GMTS Newsletter: Reds, pink, orange and black

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

What a day. Government shutdown, Reds in the playoffs, Obamacare goes live … it’s a perfect storm of news.

Where to begin …

-I am still keeping the faith for our Redlegs. Sure, they’ve lost five straight. That just means the odds are with them to get in the win column. And let’s be fair, after getting shut out at home last year against San Francisco at GABP, maybe the road is a good thing.

Plus, Pittsburgh is under immense pressure since they haven’t been in the playoffs since Clinton was in office. You know every player on that team has 453 text messages asking for tickets. Last check, lower level seats were $215 and up. The demand is high, and so is the tension.

This is a nice time to point out we have a crew of folks in Pittsburgh and they’ll have it all covered for you throughout the day on 9 On Your Side.

-In case you missed it, here’s a story about Reds 3B coach Mark Berry and his return to the team after being diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.

-It’s the first day of October, so it’s the start of Breast Cancer Awareness month. Personally, I’m as aware as I’d like to be. That said, lots of people aren’t sure of the signs, the risk factors and the easy preventative measures you can take. Check them out here.

And I hope you’ll join me for two events: Paint the Square Pink at Fountain Square this Friday, October 4 at lunchtime. We’ll kickoff the month with the American Cancer Society. And then mark your calendars for the Making Strides for Breast Cancer walk/run, October 13 at Yeatman’s Cove.

-Today is also the first day of one of my favorite seasons: Halloween. I’d love it even if it didn’t include great candy deals.

I realize Americans (allegedly) spend more than $75 a piece on Halloween (seems high to me, but I’ll go with it, National Retail Federation), but it seems like one of the last non-commercialized holidays. No presents to buy, no baskets to fill, just costumes that the kids themselves pick out.

My kids went a little off-kilter this year, thought they’re both Disney-related: one wants to be a biker from Teen Beach Movie (kind of a Struts-Cheechee combo), and the other wants to be Mabel Pines from Gravity Falls .

Sure, no one will know who either of them are, but they say that’s half the fun. More power to them.

From Today’s GMTS:

-Facebook Faceoff: Who won the great faceoff between John Matarese and me? Who knows. We have to tally the results this afternoon. You’ll know I won when I tweet pictures of the donuts he’s buying the GMTS staff. If he wins? Well, let’s not think about it.

We can still cook the books, you know. Like my Facebook page and make sure I have more than he does!

-They Carry What?: Delta Airlines just bought a bunch of Microsoft Surface tablets so their pilots can leave their heavy books and maps at home. How heavy could these be, you ask? Each pilot carries a flight bag that weighs 38 lbs! Whaaat? That seems very eighth grade, when I’d have to go to my locker between third and fourth period because my Earth Science book was way to heavy to fit with all the other textbooks in my LL Bean backpack. But I digress. Delta says the move will save $13 million in fuel costs. Wonder if that means ticket prices will go down? Nevermind.

Today’s Distracting Link:

Here are some CT scans common, everyday things.


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