Good Wednesday to you Steelers’ fans.
The beard of Ben Roethlisberger has become quite a topic of conversation lately. Not that it wasn’t a big deal during the season but since that video of him throwing last week emerged it appears the issue of his weight has regained a place in the discussions of those who don’t know any better. Apparently, the beard is a significant cause of the misplaced allegations of his “major weight gain.” Is Big Ben at his ‘playing weight?’ No, he’s probably about 10-15 pounds over that but this isn’t uncharted territory. In recent seasons, he’s reported to Training Camp in very good shape and I have no reason to believe he won’t again this summer. He claimed that he would shave the beard as soon as he was able to throw again but as a bearded fellow myself I hope he keeps it. If nothing else, it will piss off people who don’t know what they’re talking about.
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At this time, I don’t see how the CBA doesn’t pass. As is often the problem in unions, there are different factions that exist. There is a group that exists near the ‘top.’ These are typically your higher paid guys who also realize their careers are coming to an end. There are guys at the lower tier who may ultimately reach those lofty financial heights but they have a ways to go. And then there are guys in the middle. These are the players who are often long snappers or punters or backup linemen who make a decent living but are always on the fringe of making a team. This CBA proposal helps them and the lower tier guys significantly. When you look at the math, there are many more of them than there are the top level players so the math seems to work in their favor. The simple logistics of the game itself are not favorable to players in general. It really is a modern day gladiator sport where fans honestly don’t care about the players’ personal well-being. Because the careers are so much shorter than other professional sports and the number of season games are small as well, this naturally puts the players in a difficult spot. As I said, I believe it passes which will be great news for fans.
With the Combine behind us many NFL Draft Pundits are putting out their latest Mock Drafts. Dane Brugler of The Athletic and Matt Miller of Bleacher Report have the Steelers’ taking Michigan EDGE Rusher Josh Uche… NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter and USA Today’s Luke Easterling have the Steelers taking Alabama OLB Terrell Lewis… Walter Football has Pittsburgh going after Utah DE/OLB Bradley Anae. That’s just a few of the names out there right now and they’ll grow as the Draft nears.
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