Since Gretz is a season-ticket holder, he’s going to take a look at the debauchery and insanity that takes place in the Heinz Field stands after every home game he attends.
For the first time in my life I left a professional sporting event without knowing which team actually won the game.
I will suck it up and watch two teams scrimmage each other for four quarters because the NFL makes us, as season ticket holders, pay full price for these terrible displays of sport that they laughingly call professional football. And because these tickets are nearly impossible to sell or give away. I will do this two times a year. Eight quarters is what I will accept.
I draw the line at overtime. There is no way — NO. WAY. — that I am going to sit and watch Chase Daniel and Bruce Gradkowski and the rest of the Steelers and Chiefs fourth and fifth stringers play bloody overtime in a preseason game. Even I have my breaking point, and Andy Reid helped me reach it on Saturday night when he kicked a field goal with a minute remaining to force overtime in a preseason game.
Who does this? And why do they do it?
Guh, I hate to see Baron Batch get cut. And I’m sorta shocked Stevenson Slyvester didn’t make it until next week, at least.
Here are the rest of the names, via the Steelers.
There was a lot to like about the Steelers’ Saturday night’s performance against the Chiefs, starting with the offense. Ben was Ben, the offensive line showed improvement (though Tamba Hali spent the evening repeatedly abusing Mike Adams), and the wide receivers were impressive (Manny Sanders’ non-touchdown grab in the first half was this close to being really sweet), and that includes rookie Markus Wheaton.
On defense, McClendon looks solid, Ziggy appears to be improved, and Juan could be the best inside linebacker in the AFC. Meanwhile, Jarvis Jones, who spent the night at the hospital with a chest injury (Eddie B. called it “precautionary”), gets better every week. In the secondary, Cortez and Troy were fantastic, and barring some suspect penalties (good to see Jeff Triplette is in midseason form), the Chiefs’ first team might’ve never gotten into the end zone.
Two things I’d like to see:
1) Some semblance of cohesion and competence from the offensive line
2) No injuries
Also, looks like Felix Jones will play.
Hey, the Steelers missed out on Felix Jones back in 2008 — the Cowboys took him 22nd overall, one pick before Rashard Mendenhall — but they finally got their man. Actually, I have no idea what the plan is, especially given how inconsistent Jones was in Dallas, and the reports that he wasn’t going to make the team in Philly.
For now, he’ll give the Steelers some depth at running back while we wait on Le’Veon Bell to get healthy. As for losing Adrian Robinson? This team has a lot of young linebackers and apparently Colbert and Tomlin felt comfortable parting with one of them.
Whatever. If this trade magically fixes the offensive line then I’m all for it.
This is not a good sign. A couple hours ago, JJ, Gretz and I put the finishing touches on what I think was one of our best podcasts. I did everything the same — Audio Hijack Pro, Skype, red light indicating that this was all being recorded — except when we wrapped things up 45 minutes later, there was no .AIFF file.
No evidence that we’d even talked about the horrors of the offensive line from a week ago, or answered many of the questions you guys put to us in the comments, or our collective fear that the 2013 Steelers could be a .500 (or worse) oufit whose salary-cap hell is only beginning.
And maybe the disappearing podcast is a harbinger of the ’13 season. While we consider the mystical powers of the internet, I’ll try to recap our conversation, which touched on everything from Guy Whimper (still awful) to Charlie Batch to the 10-year anniversary of a Tommy Maddox-led Steelers team that won six games.
David Fleming has a pretty interesting article over at ESPN.com this week that goes into great detail about the Jacksonville Jaguars and the way their new coaching staff and front office is going to utilize analytics in their efforts to resurrect the most lifeless franchise in the league.
I have to admit, subjects like this scratch me right where I itch. I love this stuff.
No word yet on Le’Veon Bell, but if he doesn’t play, fine. As Big Ben said last week, when it comes to injuries, he’s less concerned with the players behind him, than the five right in front of him.
Rough day for the Steelers running backs. Isaac Redman got Deebo-ed by Larry Foote, and Le’Veon Bell aggravated a knee injury that kept him out of last week’s Giants game.
But the rookie second-rounder, who very well could be the Steelers’ starter when the games actually count, says a) he’s okay and b) he wants to play against the Redskins on Monday night.
It’s another Steelers Lounge Podcast — no, seriously…
Yes, we know, 12 months off and now we have two podcasts in less than a week. We’re like that crazy girlfriend who disappears for long stretches but is never really ever out of your life.
Anyway, on Episode 76, we touch on Saturday’s Giants-Steelers game, talk about LaRod Stephens-Howling and the running game, the success of the first-team offensive line (and the lack of success from the second and third teams), whether we should be worried about Jarvis Jones at this point in the proceedings (short answer: No), if the Steelers will be okay without Heath Miller for the first few weeks of the regular season, and the impressive depth at defensive line and linebacker.
Alright, let’s get to this. Talking starts promptly…