Steelers Lounge Podcast #38: It’s the Offseason, Part II — Sidney Thornton

Another offseason podcast and still no new labor deal. I’ll be honest: not really surprised. Whatever, we trudge on because, well, you people demand it.

JJ and I talk about the latest Willie Colon news, including what the offensive line would look like if he a) kicked inside to guard or b) doesn’t return to Pittsburgh as recent media reports suggest. That naturally leads the conversation into the draft, and how the Steelers might prioritize their early-round needs. We also spend an ungodly amount of time on the NFL Combine, reminisce about the 2003 season (seriously), previous drafts, and why being labeled a “possession receiver” coming out of college isn’t a compliment.

Yapping starts promptly…

Steelers Lounge Podcast #38: It’s the Offseason II

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  • Mike L

    Colon is only 6’3 and 315 lbs. How does this affect his ability at tackle and is this why some believe he is better at guard.

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  • Randy Steele

    Guys, I am a BIG BIG BIG fan of you and your show, as you know…


    Cut them in half!

    You regularly record nearly an hour’s worth of material for these shows. Add another a couple more minutes of chit-chat and some music, and you have two shows here that you can air on different days of the same week. That’s especially helpful when there’s not much to write about–like now.

    It’s also easier for your listeners to tune into a 30-minute show of non-stop talk. They don’t have to find an hour in their day when they can shut down to tune in and pay attention. (Also, I don’t know about you, but I’m too old–and my bladder is waaay to distressed–to sit in one spot for 60 minutes without a break.)
    Talk radio only has about 40 minutes of content (actual talk) during each hour of airtime. So why not take their cue?

    Really, I hope I’m not sounding critical of you, because I don’t mean to come off as a snot, but I think if you package yourselves a little differently, you may more success with this. (You may even be able to turn it into a regular sports radio show–not that there’s any money in that either.)

    One last point about the CBA: If it gets settled late, yes, it may mess up the Steelers’ plans for the draft, but it also screws up every other team’s plans for the draft, too. So there’s no real competitive disadvantage for Pittsburgh if the CBA settlement takes awhile.

    In fact, there may be some real advantages. The Steelers are pretty much already set for next season and aren’t looking at the draft to rescue them. They’re already to play at a very high level, even if that means they only get a day-and-a-half of practice before the 2011 season begins.

    • Anonymous

      My commute’s about an hour long each way, so I think the current length of the podcast is perfect! You guys allow me to ignore my fellow subway riders quite efficiently.

    • ryan


      Nope, we appreciate the comments, critical or otherwise. It’s funny: I’m all for making these 30 minutes or so but we’ve also gotten emails about stretching them out, too. (Tequila wasn’t the one making demands, but it was for basically the same reasons.)

      That said, I’m willing to try it out. If people hate it, I’m quite certain they’ll let us know.

      (And feel free to do so here!)

    • Anonymous

      I have no problem with the length of the podcasts and I am probably older than you, Randy. The bladder problem is solved via wireless headphones.

      • Randy Steele

        Hey, that’s a good idea! And because we’re on the subject, do you have any treatments for hemorrhoids?

        • Anonymous

          Never had ‘em.

        • Bob Costas

          /Show self out…

  • Anonymous

    For some reason I don’t think that a guy who can’t make it starting as tackle on the Steelers O-line and is coming off a full season injury is going to have other teams knocking down his door to start for them. He may get some offers, but he may not. Staying on at guard just might be the best offer Colon gets.

    • Mike

      Yeah I kind of agree with you on that. I never thought the guy was a top 10 player at his position. To say, at the time, you’re the best offensive lineman on Pittsburgh isn’t much of an accomplishment. Heck, he wasn’t even the best offensive lineman in the state. But, reportedly he’s got good value and he’s apparently an upgrade on a more than just a few lines. I think Flo, if he wants to go one more, is much better than Willie and would love the idea of all that tackle depth and Willie at RG which is a very important position for run blocking. Here’s to hoping.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Sidney Thunder Thorton: like Frank the Tank, his nickname raised expectations beyond what his performance could deliver.

  • Anonymous

    Pleasantly suprised to find this new podcast.

    See the comments thread for “Turnovers Seal the Deal: Packers Beat Steelers”

    I made the Keenan Lewis comment, quoting Tunch, but not being sure of that.

  • Anonymous

    Hines Ward will play another ten years as Emmanuel Sanders.