch and the crowd roared and they applauded with a standing ovation the WHOLE time he was out there!   What a great tribute to the man! 


This 3-game series (we are also going Thursday night) has been publicized to the max and all the games are a sell out with them selling standing room only tickets…………and that NEVER happens to the Pirates anymore, especially the last couple years.  There were over 38,000 people there and they said it was the 3rd highest attendance since PNC Park opened!  There were special things going on everywhere and there were people everywhere! 


The NY Yankees have the HIGHEST salary of all teams in major league baseball while Pittsburgh has the LOWEST. 


Oh……the score of last night’s game? 


Pirates 12, Yankees 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Check out my pictures:



Pittsburgh bleeds black, gold and titles


Pittsburgh bleeds black, gold and titles

Updated: June 17, 2008, 7:29 PM ET

Submitted by bananafish711

I grew up in a city more devoted to its sports teams than perhaps anything else. Until I was 18 years old, I never lived anywhere else and just assumed that everywhere was like Pittsburgh. I just assumed that people, no matter who they were, loved their local sports team. Ask anyone in Pittsburgh if they love the black and gold, and I can nearly guarantee that you will hear a resounding “yes!” 



When I moved away to college, I met people from all over the United States. Every time I met someone, I would consider the sports teams in the vicinity of their hometown and ask, “So, you’re from (city), I guess you’re a (insert local team) fan, right?”



And for the first time, I heard “No, not really.”






Back home, I remembered the jubilance of an entire city after back-to-back Stanley Cups in 1991 and 1992, the entire section in the paper devoted to Mario Lemieux following his first retirement, the stories of the legendary men that were the Steelers of the 1970s, the tears following Super Bowl XXX, and the sense of nostalgia the day they tore down Three Rivers Stadium.



The whole city had this one thing in common, this complete solidarity no matter what. Two years ago, when the Steelers won Super Bowl XL, I was watching from my apartment in Boston. After the game, tears were streaming down my face. I was overwhelmed with happiness to see the team I loved so much win the big game, but there was a distinct sadness too. There was nothing I wished more than that I could be in Pittsburgh, because I knew it had to be an incredible sight.



I have heard the argument that “no town without the big four should even be considered for TitleTown,” but I challenge you to find fans more dispersed throughout the world who maintain their loyalty. It doesn’t disappear when they transplant to a different city, it doesn’t so much as shake. I’ve found fans in Boston and even so far away as the Netherlands.



To those who would still argue that fandom doesn’t make a TitleTown, I say that Pittsburgh has grown athletes like Joe Montana, Dan Marino, Joe Namath, Johnny Unitas … and Ken Griffey, Jr., who have brought admiration to their respective franchises.



It’s been the hometown of respected coaches like Marvin Lewis, Marty Schottenheimer, Terry Francona, and Dick Nolan. What’s more, that’s just a fraction of the talent to come out of Pittsburgh. Consider then, what Pittsburgh athletes have contributed to teams across the nation.



I live in Washington, D.C., now, and for the first time in a long time, I’m close enough to make the drive home every so often. Each time, I love to walk through Pittsburgh’s Strip District and watch the endless sea of black and gold caps, with a blue and gold thrown in here and there to salute the Pitt Panthers. They’re all there, remembering the five World Series, five Super Bowls, two Stanley Cups and countless number of titles from the University of Pittsburgh’s sports programs.



It’s the “City of Champions,” the “Cradle of Quarterbacks,” and it is most assuredly TitleTown USA.



Submitted by jbrew18285

The search for TitleTown USA should begin and end in Pittsburgh, the home of five Super Bowls, five World Series victories and two Stanley Cups. Not to mention the strong traditions set forth by the University of Pittsburgh. It would be impossible for another city to make an argument otherwise. 




The school that produced four pro football hall of famers and 22 college football hall of famers has long stood for excellence on the field. Our Panthers claim nine national championships with two from the Associated Press.



Football isn’t the only sport that the Pitt has given this city to be proud of. Their men’s and women’s basketball teams have been national powers recently ending their seasons in tournament action.



Pittsburgh has long been in love with its Pirates baseball team. Even though they have frustrated us for the past 15 seasons, they still have a rabid fan base. In their history the Pirates have brought nine division championships, nine National League championships and five World Series victories home to Pittsburgh.



Even though we rarely celebrate victories there, PNC Park provides the best baseball experience in Major League Baseball.



Hockey is a sport that the Steel City has fallen in love with. Since the early ’90s the Penguins have given us something to be proud of, bringing home six division titles, two conference championships and two Stanley cup victories. Currently, the Penguins have one of the most talented young lineups in all of the NHL.



An argument for the sporting supremacy of Pittsburgh has to include the Steelers, a team that is responsible for the greatest play in NFL history with the “Immaculate Reception,” a team that has a season ticket waiting list of over 30,000 names, a team that is the pride and joy of the city of Pittsburgh.



Our beloved Steelers have brought us 18 division championships, six conference championships and five Super Bowl wins. With 19 current Hall of Fame members and many more awaiting eligibility the Steelers have proven excellence throughout the years.



While many other cities may lay claim to being TitleTown USA none have been as dominant in every sport as their Pittsburgh counterparts. There isn’t any city other than Pittsburgh that even deserves consideration. The search for TitleTown USA ends where the three rivers converge.



Submitted by winglessepyon

When you fly into the Pittsburgh International Airport you see a couple of things, the Heinz logo and some brief history of the area. But as you come down the escalators you see two statues standing side by side, one of George Washington and the other of Franco Harris. 

Pittsburgh is a city of sports and champions.The Steelers of the ’70s were the team to beat, and everyone has heard of the famous “Steel Curtain.” Some of the well known players have played in Pittsburgh like Terry Bradshaw, Mario Lemieux, Lynn Sawnn, John Stallworth, Joe Greene, Franco Harris and Roberto Clemente to name a few. …



We even have one of the best golfers to ever play come from here, Arnold Palmer.



Submitted by 3Riversman

Another argument for Pittsburgh: its place in sports history as the home of the world’s first “rally towel,” the iconic Terrible Towel! 



The numerous copies and knock-offs across the country are the biggest form of flattery to the inimitable original, invented by the legendary Steelers broadcaster Myron Cope with all the proceeds going to charity, no less.



Terrible Towels are everywhere, all over the United States, all over the world. There are hundreds of Terrible Towels in Iraq right now, brought over by ‘Burgh-loving soldiers. Seas of gold Terrible Towels engulf entire football stadiums across the country, anywhere the Steelers are playing. …



Politicians swing them at rallies, fans are buried with them in the their caskets, generations come and go, but the towel endures.