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2019 Draft Predictions

Friday, April 12, 2019 Posted by

I don’t know about yinz, but I’ve been licking my wounds for long enough and it’s time to get back to football. As you all know, the new Ballers season begins officially with our annual draft predictions contest, and it’s time to see if our defending champion Walsh can be unseated. With the draft coming up in less than two weeks we can drag our feet no longer.

I normally kick things off with my own set of predictions, but honestly I’m not ready yet (or to be more accurate, I’m even less ready than usual). So, I’ll let you guys jump in the fray first this time around. Remember, earlier date of predictions is a tie breaker, so get your predictions in as soon as you can.

As a reminder, the rules are posted below.

  1. You will be granted one point for each pick correctly identified by name, regardless of when they are picked. For example, if you predict that John Doe will be picked in round 1 but he is actually picked in round 2, you will still get one point.
  2. You will be granted one point for each correct position/round combination. The specific player need not be correct, and in fact need not be specified at all. For example, if you said the first round pick would be safety John Doe (or just safety), and the actual first round pick is safety D’Long Johnson, this would be one point. Note that if the first round pick is John Doe you will have two points, one for the correct name, and one for the correct position/round combo. If you select a multi-position player (such as S/OLB) where you did not pick the correct name you will gain a half point if the actual selection matches one of the positions of your guessed player but only if you identify both positions in the pick. For example if your pick is a DE that you project as playing OLB, then you should identify the position as OLB. If the Steelers then select a different player who is a true OLB you will get full credit. If you identify DE/OLB you will get half credit in that instance.
  3. You may specify up to three UDFA picks.
  4. You will gain a bonus point if you correctly predict a trade up or down.
  5. In the event of a tie, the participant who entered his submission earlier will be the winner based on the time/date of submission.
  6. You may revise your submission up to midnight before draft day, however such edits will change your submission time/date which could hurt you in a tie break situation.

Suggested format for submission is as follows:

  • Round 1, D’Long Johnson, LS
  • Round 2, George Cantu, P
  • Round 3, Laquan Church, K
  • Round 5-1, Demetri Jones, OT
  • Round 5-2, Ethan Noonan, QB
  • Round 7-1, Dra’Michael’La’Trillium Jenkins, WR
  • Round 7-2, Nick Lavergne, RB
  • UDFA, Antonio Morgan, CB
  • UDFA, Ian March, TE
  • UDFA, Irving Briggs, OLB

For full points potential, all of the above information types are needed (round #, name, position).

Good luck!

2018 Season Prognosticator of the Year

Sunday, March 24, 2019 Posted by

Late but not forgotten, it is finally time to honor the winner of the 2018 Season Prognosticator award: malsor!Here are the tabulated predictions:

  Steelers Ravens Bengals Browns Pos-St Pos-Ra Pos-Be Pos-Br Playoffs
ACTUAL 9.5 10 6 7.5 2 1 4 3 0
copanut 13 7 7 5 1 2 3 4 3
MWalsh26 11 10 6 5 1 2 3 4 2
malsor 9 11 7 6 2 1 3 4 1
Army01 12 9 8 5 1 2 3 4 2
jeffmi 8 9 7 3 2 1 3 4 0
tennbob 11 10 9 5 1 2 3 4 3
Tuskeegee_Brown 11 10 8 4 1 2 3 4 2
EstimatedProphet 9 9 8 4 2 1 3 4 1



And here are the scores:

ACTUAL 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
copanut 3.5 3 1 2.5 1 1 1 1 3 17
MWalsh26 1.5 0 0 2.5 1 1 1 1 2 10
malsor 0.5 1 1 1.5 0 0 1 1 1 7
Army01 2.5 1 2 2.5 1 1 1 1 2 14
jeffmi 1.5 1 1 4.5 0 0 1 1 0 10
tennbob 1.5 0 3 2.5 1 1 1 1 3 14
Tuskeegee_Brown 1.5 0 2 3.5 1 1 1 1 2 13
EstimatedProphet 0.5 1 2 3.5 0 0 1 1 1 10


The winner is malsor by a landslide, with a low score of 7. There is a three way tie for second, at 10 points, between MWalsh26 (the defending champion), jeffmi, and EstimatedProphet. Dead last is your humble moderator, who was grievously disappointed by the Steelers and their diva superstars, the NFL in general, and the Football Gods who would allow the travesties that unfolded in 2018.

May all of us do better in 2019, including malsor who should be shooting for a perfect score of zero.

It’s Kinda Like That……

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Posted by

May you receive total consciousness…

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 Posted by

Another Day, Another Foreman for the Factory

Monday, October 29, 2018 Posted by

Farewell Hue and Todd. Your tortured souls have been set free.

Because we all deserve to see this on continuous loop…

Monday, October 22, 2018 Posted by

And the reaction from Justin’s teammates:

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This Year’s Camp Autographs

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 Posted by

TJ Watt

Joe Haden

Alejandro Villanueva

Justin Hunter

James Washington

Jaylen Samuels

BJ Finney

Matt Feiler

Fitzgerald Toussaint

Marcus Tucker

Jerald Hawkins

Jake McGee

Jake Rodgers

RJ Prince

Damoun Patterson

Jarvion Franklin

Quadree Henderson

Patrick Morris

Trey Griffey

Tevin Jones

Parker Cothran

James Summers

Joseph Cheek

Christain Scotland-Williamson

Kevin Colbert




2018 Season Predictions

Friday, August 24, 2018 Posted by

The lure of the Steel Balls Trophy beckons you! Will MWalsh be displaced?

It’s that time of year where Steel Ballers put their reputations on the line to make their season predictions. Let me remind you of the rules of engagement:


  1. Lowest score wins.
  2. Points are based on accuracy. An exact prediction yields zero points.
  3. Categories include:
    • Final regular season record for each AFCN team.
    • Divisional positioning of AFCN teams.
    • Number of Steelers playoff wins (first round bye counts as a win)
  4. Tie breaker: first, accuracy of game-by-game predictions, then earliest submission

If you are too lazy to provide predictions in any of the above categories, you will get maximum points for that category.

Predictions will be accepted until Midnight ET September 8. You may change your predictions up until that time without penalty.

Good luck!

Under the Lights

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Posted by

Friday Night Lights always seems like a good time. Even better when you have VIP access.

We had 50 yd line seats on the visitor side, only a few feet from the field.

During warm-ups we had the DB’s in front of us. As they went through a few drills, #25, #21, #42 and #23 seemed to move in unison. Fluid in their change of direction, back peddling, stopping and starting. But what was more impressive was the 2nd unit was only a notch below. #24, #34, #28 and #20. This is probably the best group of DB’s this team has seen in a while. The only worry is can Davis be that true centerfielder at FS. But I think we all feel he has to be better than Mike Mitchell was last year.

I also got my first real look at Terrell Edmunds. He looked thinner when he was with the LB’s…however, he seems to dwarf our DB’s. I saw him cover, I saw him run, I saw him run support and drop as a safety. He can do it all. He was a blanket playing coverage. He is fast. It won’t be long before this guy is an every down player. Of course a lot of players look good in practice. Let’s see come game time.

James Washington again put on a show. One play he came back on the field with the 3rd team. Everyone knew he was getting the ball, and probably a deep route. The corner #35 and safety pointed at him, they covered him, they ran with him…they failed. JW went up and caught the ball over the two of them. Yes, 3rd stringers…but he beat them, and beat them knowing what was coming. Without AB in camp, it was the JW show. We got a player.

Mason Rudolph looks fluid. He seemed to make all the throws, looked very comfortable with his footwork. He has all the make up of an NFL QB. However he looked smaller than I thought. Perhaps all those years of watching Big Ben.

Don’t get your hopes up with Jaylen Samuels. I was not impressed. He can’t run, he can’t block…I assume he can catch but they didn’t seem to throw to him much. Actually I was not impressed with any of our RB’s. I hear Conner is having a good camp. But I didn’t see it. I know these “live” practices don’t necessarily show what a power back can do, so let’s see how he does in the preseason games. I just get the sense our starting RB for 2019 is NOT on the team. That’s not a bad thing as a rookie at RB can have success.

Cam Heyward had the night off, but he was clearly visible and when he talked, the D-Line listened. Again, Tuitt is a big man, hopefully he stays injury free and plays like one.

I missed the backs on backers, which apparently was the hightlight of the night. And that is why this guy is not a reporter…

Thursday Camping

Monday, August 6, 2018 Posted by

The first thing I came away with from Thursday’s practice was the fact that the team seems to be missing star power. Of course, the likes of AB and Bell and a 1/2 day of Ben practicing will do that. But that’s the O. I agree with Rod Woodson, the D does not have that play maker. But I began to realize they certainly have candidates to become that player. Burns, Davis and Tuitt are all players who can be difference makers.

Burns was like a blanket. All that work against AB has shown. Now of course, will he still bite on play fakes and getting turned around on inside out routes, well games will only tell us that. However his confidence is not lacking and he was everywhere. I give this two reasons, the new coach off the field in his first camp, and the new one on the field in his first camp. Tom Bradley has this group energized and focused. There also seems to be a camaraderie that was missing last year. The second is Joe Haden. Forget his play on the field, he is leading and teaching this secondary, especially the corners. After watching and talking to Joe Haden, he is now easily my favorite non Steeler-Steeler (not that we have many of those). Although Haden was signed older, think of what James Farrior did for the Steelers as a leader for the LB’s, this is what Haden is doing to the secondary. Now, this is not to short Morgan Burnett. He was still recovering on Thursday and hopefully he has that same impact on the safeties. Davis was also sidelined this day.

I was asked about Cam Sutton. He looks to be a jack of all trades. Played corner and safety. He looked slight out there, but then again so did Haden. Sutton was beat at least three times by James Washington and once by JuJu. But I wonder if this is the Dermontti Dawson/Joel Steed effect. Especially since James Washington was beating everyone.

James Washington. What’s not to love. Great route running. Deep pass tracking. Combat catches. Getting easily open. Looked 15 years old. The only thing I have not seen is YAC but that will be better evaluated in games. But, as I said in my opinion, this is our next great receiver. He had the likes of Landry and Dobbs throwing to him and he looked great. Wait til he gets Ben. The only thing is I wish this kid had Mann as his coach. I’m guessing after seeing JW he might be thinking he should have stuck around one more year.

Jesse James just looks like he belongs. Maybe he takes another step up this year. He had a great deep flag route beating Bostic. I joked aloud as the crowd cheered. Not sure if that play was good or bad for us as Bostic was easily beating in coverage by a slow TE. Ed Bouchette,  who was in front of me, turned around and chuckled. However, Bostic has all the looks of an NFL ILB. Matakevich does not. But that doesn’t mean #44 can’t be. That has been the knock on him, plays better than his measurables. Bostic hung out with Tuitt, Heyward and Hargrave. Good company. Speaking of Hargrave….my opinion of him keeps falling. He is a DT in a 4-3. I don’t see anything special with him. Frazier on the other hand took on double teams and did not look overmatched. Something to keep an eye on.

That brings us to Keion Adams, for Mack. It seemed they did not have him pin his ears back and rush, which is fine, they seem to know he can do that. However, on back to back plays against the run, #99 easily went from left to right through traffic to make the tackle for no gain. One play he beat back up guard #60 inside and at the end of the play the guard was visibly pissed at himself for getting beat so bad. This is something Bud Dupree had problems with last year.

TJ Watt signed my camp poster I print out every year. I said to him, “I know, I’t no Urine Chart.” He laughed. Ben signed a lot which was unusual, unable to get him though. Just missed Mason Rudolph too. Joe Haden signed for everyone. Had a chance to talk to him a little. What a great guy. Like I said, better person than player, and that speaks volumes.