5GR Reader and friend of the blog (Bowling League), sent the following to my inbox yesterday evening in response to poor Andrew Lasseter’s letter to Sports Illustrated. Maybe I’m stepping out on a limb; maybe a far extending twig, but is it possible that our “friend” Andrew Lasseter is really a bitter relative of Kwame Lassiter who spent 8 forgettable seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. Yeah, I know the spelling is different. Do you really think Andrew (if that really is his REAL name) would be so foolish as to spell his name correctly and invite the scrutiny of the Steelers blog media? Seriously.
I just got my new SI and it featured the obligatory letters from readers section. Because I am cheap and I want to receive the maximum benefit from my subscription, I read the aforementioned letters. This issue had a letter from someone named Andrew Lasseter who wrote “I am tired of hearing about how great Ben Roethlisberger is at avoiding the rush. Am I the only one who saw him get sacked 46 times [last year]? He moves more like a champion of competitive eating than a SUPER BOWL WINNING QUARTERBACK (emphasis mine).” Mr. Lasseter, in an weak attempt at humor, actually makes the best case for Big Ben through his last statement that Ben is a Super Bowl winning quarterback. Yes, he was sacked 46 times, but all this guy does is avoid the rush, complete clutch passes and win! Two Super Bowls in four years, not to mention the other stats he currently owns. He has shown that he can get it done through a primarily run offense (2005) to a primarily pass offense (2008). I do agree with Mr. Lasseter that If Ben decided to enter a competitive eating contest, he would emerge as the winner!
I also don’t understand the “does he belong in the elite quarterback ranks?” debate. How can you not put him in the same conversation as Brady and Manning? Granted, Continue reading
Has it really been 12 days since this blog has been updated? Has it really been 20 days since the Steelers won the Super Bowl? The clicks, the searches and the hits that brought people here have subsided and we’ve settled into the absolute worst part of the sports year.
Here are 6 reasons why February is the worst sports month, after the first Sunday:
1. The NBA and NHL are trolling along with their near meaningless regular season.
2. Nascar is not my sport…but it’s back if you’re into that mindless driving in circles kinda thing.
3. Baseball is not yet about baseball but rather about steroids and ARod (again)
4. The NFL scouting combine is coming…get pumped! Um, maybe if we followed a team that was bad.
5. Tiger is coming back, that might draw a little attention from me
6. College basketball (save Pitt proving to be a legit contender) is about 2 weeks from interesting
Ah, but at least we have Jeff Reed and the curious case of Max Starks.
Besides Skippy throwing a toddler tantrum at Sheetz for not having the towels to dry his hands and Max Starks (8.451 mil in ’09) raking in more money than it would have cost to keep Alan Fanaca (8 mil) in town, Here’s what a few of the Steelers have been up to since finishing off the Cardinals in XLIII. Continue reading
And there it is…the playoff SI trilogy of covers is complete. Santonio graces his second cover in just a few weeks, en route to delivering Pitsburgh’s sixth Super Bowl title.
This Week’s Sign of the Apocalypse…Franco’s Immaculate Collection
Damon Hack – The Steelers! Are Super!
Peter King – A Work In Progress. These Steelers don’t quite measure up to the Steelers of the 70’s
The victory parade along the Boulevard of the Allies – Post Gazette
Ryan Clark dives into the crowd – Post-Gazette
If you are trapped, like me, somewhere other than Pittsburgh watch the parade and celebration live on WTAE online.
And in case you missed it last night, Ben Roethlisberger was a special guest on The Late Show with David Letterman.
Pittsburgh City Council officially designated the City of Pittsburgh as the City of Sixburgh.
The retroactive Super Bowl running diary, by ESPN’s Bill Simmons.
Saving the best for last in the Super Bowl…Gregg Easterbrook thinks the NFL got a gift by getting the best game of it’s season for it’s very last game.
What a poorly executed idea. ESPN has fans voting on their states “Mt Rushmore” of sports. Pennsylvania doesn’t feature a Steelers player among it’s four. Dumb. Terry Bradshaw makes Louisiana’s top four as the ONLY Steeler on the entire list. Several guys make multiple lists: Barry Sanders (OK, MI), Michael Jordan (NC, IL), Roberto Clemente (PA, PR) and Peyton Manning (TN, IN) among others. But seriously? One Steelers player on the list and none for PA?
Rick Reilly says what we all know…it’s why we love OUR team.
Peter King explains that the fumble by Warner to end the game WAS in fact reviewed and upheld, they just didn’t need to have the on field ref’s look at what was already clear. So, ref blamers, and bitter Seattle fans, get over it.
Looking Ahead: Don Banks examines, Free agency, Salary Cap, Coaching Staff, Draft and Schedule for the Steelers and the Cardinals…The Steelers appear to be in pretty good shape.
Just some random thoughts rolling around in my head as I try to get motivated to do anything but bask in sweet victory…
OSU FANS: Seriously, OSU fans are the most egocentric group of sports fans…they’ll find a way to make everything about them. Sure, Santonio is a former Buckeye and he was amazing but the Steelers won the Super Bowl, not the Buckeyes. The many facebook statuses I’ve read are along this vein: I hate the Steelers but at least they needed a Buckeye to win the game. (I remind you Buckeye fan, that the game wasn’t over and many Steelers fans were still quite nervous of the Warner to Fitz “hail mary” potential until Michigan Wolverine Alum, Lamarr Woodley strip sacked Kurt Warner to seal the game.)
OBAMA?: Dan Rooney, I LOVE you…but how did President Obama help the Steelers win the game? Was he even there? I support our president, but I don’t get the love fest. I guess his awesomeness just requires that we thank him for everything. I might start thanking him for my food before I eat a meal. Um, no.
STEELERS FAMILY: Peter King’s MMQB has a great inside look on the Steelers family, their love for the game, their love for Dan Rooney and their love for each other…I’m seeing visions of Stargell and Parker dancing to Sister Sledge in my head.
THUGS: Harrison is a Thug…but he’s our thug. Maybe the lack of oxygen to his brain after his epic pick six caused some serious lapse in judgement on the boneheaded personal foul. Thank Obama that the foul occurred at a point in the game that only cost us a couple of feet. Still, unacceptable.
Many more thoughts and pics after the jump Continue reading
Steelers 27 – Cardinals 23
Official Box Score
YES!! …”The Model Franchise in all of American Sports” – Bob Costas
I’m listening to the 1250 ESPN Radio guys in Pittsburgh say “see, you really don’t need a running game to win…” Well, obviously, but it sure could have saved a few heart attacks and prevented a near 4th quarter collapse after leading by 13 points! I love the drama…but I love dominance even more.
An exhausted Harrison after the longest play in SB history
PG – Ed Bouchette
…the Immaculate Interception, the greatest play in SB history? Steelers get #6.
Ron Cook, I respectfully disagree, while Harrison’s pick was AMAZING, it does not trump Franco’s Immaculate Reception
. Harris’ catch, while not a SB play, effectively ended 40 years of losing and ushered in an era that has lasted 40 years of dominance.
- Play of the century? Does that mean the past 100 years or this century…which is only 8 years old? Either way, it very well could be.
- Setting Pittsburgh on fire…literally.
- Don Banks, SI.com, Snap Judgements…Best Super Bowl Ever?
- Here’s the stupid Trophy Towel. Please don’t buy it, put your money towards another Terrible Towel (OR THREE) or if you don’t need one buy a Terrible Towel for someone who does. Let’s not encourage the NFL to continue this terrible rip off idea all in the name of money.
Media Day comes a day late to 5 Golden Rings…Here are all the links that are fit to connect to. Enjoy the Steelers Super feast. And don’t waste too much time. (special thanks to BnG, Mondesi and OFTOT for quite a few of these links…they were on top of this before I was). You still have a day or so to try and win Ellen’s Super Bowl Tickets.
SB Media Day Links
Random Newsy Links
- The rumors have been swirling…but Dick LeBeau isn’t going anywhere, he’ll be back for another season. Phew.
- Dale Lolly’s insider blog is always informative…check it out…Ward is looking good.
- Good things come in III’s, detailing the QB’s that have been incredible in SB’s ending in III. This bodes well for either Ben Roethlisberger or Kurt Warner.
- To blitz or not to blitz…or maybe to drop LB’s into coverage. There’s no clear answer for how to attack Warner and the Cards.
- Some helpful suggestions to Bruce Arians…ie. Use a screen play.
- SI.com’s Super Bowl Blog is much more up to date than me…they treat it like it’s their job or something.
- Here’s a list of the most overplayed storylines leading up to SB XLIII. I admit, I’m tiring of the same stories and ready for the game, but I’m not sure Whiz and Grimm going against the Steelers is overplayed…it’s a legitimate concern (See: TB Gruden vs Oakland)
Completely Random Fun Links
- Register NOW…for a $0.25 cent pizza from Papa John’s if the opening kickoff of the Super Bowl is returned for a TD.
- “Mean Troy” Coca-Cola Commercial sneak preview…they say there’s a twist at the end. If the Steelers weren’t playing in this Super Bowl I think this commecial could have been the SB highlight for me. Here’s the original “Mean Joe” spot from 1979.
- If Super Bowl 43 were a movie.
- Will the Super Mitch Berger rival Peppi’s #7…aka The Roethlis”burger”? I seriously doubt it.
- Take your best shot at hunting Cardinals…Duck Hunt style. The trash talking cardinal’s comments are worth the visit. Best one on a miss: Nice shot Plaxico.
- The Terrible Towel wave is happening right now…sign up to keep the continuous wave going up unitl kickoff.
- In case you missed it…5GR participated in OFTOT’s Meeting People is Easy, SI styole pop-culture grid, last week.