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James Harrison demoted back to linebacker!

October 28, 2008 By: Admin Category: Players

Hallelujah!!!! The Steelers signed a long snapper. Now James Harrison can go back to doing what he does best; terrorizing quarterbacks. More importantly, we will no longer have to watch him endanger women and children (and low flying birds) with his poorly aimed long snaps that inevitably end up in the stands rather than in the punter’s hands.

The Steelers signed Jared Retkofsky as their new long snapper. James Harrison and James Farrior can both breathe a sigh of relief.

Retkofsky was in training camp in 2007 with the Steelers. However, he was beaten out by Greg Warren for the position. Retkofsky was an undrafted free agent from TCU.

Jared Retkofsky

Jared Retkofsky

I don’t know about you, but this is possibly the best day of my life. I never thought that news about a long snapper could bring me to tears, but I did in fact shed tears of joy when I heard that Retkofsky had been signed. If I had been forced to watch James Harrison launch one more high velocity brick into the endzone, I think I may have killed myself.

Jared Retkofsky is officially my favorite Pittsburgh Steelers player. Who woulda thunk it?

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Steelers-Giants Review

October 28, 2008 By: Admin Category: Post-Game Reports, Uncategorized

I have to apologize to my readers. I know that many of you look forward to reading my post-game analysis. I always have it on-line the same night as the game. However, after yesterday’s heartbreak, I still can’t bring myself to think about that game, much less do an analysis of it. Instead, I just want to lock myself in a room and do my best Santonio Holmes imitation. Perhaps that would numb the pain.

The guys over at Stillers.com always do a good analysis after Steelers games, so I’ll just direct you to their review for this week. You can read it here. If you aren’t familiar with their work, check them out. I think you’ll like them.

Now that that’s out of the way, how about a few total digressions to take my mind off of the heartbreak of a loss that should have been a win. Here are some random tidbits:

1) Random hotness.

Do I really need a reason for a Beyonce sighting?

2) Best MMA move of all time

After the Pittsburgh Steelers, my second favorite thing is mixed martial arts (MMA). Here is the best MMA move I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen almost all of them). This is UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva in one of his fights in PRIDE. Enjoy.

3) Not politically correct, but still funny

4) Greatest coach ever!!

You’ve all seen Mike Singletary’s rant about Vernon Davis. But can we ever see it enough? I just love this. I wish more coaches had guts like Mike Singletary. Can you ever imagine the Cowboys kicking T.O. off the field? Nope, me neither.

Singletary

5) Reminds me of Santonio Holmes

Well, that’s it for today. See you soon for our Steelers-Redskins preview.

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James Harrison as long snapper?

October 27, 2008 By: Admin Category: Players, Post-Game Reports

James Harrison is the Steelers’ backup long snapper????? WTF???!!!!

Is it just me, or were other Steelers fans completely baffled when James Harrison lined up as the Steelers’ long snapper when Greg Warren went out with an injury? If you had told me prior to Sunday’s game that the Steelers coaching staff would ever use James Harrison as a long snapper in an actual NFL game, I would have accused you of smoking one of Santonio Holmes’ special cigars. But use him they did. Even after the fact, I’m still stunned.

To make matters worse, after James Harrison launched his first (and hopefully last) long snap over punter Mitch Berger’s head, I saw James Farrior warming up on the sidelines to give it a try on the next punt. These are definitely signs of the apocalypse. Repent, for the end is near.

I’ll be the first to admit that I know about as much about long snapping as I do about cold fusion. Nevertheless, I am completely confused by why the Steelers have a linebacker as their backup long snapper. Afterall, they have a guy on their team named Justin Hartwig. You know, the center. The guy who is paid to snap the ball for a living. Sure, he makes his living performing regular snaps, but how much different can a long snap be? Isn’t it pretty much the same as snapping the ball to Ben Roethlisberger while he’s in the shotgun formation? Something tells me that if Hartwig had snapped the ball to Berger, it wouldn’t have gone 10 feet over his head.

Or how about Darnell Stapleton? You know, the undrafted free agent who has worked his way up to Steelers’ starting right guard. He was the starting center for Rutgers while in college. In fact, he was so good at it that he was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded annually to the best center in college. Are you telling me that guy has never snapped the ball to a punter before?

I’ve never been a fan of Steelers offensive line coach Larry Zierlein. This latest debacle just cemented that opinion.

The Steelers were dominating the Giants until the point where Harrison snapped the ball over Mitch Berger’s head for a safety. After that, everything just seemed to change.

I’m not going to blame the loss on that one play. That would be silly. But I sure do wish the Steelers could take that one play back. Don’t you?

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Curse you, Santonio!!

October 25, 2008 By: Admin Category: Players

@#$&^@$!!!!!!! I’m sure that pretty much captures how most of Steeler Nation reacted when they found out that Santonio Holmes had been pulled over by police and was found to have marijuana cigars in his car (as well as the smell of recently smoked marijuana). To make matters worse, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has suspended Holmes for Sunday’s crucial game against the NFC East leading New York Giants. #[email protected]%&#!!!!!

Sunday’s game is probably the toughest and most important game on the Steelers schedule so far this season. It pits two division leaders with identical 5-1 records. Both teams need a victory to cement their place among the NFL’s elite teams.

I’m sure that Coach Tomlin has reiterated the importance of this game to his team, and he’s probably made certain that they are prepared for the battle ahead. He probably expected his players to take his motivational speeches to heart, and to use whatever method they required to prepare themselves for the game. However, he probably didn’t expect any of his players to use the “big Jamaican blunt” method of preparation. Nor did he probably expect any of his players to find themselves on the wrong side of the law this week. Santonio Holmes did both.

In some ways, we can’t blame Santonio. Afterall, this isn’t his first time being on the wrong side of the law. His life experience has taught him that if you are a talented athlete, all you get for breaking laws and violating societal norms, is a slap on the wrist. That has probably been re-enforced to him since he was in high school. Coaches have probably let him get away with things that non-players would have never been able to do without repercussions. Teachers have probably given him grades that he didn’t deserve. Recruiters have probably offered him money under the table. And then we wonder why these guys turn out badly. They are the monsters that we create.

I’m not saying that Santonio Holmes is a bad guy, or that he is in the same category as Jeffrey Dahmer. He’s not. But in fact, Santonio and so many other athletes are given a free pass that normal citizens are not provided. Would anyone be surprised if they heard that Santonio really had a much larger quantity of drugs on him than the reports have indicated, but that the police doctored their report in order to keep Santonio from getting in trouble? I’m not saying that events occurred like that. I’m just pointing out that in Pittsburgh, Steelers players are treated like gods, and Santonio Holmes would not be the first player that was given a pass by Steelers fans in blue.

It wasn’t long ago that two Steelers players got in trouble for domestic violence against women. Cedrick Wilson, a borderline wide receiver, was cut for his transgressions. Meanwhile James Harrison, a pro bowl linebacker, was given a slap on the wrist for a similar offense. What athletes learn is that the better they perform on the field, the more willing society becomes to turn a blind eye towards their transgressions. In fact, if they perform well enough, they can get away with just about anything. Drugs, violence, infidelity, and other indiscretions are ignored, so long as the athletes continues to perform on the field.

At some point, professional athletes need to be held accountable for their misdeeds. If not, they never learn the lesson that most of us learn in kindergarten; follow the rules, boys and girls.

Santonio has to learn that he hasn’t just let himself down. He’s let down his family. His mom can’t feel very good each time she hears that her son has gotten into trouble (again). He’s let down all of the kids who look up to him as a hero and a role model. He’s let down all of his teammates who were depending on him to perform in this game that means so much to the team. And he’s let down the legions of Steelers fans who support him, and who probably allow the Steelers’ performance to play a much bigger role in dictating their emotional well-being than they probably should.

It’s time to grow up, Santonio. You’re an adult now, and people depend on you. You have been blessed with the opportunity to play a game that you love, and to make millions of dollars for doing so. That is not to be taken lightly. Hopefully, Roger Goodell will deem the Steelers’ one game suspension to be adequate punishment, and he won’t dole out additional punishment of his own. If so, consider yourself lucky, and learn from this experience.

On Sunday, the Steelers will face the New York Giants in their most difficult test thus far this season. They will need every player to perform at their best in order to win. Unfortunately, one player let them down before the first whistle even blew. Curse you, Santonio!

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Steelers-Giants Preview Video

October 25, 2008 By: Admin Category: Pre-Game Analyses

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