Big Ben Forgives, Steeler Nation Won’t Forget

 Posted by at 5:19 am  Big Ben, Circle of Hate, Videos  Comments Off on Big Ben Forgives, Steeler Nation Won’t Forget
Dec 162015
 

Sunday’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers was one of the most heated games in recent memory. I mentioned in my game recap the level of hatred between the two teams seemed to approach almost Ravens-Steelers levels. Every time you turned around, there was pushing and shoving. Guys weren’t trying to tackle so much as lay a whuppin’ on their opponent.

One particular moment is coming under intense scrutiny. On his weekly radio segment, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger believes Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict tried to hurt him by diving at his knees from behind after he threw a pass. The Steelers took exception to the play when it happened with Burfict claiming he was “pushed into” the QB. After viewing the footage above, Ben now says he doesn’t buy the excuse and thinks “he definitely was diving low and going for my legs.” Continue reading »

Week 14 Recap: The Chicago Pittsburgh Way

 Posted by at 5:04 am  AFC North, Circle of Hate, Defensive Line, Recaps, Secondary, William Gay  Comments Off on Week 14 Recap: The Chicago Pittsburgh Way
Dec 142015
 

Last time the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals met, Cincy put one of ours in the hospital. Yesterday, we may have put their Super Bowl chances in the morgue. Le’Veon Bell ended up on season-ending IR after our first meeting. Now there’s a chance Andy Dalton is about to join him.

Oh and by the way, the Steelers won the game 33-20 to keep their shot at a Wild Card alive. Continue reading »

Know Thy Enemy: Cincinnati Bengals

 Posted by at 5:55 am  AFC North, Game Preview  Comments Off on Know Thy Enemy: Cincinnati Bengals
Dec 112015
 

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When last we met the Bengals, our star running back was being carted off the field with a season ending knee injury while the team itself saw it’s division title hopes vanish with a 16-10 loss. This Sunday, the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Cincinnati Bengals in a pivotal week 14 match-up for vastly different reasons. The Bengals have the AFC North all but clinched while the Steelers find themselves in a fight for a Wild Card that currently sees them on the outside looking in. Unfortunately, the Bengals also have something to play for. Continue reading »

Brown’s Post Humping Costs $12k

 Posted by at 6:03 am  Antonio Brown, Ginger Dictator  Comments Off on Brown’s Post Humping Costs $12k
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.

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 »

Week 13 Recap: Clowning Around

 Posted by at 10:13 am  Antonio Brown, Big Ben, DeAngelo Williams, James Harrison, Recaps, Secondary  Comments Off on Week 13 Recap: Clowning Around
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 »

Know Thy Enemy: Indianapolis Colts

 Posted by at 5:53 am  Big Ben, Game Preview, NFL Playoffs, Secondary, Super Bowl Champions  Comments Off on Know Thy Enemy: Indianapolis Colts
Dec 042015
 

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There’s nothing the NFL likes more than a good storyline. Oftentimes those stories are forced narratives, exaggerated by the networks to give a game a “hook” for the casual fan. As if Fantasy Football and/or degenerate gambling isn’t hook enough. However, when the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday Night Football, the story really does write itself.

Ten years ago, the Steelers met the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL. The Black and Gold were led by a second year starter named Ben Roethlisberger. Seattle was quarterbacked by former back-up Matt Hasselbeck. The Steelers of course went on to win that game, then another Lombardi Trophy a few years later as Ben grew from a game manager to one of the best quarterbacks in football. Hasselbeck played nine more years for Seattle, leading them to several playoff appearances before taking on the life of a journeyman back-up the past five seasons. Continue reading »

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 »

Tomlin Hints At Secondary Shake-up

 Posted by at 5:52 am  Mike Tomlin, Secondary  Comments Off on Tomlin Hints At Secondary Shake-up
Dec 022015
 

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In his weekly press conference, Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin hinted at a shake-up in the secondary after their abysmal performance against Seattle. Which naturally means to expect absolutely no changes to the secondary after their abysmal performance against Seattle. He lives in hope, not fear haven’t you heard? Besides, another cliche Tomlin has traditionally followed is you dance with who brought ya. 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 »