A Football Life: The Immaculate Reception
Much was made last year of the 40th anniversary of the signature play in Steelers history, one that helped launch the team’s 1970s dynasty that included four championships in six seasons from 1974-79. This DVD delves deep into that moment and what it meant to the game’s history. And in this mediocre season, it’s a nice reminder of better days. $14.95, available at The Pittsburgh Fan, 206 Federal St., North Shore.
Revival by the River
The 2013 season was a landmark one for the Pirates as they had a winning record and made the playoffs for the first time in more than 20 years. The Post-Gazette was there each step of the way, all of which are documented in rich and engaging detail in this book about an unforgettable run. Available at store.post-gazette.com; $9.99.
The System: The Glory and Scandal of Big-Time College Football
As the title clearly states, this book by veteran journalists Jeff Benedict and Armen Keteyian details what they describe as “the shocking realities that lie beneath this colossal, multibillion-dollar industry.” Major college athletics function like a sausage factory, with lots of unknown goods squeezed into a package. This book captures all of the detail that goes into that process. Available at Barnes & Noble; $27.95.
Air ‘Cutchen shirt
It will take some time for Andrew McCutchen to build the cult-like reputation that Michael Jordan enjoys, one embodied by his famous “Jump Man” logo. But after a banner 2013 season in which he was named the National League MVP, Commonwealth Press has a shirt that helps symbolize a budding Pittsburgh sports icon. Available at Commonwealth Press, 1931 E. Carson St., South Side; $15
Penguins snapback hat
Once the ugly stepchild of the fitted hat, snapback hats have soared in popularity in recent years. When heading to Consol Energy Center for games, a fan’s outfit is almost incomplete without a hat. This stylish option fills that void. $10 at PensGear, 442 S. 27th St., South Side.