Mark is a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan, having grown up in Pittsburgh's airport area. His sports enthusiasm began as a kid watching Roberto Clemente and the '71 Pirates win the World Series. Mark had home game tickets and went to each of the six World Series games played in Three Rivers Stadium in 1971 and 1979. Living so close to the airport, Mark and his neighborhood buddies were among the multitude who flocked to the airport to welcome those World Champion Pirates off their airplane, both teams returning after winning on the road in Baltimore. Though baseball was Mark's early passion, the 70's Steelers rise to dominance took hold of his heart and Mark has been a vocal and passionate fan of NFL football ever since. As a boy, Mark and his family travelled to a friend's house in Steubenville Ohio to watch Franco's Immaculate Reception, as the game was a blackout in the Pittsburgh area. For more than 35 years Mark has bled Black and Gold. Mark is also a huge fan of the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, rarely missing a televised game, and he's a follower of Pitt Panther men's basketball as well. Mark played varsity baseball for Moon High School, starting for two seasons in right field and leading off in the batting lineup. He's a financial advisor now in private practice, is married and has two beautiful daughters.
Victories, not single trivial statistics, are the mark of a great quarterback and Brady has them.
I just wrote a new article/slideshow on the 2008 draft class of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Many have said it is the worst class in recent memory after those same experts called it the best draft of 2008. Are they busts or late bloomers? Check out the article and see what you think.
Much has been written about the Steelers, the 1970s, and their use of steroids. The current public perception is the Steelers began and glamorized the use of roids in the 70s. Read my article to find out who one man, with 4 NFL teams, spread the use of steroids throughout the NFL, beginning in 1963, and see just how pervasive roid usage was by the time the Steelers began their decade of dominance.
Thanks for picking my article as a favorite. I appreciate it.
If you have time, please check out some of my newest articles, like this one: http://Bleacherreport.com/articles/225766-my-schedule-preview-for-the-2009-2010-season
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I said in an article last week that when one door closes, another one opens. Here is the story about my door opening. If you get the chance, please check it out. It would mean a lot to me.
I thought you might like my newest take on the steelers offense. Remember though, it is a humor piece so please try and see it as that...although it does support my point of view. Its just looking at things more lightly.
One other thing, when replying to someones comment, hit the reply button on the bottom of thier comment, then respond. If you do it that way, they will be notified that you commented.
Fantastic first article Mark. I hope to see a lot more. Can I give you a piece of advice? Bleacher likes the paragraphs in the articles to not be more than 2-3 sentences. That way it is easier for people to stay focused I guess, but that is the quickest way to syndication.
If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line at any time.
Keep up the good work!