Didn't Antonio Brown just get paid?

Monday, April 20, 2015 2 comments

Didn't Antonio Brown just get paid?

That was the first question that popped into my mind when I heard he wanted a new deal from the Steelers.

I remember the details: Mike Wallace wanted more money than the Steelers wanted to offer, so the Steelers turned around and signed Brown to a $43 million deal over six years.

That was 2012.

Today, we learned that Brown will skip offseason workouts in the hope of getting a new deal.

Honor your contract.

It's that simple.

Brown signed a deal that caused some people to scratch their heads at the time.

It looked like a great deal for Brown. And after two seasons, it looked like the Steelers made a terrific call with the long-term deal.

Brown had almost 1,700 yards receiving last year to go with 13 TD catches. That's a heck of a season.

However, in exchange for long-term security, Brown looks like a bargain today.

That's how it works. Or, at least that's how it's supposed to work.

Now Brown wanted paid early and now he wants paid big time.

I don't expect the Steelers to bend over backwards to work out a deal. They usually don't do that.

If they can make Brown happy AND save money with the salary cap, then something should get done.

Not sure that happens. Look for the Steelers to get a wide receiver in the draft.

And expect plenty of AB holdout stories in this offseason and into training camp.

Rick flips his lid on 'The Walking Dead'

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 0 comments

So, is Rick Grimes out of his mind or trying to save the good community of Alexandria?

It certainly looked like Rick freaked out on Sunday's "The Walking Dead."

Well, make that Rick and Sasha.

And Michonne, well, she's the one in charge.

Didn't expect her to shut up Rick.

But I knew Rick was ready to blow.

He seems to be picking up some of the qualities of The Governor and Shane.

All of this looks like there should be some confrontation in the season finale.

Will Rick get exiled? Will anyone go with him?

Can't wait to find out.

Here's how the NCAA teams stack up entering Sweet 16

Monday, March 23, 2015 0 comments

Sweet 16.

Has a nice ring, doesn't it?

The NCAA has made probably billions off marketing numbers with a little alliteration.

First Four, Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four.

The NCAA tournament is quite a show.

And it was quite a show to get to the 16 teams left in the tournament.

Who's the best? Here's a look at where I think they stand:

1. Kentucky (Midwest, No. 1 seed): Still the team to beat.

2. Arizona (West, 2): Gotta love Sean Miller as the coach. Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they would meet Kentucky in the national semifinal.

3. Duke (South, 1): Clear path to Final Four. The Blue Devils play Utah then would get UCLA-Gonzaga winner.

4. Wisconsin (West, 1): No. 1 seed, but they could be in trouble against Arizona in regional final.

5. Louisville (East, 5): Wow. Did the East open up or what with the loss of No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Virginia? Louisville can beat N.C. State then would meet Oklahoma-Michigan State winner.

6. Michigan State (East, 7): Yeah, I like this low seed. First, they were seeded too low by the selection committee. Second, the Spartans just know how to win in March.

7. Wichita State (Midwest, 7): Shocked? I'm not. They can play. Too bad they would meet Kentucky in the regional final.

8. Oklahoma (East, 3): Wow, it sure is easy to overlook the Sooners. They're the highest seed left in the East.

9. Notre Dame (Midwest, 3): I think they'll lose to Wichita State next, but they're a good team.

10. UCLA (South, 11): The Bruins advanced after a very controversial call. Teams that get a break like that sometimes go on a run. They can beat Gonzaga next.

11. Gonzaga (South, 2): Speaking of Gonzaga, they never seem to live up to their seeding. I'm thinking they lose to UCLA next.

12. North Carolina (West, 4): Don't think they'll beat Wisconsin.

13. N.C. State: (East, 8): They have a shot against Louisville, but I think the Wolfpack's run ends.

14. Xavier (West, 6): Just don't see them getting by Arizona in their next matchup.

15. West Virginia (Midwest, 5): Let's gooooo, Mountaineers. Well, the run ends against Kentucky.

16. Utah (South 5): Team I think has the least chance to win (they play Duke).

Who do you think can beat Kentucky?

Finally, 'The Walking Dead' gets back on its feet

Monday, March 16, 2015 0 comments

I'm not sure about you, but before Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead" I was getting antsy.

I knew things were building while Rick and crew were in Alexandria, but I wanted more.

Maybe the way Season 4 wrapped up and the march through Season 5 spoiled me.

I knew conflicts just had to be coming.

Well, here they come.

And just in the nick of time, too.

I won't get into spoilers if you haven't seen it. But things are brewing.

(I do want to point out that those residents of Alexandria sure seem like wimps.)

And, there were deaths too. Epic ones as well.

And maybe "getting back on its feet" my be a disservice. After all, the show has been on such a high level that it's hard to keep that up every week.

For me, it looks like it's back.

It's been my favorite show, and I can't believe there are just two episodes left in the season.

It'll be a long wait until October.

But for now, I can't wait until the cliffhanger ... or so I think.

Blow out the candles: TSM turns 6


I can't believe it's been six years since I started doing this.

Six years.

That seems like an eternity in blogging years.

I've looked back on this year and have seen only one other post.

For that, I'm sorry.

This is as good a spot as any to re-evaluate and make more of an effort to post on a regular basis.

So, check back in the future and hold me to it.

Also, thanks for checking it out in the past. I really do appreciate it.

Happy 2015!

Thursday, January 1, 2015 0 comments

Happy New Year to all.

Here's to a great 2015 to everyone.

Thanks for taking time to check out the blog.

And, here's to more championships to Pittsburgh's teams.

Steelers clinch playoff spot with win over Chiefs

Sunday, December 21, 2014 0 comments

So, how do you feel about the Pittsburgh Steelers now?

Maybe a trip to the playoffs is enough to make you forget about those ugly early season losses.

A win over a solid Kansas City team like Sunday's 20-12 win can do that.

Now, the Steelers need a win next Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals for the AFC North crown.

They're peaking at the right time, so anything's possible.

And the way the defense played Sunday, it's not so wrong to think that.

After all, Jamaal Charles, the main cog in the Chiefs offense, didn't do much. That's a big boost for a beleaguered defense.

Sunday's win was enough to get me excited for a playoff run, something that's been missing for a couple seasons now.

Let's savor the win before we get ready for the Bengals.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 0 comments

Enjoy the holiday today.

Eat lots of turkey, watch lots of football and have some pumpkin pie.

After Madden-like numbers, back to basics works for Steelers

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 0 comments

I always loved playing football video games.

Whether it was Madden, Techmo Bowl or some other game of the week, if it was football, I wanted to play it.

The fun part of the game was trying to pad stats of the players I controlled.

If it was second-and-short, I was chucking the ball deep to try to get the passing touchdown for my QB and the yardage for my receiver.

Fourth down? I was going for it. Didn't matter where the ball was.

It was like that for the entire game.

Unless the game was on the line.

Then I used the plays that worked to get the first down, touchdown or field goal -- whatever was needed.

I couldn't help but get that same feeling about the Steelers for the last game-and-three-quarters.

It seemed after Ben Roethlisberger's back-to-back games with six touchdowns that the offense was different.

It was like they wanted to pad the statistics of Antonio Brown, Ben Roethlisberger and anyone else involved in the passing game.

Don't believe me?

Roethlisberger admitted as much after a game against the Browns in October to keep Brown's streak of games with at least five catches alive.

The Steelers opened the game pounding Le'Veon Bell last night.

Then they went away. It seemed like they were forcing the ball downfield.

But, they seemed to switch things after they trailed by 11.

Bell got the rock.

And, boy, did he deliver.

The Steelers needed that win.

And it was Bell that carried them.

Hopefully, the Steelers will figure out what works for them on a given week and stick with it.

You know, sort of like the Patriots.

They find a weakness and in a defense and exploit it. The whole game.

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