Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Breaking the habit

So, originally, I had planned to write about both the Steelers and the Penguins when I picked the name for this blog. Then the "Summer of Wooooo!" happened and I found myself having lots to talk about in hockey. It got to the point where I only had hockey-related posts and I thought that maybe I should just stick to one niche. Well, now I am going to break the habit and talk about the Steelers. Of course it has everything to do with the fact that there is not much going on in the hockey world and football season officially starts tomorrow with the Steelers v. Titans game. There were some points I wanted to mention about the Steelers before the big game so I just figured this was a good opportunity to do just that.

The Titans are a good team. They even had a better record than us last season (12-2 vs our 11-3.) But they don't have a shiny Lombardi trophy to proudly display. They did not get to make the trip to Tampa in February, and they certainly did not get to host a Champions parade. The city of Pittsburgh just had two in one year.

However, they are a good team. They have a makings of a good team and with the addition of our once-expected number 3 wide receiver, Nate Washington, they could have what they need to go all the way. But they aren't as tough as the Steelers. We boast the number one defense in the entire league. James Harrison is a force to be reckoned with and with LaMarr Woodley as his apprentice... look out Kerry Collins, that's all I can say. Hopefully Troy will be starting for us tomorrow night and that his pesky hamstring doesn't give him any problems. I love James Farrior; always have, always will. I'm excited to see him back and looking just as fast and strong as he has in years past. The same can be said for Hines. Hines has a solid good couple of years left in him and he's not ready to give up the fight which is just fine in my book. He always manages to make big time plays when we need them the most. Whether he's catching a pass for major yards in deep coverage or making an important block while someone else carries the ball, Hines Ward understands what is asked of him and he does it willingly. That is the making of a great football team- players who are willing to put the team before themselves. That's why the Steelers organization is the greatest and it shows, especially on the field, and speaks for itself in our six Lombardi trophies.

I have to mention Stefan Logan. This guy is like whoaaaa crazy fast. I like it. I really hope he gets used more than just a kickoff returner. Having watched him during the preseason games, he is very capable of becoming not only a kickoff/punt returner, but a receiver or even running back as well. I really like him in the RB role, but I know we already have FWP and Mendenhall (who has yet to really do anything- he's got a lot to prove.) I am a fan of Mewelde Moore also and happy to have him still around. Perhaps Stefan can take over Gary Russell's role? It's a real longshot, but who knows? I don't think Logan is built in the same way and will, therefore, not be used in the same way that Russell was- for short yardage gain and 3rd down conversions.

Anything else? Love Jeffy- hope we re-sign him to an extension soon. He is a very reliable kicker and I like him. So glad to have Danny Sepulveda back this season! Mitch Berger was a disaster and Danny is so great. Let me remind you of something called Danny's fake punt. It. Was. Awesome. Week 16 against the Rams, in 2007. You can watch the video here. I would embed it, but there is no embedding link. Ah, memories... back when Najeh Davenport was good for something.

Really excited for the start of the regular season tomorrow. I think we have a pretty good roster even though we lost a few players to free agency and trades.

Get your Terrible Towels ready. Here we go!

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