Mar 212016
 

Antonio Brown begins his quest for the Mirror Ball Trophy tonight on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. He’s hoping to foxtrot in the footsteps of another great Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Hines Ward, who won the show back in 2011. AB will face a little tougher competition as this year will also feature former QB Doug Flutie and this year’s Super Bowl MVP linebacker Von Miller of the Broncos. Although, truthfully, I’m more interested in seeing Stephanie Tanner from Full House who, um, really grew up.

Anyway, each “celebrity” is partnered with a professional dancer. The winner is determined half by judges’ scores and half by viewer voting which means it’s up to Steeler Nation to represent. When Hines was on, I’d dvr it and just fast forward to his parts. It’s pretty cheesy but the lady dancers wear skimpy outfits and have amazing bodies so there’s that. Plus the Black and Gold could always use a second Mirror Ball to go along with the six Lombardi’s.

It’s a long way from training camp.

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Jan 132016
 

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When Ben Roethlisberger returned to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a game winning drive against the Cincinnati Bengals, it was thought he had some sort of sprain to his throwing shoulder but no significant damage. Well, on his weekly radio show, Ben now says he did indeed tear some ligaments in addition to spraining his AC joint (basically your shoulder socket). While that sounds dire, he claims to be fine reaching back to throw with all the pain coming during the follow-through. Where that leaves him for Sunday’s Divisional Round game against the Denver Broncos is anyone’s guess. Continue reading »

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Jan 102016
 

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The Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 18-16 in an absolute bloodbath on Wild Card weekend. What for three quarters was a dull and frankly pretty forgettable playoff game will be remembered for a long time because of what happened in the fourth quarter. In the meantime, the Steelers-Bengals rivalry looks to have eclipsed Steelers-Ravens when it comes to straight out hatred. Continue reading »

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Jan 042016
 

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Thank you, Rex.

A week after Bill Belichick all but waved the white flag, Rex Ryan brought his new team to play, in the process knocking his old team out of the playoffs. The Bills upsetting the Jets left the post-season door wide open. Literally minutes later, the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns 28-12 to backdoor into the NFL Playoffs. As with everything involving the Black and Gold, it wasn’t easy. Continue reading »

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Dec 212015
 

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Don’t worry, I’m not going to spoil Star Wars for the two people out there who still haven’t seen it.

Yesterday’s match-up was seen as the irresistible force meeting the immoveable object. The Black and Gold’s best in the league offense being the force while Denver’s top ranked defense being the object. At halftime, it appeared the immoveable wouldn’t be budged. Then the force awakened in time to see the Pittsburgh Steelers rally for a thrilling comeback victory over the Denver Broncos 34-27. Continue reading »

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Dec 102015
 

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And I thought lap dances at Blush were expensive…

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown was fined $12,000 for his post humping celebration during Sunday’s win over the Colts. $11,576 to be exact. Or, as AB called it, “a little fine.” Man, it must be awesome to be so rich you can afford to blow twelve grand making an idiot of yourself on national TV.

The NFL’s fine system factors in multiple violations and is calculated as a percentage of your game check. So the $12,000 number likely indicates he’s been fined before. Unlike earlier in the year when the league fined Cam Heyward for the terrible sin of honoring his late father who died of cancer during Cancer Awareness Month, I have no problem with this one. If Brown wants to waste his money foolishly, more power to him.

I know, I know, some people will say the “No Fun League” strikes again. Honestly, I hate post-touchdown celebrations. Even “normal” ones where a guy does a little dance or whatever and there’s no chance of injury strike annoy me. AB, however, has twice now done something crazy – first the back-flip into the end zone, then the Wile E. Coyote – and it would be pretty unforgivable if he were to injure himself one of of these. Mike Tomlin really needs to sack up and put a stop to it before the worst happens.

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Dec 072015
 

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It’s all fun and games until somebody gets hurt. I guess nobody ever told Antonio Brown that.

AB’s ridiculous post humping attempt was the only black mark on an otherwise sterling effort from the Black and Gold last night. For those who went to bed early, the Pittsburgh Steelers obliterated the Indianapolis Colts 45-10 on Sunday Night Football. The game was close for about a quarter and a half, then the Steelers kicked it into gear and it turned into a straight up clowning. Continue reading »

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Nov 162015
 

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With all due respect to Charlie Batch and Terry Hanratty, this Roethlisberger guy is the best backup quarterback the Black and Gold have ever had. He might even have a future as a starter.

Ah, it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. Except in this case, the fun started when someone got hurt. Landry Jones left the game six plays in and Ben Roethlisberger came off the bench to lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to a 30-9 shellacking of the Cleveland Browns. It was the first time Big Ben rode to the rescue since that fabled day back in 2004 when he stepped in for an injured Tommy Maddox and ripped off thirteen straight wins. Continue reading »

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Nov 092015
 

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Cursed I tell ya. This team is f@#king cursed.

In my thirty odd years of watching football, I have never seen a run quite like the Pittsburgh Steelers are on. The good news is their first outing since losing superstar running back Le’Veon Bell for the season was a success. The bad news is they lost their superstar quarterback in the process. Hey, at least we had him for two weeks!

Yesterday, the Pittsburgh Steelers edged the Oakland Raiders 38-35 as quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was injured yet again, this time a foot sprain that preliminary reports say will sideline him for three weeks. I suppose as injuries go this was a mild one and the timing couldn’t be better. The Steelers have the hapless Browns next week then a bye. Just the fact we’ve lost our star QB for the second time this season, though, is absolutely mind-blowing. Continue reading »

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Oct 262015
 

Even Cinderella had to be home by midnight. The clock struck twelve yesterday for the Pittsburgh Steelers,¬†falling to the Kansas City Chiefs 23-13 in quarterback Landry Jones first NFL start. Some of you might think this metaphor is directed at Jones who a week after playing nearly flawlessly committed three costly turnovers. It isn’t.

Nope, the coach that turned back into the pumpkin yesterday was the Steelers defense. Going into the year,¬†nobody wondered how good they could be but rather if they could not be bad enough for the offense to overcome. Through the first six weeks they were a pleasant surprise, if not winning games then certainly being more of a help than a hindrance. Yesterday, that all went bye-bye. Continue reading »

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