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Finders, weepers: Tracy Swartz goes on a Pittsburgh scavenger hunt

  • RedEye reporter Tracy Swartz checked the "next year is here" sign off her list.
RedEye reporter Tracy Swartz checked the "next year is here"… (Tracy Swartz / RedEye )
March 31, 2014|By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz

When I was getting ready for my Chicago sports weekend in Pittsburgh, I made a list of famous Chicago things I might see there: deep dish pizza, potholes, athlete statues, etc.

I should have added "disappointment" to the list.

The Blackhawks fell to the Penguins 4-1 on Sunday at the Consol Energy Center.

The next day, the Cubs fell to the Pirates 1-0 in 10 innings on Opening Day.

There were many more Blackhawks fans in Pittsburgh than Cubs fans. I spotted these fans sightseeing at Point State Park and drinking at a church-turned-brewery.

I had already been to the Penguins arena but continue to be impressed by the sight lines and easy walk from downtown.

I was not as impressed by the Hawks' play. I joined other Chicago fans as they hung their heads for a Hawk of Shame leaving the Consol Center.

I expected to see as many Cubs fans at the Pirates game, but the stands were a sea of black and gold.

I visited Pirates PNC Park two years ago, but was excited to go back when I heard the park is selling a new sourdough sandwich with something called a compote and NINE cheeses. I love cheese. I was determined to love the sandwich, called "The Closer."

Alas, it was sold out before the game even started.

The Cubs play was equally disappointing. Forget The Closer—they didn't have any hitters.

Not gouda for anyone.

HOW DID SHE DO?

RedEye's Tracy Swartz was on a mission to track down 15 items during her sports road trip to Pittsburgh.

Got 'em

Potholes

Hot dogs without ketchup

Chicago-centric tattoo

"Next year is here" sign

Statue of a famous athlete

No dice

Blackhawks players at the Cubs-Pirates game

Cubs jersey at the Hawks game

Deep dish pizza

"W" flag

Green or pink Chicago jersey

Goose Island beer

"Welcome home" sign for Brandon Saad

Hawks jersey at the Cubs game

Fan with a Coach Q mustache

Pants-less mascot

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