Thanks to Dawn for this, which she sent over on Thanksgiving but we're using now as a belated holiday blessing.
I mean, Thanksgiving was less than a week ago and we've only published ONE mini pony here on PSAMP since, so we can still slip this November holiday picture into early December. PLUS LOOK AT HOW ADORABLE TICO AND ZIPPY ARE.no comments
Big thanks to my bud Lowell for sending this over. He caught it at CONSOL Energy Center during Islanders-Penguins two weeks ago when Sidney Crosby notched his 250th career goal. And since the Pens play the Isles in Hempstead tonight, we might as well relive this horror.
I don't even know where to begin with this maybe Gabe's had a sale
I'm having trouble finding a place to start as well. Somehow, an entire number got left off the back of this sweater. I thought maybe this was just a horrible Mullen/Malkin mixup considering Joey's wearing of said number 7, but this is clearly a current-generation Reebok EDGE sweater whereas the American Mullen wore CCM sweaters in Pittsburgh. I guess it could also be a Malkin/Martin mixup since Paul wears the number now. Who knows?
So I'm just gonna quote The Venture Bros. instead:
Henchman 21: Hank you should totally grow one of those! You look like Green Arrow. Or like the "Mirror, Mirror" version of Hank.
Hank Venture: Yeah, Evil Hank.
Henchman 21: Yeah, Evil Hank, completely.
This sweater was obviously for Evil Geno. Makes more sense now.no comments
These headless, miniature pony robots are the future of military tech
I put that question mark in there because I'm not sure how well this will go over when one day in the immediate future we are all inevitable slaves of the T-1000 mini pony army. Then, thanks will hardly save us.no comments
There are a number of reasons why I waited four days to publish a recap of the Steelers' most recent game against the Baltimore Ravens while the football-mad readers likely gorged on the post-game writeups at some of my more immediate colleagues like so much stuffing and turkey.
To start, there was the loss itself, and my own emotional hell during such happenings. We also had just done a recap days prior with the short week that a Thursday night game brings. THANKSGIVING was in everyone's faces making any recap have the reach of about two readers due to family squabbles and tryptophan. Plus, Thanksgiving led directly to the weekend and yeah right like I'm gonna think about that loss with words on the Internet on the weekend.
But mostly, with a record that now sits at 5-7, I wanted to wait until the majority of the games finished this weekend to see how the Steelers' precarious playoff position stands after certain games shook out.
And on a personal level, that picture above helped keep me away from my recap for a little. The immediate gnashing of teeth over if Mike Tomlin intentionally interfered with Jacoby Jones' long retun sort of drowned out some of the scarier happenings in that game, such as Le'Veon Bell being knocked out by legal headhunting and the Steelers losing their second reliable starter of the season.
So I'm choosing to forego the standard "rate a few players" MMCNY recap style because CRUSHING LOSS and I'd feel like a butcher rating Le'Veon Bell for his incredible game and nice-looking stats when he was nearly decapitated and obviously concussed late. It sort of puts the maniacal emphasis on stats in perspective when guys are almost killed by two helmet-first-launched missiles in a play protected by the rulebook. Plus, I couldn't be a complete poser and skip writing a "recap" after a loss. So this is more or less a record that the game happened, the Steelers lost and playoff hopes may have evaporated with Fernando Velasco's placement on the IR and Le'Veon Bell's helmet flying to the stratosphere.
However, Pittsburgh welcomes the Miami Dolphins to town next week, and their game was one of the few I was watching this weekend to see how it ended. They beat the Jets to move ahead of the Steelers at 6-6, but that record is moot should Pittsburgh win this Sunday. The other Wild Card logjam game I was waiting on was Bengals-Chargers, and San Diego's loss helps the Steelers by dropping Phil Rivers and company to a similar 5-7 record that keeps them below the Steelers in the race for that final playoff spot. It's kind of weird rooting for the Bengals to win such games now with the division crown hopes long gone, but a Chargers loss helped Pittsburgh much more.
A Steelers win over the Dolphins this weekend coupled with a Ravens loss would tie everything back up in that final Wild Card spot and let all those confusing tiebreaking scenarios pop back up and still keep the Steelers out, but I root for chaos and anarchy, which is what we've unfortunately had to witness in this Steelers season through 13 weeks. With all the injuries and crappy games and horrible losses, things could still get interesting over the final four if Pittsburgh can pull out a few wins.
Now I drop this recap like a a failed two point conversion, and move on to Dolphins week. They looked pretty bad against the also-horrid Jets, so maybe Ben and Co. can throw a stick in the spokes of the AFC and see what happens.no comments
To be fair, QB Bobby Layne, (then) of the Steelers, is far from the only one in this incredible LIFE Magazine photograph from 1961. Photographer Ralph Morse was able to get every starting QB in the league together for a once-in-a-lifetime shot. But since this is a Pittsburgh sports blog, we gotta focus on what we do best.
That's Layne near the back-left, in the #22 Black and Gold jersey that became the Steelers' 75th Anniversary throwback from 2005-2011. The eventual Hall of Famer Layne was joined by fellow future Canton enshrinees Bart Starr (Packers #15, back row), Johnny Unitas (Colts #19, back row), Fran Takenton (Vikings #10, front row), Sonny Jurgenson (Eagles #9, front row) and Y.A. Tittle (Giants #14, front row). That's some serious clout before you even get to guys like Don Meredith and Bill Wade.
You can read all about how Morse went about making this photograph a reality at Deadspin, and I sugggest you do so if only for how Morse told Pete Rozelle to get the guys together because they had to do what he said as commissioner.no comments
Thanks to Gracie for these. She says:
evidently mini ponies are a requirement for this town's holiday parade!
This goes hand-in-hand with yesterday's Pittsburgh parade mini ponies. Yes, Thanksgiving is tomorrow and we should all be getting real with turkeys and pilgrams and whatnot, but if cities are gonna have early holiday parades and feature mini ponies, well then we're gonna have them up on PSAMP right away.
Plus, Gracie sent the following, shortest, most adorable 3-second video clip of all time:
Super quick clip of mini ponies in the holiday parade. Indiana, PA - Just for psamp
I was trying to take pictures while holding a toddler and videoed instead. So there you have it. They were in costume!
That is well done, even if by accident.no comments
The Pittsburgh Penguins have played 25 games so far in the 2013-14 season. Former longtime-Penguin Rob Scuderi was featured in the first 11 games of the season in his return from a four-year stint in Los Angeles, but he has now missed 14-straight games with a broken ankle. That ankle required surgery, and Scuds is still out indefinitely. Frowny face.
The only upside is that the Penguins will get an established veteran blueliner back at a critical point later in their season, and the team has gotten a chance to give younger D-men like Olli Maatta and Robert Bortuzzo more work.
But even in his absense, Scuds is making sure to remember that he's still a part of this team, while maintaining a smile about his gimpy situation. The above picture was shared by Pens PR Lady Jennifer Bullano, featuring one of Scuds' crutches displayed in his stick spot among the sticks of his teammates.
Meanwhile Cardboard Orpik stands at a team facility vending machine routinely feeding it a rejected, crumpled dollar bill over and over.no comments
Thanks to Steve for this tip on the parade and Contenta for the above pic. Steve had given the heads up about Saturday's downtown 4th Annual Trib Total Media Candlelight Horse-drawn Carriage Parade potentially featuring mini ponies. From the link:
The stunning line-up includes horses of all sizes from majestic Clydesdales to adorable miniatures and mounted riders, along with sports celebrities, the Pirate Parrot, Pierogies, Iceburgh, and Mr. McFeely.
And then Contenta sent along the pic on Sunday:
Parade picture by Andrew Russell of Pittsburgh Tribune Review.
Which saved everything. Usually I receive tons of pictures from the area holiday parades, and was bummed when I had not immediately gotten any from the Pittsburgh parade. But all turned out fine as always.
We have another town's parade to feature tomorrow, so remember to tune back in then.no comments
The Steelers humiliated the Browns.
That barely-there introductory "paragraph" is indicitive of not only how irrelevant the Browns were in this game, but also how quickly it must be forgotten with a huge Thanksgiving Day tilt against the Ravens looming in a few days. We're getting right into this because we're already close to kickoff.
Ben: 22 of 34 for 217 yards and two TDs. No picks. No fumbles. No sacks taken. And the Browns only recorded two hits on Ben. Yes, that last bit shows how well the O Line played, but also how quick Ben was able to go through his progressions and make throws. A lot of the time Ben was looking for Antonio Brown, with 10 targets, and it's hard to find any fault with that seeing how Antonio has been a stud and workhorse all season. His long TD to Brown was arguably underthrown a bit, but with super-corner Joe Haden sticking as close to Brown as possible, there's no harm in letting the superior WR make the adjustment to beat the coverage. And you try flinging it 40+ yards in the air when it's 12 degrees in Cleveland. Ben made the air game work in the cold, found his receivers and most importantly, didn't mess everything up like his Browns contemporaries. 4.5 of 5 motorcycle helmets.
Le'Veon: Le'Veon Bell opened his game with a nice 13-yard jaunt on just his second carry and I was thiiiis close to marking him down for the first 100-yard game of his career. He finished with 80, which is one of his better outputs as a pro considering he's averaging 50-some a game. But what impressed me was on the Steelers' opening drive of the fourth quarter, Bell took the rock on five straight plays and eight of the first nine of the drive, gaining 25 yards and helping the Steelers take nearly eight minutes off the clock. With the lead. In the cold. That's how this team needs to move the ball in winter if they want to continue the success they've experienced these past three games. Sure, Pittsburgh doesn't have that power run game any more, but Bell is shaping into the kind of back that will pay dividends not only in the long term, but now when the team needs selective production. 3.5 of 5 helmets.
Defense: There was a lot of good and some concerning bad in this game. The good far outweighed the bad, considering the bad contained itself to one player and a garbage-time TD. Browns WR Josh Morgan decided to go HAM to the tune of 14 catches, 237 yards and that score in the closing minutes. Much of his damage was done after the game was far out of reach, so we'll take his production with a grain of salt. The Steelers and Browns still have another contest later this season, might as well let the young kid do work with the game already wrapped up to basically scout what he's planning on trying next time. Other than that, Pittsburgh held Cleveland to an opening-drive FG across two QBs. Because they knocked Jason Campbell around and out of the game, forcing Brandon Weeden's hand. The D made each QB put it on the ground, and Willie Gay took another errant Weeden throw back for six. Troy Polamalu was looking like the Troy of old with two forced fumbles. Jason Worilds was on meth or acid or something, with six QB hits. And Cam Heyward is becoming a supreme menace. 3.5 of 5 motorcycle helmets. I wanted to go 4+, but Josh Gordon had just so many yards.
The AFC: With the Bengals on a bye, the Steelers one-upped their division rival Browns with both coming in at 4-6. And the Ravens won, but thanks to their previous slide, still sit below Pittsburgh in the standings. I mean, as of prior to the completion of Titans/Raiders yesterday, here's how the AFC playoff picture looked:
Yes, that was the Steelers in the final wild card spot. They're still just on the outside now that the aforementioned Titans/Raiders game completed, but you have to like the ascension to potential playoff status after the hideous 0-4 team start. The Dolphins lost. There's a slew of teams huddled around that 5-6 mark, and a lot more will come in to focus following Thursday's Steelers-Ravens game. 0 of 5 motorcycle helmets for the rest of the AFC. A cherry-picked low rating in this recap so that I can feel even better about the fortunes of this Steelers season.
The Steelers must win in Baltimore on Thanksgiving night to follow up on this divisional win with another. Both teams sit at 5-6. Pittsburgh must pull out all the road team stops in order to get back to .500 and become a legitimate playoff contender.no comments