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10-09-2010, 12:18 PM
I'm just surprised that he might use a weapon, instead of just tackling them!


You Can Buffalo James Harrison
Friday, 08 October 2010 07:50
Written by Ed Bouchette

Good morning,

I have off today and Saturday, but I wanted to give you something to read and discuss because Gerry Dulac also has off today.

Following this is my story/column/whateveryoucallit for Sunday. The official title, I suppose, is “On the Steelers.’’ It evolved a few years ago from what was an NFL notes column I wrote each Sunday.

My boss, Jerry Micco, suggested I do something else instead of the NFL notes because, with the Internet, most people already had seen much of the stuff I wrote. I did put my own spin on things when I wrote them and often they were items generated by me, but when he suggested the “On the Steelers” format I jumped at it.

That format gives me a little more freedom of expression in the newspaper that we normally don’t have, although certainly with the start of this Slog last year and the chats that too has changed (some say I now have too much freedom of expression). Other beat writers at the paper also followed with On the Pirates, On the Penguins, etc.

That Sunday column and the evolving “On the Steelers” that I write through the week more complements the blogging and chatting and videos that I do. Just a little inside football for you this morning to go with the advance copy of Sunday’s On Steelers.

I’ll have some more blogs for you on Sunday.

ON THE STEELERS (10/10/2010)

OK, Ben Roethlisberger is back. Now who is the No. 2 quarterback? Charlie Batch or Byron Leftwich?

Batch started the past two games and finished the final three quarters of the season’s second game. Leftwich, groomed all spring and summer to start the season in Roethlisberger’s absence, has not played a down in the regular season because of his sprained MCL.

It’s been more than five weeks since that injury occurred on Sept. 2 and Leftwich served as the No. 2 quarterback the past two games behind Batch. If Leftwich is healthy, will Mike Tomlin move him past Batch into No. 2?

Batch did not practice last week, one of five older veterans Tomlin gave off. Yet, he’s the only quarterback on the roster who has played through the first four games. They placed Dennis Dixon on injured reserve after surgery to repair a torn lateral meniscus in his left knee, a move he resisted. Dixon has been walking around, attending practices and looking as if he could return to play in a week.

So, do you go with the quarterback who has played, played a lot through the first four games? Or the one you deemed your temporary starter?

It would be no surprise if Tomlin goes with Batch as his No. 2 against Cleveland next Sunday. After that, who knows? The more time for Leftwich’s knee to heal before he might be needed in a game, the better. He also would still be available as the No. 3 quarterback.

The bigger move by Tomlin and the Steelers is their obvious intent to have Leftwich serve as their new Batch in future seasons. At 30, he is five years younger than Batch. Like Batch, he has a good attitude about playing behind Roethlisberger and, after last year’s short term as the starter in Tampa, Leftwich no longer sees greener pastures. He knows Roethlsiberger will be No. 1 here for awhile.

“I understand that,’’ Leftwich said. “Everybody understands that. You understand that going into it, but I’m telling you, man, it’s so much fun and exciting playing for an organization like this.”

Leftwich has a 24-25 record as a starter and he looked forward to moving that into winning territory by starting the season for the Steelers. That ended against Carolina, when his knee was sprained.

“It’s been frustrating because I had a real good feeling about this team and what we could do. When we lost Ben, you knew there would be a lot of doubters questioning our team, questioning are we good enough, are we capable enough?

“To be honest, I wanted to be the guy in there just to go out there because I felt real good about this team. You win a whole lot of ways in the game of football, and football is the ultimate team game. But injuries happen and you accept it.”


What does a three-time Pro Bowl linebacker do when given a three-day weekend off during the season? If you are James Harrison, you relax by . . . by . . . by . . .

“I am going to go and hunt a bison,’’ Harrison stated.

Like Buffalo Bill? Actually, Bill was joining Harrison for the bison hunt – his agent, Bill Parise. They were heading “somewhere north of here.’’ Buffalo, N.Y., perhaps?

Hunting bison was not exactly on Harrison’s bucket list. More like his grocery list.

“It’s good meat,’’ said Harrison, who has regular bison meat delivered to his house, arrangements he said Parise made.

What kind of meat?

“You get hamburger, steaks, roasts, hot dogs, jerky – you get a little bit of everything,’’ Harrison said, noting that one bison is “almost 600 pounds of beef.’’

That’s two small offensive tackles worth, and Harrison has been known to polish them off without a gun. This time, though, he was taking his 50 caliber military sniper’s rifle to the 400-acre range, where he also hoped to bring home a pig.

“We’ll be in and out and back before lunch.”


The Steelers players made their point loud and clear during their meeting with their union leader Wednesday – No 18-game schedule.

“We told them we don’t want it,’’ said wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, who was the union player rep for the Redskins before rejoining the Steelers. “It’s understood; we don’t go to 18 games.”

DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players Association, has been meeting with players around the league and taking votes on decertifying the union. The Steelers were the latest to unanimously vote to decertify, seen as a procedural advantage for the players should the owners lock them out after the collective bargaining agreement expires in March.

Before that vote occurred, however, players spoke their minds and their main point was they do not want to play 18 games, something commissioner Roger Goodell and the owners have been pushing hard.

“Just sitting here talking to a bunch of players, that’s what everybody’s talking about,’’ quarterback Byron Leftwich said. “People are more worried about playing two more games than a lockout. We feel at some point it’s going to get re-started and guys don’t want to play 18 games.”

Many of those reasons were presented here last Sunday, mostly injuries. Randle El said there are many more, such as when a veteran will become “vested,’’ which guarantees him certain rights. Now, it is four seasons (three seasons, plus three games in the fourth season). That’s “seasons.’’ At the moment, those seasons are 16 games.

“If we go to 18 games, when does a player become vested?’’ Randle El asked.

Increased injuries, though, are at the crux of the matter for the players.

“Everywhere I go, every day I’m talking to somebody on this team and other teams about two more games,’’ Leftwich said. “I don’t see how we can preach safety and at the same time all these guys getting these concussions and we weant to preach safety!

We have lot of commercials about concussions and preaching safety. You don’t practice safety by adding two more games. You don’t do that, it’s just too tough on the human body.”

10-09-2010, 12:27 PM
he's just doin some prep work for the november 25th game.

10-09-2010, 01:17 PM
Bison meat rules. Tastes like beef, but healthier like chicken.

Discipline of Steel
10-09-2010, 02:51 PM
Thats awesome...i knew he had to be one of us meat-eaters. I wonder how long it will take him to eat the whole 600 lbs? That would take 2 whole months at 10lbs/day.