June 25, 2019
When the Pittsburgh Steelers traded Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders, it seems most of Steelers Nation was pleased with the trade.
But today, a blurb popped up questioning whether this was a good move on the Steelers part or not. Personally, I’m overjoyed the schmuck is gone. A schmuck and egotistical jerk A.B. is so I do not want that kind of attitude on my team including the now departed Le’Veon Bell as well.
So as far as that article goes, read below and determine for yourself if hindsight is really 20-20.
5 most head-scratching moves of the NFL offseason
Michael McClymont, theScore.com
Shocking moves have transpired in the NFL since the New England Patriots captured Super Bowl LIII in February - some more justifiable than others. Here are the five most head-scratching decisions of the offseason:
Steelers sell low on Antonio Brown
The Steelers had to deal Brown, and that certainly hurt the return they got for him. But a third- and a fifth-round pick for the four-time All-Pro and 2018 leader in touchdown catches? The team had little to no leverage in negotiations, but surely they could have done better for a superstar not yet done with the prime years of his career. In the end, the Steelers ate $21 million to get rid of a nagging headache. Trying to replace Brown's production may be just as painful.
With that said, let’s talk a little fantasy football. The Steelers have some real talent in backups at several positions. James Conner is the starting running back and obviously Ben Roethlisberger at quarterback. So where does that leave their backups especially at running back?
Fantasy: 9 handcuffs with league-winning upside
Justin Boone, theScore.com
Get ready for your season with theScore's 2019 Fantasy Football Draft Kit and subscribe to push notifications in the NFL Fantasy News section. Given the rate at which injuries strike the running back position, knowing who's next in line for carries is critical for fantasy owners. Not all backups are created equal, and while the league-winning potential for players like Jaylen Samuels and Darrell Henderson may be obvious, there are many handcuffs who aren't getting the respect they deserve in fantasy drafts.
Here's a look at nine backups who have top-15 upside if their team's starter is sidelined, with notes on all 32 backfields below.
STARTER: James Conner
HANDCUFF: Jaylen Samuels
While the Steelers have talked up a committee approach, beat writers aren't buying it. That makes Samuels an overqualified backup. In the three games where Samuels saw at least 15 touches last season, he was the RB11 in PPR formats.
I’ve always said Steelers Nation is the world’s best fan base. Everywhere you look in every city there’s an NFL game involving the Black and Gold there are the Steelers faithful donning the colors. But an annual report has surfaced that puts the Steelers fan base not at the top but five down in position #5.
Study suggests Steelers rank No. 5 in NFL ‘fandom’
Joe Rutter, triblive.com
In one metric, the Pittsburgh Steelers remain behind the New England Patriots once again. They also trail the Dallas Cowboys, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. The category is NFL fandom, a study that Emory University business school professor Michael Lewis has compiled in recent years. In data that Lewis released Monday, the Steelers rank No. 5 among NFL teams, trailing (in order) the Cowboys, Patriots, Eagles and Giants. Lewis bases his annual rankings on economic and marketing theory and statistical analysis.
Some of the factors used in gauging fan interest include attendance, revenue, social media following and road attendance. He also weighs market size and short-term changes in winning and losing. The Steelers, Cowboys, Patriots, Eagles and Giants are in the top five for the third consecutive year. The second tier of teams include the Green Bay Packers, Denver Broncos, Chicago Bears, San Francisco 49ers and New Orleans Saints.
At least the Steelers have the best fans, in Lewis’ estimation, in the AFC North. The Ravens ranked No. 18, the Browns came in No. 27 and the Bengals occupied the bottom five at No. 28. The complete list and the methodology can be found here.
As a big MMA fan, I was very disappointed in the early and unnecessary stoppage of the fight between Robbie Lawler and Ben Askren. Askren got a gift and hopefully he’ll get an ass kicking when he fights Jorge Masvidal in a few weeks. As for Lawler he’ll try to rebound now in what should be a very intriguing fight.
Reportedly, Lawler has come to terms verbally for a fight with Colby Covington on August 3 during JFC Fight Night in Newark, New Jersey on August 3. Covington has just one loss and Lawler has not fought since the Askren fiasco which left him with a record of 28-13 with one no contest. Lawler was scheduled to fight Tyron Woodley but a foot injury to Woodley scrapped that fight.
In just a few short weeks, Jon Jones steps back into the Octagon to battle Thiago Santos. If he wins that fight, his next opponent could be an array of fighters but Daniel Cormier has indicated he would like to salvage his two losses to Jones. “Bones” thinks it will never happen at 205. This despite Cormier said he would entertain the idea. What Jones said about that is this:
“He won't do it. I think it takes a lot out of him to make that weight cut. I haven't seen him in person but I hear that he's bigger than ever. And to lose all that weight and to come up short a third time, it just takes a lot of courage, I would imagine. I don't think he has the balls to do it. I think he knows what to say to the people to appear not afraid of me, but I think, deep down inside, he knows what it's like after losing to me twice. ... I just doubt he's going to do that to himself again. For me, I don't really care who's next.”
On that same Jones/Santos card was supposed to be Sean O’Malley, a tricky fighter but O’Malley just can’t stay away from suspensions. For the second time, he is off a fight card because of usage of PEDs. This time he got popped for Ostarine which is on the MMA ban list.
Bantamweight fighter Sean O'Malley has been removed from the UFC 239 card after the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) temporarily banned him for testing positive for a low level of the banned substance Ostarine, the fighter announced Friday on Instagram. The Howard Stern look-a-like said this about his situation:
“I look forward to publicly discussing my case before the Nevada State Athletic Commission with scientific experts who can explain why very low levels of Ostarine are showing up in my system. I want to make one thing very clear - I have never purposely taken any prohibited substance to gain an advantage.”
Don’t all busted athletes say that same thing? Never intentional…right.