Keystone Krunch: Pennsylvania May Not Be In The Super Bowl But Its Snacks Will Be The Life Of Many Parties

Although the Steelers and Eagles didn’t make it to the Super Bowl this year, Pennsylvania and Penn State will still be represented on game day — on your plate.

Penn State experts have had a hand in developing, or evolving, many of the Keystone State’s famous finger foods.

While Nittany Lion alumni will represent Penn State on Feb. 2 at MetLife Stadium, Pennsylvania food industries’ wares will be served at Super Bowl parties nationwide. Companies from around the commonwealth — referred to as the snack-food belt — supply many of the Sunday afternoon munchies enjoyed while calling plays from the couch.

If your potato chips are from Utz, Middleswarth, Martin’s, Snyder’s of Hanover or Snyder of Berlin — just to name a few — the snack came from some region of Pennsylvania.

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The Giant Rubber Duck Will Fly Sunday From Its Pittsburgh Nest

A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its nei...

A map of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with its neighborhoods labeled. For use primarily in the list of Pittsburgh neighborhoods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After hatching on Sept. 27, the duck is ready to leave the nest.

The 40-foot rubber duck, the brainbird of Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman that has been floating in the Allegheny River just off of Point State Park the past few weeks, will fly out of town at 11 p.m. Sunday, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust said this morning.

Despite petitions to keep the duck here, the trust is sticking with its initial plan to remove the bird, coinciding with the Steelers vs. Ravens game Sunday at Heinz Field. At that point, the duck will be taken to an undisclosed location, cleaned, dried and put in storage at a warehouse in the South Side.

“It came in like a lion, let’s let it go like a lamb,” said Paul Organisak, vice president of programming for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

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Turnovers Plague Eagles In Loss To Cincinnati

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles' coach, after t...

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles’ coach, after the Eagles’ training camp in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHILADELPHIA – Following a one-game flirtation with competence, the Philadelphia Eagles got back to doing what they do best Thursday night.

That is, they couldn’t get out of their own way in another embarrassing defeat, this one a 34-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals at Lincoln Financial Field.

Making this one even more disgraceful was that the Eagles (4-10) were ahead late in the third quarter before the wheels came off in a dumbfounding series of turnovers that led to 24 Cincinnati points in 31/2 minutes.

Leading by three and in position to extend the advantage and win their second in a row after losing eight straight games, the bumbling Birds instead turned the ball over four times in the next six minutes to match their season high with five giveaways.

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Vick Fumbles Away Eagles’ Opportunity To Win In Pittsburgh

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick a...

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick after the Eagles’ training camp in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PITTSBURGH, PA  - As long as Michael Vick thinks fumbling the ball away on the opponent’s goal line is just one of those things that happens sometimes, the Eagles are never going to be a championship-level team.

If you were to view Sunday’s missed opportunity in a vacuum, that assessment might seem harsh.  Vick wasn’t waving the ball around on the first-quarter quarterback draw that took him from the Steelers‘ 3 to the 1, then took the ball into the end zone, without Vick attached.  Safety Ryan Clark made a great play, jarring the fumble loose with his shoulder.  Then linebacker Larry Foote recovered it in the end zone.  In one play, a scoreless game went from first-and-goal, Eagles, to Steelers’ ball at their 20.

Read more:   http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/eagles/20121008_Vick_fumbles_away_Eagles__opportunity_to_win_in_Pittsburgh.html

NFL: Vick Hurts Throwing Hand In Preseason Opener

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles' coach, after t...

Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles’ coach, after the Eagles’ training camp in Lehigh, Pennsylvania. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

PHILADELPHIA — Nobody was expecting perfection, or symmetry, or anything in the neighborhood.  A pair of news conferences conducted earlier in the week guaranteed as much.The Eagles had to begin their season at some point, and Thursday was it.  Heartache would not prevent it.

Andy Reid, two days removed from his oldest son’s funeral, was on the sideline at Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles overcame three deficits to top the Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-23, on a 51-yard field goal by Alex Henery.

“It was a tough week, but this is our outlet,” Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans said.  “This is our outlet and it gives us a chance to forget about things, put things aside for three hours and come out here and play this game.”

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