SL Discussion Thread for Week of March 21

This is your thread to talk about … well, whatever you want.

(Non-Steeler related) The Pittsburgh Power won their first game on Saturday night by dominating Kurt Warner’s former team, the Iowa Barnstormers, by a 58-28 margin in front of 9,190 at Consol Energy Center. Former Cal U (PA) quarterback Kevin McCabe came off the bench in relief of injured quarterback Bernard Morris and completed 10-of-14 passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns. I used to do stringer work for the Herald-Standard out of Uniontown and would routinely cover Cal U football games, including the year McCabe was there. He dominated the D-II level and it appears he can handle himself at the Arena Level as well. Good for him. [Pittsburgh Power]

– We received our invoice for our 2011 Steelers tickets this week. Not too pleased that they’re still expecting their money right now even though there’s no guarantee there will be football — or a full season — this year due to, as Jason Whitlock put it, spoiled rich kids fighting with their parents. From what I understand the Giants are the only team not asking for their money until this nonsense gets settled. Good for the Giants. Bad for everybody else.

– You can read up on Ted’s latest Mock Draft right here if you haven’t already done so. [Us]

– A couple pre-draft visits have been lined up, including California defensive lineman Cameron Jordan (looks to project as a defensive end in the 3-4), Eastern Washington running back Taiwan Jones and Citadel cornerback Cortez Allen. According to Dale Lolley, Jordan and Allen could be mid-late first-rounders. [NFL From The Sidelines]

– If the Mike Pouncey bandwagon didn’t already have all of the momentum of a runaway freight train, it surely does now. He apparently dominated Florida’s Pro Day. He probably won’t be available at pick No. 31. [NFL.com]

– And for some random YouTube action: Louis Lipps…

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  • RoB D

    Damn you, Mayock (shakes old man fist) Pouncy was ours…all ours…sob..till you frigged it up.

    • Randy Steele

      As far as it concerns fans of the Steelers’ drafts, Mike Pouncey is this year’s Brandon Albert.

      • Randy Steele

        Speaking of which, here’s a two-part Question of the Day:

        (a) Would you support the Steelers moving up in the draft to get Mike Pouncey?

        (b) And if so, how much would you be willing to give up? (Be specific–how many choices and what rounds?)

        • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan
        • Grw1960

          I don’t Pouncey II is going to happen for the Steelers.
          NE is looking to trade their 2nd pick at 28 in the first round.Probably to move up? Word has it they would like to get one dominant defensive player and one OL player to upgrade their OL in the first round.
          And NE likes Florida players.

        • Grw1960

          I don’t Pouncey II is going to happen for the Steelers.
          NE is looking to trade their 2nd pick at 28 in the first round.Probably to move up? Word has it they would like to get one dominant defensive player and one OL player to upgrade their OL in the first round.
          And NE likes Florida players.

  • Warriorblitz

    so am I the only one who turned on Dancing with the Stars to see Ward? This is a sign of how desperate I am for anything Steelers this time of year. I know nothing about dancing (short of the back-and-forth sway I did in HS dances while trying to work up the nerve to kiss my date) but thought he looked good and should win….not that I’m biased or anything.

    • Randy Steele

      Hines was good, very good, especially his footwork. And he has quick hips. I was impressed with his work ethic, although that should have come as no surprise to anyone who’s been watching him play since the last century.

      He does have a couple problems with his dancing that will be difficult to fix during the short time he will be training and competing.

      Hines has poor carriage. By that I mean his upper body lists slightly forward and he can appear round-shouldered while he’s moving about, all of which is quite normal for normal people, but dancers know how to carry themselves to look taller and lighter.

      But to learn how to do that, and dance at the same time, takes years. Still, his competition is fairly lightweight. Hines should go far.

  • Randy Steele

    Anyone in the mood for another Question of the Day?
    Who do you think is the worst draft choice the Steelers made in the last 10 years or so?

    (There are lots of worthy candidates, but the most costly failure in my ledger is Ricardo Colcough.)

    • EasyLikeSundayMorning

      Ricardo, Alonzo, Limas, in that order. Like Charo, these busts were so notable that all you need is their first names.

      • Anonymous

        Sweed is not a bust… yet. Like most rookies he didn’t really play his first season. He played poorly in his second season (and to be fair, the negative impression of his play is magnified because of. And he didn’t have a third season. It’s still early enough that he could have a decent or even good fourth season. I don’t think it’s particularly likely, say 15%, but I don’t think he can be declared an outright bust right now.

        • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

          I’m hoping against hope that he suddenly blossoms in Year 4. He can be our Jonathan Baldwin!

  • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

    Randy,

    Without looking, I’d agree that Ricardo is the worst. But I might be more disappointed in Limas and, hell, Fred Gibson. I know Gibson was a fourth-rounder but god almighty, he couldn’t even make it out of training camp and he was from a big-time program. And Limas … well, we all know about Limas.

    And I guess no such conversation would be complete without Alonzo Jackson.

    Oh, and I’m disappointed the Steelers didn’t keep Matt Kranchick, too. He could be Antonio Gates right now.

  • DC in ATL

    Colclough is particulary frustating. When my 9 year old son plays the Steelers in Franchise mode on Madden 2005, Colclough always develops into a top notch player by 2007 or 08. My son always asks “Why isn’t he playing for us anymore?”

    Agree with the names everyone has mentioned (though I still hold out hope that Limas will step up eventually). The 2006 draft has a couple names that should be on the list…Anthony Smith, Willie Reid and Omar Jacobs were all major disappointments or bad picks for different reasons

  • Randy Steele

    What? No nominations for Bruce Davis for our Hall of Infamy?!

    • RoB D

      The reviews by his fellow players were what really sunk my heart with that guy. He didn’t like to hit. What a fine attribute for a possible Steeler LB’er….lol

      All in all I still have to go with Colclough…I had a bitch of a time learning how to spell his name and for what? LOL…At least Fuamatu-Ma’afala played and contributed a little so being able to pronounce and write his last name was worth the time and effort.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    I stopped at r2, but in r3, I guess we could also add Kraig Urbik to the list. He showed nothing. This is Keenan Lewis’ year to show he wasn’t a wasted pick, too.

    Limas’ bubble hasn’t totally burst yet. But he’s like a kid blowing gum and the bubble is the size of his head. Any little thing and it’s all just a mess.

  • Randy Steele

    In case you guys desperate for something to write about, you could try a story device such as this:

    “5 Things You Didn’t Know About _____________.”

    Fill in the blank with any noun or phrase that pops into your head about the NFL in general or the Steelers in particular (Dick LeBeau, rules about uniforms, Terry Bradshaw’s acting career), add a dollop of research, and voila–you’ve knocked off a fun bit of info-tainment with no pain and lots of gain.

    • Anonymous

      My vote is for “5 Things You Didn’t Know About Monte Carlo Methods and Fourth Down.”

  • Randy Steele

    No surprise really, but Ed Bouchette just reported in his blog that Tomlin plans to have Doug Legursky compete for a starting guard position next season.