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Steelers vs Bills haiku contest

November 30, 2010 By: Admin Category: Haiku contests

The Steelers won an action packed, nail-biter overtime game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.  Now it’s time for fans to capture the key elements of the game in a haiku.

The contest rules are simple. You must summarize the Steelers-Bills game in a haiku. A haiku is a form of Japanese poetry that contains only 3 lines. The first line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 syllables, and the third line has 5 syllables. Typically, haiku do not rhyme.

Please note, the emphasis is on syllables, not words. Remember, 5/7/5.

I start the competition by offering a haiku of my own. Then you readers write a haiku of your own to try to beat mine. On Thursday I will announce this week’s contest winner. But remember, your haiku has to be better than mine.  If none of your entries are better than mine, then I take home the prize.

Here is my entry:

Went from a blowout
To almost losing the game
Thank you Steve Johnson

The winner of this week’s contest is going to win a copy of the book “Find A Way” by former Steelers player and current NFL analyst Merril Hoge.  It’s a great book that belongs on the bookshelf of any Steelers fan.

This week’s prize

Okay readers, your turn.  Lets see who can come up with the best haiku about the Steelers-Bills game.

Are you ready for some haiku?!!

(Note:  Prizes come directly from the publisher.  Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery.)

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With the holiday’s coming, Steelers gear is sure to be on everyone’s shopping list.  We all know that ladies love the Steelers.  So why let her wear your boxy mens’ gear, when you can buy her this Steelers jacket that’s designed especially for women?

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Steelers beat Bills in OT

November 28, 2010 By: Admin Category: Post-Game Reports

Goodbye Jeff Reed.  Hello Shaun Suisham.

That’s probably what most Steelers fans are saying after Suisham hit a game-winning field goal in overtime to defeat the Buffalo Bills 19-16.  Suisham has been perfect on both field goals and extra points since joining the Steelers.

But it probably shouldn’t have taken an overtime kick to win the game.   And the Bills almost clinched the game before Suisham got his opportunity to win it.

The Steelers started off hot.  They scored a touchdown on their first possession, then got a field goal on their second, and they looked like they were going to dominate the Bills.  The Steelers had 225 yards of offense at half-time, compared to only 51 yards for the Bills.  They had held the Bills to only 6 rushing yards in the half, and were leading 13-0.

Mendenhall scores a TD

But in the second half, everything reversed.  Buffalo scored 13 unanswered points, and the score was tied at 13-13 early in the 4th quarter.  Both teams added another field goal in the 4th quarter, and they ended up tied 16-16 at the end of regulation time.

The Bills then gave the Steelers a huge scare in overtime.  Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw what appeared to be a game-winning touchdown pass to WR Stevie Johnson.  The ball fell perfectly into Johnson’s hands two yards into the end-zone……….And Johnson dropped it.  Yes!!!!!!!

The Bills were forced to punt the ball away, and the Steelers got their chance to put the game away.

Steelers offensive coordinator Bruce Arians didn’t want to give the Bills another opportunity to win the game, so he went conservative and ran the ball.  Repeatedly.  Rashard Mendenhall and Isaac Redman took turns churning out yardage against the Bills defense until the Steelers found themselves at the Buffalo 22 yard line. That’s when Suisham came out and proved that he deserved to wear black and gold.

Jeff who?

Suisham hit a 41 yard field goal to win the game for the Steelers.

And with that game-winner, Suisham also forced his Steelers teammates to learn how to pronounce his last name.

Other Steelers notes:

  • For the second straight week, the Steelers were called for over 100 yards worth of penalties.  The Steelers added 107 penalty yards to the 163 yards that they were penalized last week.  That’s 24 penalties for 270 yards in two weeks.  That’s waaaaaaay too many!  Mike Tomlin is going to have to address the Steelers’ penalty issue quickly.
  • James Harrison recorded his 10th sack of  the season.  This is his third consecutive season with double-digit sacks.
  • The Steelers now find themselves tied with the Baltimore Ravens atop the AFC North, as they prepare to face the Ravens next week.

This week’s featured item:

With the holiday’s coming, Steelers gear is sure to be on everyone’s shopping list.  We all know that ladies love the Steelers.  So why let her wear your boxy mens’ gear, when you can buy her this Steelers jacket that’s designed especially for women?

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Steelers vs. Raiders haiku contest winner

November 28, 2010 By: Admin Category: Haiku contests

Sorry that I’m late with the winner of last week’s haiku contest.  I also didn’t get to write this week’s game preview.  As you may have guessed, I was away enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday with family.  But I’m back now.  I hope my readers will forgive me for missing a few posts.

We have a surprise winner of last week’s haiku contest.  I’m sure that when this reader submitted his haiku, he thought that he was submitting a joke entry.  However, when I read it, I felt that it actually did a great job of capturing what happened in the game, and the sentiment of most Steelers fans about what was happening during the game.

This week’s winner is Jimi Glancy Jr.  He wrote this very simple, yet accurate recap of last week’s action.

Flags flags flags flags flags
fights flags fights fights flags flags flags
#^[email protected]%$  Roger Goodell!

Congratulations Jimi.  That was simple, yet elegant.

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T.O. & Ocho Cinco diss Big Ben

November 24, 2010 By: Admin Category: Uncategorized

Those two loudmouthed losers from Cincinnati, Terrell Owens (T.O.) and Chad Ocho Cinco, somehow convinced someone that they should have a TV show.  If that’s not a sure sign of the apocalypse, I don’t know what is.

But despite my feeling about them having a show, they do have one.  And they took the time to voice their opinion about Richard Seymour hitting Ben Roethlisberger.

I hate to even promote this crap, but in case any of you want to hear what these two idiots had to say, here is a clip.  Just click on the play button below to view the clip.

I must warn you that if any members of Steeler Nation actually watch this show on a regular basis, that is just cause to have your Steeler Nation membership card immediately revoked.  After all, Steelers fans don’t support Bengals.  Or Browns.  Or Ravens.  Or Cowboys.

Heck, I don’t even watch Ray Lewis’ Old Spice commercials.  Any time they come on, I turn off my TV and go make a sandwich.

Hmmmmmmmm, I wonder how many games in a row the Bengals need to lose in order for T.O. & Ocho Cinco to have their show canceled?

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Richard Seymour gets slap on the wrist

November 23, 2010 By: Admin Category: Uncategorized

Chump change.  That’s essentially how much Oakland Raiders defensive lineman Richard Seymour got fined for sucker punching (slapping?  Open hand chopping?) Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

The league handed down a fine of $25,000 on Seymour, and no suspension.  That’s right, $25,000.  Steelers’ linebacker James Harrison gets fined more than that for breathing on opposing players.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist.  I don’t agree with those who say that the NFL and their officials are targeting the Steelers.  But decisions like this help me to better understand why so many Steelers fans do think that the team is being targeted.

If the situation has been reversed, and it had been James Harrison delivering the punch to Jason Campbell or Bruce Gradkowski, how much do you think the fine would have been?  $100,000?  $150,000?  And there probably would have been at least a 1 game suspension added on.

More importantly, if it had been Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, or Drew Brees who got punched, rather than “bad boy” Ben Roethlisberger, does anyone out there believe that the fine would have been a mere $25,000?  I certainly don’t.

I’ve even heard some people argue that Big Ben “deserved” to be punched, due to his earlier off-field issues.  But that has nothing to do with Ben’s previous problems.  Richard Seymour was not dishing out justice for female victims, he was being a thug.

What if you were at work, and one of your co-workers randomly sucker punched you.  Wouldn’t you expect him to be suspended?  Or fired?

The NFL’s rationale for why Seymour only got a $25,000 fine is that there is a pre-defined scale for fines that are handed out for fighting.  The first offense cost $10,000, and the second offense cost $25,000.  So Richard Seymour got a $25,000 fine.

The problem is that that scale was put into place BEFORE Roger Goodell decided to start fining players for random acts that don’t even draw flags.  With players being fined $50,000 or even $75,000 for hits that occur during the course of the game, it makes $25,000 for a punch that took place outside of game action seem much too low.

Is a punch to a defenseless franchise quarterback less egregious than not being able to defy the laws of physics (which seems to be the requirement these days)?  What the league is telling us is that rather than taking the risk of accidentally hitting a quarterback late, James Harrison would be better served to merely walk up to him after the play and punch him in the face; the penalty will be lower.

This is why I was not in favor of the league initiating new rules (and fines) in the middle of the season.  I knew that they would not be able to foresee all of the things that could happen during a season.  New rules need to be instituted during the off-season.  Then teams/players can be educated on the new rules, and referees can be trained in how to interpret the new rules when they make calls on the field.  But what we’ve go now is referees who seem to be totally confused, and who are making calls that don’t even make sense.

Is there anyone out there who thinks that the referees’ calls during the Steelers/Raiders game made sense?  How did they call a penalty for an illegal “helmet-to-helmet” hit when no helmets even made contact?

I don’t mean to be a whiner.  I really don’t.  But I love this game far too much to see it destroyed by arbitrary rulings that are made by a handful of individuals.

Hopefully, the NFL will revisit their fine structure, and their rules on what constitutes an “illegal hit”.  Right now, players, fans, and referees all seem to be………. confused.

If a $25,000 fine for punching a defenseless player isn’t confusing, then I don’t know what is.

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