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SteigerWorld Podcast | “HEEERE’S JOHNNY!!! …and here’s Barbie.”

Welcome to the world of John Steigerwald. The show is a weekly gluten-free format on sports, trending topics, politics and movie reviews.


SEG. 1: “STAG ON SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– Steelers, Penguins, Pitt

SEG. 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 14:54
– Paris
– Obama, Sanders, Mrs. Clinton, Trump
– Charlie Sheen HIV

SEG. 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 25:13
– Feminization of American Male
– Man Cave is “Offensive”
– U of Vermont White Privilege Retreat

SEG. 4: “STAG AT THE MOVIES” Starts at 37:40
– Love the Coopers

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SteigerWorld Podcast | Stop Recycling Mike Vick

October 21, 2015 / EP. #34

The show is a weekly no-holds barred format full of hot takes on sports, pop culture, entertainment, trending topics, politics and more.


SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– Vick & Tomlin must be buddies from back home
– Somebody failed if Landry Jones isn’t ready
– Defense was supposed to stink
– 3-3, 0-3 start not so bad now
– Crosby’s 3 points
– John Tortorella new Blue Jackets coach
– Who saw Mets in World Series?
– Mets’ resurgence not good for Pirates

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 14:25
– Joe Biden still not running
– “13 Hours” Benghazi movie not good for Mrs. Clinton
– 42% of GOP voters expect Trump to be nominee
– Recycling’s Dirty Truth

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 29:27
– SF middle school cancels student elections – winners too white
– Video Game Little League


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Welcome to the world of John Steigerwald.

The show is a weekly no-holds barred format full of hot takes on sports, pop culture, entertainment, trending topics, politics and more.


SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– Wild Card Game
– Home team now 2-6 in Wild Card play
– Cole’s First Innings
– Arrieta was ridiculous
– Who’s Future brighter, Cubs or Pirates?
– Pirates will be third best team in the division next season
– Alvarez makes Pirates management want to puke
– See you next year…. remember, every game counts….
– 2016 payroll obligations
– Mike Vick looks shot
– Defense looks better
– It’s six months until the playoffs.
– The defense will be a work in progress

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 26:07
– Is the World blowing up?
– Oregon Shooting: Obama immediately politicizes it
– Republicans, Some need to pack it in.

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 40:55
– Recess consultants
– Interrupting Whiteness

SEGMENT 4: “STAG AT THE MOVIES” Starts at 53:44
– The Martian

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Could we please stop with the stupid James Harrison -Mike Vick comparisons.

It’s not about abusing humans versus abusing dogs.

It’s about premeditated, systematic, barbaric cruelty versus a stupid, violent, cruel, spontaneous action.

Nobody denies that hitting an undeserving human is worse than hitting a dog.

James Harrison slapped his then girlfriend in a fit of rage – a rotten cowardly thing to do.

Mike Vick deliberately and continuously, systematically tortured and killed defenseless dogs.

Not in a fit of rage, but for his ENTERTAINMENT.

He stuck their heads in buckets of water.

He hanged them from trees.

He electrocuted them.

And he laughed while he was doing it.

Is that as bad as slapping a woman in a fit of rage?

Is it worse?

I don’t know.

You tell me.


Good for James Harrison.

But before we nominate him for Father of the Century as a result of his stance on participation trophies for kids, let’s remember he was arrested in 2008 for hitting his girlfriend.

Charges were eventually dropped when he agreed to enter domestic abuse counseling.

Harrison,a linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers, made national news last week when he posted this on Instagram: “I came to find out that my boys received two trophies for nothing. Participation trophies! While I am very proud of my boys for everything they do and will encourage them until the day I die, these trophies will be given back until they EARN a real trophy. I’m sorry, I’m not sorry for believing that everything in life should be earned …”

As it turned out, the trophies, from former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch’s Best of the Batch Foundation, weren’t technically participation trophies, which is good for the Best of the Batch Foundation, but Harrison’s comments, justified in this case or not, were valuable because they drew attention to a disturbing trend in American culture.

HBO’s Real Sports devoted a segment to it this month that included lots of comments from youth coaches and officials supporting the idea of giving a kid a trophy for showing up.

The segment also included examples of huge increases in sales for trophy companies.

Is this a great country, or what?

The “Everybody Gets a Trophy” movement is most likely a result of the self-esteem movement in schools that began in the 1970s and eventually led to schools eliminating just about everything that could potentially damage a kid’s self-esteem.

It gave us soccer “matches” and baseball “games” with no scores and high school graduation ceremonies with 20 valedictorians.

What’s really disturbing and a little scary is that so many educators and coaches could be unaware that giving nobody a trophy would be better than giving everybody one.

The value of a trophy is directly related to the number of them given out. If everybody gets one, they are all worthless.

And how could so many supposedly smart people not realize that, by not singling out individual performances, they are denying kids an opportunity to get a large jolt of positive self-esteem by being honored as the best at something?

And if you are constantly giving kids praise and rewards for doing nothing but showing up, why wouldn’t they become cynical about all praise and awards?

New York Magazine, in an article written eight years ago called “How Not to Talk to Your Kids,” cited psychologist Wulf-Uwe Meyer on the subject.

Meyer did a series of studies of kids watching other kids receiving praise.

He determined that, by the age of 12, kids believe that earning praise from a teacher is not a sign that you did well – it’s actually a sign that you lack ability and the teacher thinks you need extra encouragement.

Why would it be any different with kids and coaches?

And trophies?

Participation trophies may be the result of misguided self-esteem programs in schools but it may not be that complicated. It still comes to kids being over-organized and too much parental involvement.

How have adults devolved to the level of stupidity that they would believe it’s a good idea to put baseball uniforms on four and five year-olds and expect them to be able to play anything that resembles the game of baseball?

Maybe it’s time for adults to realize that baseball, football, basketball, soccer and hockey are not kids’ games.

Major League Baseball players like to tell you that they’re lucky to be getting paid big bucks for “Playing a kid’s game.”

They’re not. Baseball was invented by a man to be played by men.

Maybe the kids shouldn’t be playing on an organized team until they’re old enough to understand the concept of winning, losing and being singled out as the best.


What is it about sports teams that cause conservatives to lose their minds?

Before Donald Trump crashed the party, according to most of the polls, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker was leading in the Republican primary.

He sells himself as a fiscal conservative and most voters seem to have bought what he’s selling.

And maybe his record as governor backs up the claim.

So why is he in favor of corporate welfare?

The corporation is the Milwaukee Bucks of the NBA.

They want a new arena and they want the taxpayers of Wisconsin to pay for it. So does Walker.

He justifies it by saying that the state would lose more money if the Bucks followed through on their threat to leave town. He points to the taxes paid by the Bucks franchise and the state income taxes that the Bucks’ players and visiting players will pay between now and when the debt is paid.

Walker told ABC News, “Our return on investment is three to one. It’s a good deal.”

Even National Review Online’s Christian Schneider bought that pile of steaming horse manure and apologized for Walker’s support of corporate welfare.

What people like Walker and Schneider don’t or won’t understand is that, if the Bucks were to pay for their own arena, those revenues would still be raised by the state, but the money could be spent on something other than a building that should be paid for by the building’s tenant.

Couldn’t every restaurant that pays taxes and hires employees who pay state income taxes make the same argument and ask the state of Wisconsin to pay for a new building?

Neither Walker nor any other politician passing him or herself off as a conservative would buy that argument.

There are stadiums and arenas all over America that are financed by plans that have been supported by conservative politicians.

Including two in Pittsburgh, PNC Park and Heinz Field, that were funded by a corrupt plan endorsed by another conservative candidate for the Republican nomination, former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.

David Boaz of the Cato Institute cites several economic studies that should be required reading for all political candidates, including Walker, who buy and sell the notion that building stadiums for billionaires is great for the economy.

One study done by Raymond Keating of the Cato Institute called “Sports Pork: The Costly Relationship between Major League Sports and Government,” says, “The lone beneficiaries of sports subsidies are team owners and players… the results of studies on changes in the economy resulting from the presence of stadiums, arenas and sports teams show no positive economic impact from professional sports – or a possible negative effect.”

I’ll bet Scott Walker agrees with the Cato Institute on economic policy 99% of the time.

So what is it about a sports team that causes him to lose his conservative senses?

Boaz says, “Any presidential candidate who believes that taxpayer-subsidized stadiums are ‘A good deal,’ shouldn’t be anywhere near the federal Treasury.”

A poll taken several months ago in Wisconsin showed that 79% of voters were opposed to the state paying $150 million for the Bucks’ new arena. The plan Walker is pushing has the taxpayers paying $250 million.

Instead of caving in to the pressure from vocal fans and a cheer leading media, like so many other governors in so many other states, shouldn’t a true conservative running for president be taking the lead to stop the insanity?

Maybe there’s a reporter or two in Iowa this weekend who could ask Governor Walker that question.


Who needs two?

How would you like two tickets to Sunday Night’s NFL Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio?

Prices may be a little higher now, but, as of Friday afternoon, StubHub had two tickets on the 20-yard line for $200.25.

How about a parking pass for $125?

To see Landry Jones play quarterback?

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said on Friday morning that Ben Roethlisberger will be standing on the sidelines Sunday night against the Vikings.

So will Le’Veon Bell, Murkice Pouncey, Antonio Brown, Heath Miller and James Harrison.

In other words, just about every player worth seeing won’t be seen.

Resting the starters in early preseason games is nothing new, but fans used to be able to count on seeing the starters at least play a series or two.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was a little more coy about how much his starters would play but he gave the impression that lots of them would be missing in action Sunday Night.

Fans of the Steelers and Vikings -at least the ones watching on TV and not paying a hundred bucks a ticket – might be okay with watching wannabes and never wills but what about NFL fans in, say, Keokuk, Iowa?

This game is going to be televised nationally on NBC.

Only a company with a monopoly could get away with charging regular prices for a blatantly inferior product and the NFL sure has one of those.

Absent the monopoly, do you think the Steelers and Vikings might feel a little pressure to at least give the customers a taste of the real product?

Wouldn’t they be a little worried about backlash from giving people Landry Jones at Ben Roethlisberger prices?

The Hall of Fame Game is played at a neutral site and maybe fans living in a small town like Canton are just thrilled to have the opportunity to see humans wearing NFL uniforms in their local stadium, but the rest of the preseason – or, as they used to be called, EXHIBITION- games will be played in publicly funded stadiums and the customers will be paying regular season prices.

After listening to season ticket buyers howl about being forced to buy exhibition game tickets in their season ticket packages, the Steelers lowered the price but made up the difference by instituting a tier system that charges more for the most attractive regular season games.

As of Friday, you could get a ticket to the Steelers first home exhibition game against the Carolina Panthers for seven dollars.

That’s the free market telling you how much a ticket to an NFL exhibition game is really worth.

Obviously, because of the hoopla surrounding player inductions, the Hall of Fame Game is about more than the game, but it’s on national TV and, unless you’re a Steelers or Vikings fan, it becomes a snooze fest about eight minutes into the telecast.

Here’s an idea: Move the Hall of Fame weekend to the third week of the preseason.

That’s the week when the starters usually play at least three quarters and the paying customers and TV viewers actually get something that resembles a real NFL game.

Shouldn’t a showcase game showcase the product in the best possible light?

That’s a stupid question unless you’re talking about a monopoly.

And come to think of it, considering the value of a star NFL quarterback, the Steelers would be wise to not play Roethlisberger until the last exhibition game, if at all.

Let Landry Jones keep the customers satisfied.