SL Discussion Thread for Week of March 7

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

– The only topic of the NFL offseason is, of course, the ongoing labor dispute. The deadline for a new deal was originally March 3, but that has been pushed back on two separate occasions: a brief one-day delay, and then finally a longer seven-day cushion. And we wait. And wait and wait and wait and wait.

– To help satisfy my thirst for football of any kind I actually bought tickets to the first Pittsburgh Power game (that’s Arena Football) this upcoming Friday. It’s actually a family event, so that’s cool. I’m going in with an open mind, but mainly looking for the entertainment value (it’s supposed to be a lot of fun in person). And, hey, what else am I going to do on a Friday night? A quick look at the roster and you’ll find former Chicago Bears kicker Paul Edinger, former Penn State quarterback Anthony Morelli and former Pitt defensive back Josh Lay. Kevin McCabe, a record-setting quarterback at Cal U. is also on the roster.

– How would you feel about winning a Super Bowl in a lockout shortened season? I would welcome it, thank you very much. [Behind The Steel Curtain]

– That is, of course, assuming there is a Super Bowl. Could the NFL really shut down like the NHL and MLB? [Post-Gazette]

– Hines Ward’s Dancing With The Stars partner is … kind of hot. [Mondesi's House]

– And for your YouTube action (and speaking of dancing): Lynn Swann took ballet during his playing career, and he also jumped over cars (and yes, we’ve used this before). I thought about this video when Blake Griffin won the NBA’s Slam Dunk competition (which is now a bigger farce than ever) by jumping over a car. It’s one thing to do that in a scripted exhibition, but it’s something else entirely to do it during a game while trying to catch a pass with a defensive back chasing you down.

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  • ryan

    Just a SL PSA: we’ll have some content up later today and everyday this week, including a podcast (!). Last week was hectic as hell, and special thanks to Gretz for keeping things rolling here.

    • Anonymous

      Missed that podcast.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    So Swann’s career could have been finished because the back of the endzone was spillover parking.

  • RoB D

    I swear they didn’t run plays to the sidelines and endzone at times because of the hazard of doing so!

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Lake hired… I suspect that he and Tomlin will be an excellent match…

    • Randy Steele

      So do we now call the Steelers’ secondary, “Lake Woebegone”?

      • Anonymous

        No, because not every DB is above average.

  • Randy Steele

    If my extremely dim memory is functioning correctly, I think the Pirates had a player who jumped over a Volkswagon as a stunt. A second baseman? Chico Lind, maybe? Or Johnny Ray?

    • RoB D

      Damn, Randy..I remember the same thing.but can’t find any vid or mention of it on the web.

  • Grw1960

    I also am conflicted about the Steelers picking at the end of round one. Unless a player of value drops down from above.
    At this time ( maybe different in the coming weeks leading up to the draft.)
    I see a large cluster of 2nd round talent stretching from about the 26th rated player to say about the 70th rated player that are solid second round values.
    Which makes me wish come draft time some team will try to want to trade up and take the Steelers 31st pick so the Steelers have 2 -2nd round picks and an extra 4th round pick.
    Unlikely as it may be. A mid 2nd round pick would give the Steelers a chance to pick up a better than average player at several different positions.

  • SteelerBill

    You’ll enjoy the Pittsburgh Power game – the AFL is fun….

  • Cols714

    I think the owners are really dumb here. They had a league that was making tons of money, had a salary cap, and non guaranteed contracts.

    I don’t think that whatever deal they make will be as good for the owners as the current set up was.

    Dumb and greedy. Which seems to be par for the course in today’s America.