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Posted on: February 7, 2011 5:28 pm
 

An Open Note to All Packer Fans...

...congrats, from a die-hard Steelers fan. 

Your's was the better team from the opening whistle.  The Steelers had a good amount of Super Bowl experience compared to the Pack (only two players on their roster had ever played in a Super Bowl game), yet it was Green Bay who rose to occasion and made the plays they had to make.  The Steelers had too many costly turnovers and failed to force even one from the other side, which proved to be the difference maker.  That all being said, I was very proud of how my boys overcame all of their early mistakes and made a great game of it at the end.  It just wasn't enough to topple a great football team in the Packers who played fantastically well throughout the playoffs.

Green Bay has always been my favorite team from the NFC, and I have a great deal of respect for them.  I always wanted to see this Super Bowl matchup since my childhood, and we came very close a couple of times in the mid-to-late 90's.  After the '95 season, the Steelers qualified for the big game but faced the Cowboys who had defeated the Pack two weeks before.  Then two years later, Green Bay qualified for Super Bowl XXXII but the Steelers faltered to John Elway and the Broncos in the AFC Championship.

I got the matchup I wanted thirteen years later, and did it ever live up to the hype.  The loss stings quite a bit don't get me wrong, but I have had a lot of fun in the past six years as a Steelers fan and you need to take the tough losses in order to truly appreciate the big wins.  The Packers sit alone now for fourth place in Lombardis with four (and as we all know, own the most championships overall).  With the young nucleus they have in place they could be a formidable threat for years to come.  I hope to see a rematch in the Super Bowl someday between our two proud franchises.

Once again, congratulations to Cheeseheads everywhere..you've waited quite a while for trophy #4, and with the path you took to get through the playoffs on the road as the #6 seed, you definitely deserve this one.

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Posted on: August 30, 2010 9:01 pm
Edited on: August 30, 2010 9:01 pm
 

Predict the Steelers' Final Record in 2010

It will be interesting to see what Steelers fans and fans of other teams alike see in store for the black n’ gold in 2010.  It could be another subpar year by Steelers standards with all of the off the field issues we have been facing, but I see the opportunity for some good things to happen, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, provided they can stay healthy.

Without further ado, my predictions for the 2010 schedule:

9/12 vs. Atlanta – Win.   The Steelers can overcome a missing Big Ben and do business with the running game enough to take the Falcons’ defense to task.

9/19 at Tennessee – Loss.   If the team can contain CJ they may have a good opportunity for a win here, but I just don’t see it happening.  They could struggle to move the ball as well.

9/26 at Tampa Bay – Win.   Good things have been said about Josh Freeman, but he doesn’t have enough talent around him to get much done on our defense.  This is almost a sure thing.

10/3 vs. Baltimore – Loss.   The Ravens should be able to make enough plays when necessary to put pressure on Leftwich to keep pace.  The offense will have a hard time making plays on their veteran defensive unit, and will likely turn it over a time or two as well.

10/17 vs. Cleveland – Win. 
Roethlisberger’s glorious return (we expect it to be a 4-game suspension) after the bye week.  The Browns will prove a good opponent for him to get his timing back with the receivers.

10/24 at Miami – Win.   Iffy I know, as these teams look to be fairly even.  But the Steelers took care of business last year in South Beach without Troy Polamalu, and I think his presence is more valuable than a lone receiver (Marshall).  Steelers in a close one.

10/31 at New Orleans – Loss.   The past two world champions square off on SNF in what could be a wild affair.  Our secondary would do well to hold the Saints around 24-28 points and give an opportunity, but I don’t see it happening. 

11/8 at Cincinnati – Win. 
A good week for a bounceback contest within the division.  I see Palmer throwing a pick or two and hopefully the TO and Ocho sideshow has already hit the forefront by week 9.  The Bengals won’t have as good a defensive unit as a year ago.

11/14 vs. New England – Win.  Back home for the first time in a month and back on national prime time TV, the Steelers ride the momentum from last week to another close victory.  Call this one a hunch, but I think we are finally ready to beat these guys.

11/21 vs. Oakland – Win.   Memories of last year’s stunning defeat to the Raiders fresh in their heads, the Steelers avenge that loss here.  Oakland will be a better team however, so there won’t be any room for sloppiness.

11/28 at Buffalo – Win. 
The Bills won’t be able to match up; this and the Bucs game are about the only two I would bet the house on.

12/5 at Baltimore – Loss.  Riding a 4-game winning streak, the team once again meets their old foe.  I see the Ravens winning here at home and sweeping the series, much as it pains me to say so.

12/12 vs. Cincinnati – Loss.   A split in the series this year, really could have gone either way but I see with the schedule placement this game more likely as the loss following a tough Ravens matchup.

12/19 vs. NY Jets – Loss.  A lot of people are giving the Jets more credit than they deserve, but I feel that at this point they will have gelled and seen the playoff picture clearly in a tight race with the Pats.  They win but it won’t be easy.

12/23 vs. Carolina – Win.  Quick turnaround after a three-game losing streak, the team rebounds on Thursday night.  The defense should be able to give either Moore or Clausen enough fits to get the job done.

1/2 at Cleveland – Win.   Well rested and most likely in a close playoff chase, the Steelers stay focused and sweep the series with the Browns for the 6th time in 7 seasons.


That has the final record at 10-6.  I think this team will have some growing pains but will ultimately still be in the playoff conversation through week 17.  The Ravens are a rightful favorite in the division as it stands now, but I think a wild card is a distinct possibility.

Let me know what you all think, and it will be fun to see how close our predictions really are come the turning of the new year.

Go Steelers!!


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Tags: Steelers
 
Posted on: December 17, 2009 7:19 pm
Edited on: December 17, 2009 7:20 pm
 

Chris Henry

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             Over the past day and a half, many people have aired their thoughts about the fallen Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver.  I will briefly offer mine here.  Clearly, anytime someone so young dies it is a tragedy, whether it is a professional athlete or not.  There was an incident yesterday morning in my hometown that echoed the same sentiments: a 15 year old high school student was killed trying to cross some railroad tracks near his school when he was struck by an Amtrak train.  Surely, everyone has been close to at least one person who has died well before their time.  It just goes to show how fragile life truly is.

 

            Specifically to Henry now, he had some notable off-the-field incidents.  He made bad choices; we all do from time to time, although ours go under far less intense scrutiny.  Chris Henry was no saint, but he was no demon either.  His death should not be celebrated like so many on these boards are celebrating it.  One of the beautiful things about life is the second chances it affords.  At 26, this young man should have had at least 50 more years on this earth to make amends for his bad choices.  Unfortunately, he won’t get that chance.

 

            The Bengals organization has lost a great teammate and friend.  Rest in Peace Chris Henry.  My thoughts are with his family during this tough holiday season.



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