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Martavis Bryant Effs Up Again

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Yeah, it’s a disease, an addiction, something people struggle with over a lifetime but all I can think of right now is the old Bobby Heenan line, “He’s got a million dollar body and a ten cent brain.”

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended for one year for violating the NFL’s Substance Abuse policy. Last year he was suspended the first four games after a fourth (?!) violation. That placed him in the league’s high risk category making him subject to increased testing. Bryant evidently didn’t disappoint, blowing right by his fifth violation (which would’ve cost him 10 games) and going directly to a sixth resulting in a one year vacation.Read More »Martavis Bryant Effs Up Again

Ben Says Bryant Needs To Man Up

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If the Pittsburgh Steelers are going to do anything in the NFL Playoffs, it’ll be up to their offense. Defensively, they’re average at best. What makes them a threat is an explosive offense that can literally put up points at the drop of a hat. At least, it could until about three weeks ago.

The Steelers faced some of the best defenses in the league this year. They put up 30+ points against the Seahawks, Bengals, and Broncos. The past two weeks they’ve faced two of the worst defenses in football and could only manage 20 and 28 respectively. And the 28 should come with an asterisk because it was aided by a pair of fumble recoveries that set the offense up deep inside the red zone.Read More »Ben Says Bryant Needs To Man Up

Week 10 Recap: Big Ben To The Rescue

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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.Read More »Week 10 Recap: Big Ben To The Rescue

Week 6 Recap: A Hero Named Landry

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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.Read More »Week 6 Recap: A Hero Named Landry

Martavis Bryant Returns To Steelers

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Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers

Some day the Pittsburgh Steelers will have the team they expected to have on the field all at the same time. Unfortunately, that time is not quite yet. While we continue Big Ben Watch ’15, another important player makes his long awaited return on Monday night when wide receiver Martavis Bryant returns to the Steelers after serving his four game suspension. Hopefully it’ll be his last.

Bryant was a revelation last season. Lost in last year’s offensive explosion was the fact the Steelers struggled the first month of the season. Once Bryant was inserted in the line-up, however, there was no looking back. Which is not to say a team with Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown wouldn’t have figured it out eventually. There’s just too much talent there. Still, there’s no denying that once Bryant started seeing regular playing time, the offense made a giant leap forward.Read More »Martavis Bryant Returns To Steelers

Martavis Bryant Has Big Issues

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Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers

Running back Le’Veon Bell returns to the Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday. Good news for everybody except our opponents. And maybe DeAngelo Williams, who just so happens to be the league’s second leading rusher. Also, it could mean unemployment for Dri Archer since we don’t need four backs, especially one that’s utterly useless.

Er, anyway the point here is Le’Veon Bell is coming back. It’s still two more weeks before wide receiver Martavis Bryant is eligible to return from his suspension. “Eligible” being the operative word as even once he can return, there’s no guarantee that he will. Martavis Bryant has some big issues.Read More »Martavis Bryant Has Big Issues

Martavis Bryant Suspended 4 Games

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Baltimore Ravens v Pittsburgh Steelers

Can this preseason be over? Please?

First Shaun Suisham hurt himself trying to be a football player, then Maurkice Pouncey was lost for the bulk of the season with a broken foot. Finally, Bruce Gradkowski suffered a serious wrist injury which necessitated the signing of Michael Vick, sending a significant part of Steeler Nation into howls – pardon the pun – of protest. Mind you, we haven’t even played a single meaningful game yet. And when we do, we’ll be without our #2 receiver.

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant has been suspended 4 games for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Which for those scoring at home means when the Steelers kick off the season against the Patriots, we’ll be without Le’Veon Bell – suspended 2 games for last year’s pot bust – our Pro Bowl Center and our big play receiver. Not good considering our defense is highly suspect and our best chance for winning was to ride our high-powered offense. Guess we’ll see how good Todd Haley’s system really is.Read More »Martavis Bryant Suspended 4 Games

Week 14 Recap: Answering The Bell

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Martavis Bryant 94 TD Catch

Well, that was unexpected…

A week after a miserable showing against the Saints, the Pittsburgh Steelers went out and crushed the Cincinnati Bengals 42-21 to tighten the race in both the AFC North and AFC Playoffs. How convincing was this victory? So convincing Andy Dalton watched the final five minutes from the sideline after Marvin Lewis all but threw in the towel.

Of course, if the Black and Gold hold to 2014 form, I fully expect them to crap the bed next week in Atlanta.Read More »Week 14 Recap: Answering The Bell

Week 9 Recap: Sweet Revenge

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Stonecold Shaun Suisham

Back in week two, the Baltimore Ravens humbled the Pittsburgh Steelers with a one-sided butt whuppin’. Last night, the Black and Gold got sweet sweet revenge thanks to yet another record-setting performance from Ben Roethlisberger. A rivalry once known for close games has now become a series of knockout punches. This time the Steelers were left standing at the end, owners of an epic 43-23 smackdown over their hated rivals.

Oddly enough, the first quarter seemed to imply doom for the hometown team. Ben was getting the bejeezus beat out of him, culminating in a late hit that left him checking if his jaw was still attached. There were actually two personal fouls called on that one play, which is just about the most Raven-y thing ever. Prior to that drive, though, the Steelers were stuck in neutral, going almost the entire first quarter without a single first down. Their first decent drive ended after Ben was sacked on three consecutive snaps and it really looked it was going to be a herculean struggle to get the ball in the end zone.Read More »Week 9 Recap: Sweet Revenge

Week 8 Recap: Unbelievable

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So this is what if feels like to have seen a UFO. Or Bigfoot. Or the Flyers win the Stanley Cup.

Here we are over twelve hours later and I still can’t believe what I saw yesterday afternoon actually happened. Is this real life? Is it just fantasy? I have no idea who those guys in bumblebee jerseys were but I’d like to see more of them.

The Pittsburgh Steelers, behind a record setting passing performance from Ben Roethlisberger, outgunned the Indianapolis Colts 51-34. The two teams combined for over a 1,000 yards of total offense. Big Ben became only the second QB in NFL history with 500 passing yards, 6 TD, 0 INT in a game. His 522 yards tied him with Boomer Esiason for fourth most in NFL history, thirty behind Norm Van Brocklin‘s record set back in 1951.Read More »Week 8 Recap: Unbelievable