Division Playoff Recap: The One That Got Away

 Posted by at 5:18 am  Big Ben, James Harrison, NFL Playoffs, Recaps, Running Backs, Secondary, Special Teams  Comments Off on Division Playoff Recap: The One That Got Away
Jan 182016
 

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When it comes to crushing losses, there are different kinds of disappointment. There are games where your team is clearly overmatched yet fight valiantly, maybe even offer a few glimmers of hope before ultimately falling to the superior team. And then there are the games where they play well enough to win but make just enough mistakes to leave the door open a crack and the other team eventually takes advantage to pull out a win. That one is by far the worst.

It also best describes the Pittsburgh Steelers season ending 23-16 loss to the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. Continue reading »

Jones Demoted But Still Employed

 Posted by at 5:04 am  Mike Tomlin, Special Teams  Comments Off on Jones Demoted But Still Employed
Dec 092015
 

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After Sunday night’s disastrous outing, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has demoted return man Jacoby Jones off kick and punt returns for the foreseeable future. That’s the bad news for him. The good is he’s still drawing a paycheck as the Steelers didn’t release him (yet). We often wondered what sort of blackmail Dri Archer had on Tomlin in order to stay employed despite showing no discernible talent. There’s no such mystery with Jones as I suppose Tomlin feels he owes him one for tripping him on that infamous kickoff return a couple Thanksgivings ago. Continue reading »

Sep 292014
 

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Well, I hate to say I told you so…

But I did tell you so.

In the least surprising “major upset” ever, the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers left Heinz Field with their first victory of the season, scoring a last second go-ahead touchdown to upend the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24. While I’m not shocked the Steelers lost, I am embarrassed by exactly how they lost. I have never seen a more sloppy and undisciplined Steeler team. They’ve become a Black and Gold disgrace.

And it all starts with Mike Tomlin. Continue reading »

Week 16 Recap: Die Another Day

 Posted by at 8:03 am  Keisel's Beard, Le'Veon Bell, Mike Tomlin, NFL Playoffs, Secondary, Special Teams, Troy Polamalu  Comments Off on Week 16 Recap: Die Another Day
Dec 232013
 

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Talk about living a charmed life. In my preview for yesterday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers, I ended by wondering what would happen if the Steelers’ slim playoff hopes were already extinguished by kickoff. Well, not only did every single domino fall their way in the early games, the New England Patriots did them a solid by hammering the Baltimore Ravens later in the afternoon. Yes, ladies and gentleman, the Black and Gold are still mathematically alive for the AFC Playoffs.

It’s a Christmas Miracle.

Of course, it would’ve all been moot had the Steelers not taken care of business by defeating the Packers. Their 38-31 victory was a wild affair featuring a little bit of everything: good offense, good defense, weather porn, special teams trickeration, a heart-stopping finish, and crooked referees doing their best to screw Pittsburgh over. It was the football version of a WWE wrestling match. And in the end, the good guys won. Continue reading »

Week 15 Recap: Well, It’s The Bengals Bungles

 Posted by at 9:54 am  Antonio Brown, James Harrison, Le'Veon Bell, Offensive Line, Recaps, Special Teams, Troy Polamalu  Comments Off on Week 15 Recap: Well, It’s The Bengals Bungles
Dec 162013
 

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If ifs and buts were candy and nuts, every day would be Christmas…

The Pittsburgh Steelers laid a mighty whuppin’ on the Cincinnati Bengals, temporarily keeping their slim playoff hopes alive with a 30-20 victory on Sunday Night Football. The final score doesn’t accurately reflect how one-sided this game actually was. The Black and Gold roared out to a 21-0 lead in the first quarter and basically coasted the rest of the way. Meanwhile, Cincy never seemed to get on track, repeatedly shooting themselves in the foot with mistakes or ill-timed penalties. As Cris Collinsworth, a former Bungle, said after one of their players got flagged for taunting down while down 20 points, “Well, it’s the Bengals.” Continue reading »

Week 14 Recap: Close But No Cigar Playoffs

 Posted by at 5:04 am  Antonio Brown, Dick LeBeau, NFL Playoffs, Recaps, Special Teams, Troy Polamalu  Comments Off on Week 14 Recap: Close But No Cigar Playoffs
Dec 092013
 

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As the first half came to an end in yesterday’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Miami Dolphins, the Fins attempted an insane 52 yard field goal on the snow covered field into the notorious open end of the stadium. Predictably, the kick fell about ten yards short where Troy Polamalu caught it on the fly. Troy being Troy, he immediately took off running in an attempt to recreate Auburn-Alabama. After one of several laterals was miraculously caught by Ike Taylor, he decided not to tempt fate and fell on the ball rather than attempt a lateral of his own. It was one of the greatest meaningless plays I’ve ever seen.

Until the final play of the game.

After a failed fourth down conversion handed Miami a first down on the Steelers 9, the Dolphins milked the clock, ultimately settling for a field goal with a minute left. Three plays later, the Steelers were reduced to a desperate game of hook and lateral that ended when Antonio Brown some how broke free down the sideline and ran untouched for what looked to be a miraculous go-ahead touchdown. Unfortunately, AB’s pinky toe just nipped the sideline on his way to the end zone, thus preserving Miami’s 34-28 victory. Continue reading »

Steelers sign Zoltan, Steal Pirates’ Thunder

 Posted by at 5:24 am  Not Football Players, Pittsburgh Pirates, Roster Moves, Special Teams  Comments Off on Steelers sign Zoltan, Steal Pirates’ Thunder
Sep 032013
 

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are the talk of the baseball world. Their rise from hapless laughingstocks to legitimate playoff contenders is something Pittsburgh sports fans have been waiting for for twenty years. Some attribute their success to a mixture of blossoming draft picks and shrewd trades. However, smart fans know the Bucs owe their success to one man in particular:

Zoltan.

With the Pittsburgh Steelers suddenly the second most talked about sports team in the ‘Burgh, drastic steps needed to be taken. On the eve of what most experts expect to be another average season, the Black and Gold needed some of the Bucs’ mojo. So they did the only thing they could do. They signed Zoltan. Continue reading »

Jones Injury Overshadows Steelers Third Preseason Loss

 Posted by at 5:14 am  Injury Report, Not Football Players, Preseason, Running Backs, Special Teams, Wide Receivers  Comments Off on Jones Injury Overshadows Steelers Third Preseason Loss
Aug 262013
 

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Pop Quiz: What’s worse than an NFL preseason game?

Answer: An NFL preseason game that goes into overtime.

The Pittsburgh Steelers remained O for the preseason on Saturday, falling to the Kansas City Chiefs 26-20 in overtime. Seriously, overtime? They couldn’t just agree to shake hands and call it a tie? Screw the degenerate gamblers who bet on exhibition games.

While nobody wants to go winless at anything, one ray of sunshine coming out of Saturday’s performance was that it was much improved over the first two debacles. Considering the third preseason game is a dress rehearsal for the regular season with starters playing a full half (or more), that’s obviously a really good thing. The other positive development was that the Steelers emerged from the game more or less unscathed. Continue reading »

Thoughts On Steelers First Preseason Game

 Posted by at 5:31 am  Offensive Line, Preseason, Running Backs, Special Teams, Tight Ends, Wide Receivers  Comments Off on Thoughts On Steelers First Preseason Game
Aug 122013
 

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The Pittsburgh Steelers fell to the New York Giants 18-13 in Saturday night’s preseason debut. I note the score because I love being on Twitter during these meaningless games and watching Steeler Nation freak out over such minute details. I guess such passion even for games featuring a bunch of guys who’ll be selling car insurance two weeks from now goes hand in hand with having the best fan base in all of football. Remember, people, the Detroit Lions went undefeated in the preseason before taking an O-fer the entire regular season.

With that in mind, there were some interesting storylines coming out of the game: Continue reading »

Steelers Kick Off Preseason Tonight

 Posted by at 8:42 am  Offensive Line, Preseason, Special Teams  Comments Off on Steelers Kick Off Preseason Tonight
Aug 102013
 

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The Pittsburgh Steelers kick off their preseason against the New York Giants tonight. For those of you outside of the Steel City who are just dying to see undrafted free agents pretend to be pro ball players for a couple halves before embarking on a career selling used cars, the game will be airing on NFL Network. The red hot Pirates are in Colorado so when every player of consequence comes out by about 8:30, I’ll probably be switching the channel along with every other bandwagon jumping yinzer. Continue reading »