Thursday, April 28, 2016

Been a while!

Since my time running the blog here, it's been about five years. The Pittsburgh Power are no more and I felt that it was appropriate to leave this blog with a proper endnote. I met a lot of cool people through my short-lived ironic musings about Arena Football, but now I've moved on. Change of career, change of interests, change of hobbies. Simply, life happens. If you want to continue to follow my internet antics, I invite you to check out my new weekly geek podcast, the Adult Podcast for Kids! We discuss everything from TV and movie review to comic books, WWE results and pro wrestling reviews, music, video games, and more. Our show is available on iTunes, Google Play, Stitcher, and on our website at We also have a YouTube site that you can find from our home page. So, while the Power is out, the Adult Podcast for Kids lives on! Check it out sometime, I think you'll really like it, especially if you're looking for the ultimate weekly nerd podcast!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Power vs Sharks - Liveblog

I know nobody's going to show up for this, since it's a homegame, but liveblogging is way easier than sitting here and taking notes and writing up a recap, so we're just going to go ahead and do it that way.

We'll be here around 7-7:15 for the "pregame". Join us if you want. Not expecting anyone.

By the way, tonight is country night at the CEC, which could only mean one thing:

If you can find a better babe than Sarah Marince, you must be Charlie Sheen or something.

Holy crap. She's awesome. Sometimes I can't even believe it.

Anyways, the liveblog starts HERE:

Friday, April 15, 2011





Saturday, April 16, 2011
7:30 PM
TV: Pittsburgh's CW Channel 19
Radio: 93.7 The Fan
Consol Energy Center - Pittsburgh, PA

After two weeks of strife, arrests, injuries, and other general bad press, the Power return to action at the Consol Energy Center to take on one of the hottest teams in the AFL, the Jacksonville Sharks. Let's hope the week off was a good thing, because this is going to be Pittsburgh's stiffest test yet.

The Sharks are led by 17 (yes, seventeen) year veteran and career 46,000 (not a typo, either) yard passer Aaron Garcia. This is by far one of the, if not the head-and-shoulders, greatest players in the history of the AFL.

Jacksonville also boasts three big-time, productive receivers in Jomo Wilson (25 REC 398 Yds 9 TD), Jeron Harvey (26 REC 353 Yds 10 TD), and Sale Key (24 REC 232 Yds 5 TD) -- an absolute offensive wrecking crew. Heh. Jomo.

On top of all that, they have a fantastic former offensive coordinator in Power Head Coach Chris Siegfried. Perhaps that could be an ace in the hole for the Power defense.

The Power come into the game with two injured starting QB's -- Bernard Morris is still on the IR and Kevin McCabe was just placed on it, meaning that Penn State grad Anthony Morelli gets the nod. In limited action this season, Morelli is 11-17 for 141 yds and 1 TD. This week, he is backed up by new signing Xavier Lee, the Florida State graduate who fills the infamous Pittsburgh favorite "slash" role. Last year for the Yard Dawgz, Lee amassed a respectable 700+ receiving yards, and also is a rushing threat. He will serve as Morelli's backup in case of another disaster. It will be curious to see if he plays any WR in this game, given the Power's bad luck with injuries as of late.

As usual, it will be up to the Power's cadre of talented receivers to prop up a patchwork QB/OL -- Lonnell DeWalt, Jason Willis, and Mike "Joystick" Washington as well as Jerome Mathis and Eddie Thompson. Productive WR Irv Campbell is on the IR, as well.

As for the Power defense, will Josh Lay play? He's not on any kind of official league suspension, and rumours abound that his recent run-in with the law may have been overstated. He's been a key piece in the Pittsburgh secondary and would be sorely missed. Lay also suffered a brutal helmet to helmet hit in the last game, and may still be feeling that a little bit.

When the Power have been successful, it has been when they've been able to control the clock and slow down the pace, putting together long and methodical drives. Let's be honest -- they have absolutely no chance if they get into a shootout with Jacksonville. They are going to need to dink and dunk and keep the football out of the hands of Garcia if they have any chance to win this game.

For every Power game we cover here on the BOLTSBURGH POWER BLOG, our three contributing editors will pass along their expert picks for the game, along with the key to victory. We call these our BOLTSBURGH POWER BLOG KEYS TO VICTORY! There are three of them. One each.

- Perry -
Pittsburgh needs to be conservative yet productive on offense. Control the pace. They can't let Aaron Garcia get too much time with the ball - he will torch them. This is my first time picking against the Power. I hope I'm wrong.

Sharks 65
Power 42

- Pro -

- Schwartz -
The Sharks never get good goaltending after the weather breaks.

Power 57
Sharks 45


1) Ball control.
2) ???
3) Sharks goaltending collapse?

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Power Sign New QB, Make Other Adjustments

The Power have found their new backup quarterback to fill in while Kevin McCabe is on the shelf and they await the re-arrival of Bernard Morris from injured reserve.

It's former Florida State WR Xavier Lee.

He has some indoor experience, making a brief stint in 2010 for the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz. He was 22 of 44 for 3o4 Yds, 4 TD and 1 INT. He also ran 11 times for 65 yds and two TD's. As a receiver, Lee caught 62 balls for 718 yards and 7 TD.

It looks like Morelli will get the start and they will perhaps use Lee as a dual threat/emergency QB.

In other roster activity, Pittsburgh has activated DB Antonio Smith from IR and placed DB Lenny Wicks and lineman Darius Robinson on "Recallable Reassignment".

Monday, April 11, 2011

Another Groupon Ticket Deal

This is the first piece of good news we've posted in quite a while, so savor it.

People ask us a lot to post when there are good ticket deals. We usually just say to keep an eye on LivingSocial, Groupon, etc. However, someone on Twitter did tip us off that there's an excellent deal currently on Groupon.

You can get tickets to the Jacksonville or Milwaukee game, lower levels (50 dollar face value) for $20. An outstanding deal.

Click here, select Pittsburgh, fill in your info, and enjoy!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

McCabe on IR - Could Things Get Worse?

Sorry for the lateness of this post, we've been taking a break and enjoying the bye week doing non-Arena Ball related things.

Regardless, the Power placed Kevin McCabe on IR as of Friday. The extent or nature of the injury is unknown.

Absolutely no idea who the Power go to at this point. As far as we know, they've only got one QB on the roster.

As soon as we hear something, you'll hear something.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Bad Week Gets Worse - Lay Arrested On Drug Charges

Power CB Josh Lay was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped in Alliquippa on March 21, and apparently had some weed in the car with him. A lot. And some scales. And some cell phones. A recipe for "intent to distribute."

This somehow went completely under the radar until now. Lay played in last week's loss to the Tulsa Talons.

Michael Gorham, COO of the Power, was also apparently not aware of the charges, the exact nature of which is undisclosed at this time. It probably goes against best practices to have drug charges filed against you and not tell your employer.

Lay's status with the league and the team are unknown at this time.

The Post-Gazette has more.