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


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.


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 »

Week 7 Recap: Doomsday For Landry

 Posted by at 10:26 am  Antonio Brown, Heath Miller, Landry Jones, Offensive Line, Recaps  Comments Off on Week 7 Recap: Doomsday For Landry
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 »

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


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


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


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 »

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


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 »

Week 2 Recap: Always Bet On Black (And Gold)

 Posted by at 5:27 am  Big Ben, DeAngelo Williams, Keith Butler, Linebackers, Mike Tomlin, Recaps, Ryan Shazier  Comments Off on Week 2 Recap: Always Bet On Black (And Gold)
Sep 212015


Boy, that was fun.

The Pittsburgh Steelers notched their first win of the season by obliterating the San Francisco 49ers 43-18. Yes, there’s still a lot of football left to be played in 2015. And, yes, the Niners were at a pretty big disadvantage having to travel across country on a short week while their opponent had ten days to prepare. Those things given, it’s hard to be anything less than impressed with the Black and Gold’s showing yesterday.

A thorough recap would be impossible because pretty much everybody on our side played a great game. Ben Roethlisberger was as close to perfection as you can get, going 21-27 for 369 yards and three TDs. Antonio Brown caught 9 of them for 195 and a TD. DeAngelo Williams – Le’Veon who? – in his final start for the foreseeable rushed for 77 yards and 3 TDs. Darrius Heyward-Bey and Markus Wheaton had productive games, each catching one long bomb (41 and 48 yards, respectively) to set up a scoring drive. Continue reading »

Week 1 Recap: What’s The Frequency, Belichick ?

 Posted by at 10:37 am  Circle of Hate, DeAngelo Williams, Recaps, Todd Haley, Wide Receivers  Comments Off on Week 1 Recap: What’s The Frequency, Belichick ?
Sep 112015


Never change, Patriots.

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost their season opener to the New England Patriots 28-21. I’d like to say something like “the score really wasn’t that close” but the truth is it really was that close. The Steelers didn’t play badly at all – in fact, even their much maligned defense didn’t play all that terribly. They got absolutely abused by Rob Gronkowski (5 catches, 94 yards, 3 TDs) although in all fairness Gronk is a freak of nature that can and will wreck even the best of secondaries given the chance.

Old school Steeler fans aren’t going to like it but the days of the Black and Gold shutting people out are over. The team as presently constructed is going to win by scoring a lot of points on offense while hoping the defense can hold the opponent somewhere around 25 points. If anything, last night’s loss was on the offense. The Steelers squandered at least four golden opportunities to score, costing themselves at very least 14 points. Continue reading »

Wild Card Recap: Dog Day Afternoon

 Posted by at 6:08 am  Big Ben, James Harrison, NFL Playoffs, Offensive Line, Ratbirds, Recaps, Secondary  Comments Off on Wild Card Recap: Dog Day Afternoon
Jan 042015

Steeler Dog

Two important things were learned from the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-17 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs.

1 – The Steelers high-powered offense is a collection of burned out light bulbs without running back Le’Veon Bell.

2 – Whatever concussion protocols the Steelers have in place, they might want to look into changing them.

The second point became extremely apparent when Ben Roethlisberger‘s head bounced off the Heinz Field turf during the last of the Ratbirds five sacks. Ben went to the sideline while Bruce Gradkowski came in and calmly converted a 3rd and 21. After three plays from the Polish Rifle, Ben returned and promptly threw a game-ending interception into triple coverage in the end zone. I have to think he wasn’t playing with all his marbles when he made that pass because otherwise I have no idea why he’d throw that ball into a crowd of Ravens with literally nobody open. Continue reading »

Week 17 Recap: Winning The Battle, Losing The War

 Posted by at 2:21 pm  AFC North, Antonio Brown, Circle of Hate, Injury Report, Le'Veon Bell, Recaps  Comments Off on Week 17 Recap: Winning The Battle, Losing The War
Dec 292014


It’s Black Monday for the twenty teams that didn’t qualify for the NFL Playoffs. It’s “cross your fingers and pray” Monday for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

For the first time since 2010, the Black and Gold are your AFC North champions thanks to a resounding 27-17 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals. The game itself was another solid performance by the Steelers in all three phases. The win catapulted them to the #3 seed and the privilege of hosting a playoff game at Heinz Field this weekend. However, every bit of good news was overshadowed when superstar running back – and team MVP – Le’Veon Bell left the game after taking a vicious hit to the knee early in the second half. Continue reading »