What Current Or Recent Steeler Is Worthy Of A Peyton Send Off?

I think I might have to further explain this question. Of the Steelers that have retired recently or even the current players, who would be worthy of a Press Conference and all of the tears that we saw the other day when Peyton Manning and the Indy Colts parted ways?

When I say recent, go back all the way to the 70’s if you like.  I went back and looked at some High Profile Pittsburgh Steelers, and could not come up with a guy that defined a city as much as Peyton Manning.

Assigning Blame

In sports, as in life, when a team fails it becomes everyone’s job to assign blame.  There has to be a reason why they lost.  It has to be someone’s fault.

The sports media assigns blame one by one so that they have enough stories to fill 24 hours of programming and writing.  The players blame so it doesn’t fall on them.  The player’s wives blame so it doesn’t fall on their spouse. On and on it goes down the list until eventually everyone is to blame.  And in truth, everyone is to blame.  Teams win and lose as teams, not individuals.

Down To This

If you have read any of my previous writes, you know I am a fan of the New England Patriots and have been for many, many years.  So, this is a big weekend for me.

For the last 2 weeks, I have not watched any coverage of the game at all.  No sports media talking heads.  I have avoided Twitter.  I have kept my Facebook time to a minimum.  I just did not want to hear all the haters hating.  It’s just what happens when a team like the Patriots is in the big game.  The haters are many and the only way to further a story is to make the Patriots the underdog, make Tom Brady struggling, talk ad nauseum about Gronkowski’s ankle injury.  But in reality it doesn’t matter.

Super Rematch

I have deliberately not watched any sports media coverage this last week, nor will I this week.  I don’t want to hear every day about how this is a rematch or what happened last time.  This is this time.

The Giants and Patriots are both two very different teams now.  They have different players in many positions and their games are played very differently.  It’s not as if the same teams from 4 years ago are going to play in the Super Bowl next Sunday.  Yes, the quarterbacks are the same and a few of the players are the same, but many things have changed since that time.

Defense Wins Championships

Most NFL fans have heard this phrase on more than one occasion and generally it holds true.  However, this year I’m thinking not so much.

The teams with the best records this year in the NFL have abysmal defenses.  In fact, the top 2 teams, the Patriots and Packers, have THE worst defenses in the entire league.  It doesn’t seem to matter.  No matter what teams they play, as long as the offense puts up enough points, the defense can give up almost as many and the teams still win.

NFL Revamping Super Bowl Planning

In light of the many problems associated with the most recent Super Bowl, the NFL has decided to rethink their Super Bowl planning.  It is said that they want to plan for every eventuality.  While that may sound great, it just isn’t that realistic.

So Sue Me

You knew it was coming right?  Displaced Super Bowl fans suing everybody involved for the ticket/seating fiasco.  Of course you did.  It’s exactly what everyone expected to happen except maybe the NFL who continues to try and appease those affected by the ticket/seat debacle.

The NFL is now offering the 400 fans who bought tickets but didn’t get a seat a choice of a $2,400 plus a ticket to next year’s Super Bowl, or they can accept a new offer of one free ticket, plus round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations, to a Super Bowl of their choosing.  The $2,400 offer does not include any travel or hotel costs or any reimbursement of fans who paid higher than value for their Super Bowl tickets.  The lawsuit seeks 5 million dollars in damages and names the NFL, the Dallas Cowboys and team owner Jerry Jones as defendants.

Take Notes Jay Cutler

After Jay Cutler went out of the Bears playoff game with an apparent injury, he was eviscerated by many people for not showing leadership.  Even if you accepted that he was injured, people still wanted him to show some leadership to his team, any leadership.  They wanted to see him on the sidelines still involved in the game.  Especially since it was apparent that his injury was not that bad.  Perhaps he should take some notes from watching Charles Woodson after his injury in the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl Don’ts

There are a few things you expect from the Super Bowl.  A good game.  A great venue.  An exciting National Anthem.  A fun halftime show.  Some funny and creative commercials.  This Super Bowl delivered on 1 thing – the game.

Cheese Whiz

I thought the Super Bowl would be a close game.  It was at 5 points.  I thought that mistakes would determine the winner.  They did.  I thought that the Black Eyed Peas show would be good.  It was not.  And I thought the Steelers would win the game.  They did not.  The Packers took advantage of every mistake and won the game.  The Steelers helped the Packers win the game.