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.

– I don’t know about the rest of you, but the Super Bowl week hype is starting to bore me. Come on, ESPN, how many times can you debate Ben Roethlisberger vs. Aaron Rodgers?

– Bill Belichick won the AP Coach of the year award, but that’s not the news you should care about. The news you should care about is the news that Mike Tomlin didn’t receive a single vote. I’m not saying he should have been a slam dunk winner (or even the winner), but not one vote? Really? Somebody is going to have to explain that one to me. [Pro Football Talk]

– Jim Wexell on your 2010 Defensive Player Of The Year. [Steel City Insider]

– Fear the man, revere the beard. Posting only because of the picture of Brett Keisel at the top. [One For The Other Thumb]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: A song about Brett Keisel’s beard…

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  • ecks
    • WarriorBlitz

      hey, he left a nice tip bought everyone drinks (not just underage co-eds) and everyone thought he was nice and fun…sounds like a HUGE improvement to me!

  • ryan


    Absolutely not. I could give a crap. It was Wednesday night, Ben’s a grown man. As long as he’s not allegedly assaulting anybody, then I don’t have a problem with it.

  • ecks

    agreed. in hindsight not a big deal at all. I had a mini over-reaction. In other news, what do people think of walt anderson being assigned as head ref for this game?

  • ecks

    from pft: “The other members of the Super Bowl XLV officiating crew are umpire Chad Brown, head linesman Kent Payne, line judge John Hussey, field judge Doug Rosenbaum, side judge Mike Weatherford and back judge Scott Helverson.” found this over at espn general ref stats.

  • Dean Keaton

    I just saw that news too on PFT. Which games has he worked for the Steelers already this year? I don’t know much about the various officials, though I remember specifically the Jets game had pretty good officiating and the Ravens game was really bad IMO.

  • ryan


    Don’t know much about Walt Anderson off the top of my head, but Jeff Triplette worked the Ravens game (he’s guaranteed to be awful), and Ed Hochuli worked the Jets game (usually good).

  • DC in ATL

    Walt Anderson worked the 2004 AFC Championship game loss to the Patriots in Roethlisberger’s first season.

    In 2008 he was in charge for the NFC Champtionship game when Arizona beat Philadelphia.

    He was a line judge when he worked Super Bowl XXXV (Ravens (ugh) beat the Giants in 2000-01 game).

    I did a quick internet search and didn’t see any major controversies associated with him (though I spent about 2 minutes looking).

    A good scouting report on Anderson can be found at:


    Guys, here it is a nice analisys from FO, regarding Troy’s ints during the season, nice diagramming as well. It is a nice tool to show how and why does LeBeau’s schemes work so well.

  • John S.

    Don’t know if you’ve seen this yet:

  • Randy Steele

    That beard has become a brilliant marketing ploy by Brett Keisel.

    Working as an relatively unknown, unsung down lineman in a 3-4 defense–just about the most unglamorous job in all of NFL football–he’s turned himself into a brand name in a tough game. Genius.

    If he has a good game and the Steelers win, many fans will remember this game as the Beard Bowl.