Good Monday to you Steelers’ Fans!
You know it’s the slow season when I feel the need to lead with this but according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and various other sources, Le’Veon Bell has been spending a lot of time with rapper Wiz Khalifa. Let me be very clear when I say that this does NOT mean that Bell is doing anything he shouldn’t be doing. He could indeed be making himself scarce any time Mr. Khalifa breaks out the marijuana. But then again we must not ignore things either. Mr. Khalifa is well-known proponent of smoking weed. He has an album called “Rolling Papers” and has reportedly stated that he smokes every single day. Bell will be the first to tell you that when he was suspended the second time for violating the League’s substance abuse policy it was for missed tests, not actually testing positive. Ya, OK. Whatever… Bottom Line? Martavis Bryant used to spend a lot of time with ‘Wiz’ and look where that got him.
This is old news based on how quickly our 24 hour news cycle moves but last week the Baltimore Ravens were slapped with penalties for violating the NFL’s OTA rules for a second straight season. At issue was the fact the Ravens were allowing “heavy contact” during pass coverage drills. Contact during OTAs is a major no-no and the team was cited for this very similar action last year as well. The NFL stripped the Ravens of two practices, fined Head Coach John Harbaugh $50,000 and the team $100,000. Not surprisingly this is typical for a Harbaugh. Jim pushes the envelope all the time on rules and John has been no stranger to it either. The fines and penalties don’t mean a whole lot at the end of the day but this repeated behavior is worth noting.
Tweet of the Day… Lots of good stuff going on at Big Ben’s Charity Softball Tournament.
I guess helping organize the event has its perks. Thank you @TeamJuJu and @_BigBen7 for taking time to take pictures with me and the other @steelers for coming to play in the charity game! ?? pic.twitter.com/EIfQa81xJc
— Libby Crow (@Libby_Crow) June 11, 2018
Best part about the tourney is that no Steelers’ players suffered a broken nose. (Ahem! Clay Matthews)
A story this week from bengals.com suggests that the team is “underrepresented” in the Hall of Fame. Anthony Munoz and Paul Brown are their only members. Anyone else suggested would have a hard time even getting in. For a team that’s been around for 50 years, is that number of HoF’ers too low? In my book, it is what it is. The organization hasn’t exactly put up a ton of championships or huge seasons.
The Steelers’ Mandatory Mini-Camp begins tomorrow and as of right now the only player we know of that won’t be attending is the aforementioned Le’Veon Bell. I know it’s beating a dead horse but I see no way this deal gets done. It really doesn’t make financial sense for either side based on the individual wants and needs.
Have a great Monday Steeler Nation!