SL Discussion Thread For Week of March 28

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

– The Pittsburgh Power continue their season on Monday with their first road game, taking on the Milwaukee Mustangs. Maybe we can get some revenge on Wisconsin for the Super Bowl. Or not.

– Do you want to expect the unexpected? What if the Steelers were to trade up for a player not named Mike Pouncey? Actually, I wouldn’t have any objection to that. In fact, if the Steelers do trade up I hope it isn’t for Pouncey, simply because I’m not sold on the idea of trading up in the first round for a guard, Pouncey or not. [Behind The Steel Curtain]

– The Steelers were not awarded any compensatory picks for the 2011 draft. This isn’t much of a surprise. [Steelers.com]

– I agree with Hines Ward: This lockout stuff is ridiculous. [Sports Radio Interviews]

– And for your random YouTube: Dwight Stone…

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  • http://www.expensiccino.com Carl Natale

    The NYT blog Fifth Down examines the Steelers 2010 season (http://fifthdown.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/28/2010-steelers-what-the-film-revealed/).

    That should be worth some discussion.

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

    For some reason the link isn’t showing up for me, but I read the Fifth Down post earlier (maybe it’s part of NYT’s new convoluted pay scheme). Anyway, it reads like something written by someone who didn’t watch a lot of Steelers games. Which is about what you’d expect from a national outlet.

    Nothing blatantly wrong, but “Hood had trouble anchoring and must improve his agility” isn’t accurate, and while Kemoeatu isn’t bad as a run blocker, JJ has documented on many occasions that he struggles to get to the second level. That makes the assertion that he is a “…mobile, astute run-blocker…” a stretch.

    Also not sure Hampton was the reason for the Steelers’ success against the run. I’d argue that Deebo’s ability to set the edge was just as important, although it’s always nice to see Juan get some recognition.

  • Gretz

    Semi Steelers related but absolutely Pittsburgh related: I wrote an article for sportsandfood.com about the Primanti Brothers sandwich. You should hop on over and check it out. http://www.sportsandfood.com/?p=1591

    • Randy Steele

      Mr. Gretz, I know it’s heresy to even think this, but I’d argue that Primanti’s sandwiches are over-rated.

      Yes, they’re pretty good, but my friends and family agree: We truly prefer the Rothlisberger at Peppi’s. As disgusting as the sandwich looks and sounds, the Rothlisberger is absolutely, sinfully delicious. Believe me, I was very skeptical at first, but after one bite, I was sold.

      If you’re like me and don’t get to Pittsburgh as often as you’d like, and you’re visiting the Strip District before a game, forget the long lines at Primanti’s. Instead, walk a couple blocks to Peppi’s and prepare for a treat.

      • Gretz

        I have to admit that I’ve never had the Roethlisberger. Is that the one that has Scrambled eggs on it?

        • Randy Steele

          Yes, they chop up the egg and mix it into the rest of the mush. I know it sounds putrid, but it’s glorious.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Randy, I had a few different reactions to your comments.  One would be to address them on their face and ask which sandwich you had (some are better than others), but taste is very personal (I like pastrami and eggs). Another would be to ask where you ate (the original greasy spoon on the Strip is much better than the newer restaurant; and I think the stadium counters sell assembly line imitations of the real things, without any of the atmosphere).

    But I think all that would miss the point.  Primanti’s is an institution and a symbol. Saying it is overrated is like saying the Terrible Towel is overrated because Homer Hankies are softer or Myron Cope was overrated because he had a gravelly voice.  Primanti’s represents a number of things, but mainly Pittsburgh and working class authenticity. It was on the Strip before the street became a nighttime destination. As Adam wrote, they put the stuff in the sandwich so truckers and other workers could eat quickly. A number of the employees were family members and some still work at the original location, and they treat customers like a real family (often friendly but also swearing and yelling). It is still inexpensive despite the demand, and they aren’t concerned with a Zagats decor rating. It makes me think of docks and mines and mills, the Steelers and the old Pirates, valuing family, friends and neighbors and embracing all their quirks.  It is at the core of my nostalgic memory of my childhood and family and Pittsburgh, and, for me, it is hard to overrate that.

    • Randy Steele

      I agree with everything you noted here, Easy, and I like pastrami and eggs, too. And like you, I’ve lived and worked in New York City for decades, so I’m pretty spoiled when it comes to good deli food. One day I was at the Carnegie Deli and Mr. T (complete with mohawk) was seated at the table next to me.

      And I’ve eaten Primanti’s sandwiches everywhere — even at their little grill hidden in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

      That said, when I head for the Strip for a sandwich, my first stop from now on will be at Peppi’s for a Big Ben on a bun. (And get this — even my wife agrees with me.)

      • EasyLikeSundayMorning

        Randy, I just looked them up on Wikipedia and came up with this great caption for a picture: “The Cheese Steak variant of a Primanti Bros sandwich (The AA battery is in the picture as a size reference and was not found in the sandwich.)”  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primanti_Brothers

        I’ve never been to the FL locations.  How do they compare?  It looks like there is also a place in NYC making a “cleaned up version” (which is either sacrilegious or, as Homer would say, sacrelicious): http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2009/11/primanti_brothers_sandwich_com.html

        • Randy Steele

          Easy, I stumbled across the Primanti’s in Ft. Lauderdale by accident. It’s a smallish diner-like place that’s tucked away about a block from the ocean beach near 1A.

          Not surprisingly, it doesn’t look or feel anything like the original spot near the Strip. It’s okay, but in my opinion, it’s not nearly as good as the original, if for no other reason that this simple baker’s truth: You can’t make good bread in Florida. I don’t know why, but it’s true.

          I’ve never been to any of the other Primanti’s restaurants in Florida.

          • Randy Steele

            Oh, and that Primanti’s-backed restaurant near Union Square in New York, the Rye House, sounds like a big schmear of hoity-toity.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    A suggestion for a post: summarize the draft prospects who the Steelers bring in for an interview or go to their pro days, including position, projected round and a little blurb about them. As FW has pointed out, the Steelers have taken a number of those guys over the years.