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08-17-2009, 01:06 AM
Vick didnít have a chance with Steelers
By John Mehno, For the Mirror
POSTED: August 16, 2009
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PITTSBURGH - Thanks to the Philadelphia Eagles for signing Michael Vick and ending all the silly speculation that Pennsylvania's other NFL team had any interest in the troubled quarterback.

The Pittsburgh Steelers were never going to sign Vick.

Reports of their interest were apparently orchestrated by Vick's camp. Coach Mike Tomlin didn't publicly shoot them down out of respect for Vick mentor Tony Dungy and Tomlin's desire to see Vick get a second chance after his release from prison.

Word is that Dan Rooney voted no on Vick immediately.

The football staff had no interest in adding Vick and his baggage to an organization that's coming off a championship season.

Just practicing

Just something to keep in mind since the Steelers have three preseason games left:

What you see in the fourth quarter may look like pro football, but it really isn't.

So don't get carried away by what happens after the recognizable names retire for the night.

What's my line?

Wonder how many people went to the new casino before or after Thursday night's Steelers game?

Imagine what it would be like if people could wager on football games there.

To tell the truth

It seems pretty obvious that the Pirates organization is pressuring the announcers to stay cheery about a team that's more than 20 games under .500.

When the score of Thursday's game in Colorado changed from 5-1 to 7-1 in the seventh inning, Bob Walk grudgingly admitted a comeback was probably out of reach.

Given the Pirates' popgun offense, the comeback possibility was pretty much dead at 5-1, and Walk is smart enough to know that.

The announcers are in a tough spot - they work for the team, and Lanny Frattare's ouster after 33 seasons last winter shows the bosses aren't afraid to make changes.

But the organization has to realize that credibility matters.

If the announcers are praising some of the organization's young players, is that genuine, or just more management-mandated fluff?

The broadcasts don't have to be negative, but a shot of honesty goes a long way with a disillusioned fan base.