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An offseason non-football post

Posted by on Thursday, 18 July, 2019

From an author who apparently wishes to remain anonymous.

Don’t mess this up for America

Democrats have one job in 2020: Beating Donald Trump. Nothing else matters. If progressives manage to mess this up by insisting on hard-left positions and ideological purity, they will own Trump’s second term. There is a time and a place for everything. When the ship is sinking and you find yourself in a lifeboat, you don’t argue about where you want to go, you head for the nearest land. Further travel arrangements can wait until you’re back in civilization.

The 2020 election is not a normal election. It isn’t going to be about progressives and conservatives. It’s going to be about those who believe America’s democratic institutions are more important than the politics of the day and those who are willing to wreck them for short-term political gain. We who choose to stand with our democratic institutions need to keep our eye on the prize. We can’t afford the self-indulgence of standing on principle and going down in glorious defeat.

Or rather, we must all stand on one overriding principle, that we must install someone with respect for the rule of law and reverence for our constitutional system of government as the next president of the United States. That will require compromise from all of us. The bridge is long and narrow, but cross it we must.

Is It Draft Day at Steel-Balls?

Posted by on Thursday, 25 April, 2019

What time does the monkey shit fight start?
Do I still have time to get a good seat?

Steel City Blitz Podcast – Episode 52 (12/20)

Posted by on Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

If you ever wondered how weird I actually sound, give this a listen.

I’ve updated it to open in a new tab. You can always go to the SCB podcast page and click on the Episodes tab to listen to any of the past podcasts.

Episode 52 – Week 16, 2017. At Texans Lots of swearing on this one. Sorry, NSFW.

Episode 51 – Week 15, 2017. Patriots Week

Episode 50 – Week 14, 2017. Ravens Week

Episode 49 – Week 13, 2017. At Bengals 

 

Earl must have gone to The Masters and not told any of us

Posted by on Monday, 10 April, 2017

Posted by on Sunday, 5 February, 2017

Cleveland Browns Cheerleader | Hardest Jobs in Sports

Posted by on Monday, 2 January, 2017

Steelers 2017 Free Agents

Posted by on Wednesday, 7 December, 2016

I’ve added some of my own speculation as to whether or not they’ll be back. 

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Ike Taylor’s 2016 Season Prediction

Posted by on Monday, 5 December, 2016

Eerily familiar? Hope he’s wrong about Buffalo.

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Yes, Copa. I’m Serious.

Posted by on Friday, 4 November, 2016

I really do not think that Ben creates a 6 point swing vs the Ravens this week.

Don’t get me wrong. You want your best players on the field for every game vs. a rival. If he’s healthy enough to play, he should play. Is he better than Landry? Gawd, yes! But is he a six-point-swing better? I doubt it.
Ben doesn’t have the best track record vs the Ravens in particular, especially vs. Dean Pees’ Baltimore defenses. I don’t know why, but Pees seems to have his number, especially when the games are played at Ratland Stadium, where Ben is 0-4 in his last 4 starts, has thrown 3 TDs and 6 INTs and owns a passer rating of 69.76.

Ben’s Career vs. The Ratbirds:

ben-career-vs-ratsIf you would like to see a larger version of this table, just click on the image.

Steelers’ backup QBs are 1-3 vs Harbaugh and 1-4 under Tomlin vs the Rats, respectively. I’ve also included Landry’s career stats here for discussion.
steelers-backup-qbs-vs-ratsIt can be argued that the best game any Steelers QB has ever had, at Baltimore, vs a Dean Pees coordinated Ravens defense was in 2012, under Charlie Batch.
I do not  recognize Mike Vick’s game because it was at home and his yards per attempt was anemic. But, otherwise those backups did “ok” when compared to what Ben has done vs. Baltimore the past 5 seasons.

This week’s game is further complicated by the fact that Ben has not played in three weeks. I should not need to remind you of Ben’s track record in games coming back from injury. But just in case you’d like to read about it: An article from last season.
Granted, Ben seems to play exponentially worse the longer the layoff and this was a short one. That may give you reason for some optimism.

I do believe that Ben is the best option Sunday, even at 80% of normal health. I just don’t think that he’s 6 points better than a healthy backup.

*Interesting point that many may not be aware of: Pees was also the Patriots Defensive Coordinator from 2006 through 2009. He reportedly did not get along well with King Bill.
**Also interesting, Ben has missed a TON of games vs the Rats. Seven games missed in 11 seasons has to be a personal record for games missed vs one opponent.

RAVENS SUCK

Posted by on Wednesday, 2 November, 2016

SELF EXPLANATORY

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