August 20, 2019
Perhaps outside of former Pittsburgh Steelers great cornerback and Hall of Famer Mel Blount, Rod Woodson is probably the next greatest cornerback in the history of the team.
So when Woodson talks Steelers, people are going to listen. Appearing on CBS radio last weekend, Woodson was asked about his opinion of Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin. His responses:
“Great leaders normally take the responsibility when things go wrong, even if it’s not their fault. Once you do that, everybody else falls in line. I’d like to see him do that more often.”
“The only thing I would like to see him do more is have a little more thumbs-down on his players. It’s like having 53 teenagers. If you’ve got 53 teenagers, you’re not going to let your teenagers just run the roost in your house. If they do something wrong, you have to discipline them in some type of manner to catch their attention. I think the same thing has to happen in the locker room. If he does that, he’s going to be fine.”
My reaction to both? On Big Ben I believe Woodson is a little off base in that opinion. Too many times Roethlisberger has in fact shouldered blame for losses and mistakes. But on that same thought he is also guilty of pointing fingers but it’s not that often he pulls that stunt. In fact, he publicly apologized this year for calling out Antonio Brown last year.
With Mike Tomlin there is much truth spoken there. Tomlin is a poor disciplinarian and he lacks the fire Bill Cowher and Chuck Noll had before him. With that said, two of the biggest clowns that suit up are gone…Le’Veon Bell and Brown. On the sidelines another idiot in Joey Porter is also no longer with the team. What that means is there will be less drama for Tomlin to deal with.
With two preseason games down and two victories to show for it, the Steelers were called out for their performance last Saturday in an article featured on a sports website.
Winners and losers from Week 2 of NFL preseason
The NFL is back, and we're here to examine the good and the bad from the second week of preseason action.
The Pittsburgh Steelers need their entire offense to step up to counter the loss of Antonio Brown. The star receiver's production simply can't be replaced by just one man, and while Pittsburgh has a ready-made No. 1 receiver in JuJu Smith-Schuster, it needs a consistent second target to ensure defenses can't hone in on the leading pass-catcher.
Veteran Donte Moncrief has been the leading candidate for the No. 2 wideout role throughout camp, but Washington has been staking his claim during the preseason. The young receiver stood out again versus the Kansas City Chiefs, catching four of his five targets for 78 yards a week after grabbing a touchdown and racking up 84 yards. If Washington has fixed his consistency issues and poor catch rate from his rookie year, his big-play ability could add a whole new dimension to the Steelers' offense.
Back to the moron named Antonio Brown. Are you Steelers fans happy that he’s in Oakland? You should be. We haven’t even reached opening day and already the former Steelers wideout has caused more headaches than perhaps he did for the entire 2018 campaign.
The big issue now is with his helmet that he has been denied the opportunity to use. Struck down last week in an effort to retain his coveted Schutt AiR Advantage helmet A.B. is going to try again by having filed a second grievance against the league the difference now being that his filing includes a claim that he was not provided a one-year grace period that he claims other players were granted on outdated helmets. Brown says his model helmet was banned just this year.
Most are saying this is a fight he won’t win…AGAIN. Now for my stupid comment of the day and it comes from the mouth of Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield who as a rookie last season did rather well. But he went public today to criticize a highly drafted quarterback from this year’s selection process, Daniel Jones taken by the New York Giants. Said Mayfield:
“I cannot believe the Giants took Daniel Jones. Blows my mind.”
My message to Mayfield:
Dude, you had a decent rookie campaign but until you complete a full impressive season and ensure your team has a winning season, you have no room to criticize anyone else. What would be ironic is if Jones replaces Eli Manning and then goes out and out performs Mayfield and the Giants win more games. This is the guy whose video went viral of him biting into a beer can and chugging. Real mature Baker…real mature .
Let’s glance at the Pittsburgh Pirates. Or maybe we as Buccos fans should not. Last night their season reached the highest embarrassment to date as they were shut out by the Washington Nationals 13-0. In the process of losing before just 11,282 fans at PNC Park, the Bucs managed only four hits, lost their 73rd game in 124 contests in 2019, and are 15 ½ games behind as well as 24 games behind the final wild card spot.
On the other side, the Nats banged out those 13 runs on 15 hits. The onslaught was surrendered by Trevor Williams who started the game, lasted just two innings, and gave up six hits and eight runs, six of them earned. In came Montana DeRapau who also threw two frames and surrendered four hits and three runs. Francisco Liriano pitched the eighth inning and got smacked around for another three hits and the final two runs.
Oh well, the Pirates can be thankful they are not the Baltimore Orioles who have lost 86 games and are 43 ½ games behind the first place Yankees as well as 33 ½ games behind a wild card opportunity.
A little taste of the Pittsburgh Penguins for you today:
Ranking the NHL's top 5 defensive pairings
Sean O'Leary, theScore.com
After analyzing the NHL's best forward lines, our focus now shifts to the league's top defensive pairings. These pairings are weighed against each other through a series of advanced statistical categories that quantify their on-ice impact at even strength. Of course, individual stats can't paint the entire picture, and players can have their numbers dragged down or enhanced by plenty of factors, including goaltending and quality of opposition. With so many candidates to choose from, we whittled our list down to five pairings that play top-line minutes.
All stats are at five-on-five for the 2018-19 regular season, minimum 500 minutes played.
3. Kris Letang-Brian Dumoulin
Letang has never really been classified as a prototypical shutdown defenseman, but constantly having the puck is a pretty solid method to keeping opponents at bay. With him and Dumoulin deployed, the ice significantly tilts in the Penguins' favor, which is a gigantic advantage for Pittsburgh, considering the quality of offensive weapons on its roster. Letang and Dumoulin do give up a fair amount of shots against, but the reward highly outweighs the risk. Among all D-pairings that played over 500 minutes last season, Letang and Dumoulin owned the highest Relative Corsi For percentage at 7.55. For a team as thin on the blue line as the Pens, this dynamic duo is absolutely imperative to success.
I’ll close today with a little UFC stuff this one a combination of the WWE and the UFC. Pro wrestler Kurt Angle who comes out of Pittsburgh is apparently good friends with former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesner. Lesner was supposed to return to the Octagon to challenge Daniel Cormier but he opted not to.
Now Angle is indicating the Lesner is interested in a fight with Jon “Bones” Jones if the light heavyweight champion were to move up a division to heavyweight. When told of the challenge, Jones responded with:
“Brock is way too slow, I’ll embarrass him.”
I agree. Jones would tear him up and turn him into a bloody mess. As much as people dislike Jon Jones, you have to feel for him for future fights. The only bout that makes sense is a rematch with Thiago Santos. That fight was close and perhaps may have even gone in favor of Santos for some but one wonders what a healthy and uninjured Santos might be able to do in a second fight.
So outside of Santos, looking at the light heavyweight rankings, there really are no serious challenges for Jon Jones. He’s beaten #4 Anthony Smith, the number three is Ryan Bader but he is in Bellator and I don’t think he would beat Jones either. Dominick Reyes? Not in Jones’s class. Corey Anderson? Same. Blachowicz? Not enough of a skill set. Johnny Walker? In time with more experience that would be an intriguing fight. Walker is not ready yet.
Glover Teixeira? Been there done that. Oezdemir? Nope. So a move to heavyweight might be a smart move for Jon Jones. But given his thinner frame, you have to wonder if it would work for him. A final word on Daniel Cormier. This is a guy who was walking around calling himself the greatest ever. Ahhh…he’s now lost three fights two by stoppage. He said his victory over Stipe Miocic would be a loss that would affect Miocic the rest of his life. It looks now like it’s much the other way around. Cormier’s legacy?
Daniel Cormier will be remembered for two losses to Jon Jones, one of which left him crying in the Octagon and losing his heavyweight belt after just one defense. Stipe Miocic defended the title three times and has now won it back. Who’s the better fighter? Also Cormier only won the light heavyweight title because Jon Jones was forced to vacate it. Both Cormier and Jones know that on any given day, Jones defeats Cormier. Bones has his number and both know it.
I’ve always said “if you talk the talk you must walk the walk.” Many have said that and it’s so very true. Anthony Pettis talked but lost. Cormier talked and lost. Ronda Rousey believed the hype about her and all the accolades and when she met up with someone who actually fought back, she lost and lost miserably. Then she got wiped out again and disappeared. Conor McGregor the same. I am on the belief he'll never be back in the Octagaon. Believe you me, Henry Cejudo is next. His time is coming and it won’t be long.
Have you ever seen a guy more full of himself? His head is bigger than the Goodyear Blimp. Now he wants to fight females. That declaration makes him the biggest jerk and idiot the UFC has ever seen.
My phone just keeps blowing up that somebody by the name of Valentina ‘The Bullet’ Shevchenko is the most dominant champion in the world. And guess what? I get a little jelly, because you know what she has gold and I want that gold! Valentina Shevchenko, I have a message for you. I am looking to become the first intergender world champion that this world has ever seen. I’m calling you out. You can be the next to bend the knee to ‘Triple C.”
Will some male fighter please take a fight with his moron and give him a serious beat down?