Jan 142016
 

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What’s left of the Pittsburgh Steelers practiced on Wednesday. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was obviously not among them as he continues to nurse an injured throwing shoulder. Ben is expected to give it a go in the Divisional Playoff against the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Reports are his availability will only be limited by his pain tolerance – and perhaps the effectiveness of whatever painkilling injections he takes prior to kick off.

In Ben’s absence, the offense is being run by Landry Jones. Jones assumed the role of back up this season after coming off the bench to lead the Steelers to a win against the Arizona Cardinals. He followed that with a solid if unspectacular performance in a loss against the Chiefs. Jones was supposed to start a couple weeks later in Cleveland but was hurt on the opening drive, allowing Ben to enter as the “emergency back up” and proceed to torch the hapless Browns for 379 yards and 3 TDs. Continue reading »

Week 6 Recap: A Hero Named Landry

 Posted by at 5:10 am  Landry Jones, Martavis Bryant, Michael Vick, Not Football Players, Recaps  Comments Off on Week 6 Recap: A Hero Named Landry
Oct 192015
 

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It was inevitable. When the Pittsburgh Steelers took Landry Jones in the fourth round of the draft three years ago, I noted the irony of the Black and Gold selecting a guy named after the legendary head coach of one of our greatest rivals. Despite the fact he played horrifically in every preseason since, I suppose it was fated he’d one day come to our rescue. Yes, Steeler Nation has a new hero, a hero named Landry.

The Steelers moved to 4-2 on the season by defeating the Arizona Cardinals 25-13. It only took three quarterbacks and four kickers to finally arrive at this point. Michael Vick once again started and once again looked atrocious. The announcers keep saying he doesn’t understand the offense which is probably a fair point to some extent but he misses so many open receivers his ineffectiveness can’t be blamed totally on that. Continue reading »

Week 5 Recap: Saved By The Bell

 Posted by at 12:39 pm  Cameron Heyward, Le'Veon Bell, Michael Vick, Mike Tomlin, Not Football Players, Recaps, Stephon Tuitt, Todd Haley  Comments Off on Week 5 Recap: Saved By The Bell
Oct 132015
 

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Yeah, I’m late again. I’m sure Steeler Nation saw Monday Night Football. And if you didn’t, well, I feel sorry for you. What happened last night will be remembered for a long long time.

Not since the Charlie Batch Game have the Pittsburgh Steelers pulled off such a thrilling last second victory. Except last night, the Steelers defeated the San Diego Chargers on a last second touchdown from Le’Veon Bell. What’s more, if Bell had been stopped short, the game would’ve been over and the Steelers would’ve lost. There was literally no time left.

Credit Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley for having balls the size of California’s state debt. Continue reading »

Week 4 Recap: Scobee Sinks Steelers

 Posted by at 10:17 am  Antonio Brown, Linebackers, Michael Vick, Mike Tomlin, Not Football Players, Ratbirds, Recaps, Secondary, Stephon Tuitt  Comments Off on Week 4 Recap: Scobee Sinks Steelers
Oct 022015
 

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Yeah, I’m late. I was up late on a work night for obvious reasons. Besides, I’m sure everybody saw what happened last night. There will be much talking about and digital ink spilled on the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Steelers but to me it’s a bunch of sound and fury signifying nothing.

We lost because our kicker sucks. Period. End of story.

I hate to be *that* guy but after Josh Scobee missed an extra point in our week 2 victory over the Niners, I wrote the following:

“I’m so glad we traded a 6th round pick for a totally useless kicker that probably should be cut before he costs us a game (and, mark my words, he WILL cost us a game eventually).”

And, sure enough, eventually finally happened (RIP Yogi). I understand sports is not a knee-jerk business. I get as frustrated as anybody when a player makes one bad pitch or one bad play and 200 yinzers on Twitter want him cut. But at the same time, there are times when you can clearly see somebody doesn’t have it. And it’s annoying that teams seemingly ignore the obvious hoping it’ll go away until something so catastrophic happens they’re forced into action. Continue reading »

Know Thy Enemy: Baltimore Ravens

 Posted by at 5:10 am  Circle of Hate, Game Preview, Michael Vick, Ratbirds  Comments Off on Know Thy Enemy: Baltimore Ravens
Oct 012015
 

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Once upon a time, an AFC North match-up promised to be a tight low-scoring game between two teams with hard-hitting ferocious defenses. My how times have changed. The North now features two of the top five offenses in football and three of the top fifteen. Plus the Browns!

Defense? We don’t need no stinkin’ defense.

The North also features two of the bottom tier defenses in the NFL. One of those belongs to those loveable Browns. The other? It’s held by the 0-3 Baltimore Ravens. Times have changed indeed.

Nobody has to tell the Pittsburgh Steelers about change. Our defense has a new coordinator for the first time since 2004. Troy Polamalu has retired as has Ike Taylor and every other defensive luminary from our two recent Super Bowl winning teams. James Harrison is the last man left standing. 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 »

Michael Vick Signs With Steelers

 Posted by at 4:44 am  Big Ben, Injury Report, Landry Jones, Michael Vick, Mike Tomlin  Comments Off on Michael Vick Signs With Steelers
Aug 262015
 

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Oh boy…

Can we ever have one nice quiet preseason? Just one? Please? Is that too much to ask?

Apparently, Maurkice Pouncey wasn’t the only one to suffer a significant injury in Sunday’s game against Green Bay. Back-up quarterback Bruce Gradkowski left with an undisclosed “wrist injury” which has been disclosed to have required season-ending surgery. Which put the Black and Gold in the market for a quarterback. And they found one, oh boy did they find one.

Michael Vick has signed a one year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Continue reading »