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CBS Sports writer Pete Prisco does a "100 Best NFL Players" each season, eschewing "conventional lists" in favor of, what Prisco calls it, "based on eyes, ears and hours of watching tape."
Those who follow Prisco on Twitter may have enjoyed his frequent and semi-light hearted battles with Pro Football Focus, a web site dedicated to providing measurement reflecting a player's individual success on individual plays.
It's tough to tell which side - if either - is right, but Prisco's list differs greatly from PFF's, which is perhaps a good thing. Either way, Steelers SS Troy Polamalu, QB Ben Roethlisberger, WR Mike Wallace and OLB James Harrison made the lists of both Prisco and PFF.
Polamalu, 39th with Prisco and 33rd with PFF, had the highest combined ranking, although Prisco's explanation is, essentially, he's a good player, but he's overrated. If he's overrated but still the 39th best player - including quarterbacks - in the game, it's interesting to fathom where Prisco is hearing he's noticeably better than where he ranked him.
Roethlisberger, 16th with Prisco and 48th with PFF, brings a bit more disparity. One would expect Roethlisberger's rating to increase in PFF's databases with a bit more rushing yards - their system boosts running quarterbacks simply because they make plays, not an unfair measurement - and Roethlisberger didn't exactly scramble much in 2011. Prisco's high ranking is due to what he feels is his clutch performances, and should be worth noting, doesn't base solely on last season.
Wallace, 57th with Prisco and 63rd with PFF, is probably considered much higher by both if the list was made at the middle of last season. Prisco calls him out for it but points out he feels Wallace will be much higher next year.
Harrison, 99th with Prisco and 68th with PFF, clearly is evaluated as two separate players. To PFF's credit, he gets far more respect for his run-stopping abilities, something that seems lost on most sack-happy national media members (i.e. Clay Matthews, who's ranked 31st and 38th, respectively).
OLB LaMarr Woodley ranked 80th in Prisco's poll, but unranked by PFF, likely due to his lack of snaps in 2011, and a mediocre 1st quarter of the year. Tough to say he's not one of the best in football, though, if you watch Weeks 5-8.
WR Antonio Brown was ranked 60th by PFF, but not ranked at all by Prisco. Easily the best combination of receiver and returner in 2011, it's difficult to suggest he's not one of the better all-around players in the league.
Curiously, RB Isaac Redman did not make the list. In a word, "Hate."
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
For those in Steeler land that want to start their Wednesday with a good hearty laugh as you get to your desk, check out what Joe Flacco had to say about himself yesterday to WNST 1570 in Baltimore.
Again, get ready to laugh.
“I assume everybody thinks they’re a top-five quarterback,” Flacco said when asked where he thinks he ranks among NFL quarterbacks. “I mean, I think I’m the best. I don’t think I’m top five, I think I’m the best. I don’t think I’d be very successful at my job if I didn’t feel that way. I mean, c’mon? That’s not really too tough of a question.
“That doesn’t mean that things are going to work out that way. It just means that’s the way it is — that’s the way I feel that it is and that’s the way I feel it should be.”
Yes, this is not a misprint. The same guy who threw away the AFC Divisional Title game in Pittsburgh two seasons ago, and couldn’t find a way to beat one of the worst defenses this past year in the AFC Title game in New England is proclaiming himself as the leagues best QB.
If you do a little exam of the AFC North, you’d be hard pressed to legit put Flacco ahead of Ben Roethlisberger, and right now, Andy Dalton of the Bengals is moving up the charts fast.
Flacco has a lifetime 86.0 QB rating (Roethlisberger is a lifetime 92.1), and has thrown 8 picks and 8 TD’s in 9 career playoffs games, in which he is 5-4.
The comments are really interesting based on the fact this past year his completion percentage, passing yards and touchdowns all went down from the season before, and he threw two more interceptions than he did in 2010.
Just like the Ravens usually do, they try and talk the talk, but when it comes time to put up or shut up, they can’t do it. Flacco is just the latest of many in Baltimore to get diarrhea of the mouth when he really should be worried about the 2012 season and the Steelers and Bengals.
Source: Steelers Gab
PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Former Steelers RB Jerome Bettis chats with Vinnie & Cook on Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan.
Bettis was one of Hines Ward’s mentors during his career, and was one of Ward’s confidants that helped make his decision to retire.
The Bus reveals the advice that he gave Hines, reacts to the losses of Aaron Smith and James Farrior, and discusses Ward’s chances of getting the call to Canton.
He also looks at the Steelers’ off-season and reveals what message he would have for Mike Wallace.
Click the link below to listen to the full interview:
Source: CBS Pittsburgh » Steelers
All the chips are in.
This is our time.
Champions aren't born, they're made.
Another awesome cliche.
That's right, Frank. We've come too far. This is for Hines, and Smith, and Farrior, and all those who have gone before us.
Dominating victory after dominating victory, none of it matters without a win in the championship, which has begun. We need each and every vote. Spread the word - any and all BTSC readers should take personal stake in a championship that provides no financial benefit to anyone (except maybe Sean), but money doesn't matter when pride is on the line.
That may not be true, but we're going to act like it is, because this is the championship.
As Rudy Ruettiger paraphrased in the immortal classic "Rudy":
"We're gonna go inside 'em we're gonna go outside 'em! Inside and outside! We're gonna get 'em on the run and we're gonna keep 'em on the run. We're gonna go Go GO GO! And we're not gonna stop until we get across that goal line! They say this team...is good. Well, I think we're better than them. They can't lick us! Whaddya say, men?!?"
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
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.
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
In some ways, being named a top seed in a tournament featuring 31 other Pittsburgh-related sports blogs is an honor.
In other ways, it means nothing.
The sports fan in me thinks Sean's Ramblings' yearly tournament to determine the "best" Pittsburgh sports blog is a highly creative and fun feature, and the competitive side of me thinks we have the stack to take the title this year.
Behind The Steel Curtain is the No. 1 seed in the Walter Abercrombie region of the Sean's Ramblings' 4th annual tournament, squaring off against Hyzdu's Headquarters, a statistically thorough and informative Pittsburgh Pirates blog.
We've got an interview with Sean, the moderator of the tournament, coming up in the very near future, and he says the idea for the tournament came from Deadspin, a site doing something similar to this on a much grander scale a few years ago.
You can click here to take a look at the other candidates, or give them your thoughts in their comments section. We won't beg for votes in this space, but I'll say I've already voted, and your support is always appreciated.
See, I didn't beg.
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain