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.
– Back in 2005 I had a chance to buy a ticket for Super Bowl XL in Detroit for somewhere in the neighborhood of $800. For whatever reason, I turned it down. In hindsight, that’s looking like a horrible decision because that’s probably the best chance a person can get. Not only the price, but also the location (I’ve been to Detroit before, it’s like a four and a half hour drive). Taking a quick look around StubHub and the cheapest ticket for sale this year is around $2,400. The face value price for a ticket has pretty much doubled over the past five years. Doubled.
– Pretty big news here: Chris Kemoeatu says Maurkice Pouncey isn’t playing in the Super Bowl. Honestly, with the way this season has gone it doesn’t surprise me. This team has been nothing but a never-ending line of players stepping up (“the standard is the standard,” as Mike Tomlin would say) and finding a way to get the job done. You have one more game to do it. As Bluto said in Animal House: “Let’s do it.” [Tribune-Review]
– Ryan linked to it yesterday in his post on the Steelers rookie wide receivers, but here it is again. How the Steelers used the Santonio Holmes trade to acquire Antonio Brown. [Me at FanHouse]
– I wrote maybe four articles yesterday of varying lengths and felt like it was a productive day. By comparison Bruce Arians spends 90 hours a week preparing for an opponent. I feel like such a slacker [Craig Wolfley's Site]
– Consistently one of the most entertaining game recaps in the Steelers blogosphere comes from One For The Other Thumb. Here’s your AFC Championship edition. This one features adorable pictures of puppies, Men Without Hats, and the Cookie Monster. [One For The Other Thumb]
– ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said on Wednesday that there was a very real chance that Dick LeBeau would leave the Steelers after this season, presumably to take the same job with the Arizona Cardinals. LeBeau was having none of that and instantly squashed it saying that if he’s coaching next season it’s going to be with the Pittsburgh Steelers. [NFL Network]
– And for your random YouTube of the day: Some fine citizen had their camera rolling when Ike Taylor and William Gay teamed up to score a touchdown in the AFC Championship game.