Television commercials. Radio spots. Electronic billboards ... in Allegheny County.
It's all for a tournament starting Friday at Canon-McMillan High School. And get this ... it has nothing to do with wrestling.
Western Pennsylvania's wrestling hotbed is host to this year's EQT Energy Classic, a boys basketball tipoff tournament that pits a handful of area teams against a couple from Eastern Kentucky. The tournament, which runs from Friday through Sunday and features radio coverage of every game, has its own website. http://www.eqtenergyclassic.com/index.htm. You can even like it on facebook.
Billed as the "Backyard Bluegrass Battle", the EQT Classic brings defending champion Pikesville (Ky.) and Allen Central to Western Pennsylvania. Canon-Mac, Trinity, Wash High, Waynesburg, Burgettstown and West Greene will represent the Washington-Greene region.
(For the record, I'll predict a Canon-McMillan vs. Washington final Sunday at 6 p.m.)
That game could be preceded by an Elvis impersonator.
The sponsor has made a major investment in the tournament, which will return to Kentucky next year. It will be interesting to see how this area responds.