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James Harrison loses appeal

December 16, 2011 By: Admin Category: Uncategorized

I don’t think it comes as a surprise to anyone besides James Harrison’s lawyer, but the NFL upheld their suspension, and Harrison won’t be able to play on Monday night.

Harrison was suspended following his hit on Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Colt McCoy.  There has been much discussion about whether the hit was legal or not.  Even many national commentators said that they felt that Harrison made “a good football play”.  However, this is Roger Goodell’s NFL, and “good football plays” apparently aren’t allowed.

I don’t think that there’s any doubt that if it had been James Farrior, Lawrence Timmons, or LaMarr Woodley who had made that hit, they wouldn’t have been suspended.  In fact, they might not have even gotten fined.  But Harrison has been in Roger Goodell’s crosshairs for the past 3 seasons, so there was little chance that his appeal was going to be approved.

Harrison said via Twitter: “17 games,1000+ snaps, 100+ tackles, 12+sacks and 2 forces fumbles since my last incident and I get a suspension for a football play!”

Because of the suspension, Harrison will not be able to play in the Steelers’ game against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday night. In fact, the rules of the suspension dictate that Harrison can’t even set foot in the Steelers’ practice facility until Tuesday.

Without Harrison, winning on Monday night will be a bit more difficult. But winning is crucial to the Steelers’ playoff hopes, so Jason Worilds is going to have to step in and play as though he’s James Harrison. As Mike Tomlin is so fond of saying; “The standard is the standard”.

Go Steelers!

Steelers vs. 49ers preview

December 15, 2011 By: Admin Category: Uncategorized

The Steelers will limp into San Francisco on Monday night, hoping to keep pace with the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC playoff race.

The Steelers may be without 5 of their star players Monday nigh.  James Harrison is suspended for the game (although an appeal is pending).  LaMarr Woodley is still battling a hamstring injury.  Troy Polamalu is also battling a hamstring injury.  Ben Roethlisberger has a high ankle sprain.  And Maurkice Pouncey also has a high ankle sprain.

Big Ben has yet to practice this week, and it’s not certain if he’ll be able to play on Monday.  That’s why both Charlie Batch and Dennis Dixon have been splitting reps in practice.  Dixon hasn’t been on the active roster for most of the games this season, but he’ll be dressed and ready this week.

This is probably the worst possible time for the injury bug to hit the Steelers.  The Steelers are tied with the Ravens atop the AFC North, but the Ravens control the tie-breaker.  So the Steelers have to depend on a Baltimore loss in order to have any hope of winning the division.  And they also have to make sure that they win all of their remaining games.

Winning their remaining games looked like a distinct possibility until the injuries started to mount.

The Steelers and 49ers are both 10-3, and both teams are fighting for playoff positioning.  However, unlike the Steelers, the 49ers have already clinched their division.

But the 49ers enter the game with almost as many issues as the Steelers.

The 49ers have lost 2 of their last 3 games, and enter Monday’s game with issues at two of their key offensive positions.

San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith has looked surprisingly good this season.  However, he had one of his worst performances of the season last week in a loss to the Arizona Cardinals.  Smith completed only 18 of 37 passes for 175 yards and no touchdowns.

The 49ers’ star running back Frank Gore hasn’t looked much better.  Gore has averaged just 54.4 in the last 5 games.  Gore injured his knee in a loss to the NY Giants on November 13.  Coach Jim Harbaugh says that Gore still isn’t 100% , but he failed to elaborate further.

Partially because of the challenges that they’re having at QB and running back, the 49er have the worst red-zone efficiency in the NFL this season.  They’ve only been able to score 3 touchdowns in their last 19 trips into the red-zone.

Because of the questions that both teams have on offense, each may need to rely on their defenses to win this game.  The Steelers and 49ers are both among the top 5 defenses in the NFL this season.  The Steelers are the #1 defense in the NFL against the pass, and the 49ers are ranked #1 against the run.

If Big Ben plays on Monday, then I believe the Steelers will win this game.  But if Charlie Batch has to start, then I think the advantage shifts to the 49ers, and the Steelers will likely lose.

Let’s all pray that Roethlisberger can play on Monday.

Go Steelers!

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James Harrison suspended

December 13, 2011 By: Admin Category: Uncategorized

The Steelers are fighting for playoff position in the final 3 games of the season, and that fight just got a bit tougher.  The NFL has suspended linebacker James Harrison for 1 game for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cleveland Browns’ quarterback Colt McCoy.

The Steelers face the San Francisco 49ers in their next game.  It’s probably the toughest game left on the Steelers schedule, so they could definitely use Harrison.  But I guess that point is now moot.

Harrison’s agent Bill Parise has already appealed the suspension.

“We will ask for an expedited hearing because we’re dealing with a suspension,” Parise said.

Ummmmm, good luck with that.

Frankly, I don’t think he has any chance of winning his appeal.  The tape clearly shows that Harrison struck a head-to-head blow.  It can be debated whether the hit was intentional, but because it’s Harrison, the league is not likely to back down.

Harrison was fined a total of six times during the 2009 and 2010 seasons for four illegal hits against quarterbacks and twice for unnecessary roughness. Because of that history, the NFL probably felt that a suspension might send a louder message than the fines did.

Even Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin didn’t support Harrison on this one.

“He hit him, he hit him illegally, he has to suffer the consequences,” Tomlin said.

Because he’ll be suspended for the game, Harrison won’t get paid for it.  So effectively, the league did fine him.

This obviously makes the next game a little tougher than we thought it would be.  However, I still think the Steelers have a good chance of beating the 49ers and improving their record to 11-3.

Go Steelers!!!

Steelers playoff update

December 12, 2011 By: Admin Category: Uncategorized

Despite not playing on Sunday, the Steelers gained ground in the playoff race.  The Steelers came into the week as the 5th seed in the AFC, and they’re still the 5th seed.  However, their position has nevertheless been strengthened.

Going into the week, 4 teams were tied for the 6th playoff seed.  The Tennessee Titans, Oakland Raiders, New York Jets, and Cincinnati Bengals were all two games behind the Steelers in the wild-card race.  But losses by the Titans, Raiders, and Bengals leave only the New York Jets as the 6th seed.

The Jets are still two games behind the Steelers, so barring a colossal collapse by the Steelers, they have little chance of catching the Black & Gold.

The Steelers will play the San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams, and Cleveland Browns in their final 3 games.  The Rams are tied for the 2nd worst record in the NFL, and the Browns are tied for the 3rd worst record.  So neither team should give the Steelers much of a challenge.

The SF 49ers are tied with the Steelers at 10-3.  However, the 49ers just lost to the Arizona Cardinals, a team the Steelers beat earlier this season.  I don’t foresee the 49ers beating the Steelers, even though the game is being played in San Francisco.

If the Steelers win this weekend, then they’re extremely likely to end the season with a 13-3 record.  The problem is that the Baltimore Ravens also have a good chance of ending the season at 13-3.  And if the Steelers and Ravens end the season tied, the Ravens will claim the AFC North title due to their two wins over the Steelers.

Because of that, the Steelers need the Ravens to lose at least one more time this season.  And a loss by the Ravens is a distinct possibility.  After all, the Ravens have already lost to the 4-9 Jacksonville Jaguars, and the 5-7 Seattle Seahawks.

The Ravens have games remaining against the San Diego Chargers, the Cleveland Browns, and the Cincinnati Bengals.  While the Browns aren’t likely to beat the Ravens, the Chargers or Bengals definitely have a possibility of doing so.

The Chargers just had a 37-10 win against the Buffalo Bills.  While the Chargers have underachieved over the past few seasons, they’re still a talented team that is capable of beating anybody.  I see them as having the best chance of beating the Ravens.

The Ravens face the Chargers this coming Sunday on Sunday Night Football.  I have a sneaking suspicion that the Chargers are going to have just as many supporters in Pittsburgh as they have in San Diego.

Go Chargers!!!

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Big Ben leads miracle charge

December 09, 2011 By: Admin Category: Uncategorized

When fans and television announcers saw Ben Roethlisberger go down in the first half of Thurday’s game, most thought there was no way that he could possibly return.  Ben’s leg got badly twisted while being tackled by the Browns.  Roethlisberger couldn’t stand or walk on his own, and had to be helped off the field.

Based on the way his leg got twisted, some thought that it might be a season-ending injury.  Little did they know that Big Ben is actually from Krypton.

Ben's leg gets badly twisted

To the surprise of fans and announcers alike, Roethlisberger came limping out of the tunnel after halftime.  I assumed that he was going to watch the second half from the sidelines, but to my surprise, he started warming up.

Not only did Big Ben warm up, but he actually started the second half under center.  He went on to perform better in the second half than he did in the first half, despite limping the entire time.

In the first half, Roethlisberger completed 8 of 9 passes for 102 yards.  In the second half, he was 8 of 12 for 178 yards.

But Roethlisberger wasn’t the only hero of this game.  Nope, if Big Ben was Superman, then Antonio Brown was Batman.

Brown led the team with 5 catches for 151 yards, including the 79 yard touchdown reception that put the game away for good.

And let’s not forget about William Gay, who must have been Green Lantern in this super hero themed game.  The Steelers were leading 7-3 late in the fourth quarter, but the Browns were driving.  They got the ball deep into Steelers territory, and the Steelers’ defense didn’t look like they were going to be able to stop them.  A touchdown would have given the Browns a 10-7 lead with little time left on the clock.  Fortunately, Gay intercepted a pass in the end zone, putting an end to the Brown’s hopes.

William Gay intercepts pass in the end zone

The Steelers ended up putting 7 more points on the board on Roethlisberger’s long TD pass to Antonio Brown.  That’s how the score got to be 14-3.  But Gay’s interception was really the nail in the Browns’ coffin.

With the win, the Steelers take a temporary lead over the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC North.  The Steelers and Ravens were tied atop the AFC North, but the Ravens have an advantage because they’ve beaten the Steeler twice.  So the Steelers need a Ravens loss if they’re going to have any hope of winning the division.

Despite the fact that the Indianapolis Colts are 0-12, and have the worst record in the NFL, I’m sure that every Steelers fan will be rooting for the Colts this weekend when they play the Ravens.

I sure wish Peyton Manning was from Krypton too.  But it looks like Big Ben is the only Kryptonian quarterback in the NFL.