Good Day Steelers’ Fans!
Some times I wonder if giving all of these former officials a platform to second guess their colleagues on TV or radio is a good thing. The no-call against Justin Hunter for blocking downfield on Antonio Brown’s game-winning reception has been a hot topic all week. Both Gene Steratore and Terry McAulay believed the play should have been flagged but both had very different reasons why. Steratore’s explanation was much more plausible than McAulay’s was. But there’s a whole other issue here we aren’t talking enough about. These plays happen ALL THE TIME and rarely get called. If they do, it’s usually around the goal line. Furthermore, you have to kind of adopt the NBA rule here. Let the players decide the outcome. Unless someone commits just a ridiculous and egregious foul let the players settle it. This ‘no-call’ has been completely overblown this week but I can’t say I’m surprised.
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Tweet of the Day… Good stuff from Trai Essex.
I’ll say this, I absolutely despised the Ravens when I played(still do)and couldn’t stand going against the Suggs, Ray Lewis & Bart Scotts. But I never thought even for a brief second that they were ever intentionally trying to permanently hurt one of us. Maybe that’s just me🤷🏾♂️
— Trai Essex (@TraiDay79) October 17, 2018
If I can piggy-back on the above comment for a moment… This is how I feel regarding our division rivals. The Ravens? I absolutely hate everything about them, I mean EVERYTHING! But I also have respect for them. The Browns? I have zero love for them at all. None. Zip, zero, nada. But I appreciate their history and the long-standing rivalry with us. The Bengals? I hate them. Strong word I know but I can’t find one endearing quality about them. Not one.
I’m going to assume that Randy Fichtner and his stuff have discussed what they’ll do when Le’Veon Bell eventually shows up. I have to believe he will have created some sets where both he and Conner are on the field at the same time but I don’t think it will be in the “two-back” style a lot experts have been discussing. I would think you’ll see Conner in the backfield and Bell used in the slot or even out wide as a receiver. There will certainly be times where the reverse is true but that’s what I envision predominantly.
Lot of talk this week about Artie Burns and whether he’ll get his fifth-year option. Right now, I say “no way.”
From Uncle Ed’s chat at post-gazette.com…
Rob Rogers: Saw a report of a dejected Artie Burns sitting alone on the bench after blowing a big play. One teammate comes over and sits next to him, trying to give encouragement. That teammate was AB84.
I know this doesn’t warrant the same media coverage as a Gatorade tantrum or coach spat, but shouldn’t AB be given props for being a good teammate at times?
Ed Bouchette: Isn’t that what good teammates are supposed to do? You want us to cover all the planes that successfully land?
‘Rob Rogers’ has a very good point here. The media has no problem ripping on Antonio Brown for every single thing he does but when he does something most would deem “the right thing to do” it gets blown off by people like Bouchette. I’m not suggesting it needs a feature story written about it but this gesture could have been mentioned.
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