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Dermontti Dawson Announces His Hall Of Fame Presenter

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Newly-elected Hall of Fame center Dermontti Dawson will have his old Bryan Station High School head coach Steve Parker present him for the Hall this summer in Canton, Ohio.

Dawson said he has been keeping this under wraps until Parker confirmed he’d be able to make it to the induction ceremony in August.

If it weren’t for Parker, it’s likely Dawson not only wouldn’t be headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but that he may not have played football at all.

Dawson was a high school wrestler and was walking the halls of his school one day when he was stopped by Coach Parker. “Where have you been all my life,” Dawson recalls with a chuckle, as what his coach told him that fateful day.

The rest is history.

Dawson played 13 seasons with the Steelers making seven Pro Bowls and six All-Pro teams.

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BTSC Catches Up With Pittsburgh’s Best Sports Blogger Contest Creator

FILE - Even NFL officials are gathering to vote for Pittsburgh's Best Sports Blog. Whomever they choose, expect a fine to be given to James Harrison. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

The Pittsburgh’s Best Sports Blogs tournament is underway, and No. 1 seed Behind The Steel Curtain took a first-round victory over Pirates blog Hyzdu Headquarters.

In our joyous celebration, we caught up with the moderator of the contest, Sean from Sean’s Ramblings, a blog worthy of inclusion in this contest in its own right.

BTSC squares off against Pirates blog The “Mc” Effect starting Monday morning.

BTSC: First off, I love the tournament idea. It’s unique, it’s fun, and I would imagine it’s pretty widely followed. How did you come up with the idea, and what’s your impression on the reaction to it in the Blogosphere?

Sean: I saw something on Deadspin several years ago about a website creating a Best Sports Blog Tournament. I don’t think that tournament proved to be very successful, but I thought that it might be fun to create one for the Pittsburgh sports blogging community. Overall, I think the reaction to the tournament has been positive. It gives some extra exposure to some great Pittsburgh sports blogs, and I think most folks see it as something fun to do during a time when the sports calendar is a little lighter after the NFL season ends and before Spring Training games, the NCAA Tournament and NHL playoffs.

BTSC: It seems like it’s run pretty simply. You’ve got a poll embedded into your site, links to each participating blog (rules for eligibility are linked here) and whomever gets the most votes wins.

I’m a sucker for brackets.

If nothing else, it shows how tapped in to the Pittsburgh sports community you are. How do you go about coming up with the participants, and from there, how do you handle the seeding?

Sean: I select blogs in the tournament that have been in existence for at least one year. As you know, it is easy to start a blog, but not as easy to stay with it for a long period of time. I also pick blogs that are updated regularly. I’m not sure how you I could include a blog that takes off three months during the summer or only posts once a month. While I feel fairly connected in the Pittsburgh sports blog community, I also ask for opinions on my blog and by asking other bloggers about blogs that I should include.

I find seeding to be difficult. The “popular” blogs that receive the most comments earn the highest seeds. In addition, almost every blogger now uses Twitter, so I also use the number of Twitter followers to assist with seeding. It is certainly not an exact science, so maybe someone can create a Pittsburgh sports blog RPI to assist in creating the field and seeds!

BTSC: You have 32 blogs spread into four regions, each of them named after a different sports figure – Walter Abercrombie, Dave Clark, Vonteego Cummings and Kip Miller. Not questioning their inclusion but what led you to choose those four?

Sean: Regarding the region names, I’ve picked some of my favorite Pittsburgh sports figures from my childhood and teenage years that are usually the role players rather than superstars. I used Louis Lipps, Doug Frobel, Ironhead Heyward, John Cullen, Johnny Ray, Carlton Haselrig, Demetreus Gore among others in the past.

For this year, Dave Clark was always one of my favorite Pirates since he always seemed to get a key hit. Kip Miller had the best goal I ever saw live at the Civic Arena. He lost his stick in the defensive end and it somehow got kicked all the way into the offensive end. He picked up the stick just in time to score on a rebound. (I’ve spent way too much time unsuccessfully looking for a video of this goal on YouTube.) I guess Vonteego goes under the superstar label since he carried Pitt’s basketball team. Finally, Walter Abercrombie was a fun name to say when I was in elementary school!

BTSC: In your write-up announcing this year’s tournament, you mentioned Feb. 10 being Umbrella Day. Outside of getting that horrible song by Rhianna stuck in my head, what’s the relevance of Feb. 10 as a starting day? Is that just the day you chose, or does this time of the year (and not the obvious March Madness) have any particular symbolism for the tournament?

Sean: I also included “Bus Stop” by The Hollies, so hopefully that song will stick in your head instead of Umbrella.

There is no symbolism in announcing the start of the tournament on February 10th other than it is after the Super Bowl and is a lighter time in the sports calendar. Plus, with the Steelers appearing in the two Super Bowls prior to this year, it made sense to start the tournament in mid-February since people were especially tuned in to Pittsburgh sports blogs.

BTSC: Do you see a spike in traffic at all when the contest is going on? What kind of reaction do you get from people? I would think people would get pretty riled up over the results.

Sean: There is definitely a spike in traffic on my blog during the contest. Many more people are interested in voting and following the results than reading my stories about getting free burritos for a year, flying from LAX to Washington (I saw Carson Daly at LAX), or my own take on Pittsburgh sports. Overall, the reaction has been positive. Yes, there are certain rivalries where Pirates fans want to Pirates fans to defeat Steelers blogs, and there will be some opposition to including a Penn State blog in the mix, but I think most people see this as fun.

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Will the Steelers choose Mike Wallace and the future or the past?

It has become blatantly apparent that Mike Wallace either has to get the franchise tag or sign a new contract before the start of free agency or there is a damn good possibility he will be in another uniform next season.  It did not matter which channel I turned on or which site I looked at over the past two days.  They all are hyping the same thing.  Mike Wallace being a restricted free agent will likely land him on another team.
Wallace can only receive a first round tender from the Steelers as protection.  That is a small price to pay for a 25 year old wide receiver who can blow the top off of the defense.  Wallace is going to be a prime candidate on the market.  It is a good year for wide receivers with Vincent Jackson, Wes Welker, Reggie Wayne and others out there.  Most are about to hit or are over 30.  Wallace is about to hit his prime.  The production a team will get out him will well exceed everyone else on this list.
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Cost of first round tender and franchising Mike Wallace

Starting on Monday, February 20th, NFL teams can begin using their Franchise Tag if they choose. It’s not required that a player be tagged on this date, it’s simply the earliest they can use it. There will be some teams that jump on this right away I’m sure. It’s very unlikely the Steelers will tag Mike Wallace immediately but they have about 3 weeks yet until the March 13th deadline for free agency to begin. They could tag Wallace or tender offer him the the required $ 2.7 million to ensure they get first round compensation should they decline to match an offer he gets from another team. There are rumors that the Bengals may try and throw a substantial amount of money at Wallace, but that’s not confirmed at this time of course. I still stand by my thoughts that when the Rooney’s want to keep one of their own free agents, they will find a way to do so.  Even if the Bengals or anyone else comes after Wallace with a boat load of cash, it doesn’…

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Antonio Brown Talks Todd Haley On The Fan

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – Pro Bowl wide receiver Antonio Brown joined The Fan Morning Show Wednesday.

Brown gives his opinion on Todd Haley, the new offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Listen to the full interview here:

Filed under: Football, Heard on The Fan, Sports, Steelers, Watch + Listen Tagged: Antonio Brown, NFL, Pittsburgh Steelers, Todd Haley

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Safety least of Steelers’ concerns as defense faces change

For a defense that ranked No. 1 overall in the NFL, the Steelers are confronted with several big questions.

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Mendenhall has no date set for return

Steelers’ running back Rashard Mendenhall saw his 2011 season come to a crashing halt when he tore his ACL in the final game of the season against the Cleveland Browns. It wasn’t the ending he envi…

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Rooney Says Selection of Haley as OC Was All Tomlin’s

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There have been reports out of Pittsburgh that Art Rooney II has been meddling in the football side of the team.

Not only did Art Rooney II say he had nothing to do with the hiring of Todd Haley, but the Steelers president also was a bit surprised that coach Mike Tomlin wound up hiring him as his new offensive coordinator according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“I think the bottom line is, Mike was comfortable that’s who he wanted to come in,” Rooney said Thursday afternoon. “It may be fair to say that when he started the discussions and Todd’s name was on his original list, I don’t think he expected that Todd was the guy he was going to wind up hiring. But as he had more conversations with him, he became more comfortable that he was the right guy for the job.”

“Mike identified a number of candidates that he wanted to talk to and did all of the initial discussions,” Rooney said. “We talked about who he was talking to. Kevin and I talked to him, and he sort of kept us in the loop as to who he was thinking about.

“Then he decided who he wanted to bring in for a follow-up interview into Pittsburgh. I did talk to the guys who came into Pittsburgh. I’m not even sure I’d call it an interview, but I had a conversation with them.

“I wouldn’t want my role in it to be overestimated because Mike has to decide who he wants on the staff. Even though there’s always a discussion between me and Mike about who he’s hiring and how much we’re paying him and those kinds of things, it’s normally a discussion of the business side of the arrangement than, ‘Are we going to hire a guy who’s going to run the ball so many times a game.’ It was a fairly normal process as far as I’m concerned in terms of how we’ve done those kinds of hirings in the past.”

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