Oct 282011

If Mick was right that women weaken legs, Rob Gronkowski will be in a wheelchair on Sunday.

The Baltimore Ravens are considered the biggest rivals of the Pittsburgh Steelers. With all due respect (which is to say, none), I disagree. A true rivalry is borne out of two equals battling to accomplish the same goal. The Ratbirds haven’t beaten the Steelers in a meaningful game since Ben Roethlisberger first stepped foot in Heinz Field. Over the past ten years, they’ve been a good team but not a great one.

No, there are only two teams who can legitimately claim greatness here in the 21st century. The Steelers and the New England Patriots. Over the past decade, the Patriots have appeared in four Super Bowls and won three. The Black and Gold have appeared in three, winning two. If it were not for the Patriots, the Steelers alone would be able to lay claim to the title of the NFL’s premiere franchise.

If that fact weren’t galling enough, our history with the Patriots is as unfortunate as Baltimore’s is with us. Tom Brady is 6-1 against the Steelers, and overall the Patriots are 7-2 against Pittsburgh since Dreamboat took over signal-calling duties up in New England. Even more heart-breaking, the Pats are 3-1 in post-season meetings. More recently, who can forget the Patriots humiliating 39-26 defeat of the Steelers last season?
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Ike Taylor – NFL’s Best Cornerback?

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Oct 112011

Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes… The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together, the Pittsburgh Steelers having the best pass defense in the NFL…

Mass hysteria!

Before I left the Site We Shall Not Name, one of my final posts was something along the lines of “Should the Pittsburgh Steelers let LaMarr Woodley and Ike Taylor walk if it means signing Nnamdi Asomugha?” Reaction was mixed with some people cheating by saying keep Mister Woodley and sign Nnamdi, which was never really an option. Of course, everybody knew the Steelers would do what they always do; keep their own players rather than bring in outside help. It’s the Steeler Way.

And it looks pretty brilliant in hindsight.
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Ike Taylor Invented A Color

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Sep 082011

When I was a child, we didn’t have Photoshop.  Or MsPaint.  Or PaintShopPro.  Nope, when we wanted to set our imaginations free, we had to rock it Old School.  We whipped out our crayons.

In the hierarchy of kindergarten, it was your crayons which denoted your class.  The slackers had to bum them off the other kids.  The weirdos ate their crayons.  And then there was the In Crowd.  We were pimpin’ the big-ass 64 Colors Box (with sharpener!).  It was the preschool equivalent of rolling up in to your high school parking lot in a brand new Corvette.

One color not found amongst the selection of 64 is Swaggin’ Green.  The discovery of that unique shade is owed to Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback [intlink id=”101″ type=”category”]Ike Taylor[/intlink].  Face Me Ike is among the most amusing interviews around.  If the national media gave the Steelers one tenth of the publicity they actually deserve, Ike would be in the same pantheon as Ochocinco and Tony Plush in terms of most entertaining characters in all of sports.

So as to fill my mandatory Actual Sports News requirement in this post, the interview broadcast on Pittsburgh’s WXDX also contains Ike’s thoughts on the impending showdown with the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday.  The most pertinent being he expects to be in the starting line-up after missing most of the preseason recovering from a broken finger. It is perversely amusing to hear him complain that the injury hampers his ability to hold on to footballs when he has the same problem with ten completely healthy and functional digits.

Still, I’ll be glad to see Ike back.  The Ravens laughable aerial attack is hardly a threat in the worst of times but with the Steeler D at full strength, it’ll be all the more pitiful.  When overrated Joe Flacco misfires on his umpteenth attempt of the afternoon, perhaps we’ll invent our own color for the Ratbird fans in attendance.  Let’s call it “BooBird Red.”