Posted by: Seth D. | June 25, 2009

A Return to the Hard Court

I have talked about my good friend Brian Medford and the Medford classic before here and here.  On July 25th Team Red Sauce will be returning to the hard courts of Kiwanis Park for the Fourth Annual Medford Classic.  We fell short of the finals last year so we are looking to redeem ourselves and make a push to take down the two time defending champs.

This event is put together by the friends and families that were all touched by Brian while he was here with us.  For information about the mission of the Annual Medford Classic look here.  All proceeds benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The 3 on 3 tournament is not the only thing going on in Kiwanis Park.  There will be prizes available for all in attendance.

2008 Raffle prizes included: 6 Steeler football tickets and gift basket, 4 Pitt basketball, Beauty Basket courtesy of Valerie’s Hair Design, 4 Cleveland Indians baseball tickets + hotel accommodations, Macy’s gift basket, Sivioni’s Italian gift basket, and many more prizes from your local retailers and companies!!

The Central Blood Bank will also be in attendance.

The Central Blood Bank joined efforts with the Annual Medford Classic in 2008! We are excited to announce their return in 2009 where they will bring their donor coach for those wishing to make a blood donation.

Your lifesaving donation could help many individuals, just like Brian, who are in need of blood products during their treatments.

Qualifications: To donate whole blood, you must be at least 17 years of age and at least 110 pounds in generally good health. You also must show photo ID at the time of donation.

Here are the details of last year’s tournament.

The Third Annual Medford Classic was held on July 19, 2008 for the second year at the Basketball Courts in Kiwanis Park in Shaler. Another beautiful day brought many family members, friends, and community members to the event to raise $2,150 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, surpassing our goal of a $2,000 donation! With 17 teams in the tournament, a half time skills competition to win a Willie Parker autographed football, over 15 raffle baskets including Steeler tickets, the Third Annual Medford Classic was a success that left us anticipating the event next year in 2009.

This year’s event includes several new ways for people to donate and raise money, including an

EXTRA INCENTIVE FOR TEAMS!
The team that brings in the MOST monetary donations to The Annual Medford Classic by July 25, will be eligible for an EXCITING NEW AWARD!

In order to donate you can commit to your pledge here. For information regarding donations you can email info@medfordclassic.com.  The award to me is not as important, as the opportunity to raise more funds for this great event.  So if you are interested in donating go to the above link and help support the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

If you are in the Pittsburgh area on July 25th, come on out to Kiwanis park and support Team Red Sauce (Adam P., Mike M., and Seth D.), take your chance at winning some great raffle prizes, or even donate some of your blood.

The people that make it all happen!!

The people that make it all happen!!

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Posted by: Seth D. | May 12, 2009

Song of the Day

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band – Souled Out!!!

Posted by: Seth D. | May 6, 2009

Song of the Day

Kings of Leon – Slow Night, So Long

The round 2 series between the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins has moved to Pittsburgh, and there are many out there that say the series does not get interesting until the home team loses.  If I have my druthers, that will not occur until Game 5.  So how do you see this series ending.  Vote in the poll below and leave your comments to provide some reasons for your choice.

I want to see more of this!

I want to see more of this!

PensBurgh has a preview of tonight’s game and thePENSBLOG is rallying the troops.  Click on the links for details.  Some of you may notice a familiar face over at thePENSBLOG.

La Botticella and Giovanni believe in a Pens comeback!

La Botticella and Giovanni believe in a Pens comeback!

Posted by: Seth D. | May 5, 2009

Song of the Day

Modest Mouse – Satellite Skin

Live version of Satellite Skin from the Rostraver Ice Garden (a show I attended).

For more information on this song and Modest Mouse’s upcoming EP No One’s First and You’re Next check out this site.

If you are close to Gibsonia, PA tomorrow stop in for a meal at Max & Erma’s. You must present the coupon found on the Medford Classic website.  If you can’t make it to Gibsonia, join in on the fun that is the Medford Classic July 25, 2009.  Information for the 3 on 3 basketball tournament can also be found on the Medford Classic website.  There will be tons of great prizes and the competition is excellent.

Championship teams of the 2nd Annual Medford Classic

Championship teams of the 2nd Annual Medford Classic

Posted by: Seth D. | March 31, 2009

Their Fight Never Ends…

The economy is down and we all know this.  We know people who have lost their jobs, lost their homes, and in some cases have lost hope.  Plans have been altered and in the near future things may look bleak.  Through all of this many of us may sometimes forget it could be worse.

There are people out there living with incurable and sometimes untreatable diseases, but just because the economy has slowed does not mean they have given up hope for finding a cure.  Just because people are pulling in their purse strings and limiting their spending, does not mean there is no place for charity.  At Penn State University, students broke the previous fundraising record for THON.  The Daily Collegian has the details,

Shortly after 708 dancers sat down for the first time in 46 hours, they stood again to cheer when the 17 members of the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon overall committee revealed the total money raised — $7.49 million.

The record-breaking $7,490,133.87 shattered last year’s $6,615,318.04 total by $874,815.83. The money will go to the Four Diamonds Fund, which helps families with the financial burden of pediatric cancer.

THON as defined by the website is,

The Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, affectionately referred to as THON, is excited to have you join us in our fight to conquer childhood cancer.

In 1972, a small group of dedicated Penn State students held our first Dance Marathon. That year, 34 dancers participated and raised $2,000. Since then, THON’s presence in the Penn State community has grown exponentially. THON now has 15,000 student volunteers, 700 dancers, and has raised more than $52 million, benefiting The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Children’s Hospital.

THON is now a year-long effort that raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer. With the support of students from all across the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and THON Alumni all around the world, we continue to make great strides towards finding a cure for all childhood cancers!

Thank you for your interest in learning more about THON. Together, we’ll make a difference in the life of a child.

“When they say, ‘We Are Penn State,’ this is what they are talking about.” – Joe Paterno

THON 2009

THON 2009

More information about THON can be found here.  While I have had my reservations about the concluding “Dance Marathon,”  I have never been against the goal of raising funds to help support the Four Diamonds Fund.

The Fund offsets the cost of treatment that insurance does not cover, as well as expenses that may disrupt the welfare of the child, such as car repairs, rent, or household utilities. The Fund supports the medical team that cares for the children and funds pediatric cancer research through start-up grants and the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Institute.

I am sure all of us have been affected in some way by cancer.  We know a relative, a friend, a coworker, or an acquaintance that has battled this devastating disease.  One of the first people I met in college, Brian P. Medford, battled against Leukemia.  He was truly one of the greatest people I ever met.  He touched the lives of everyone he met.  Even if you only spent five minutes with Medford, as many affectionately called him, you would never forget him.  Medford passed away March 14, 2006.

We All Miss You Medman!

We All Miss You Medman!

In his honor, his friends and family have set out to help raise funds for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Their main event is The Annual Medford Classic.  It is a 3 on 3 basketball tournament held at the Kiwanis Park in Shaler, PA.  Last year was the first chance I had to participate and I plan to play again this year.  It is a great event that has grown each year.  They have also teamed up with Max & Erma’s this year to help raise funds for the cause.  On Tuesday May 5, 2009, 20% of all purchased items will be donated in monetary form to the Annual Medford Classic.  A coupon must be presented at the time of purchase, and according the website the coupon will be posted in April.  So check back here.

Also in May I will be participating in the,

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The details about the race can be found here.  So if you are around Pittsburgh for Mother’s Day stop by Schenley Park, or if you want to join do that, too!  Our team page can be found here.  My personal page can be found here.  Every little bit helps and during this time of financial hardship we cannot forget about the people out there fighting to survive.

When we are struggling to fill our gas tank, they are struggling to live another day.  Their fight never ends.

Posted by: Seth D. | March 30, 2009

Kick’em While They’re Down…

Reading the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette this morning I came across this article stating,

A Uniontown auto parts dealer has filed a federal lawsuit against Ford Motor Co., claiming the manufacturer is using the company’s catch phrase.

The article goes on to state,

Frank’s Auto Supply Inc., which opened in 1938 and has seven locations, claims that Ford is using a phrase to advertise its 2010 Ford Fusion that the Uniontown company began using in 2003. The lawsuit accuses Ford of unfair competition under the Federal Trademark Act.

Frank’s said in the complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court that the company has been using the phrase, “We Speak Car,” in advertising since June 8, 2003. Further, the lawsuit alleges that the company owns the Web site domain name, http://www.wespeakcar.com

Unfair competition?  Does Frank’s Auto Supply Inc. sell or market vehicles?  Are they competing for the same piece of market share? No.  Yes their products are related, but Ford does not benefit from Frank’s existence, if anything Frank’s benefits from Ford.  If Ford or any other car company were to go bankrupt and were to stop selling cars, Frank’s business could be hurt.

Western, PA contains a typically blue collar demographic and typically blue collar workers have purchased domestic vehicles throughout the years.  They have also been known to hold onto their vehicles for as long as possible warranting a visit to Frank’s for supplies to help maintain their car.  No they are not always in search of parts, but they may change their own oil or they are looking for that hard to find wax, that only Frank’s carries, to keep their car shining for the long haul.

Ford was the only Detroit 3 automaker that did not accept a bailout from the federal government.  In my previous post, Drive One, I wrote about some of the great things that Ford is doing to turn the company around.  Yes they might be using Frank’s tagline, but are they doing it to harm Frank’s business?  I do not think that was their intent.  I am also sure that they have never heard of Frank’s Auto Supply Inc. of Uniontown, PA.  Today was the first time I had heard of them and it was because of a lawsuit and not their product.

Lawsuits like these have to be part of the reason we are in this mess.  Everyone remembers the McDonald’s lawsuit right?  Suing for hot coffee being, too hot?  Absurd right?  It happened and similar lawsuits happen everyday.  If Frank’s Auto Supply Inc. did have the tagline trademarked then it is within their right to protect their trademark, because if they do not they stand the risk of losing the trademark’s legitimacy.  I understand it is within in their right, but do they need to sue Ford?

Ford has not taken bailout money, they have not used taxpayer money to hand out bonuses (We are all looking at you AIG), and they are not out to get you Frank’s.  I do not know if Frank’s contacted Ford directly before filing the lawsuit, but could they not work out something before it came to this.  How about Ford giving Frank’s Auto Supply a free plug?  Or possibly running a promotion at some of their local stores, instead of spending millions tied up in Federal litigation with Frank’s.

The sue happy culture we live in needs to change.  We need to start being humans again.  Instead of trying to tear each other down let us start building each other up.  There is nothing wrong with friendly competition, but let us compete to make the U.S.A. the greatest country in the world, again.  Not only in the eyes of our own citizens, but in the eyes of the citizens of the world.  No longer can countries practice isolation.  We are all World Citizens, but change has to start here first.

Posted by: Seth D. | March 17, 2009

For Those of Us Out There Pretending to Be Irish…

Well it is St. Patrick’s Day and of course this means many of us will be out and about pretending to be Irish.  I myself will be cashing in one of my Christmas presents.  The present you ask?  Tickets to the Pittsburgh Penguins game tonight.  So in the spirit of the holiday I am posting the following video that has been on the internet for awhile now, but never ceases to amaze me.

For those of you who are Irish, thank you for bestowing your heritage upon this country.  Help support Proposition 317

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Posted by: Seth D. | March 13, 2009

Myspace is No Longer Mine

With a little inspiration from my friend over at Tragedy of the Age I have deleted my Myspace account.  His post about Social Networking sadly contains way too much truth about our generation.  I know its not an amazing feat, but it is a step towards regaining a semblance of real human interaction.  I am also attempting to stay away from facebook for an extended period of time.

The reasons?  Well I can’t truly say that any of my friendships have grown stronger through any of these social networking sites.  Sure its nice to be able to constantly stalk my close friends and not so close acquaintances, but there comes a time when it is no longer that much fun.  I am friends with several people I have only met once and will probably never meet in person again.  I have friends that I knew many years ago, but have not hung out or talked with them in person for what has to be close to 10 years.  The intial feeling when you connect with a friend from long ago is pretty cool, but that soon fades.  Many times you learn that you both no longer share those same interests that you did back in junior high.  Many times more you get that slight creepy feeling looking through photos of that person hanging out with people you will never meet.  We are not a part of each other’s lives so do we need to see every detail and every status change that occurs throughout the weeks and days?

I guess a little bit of this was put into perspective, when I looked at my sister’s profile.

untitled-5She joined facebook at 5:12pm.  Before six o clock she had changed her status 6 times.  Her intial status was, “typing this 6 page essay.”  Really?  Are you?  You have changed your status 6 times including the ranges of emotions from being, “Super Kewl,” to being, “a loser.”  I doubt that she is truly typing “this essay,” which she reiterates later in the hour.  TWICE.

First of all I would like to say that I am friends with my sister because my parents are truly naive about what high school kids are doing these days, and I am the typical over bearing brother.  I know what I was doing when I was in high school and yes I was no angel, but these days it seems kids are much more eager to grow up and grow up too fast.  When I told my mom that I knew kids in 8th grade that smoked mairijuana she was shocked.  She shouldn’t be.  I am sure my sister has been to drinking parties or she herself knows people who do drugs be it pills or any other form of drug.

Ok way off tangent there, but I believe the erosion of true social interaction can be blamed for this rush to be an “adult” and do “adult things.”  Many times the only adult interaction some kids have is with the tv and internet, which only seems to be spewing the drug and alcohol fueled escapades of the present day celebrity.  When I was young I watched TV, but that was when MTV and VH1 played music videos.  These days each network is filled with reruns of Rock of Love, Shot at Love, Love or Money, The Duel, or some other ridiculous reality show.  Each show stuffed to the gills with sex, money, and alcohol.  It is a sad time that when all that is on TV, when you get home from school,  is Brett Michaels riding around on a bus with strippers vying to become his love interest.  Many of these girls on these shows are in their early 20s.  No they are not going to college instead they are playing against each other in mud football games to win a date with Brett.  I doubt my sister or her friends know who Brett Michaels is, but I bet they have watched the show.

I miss POP UP VIDEO!

I miss POP UP VIDEO!

I guess the real kicker came the other day, when I saw my sister’s most recent status.

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What!? Texting!?  Do people need to know that this is what you are doing?  This coming from a girl who sends well over 7000 text messages a month.  It is sad and clearly by looking at her status she must dedicate large chunks of her day doing just that.  I use text messaging and believe there is some value to it.  For instance when you are planning to get together with 10 or so friends it is much simpler to send out one message stating the time or place rather than calling each one individually.  Although there are times, when it is completely uneccessary.  To quote Tragedy of the Age,

It comes from seeing people texting (an evolved form of the IM) a simple conversation that could take ten minutes on the phone over the course of an hour.

Many of us have been there.  Why don’t we pick up the phone?  What is stopping us?  Yeah we may interupt them, but isn’t texting them interrupting?  We do not talk to each other anymore, but it is something that I hope changes before it becomes a lost art.

In closing if you are out there inundated with social networks, that you don’t use, but are afraid to delete any of them.  Just do it.  Nobody will be too sad and if they are they will hopefully call you, email you, or send you a letter to truly check up and see how you are doing.  That is all for today folks.  I will be around, but not on facebook.

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