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Steelers Super Bowl Shirts That Could Have Been are Now Being Used for a Good Cause

22 Dec

Just saw this on the 96.1 KISS website. These are the Steelers “Super Bowl Champion” shirts that “would have been” had we won the Super Bowl last year. However, fret not — they’re going to be used for a good cause. These shirts will be sent to countries in need by an organization called World Vision. That’s the way to spread the holiday spirit! And, that’s OK, let’s just win THIS year so we can have even cooler shirts 😉   GO STEELERS!

Read more: http://www.961kiss.com/pages/morningfreakshow.html?an=Steelers-championship-gear#ixzz1hEri8v7n

The Legendary Joe Paterno Will Leave Penn State Amidst Sex Scandal

8 Nov

Joe Paterno – a name synonymous with Penn State pride – is likely be asked to leave by PSU officials, reports the New York Times.

Admist the shocking sex scandal involving allegations and charges against former coach Jerry Sandusky and a potential cover-up by the Penn State football organization, the board of trustees at Penn State is quietly planning Joe-Pa’s exit.

Other high-ranking officials at Penn State have already stepped down.

Penn State University is suffering a heartbreaking reputation shift in the wake of this decade-old sex abuse scandal that has implicated more than one Penn State employee.

According to the Times press release, “the board of trustees is yet to determine the precise timing of Paterno’s exit, but it is clear that the man who has more victories than any other  coach at college football’s top level and who made Penn State a brand will not survive to coach another season.”

Paterno testified in front of the grand jury that he was informed of an incident involving Sandusky and a young boy, and that he reported it to school officials. However, his description was “vague” and seemingly downplayed the incident which was purportedly stated to him in graphic detail, and his intentions were questioned when he chose to go to the higher-ups at Penn State instead of reporting the incident (in detail) to police.

Though he is not being indicted and is not a target of the investigation according to authorities, his once-golden image may be tarnished in the court of public opinion.

There really are no winners in this situation.

As for today’s cancelled press conference, a report by Fox News stated the following: “Penn State’s president abruptly canceled Joe Paterno’s weekly news conference Tuesday amid increasing calls for both men to resign in the wake of a former assistant coach’s sex-abuse scandal and as another potential victim came forward. The news conference was to be the first chance for reporters to ask Paterno about what he knew about Jerry Sandusky, his former defensive coordinator and one-time heir apparent, who was indicted on charges of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years.

‘Due to the ongoing legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges, we have determined that today’s press conference cannot be held and will not be rescheduled,’ assistant Athletic Director Jeff Nelson said in a statement.”

Paterno may not have broken any laws, but his inaction and the inaction of others allowed for further abuse that should have stopped years ago.

Nonetheless, it is sad that such a legend will have to leave his career on such a sour note when he did so much for the school and the football program. Again — no one wins in this situation.

 

Another Year, LeBeau Style: Steelers Keep Beloved Defensive Coordinator, Dick LeBeau

16 Feb

Good news, Steeler Nation!  Dick LeBeau is to return as Steelers Defensive Coordinator for at least another year!

Many of fans and players (including LaMarr Woodley) tweeted their joy at this news.

LeBeau, a Football Hall of Fame inductee,  is one of the most respected Steelers icons! The 72-year-old is returning for his 52nd year in the NFL!

“I’m not coaching anywhere but here,” LeBeau said today after returning from four days off to start getting ready for the NFL combine that begins Feb. 23 in Indianapolis.

 

Glitzburgh Steeler Time

15 Nov

Photo of Ashley Boynes from Glitzburgh, representing BarSmart.com at a Multiple Sclerosis Society Fundraiser event.

With Pittsburgh Steeler #93, defensive end Nick Eason.

STEELERS: Santonio Holmes TRADED & Big Ben News…

12 Apr

Well, it looks like the Steelers won’t have to worry about Holmes’ reported 4-game suspension.

Why, you ask? The Rooneys are FED UP and have had enough, and are “breaking up” with Santonio.  Santonio Holmes has been traded to the New York Jets for a 5th round draft pick. Sources say that this was the best offer on the table — and, had the Steelers not been able to make this trade, they would have out-and-out CUT Holmes. The Steelers have had enough.

While the team will surely miss his on-the-field talent, the Steelers organization and fans will likely not miss his off-the-field behavior. (Though, so far, this trade has not yet provoked Holmes to encourage anyone’s suicide via social media.)

Some people are criticizing this move, but I think that it was a good decision. After all, the Steelers organization is about more than on-field skills and is a team that prides itself on more than just winning. While Holmes is a great player, the Steelers do not need his BS or his baggage…this is one franchise that has a reputation to uphold!

So, New York, enjoy your clearance item. How does it feel to get a Super Bowl MVP on sale?

Let’s hope that no other Steelers become “damaged goods.”

If I were Jeff Reed and Big Ben, I’d watch my off-field antics a little more carefully, and beware those drunken shenanigans.

PS: Big Ben press conference today at 2:00 pm EST. While ESPN reported that Roethlisberger would NOT face sexual assault charges, some sources are reporting (as recently as yesterday and today) that a final decision in Roethlisberger’s case could be months away. Additionally, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is expected to meet with Ben at some point THIS WEEK. Stay tuned!

STEELERS Update: News on BIG BEN Roethlisberger and SANTONIO Holmes cases!

10 Apr

Steelers quarterback “Big Ben” Roethlisberger will learn his fate on Monday, April 12th, 2010. While his attorney suspects that NO charges will be filed; there has been no official disclosure on what the Georgia D.A. has actually decided. A decision has been made in the case, though,  and will be revealed in an official press conference on Monday at 2pm at the Baldwin County Courthouse.

While the details of the investigation have been under lockdown and the parties involved are remaining tight-lipped, Ben’s lawyer claims that “all signs are pointing towards no charges being filed” against Roethlisberger in the sexual assault case. While no official decision has been released, ESPN has already jumped the gun in reporting on this suspicion: that no charges will be filed. Roethlisberger fans are surely hoping that they are correct. It sounds like good news for the QB.

As for Santonio Holmes, he has still been “tweeting away” and still faces accusations that he assaulted a woman in a Florida night club but throwing a drink on her as a verbal, “heated” argument ensued. (Though his attorney is now filing audio evidence to the contrary.)

However, now there is even MORE trouble for Steelers’ receiver Santonio Holmes. Today, multiple sources are reporting that Holmes will face a 4-game suspension at the beginning of the season, for allegedly violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Details are still murky, and it is unclear whether he missed a drug test or was “caught” with an illegal substance in his system.

Fans are growing increasingly frustrated with the Steelers quarterback and receiver. Ben has earned nicknames like “Rapistberger” due to his two separate sexual assault accusations, while many suspect that this will be the last year Holmes will play for Pittsburgh. Just in the past few weeks, Holmes has had the assault charges filed against him, told a fan to “go kill himself” via Twitter, and now, faces a substance abuse violation, in addition to past marijuana charges, domestic abuse charges, and nude photos online.

Steeler Nation can only hope that these guys get it together and shape up in time for the season, so that their personal shortcomings will not be a distraction to the team. It is a shame that these unfortunate personal choices are tarnishing the always-upstanding image of the Steeler organization.

Do these photos below depict what a STEELER *should* represent??    😦

Steelers’ Santonio Holmes Needs to Learn When NOT to Tweet!

30 Mar

You’ve already read my thoughts on the Steelers’ latest situations including yesterday’s news of an incident with Santonio Holmes.

In my previous blog entry, “Another Steelers Uh-Oh”,  I said that it was dumb of him to be tweeting and posting things on his Twitter account in regards to the lawsuit.

His management team and/or PR person and/or conscience should really know better, and should have him lay off the social media for awhile.

But even as the media, fans, and foes alike were commenting on his seemingly smug posts yesterday in regards to his latest infraction; Santonio kept on tweeting.

If he wasn’t in trouble before, I’m guessing that he will be now. Art Rooney already expressed his disapponitment with Santonio Holmes’ civil suit….but this was before he told a fan to kill himself. (Yes. Read on….)

In addition to the tweets mentioned in my post yesterday, Holmes also wrote about how he was “LMAO all the way to the bank”, telling his fans that they dont know him, and they don’t cut his check. (Non-computer-geeks: LMAO = Laughing My Ass Off.)

The most shocking, though?

Check it out….

Here is one of his tweets from last night:

http://twitter.com/santonio10/status/11282727131

“@DMKayser y u tryna make me look like the bad guy. U shud try finding the worst thing that you could drink n kill urself”

This was posted under Santonio’s official, “Verified” Twitter account, for the whole world to see. Granted, this @DMKayser person has since deleted their account and we do not know how much this individual was heckling Holmes or what he was saying.

However, that being said, it shouldn’t matter. Santonio Holmes is a public figure, and a grown man, and even if he is upset about the lawsuit, he should not be flying off the handle on social media outlets, running his mouth, and saying nasty things to presumably innocent followers – like telling them to go drink something that will kill them.

Listen, I’m a HUUUUUGE Steelers fan. Ask any of my friends or family. So that isn’t the issue. It isn’t like I’m trying to badmouth our players. It’s just that since I AM such a huge Steelers fan, I do not want people on our team to distract the other players and/or give a bad name to the organization that was built on class.

Just sayin’.