Big Ben Was Concussed Unless He Wasn’t

 Posted by at 5:13 am  Big Ben, Injury Report  Comments Off on Big Ben Was Concussed Unless He Wasn’t
Dec 032015
 

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned to practice yesterday after clearing the league’s concussion protocols. He entered those protocols after self-reporting symptoms from an illegal helmet-to-helmet hit during Sunday’s loss to the Seahawks. That’s what we know for sure. What we don’t know is if Ben even had a concussion.

On his weekly Tuesday radio show, Ben said the tests indicated he didn’t suffer a concussion. About an hour later, coach Mike Tomlin said he was concussed and would remain under the league’s concussion protocols for the time being. When reporters caught up with Ben, he explained that he hasn’t suffered any of the classic symptoms associated with a concussion and was told his test “looked fine” before somebody went to Tomlin and told him the opposite. Yesterday, he took another test and this time everybody was on the same page as he passed it before returning to practice. Continue reading »

Week 12 Recap: Sum Of All Fears

 Posted by at 5:22 am  Big Ben, Injury Report, Recaps, Secondary, Tomlinisms, Wide Receivers  Comments Off on Week 12 Recap: Sum Of All Fears
Nov 302015
 

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At halftime, Mike Tomlin was asked about his decision to try a risky fake punt/pass which resulting in an interception that set up the Seahawks’ first touchdown. “We aren’t going to live in our fears. We’re going to live in our hopes” was his classic response. Unfortunately over the next three quarters, Steeler Nation saw all their worst fears come to life. And in the end we watched the Seattle Seahawks defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in a wild 39-30 shootout.

Since it was a national game I assume 99.9% of you watched it so there’s no need for a play-by-play recap. Instead, I’ll just give some random thoughts about yesterday’s costly loss. Let’s start with our defense. Although what we saw from them yesterday might barely qualify as such. Continue reading »

Week 10 Recap: Big Ben To The Rescue

 Posted by at 5:22 am  AFC North, Antonio Brown, Big Ben, Circle of Hate, Landry Jones, Martavis Bryant, Recaps  Comments Off on Week 10 Recap: Big Ben To The Rescue
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 »

Life Without Big Ben: Part 2

 Posted by at 5:47 am  Big Ben, Injury Report, Landry Jones  Comments Off on Life Without Big Ben: Part 2
Nov 112015
 

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Sometimes I feel like Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day.” Except instead of reliving the same day over and over, I keep typing the same “What are the Steelers gonna do with Joe Schmokowski injured?” post every other week.

This week’s edition concerns Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. As we all saw last Sunday, he was carted off the field for the second time this season, this time with an unspecified ankle injury. Well, the good news was the MRI was negative. It’s being called a mid-foot sprain which takes an unspecified amount of time to heal – basically, you can play as soon as the pain subsides enough to be manageable. Continue reading »

Week 9 Recap: Another Sunday, Another Injury

 Posted by at 5:29 am  Antonio Brown, Big Ben, DeAngelo Williams, Recaps, Secondary  Comments Off on Week 9 Recap: Another Sunday, Another Injury
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 »

Week 8 Recap: When It Rains, It Pours

 Posted by at 7:17 am  AFC North, Big Ben, Circle of Hate, DeAngelo Williams, Le'Veon Bell, Recaps, Secondary  Comments Off on Week 8 Recap: When It Rains, It Pours
Nov 022015
 

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Cursed. The Pittsburgh Steelers are f*cking cursed.

Le’Veon Bell suspended the first two games, Martavis Bryant the first four. Bell comes back just in time for Ben Roethlisberger to miss four games with a knee injury. Ben comes back and a little over a quarter later, Bell falls to the ground clutching his knee in agony.

Cursed.

The really sad part is that by every right the Steelers should’ve beaten the Bengals yesterday. Instead, Steelers star running back Le’Veon Bell is lost for the season in team’s 16-10 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. The loss drops the Black and Gold to 4-4 and all but ends any hope of winning the AFC North. Of course, the team has more immediate concerns. Continue reading »

Know Thy Enemy: Arizona Cardinals

 Posted by at 5:49 am  Big Ben, Flying Circus, Game Preview, Injury Report  Comments Off on Know Thy Enemy: Arizona Cardinals
Oct 162015
 

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Sorry for the lack of posting this week. I’ve been a bit under the weather but I’m making a comeback. Ben Roethlisberger would love to make a comeback of his own this week after returning to practice the past few days. Unfortunately, it doesn’t appear to be in the Cards.

Thank you, I’ll be here all week. Try the veal.

Ben would surely love to play this week, not only to help the Pittsburgh Steelers try and keep pace with the undefeated Bengals but because our opponents are the Arizona Cardinals. The Cards are coached by old friend Bruce Arians, our offensive coordinator for five seasons until he “retired” (for about 48 hours). Arians has long been hailed as Ben’s best friend in football. In fact, despite overseeing some pretty good offenses – including our first 4,000 yard passer, 1,000 yard rusher, and 1,000 yard receiver in the same season – Arians retired was fired primarily because the team felt he was too chummy with his quarterback. Continue reading »

Big Ben Says No Harm, Maybe A Foul

 Posted by at 5:44 am  Big Ben, Injury Report  Comments Off on Big Ben Says No Harm, Maybe A Foul
Sep 302015
 

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Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger spoke for the first time since sustaining that scary looking knee injury last Sunday against the Rams. In my recap, I mentioned the look on Ben’s face not being his usual poker face when suffering an injury. Turns out, there was reason for that. Ben told reporters when he initially got to the sideline he feared his leg was broken.

Which makes the fact he chose to limp off the field instead of taking the cart pretty damn crazy. Continue reading »

Week 3 Recap: Big Ben Struck Down

 Posted by at 4:30 am  Big Ben, Le'Veon Bell, Michael Vick, Recaps, Secondary  Comments Off on Week 3 Recap: Big Ben Struck Down
Sep 282015
 

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Catastrophe has struck. Actually, given our new starting quarterback, a better phrase might be, “What a doggone shame!” Sorry, bad puns a product of a childhood spent obsessively watching the Adam West Batman. Holy Nightmare, Steeler Nation!

Besides, if I didn’t laugh, I’d cry.

The Pittsburgh Steelers left Sunday with a 12-6 victory over the St. Louis Rams. As far as victories go, this was about as hollow as they get. Early in the third quarter, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger stepped up in the pocket only to get his knee bent in an way knees aren’t supposed to bend by a lunging Mark Barron. This sort of crawl-tackle was made illegal after Tom Brady was lost for a season because of it but of course no flag was thrown because only Tom Brady can’t be touched I guess. Continue reading »

Is Big Ben The Best Steelers QB Ever?

 Posted by at 5:43 am  Big Ben, Steel Dynasty  Comments Off on Is Big Ben The Best Steelers QB Ever?
Sep 242015
 

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With Sunday’s win, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger tied Terry Bradshaw for most wins in team history at 107. While Ben still trails in Super Bowl rings, it’s impossible to dispute he’s the best quarterback we’ve had since the Blonde Bomber. But the question has to be asked, is he better? Is Big Ben best Steelers QB ever? Continue reading »