It’s Tuesday, and I still haven’t quite recovered from the Steelers’ loss to the Ravens on Sunday. But time moves on, and we have to move on with it. So here are a few miscellaneous items that I thought I’d share with my readers.
Big Ben’s return
The biggest news is of course the return of Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben met with the press yesterday, and for those of you who didn’t see the interview, here are some snippets:
The NFL was kind enough to give the Steelers their bye week right after Big Ben’s return. So Ben will have an extra week to get his timing down with his receivers, and to refresh his memory of the playbook.
As Ben jokingly stated, he is going to have to re-acclimate himself to Mike Wallace’s speed. Ben routinely under-threw passes to Wallace that would have easily been touchdowns if Ben had hit Wallace in stride. Instead, Wallace usually had to come back to the ball which allowed the defender to catch him. Hopefully, Ben & Mike will spend the next two weeks alleviating that problem.
Yinz Luv Da Stillers
On a totally different note, Jim Shearer has released another episode of Yinz Luv Da Stillers. This week’s episode can be seen by clicking the link below:
A miracle has happened
I don’t want to forget to mention a very significant event that happened this past Sunday. It was an event that is truly rare; like Haley’s comet. Or the 17 year locusts. Or spotting Bigfoot.
I have only seen it a few times myself. And the memories are only vague, near-forgotten images since they happened so long ago.
“What happened?”, you’re probably saying. Did Troy Polamalu use a curse word? Did Casey Hampton turn down a second helping at the dinner table? Did Big Ben leave a nice tip for a waiter or waitress on the South Side? (C’mon guys. We all know that will NEVER happen).
Nope! You’re all wrong. What happened on Sunday was just as rare as the things mentioned above, but it was far more noteworthy.
This past Sunday…………(drum roll, please)………..Ike Taylor caught an interception! That’s right, the hands of stone actually held onto the ball.
Don’t get me wrong. I love Ike. Ike can play on my team anytime. But let’s be honest. Ike can’t catch.
With Ike’s height and speed, why do you think none of his coaches ever converted him to a wide receiver? Frankly, I’ll bet every coach that he’s ever had tried to switch his position, and they all came to the same conclusion; Ike can’t catch. So Ike plays cornerback.
Ike’s size and speed allows him to cover the biggest and fastest wide receivers in the game. When the ball comes their way, Ike can knock it down. He can defend passes with the best of them. But he can’t hold onto the ball.
So when Ike DOES make an interception, I believe that it’s cause for celebration. In fact, I think we ought to begin a new Steelers tradition. Every time Ike makes an interception, there ought to be free chicken in the Hill District of Pittsburgh. Those of you who are over the age of 30 probably remember that the Pittsburgh Pirates used to have free “chicken on The Hill” each time Willie Stargell hit a home run. Well, I think we should do the same thing for Ike’s interception. After all, they’re far less frequent than Stargell’s home runs. The chicken joints would only find themselves offering free chicken once every 4 years or so. How much could that possibly cost them? Not much.
So everybody head over to the Hill District. “There’s chicken on The Hill!!!”
Today’s featured Steelers gear:
Not only are we Steelers bloggers, but we’re also Steelers fans. We search hard for the coolest Steelers stuff. We try to find Steelers gear that we want. Then we make you aware of them in case you want to add them to your Steelers collection.
We love the Game Stopper 1/4 zip sweatshirt! It features an embroidered team logo on the left chest, team-colored stripes down the sleeves, and hand warmer pockets to keep you in the game when the temperatures drop.
And we don’t want the ladies to feel left out. So how about this lightweight Breakout Play fleece pullover for perfect layering on cold days. Its bold team color stripes on the shoulders and sides showcase your Steelers spirit for all the world to see!
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