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.

–Some fun and interesting news coming up today that will give a couple of Steelers Lounge readers a chance to meet some Steelers (and one of us!).

– Patriots quarterback Tom Brady appears to have some sort of foot injury and did not practice on Wednesday. I’m guessing he would have to lose the foot to miss Sunday’s game. Or both feet. And he’d still probably play. [Pro Football Talk]

– JJ with a look at how the Steelers will replace Max Starks in his weekly feature at our other stomping grounds. [JJ at FanHouse]

– Anything that manages to work a Bangles song into a Steelers recap is probably worth reading. [One For The Other Thumb]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: Jack Ham came in at No. 60 on the NFL Network’s Top 100 countdown. Here’s his feature…

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  • SteelerBill

    You make the assumption we would want to meet you of course….(had to be said)

    • Richard Whitman

      I guess both you and the guy from the site will probably care pretty much only about the Steelers, and not about each other. :p

  • SteelerBill

    You make the assumption we would want to meet you of course….(had to be said)

  • Ted

    Ham at No. 60 on that list was the greatest injustice to any Steeler, even moreso than Franco who was wrongly left off the list entirely.

    • Richard Whitman

      The list in gerneral is not very good, way to high spots for most of the more recent players on the list, I mean yes P. Manning is a special QB, but at this point I would even put Brady way ahead of him (and Brady much lower, mayby the low 40′s). He just is not good enough in the playoffs. And there are way too many QB’s on the list.

      And most of the Steelers are just too low. And I don’t just say that because I’am a steelers fan, def. guys got screwed in general.( Jack Ham would be a starting LB on the “Top 100 Team”, and he is only Nr. 60).

      So yeah pretty poor list for all the build up and energy NFL Network put into it, the voting process was just pretty stupid.

    • GlennW

      But how much were all these 1970s Steelers greats elevated by their good fortune in getting to play together at the same time? Quite a bit, in my mind. I guess I can’t get too outraged if the player was honored in the Top 100 at all– when you fully consider the percentages, that’s an incredibly exclusive group. I can’t even get outraged about Franco not being on the list, given the over-representation of RBs in general (which is much worse than the high but justifiable representation of QBs, in spite of Michael Irvin’s dimwitted observation that all 24 positions should be represented roughly equally).

  • StillerFan

    I (believe I) vividly remember the last time the steelers played Brady. He killed us by dumping off on blitzes and even on the 4-man rush, and the patriots also abused our defense by utilizing a delayed handoff.

    What do the steelers do differently on defense this time around? Would love an article on this even.

    • countertorque

      Not have Anthony Smith on the roster?

      • Cols714

        you win the thread!

        This would go a long way towards helping us. And to think that I was an Anthony Smith fan…

    • ryan

      StillerFan,We’ll be talking about exactly that — as well as how the Steelers offense might adjust with nobody left on the o-line — on the podcast. Taping later tonight and I might even have it posted before morning.

      Also: not having Anothy Smith.

    • Randy Steele

      Does anyone else think that William Gay will be in Brady’s crosshairs all night?

      Watch for lots of quick passes to the tight ends and Welker underneath the coverage and in the slot. LeBeau has never come up with a good defense against that quick-strike attack, and Brady runs it better than anybody.

  • RoB D

    Jack Ham…he is even undervalued by STeeler fans. Lambert gets a lot of love (deservedly so) but Ham was the better LBer. He just didn’t have the Count Dracula persona.

    EVerytime I see a bad tackle in the NFL I mentally go back and re-run one of Jack’s form perfect tackles.

  • RoB D

    That top 100 list was fun though. It’s good that the history of the game is carried on , even if its only to spark endless arguments about who was better and best.

    I recall a few years back that Julius Erving (Dr. J) was stunned to realize that the inductees of that year to the basketball Hall Of Fame were almost entirely unknown to many of the newest high draft picks who were in attendance that particular year. I hope that never happens to the NFL. Too many of the pioneers of this game are forgotten because we don’t have extensive footage of their exploits.

    History is important. Whatever helps us to understand where the league has been and where it’s going is usually a good and helpful thing.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Kevin Faulk isn’t playing. I think that makes a difference. He always killed us on third down.

    Also, while it didn’t help us with NO, maybe having the Browns play a 3-4 D will help us prep for NE. Or, more pessimistically, it will help them prep for us.

  • Bischof

    Good news from FO for O-line conoisseurs, ‘Word of Muth’ has dropped the Cowboys and adopted the Steelers: