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One of my first columns here
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One of my first columns here

at BTSC argued that the front office did well to give significant weight to character during the draft process. I suggested that the essential trade of Martavis Bryant for Mason Rudolph was brilliant Donnie Shell Jersey , and a harbinger of good things to come. I suggested that we have a bevy of young players who, while they don’t spend their days polishing their halos, seem by every account to be stand-up guys- James Washington and James Conner, T.J. Watt and Terrell Edmunds.In that column, however, I contrasted the prima prima donna, Terrell Owens, with our own Antonio Brown. AB, like his fellow citizen of the land of Malcontent, James Harrison, has been known for a terrific work ethic. Until they weren’t. Sleeping in meetings, or simply blowing them off, those are not signs of a good work ethic, no matter how much iron you heft or how many routes you run. I write today to say that while the principle Rod Woodson Jersey , character matters, was right on, the application, AB is an example of good character, may have been off.That said, I choose my words with care. I admit that it may have been off. The truth is, that for however much we might like to speculate, we don’t know much of the truth. Since the Bengal game we’ve heard assessments from Ryan Clark about AB in the past. We’ve heard from Coach Tomlin, from Big Ben, about the events of last week. None of which is the same thing as knowing what actually happened, let alone what was going on in the hearts and minds of the key players. Is it possible AB craves some of the love Juju gets? Sure it’s possible. But we shouldn’t begin to think we know. Is it possible AB sees himself as the center of the Steeler universe? Of course. But how would we know that? I even speculated along the way that the breadcrumbs of AB’s off-field stories might lead right back to a home life with children, no wife, and multiple moms. But that’s just speculation. I have no special glasses that spy through AB’s doors.Character matters. It matters on the field. We have just witnessed the result of a season built on high talent and insufficient character. But it also matters off the field. That is true of the players, and the rest of us as well. Steeler Nation is all too quick to reveal its own character flaws when we proudly assume we know what happened and why. Then we start beating each other up in the comments section when our guess doesn’t get the respect we think it deserves from some guy who makes a different guess. My advice Mike Wagner Jersey , and that’s all it is, as I have my own character issues to contend with, is, as hard as it may be, that we let the ones with the authority to deal with whatever happened, with the knowledge of what actually happened, deal with it. The Steelers are “ours” in one sense. We love them, cheer for them, support them, identify with them. But that doesn’t mean we have a vote in team matters, nor insight into team dynamics. Perhaps next year AB and Ben will light the world on fire. Perhaps AB will be gone, and prove to be our own Stan Terlecki, an all-world talent who is a net loss for the team. Perhaps he’ll be gone, and our defensive backfield Rocky Bleier Jersey , or our future, or both, will be well stocked. I know the future only slightly less than I know the past. My hope for both is peace, and victory.10 Things I Think I Thought: Steelers Victory Formation Edition Same article title, different result. I’ve had ten thoughts on a tie, ten on a loss, and am happy to finally be able to share the ten things I think I thought during a Steelers’ victory on Monday night.It’s complicated. There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary, and those who do not. That said, we all tend to think in binary patterns- good and bad, strong and weak, plus and minus. Coming into this game we had one good team that was supposed to be bad, the Buccaneers, and one bad team that was supposed to be good Joe Gilliam Jersey , the Steelers. But the bad team beat the good team. Before the season started no one was worried about Chris Boswell, everyone worried about Bud Dupree. But so far Dupree is giving Boswell a run for his money on points scored. More on Dupree. I, and others, have not been shy about pointing out his weaknesses the first two weeks. A silver-platter delivered pick-six doesn’t undo those weaknesses, but it was part of a good game on Bud’s part. I’m hoping for more. Dilly dilly.My hot Italian sausage sandwiches are far superior to anything on the menu at Ruffalo Child Sings. Just ask my hot Irish-Cherokee wife.Whether with Jameis Winston or Ryan Fitzpatrick at the helm, the Bucs will make shipwreck of their season. Write it down, and they will finish once again dead last in their division.Anybody else have an onslaught of deja-vu watching Terrell Edmunds return his pick? He looked just as slippery as he did when he picked one off in the preseason. I don’t know how it can be done, but boy would I love to see more of him with the ball in space. Keep your eye on this one.Did I mention it’s complicated? I’m still unclear how after ramming the ball down the throat of the Browns for three quarters the Steelers suddenly became an immovable wall in the fourth, and then the opposite happened Monday night. Connor went nowhere in the early stages of the game, but when everyone, and everyone’s brother, knew we would run it, holes open up, Connor runs through them and Pittsburgh ends up in victory formation.Turnovers are the stolen bases of football — potential game changers Terry Bradshaw Jersey , whatever else might be going on. They changed this game. As Bob Labriola opined, for every worrisome stat for our defense, there is this corresponding stat in their favor — four turnovers.For those of you who are newbies, here’s the secret for making it happen. You hold your Terrible Towel with the letters facing the TV, like you want the players to read it. You shake the towel a little bit and say, “Splash play. SPLASH PLAY.” It’s like playing Renegade, except you can do it at home.As a Steeler fan I’m looking forward to the day when we are done talking about Le’Veon Bell. As a fellow Hodgkins survivor, I’m looking forward to the day when James Conner is simply James Connor, star tailback of the Super Bowl champion Steelers.Winning may fix some things, but it doesn’t fix everything. The Steelers were good enough to win Monday night against a decent team. Which is well short of where this team needs to be to compete for a championship. I came away from this game not at all convinced they will get there, but at least believing it’s possible. Don’t stop believing. Hold on to that feeling.
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