2017 Steelers Week 10 Vs Titans

I have the chance to attend tonight’s game vs the Tennessee Titans.   The offense finally broke through with an outstanding performance.   Ben Roethlisberger threw for 299 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Antonio Brown caught 10 passes for 144 yards and 3 touchdowns.   Lev’eon Bell rushed for 46 yards and that was due to the fact the Titans defense was tough against the run.    The Steelers defense made big plays with 5 sacks and 4 interceptions.    Special teams were outstanding with Chris Boswell making 4 field goals and T.J Watt blocked a Titans field goal in the second quarter.  The red zone offense is still a work in progress.  The Steelers won 40 to 17 and their record is 8 and 2.   Green Bay Packers pay a  Sunday night visit to Heinz Field on November 26th.   Kickoff is at 8:30 P.M.

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Hope Cries Foul

Hope Solo has been outspoken about equal pay and been punished for comments after the United States lost to Sweden in the Women’s Soccer quarterfinals in the 2016 Summer Olympics.   The former U.S goalkeeper has made allegations that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter assaulting her during the 2013 FIFA Ballon d’Or awards ceremonies.   Blatter has denied the charge, and that doesn’t surprise me.  Blatter was in charge of the most corrupt sports organization in the world.  He also made sexist comments to female members of FIFA executive committee.  Blatter commented about women wearing tighter looking uniforms to get more crowds.  He is out of power and could be punished for more than sexist comments.   Sexual harassment should not be tolerated and sadly more female athletes should be speaking out against it.

Zeke is Sitting

For the past year Dallas Cowboys running back, Ezekiel Elliott was fighting a six-game NFL suspension for the allegation of domestic violence against an ex-girlfriend.    Cowboys owner Jerry Jones supported Elliott in his legal fight and Elliott was able to stay on the field due to some legal rulings against the NFL and his suspension.  It bothered me because in 2010 when Ben Roethlisberger was facing his allegation of sexual assault Steelers owner the late Dan Rooney stood beside NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell decision of a 6 game suspension that was reduced to 4 games.   Jones used Elliott court case to battle Goodell on his handling of the situation and tried to get other NFL owners to hold off Goodell on his new contract as NFL Commissioner.   Elliott lost his last appeal and missed last Sunday game against the Atlanta Falcons.   Today, Elliott announced that he will serve the remainder of the suspension.  He will not be back with the team until Week 16 against the Seattle Seahawks.    In a statement, through his agents, Elliott still maintained his innocence.    However, he withdrew his appeal because he wanted closure in this matter.     This whole matter bothers me Jones was trying to undermine the Commissioner’s office to get other NFL owners to side with him.   Jones believes that Goodell is the reason that the NFL has lost viewers and profits.

Trouble Bruin

UCLA was in China last week to take on Georgia Tech in their opening game of the basketball season.    However, the big story was about 3 Bruins players getting charged with shoplifting items from a mall in China.  The three players were Liangelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill.   They were detained in the team’s hotel while the whole matter was discussed.   President Trump and the White House talked to the Chinese government officials.  The players left China and returned to Los Angeles sometimes yesterday.   The 3 players punishment is an indefinite suspension,  can’t travel with the team, and suit up for home games.  UCLA is investigating the matter and a harder punishment could talk place.  The lesson that stealing is wrong but stealing in another country is worse because you could be subjected to their laws and punishment for breaking the laws.

Showdown in San Jose

The United States Women’s Soccer team closed out their 2017 season in a rematch with  Canada at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California.   They came out in the 4-3-3 formation and in the 11th minute, Julie Ertz would score on a corner kick to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead. That lead would stand up going into halftime.  Canada would tie up the game at 1 in the 56th minute on a Janine Beckie goal.   6 Minutes later Alex Morgan would take the feed from Christen Press to give the U.S. a 2 to 1 lead.  Carli Lloyd who came in as a substitute would score in the 80th minute to increase the U.S lead to 3 to 1.   That would be the final score and the U.S played a lot better than they did on Thursday night.  2018 is a World Cup qualifying year and this team is still a work in progress.

2017 NFL Week 11 Picks

Here are my NFL Week 11 picks.  Carolina, Indianapolis, Miami, NY Jets, San Francisco, and Tampa Bay have byes.

Pittsburgh beat Tennessee

Detroit beat Chicago

Jacksonville beat Cleveland

Green Bay beat Baltimore

Houston beat Arizona

Minnesota beat LA Rams

New Orleans beat Washington

Kansas City beat NY Giants

Buffalo beat LA Chargers

Denver beat Cincinnati

New England beat Oakland

Philadelphia beat Dallas

Seattle beat Atlanta

2017 Steelers Week 9 Vs Colts

It was a slugfest against the Colts this afternoon and in the first half, the Steelers struggled offensively.   The defense stepped in the second half getting 3 sacks on Jacoby Brissett, holding the Colts running game to 71 total yards, and a Ryan Shazier interception that set up the tying touchdown.   Ben Roethlisberger had great second half throwing for 226 yards and 2 touchdowns.  Le’veon Bell rushed for 80 yards and had a good game despite being held down in the first half.   Martavis Bryant caught the two-point pass to tie the game, plus made a key catch to set up the 33-yard game-winning field goal by Chris Boswell.  Boswell bounced back from a missed field goal and a blocked extra point.  However, there are areas of concern the defense gave up two big pass plays for touchdowns and missed tackles.   The running game was slow starting in the first half.   The Steelers won 20 to 17 and have a 7 and 2 record.   It is a short week with the Tennessee Titans coming to Heinz Field on Thursday night with kickoff at 8:30 P.M.

Border Wars

The U.S. Women Soccer team had a tough game against Canada.   The U.S. had to deal with a strong Canadian attack for the first 30 minutes.   Alex Morgan scored in the 31st minute off a bad turnover to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead at halftime.   Canada had some good chances in the second half and Adriana Leon scored in the 57th minute to tie the game at 1.   Both teams had some great chances but the game ended with a 1-1 draw.   Both teams are pointed to qualifying for the 2019 Women World Cup.   The rematch will take place at Avaya Stadium in San Jose this Sunday night with the kickoff at 9:00 P.M.

2017 NFL Week 10

Here are my NFL Week 10 Picks.   Baltimore, Kansas City, Oakland, and Philadelphia have byes.

Seattle beat Arizona

New Orleans beat Buffalo

Green Bay beat Chicago

Detroit beat Cleveland

Pittsburgh beat Indianapolis

Jacksonville beat LA Chargers

NY Jets beat Tampa Bay

Tennessee beat Cincinnati

Minnesota beat Washington

LA Rams beat Houston

Dallas beat Atlanta

NY Giants beat San Francisco

New England beat Denver

Carolina beat Miami

 

Ownership

When Houston Texans owner Robert McNair made his comments about the inmates running the prison it was a poor statement.  It was a poor statement because the players are not protesting the anthem but fighting for social justice.   Some of the Texans players wanted to make a statement against the owner before the game against the Seattle Seahawks two weeks ago.  The whole team was on their knees during the anthem.  The league had meetings with the players and had discussions about doing more with social issues.   The NFL has to meet with players and work together on social issues.    Now some advertisers have told NBC that they will stop advertising on games if they talk about the anthem protest.  This is a difficult issue to discuss and even harder to have meaningful dialogue and a solution.