Pittsburgh: Zipline proposed from Mt. Washington to North Shore

In today’s edition of “it’s a crazy idea, but it just might work” there is a proposal to build a $3 million zipline over the Ohio River in Pittsburgh. KDKA-TV has more details – Mt. Washington To North Shore Zip Line Proposal Awarded Grant

A proposed zip line that would sail from Mount Washington to the North Shore has been awarded a grant. It would cross the Ohio River at 50 miles-per-hour with a 400-foot drop.

A ride would take about a minute and cost $30. I wonder if there would be a commuter discount.

I have no idea if there is a business model for this but I’m intrigued, because if it works there, perhaps it could work elsewhere. I’m skeptical D.C. can get one (Rosslyn to Georgetown?) because of the National Park Service and well, tophography. Who knows, maybe one from the Jersey Palisades into Manhattan would work. Perhaps a re-purposing of the Roosevelt Island trams…

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Nats, Bryce Harper now jinxed by Sports Illustrated cover

Oh Q@#$%&!

This we didn’t need.

Bryce Harper
has become the second Washington Nationals Sports Illustrated cover boy; Stephen Strasburg was the first. When that happened, DC Sports Bog noted that DC sports coverboys haven’t always been bad omens.

UPDATE:
Ghosts of DC notes that Harper is only the third D.C. baseball player on the cover, joining Strasburgh and Roy Sievers, a 1958 coverboy. Ted Williams was also on the cover as manager in 1969..

Also, Harper shouldn’t he be wearing the home whites. Why couldn’t he have gone with stirrups too? Need to wear solid black shoes too.

Of course, I’ll probably get a copy

41 days until opening day…

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Nats: Boswell chat at 11?

Thomas Boswell, the long-time Post columnist and Washington Nationals fanboy (though he denies it) has been columnizing daily or close to it since he arrived in Viera, Fla. for Spring Training. Here is his preview video:

Boswell wrote one column that essentially said “The excellent baseball players on the Nats are mostly introverts and SO AM I” in addition to his usual stuff. Since he has a good team to write about, he doesn’t have to spend as much time finding ways to make player stats to rationalize his homerism. All fine and good, but those are edited columns and I want BOSWELL UNCHAINED to tell us what he really thinks of the current Nats. Apparently, he’s got a chat at 11 a.m. today. Sometimes those things get posted and nothing happens — that was going on throughout January, so don’t get your hopes up.

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)

Nats Presidents Race bigger than ever with William Howard Taft added

If you were hoping that the Washington Nationals would tone done the Racing Presidents following last season’s long-awaited victory by the Theodore Roosevelt character you are probably disappointed. After the Nats finally “Let Teddy Win“in the final regular season game of 2012 they decided to expand the roster in the offseason. William Howard Taft (“Bill”) is now part of the Presidents Race as a foil to Teddy which is historically accurate — Taft had been Roosevelt’s hand-picked successor, but Roosevelt found himself outraged at the Taft presidency.

Oddly enough, the Taft character isn’t fat (The Nats Enquirer).

Since every idea worth doing is worth overdoing, the Nats are going big with the Presidents Race, traveling over the past week to Mount Rushmore, stopping at several spots along the way to South Dakota. Let Teddy Win has been covering “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure” which includes them riding snowmobiles (the baseball equivalent of “I see Abraham Lincoln on a personal watercraft” I suppose) and Teddy in Deadwood playing poker. There was twitter taunting between @Teddy26Nats and @NatsBigChief27 They reached Mt. Rushmore yesterday:



MORE FROM DC SPORTS BOG:
Taft descendants rally around new racing president

I’m resigned to this being a big part of the Nats identity, but for all that is holy in the church of baseball, please stop calling this “THE MAIN EVENT.”

Digg This
Reddit This
Stumble Now!
Buzz This
Vote on DZone
Share on Facebook
Bookmark this on Delicious
Kick It on DotNetKicks.com
Shout it
Share on LinkedIn
Bookmark this on Technorati
Post on Twitter
Google Buzz (aka. Google Reader)