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Joey Porter Jr. Comes home!

April 28th, 2023

With the second pick the Steelers selected Joey Porter Jr. CB, Penn State!

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The pick is in….

April 28th, 2023

The Steelers traded up and grabbed

Broderick Jones OT Georgia!

More to come!

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Starving for Steelers football…the XFL might have the remedy!

February 20th, 2023

The Steelers season ended on a high note and left all fans crazing next year. As I start to put away my Steelers stuff until this summer, I did get a chance to watch some alumni play this weekend and also was able to see Hines Ward and Rod Woodson make their respective Head Coaching debuts.

The XFL has a special place in Steelers lure since Tommy Maddox, the first XFL, MVP, found his way on to the roster and then pushed an end to the Kordell Stewart era. Maddox produced his best season in the NFL and served as the bridge to Ben Roethlisberger and as one of Ben’s early mentors.


Arlington Renegades
Co-OC Jonathan Hayes, Co-DC Jay Hayes, Co-DC Tim Lewis
DL Doug Costin (2022 training camp)
CB Shakur Brown (2021 training camp)
WR Tyler Vaughns (2021-22 training camp, practice squad)

D.C. Defenders
K Matthew McCrane (2018, one game)

Houston Roughnecks
RB Max Borghi (2022 training camp)
DB Sean Davis (2016-20, 64 games)
CB Alexander Myres (2019-20 training camp, practice squad)

Orlando Guardians
WR Eli Rogers (2016-19, 30 games)
ILB Tegray Scales (2019-21, two games)

San Antonio Brahmas
HC Hines Ward, LBC Joey Porter
RB Kalen Ballage (2021, 17 games)
TE Alizé Mack (2019, practice squad)
OLB Delontae Scott (2021-22, three games)
LS Rex Sunahara (2021-22, practice squad)
P Brad Wing (2014-15, 16 games)

Seattle Sea Dragons
HC Jim Haslett, DC Ron Zook
OLB Tuzar Skipper (2019, 2022 training camp)
DB Antoine Brooks (2020, four games)
CB Linden Stephens (2021-22, practice squad, training camp)
P Cameron Nizialek (2022 training camp)

St. Louis Battlehawks
OC Bruce Gradkowski
RB Mataeo Durant (2022 training camp)
LB Travis Feeney (2016 training camp, practice squad)

Vegas Vipers
HC Rod Woodson, WRC Ray Sherman, DBC Darren Perry
WR Martavis Bryant (2014-17, 36 games)
WR Mathew Sexton (2021 training camp)



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Steelers beat Browns…but fall short of the playoffs!

January 8th, 2023

It was a valiant try and there is a lot to build on…but the Steelers late season surge falls short of playoff contention.

Punishing defense, a strong running game and cautious passing was what the formula was supposed to be all season, and though it was only executed for half the season, the Steelers pummeled their oldest rival the Cleveland Browns 28-14 and turned what was a dismal season into the distinct feeling of hope.

The defense led the way registering seven sacks and picking off two Deshaun Watson passes. Cam Heyward anchored the defense and registered two sacks, Alex Highsmith chipped in with two and a half sacks and finished the season with 14.5 total. T.J. Watt had a half sack and one thing to note the defense plays noticeably better when he is in the lineup, even with him playing the entire second half banged up.

Larry Ogunjobi had a great day clogging the middle and registered a sack. Nick Chubb who torched the Steelers for 113 yards in the first meeting was held to 77 yards yesterday. The Browns finished with 171 yards in the first meeting and only 134 yesterday. Those numbers are deceiving because 44 of it came when Deshaun Watson was running for his life. The front seven did a good job stopping the run and attacking Watson.

When Watson was forced to go to the air he struggled and the secondary did a good job bottling the Browns up. Levi Wallace and Damontae Kazee both had interceptions. Watson was held to 173 yards passing with two touchdowns, one of which came after a VERY questionable personal foul call against Heyward.

It was an outstanding effort by the defense who held teams to under 20 points in 11 games this season.

The offense had an uneven day again. The good news is the running game finally looks like it is rock solid with Jaylen Warren and Najee Harris. They combined for 120 yards between them and with all the jet sweeps and inside handoffs, seven different players ran the ball and Derek Watt had his first rushing touchdown. Over all the Steelers combined for 148 yards on the ground. A tremendous performance. That starts up front with solid work by the offensive line who showed dramatic improvement in the second half of the season.

Kenny Pickett once again made the big throws when needed. His stats are mediocre but when the Steelers needed to make plays, he delivered. Pickett finished with 195 yards and a touchdown. He never forced anything and most importantly protected the football with no turnovers again. After his early struggles he seemed to settle into the role, and he looks like the future of the franchise.

The special teams were respectable yesterday, albeit with a few gaffes. Next to Pickett the most improved Steeler must be Pressley Harvin III, who became a bona fide weapon the last few weeks. He averaged 48 yards per kick and pinned the Browns down yesterday. Chris Boswell nailed his kicks hitting both his field goals including a 49-yarder. Steven Sims was scary on punt returns; he recovered his own fumble and the Browns did have a 35-yard kickoff return but for the most part they did well.

The coaching staff had a very solid game plan and they executed it. When things started going sideways, they kept the team on track and got them refocused and ready to play. Eventually they outlasted the Browns and sent them into the abyss. Coach Tomlin deserves a lot of credit for the turnaround, because despite the QB distraction and being a humiliating 2-6 they never gave up and stayed on track.

Losing to the Dolphins, the Jets and Patriots doomed the season, but despite that the Steelers were still in the hunt the last day of the year, surviving through adversity is the definition of good leadership.


My “GAME BEER” goes to: Cam Heyward… who was absolutely dominant and in the Browns backfield all day. He also was absolutely hosed on a questionable call. Honorable Mention: Larry Ogunjobi who was Heyward’s counterpart dominating up front, also Dan Moore Jr. who contained Myles Garrett for most of the day.

Beer of the Game: Modello, Went back to the original case that I didn’t finish, as they say it captures the fighting spirit of Pittsburgh!

“Steel the Snacks”: We went with traditional “Pigs in a blanket” with spicy mustard. A solid no nonsense snack, nothing extravagant on the last week of play.

My Stat of the week:  Pretty simple one and you knew it was coming, Mike Tomlin who half the fanbase wants fired for some idiotic reason just completed his 16th non-losing season. To put that in perspective Mike Tomlin matched George Halas for the 3rd-longest streak of seasons finishing over .500 or better by a head coach in NFL history with 16.

While 9-8 is mediocre, this team looked like an 8 or 9-win team at most and they did it, recovering from a disastrous start to go 7-2 down the stretch. It was a masterful coaching job for one of the NFL’s greatest coaches. He also now has 163 wins good for second in Franchise history and only 30 behind Chuck Noll.

Also considered for stat of the week, the Steelers manhandling Deshaun Foster for SEVEN sacks! How about the Steelers led the league in interceptions with 20! Both great stats to be proud of.

My Thoughts on next week: It is going to be a very long offseason, but one of hope. I can write this with 100% confidence, NO ONE wanted to see the Steelers in the first round. While this team is limited, they are dangerous, and they beat you up. Miami is going to get run down by whoever they get first after fading badly down the stretch.

Jersey of the Week: Jack Ham #59, Throwback, “The Bumble Bee” had to make sure this made an appearance. One thing I try and do during the season is wear a Steelers jersey to church. It reminds me of Pittsburgh, and I like to support the team. Two comments that were passed to me at mass on Sunday, “You look like you escaped prison,” and “Ham is what you eat for breakfast,” So had that going for me!


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Steelers stay alive!!!

January 2nd, 2023

It was slow and plodding, violently physical and exciting at the end in the latest chapter of the Steelers versus Ravens, with the Steelers pulling out the victory 16-13.

Just a few short weeks ago, the Ravens pushed the Steelers around up front, this week the black and gold returned the favor, gashing a stout Raven’s defense for 198 monster yards up front. Najee Harris had his biggest game as a Steeler rushing for 111 yards and catching the game winning touchdown. His counterpart Jaylen Warren added 76 yards and looked like a bowling ball. It was power running at its finest as the Steelers offensive line demolished the Ravens all night up front.

Kenny Pickett’s box score will not look great, but anyone who has watched him can see his maturation process. For the second week in a row in a national game, Pickett delivered and delivered big. This time he led an 80-yard drive that was 11 plays and ate up just over three minutes. It resulted in the game winner. He still makes mistakes including tripping and inexplicably staying down and eating a sack, but it is clear he is improving. His total line is not pretty 15 for 27 for a paltry 168 yards, but he protected the ball and his moxy in the clutch came through.

While no one’s numbers were great, the receivers all made huge clutch catches when called up. Pat Freiermuth, Steve Sims and Jaylen Warren led the team with three catches each.

The defensive game plan was drawn up well and it was executed well. The Steelers used a much heavier run stopping front this time around and it worked. The Steelers nearly halved the Ravens production from three weeks ago, keeping the Ravens at 120 yards. They also kept J.K. Dobbins under 100 yards, which is no small feat. Mark Robinson, filling in for Myles Jack did very well and the comparisons to Vince Williams seem justified, he racked up seven tackles and played a very physical brand of defense. Robert Spillane has played well in his leading role.

The secondary kept everything in front of them and put together a solid effort against the Raven’s middle school offense. Mark Andrews had a big game racking up nine catches for 100 yards, but the numbers don’t tell the whole story, he was mostly held in check when they needed it. Minkah Fitzpatrick intercepted the Ravens final gasp at getting back into the game.

The only touchdown the Ravens could muster was on an egregious call by the officials on Cam Heyward. Heyward was flagged for unnecessary roughness that gave the Ravens a new set of downs and brought them half the distance to the goal. It was clear in the video that Ronnie Stanley was the offender and pulled Heyward forward. Tyler Huntley connected with Isaiah Likely for the touchdown.

Special teams were once again the achilleas heel, Chris Boswell missed a 48-yard field goal, his eighth missed opportunity of the season. With battling injuries and elements, this season has been a struggle for him. The kick coverage unit nearly got torched for a touchdown by Justice Hill, leaving the Ravens with excellent field position. The defense bailed them out forcing a punt. The Steelers had two holding calls on two separate punt returns that were fair caught by Steven Sims. The lone bright spot was Pressley Harvin III continues to improve and he boomed two punts for 99 yards with one landing inside the 20.

The Steelers coaching staff needed to make adjustments from the game plan three weeks ago. They did it and had all the answers needed to salvage what once looked like an awful season.


My “GAME BEER” goes to: Najee Harris… “ROCK TO THE NAJ” was in all its glory on Sunday Night football, Harris paced the running attack and caught the game winning drive. Honorable Mention: Kenny Pickett who once again delivered in a clutch performance.

Beer of the Game: Modello which is one of my favorite beers, NO Beer for KGB this week.

“Steel the Snacks”: Went with leftover mozzarella sticks that were mediocre at best. I made them after we had the traditional Italian meal of Cotechino Sausage and Lentils. Night games are tough on the snack front.

My Stat of the week:  Easy 198 blistering yards against a tough Raven’s defense. The Ravens were only allowing 87 yards per game, good for third in the league. Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren dominated on the ground. Also considered Mike Tomlin has now leads John Harbaugh 17-15 all time.

My Thoughts on next week: I thought the game was going to get flexed, it didn’t. Expect the Browns to do everything in their power to send the Steelers home and this will mark serial rapist Deshaun Watson’s Browns debut against the Steelers. The playoffs are irrelevant without a big win here.

Jersey of the Week: Franco Harris #32, Salute to Service, stayed with our beloved running back who is sorely missed.

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Steelers deliver for Franco!

December 25th, 2022

On a frigid Pittsburgh night every Steelers fan in Pittsburgh got an early Christmas present as the Steelers rallied and beat the Oakland….ahem Las Vegas Raiders 13-10 on a fourth quarter comeback. It was hard not to think about Franco Harris as the Steelers pulled off the win.

Kenny Pickett looked a little rusty and adversely affected by the weather and he struggled most of the night, but when it counted most, he orchestrated a 10 play, 76-yard drive that resulted in the winning touchdown. It was a performance that would have made Franco smile. Pickett finished the day with 244 yards passing, a touchdown and one interception. What was most impressive was watching his maturation and the moment did not seem too big for him.

George Pickens just makes plays, and he did not disappoint Saturday night. He had five catches including the winning touchdown grab. Pat Friermuth made two spectacular catches and led the team with seven total for 66 yards and Diontae Johnson quietly put together a masterful performance hauling in five catches for 64 yards. It was clear the Raiders intended to stop the run and the receiving group stepped up and made the plays.

The Steelers struggled to run the ball, averaging just under four yards a carry, but they gained enough yards to keep running the ball and that helped them keep the offense balanced. Najee Harris struggled early but turned it on in the fourth quarter. He led the team with 53 yards rushing and he had three big catches on the game winning drive. Jaylen Warren contributed 23 yards on the ground. The running play of the night was Connor Heyward taking a tight end inside handoff for 21 yards to seal the victory! Overall, the running game did not find much room to run, but did enough to help pull out the win.

While the offensive line struggled to open up running lanes, they did a very good job in protection not yielding a sack and Maxx Crosby was held mostly in check. He was credited with four qb hits, but was neutralized on the last drive of the game.

Like any great Steelers v. Raiders game, the defense set the tone. Cam Heyward had a monster day and absolutely set the point of the attack, slowing the Raiders rushing attack down and recording two sacks. The Raiders finished with only 58 yards on the ground with Josh Jacobs being held to a paltry 44 yards. Larry Ogunjobi had a nice game up front and had four tackles. Robert Spillane led the team in total tackles with 12 and did a nice job slowing down the run. Alex Highsmith added a sack!

After a lousy opening drive, the secondary stepped up and made some very big plays. Minkah Fitzpatrick, Arthur Maulet and Cam Sutton all had interceptions. All were timely, especially Sutton’s outstanding catch that ended the Raiders final drive. Damontae Kazee did a nice job filling in for Steelers ironman Terrell Edmunds. Derek Carr finished with only 174-yards, and he turned the ball over three times.

Special Teams had another uneven performance. Even Chris Boswell is not immune anymore, he missed two field goals albeit on a difficult night to kick. The punt and kick return teams were non-factors.  One bright note, Pressley Harvin III had a nice night averaging over 46 yards per punt.

It was an emotional night with treacherous weather conditions. The Steelers had a great defensive game plan and were able to execute it.


My “GAME BEER” goes to: Cam “Steelhead” Heyward, who put on an absolute exhibition of Steelers toughness. He had two sacks, and completely led the team in shutting down the running game. Honorable Mention: Kenny Pickett who struggled most of the game but then rebounded nicely in leading the game winning drive.

Beer of the Game: Lighten Up by Long Island Farm Brewery, it is a local beer from where we live. On a side note, saw a person with a Primanti Brothers shirt and several Steelers fans when I picked it up.

“Steel the Snacks”: Christmas Eve was of course the Feast of the Seven Fishes, Italian style at my dad’s house, we needed to come home during half-time and it was fun listening to Bill Hillgrove and Craig Wolfley in the car on the ride home. We historically haven’t done well watching the game there so it was nice to pull out the win.

My Stat of the week:  Have to go with 13 points, the exact same number of points the Steelers scored on December 23, 1972. While the win wasn’t quite that dramatic, it was VERY important.

My Thoughts on next week: I find it funny that the Steelers were flexed out of primetime and now got flexed back into it. This time they will draw the Ravens. The Steelers let them off the hook last time, this time they need to close the show and bring home the victory.

Jersey of the Week: No Jersey this week again, went with my Steelers Cardigan and an Iron City Ugly Sweater.


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Immaculate Reception Day….just doesn’t feel the same!

December 23rd, 2022

This is usually one of the happiest day of the year for Steelers fans, a Steeler day of obligation if you will. On 12/23/72 the Same Old Steelers changed their fortune forever. Fifty years after the “Immaculate Reception” Franco Harris explained that it still “Blows His Mind” in an interview he had hours before his untimely passing.

Today though, it is hard not to feel a tremendous sense of sadness and loss about the untimely passing of Franco Harris. We dedicated this year’s shirt to Franco and the now famous (or infamous if you are from the West Coast) play. I feel blessed to have met all the men who played key roles in the famous play, oddly enough befriending the villain in our story Phil Villapiano!

Franco was kind enough to pose with a Beer We Go Shirt which he absolutely loved! (We never got a chance to give him this year’s)






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Steelers demolish Carolina!

December 18th, 2022

Deep inside a lost season the Steelers shined bright on Sunday in Carolina, dominating the Panthers in impressive fashion. When this team was architected at the beginning of the season, this is what management had envisioned. A careful athletic quarterback with a powerful running game, combined with a tough defense. Of course, that is not what happened, but Sunday gave a brief glimpse into what could have been.

One week after being bullied up front by a mediocre Ravens team, the Steelers bounced back and absolutely crushed the Carolina Panthers up front. The offense controlled the game grinding out a punishing 156 yards on the ground. Najee Harris led the way with 86 yards on 24 carries, followed by Jaylen Warren who followed with 38. Both scored rushing touchdowns. They controlled the clock with their first drive and their opening drive of the first half eating up a whopping 18 minutes and 49 seconds of clock.

Mitch Trubisky bounced back nicely after his soul crushing three turnover performance last week. He had to have been on a short leash and he delivered what was asked of him, he converted 12 for 16 third downs had a rushing touchdown and most importantly stayed within himself to deliver his best performance as a Pittsburgh Steeler. He kept the offense rolling and his passing opened up the running game.

The Panthers by comparison found NO where to run, and only had the ball eight times the entire game, they finished with 21-yards on the ground total for the day. That doesn’t happen without a great up-front performance of the Steelers front seven, who were vilified all week for last week’s loss to the Ravens. The Panthers had been averaging 147 rushing yards per game since appointing Steve Wilks as Head Coach. There was no room to run on Sunday. Larry Ogunjobi had a big game, leading the front with five tackles and helping free up Cam Heyward, who had a huge game. Heyward finished with three tackles and one and a half sacks.

Because the run game was non-existent, the Panthers needed to rely on Sam Darnold. Darnold found some success early, but eventually the pass rush and the defense caught up to him and he did not recover. Darnold finished with 188 yards net passing and was sacked four times. Alex Highsmith in his homecoming to Carolina had a good day, racking up four tackles and a monster highlight film sack. T.J. Watt’s recovery continues, he clearly is not where he was, but still had an impact on the game.

The special teams continues to absolutely stink and this week was a new low on how bad they can be. Marcus Allen who at best was a bubble player to begin with, made one of the biggest bonehead plays in recent history. The Panthers were facing 4th and a mile and were lining up to punt got new life when Allen inexplicably walked into the Panthers huddle during one of the many interminable commercial breaks and cost the Steelers a first down. The Panthers were able to turn their fortunes and kept a small glimmer of hope alive when they kicked a field goal. It was an astonishingly bad situation. Throw in the usual penalties, this time a blind side block by Miles Killebrew that backed the Steelers up and of course an errant punt that James Pierre couldn’t corral on the one-yard line. The usual Steven Sims punt return adventure, the near fumble of the onside kick, mediocre coverage on the kickoff and it was Steelers special teams as we know it. Only bright side was Chris Boswell drilled the game clinching field goal from 50 yards.

Keeping Mike Tomlin’s non-losing streak alive seems like sufficient motivation to keep this team running. After Sunday’s game the question that lingered was what might have been.


My “GAME BEER” goes to: This was hard but going with Mitch Trubisky for putting together a good bounce back game. He is very capable and will get a chance somewhere next season to compete. Loudmouth jag Mark Madden mentioned in his column that if the Steelers stuck with Trubisky they would have a better record, I hate to admit up until last week I agreed. Either way he wins this week’s player of the week. Honorable Mention: Diontae Johnson, who had another solid game leading the team in catches but took a costly penalty. Cam Heyward and Larry Ogunjobi for outstanding play up front.

Beer of the Game: Yuengling Light from Pottsville Pa. It did the job and was tasty.

“Steel the Snacks”: We had a party that KGB had to prepare for, so snacks consisted of me pilfering bread to dip in the Sunday Gravy pot (Amatriciana). It was a great dish and held me over! The dinner was outstanding albeit later in the day.

My Stat of the week:  There were a lot of great ones to choose but I chose this one, 21 plays for 91 yards eating an astounding 11:43 seconds off the 3rd quarter. It was an impressive drive by any standard and resulted in a Steelers touchdown.

My Thoughts on next week: I hate the Raiders on so many levels. Beside all the rivalry stuff, which is enough, I just hate the entire franchise. They are a very beatable team; the question is which Steelers team shows up?

Jersey of the Week: No Jersey this week, went with my Steelers Holiday sweater, also had Santa come through on a fire truck so I felt it was festive!

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The story of a lost season encapsulated in one game, the Steelers fall to the Ravens.

December 11th, 2022

It has been the theme all season, too many mistakes doom the Steelers in a very winnable game. The Steelers lost to the Baltimore Ravens for the first time in five meetings. The all too familiar script that was written all season and the game summed up exactly why this team is headed for its’ first losing season in nearly 20 years. The Ravens made the plays, the Steelers did not.

In his first matchup v. the Ravens, Kenny Pickett suffered what looked like a possible concussion, and ignominious start against a team he will likely battle for years to come. Mitch Trubisky the early season starter jumped right in and led the Steelers to a touchdown on his first drive. That would be the extent of his heroics however, the wheels came off the bus after that as he turned the ball over three times on the Ravens side of the field. Trubisky finished with 276 Yards passing but he looked rusty at best or indecisive at worst. It was a golden opportunity for him, and he came up short with three costly turnovers.

The rejuvenated running game took a step back this week. The five-game streak of 100+ yards came to a crashing end. The Steelers finished with just 65 yards on the ground with Najee Harris leading the team with a paltry 33 yards and a touchdown. The offensive line never got the lanes open to move and the pass protection was mediocre. Mason Cole and Kevin Dotson had a breakdown on the protection scheme, and Cole missed both blitzers on a pivotal play that sent Pickett to the blue medical tent. Dan Moore Jr. had another holding call which was waived off. It was a tough week for an offensive line that seemed to be improving.

The passing game was on the move and all over the Ravens secondary. George Pickens and Diontae Johnson dominated Marlon Humphrey and Marcus Peters and demonstrated the Ravens Achilles heel. The Steelers outgained the Ravens, had more first downs and fewer penalties but had so many costly errors that doomed this game and has doomed the entire season.

The defense held the Ravens to just 16 points and on the surface that would seem like a winning effort. But again, as per the season script they just plain ran out of gas in the fourth quarter. T.J. Watt had a respectable stat line, but he is clearly hurting and not the same player from the first game of the season. He missed several big plays to snuff out the Ravens. When the opposing team just absolutely runs the ball down your throat, it is on everyone, the defensive line had no answers. The Ravens final scoring drive consisted of 13 plays and 57 yards eating up close to eight minutes of clock. With a third string Quarterback, they took very few chances, and the Steelers still could not stop them. When your defensive backs lead the team in tackles, you know you have a problem.

The special teams are the longest running joke in Steelers history now. After a good week, once again they were a huge factor in the loss. Chris Boswell, returning from injury had a field goal blocked. Pressley Harvin who looked like the greatest punter in team history last week, “booted” a 17-yard punt that set the Ravens up for their only touchdown of the day. The return game produced next to nothing and throw in a holding penalty of course this time on James Pierre and you have the story of the season as well.

The Steelers simply do not make enough plays to outrun their litany of mistakes. This was a statement game, and it was easily winnable. What is most frustrating is the Ravens almost looked overmatched at times and somehow, they make enough plays to win and the Steelers do not.

The Coaching staff again failed to make any adjustments to thwart the Ravens victory. Now the Steelers must win out to salvage a winning record. Something that is possible but seems very unlikely.


My “GAME BEER” goes to: George Pickens, he talked big last week and had a sideline tirade, he backed it up this week. While he didn’t lead the team in catches, he clearly is a big play threat that Trubisky knew how to use. Honorable Mention: Diontae Johnson, who had a solid game.

Beer of the Game: We had a winter street fair in town this week. We purchased the local Beer at tent they had at the festival. Westhampton Beach Brewing company Jetty 4 Lager. Happy to give a local company a free plug

“Steel the Snacks”: KGB was back at it, and we went with Crabcake Sliders with Honey Mustard and Chipolte Mayo. Awesome snacks by KGB who was in the middle of a project when she cooked them. It was the highlight of a dismal game.

My Stat of the week:  The Ravens pummeled the Steelers on the ground with 215 yards including a six-yard run at the Baltimore 28 to seal the win. Everyone in the stadium knew what was coming, the Steelers did not have the answers to stop it.

My Thoughts on next week: This team honestly can beat anyone, but they make so many costly mistakes they can lose to anyone which is exactly what has happened multiple times this season. It is hard to predict who will show up?

Jersey of the Week: L.C. Greenwood #68, 1933 Throwback Jersey Gold, it looks like a soccer jersey which I thought with the World Cup going on, would be cool. I love this jersey, but funny thing is people have NO idea this is a Steelers jersey.


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Steelers hold off Falcons!

December 4th, 2022

The Steelers ran the football, played timely defense and were able to hold on and beat the Atlanta Falcons 19-16 on Sunday.  The Steelers have now won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

The Steelers game Sunday was the intended blueprint for the 2022 season. It all starts with the running game and for the fifth week in a row the Steelers were able to absolutely grind out 154 tough yards on the ground. Najee Harris had the flashes of why he was a number one pick. With strong power running, complete with a highlight reel stiff arm. He paced the running attack with 86 of the yards and looked great doing it. The Benny Snell revival tour continued as well, he chipped in with 24 yards on only six carries. The offensive line continues to get better each week, including allowing zero sacks.

Kenny Pickett’s development also continued Sunday. He missed some throws but played strong and mature football. He stayed within himself and made the plays he needed to make. The numbers aren’t gaudy, but he did the number one thing asked of him; he protected the football. Pickett finished with 197 yards and one touchdown. It was a solid if unspectacular effort.

The wide receivers had a strange game despite the success of the team. George Pickens had an Antonio Brown like meltdown on the sideline and looked like a distraction. He finished with only one catch for a meager two yards. Diontae Johnson had an off day as well, Johnson finished with five catches for 60 yards, but he never looked comfortable and he nearly fumbled. Pat Freiermuth led the team with 76 yards and Connor Heyward had his first career touchdown, the only one of the game for the Steelers.

The defense did a good job containing the Falcons. The Falcons rushed for only 146 yards the fourth lowest mark of the season and Marcus Mariota could only muster 167 yards in the air. Cam Heyward had the only sack of the game and played well. Larry Ogunjobi had four tackles and clogged the middle running lanes.

The defensive line faded down the stretch but never let Falcons establish the run in the first half. T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith were shutout Sunday, Watt has not looked the same since his return, but teams still gameplan for him allowing others to make plays. They kept Mariota in the pocket, and he was held to just 17 yards rushing, with nine coming on one play.

The secondary was buttoned down and made the plays they needed to. Minkah Fitzpatrick dropped the curtain with the game clinching interception and led the team in tackles. The often-maligned Arthur Maulet saved a touchdown and Cam Sutton had a very good day.

The special teams finally contributed positively again after two very harsh weeks. Matthew Wright in what will most likely be his last game did a great job banging out four field goals including a long of 48 yards. The coverage units with the return of Robert Spillane and Miles Boykin bounced back. Pressley Harvin only punted twice, but his second punt helped seal the victory pinning the Falcons on their own two. The return game…still stinks.

Give the Coaching staff credit, they had a solid gameplan and executed it nearly flawlessly. Finally seeing a run first offense is something that all fans have been clamoring for. The defense has bent but doesn’t break. Given the fact the Steelers controlled the ball most of the game it allowed the defense adequate time not to run down.


My “GAME BEER” goes to: This one was tough but have to go with Pressley Harvin for absolutely sticking a dagger in the heart of the Falcons with a punt that pinned them down on the two yard line. I was critical of the decision, but the Steelers pressed the right button and Harvin delivered. Also Considered: Najee Harris, who looked like the back the Steelers drafted! Kenny Pickett for solid if unspectacular play and Minkah Fitzpatrick for the game winning interception.

Beer of the Game: Picked up some Sam Adams Winter Lager, both KGB and I went with the same beer, which is somewhat unusual. A GREAT beer by any measure!

“Steel the Snacks”: We went back to “Steeling” the snacks, I made Fried Chicken Sliders with country gravy, country style mac and cheese and finished it with spicy grits. All and all I was the Matthew Wright of snacks filling in admirably for KGB.

My Stat of the week: The Steelers won back-to-back games for the first time this season. The Stat of the week however is the Steelers running for over 100 yards for the fifth straight game. That is the longest streak since 2016! The running game has been a priority and it finally looks like it is paying dividends.

My Thoughts on next week: RAVENS’ WEEK! The Steelers have what it takes to beat the Ravens, right now it looks like Lamar Jackson is questionable Sunday. I hope he plays because we don’t want any excuses.

Jersey of the Week: Heath Miller, #83 Steelers Blackout Jersey, I actually wore it work outside as well. One of my favorites in my collection.


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