Monday, December 18, 2006

Steelers Finding Winning Ways

The Pittsburgh Steelers are finding their winning ways that led them to a Super Bowl win last year with a 37-3 win against the Carolina Panthers, giving them a 3 game winning streak. The playoff hopes for the Steelers are on life support right now, but everytime they win they keep them alive for one more week. Yesterday's game started off slowly with neither team scoring, but the Steelers then opened up the offense scoring at least 10 points in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarter.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Steelers Get Back to Back Wins

For the second time this season the Pittsburgh Steelers get back to back wins pulling their record up to 6-7. The outlook doesn't look good for this season though, with the AFC North being led by the dominating Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals. The Steelers have a good chance of getting a third win in a row when they go and play the struggling Carolina Panthers next Sunday.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Ben Roethlisberger Foundation funds K-9 for hometown

Police Chief Bill Spraw announced the Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback is donating money to purchase a new police dog.  

The donation will also cover a ballistic vest for the canine.  

Roethlisberger, who is a dog lover, wants to help aquire police dogs, which often must be purchased through donations because of budget constraints. 

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Steel Curtains for Cleveland

Hard to swallow that we are tied with the Cleveland Browns at the bottom of the AFC North, with matching 3-6 records and matching win streaks of, uh, one. Sunday will change that, and I predict that it will be in our favor. No special trick to it--just avoid screwups and be real fierce on defense.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Exciting victory for Pittsburgh

This one wasn’t our Steelers though. It was our NHL team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, beating the L.A. Kings out in Los Angeles, 4 to 3 in overtime. Extra cool was the fact that this was the sixth NHL game rookie Evgeni Malkin has played and the sixth in which he has made a goal. As a matter of fact, he scored two—one in the first period and the winning one in OT.

It’s not like no one has ever done that before. It’s just that the last time someone did was 89 years ago. I want Penguins tickets to see this guy Malkin in person!

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Sideline better than hospital for Ben

When the coach tells you to get your head in the game, Ben, he doesn't mean for target practice. Actually, Roethlisberger was just about everything a coach could ask for in the first half of our meeting with the Atlanta Falcons Sunday. Then another blow to the head and Big Ben was out, maybe even unconscious, for about five minutes, and out of play for the rest of the game. Possibly next week against the Oakland Raiders, too. Scary at any time, but even scarier for a young guy who has had a serious head injury and major surgery within months previous.

Got to give some credit to Charlie Batch for stepping in and passing for nearly 200 yards and two touchdowns. But we made a number of screwups and Atlanta took advantage of all of them. We did a lot of good stuff, but they did more.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Ben & Jerry’s for Pittsburgh’s Ben?

It’s good to be back at my keyboard after this summer’s various detours, some of which made me a little more empathetic with the Steelers’ Ben Roethlisberger. Hospitals are just no fun! Hope you’ve and the team have gotten some rest during the bye week, Ben – along with some running practice Bill Cowher is prescribing!

I understand the coach would like Ben to pack a few pounds back on, too! How do I get my doctor to order me to snack at night?

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Living dangerously

It was bad news to hear about Ben Roethlisberger's motorcycle accident, now tempered with good news that his condition has been upgraded and he should be out of the hospital soon, with a concussion but no permanent brain damage. Of course the Pittsburgh Steelers are worried about our favorite quarterback, but I think all of Pittsburgh is rooting for him.

For me personally, just the thought of losing a couple of teeth is enough to make me wear a helmet. Nevermind broken jaws and brain injuries. But then, I don't have the kind of job where I have to perform superbly under pressure in front of thousands of ticket buyers and millions of viewers--and with the chance I could get smooshed by some 300-pound guy while I'm doing it. I guess only a natural-born risktaker could do that.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Come on Ma! He’s only human.

Well it is Mother’s Day and I have already visited mom with some flowers and candy. She was thrilled to see me and as usual had a lot to say about the Pittsburgh Steelers. I love my mom but sometimes she can be so negative. I think we have a good chance to repeat even if my mom thinks Roethlisberger is getting soft in the off-season because she’s heard stories that he’s been traveling the world with his wife and getting in touch with his roots.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

It’s just not cricket.

I am so confused about the Duke Lacrosse players’ scandal and recent news that no DNA evidence was found to link the boys to the rape. Today I read that the Grand Jury adjourned without handing down any charges concerning the case. I really despise hearing about athletes who get involved in antics such as wild parties with call girls and such debauchery. Whether they are on the professional level or not, there are some things athletes should not do because they are morally wrong and represent a careless lifestyle and disdain for the rules of society. It is a shame when they choose to act like celebrities instead of athletes.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Two Deals and a Pepsi Please

The Pittsburgh Steelers inked deals with wide receiver Quincy Morgan and defensive end Shaun Nua today. Both are re-signings and I am not one to argue with the numbers. We went all the way with the team we’ve got so I don’t see any point in making any changes. I wouldn’t be surprised if we see fewer than usual this time around.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Can a Steelers fan be a Mavs fan too?

I’m glad there’s baseball and basketball to keep me entertained in the NFL off-season. I am still reeling from the Pittsburgh Steelers winning the Super Bowl but now there’s no more football. So I have been rooting for the Dallas Mavericks who are looking like they might surpass the Detroit Pistons for best team in the league soon. Dirk Nowitzki is a shoo-in for MVP of the league this year for sure.

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Steelers Win and Bettis Retires

What can I say about the Pittsburgh Steelers? They were a wild card team and they won every one of their last eight games to earn the championship. Jerome Bettis got his due attention in Detroit after the game was won and it was emotional to hear him officially state this was the last game of his NFL career.

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Buy Some Super Bowl Tickets for Me Too!

Buy your Super Bowl tickets folks. The Pittsburgh Steelers have done that which no one thought possible. We beat the Indianapolis Colts knocking them out of the playoffs and hurling ourselves into the AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos. It is going to be a tense game for Ben Roethlisberger because the Denver defense is very aggressive.

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Steelers Need to prepare for Colts on Sunday

We are facing the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in the AFC Division Playoff game. In the regular season the Colts beat us by limiting us to 86 rushing yards. In our past five games we have averaged over 175 rushing yards but the Colts could be the only team capable of stopping our rushing game. There are a lot of things we are going to have to focus on to beat the Colts. This fan hopes that the Steelers are taking this one seriously because it would be nice to see my team go to the Super Bowl. I fear, however, that our defensive squads are equally matched and we could see low scoring game or even overtime against the Colts.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Oliver Perez Under the Microscope

The Pirates are looking hard at Oliver Perez. Like many players he is playing winter ball. Some think that he didn’t do well in the 2005 season because he did not participate in any conditioning or winter ball during the off-season. He is playing for the Mexican team from Culiacan, his home town, at the suggestion of team management. Littlefield has made a trip to check up on his progress and the outlook is good for him to have a strong 2006 season and take on more of a leadership role. He has not made any impressive improvements on the mound but has made some general steps in the right direction.