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Best of the 'Burgh 2010: Sports

Our editors pick the best of the best in Pittsburgh sports and recreation.




Best Indoor Rock Climbing: These days, there are plenty of synthetic rocks to climb—they’ve become of staple of gyms, schools and playgrounds. But for serious climbers, nothing beats The Climbing Wall in Point Breeze. Installed in a former factory space, The Climbing Wall is 14,000 square feet of simulated slabs, verticals and overhangs. Visitors can practice their top-rope skills and even leading (the toughest task in mountaineering). For folks who don’t like to meddle with ropes, there’s also an expansive “bouldering” section, where climbers can puzzle out routes without getting too high off the ground. Never ascended before? The Climbing Wall offers classes in everything high-altitude. Even intermediate climbers will reach new heights. 7501 Penn Ave., Point Breeze; 412/247-7334, theclimbingwall.net. — Robert Isenberg

Readers' Poll: Best Bowling Alley: Arsenal Lanes, 212 44th St., Lawrenceville; 412/683-5992, arsenalbowl.com
Readers' Poll: Best Fitness Club: Keystone Health Club & Café, 655 Braddock Ave., East Pittsburgh; 412/349-0777, keystonehealthclub.com
Readers' Poll: Best Yoga Studio: Yoga Flow, yogaflowpittsburgh.com

Best Strange Games: There’s Silverball, Motion, Black Stag and Yoink! If you want to play Human Curling, you’d better find an office chair and a good broom. Obscure Games is the brainchild of Adam Nelson, an economic analyst and Bloomfield resident who decided that Pittsburghers should play more. Nelson and his cohorts have created a dozen original, low-commitment sports. This is athletics for people who prefer fun over serious sweat, and it’s a great way to spend a dull Sunday. The first Steel City Games Fest was held in August, which was made possible by a Sprout Fund Seed award that Nelson received. Got an idea for an Obscure Game? These players are always looking for new concepts. obscuregamespgh.com, steelcitygamesfest.com. — R.I.

Readers' Poll: Best Golf Course: Oakmont Country Club, 1233 Hulton Road, Oakmont; 412/828-3330, oakmont-countryclub.org
Readers' Poll: Best Stadium: PNC Park, 115 Federal St., North Shore; 412/321-2827
Readers' Poll: Best Team: Pittsburgh Penguins

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Best Way to Add Some Zip to a Weekend Trip: Sure, a leisurely nature hike with the family sounds like a nice, tranquil way to spend a Saturday, but why walk through the pines when you can soar above them instead? Nemacolin Woodland Resort’s new FatBird Flyer Zip Line offers thrill-seekers a 1,060-foot flight through the forest that can reach up to 60 miles per hour. Not only is the ride smooth, safe and fun, it also offers a birds-eye view of the rolling green countryside. The zip line is part of the resort’s elevated ropes course, which challenges groups to overcome aerial obstacles with teamwork, trust and communication. Family bonding time is always more fun 40 feet above ground, so bring the kids: If they’re scaredy cats, there is a 20-foot course and a Little Tykes course for the vertically challenged. 1001 LaFayette Drive, Farmington; 724/329-8555, nemacolin.com. — Sean Patrick Conboy

Readers' Poll: Best Athlete: Sidney Crosby
Readers' Poll: Best Play of the Year: Max Talbot's game-winning goal in the Stanley Cup Finals
Readers' Poll: Best Coach: Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers

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Celebrating 5 Pittsburghers Who Built Careers Behind the Bar

Pittsburgh is a city that celebrates its neighborhood bars. In some of those spots, second- and third-generation regulars are pulling up their stools to be served by someone who started pouring drinks decades ago.

Second Chances: Crossroads in the Kitchen

People working to overcome substance abuse problems and ex-offenders discover a welcoming environment in restaurant kitchens.

How to Pamper Yourself in Pittsburgh

Looking to beat the winter doldrums? We round up the best places and experiences for a little personal indulgence.

Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

The Tongee family now operates Burgh Thai in Verona.

The Growing Popularity of Shooting a Clay Pigeon

Skeet shooting is taking off as a favored western Pennsylvania hobby.

Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Until they solve it, the Steelers are more of a Fantasy League team than they are a Super Bowl team.

New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

The mystery thriller is latest to cash in on the city’s filming opportunities.

Andrew McCutchen: Thanks for the Memories

It's hard to overemphasize McCutchen's impact on the Pirates and its fan base.

How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

A lot of grooms-to-be propose on Mt. Washington. Not many decorate beforehand.

Bitter End’s Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Chefs Becca Hegarty and Rick Easton to cook comfort food to help Hegarty’s mother.

Former Art Institute Housing to Be Converted into Condos

Downtown is booming as plans develop for yet another new apartment building.

Big Ben Not Ready to Retire –– But He's Making Plans

Ben Roethlisberger will do as many former athletes have and start the next phase of his career with a dining venture.

The Post is Quite Good, I, Tonya is Even Better

Reviews of "The Post," "I, Tonya" and "The Commuter," plus local movie news and notes.

Tequila Cowboy: Fine For Some, Apparently a Bad Idea for Others

The bar, which hosted a bizarre incident involving a top Steelers coach, is fine enough for the post-collegiate set.

Researchers and Pittsburgh Dad Agree - The ‘Man Flu’ is Real

There is now science to challenge the popular notion that men are wimps when sidelined by a cold.
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New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

The mystery thriller is latest to cash in on the city’s filming opportunities.

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Andrew McCutchen: Thanks for the Memories

Andrew McCutchen: Thanks for the Memories

It's hard to overemphasize McCutchen's impact on the Pirates and its fan base.

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All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

The Tongee family now operates Burgh Thai in Verona.

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Bitter End’s Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Bitter End’s Chicken Dinner Fundraiser

Chefs Becca Hegarty and Rick Easton to cook comfort food to help Hegarty’s mother.

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Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
Best of the ‘Burgh Gift Guide for 2017

Best of the ‘Burgh Gift Guide for 2017

Here are some of our favorite ‘Burgh-inspired gifts for him, her, kids, foodies and more.

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Meet the Winner of Our 2017 Cutest Pet Contest

Meet the Winner of Our 2017 Cutest Pet Contest

The winner received the most votes among five dogs, four cats and a bunny.

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Tequila Cowboy: Fine For Some, Apparently a Bad Idea for Others

Tequila Cowboy: Fine For Some, Apparently a Bad Idea for Others

The bar, which hosted a bizarre incident involving a top Steelers coach, is fine enough for the post-collegiate set.

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Five Essential January Events in Pittsburgh

Five Essential January Events in Pittsburgh

Country crooners, unsung pop icons, on-ice acrobatics and more winter warmers.

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Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Until they solve it, the Steelers are more of a Fantasy League team than they are a Super Bowl team.

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Steelers Must Avoid ‘Captain Ahab’ Approach to the Jaguars

Steelers Must Avoid ‘Captain Ahab’ Approach to the Jaguars

The Patriots are to the Steelers what Moby Dick was to Captain Ahab and that kind of obsession can backfire.

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The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
The Post is Quite Good, I, Tonya is Even Better

The Post is Quite Good, I, Tonya is Even Better

Reviews of "The Post," "I, Tonya" and "The Commuter," plus local movie news and notes.

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Documentary Week at Row House Brings Fresh, Invigorating Films

Documentary Week at Row House Brings Fresh, Invigorating Films

Reviews of "Rat Film" and "Big Sonia," plus local movie news and notes.

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Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

A lot of grooms-to-be propose on Mt. Washington. Not many decorate beforehand.

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These Elaborate Proposals Were Sure to Get a “Yes”

These Elaborate Proposals Were Sure to Get a “Yes”

Thinking of popping the question? Take a note from these grooms-to-be who set the bar high.

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Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Former Art Institute Housing to Be Converted into Condos

Former Art Institute Housing to Be Converted into Condos

Downtown is booming as plans develop for yet another new apartment building.

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Lesson Learned: How Design Changed a North Allegheny Classroom

Lesson Learned: How Design Changed a North Allegheny Classroom

Frustrated by his sterile white classroom, teacher Greg Geibel earned an A+ from students when he transformed the space into something resembling a modern coffeehouse.

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