James Big Move

I was not shocked when James Harrison was cut by the Steelers, but it was stunning move that he signed with the New England Patriots.   In his Instagram statement,  he talked about wanting to be released by the Steelers earlier in the season.   There were some reports that Harrison left the team headquarters during practice, left Heinz Field on games that he was inactive, and slept through positional meetings.   Several former teammates have been critical of Harrison’s behavior.    Which side is telling the truth?  That question will not be answered until a possible AFC Title game with the Patriots.  However, there a lot things that could happen before that game takes place.

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2017 Steelers Week 15 Vs Texans

The Steelers played a great game against the Houston Texans.  Ben Roethlisberger had an efficient day going 20-29 for 226 yards and 2 touchdown passes.   Juju-Smith Schuster filled in well for Antonio Brown with  6 catches for 75 yards and a touchdown.   Le’veon Bell ran for 69 yards and a touchdown  Stevan Ridley ran for 28 yards giving Bell a rest.  The offensive line didn’t give up a sack and gave Roethlisberger great protection. The defense had 7 sacks and 2 turnovers and pressured the Texans quarterbacks all game.  On special teams, Chris Boswell chipped in with 2 field goals and Eli Rogers has some good punt returns.   The only thing that is a concern is that the run defense gave up 176 yards to the Texans.   With the 34 to 6 victory, the Steelers clinched a first round bye and have a 12 and 3 record.  They will close the regular season against the Cleveland Browns next Sunday at Heinz Field with a 1:00 P.M. kickoff.

Good Grief

Sports have been often been the story-lines for television shows, movies, cartoons, and comic strips.  Charlie Brown who often had the football pulled away by Lucy, or his baseball team losing every game.  The late Charles M Schultz used sports to tell use stories about the Peanuts characters.  There have been a lot of examples in the comic strips and television specials.  Whether a football game is the background for It’s Your First Kiss Charlie Brown or You’re in the Super Bowl Charlie Brown.  Raft racing and arm wrestling in Race For Your Life Charlie Brown.  She’s a Good Skate Charlie Brown was about Peppermint Patty skating in the Junior Olympics.    You’re a Good Sport Charlie Brown was about a motocross that he would win.  Baseball would a focal point in Charlie Brown’s All-Star’s and Lucy Must be Traded Charlie Brown.  Charlie Brown always believed that his baseball team would win despite losing of games.   His optimism is like mine hoping that the Pittsburgh Pirates would be a winners again.  However, that is another subject for another blog.

Ryan’s Story

Ryan Shazier’s back injury suffered against the Cincinnati Bengals and that hit has changed his career and life.  His recovery is slow but making progress.   Has the hit changed on how some Steelers fans view the game.   The hit is a reminder on how violent the game of football is.   The consequences of the hit was tough on the Steelers during the game against the Bengals.   They were distracted, but overcame it to win the game.   Shazier was at last Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots in a private box.   The season is not over but that hit will be a reminder on how an NFL player season or at worst career could end on one play.

Oh My

Growing up I had a chance to listened to a lot of broadcasters.   Dick Enberg covered all of the major events from the Majors in Golf and Tennis to the Super Bowl.    He also covered the Olympics and was the play by-play of UCLA Basketball  when they were winning 6 National Championships during the 1960’s, plus was the play-by play voice for the Los Angeles Rams and California Angels.   He believed in preparation and not catch phrases.  He had one phrase and it was a title of his autobiography Oh My.   He was the first sportscaster to win a Sports Emmy for Writing, Producing and Broadcasting.   He was also in the Basketball,  Pro Football and Major League Baseball Hall Of Fame in the broadcast wing.  He even had a podcast called The Sounds Of Success: The Dick Enberg Podcast on Podcast One after his retirement following six years as the Television voice of the San Diego Padres.  He was good in covering not one sports but several.  Bob Costas described Enberg’s work as a decathlon.   Dick Enberg passed away Thursday but his work will be remembered as someone who was great at covering many sports.

2017 Steelers Week 14 Vs Patriots

The game lived up to the hype and in my opinion the Steelers defeated the Patriots.   Ben Roethlisberger passed for 281 yards and 2 touchdowns.   LE’veon Bell rushed for 117 yards.  When Antonio Brown went down with a left calf injury, Juju Smith-Schuster had a great game with 6 catches for 114 yards,    The defense pressured Tom Brady getting two sacks and interception.   The Patriots made some great plays late in the game, and won the game 27 to 24.     The Roethlisberger touchdown pass to  Jesse James that deemed an incomplete pass was a terrible call.   The next play was a fail spike pass that was intercepted by Duron Harmon.   I don’t have a problem with that play because there was no guarantee that the Steelers would get the ball in overtime.   The Steelers have to regroup on Christmas Day against the Houston Texans at NRG Stadium with kickoff at 4:25 P.M.

2017 NFL Week 17

Here are my NFL Week 17 Picks.

Carolina beat Atlanta

Baltimore beat Cincinnati

Detroit beat Green Bay

Indianapolis beat Houston

Miami beat Buffalo

Minnesota beat Chicago

New England beat NY Jets

Washington beat NY Giants

Philadelphia beat Dallas

New Orleans beat Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh beat Cleveland

Jacksonville beat Tennessee

Kansas City beat Denver

LA Chargers beat Oakland

LA Rams beat San Francisco

Seattle beat Arizona

 

2017 NFL Week 16

Here are my NFL picks for Week 16.

Baltimore beat Indianapolis

Minnesota beat Green Bay

Carolina beat Tampa Bay

Chicago beat Cleveland

Detroit beat Cincinnati

Kansas City beat Miami

New Orleans beat Atlanta

LA Chargers beat NY Jets

LA Rams beat Tennessee

New England beat Buffalo

Washington beat Denver

Jacksonville beat San Francisco

Arizona beat NY Giants

Dallas beat Seattle

Pittsburgh beat Houston

Philadelphia beat Oakland

 

2017 Steelers Week 13 Vs Ravens

It was another classic Steelers vs Ravens game that went down to the wire.  Ben Roethlisberger had an amazing game.  He was 44 for 64 throwing for 506 yards and 2 touchdowns.   Antonio Brown was equally amazing 11 catches for 213 yards.     Le’veon Bell had 3 touchdown and 125 yards combined.   The defense made the plays when they had to make them like the T.J Watt sack and forced fumble on the game last play.   Chris Boswell made 4 field goals including the game winning 46 yarder with 42 seconds left.  However, there was no running game this evening because Bell had 48 yards rushing.   The defense gave 120 yards rushing to Alex Collins and had too many missed tackles.   There were 6 penalties for 101 yards against the Steelers but some of those were very questionable.   The Pittsburgh Steelers overcame those penalties and trailing by double digits to defeat the Baltimore Ravens 39 to 38.    With that win the Steelers clinched a playoff spot and won the AFC North Division.   They are 11 and 2 going into next Sunday’s showdown with the New England Patriots at Heinz Field with kickoff at 4:25 P.M.

2017 NFL Week 15

Here are my NFL Week 15 picks.

Denver beat Indianapolis

Detroit beat Chicago

Kansas City beat LA Chargers

Buffalo beat Miami

Green Bay beat Carolina

Baltimore beat Cleveland

Jacksonville beat Houston

Minnesota beat Cincinnati

New Orleans beat NY Jets

Philadelphia beat NY Giants

Washington beat Arizona

LA Rams beat Seattle

Tennessee beat San Francisco

Pittsburgh beat New England

Dallas beat Oakland

Atlanta beat Tampa Bay