Good Tuesday to you Steelers’ fans.
Normally I save my “tweet of the day” for further down in this daily piece but I’m going to get right to it and it comes from now retired Steelers’ Guard Ramon Foster.
Tweet of the Day…
Sad but true 😔😒. Not all…but boy https://t.co/UulPBiFc2p
— Ramon Foster (@RamonFoster) May 4, 2020
Few players were as welcoming to the local media as Foster. He was honest and forthcoming without ever creating issues that journalists and bloggers ran with to their keyboards. But this does raise a bigger issue in my mind. Some fans do not always know how to separate ‘being negative’ with ‘being honest.’ I’m not going to apologize for making honest points about any Steeler or Coach. Unfortunately what has happened is that getting ‘clicks’ and ‘listens’ is what drives sports’ talk. You want to talk negativity? THAT’S negativity and they’re good at it. It’s what brings in advertising and money and I guess I’ve never personally bought into that. We here at SCB see what we see and discuss it. If Ben Roethlisberger plays poorly? We’re going to say it and we know that won’t sit well with everyone but I’m not selling my soul to be liked. We don’t do this to make money. If we did, we would have gofundme pages and have eight different pop-up ads every time you visit us. But as to Foster’s comment, I do believe there are some really good journalists and bloggers out there that cover the Steelers. They have to do that delicate dance of being honest with the fear of losing access to the player or coach. Much of that ability is based on trust that is built between the player and journalist. The media in the Steel City is not unique in that all sports cities have similar issues. The difference is that fans have to decide who to trust and who to read and who to listen to for their Steelers’ takes. What Foster is saying is nothing we don’t know but it’s always worth re-visiting.
The NFL lost a legend this week when former Baltimore Colts’ and Miami Dolphins’ Head Coach Don Shula passes away at the age of 90. He won two Super Bowls with the Dolphins and authored the only unbeaten season in NFL history in 1972. His connection to the Steelers comes down to one guy; Chuck Noll. “Emperor Chaz” came to the Steelers from Baltimore where he’d been an assistant to Shula. His advocacy for Noll helped bring him to Pittsburgh and as they say, the rest is history.
Two things on our newest wide receiver. First, if you see stories about Chase Claypool being the next Martavis Bryant remember Ian here at SCB made the comparison first.
6'3 3/4" 211 lbs 4.42 40-yard dash
124" broad jump
6'4" 238 lbs 4.42 40-yard dash
126" broad jump
— The Steelers n'at (@thesteelersnat) April 25, 2020
Secondly, our online store at DC4L Custom Tees has a brand new t-shirt honoring the Notre Dame star. Click here to check it out and many other designs we have.
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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