Morning Links (and Daily Thread)…

A quick daily look at what’s happening around Steelers Nation. And consider this your open thread for discussing the days events and, well, anything else that comes to mind about the Black and Gold.

– Semi-Steeler related, but definitely Pittsburgh-football related. The Arena Football League is making a return to Pittsburgh for the 2011 season, so, get excited. There’s going to be a press conference this morning to introduce the ownership group (which Lynn Swann is said to be a part of), team name and logo. There were rumors floating around on Thursday that the team name was going to be the “River Wizards.” Those rumors have since been debunked. We hope. [Tribune-Review]

– A chat with Steelers beat writer Ed Bouchette. [Behind The Steel Curtain]

– Some images from Latrobe on the final day of camp 2010. [Blog n' Gold]

– A look at the “OH” line … [One For The Other Thumb]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: Remember that play where Hines Ward outran DeAngelo Hall despite having just one shoe?

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  • Gretz

    The Arena Football team will be the Pittsburgh Power, and yes, their colors are black and gold.

  • Randy Steele

    Lousy nickname. Great colors.

  • Gretz

    If you think the name is lousy, wait until you see the video

  • Dean Keaton

    I personally liked the Pittsburgh Maulers, though they were clueless in the choice of their colors.

  • Randy Steele

    Dean, I was thinking the exact same thing: bring back the Maulers!

  • Randy Steele

    Here’s a story I’ve been waiting to read, but haven’t seen yet: How well does Ben perform coming back after a lay-off?

    If my feeble memory serves me correctly, not too well. And it seems as if Steeler Nation is blithely assuming that he’ll return to the field after his suspension in mid-season form, which may be why we see so many predictions of 10 wins or better.

    The truth is, even against a relatively weak schedule, nine wins might be tough to get unless Rothlisberger truly can shake off the rust as quickly and easily as we’d all like to believe.

  • ryan

    That’s a great point and something I’ve thought about. Two things: Ben will have the bye week (which means two weeks of practice before playing), and then he’ll face the Browns. So perhaps some of the usual rust will be mitigated by those two factors. (And this assumes Commissar Goodell will only suspend Ben for four games.)

  • Bigswa

    JJ – I gave you guys a ton of love on the show – check it out