Scary news from Antwaan Randle El

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 0 comments

Every Steelers fan knows Antwaan Randle El.

His pass in Super Bowl XL helped clinch the Steelers' fifth Lombardi.

Now people might know Randle El for another reason: He's having trouble remembering things and having trouble walking down stairs.

The Post-Gazette's story was a grabber, with Randle El saying he wouldn't play football if he could do it over again.

Here's a quote:

The kids are getting bigger and faster, so the concussions, the severe spinal cord injuries, are only going to get worse. It’s a tough pill to swallow because I love the game of football. But I tell parents, you can have the right helmet, the perfect pads on, and still end up with a paraplegic kid. There’s no correcting it. There’s no helmet that’s going to correct it. There’s no teaching that’s going to correct it. It just comes down to it’s a physically violent game. Football players are in a car wreck every week.

He played football for nine seasons. Now he worries about the simple things people take for granted each day.

Check out the story. And make sure you read Randle El's last quote:

"Right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if football isn’t around in 20, 25 years."

Not a big endorsement for the sport.

It was a Burfict ending for the Steelers against the Bengals

Sunday, January 10, 2016 0 comments

I've never seen an ending like that.

Oh, sure, I've seen games play out like the scoring summary did from Saturday night's unbelievable wild-card game.

Steelers take a 15-0 lead. It looks like they have the game in hand.

The Bengals take the lead late in the game.

The Steelers win it with a field goal in the waning seconds.

That doesn't quite sum it up, does it? Not this game. Not the way it unfolded.

Let's get back to the 15-0 part.

Martavis Bryant gave the Steelers that lead with an incredible TD catch from Ben Roethlisberger.

He actually caught it with his butt.

I'm not sure how that was a football move -- but I digress.

At that point, it looked like the Steelers were in control.

Then Vontaze Burfict took over for the Bengals.

Yeah, that guy.

Burfict sacked Roethlisberger at the end of the third quarter, knocking Big Ben out of the game.

But all the Steelers needed to do was hold on.

They couldn't do it.

The Bengals rallied to take a 16-15 lead.

And that's when things got interesting.

Backup Landry Jones had a chance to drive the Steelers for a winning score.

Instead, he threw an interception with less than 2 minutes to go.

Of course, Burfict made the pick.

Momentum shifted on the next carry.

Bengals running back Jeremy Hill fumbled and the Steelers recovered.

But it wasn't Jones that walked onto the field for the final drive. It was Big Ben.

Roethlisberger delivered on third down and fourth, but the play of the game came on a throw to Antonio Brown.

The throw was off, and Burfict delivered a knockout to Brown.

Burfict, probably the most-hated Bengal, was called for a personal foul. An arguing Pacman Jones had another, setting the Steelers up for the winning field goal.

A few hours later, it's still unbelievable.

This one will go down in Steelers lore.

Are the Steelers the team no one wants to face?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016 0 comments

There's a label attached to the Steelers this postseason: The team no one wants to face.

Don't buy it?

Monday Morning QB thinks so.

Andy Benoit says an explosive passing game and creative defense makes Pittsburgh the most dangerous team in the AFC.

I don't think the Ravens had any problems facing the Steelers two weeks ago.

But, hey, the Ravens aren't in the playoffs, right?

The problem with the Steelers is the defense. They might be creative, as Benoit suggests, but they're also vulnerable to the big play.

The team seems to play up -- or down -- to its competition. So, again, there are no Ravens in the playoffs, so they can't be accused of playing down.

However, the Steelers have to like their chances with the Bengals on Saturday. One Vegas line on Sunday night had Pittsburgh as a small favorite.

Does that mean the Steelers could play down to Cincy? I'm sure the Steelers will be fired up. And it is the postseason. But we were saying those things last year at this time and we all knew how that went.

Then there's Ben Roethlisberger's penchant for throwing interceptions. The passing game is explosive, but it cuts both ways.

Big Ben has six picks in his last three games. He has seven picks in his last four road games.

He has to protect the ball. And the defense needs to pressure QB A.J. McCarron.

Sounds simple. Too bad playoff games usually aren't.

Don't compare the Steelers to last year's playoff team

Monday, January 4, 2016 0 comments

I'm already hearing talk about this year's playoff is unfolding like last year.

You know how that went: The Steelers lost their starting running back in Week 17, then lost in the wild-card round against a divisional opponent.

This year, DeAngelo Williams was injured in Week 17. And the Steelers face a divisional opponent -- the Bengals.

That's where it stops.

Williams has a sprained ankle, and is considered day-to-day.

They also face an opponent that has a rich history -- of losing in the postseason.

That's not to suggest that this game is a gimmie and the Steelers should book a trip to Denver.

This will present it's share of challenges, namely A.J. Green and tight end Tyler Eifert.

The Steelers will need to slow them down, no matter who's throwing the ball.

But, if A.J. McCarron is behind center, that should be in favor of the Steelers -- also something different from a year ago.

Things break Steelers way for postseason spot


Cue the music...

Here we go Steelers, here we go.

Yeah, it's playoff time.

Thanks to a little help from the Buffalo Bills, the Pittsburgh Steelers are back in the postseason.

The wild-card team will play the Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday night.

That should be quite a showdown.

But before we get into that game, let's look at Sunday's regular-season finale.

It had the beginnings of the Ravens game from a week earlier, with turnovers costing the team and the Browns hanging around.

Then the Browns realized they were the Browns.

And some 200 miles away, Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick realized he was Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The Steelers' defense showed some grit, Ben Roethlisberger found a receiver other than the irreplaceable Antonio Brown and the Steelers smothered the Browns at the end.

And speaking of Brown, that was one heck of a season: 136 receptions for 1,834 yards. Imagine what he would have done with a healthy Roethlisberger.

Now, it's on to the playoffs...

Happy 2016!

Thursday, December 31, 2015 0 comments

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous new year.

I truly appreciate each and every visitor to the site.

Thanks and come back again.

Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 23, 2015 0 comments

Here's wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a happy 2016.

May all your teams win championships.

Big Ben looms large in relief role against Browns

Monday, November 16, 2015 0 comments

Who had Ben Roethlisberger setting the NFL record for most yards by a backup in their office pool?


As in 379 yards passing. In a relief role.

That's one heck of a day.

Of course, it helps having two stellar wideouts like Antonio Brown and Martavis Bryant to throw to.

Yeah, and it's nice having the Browns on the other side, too, simply to add to the fun.

Now the Steelers get a much-needed break before heading to Seattle.

And, if you're keeping track at home, the Steelers (6-4) lead the Bills (5-4) and Jets (5-4) in the wild-card standings.

Smart move is to rest Roethlisberger against Browns

Friday, November 13, 2015 0 comments

They can't be serious, can they?

Ben Roethlisberger is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.

That's got to be some gamesmanship.

If the Steelers can't beat the Browns without Roethlisberger, then maybe they aren't the playoff-caliber team they're supposed to be.

It makes much more sense to hold out Roethlisberger this week. Add to it the bye week and he'll have two full weeks of recovery.

Landry Jones is capable of leading this team.

It's the Browns. It's at Heinz Field.

Rest Roethlisberger. It's the smart move.

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