It's odd that I was watching the Steelers game with my bud HMJ this past weekend, and then I happened to stumble on these pictures. I think most would agree that these Steelers "tobacco" pipes are pretty cool-looking. This place here just put the pipe above online.
Pre-Super Bowl XLIII Santonio Holmes just got way excited. And elsewhere, Michael Beasley is just using rehab and an apparent mental breakdown as an excuse to switch sports.
Here's another gaudy-er one that is currently sold out. Someone else was all up on this fad before us.
The Steelers have a weird history when it comes to mascots. Back in the 70s and 80s, fans could get a glimpse of either Stevie Steeler or The Terrible Fan at Three Rivers Stadium. Although one looked like a Cabbage Patch Doll and the other resembled an anthropomorphic nightmare Twinkie, Steelers fans grew attached to these random characters. The same could not be said for what 2007 brought.
Steely McBeam is still pretty controversial. I've yet to meet anyone who truly loves the plush steel-worker, aside from some really young kids. And kids are really stupid at that age.
At best, the lineage of Steelers mascots is disturbing and frightening. We've pretty much been exposed to a level of fail in a foam suit that is almost unrivaled. The team stays consistent and wins championships...the same cannot be said for the Black and Gold mascots.
Which is why I'm hoping that the heifer in the above clip becomes our new mascot. Who knew that the whole "foam suit part" is pretty much what ruins the mascot experience. Just slap a Steelers hat on a massive bull and watch him look all awesome. It's almost as if he's looking straight at you, daring you to mock his style and team allegiance.
Stick it out until the very end of the clip. Our new mascot has a little gift for the Dallas Cowboys.
Alright...I'm totally waiting for these awesome animals to climb up into that play area and head down the plastic slide. Those things always zapped you with static electricity...I wonder what it'd do to that kickin' horsehair.
Word spread late in the day yesterday that Max Starks took a tumble onto Big Ben's right ankle/leg. We held our collective breaths aswe were told of ice packs, and trainers and a limping quarterback. But it turns out that Ben just got hit awkwardly, and there is no real reason to panic over this troubling news.
But what if Ben's hurt worse than he's letting on? Are you comfortable in Charlie Batch getting the majority of playing time? Especially after missing all of last season with a broken something-or-other? And Bruce Arians almost refuses to put Dennis Dixon into the game, because that might take a Tight End or 6 out of his current formations.
So let's sign Kordell Stewart again. He knows the city, and as this classic advertisement illustrates, his passes rip the arms right off his receivers. Wait...maybe that's a bad thing.
The Pens signed Forward Eric Godard prior to the 2008-09 season as a cheaper, more efficient version of Georges Laraque. Where Big Georges was an all-around nice guy who wouldn't fight as much as the fans demanded, Godard would drop the gloves at the...drop of a hat? Sorry, that sentence confused me...so just look at his stellar 08-09 fight card.
When the playoffs started, Godard's playing time went down. Players rarely fight in those circumstances, because any penalties could end up hurting your team. Just ask the Flyers' Daniel Carcillo. And the playoffs do weird things to finesse players...just ask Miro Satan. Laraque didn't play much in the 07-08 playoffs, and the same thing happened to Eric this year. Such is life for the NHL enforcer.
But now I have exclusive video of Godard's offseason training regimen. And trust me when I say that I'm not at all pleased with what I see. Instead of hitting the gym with a sparring partner to perfect his technique, Godard is getting his ass kicked by a girl. However, this is no Jackass: The Movie, Ass Kicked By Girl...this is Godard getting crushed by like a two year old.
If our enforcer can't even stand up to a toddler on the beach, then who is going to look out for Sid and Co. during a title defense?
(all jokes, as this is eric messing around with his niece. here's a few other quick clips of eric playing in the sand)
My forward-thinking comrades at IheartPGH cannot wait for Steelers season to start. And when it does, they aren't trying to watch games at home, or even visit Heinz Field. No, they want to take a trip around the country, on a National Steelers Bar Tour. And that, my friends, is awesome.
They are currently raising funds, and are almost 70% of the way there with the deadline approaching. If you can, please support them before this Friday so their dreams of hanging out with the entirety of Steelers Nation can come true. Plus, NYC would most likely be a stop, since there's about 45 million Pittsburgh fans in this damn city. And you know I'd be there to cover it and make sure IheartPGH did it right.
So head over to IheartPGH, contribute any loose change you might have, and tell them to stop by your city if you're a displaced 'Burgher like myself.