Daily Archives: June 12, 2012

Steelers Littergate: Anti-litter Group Should Use Sanders Mistake As Teaching Opportunity

Let me start this post off by saying that I have littered before. I have done it more than once in my life as well. Not recently mind you, but I have done it. In addition, I have never been ticketed or fined for it. Boy, that feels good to get that off my chest.

It seems that Pittsburgh Steelers wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown have also littered in their past as well, only both were caught and fined for it. The third year wide receivers pleaded guilty Monday in Allegheny County Common Pleas Court to leaving boxes beside a private Dumpster in Beltzhoover back in November of Read more [...]

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As expected, Wallace a no-show at minicamp


Tue, 12 Jun 2012 17:23:40
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Troy Polamalu Reflects On Life, Football, Junior Seau’s Suicide & Samoan Culture


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PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Joe Starkey of Seibel, Starkey and Miller on Sportsradio 93-7 The FAN sat down with Troy Polamalu and talked about everything from the turnover the roster saw this offseason, to the suicide of Junior Seau.

Troy took a trip back to American Samoa and held a football camp there this off-season, and told Joe what an experience it was for him to get back to his roots.

With OTA’s recently finishing up, Troy told Joe why he chose not to forgo the optional practices like he usually does saying that the franchise saw more change this off-season than it has during his time here, and he felt it was important to be around the team and provide some consistency.

Troy talked about the importance of his family to him and how he balances his spiritual life and football career, and said if his son ever wanted to play football even with all the concussion issues, he’d be more than happy to let him play because of the life lessons it teaches you.

Given Troy’s Samoan background, he told us about meeting with the Seau family after Junior Seau committed suicide, and told us about the Samoan traditions they performed and what it was like being there to comfort their family.

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Steelers’ Colon once again trying to walk in Faneca’s footsteps


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Pittsburgh Steelers Minicamp Open Thread: No Injuries, Please


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With minicamp opening for the Steelers today, the main thought really is just hoping no one gets hurt.

A high school teammate of mine went on to play for the Houston Texans, he blew out his knee twice in minicamp, so maybe I'm focusing more on that, but let's just hope for a healthy, productive training session.

The savvy veterans know enough to hold themselves off after a certain number of reps are received (just like Santonio...ahem), and the younger guys, while anxious to impress their coaches and earn respect from their teammates, only need to go hard enough to show they're capable of doing it.

When the rubber meets the road, the practice time should be spent as much with mental activities than physical ones. It's about communicating and making sure everyone is on the same page. With a new offensive coordinator, eyes will be on that side of the ball, so hopefully, Todd Haley and Mike Tomlin stress the mental reps as much as the physical ones.

What's important for you to see in these sessions? What do you want to hear about? List off some questions you'd ask if you had a microphone and the willing audience of Steelers coaches and players during the next three days.




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Steelers Six From Around The Web – June 12th – 2012 Mini-camp Begins Edition


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Mandatory mini-camp begins today for the Steelers and Teresa Varley talked to rookies David DeCastro and Mike Adams after they arrived in town to take part in the session for the first time since rookie camp.

The always entertaining Ike Taylor recently stopped by NFL Films and sat down to answer 5 questions and a few his answers might just surprise you.

Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward talked with 105 The X about things he has learned this past season and about the prospects of the upcoming season.

LaMarr Woodley held his annual football camp this past weekend and James Harrison Read more [...]

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Steelers News Bulletin: Is This The Year of Emmanuel Sanders?

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I remember an extended IM conversation I had with Emperor Bean last year around this time.

It wasn’t quite as heated as our frequently debated topic of Vince Young/Jeff Fisher, but the resolve he showed in his side was kind of surprising. I mean, sure, Steelers WR Antonio Brown had a big grab against Baltimore, but there’s no way his upside is higher than Emmanuel Sanders’, right?

We’d likely have a different conversation today. I won’t concede defeat over trivial things like "evidence" and "results," but I will hang on tightly to the fact talent has never been Sanders’ issue. If he remains healthy, he’s just as poised to have a big year as Brown was last year.

The battle of the long-term contracts is waging between Mike Wallace and Brown. Who will get what next year, and so on. While the Packers are sitting back, smoking cigars and toasting their fortune to have gotten Jordy Nelson (vastly underrated and we saw that last year) to sign for chump change while keeping Greg Jennings locked up, the Steelers won’t have that luxury if Sanders can kick his injury habit and become the next strong possession receiver the Steelers have been looking for since 19-ought-8 when they drafted Hines Ward. In a shorter passing attack, which it appears the Steelers will look to implement this year, Sanders’ value becomes higher than the Run-n-Gun Arians’ offense SteelerNation enjoyed so much. Ten yard catch, move them chains…eight yards on 1st-and-10, set up a run to keep the safeties home, move them chains. Look for Sanders again, 12 yards, move them chains.

The guy can catch the ball. He can get open. Sure, he doesn’t have Brown’s big-play ability (I plead the Fifth on whether that was the center of Emporer Bean’s argument), but it wouldn’t be at all surprising if he’s one of two Steelers receivers not named Wallace or Miller who has 75+ catches this season.

This year still is a "two dogs, one bone" year for Sanders and Brown, look for Manny to bite back a bit more this season.



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