A. Julian Salzman
Pittsburgh Mayor Recall
When you hear the word “recall,” I assume your first thought is concerning a manufacturer informing individuals to bring their automobiles into the shop to remedy a safety defect. For me, that was the case until August 2021. As a Southern California native, August 2021 was the start of a very important process called a gubernatorial recall election. There were complaints about having the highest t...Special | April 3, 2023
Hope Springs Eternal
There is a magical time every year after the Super Bowl ends while we wait to see what the Steelers will do as free agency and the draft loom. Likewise, this coincides with the long slog of the NHL and NBA seasons as teams (hopefully including the world-weary Pens and my Indiana Pacers) prepare for the second season, that is, the playoffs. As we watch for our neighbors in Oakland to try to make so...Sports | March 20, 2023
Wake up, nerd. Baseball is not math class.
Advanced analytics are killing the poetry and romance in baseball. Everything is now distilled, quantified, and commodified.
And no, I am not anti-data. I want to make that very clear, so I avoid being cast as a casual fan and baseball heretic.Sports | November 21, 2022
Political debates have strayed from their purpose
As they competed for an Illinois Senate seat in 1858, Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, two of the most significant leaders of the late antebellum period, engaged in a series of debates on slavery. Long-term, the Lincoln-Douglas debates stifled Douglas’s political career while simultaneously elevating Lincoln into the national forefront and heralding the 1860 Presidential Election.Forum | November 7, 2022
MLB awards predictions
Yes, it is that time of year — October baseball — something that local Pirates fans may not experience again for a while, given the inept ownership and front office. But unpacking that is for another time.Sports | October 10, 2022