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Preview and predictions: Superbowl XLV

February 5, 2011

Superbowl Sunday is a holy day of obligation for many sports fanatics, and Superbowl XLV won’t be an exception as the Steelers hope to grab their seventh ring when they face the Packers.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers have been prepping all week for one of the biggest days in sports  at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, and what it will come down to is defense.

Both teams own the bragging rights of being the top two defenses in the league, but at the same time, both teams have two of the smarter quarterbacks that are going to be needing protection.

Who will come away with that Lombardi trophy come February 6?

It will all come down to the offensive linemen protecting their leader in Ben Roethlisberger and Aaron Rogers.

Key plays for both QBs are going to be protecting the ball from the rush, quick snaps and throwing immediately, and being mobile.

If it comes down to that, I believe Aaron Rogers will lead the Green Bay Packers to victory as he knows how to look quickly and find his receiver, and even if James Harrison and the rest of the “fantastic four” linebackers for the Steelers get past the Packers line, Rogers knows how to hold onto the ball and not fumble.

He also seems to have a knack of knowing where to drop the ball perfectly into the hands of his receivers within three seconds after the snap, which is going to be a big difference maker Sunday.

On the Steelers side, Roethlisberger is a little bit more clumsy when hit, and with Clay Matthews dominance and the absence of Maurkice Pouncey (Steelers center) out due to high ankle sprain, the Steelers might find themselves in trouble when the Packers defense presses hard. Especially after a botched snap caused a fumble in the AFC championship game.

Don’t be too quick to overlook Big Ben, though; he also is extremely talented in being mobile on his feet and can change a play as needed and gets the ball down the field and in the endzone.

What are your predictions?

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Around the League in 80 seconds…week 2

September 21, 2010

In case you missed the news, sportscenter, or any other ESPN/news program, you might have missed some headline making news covering the NFL in the past two days.

Injuries, arrests and deaths.  Heavy stuff and not the way any fan wants to begin the season.

First, the tragic death of Denver Broncos WR Kenny McKinley. McKinley was found Monday in his home from apparent suicide from a gun wound.

The promising wide receiver was a young 23-years old and the father of a baby boy. As of now, there are no reasons of why or what may have happened to have caused this only two weeks into the season. Some speculations are McKinley’s current injuries or maybe money.

McKinley’s agent, Andrew Bondarowicz, said family and friends are at a loss to explain the death of a young man “who had such a love for life.”

“Everybody has their explanations, their own theories. Whether it was injuries, no one’s going to know for sure,” Bondarowicz said. “It’s a tough situation all the way around.

“Some people speculate that it was his being injured, some said it was financial challenges. … It’s a tragic situation.”

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The Hard Knock life of a DWI The New York Jets have been loud and proud of the progress they have made over the past few years.  After this summer’s show “A Hard Knock Life” featuring the team, they made it clear they intended to make moves and dominate the field this season.

However,  WR Braylon Edwards must have started celebrating early after the Jets big win over the New England Patriots on Sunday after being arrested for a DWI on Tuesday morning.

He was pulled over due to the tinting of his SUV’s windows, and when the police on scene smelled alcohol, had him use a breathalyzer; he blew a .16 which is two times the legal limit.

The Jets and the league are going to have to go over Edwards past to determine whether or not he will be fined or suspended based off their substance abuse policy. (more…)

NFL week one games: Recap

September 13, 2010

Football season is officially here as the first Sunday of the season has come and gone.

In case you might have missed some of the games, here is a quick recap of each game to keep you up to speed.

Steelers vs. Falcons

The team we love to hate played a pretty tentative game Sunday afternoon against Atlanta, who also seemed hesitant. The game was a slow, FG kind of game. Both kickers even were having an off day as Pittsburgh’s Reed was 2-4 for the day, including a missed FG going into halftime with 17 seconds to go (the ball would hit the post and bounce away).  But the Falcons were on the same page as the Steelers; despite Falcons QB Matt Ryan throwing a strong pass down the middle late in the second  quarter, Atlanta can’t get a TD to pull ahead. Kicker Bryant does make it through the posts this time (he missed an earlier 46  yard attempt) to tie the score at 3-3 going into the second half.

In the end, with “mighty mouse” Hines Ward and Redman making big catches and picking up a few yards to help the once third string QB, Dennis Dixon gave the Steelers the advantage to win.  Late in the fourth quarter,  Lofton and Bierhmann take down Dixon, making it seem like the Falcons could pull away; but an interception by Troy Polamero led the Steelers to another FG attempt which Reed misses, going too far to the right with the 40-yard attempt, sending the game into overtime.

But it was Mendenhall who took the game away from Atlanta in overtime with a TD; final score 15-9.

Falcons player to keep an eye on: Roody White, who had 13 catches and 111 yards.

Titans vs. Raiders

With the Titans, you can’t hold back RB Chris Johnson and QB Vince Young for too long. The Raiders rallied against Tennessee for a good while in the first half, or so it seemed. Passing yards for the Raiders in the first half was a -8, while the Titans were at 85. Both not impressing, especially when the Titans RB, Johnson averages about 125.4 yards a game and had 36 going into the second half.

But N. Washington drew first blood with the first TD of the game which propelled the Titans later to win against Oakland 38-13.

Both QB’s, Young and Campbell, played rookie-esq. If  either team wants to improve, their leaders need to step up their own game a little better.

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What do you think of Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger statement regarding suspension?

April 28, 2010

On Monday, April 26, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger issued a public statement regarding his six-game suspension for the 2010 season after his sexual assault accusation from an underage girl in Georgia.

“Though I have committed no crime, I regret that I have fallen short of the values instilled in me by my family. I will not appeal the suspension and will comply with what is asked of me — and more,” said Roethlisberger.

I’m truly sorry for the disappointment and negative attention I brought to my family, my teammates, coaches, [Steelers owners] the Rooneys and the NFL,” Roethlisberger said.

Art Rooney has shown frustration with the QB and has agreed that Roethlisbger needs to earn respect back in steel city.

“I understand that the opportunities I have been blessed with are a privilege, and much is expected of me as the quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I absolutely want to be the leader this team deserves, valued in the community and a role model to kids. I have much work to do to earn this trust,” said Roethlisberger in his statement.

The two-time Super Bowl winner was banned without pay for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy and was ordered to undergo a “comprehensive behavioral evaluation by professionals.”

Though he was not convicted of any crime, many people believe he deserved more punishment than just six games after he was accused of raping a 20-year-old college student in a nightclub in Georgia.

Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger suspended 6 games

April 21, 2010

The long awaited decision on whether Ben Roethlisberger would be suspended finally was announced today and the verdict is six games.

Baltimore fans, with our schedule out as of 7 p.m. yesterday, that means our first meet with our division rivals for game four in the 2010 season  is going to be sans Big Ben.

Roethlisberger was suspended by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for violating the Personal Conduct policy after he was accused of sexually harassing an underage college girl in a Georgia nightclub last month.

Ben Roethlisberger suspended six games for the upcoming 2010 season. Will he remain in steel city?

Goodell said in the letter to Roethlisberger: “In your six years in the NFL, you have first thrilled and now disappointed a great many people.

“I urge you to take full advantage of this opportunity to get your life and career back on track.”

There have been rumors already of Art Rooney II and the Steelers franchise talking about trading Big Ben–could he be more trouble than he is worth?

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Steelers trade Holmes; Roethlisberger no longer charged for assault case

April 12, 2010

The Pittsburgh Steelers 2010 season is already off to a rough start, and preseason hasn’t even started.

Sunday, April 11 brought the trade of former Superbowl MVP wide receiver Santonio Holmes. For those of you who didn’t hear, Holmes is in some trouble.

He splashed the news with his glass throwing misconduct in an Orlando night club. Then, hours after the Steelers traded him for a 5th round draft pick to the New York Jets, he was suspended for four games for substance abuse.

The Jets now have Braylon Edwards, LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Cromartie and Holmes for QB Mark Sanchez to look to. The Jets are going to be a pretty nasty team this upcoming season as they move the chains offensively.

The other big news story up in the Pitts is on Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. Big Ben once again got himself in a rape/assault case when an underage girl in Georgia accused him of assaulting her in a nightclub bathroom.

At 2 p.m. today, it was announced that Roethlisberger will not be charged.

However, what does that mean for him in Pittsburgh? NFL commissioner Roger Goodell plans on meeting him later this week to talk about disciplining the QB who seems to put himself in these positions.

Even if Goodell doesn’t suspend him, and gives him a ‘slap on the wrist’ and tell him “bad boy, Ben!” there is no telling yet what the Steelers will do, especially when they just traded Holmes after being fed up with his actions off the field.

Personally, I am just glad the thug life isn’t being directed at the Ravens as is the typical.

Bad Fan-menship

January 11, 2010

Starting at the end of the season, but what better time to analyze and be a critic on a season after it is over? NFL finished its first postseason weekend and has four teams that are to move on to next weekends divisional championship games….do all of them deserve to move on? And do the four other teams that got first round byes belong as the best out of the 32 teams in the league?

That question is one that I think many people, despite who their team is, forget to remember. All those players on every team are the best of the best football players in the country. To downplay any teams efforts as say “they came out and played like s***today, that is the only reason the other team won” is ignorant. Even if a team is having a very bad losing season (in this season’s case, that would be the Lions or Browns)…people need to remember that these players still beat the ridiculous odds to get to where they are. The coaches are the crème of the crop. All this critiquing and downing teams is simply bad fan-menship, whether it is your own team or not.

I have noticed this all season, but once again today, after Baltimore’s big win in their first postseason game this year against the New England Patriots, all I saw and heard were comments about how the Pats didn’t play well and Tom Brady acted like he wanted to throw the game away, so that is the only reason the Ravens won. Yes, Brady looked like a Rookie QB, not the “comeback player of the year” (which I strongly disagree with…check for future blogs) or past MVP of the year. But those boys are one of the best teams in the league. Not only that, but they also beat Baltimore earlier in the season. For those who forgot about that…there was a lot of debate whether THAT game was fair due to outrageous penalties called against the Ravens favoring Brady. But the season still moved on, the Pats got the W and the Ravens got their first loss.

This time, the Ravens came out to prove who should have won that first game. But this game had more on the line. It wasn’t the beginning of the season. It was a win and stay in, or lose and pack your bags kind of game. The Ravens played great, didn’t commit as many penalties as was typical of them all season and they went out to win a game…and they did. This was one of their best games all season. But…don’t get too cocky Baltimore fans.

Rubbing this game in to Steelers fans is more than acceptable considering it is a mutual dislike rivalry between the two cities. No matter what time of the year, who is playing whom, or what sport is being played, I think Baltimore fans will always hate on Pittsburgh. And vice versus. But—be reasonable and fair and stick to facts. To state that “Shitsburgh is the worst team ever, which is why Baltimore beat them out to make playoffs” is simply making Charm City civilians seem Neanderthal and ignorant. The Steelers may be a team to ‘hate’ but give credit where credit is due. They have fought hard to get to where they are. They have the most Super Bowl rings out of any team in the NFL. Just because they fell short this season does not make them ‘the worst team ever.’ Just the most hated in Baltimore 🙂

Another bad fan-menship I have noticed today is basically the same as I mentioned before–the excuses of opposing players on the IR list or being benched is why the team lost. Again—how many players are on that team? They are all there and getting paid and were drafted to play professional football. Not everyone is going to run like Chris Johnson or throw like Peyton Manning, but there are players that are still good and ready to play backup and help their team get the W. For example: the Ravens and Steelers first match up in Baltimore. The Steelers backup QB for Ben Roethlisburger played one hell of a game. The Steelers played tough and took Baltimore to overtime and ultimately lost, but not without a fight. After the game, there were still the typical rivalry comments, but for the Steelers, instead of standing by their backup players, said they lost because they didn’t have Big Ben. That just rubs salt in the wounds for the players they are fans of in my opinion.

Today’s game was no different. The Baltimore Ravens went to Foxboro and brought a vigor and intensity that has been only slightly lit all season but was fully ignited the whole game through. It was obvious from the first five minutes of the game; Ray Rice’s 80+ yard run for a TD and then Suggs forced fumble and recovery of the ball for Baltimore which in turn led to McClain running in for TD numero dos; and later in the first half, Ed Reed’s interception and lateral pass leading to a third TD for the Ravens; it was obvious to whom the game belonged to. Maybe Brady could have, should have, would have played better. Maybe it was that new baby at home keeping him awake…or wait I thought he was the baby? Ether way, the Patriots have what NFL and ESPN have named one of the best QBs, they have Randy Moss who is no stranger to getting points on the board for his team. To say they did not go out and play to win is being a sore loser and disrespectful to New England and the effort they did put out to get as far as they did, and it is disrespectful to Baltimore who finally played like the team we, as fans, know they can be if they stopped making the stupid mistakes.

Baltimorians, we aren’t perfect either. Every Monday after a game, I listen to a radio station giving commentary on the previous day’s match ups, and the mood of the callers naturally matches whether the Ravens got a W or loss the day before. That is all fine and good. But when they lose you hear “we need a new coach;” or “we need a new offensive coordinator, even my blind 98-year-old grandmother knows Ray Rice is going to run the ball up the middle;” or “the refs hate us and cost us that game.” Well, maybe the comments about Ray Rice are true considering until tonight’s game; the offense highly relied on this record setting running back from Rutgers University. But come on Baltimore…whether the refs hate our team or not, if the Ravens would play the way a GREAT team should, the way we saw them play today, they would win despite the refs being ‘unfair.’ Not every push will be seen, not every penalty called will be rational. But that is the way of the game. You go out there hoping to get the best of your opponents; the refs are there to regulate. The truth was and is that Baltimore was a slightly above mediocre team this year. They could have been and should have been a lot better but they made a lot of stupid mistakes that resulted in a lot of penalties which of course cost them more yards lost in penalties than the Detroit Lions would gain in yards passing or running. (sorry for the low blow Motor City fans, but it is true!)

Be a fan. This bandwagon-only-positive-when-they-win attitude needs to go. Your team is representing you and giving you something to look forward to each Sunday day and Monday night, and every fall season. The fans in the stands get these boys going. I know I have noticed the Ravens react positively to cheers from their fans. Keep those positive cheers all week long. While our boys in purple practice hard every day to hope to do better in the next weekends game, every fan should practice on their fan-manship. Remember what we were all taught when we were younger by our parents: “If you don’t have something nice to say, don’t say it at all!” Critics, beware 🙂