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Posted by Decker on August 27th, 2012

The Pirates are the best team in Pittsburgh. They are getting younger while the Steelers are getting older.

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Penn State Reaction

Posted by briesen on July 23rd, 2012

Today, the NCAA came down hard on the Penn State football program giving them a four year post season band, fining them $60 million, cutting twenty scholarships, and putting them on five year probation. However, from a football perspective, the harshest penalty of all is the vacation of all wins from 1998-2011. This isn’t something that just effects Penn State, it effects the history of college football. By vacating 111 wins, Joe Paterno drops from 1st to 5th on the FBS all time wins list.

There was no doubt something needed to be done, but the question now becomes were these penalties too harsh? The short answer: unequivocally no. It may seem unfair to punish players and coaches who weren’t involved in the now infamous Sandusky scandal. However, the penalties serve a very specific purpose. What the scandal showed about Penn State above all else was that the football program was considered paramount to everything. It’s a cultural view that has to be changed not just at Penn State, but at many schools around the country. Other schools should now take note of how dangerous it is to make a football program the top priority.  So sure, the penalties are harsh, but an example needed to be made and in the long run, it’s what’s best not just for Penn State, but for the entire country.

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No news on Sidney Crosby’s new contract

Posted by kirsch17 on June 11th, 2012

As one of the best players in the entire National Hockey League, whenever there is news about Sidney Crosby everyone takes it and runs with it. There have been a lot of reports lately about Crosby signing a 10-year extension to his contract worth $90 million. But those are all just rumors. There have been a lot of talks lately about Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins Management about keeping Crosby a Penguin basically for his entire career (unless there is a trade) but as of right now the only contract he has is the same 5-year deal worth $8.7 million, which expires in two seasons (2013-2014) in which Crosby would become a Unrestricted Free Agent. That is the last thing the Penguins organization and fans do not want to see. They all want to see their captain and star player (one of many on the Penguins) locked in for a very long time. By the way things seem to be going that contract extension everyone seems to be waiting for is not too far off. Especially considering Evgeni Malkin’s contract mirror’s Crosby’s in that is also ends in the 2013-2014 season, the Penguins are going to look to lock both players, arguably the two best on the Penguins, for the duration of their career. But for now, both players will still be in talks with the management to work out a deal. Nothing is done yet.

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Pitt Basketball Looks to Rebound

Posted by tfoley36 on May 8th, 2012

The 2012 Pittsburgh Panthers started off the season strong and looked deserving of their Top 10 ranking. An early season loss at home to Long Beach State looked like a mere hiccup. It ultimately sent the Panthers into a tailspin they couldn’t recover from and combined with injuries the 2012 season was lost. However the young players such as JJ Moore and Lamar Patterson stepped up and the Panthers captured the 2012 CBI Championship. Next season the Panthers are coming back with a vengeance. They lost senior leaders Nassir Robinson and Ashton Gibbs however they reloaded with the recruitment of New Zealand native and top 5 recruit Steven Adams and Maryland guard James Robinson. They also got Trey Ziegler from Central Michigan who hopes to obtain clearance to take the court for the Panthers this season. The Panthers look poised for a big season and a return to dominance they have become accustomed to.

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Pittsburgh’s Revamped Line Could Lead to New Orleans

Posted by tfoley36 on May 8th, 2012

The glaring weakness on the Steelers has always been their offensive line. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is under constant barrage from opposing defenses. Roethlisberger has gutted out various injuries and a patch worked line. The Steelers used a league high 34 offensive line combinations last year. This weakness was addressed in the draft. With their first selection they picked the man that protected the number one overall pick Andrew Luck at Stanford. David DeCastro went 24th overall to the Steelers. He is 6 foot 5 and 316 pounds. He fell to the Steelers after being projected as a top 15 pick. Knowing their weakness was the line the Steelers went right back to the offensive line with their second round pick, selecting the 6 foot 7 323 pound, troubled guard Mike Adams from Ohio State. Adams was caught up in the memorabilia scandal at Ohio State as well as a failed drug test at the NFL Combine. The Steelers decided the risk was well worth it and took him 56th overall. These two will combine with offensive captain Maurkice Pouncey and veterans Willie Colon and Marcus Gilbert in an attempt to keep Roethlisberger upright and on the field. The improvements in the offensive line could help return to the ground and pound running game that the Steelers are know for. If the line holds the Steelers will be a favorite to head to New Orleans in February.

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Posted by GameSetMatch on August 23rd, 2011

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Steel City Showdown: Is Ring #7 Pittsburgh’s For the Taking?

Posted by sasilverandblack on January 19th, 2011

After a rough, tough, high-scoring victory over the rival Ravens last week, the Steelers are one win away from reaching the Super Bowl for the third time in six years. Standing in their way is a very cocky, confident Jets team coming off consecutive wins against the two best quarterbacks in today’s game.

The Steelers have a pretty good quarterback too in Ben Roethlisberger, who has already won two Super Bowls through six years in the league. He, like Michael Vick, is on his own personal road to redemption after missing the first four games this season due to off the field issues. His play will be a major deciding factor on offense in who comes out victorious, but it’s on the defensive end where the game will be won.

It’s no secret that the Steelers have one of the top defenses in the league. It’s pretty much been a foregone conclusion throughout most of the decade. If the Steelers win, it will most likely be because of their defense. As indispensable as Big Ben is, the Steelers have a much more important player on the defensive end of the ball in No. 43: Troy Polamalu.

The Steelers lost their Week 15 game with the Jets 22-17. Brad Smith ran a kick back for a touchdown to start the game. The other deciding sequence was the safety that extended the Jet lead to 22-17, making a chip-shot field goal to tie the game out of the question when the Steelers were in the red zone during the waning seconds of the contest. But there was another reason as to why the Steelers let one slip away. Polamalu was not playing.

I can say this with confidence: Troy Polamalu is the most important defensive player to any one team. His absence is almost like an offense missing their starting quarterback. Just his presence alters a quarterback’s initial passing progressions. He single-handedly accounted for the Steelers division-deciding win over the Ravens in the regular season when he forced a fumble on Joe Flacco that led to Roethlisberger’s game-deciding touchdown to win the game. He even snagged seven interceptions in the regular season, good for second in the league despite missing two games.

So it’s safe to say he’s the main man when he steps onto the field. And he’s not the only guy you have to look out for. Don’t forget about the big three linebackers in James Farrior, James Harrison, and LaMarr Woodley.

The Steelers are excited to have Polamalu for this game against the Jets. Mark Sanchez is not excited. “He’s the ultimate playmaker,” Sanchez said of Polamalu. “He’ll do anything. He’ll sacrifice his body. He’ll kind of freelance out there and read your eyes. Especially a young quarterback, he’ll try to get after you early and rattle you.”

Good luck with that.

By Josh Delp of the Sports Fan Blog Network

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Tomlin talks regularly with his QB

Posted by GameSetMatch on June 3rd, 2010

The Pittsburgh Steelers are working closely with troubled quarterback Ben Roethlisberger to make sure he turns his life around, although coach Mike Tomlin didn’t offer any specifics Wednesday about what the team is doing.

Tomlin said he talks regularly with Roethlisberger, who recently underwent a behavioral evaluation as part of the six-game suspension handed down April 21 by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the league’s personal conduct policy.

“He has a commitment to being what we desire for him to be and what his team needs him to be and that’s my focus,” Tomlin said. “I’ve seen Ben quite a bit and communicated with him quite a bit throughout all of this.”

Roethlisberger was suspended after a 20-year-old Georgia college student accused him of sexual assault in March. No charges were filed.

Roethlisberger is also being sued by a woman who claims he sexually assaulted her at a Lake Tahoe hotel in 2008 but faces no charges.

Click here to read the full article – By of ESPN.com

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LaRoche’s gem sets up Pirates’ late victory

Posted by GameSetMatch on June 1st, 2010

The Pirates and the 20,235 vocal fans at PNC Park had much to like from this Memorial Day matinee, a 2-1 late victory against the Chicago Cubs …

Ross Ohlendorf pitched seven strong innings, charged with one undeserved run.

Garrett Jones homered and doubled.

Bobby Crosby’s pinch-hit RBI single scored Jones after the latter to break a 1-1 tie.

And Octavio Dotel closed it out with a strikeout for his 11th save and the official end of the team’s five-game losing streak.

Even the weather cooperated, with pockets of thunderstorms all over the county but somehow dodging the North Shore.

Nice day, right?

Well, forget it all and focus instead on what reliever Evan Meek called “the play that won this game,” a defensive gem by third baseman Andy LaRoche that might have been, in its own way, among the Pirates’ best this summer.

Click here to read the full article – By Dejan Kovacevic of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Posted by Decker on May 26th, 2010

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