We met at our Highmark Stadium offices last night -- almost the whole staff, even Jarrod Prugar in from Altoona for the first time! -- to go over some editorial business, some Christmas season business, a few new photos that are needed and, of course, a slew of new Morning Java segments.
It's always strange to have everyone under one roof like that. We communicate with each other constantly via phone, email or text, and a handful of us are obviously together in sports settings, but this is different. And it was neat.
We'll share the results of this very soon, including a new wave of Java episodes beginning tomorrow morning.
• No Grind this morning. Sorry. It was a very long day, and I wasn't around any sports anything. I'll be back at it tonight at the rink.
• The Penguins play the Islanders tonight at PPG Paints Arena. The home team's morning skate begins at 10:30 a.m., the visitors an hour later. Chris Bradford, Matt Sunday, Taylor Haase and I will be there and have tons of material. All our hockey coverage can be found on our team page.
• The Steelers practice today, 1-3 p.m., at the Rooney Complex. There will be two media availabilities, 12:30-12:45 p.m. and 3-3:30 p.m.. Dale Lolley and Hunter Homistek will be there. All our football coverage can be found on our team page.
• Our business partners at Fanatics.com are offering significant discounts all through the holidays. Tap the big box above to see for yourself. For those who don't know, through our partnership, we're able to offer you massive discounts and free shipping on official team merchandise -- Steelers, Penguins, Pirates and all of the NFL, NHL, MLB and NCAA -- and, because of the partnership, our site will receive 15 percent of all revenues.
• We recently achieved the goal of filling the Veterans Fund -- one-year gift subscriptions for vets worldwide -- all the way up to 500. We still need to match them all with veterans. We had one veteran request a free subscription yesterday -- George from the Army -- so we've still got 74 to give out. If you know a vet who'd like one, that form is here.
• Our advertising kit has all the info to show why our business is right for your business. Give us a shout to see what we can do together!
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• Monday: Wilkes-Barre Watch, by Haase
• Tuesday: Cartoon Canon, by Ullman
• Wednesday: Stats 'N' At, by Golebiewski
• Thursday: Carter's Classroom, by Carter
• Friday: Friday Insider, by staff
• Weekend: Site Stuff, by staff
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