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Change You Can Believe In...
Written by Cotter   
June 22, 2009 00:00

Alright, so new site. WOOOOOOOOO!

Now that you've had a few days to drink in the new design and technology that is not altogether more progressive than that of my 1997 Toyota Camry, I hope you all feel at home here.

With that out of the way, I'm going to try and do my best to explain how this all works, but really the best way to figure it out is to just roll up your sleeves and go to town.

...that's what she said...

Anyways, here's what I think you need to know...

1. You should not have to register to comment, but you do have to register to be part of the Forum. And listen, I fully recognize that the whole notion of a forum sounds super fruity. But I'm hoping that, especially now - in the absence of anything post-worthy, we can use this thing to talk about anything and everything, whether it be Steelers news or the random list of movie quotes that sometimes used to find it's way into the comments on the old OFTOT.

2. I fixed the layout of the Forum, but that meant eliminating the left sidebar on all forum pages. So now there are several fewer pages on which to ignore all that crap. My guess is none of you will mind.

3. I can now ban people. And if you think for a second I'm not going to exercise this right, vested in me by the power of Joomla, and ultimately the father of the internets as we know them, Al Gore, you're dead wrong. Mostly, this power will be reserved for use against Ravens fans, should they ever locate the internet, but any references to Brett Favre may also put you at risk.

4. If you've registered for the site, you'll see that you have a nice little user menu on your left when you login. Since I finally got wise to that thing yesterday, you now have options there to change your avatar and your profile details. The other thing is - right now, when you login it will take you to some random page thanking you for signing in. To get back to the main area of the site, just click on the Steely McDevil button (which actually will always take you to the home page)...That one may have been relatively self-explanatory, but better safe than sorry - just ask any of Travis Henry's 57,000 children.

5. Speaking of avatars - anything you upload will automatically be re-sized to 100 x 100 pixels. So, in order to save yourself several minutes of anguish while trying to figure out why your picture looks like a Picasso painting, I recommend you re-size it before you upload it.

6. Doug is gay.

7. I don't really know how the RSS coming out of this monster is going to look. So if you're someone who likes to subscribe to blogs in your Google reader (like me), I can make no guarantees that it won't be a mess to rival the Cleveland Browns franchise.

8. I have no idea how to tag posts on here. But now that I think about it, how many times have you ever used a tag to look for things on a blog? I think I can count my answer on less hands than it takes to count the number of Steelers Super Bowl rings. HEYO!

9. Sorry, lost my train of thought...

10. Any other issues, questions, concerns, miscellaneous gripes or sexual propositions, please deposit them in the comments and I shall address them as appropriate.

Now, without further blabbering, here are some links to compensate you for having read all of what is above (or for being smart enough to scroll down straight to the links)...

A bad ass Sid pic to commemorate the Pens season [PSAMP]

According to Bruce Arians, only 19 out of the 46 sacks Big Ben took last year were the line's fault... [Fanhouse]

Santonio speaks [The Sporting News]

A Steelers fan engagement story...I'm glad the groom-to-be was more successful than the Steelers that weekend... [DC Nearlyweds]

The Steelers signed Mike Wallace, Ra'Shon Harris and AQ Shipley on Friday [AP]

And with David Johnson being signed yesterday, it's down to Kraig Urbik, and Ziggy Hood [Trib]

Lendale White -- "I've seen the big Ben Roethlisberger sandwich on TV. So if anybody wants to freeze it and send one over, I'll be more than happy to eat it." Shocker... [ESPN]

Little does Giselle know, Tom Brady's already injecting her uterus with HGH... [Kissing Suzy Kolber]

I find it rather ironic that last week, that clown from the Cleveland Plain-Dealer pointed to the Browns decision to hire Bill Belichick over Bill Cowher as showing that they've always had good judgment, and yet, this week, Bernie Kosar's claiming that when he told the Browns to re-hire Belichick in 1998, they "laughed at [him]" and "ridiculed [him]"  [Shutdown Corner]

And about that article from last week - Vern delivered on his promise...if you only read one link today, I suggest this be it [You Lay On The Ice Like A Broad]

I believe the answer you're looking for is "absolutely" [Moondog Sports]

Last offseason, Chad Johnson raced a horse. This offseason, he apparently wants to fight Solomon Wilcotts [Twitter]

Honestly, I know High School football is serious business and everything, but let's not forget, it's still HIGH SCHOOL first [Grumpy Old Dog]

The Art of the Stunned Pic [The Pensblog]

Pedro Alvarez was promoted to Altoona, but that doesn't mean you can necessarily ignore the 70 strikeouts in 284 at bats... [WHYGAVS]

The pot calls the kettle black, and a derogatory term for homosexual... [The Superficial]

Apparently, starting next year, all NJ drivers under the age of 21 will have to put a bumper sticker on their car letting everyone know they're young and dangerous...Because the only dangerous drivers in NJ are under 21... [Trib]

Follow Matt on Twitter [Maticulous Music]

Steve brought some real solid heat for Father's Day. Fantastic post! [Steve Is Alive]

Just look at the size of those tomatoes! (also what she said)  [Get Fresh Designs]

Some images...
Right to Left - Darryl McDaniels, Bill Cowher, Some dude whose shirt matches the drapes in the background.

Just off camera - Hines Ward.

Yinz Luv Da Guins' final word on the 2008-2009 Pens.


How much longer 'til training camp? The quality of my writing would like to know...



Last Updated on June 23, 2009 09:24
Hold, Please... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
June 22, 2009 15:58

Mondays are a horrible day to try and be witty. Not that I ever am or anything, but I'm not even going to attempt to be right now. Sorry.


I'll write up some sort of post for tomorrow. Probably a link dump and/or some guidelines for using this new apparatus of a site you are currently enjoying (or hating, as the case may be).


In the meantime, cool your nerves with the beats of Maticulous (more commonly known round these parts as "Matt"), below. This is a track Matt did for NYC's own, Brown Bag All Stars, and it's called "Dumbin' Out."

Download it for yourself, here.


And for more Maticulous info/beats, check out the Maticulous Music site.


Oh yeah, and for you Pens fans, this Eddy Spagetti "I'm on A Boat" parody, appropriately titled, "I Won The Cup," is way beyond awesome. I highly recommend you give it a listen.


Later on, friends...

Meeting People Is Easy... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Cotter   
June 18, 2009 00:46

Meeting People Is Easy

Well, this is it. The new OFTOT. I'm sure by now, your mind is well beyond blown. Which, coincidentally, is a feeling that's not altogether new to me since it's pretty much the same effect that I have on women...

I mean, no.

Anyways, yes, this IS the new OFTOT.

It's got all sorts of slick features that are really web 2.0.

You know, like a forum.

I mean, if that doesn't scream 2009, I don't know what does.

So I hope you all like it. 

I'll get to providing some indication of how to use it on Monday-ish, but in the meatime, feel free to poke around and explore. And if you're really lucky, maybe Doug or Tiny350z will give you the grand tour.

Just as an aside - as you may notice, I've yet to populate certain areas. So there will definitely be some changes in the coming days, weeks, etc. And I've yet to port over any of the old posts from the old digs, which hopefully will happen in the near future when I find someone with a PC who can help me out. But if you have suggestions, feel free to email my ass. I'm always open to hear what you all have to say. In fact, I encourage it!

As for today's MPIE, I'm pretty sure there isn't much I need to tell you. Our panelist is a fantastic bunch - perfectly suited for the inaugural post on the new OFTOT.

So I'm not even going to beat around the bush. It's late, and I've spent a good amount of time photoshopping. Not to mention plenty of other nerd shit preparing this beast for public consumption.

This shouldn't be much different than normal, except that as you'll notice, the imagery is infinitely slicker thanks to something foreign to blogger - plugins.

Rock on, man.

Click to enlarge, my pretties. And ENJOY! 

So, how did I do?

Obligatory Footer - If you haven't already, become a fan of OFTOT on Facebook, join the blog network and follow me on Twitter. Or don't. Your choice, really.


Last Updated on June 19, 2009 01:37
Your Daily Dose of "WTF?"... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
June 18, 2009 00:55

The internet is an amazing place.

Not only can you find a site catering to just about any interest, but it has now become such a pervasive medium that athletes and celebrities are regularly leveraging it's awesome power in ways that are usually more or less brilliant revenue generators.

And here I am blogging for free.

What can you do?

Anyways, yesterday the internets were quite a boon for me, as a lowly Steelers blogger. So as a result, I have several interesting tidbits to share with you this morning...beginning with Jeff Reed...because, why not?

ITEM #1...

If you want a glimpse of the Super Bowl XLIII ring up close, check out Jeff Reed on Fox Charlotte's "Got Game" segment. This is the same segment in which he relates that when the Steelers went to the White House to meet Obama, he forgot he was a team captain...which should surprise no one.

And if you just can't get enough of Jeff Reed, and I know you can't, in clip 2 he talks about watching the Pens win the cup, the pressure of being an NFL kicker, and he reveals his stylish new haircut.

Thankfully for everyone at Fox Charlotte, it appears their bathroom was chock full of paper towels.

Otherwise, shit could've gotten real ugly.

Moving on...

ITEM #2...

Earlier in the week, thanks to The Pensblog, I thought I had found a new ringtone...

I'd give you the High Quality version of that, but we all know it doesn't exist.

But that was until Mikey from the Kiss 96.1 Freakshow alerted me to this set of magical ringtones from Super Bowl MVP and erstwhile "Pussy Monsta," Santonio Holmes.

Big PM has given us eight fantastic tones to choose from - including such gems as - "Gotta Score This Touchdown," "Hey Yo Homeboy," and "You Screening Your Calls Now?"

Conspicuously missing were "Because I Got High," "Smoke Two Joints," and "I Saw The Sign."

I'd say something else about this, but honestly, they're ringtones...I've got nothing.

ITEM #3...

Chuck Norris ain't got shit on Samurai Big Ben.

Also, notice the lack of helmet, there. .../I'm a terrible Steelers fan

And lastly...

If OFTOT looked like this for you at any point yesterday, I apologize.

I've mentioned blogger/blogspot's shortcomings before, but never has anything quite like the entire site showing up in italics happened.

...I'm so happy to be finally getting off this shithole.

Which reminds me - I'll be [tentatively] unveiling the "new" OFTOT tomorrow for Meeting People Is Easy. But, since I make it a point never to be like Anthony Smith, I can't guarantee that.

Until then, email me if you want in on MPIE, OR if you'd like to contribute to the "Cotter is broker than the City of Detroit and writes this thing for free" fund.

Yes, I do accept payment in mint milano cookies.

I can haz eight hours of sleep?

...not likely

Obligatory Footer - If you haven't already, become a fan of OFTOT on Facebook, join the blog network and follow me on Twitter. Or don't. Your choice, really.

Last Updated on June 19, 2009 01:18
Meeting People Is Easy... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
June 07, 2009 13:49

The wait is over
The photoshop is done
I'm somewhat exhausted But the battle's been won

Ok, you know you something's really gone awry when you start writing bad poetry to introduce Meeting People Is Easy.


That'll teach me NOT to write down the first thing that pops into my head.

Anyways, after a somewhat extended respite, the great MPIE has made a triumphant return. And with it, comes several new panelists with whom you may or may not already be familiar.

They are (in order of appearance)...

1. DrinkYourMilkshake ~ The man responsible for Behind The Steel Curtain's Daily Six Pack, the brain trust behind yesterday's emotionally disturbing photoshop of AQ Shipley and Kraig Urbik spooning, and an all around exemplary individual. Oh yeah, and I heard he did a mean rendition of Beastie Boys at karaoke last night. Send video if you have it. Follow this crazy asshole on Twitter, here.

2. laclips ~ The illustrious editor of This Is Getting Old, a big time Pens, Pirates and Penn State fan, and a fellow music lover. Anyone who has the foresight to use the Pearl Jam dude as their avatar is +1 in my book. Follow this pinball wizard on Twitter, here.

3. Kristin ~ The editor of KB Toys With..., a rabid Eagles fan, and yet, miraculously, also my girlfriend. She may have an unhealthy obsession with Brian Westbrook, but I take solace in the fact that I'm a solid eight inches taller than that joke (ok, like four...but who's counting?). And hey, at least she's not a Ravens fan. Plus, she's insanely cute and consistently makes me laugh. So I'm willing to overlook her misguided fandom...Follow the yin to my yang on Twitter, here.

In addition to our MPIE rooks, you'll also read comedic stylings from the likes of...

The inimitable - John Woods
My go-to political commentator - Grumpy
The Octomom's #1 hater - Tiny350Z
My brother in the bonds of old school Metallica love - Steve
The soon to be half marathon king - Marc
You may also know him as Maticulous - Matt
Possibly MPIE's greatest supporter (or perhaps apologist) - Noah
Apparently he's kind of a big deal in Taiwan - Sean
I think he might be a Pens fan but I can't be sure - Tecmo
And, of course, my dumb ass

So, I believe all that's left is for you to read this week's panel's answers to this week's burning questions.

Which I urge you to

And enjoy!

Click to enlarge...

I have to admit, I can't really count this post among my better work...

Whatever, wake me up when it's time for happy hour...I'll meet you all at the bar.

Oh yeah, and this stays...


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