Laurels & lances: Time, Steelers and a diocese
Laurel: To Time magazine for naming four journalists and a newspaper as the 2018 Person of the Year. In an era when the media have been labeled the "enemy of the people," Time's acknowledgment of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi; the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., where five people were gunned down; and three other journalists who have been arrested or detained helps reinforce that finding the truth, that facts, that holding public officials accountable still matter.
Lance: To Steelers great Rocky Bleier. Some are lauding him for speaking out against his former team's recent performances. But Bleier has basically made his living for several decades being a former Steeler. He just can't say, "I'm done." Is he really willing to give up on leading Terrible Towel twirls and attending 1970s Steelers appearances? We expected more from you, Rock. But while we're at it …
Lance: To the louts who drink to excess before and during games at Heinz Field and ruin the experience for those around them. The Steelers' play lately has been bad enough without fans making it worse. Given the Steelers' many woes, there is no reason to taunt opposing fans who happen to be cheering for someone other than the Black and Gold. It's clear that alcohol and lousy play by the home team just don't mix well. Too bad there is not a cap on alcohol consumption at athletic events.
Laurel: To the Altoona-Johnstown diocese for coming clean about the costs of settling clergy sex abuse cases.
Lance: To the same diocese for years of turning a blind eye, passing predator priests from parish to parish and running up those bills in the first place.