Sunday, February 06, 2011

A Good Day for the Blues


So much for Seventh Heaven. We're Stuck on Six.

Too many mistakes: too much to overcome.

They won. No complaints; no excuses.

Well, at least we can look forward to the Pirates' season. No-o-o-o-o-o! ... just jaggin'. Not to be a jagoff.

As the immortal Ruth Brown sang, "It''s a good day, a real good day, for the blues."

Already on it. Here at Joey Porter's Pit Bulls, we're lining up the favorites that always make us feel better: B.B, King, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Dinah Washington, Lightnin' Hopkins, Ruth Brown, Sonny Boy Williamson, Muddy Waters, Albert King, Etta James, Albert Collins, Roomful of Blues, Billie Holiday, Robert Cray, Billy Price, Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Irma Thomas, Kenny Neal, Koko Taylor, Charlie Mussellwhite, Tinsley Ellis, Dorothy Moore, Lonnie Brooks, Luther Allison, Roy Buchanan, Louisiana Red, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee and just about anybody from Louisiana.

Yep, as Ms. Brown says, "It's a good day, a real good day, for the blues."

Think how Brett Favre feels.

Time to Be Great! Win the Super Bowl!

Above: Black 'n Gold Steeler Rosary on an angel figurine in the window of a store in Pittsburgh's Bloomfield neighborhood (photo credit: Darrell Sapp, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Above: Sunshine, a Black 'n Gold winner available for adoption at the Animal Rescue League

"Time to be great!"

That's what Super Bowl XLIII MVP Santonio Holmes hollered (in''Toned) to his teammates (or maybe just to himself) just before backing those words, yes, by playing great on the game-winning drive vs. the Arizona Cardinals in February 2008.

Today, Steeler Nation, here we go Steelers, here we go, and ... again, it is:

"Time to be great!

Win the Super Bowl.

Yep, it's time, as Cole Porter wrote, Ella Fitzgerald sang, and Hedley Lamarr exclaimed in "Blazing Saddles" for all of us in Steeler Nation to ...

"Now go do / that voodoo / that you do / so-o-o well!"

And, to reinforce this Good Mojo, Joey Porter's Pit Bulls suggest adopting a Black 'n Gold dog today. Sure 'nuff, ruff, plenty o' time before game to adopt Black 'n Gold dog from Animal Rescue League.

It's good karma. After all, some lucky Steeler fans happily adopted Phillip and Hans, the Black 'n Gold dogs promoted here shortly after the AFC Championship Victory. Surely Shirley, this is Good Mojo, and you'll even
receive Black 'n Gold Adoption Discounts.

Also today, remember to wave your Terrible Towel and, if you have one, to rub your Black 'n Gold Steeler Rosary. Joey Porter's Pit Bulls
like to think the Terrible Towel and the Black 'n Gold Steeler Rosary work together on behalf of the Steelers in the Myron Cope/Art Rooney branch of the Judeo/Christian tradition. It's all good food.

Go Steelers!

Suggested Listening for Your Super Sunday Soundtrack:

  • "Sun is Shining" by Bob Marley & the Wailers
  • "Bring It On Home To Me" by Sam Cooke
  • "The Harder They Come" by Jimmy Cliff
  • "I Need a Miracle" by the Grateful Dead
  • "Keep on Pushin" by Curtis Mayfield & the Impressions
  • "Stand" by Sly & the Family Stone
  • "Black and Yellow" by Pittsburgh's own Wiz Khalifa
  • "I Gotta Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas
  • "You Can Get It If You Really Want" by Jimmy Cliff
  • "Steeler Polka" by Jimmy Pol
  • "Make Do With What You Got" by Solomon Burke
  • "Play to Win" by Al Green
  • "Stone Rollin'" by Raphael Saddiq
  • "Wide Receiver" by Michael Henderson (h/t to Mike Canton, host of The Soul Show at WYEP-FM)