Saturday, November 5, 2011
T.J. McAloon, a Baldwin Township native, writes about sports at all levels.
T.J. McAloon has always had opinions about sports, and now, he has a megaphone—and a large one at that. McAloon, a Baldwin Township native and a 2001 Baldwin High School graduate, has been writing for the ever-popular Bleacher Report, an online sports news service, since August 2010. Bleacher Report articles are mostly opinion columns, and McAloon's works are no exception. Based on auditions and Web traffic, McAloon is a "Featured Columnist" for BR, and different than most of the site's writers, he is paid for his work—a status that he had to earn. "The team I work on now is a selected group of writers," McAloon said, "as we are the only full-time paid writers out of the thousands that write for the site." Officially, McAloon is a Level II…
Friday, June 10, 2011
The B-W Patch gives you another best-of list in a weekly feature.
The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch presents its weekly Patch Picks feature, highlighting editor and reader picks of great local businesses, destinations, services, organizations, ways to spend a day off and more. With Baldwin-Whitehall's public and private schools closing for the summer, the timing is right for this week's Patch Picks: five great moments from our area's interscholastic sports scene in 2010-11 (in no particular order): The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch launched on Dec. 30, 2010, so we were partial to winter and spring news this school year. Please don't take it personally, and check back each week for more Patch Picks! Here are last week's picks, which featured things to do before you graduate from high school.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
The B-W Patch gives you another best-of list in a weekly feature.
The Baldwin-Whitehall Patch presents its weekly Patch Picks feature, highlighting editor and reader picks of great local businesses, destinations, services, organizations, ways to spend a day off and more. Here is this week's list, calling out former Baldwin High School students who are making big news in the world these days: Check back each week for more Patch Picks! Here are last week's Patch Picks, which featured the best nearby restaurants with great desserts. (Yes, some topics aren't as serious as others.)
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Pinkston will compete for an NFL job as an offensive lineman after playing mostly defense during his days at Baldwin.
The Cleveland Browns traded away two sixth-round picks to the New York Giants to move up and select Baldwin High School alumnus Jason Pinkston '06 in the fifth round of the NFL's annual draft at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday. Pinkston played for fellow Baldwin alum Dave Wannstedt '70 at the University of Pittsburgh from 2006 to 2010 while Wannstedt was Pitt's head football coach. Wannstedt also played football at Baldwin and at Pitt. He is now an inside linebackers coach and assistant head coach with the Buffalo Bills. Pinkston is a 6-foot-4, 317-pound offensive lineman who played mostly defensive line at Baldwin High. He is projected at three different spots on an NFL offensive line: left guard, right guard and right tackle. The …
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The NFL hopeful is excited about his future amidst league uncertainty.
The late poet Langston Hughes once penned, “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” For Baldwin-Whitehall native Jason Pinkston, his dream to play professional football began as a young child. He eventually grew to play at Baldwin High School and was recruited to play at the University of Pittsburgh by its former head coach and fellow Baldwin alumnus Dave Wannstedt ’70. Pinkston, a 2006 Baldwin graduate and twice a first-team all-Big East selection at Pitt, now sits on the brink of realizing his dream, as the NFL’s annual draft approaches this week. “It was probably 5 or 6,” Pinkston said about when he first had professional aspirations. “I was pretty young. “I always liked football, and I told my …
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
BHS alum Dave Wannstedt '70 has been hired by the Buffalo Bills as an assistant head coach. Is this the best scenario that he could have hoped for?
Dave Wannstedt has found a new coaching job in Buffalo. Wannstedt is now an assistant head coach and inside linebackers coach for an NFL team that finished 4-12 this season and in last place in the AFC East Division – tied for last place in the entire AFC. Wannstedt, a 1970 graduate of Baldwin High School, chose Buffalo a day after meeting with the Cleveland Browns about their void at the defensive coordinator spot. After all, Wannstedt is a defensive specialist. He joins the Bills alongside his friend and former colleague in Head Coach Chan Gailey. The two worked together when Wannstedt was the head coach of the Miami Dolphins. Gailey was Wannstedt's offensive coordinator there before Gailey took off for the college game as the head coach…
Monday, January 24, 2011
Editor Bob Healy talks Patch and Pittsburgh sports with Baldwin High School grad T.J. McAloon '01.
Baldwin High School graduate T.J. McAloon '01 of the podcasting "T.J.'s Sports Half Hour" invited this writer (Baldwin-Whitehall Patch Editor Bob Healy) to talk today, Jan. 24, about the role of the B-W Patch and hot Pittsburgh sports topics. It was Episode 3 of McAloon's show. His episodes are always available on iTunes as well as here. Though McAloon occasionally writes for the B-W Patch, his podcasts are not Patch products.
Monday, January 3, 2011
Baldwin High graduate Dave Wannstedt '70 can't help Pitt anymore this season, but it's not too late for him to help the program's future.
During Dave Wannstedt's final year as Pitt's head coach, his team fell apart on and off the field. The Panthers played undisciplined football by missing blocking assignments and taking penalties, and a number of Wannstedt's players showed up more in the police report than on the stats sheet. After Wannstedt's resignation as head coach after the 2010 regular season, Pitt went out and conducted a quick coaching search, coming up with Michael Haywood. Haywood took a Miami (Ohio) program from a 1-11 record in 2009 to a Mid-American Conference title this season. Not bad. Yet, the coaching search done by Pitt was odd and unconventional, as Athletic Director Steve Pederson acted as a one-man hiring committee. Pederson reportedly interviewed just …
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Baldwin High School's Dave Wannstedt '70 recently resigned as the head coach of University of Pittsburgh football, but he's still around the program. That could mean bad things for Pitt.
Following a head coaching career full of mediocrity for Dave Wannstedt, he and the University of Pittsburgh finally cut ties after six years as the leader of Pitt's football program. Well, not really. However, where will the head coach-turned-assistant to the athletic director (and 1970 Baldwin High School graduate) go now that he is no longer the leader of Pitt football? Wannstedt resigned as the head coach at Pitt amid heavy pressure from local and national media and from the university's boosters on Dec. 7. However, he did not fully rid the Pittsburgh football program of his average coaching skills. Instead, Wannstedt accepted the position of special assistant to the athletic director. Now the question is: Why did Wannstedt accept a …