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Steelers TV Watching Superstitions: Weigh In on What You Do To Help The Team Win

(I was just telling a lady I work with about some previous game-watching superstitions. Not sure if she'll ever talk to me again. I used to be much worse about it, but superstitions are an important part of the game experience. If it works for you, keep doing it. This could be the best so far, from Han: "I keep my TV volume at a certain point. The sound level is trial and error based. For example, if they score a TD and I am at 27 then I keep it that way. If things are going wrong I change it until I get the right sound level." - nc)

Thought it would be interesting to explore the TV watching superstitions any fellow fans would be willing to share. I imagine there's a variety of different routines, and some of this depends whether you're watching the Steelers with friends, family, or at a sports bar. I'm fairly normal, just tense when watching the Steelers in a group setting.

However, the times when I've caught the Steelers alone in my living room, I have to make a strange confession. This sounds weird, but I get so keyed up and nervous, I will mute the TV for the duration of the game! It's funny when you think about it, I don't have high blood pressure or a heart condition, so it makes absolutely no sense to eliminate the audio. This has been going on since the 2001 season, and have no real explanation other than plain old superstition.

Anyone else have a routine or superstition , be it wearing a particular type of Steelers gear for luck, or something else?



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Maurkice Pouncey and Marcus Gilbert are no strangers to the weight room, but they got a workout of a different sort on Friday when they helped to conduct a Play 60 Challenge assembly at Founder’s H...

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Art Rooney and Roger Goodell Help Minnesota Senate Pass Stadium Bill

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The Minnesota House Government Operations Committee voted against a bill that would have constructed a $ 975 million stadium for the Vikings this past week.

After that, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Steelers president and chair of the NFL's stadium committee hopped a plane to St. Paul to meet with legislators.

They're singing a different tune now. fter the failed vote, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton said "We have to get a stadium next year or the Vikings will leave. It's just as clear as that." A companion bill was proposed to the senate's Senate's Local Government and Elections Committee, and it passed Friday - barely - with an 8-6 vote.

Reports indicate Goodell and Rooney did not bring with them an ultimatum, but it seems more likely one didn't need to be made any way. Edward Roski, a partial owner of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Kings, has everything cleared for an $ 800 million stadium outside Los Angeles. All he is waiting for is a team. The Vikings clearly would have explored fully the possibility of selling at least a 30 percent stake in the team - Roski's request - and moving it to Los Angeles, just like the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA did in 1959.

Instead, life in the proposed project - which includes $ 398 million from a tax on scratch-off lottery tickets and an extension of a current hospitality tax in the city of Minneapolis providing another $ 150 million - has life again.

Rooney's role in the matter was to present the economic benefits of a new stadium and revitalized growth in an area I can say, as a Minneapolis suburban resident, is stagnant. The Metrodome itself isn't the only bland aspect of the area in which it rests. Hennepin County's largest hospital sits nearly adjacent to the tenant-less domed facility, and the aging buildings around it clearly have seen better days. A re-investment into this once proud area would be a boost to the city and the taxpayers who are footing the bill.

The Warehouse District, now home to Target Field and the Minnesota Twins, had an overhaul of development that coincided with the construction of the stadium. Obviously, economic development comes with a cost, and it's a big decision for the legislature. The NFL does not want the Vikings to be the team that will move to Los Angeles, but there is little doubt among Dayton, Goodell, Rooney or many Minnesotans that will be the result should a stadium not be built.



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Bis Snack takes big cut to help Steelers

We thought the Steelers might try to renegotiate Casey Hampton’s deal to save some money this offseason, but the big boy just decided to take a pay cut instead to help the team out. And that means it looks like a sure thing that the Big Snack will be back for 2012.
Hampton was set to cost the Steelers $ 8 million in salary cap space with a $ 4.89 mil salary and a ******** of bonuses, but the Steelers just couldn’t afford to hang onto a guy that’s going to be 35 this year and is playing on three-time surgically repaired knees holding up a 325-pound frame.
Now, Big Snack has saved the Steelers about $ 3 mil by dropping his base salary to just $ 2.8 mil and tossing out his $ 1 million workout bonus – a move he probably did not mind at all. Does this mean that Hampton will never step foot in the weight room again as long as he’s a Steeler? Who knows. What it does mean is the Steelers are around $ 6 mil under the $ 120.6 mil salary cap after handing out there RFA tenders. And they have even more money to work with now that they’ve got an extra million and change after the Cowboys’ and Redskins’ phantom punishment.
Another restructure here and a few more cuts there and the Steelers could easily be well under the cap by more than $ 10 mil again. And with Colbert & Khan in charge, that’s a very distinct possibility.

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BTSC needs your help! We want to see your pictures and graphics!

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Do you have cool Steelers pictures? Can you make awesome graphics?

Want to help out BTSC with your pictures/graphic design skills?

BTSC's Facebook page needs a cover photo, and we'd like to see what you guys can come up with!

Someone's submission will definitely get picked by March 30, and there will definitely be some sort of incentive/reward for that person!

For better or worse, Facebook is forcing pages to switch to the new timeline format on March 30 (can't say if this extends to profiles too, though). It is quite an aesthetic change and it'll take some getting used to, but we don't have a choice in the matter.

The hallmark of the timeline format is the cover photo - the banner-type image that everyone sees stretched across the top of the page (take Coca-Cola, for example, or Old Spice). When our page is forced to "upgrade", we'd like to have an awesome cover photo ready to show off to everyone!

Facebook's cover photo guidelines for pages are as follows:

Use a unique image that represents your Page. This might be a photo of a popular menu item, album artwork or a picture of people using your product. Be creative and experiment with images your audience responds well to.

Cover images must be at least 399 pixels wide and may not contain:

  • Price or purchase information, such as "40% off" or "Download it at our website"
  • Contact information, such as web address, email, mailing address or other information intended for your Page's About section
  • References to user interface elements, such as Like or Share, or any other Facebook site features
  • Calls to action, such as "Get it now" or "Tell your friends"

All cover images are public, which means anyone visiting your Page will be able to see the image you choose. Covers must not be false, deceptive or misleading, and must not infringe on third parties' intellectual property. You may not encourage or incentivize people to upload your cover image to their personal timelines.

If you have graphic design skills and would like to know the exact final dimensions to shoot for, they are 851 pixels wide by 315 pixels tall. However, anything not that size can naturally be resized/positioned to fit.

Since this is BTSC's page we're talking about here (you should "like" it, if you haven't already), we'd ideally like something that would somehow set us apart from just-another-Steelers-page. But we'll pick through anything you want to send us that meets Facebook's guidelines - if it's awesome, it might get chosen!

IMPORTANT NOTE: Our cover photo isn't going to be permanent. The initial winning image will be up for at least a couple months or so, but we would rotate it at some point to give exposure to other cool designs we get. So this is a short- and long-term thing - we need something to be the inaugural image come March 30 (in three weeks), but we'll always be taking submissions for it in the future.

RELATED INCENTIVE/REWARD NOTE: We've got an idea of what it'll be, but it hasn't been finalized yet so we'll wait to officially announce it. What we can say, is that we won't be limiting reward to whoever is the first winner - we'll give something to anyone who makes an image that we ever choose to use as a cover photo!

So that should more or less cover it for now (awful pun not intended). Send any submissions to barnerburner@gmail.com and ask any questions in the comments. We'll post about this again as we get closer to the 30th, but throw this a rec in the meantime so it'll hopefully stay near the top of the fanposts even after we get into the frenzy of news that's sure to drop this coming week.



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Report: Roethlisberger & Harrison Ready To Restructure Contracts To Help With Salary Cap

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting early Wednesday morning that that the agents of Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and linebacker James Harrison have both said that their clients are agreeable to restructuring their contracts before the start of the NFL's new year to help the team get in compliance with the salary cap. March 13th is the magic date that the Steelers need to be in compliance with the cap and it has long been speculated that both Roethlisberger and Harrison would be potential restructure candidates. Both restructured their contracts prior to the start of Read more [...]

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Taylor’s Contract Gets Redone to Help Steelers with the Cap

The Steelers have restructured the contract of yet another defensive player, this time it’s cornerback Ike Taylor.

According to Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk, Taylor lowered his $ 5.75 million in 2012 base salary to the league minimum $ 825,000, with the remaining $ 4.925 million converted into a signing bonus. The restructure lowers Taylor’s salary cap number from $ http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif7.5625 million to $ 4.279 million, a savings of $ 3.283 million in 2012.

Combined with the restructuring of Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley’s contracts from this week, both of which were first reported and detailed on Mac’s Football Blog, and the release of Arnaz Battle and Bryant McFadden, the Steelers have cleared over $ 18 million off their 2012 salary cap.

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Ike Taylor also restructures his contract to help the Steelers cap issues

The Steelers have been busy, busy this week.  Ike Taylor who just signed a 4 year contract last year has also agreed to restructure his contract.  ProFootballTalk is reporting that Taylor who was scheduled to make $ 5.75 million in base salary this year is going to go down to the league minimum for his experience which is $ 825,000 for salary and take the rest as a signing bonus now.  This move saved the Steelers $ 3.28 million in cap space.
According to PFT between Woodley, Timmons and Taylor’s restructures the Steelers have gotten down nearly $ 15 million dollars closer to getting under the cap.  I’m sure there will be a few more to come.

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NFL Pro Bowl: Can Boosting Players’ Motivation Help Save It?

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I realize the Pro Bowl is old news by now, if that isn't an oxymoron. But the problem with things that happen on an infrequent basis and have proven to be unsatisfactory is that everybody complains at the time, but nobody does anything about it until the next one is imminent and it is too late to do anything differently. So I believe the time to explore ideas about how to fix the Pro Bowl is now.

When I was a kid, my mom got Good Housekeeping magazine. Despite the title it wasn't entirely about housekeeping by any means, but it was pretty much about girl stuff. One of the columns that I enjoyed was "Can This Marriage Be Saved?" A couple whose marriage was on the rocks would meet with a pair of counselors. The counselors talked to each person alone, broke down what their issues were, and then counseled with the two together to figure out how the issues could be resolved in a manner that was fair to both parties.

I would say the compact between football fans and players in re the Pro Bowl has definitely hit a rough patch, and the Pro Bowl might not weather the storm. So let's step back for a moment and try to look at the situation from both sides, a la the Good Housekeeping column. What are the issues, and are the conflicting needs reconcilable, or should we all just forget about it?

From the fan side, the Pro Bowl has deteriorated to the point where it isn't worth watching, or so many fans say. You could actually hear the fans booing in sufficient numbers that it was obvious on the telecast during this year's game.

Although the younger players that got on the field later in the game were putting some energy and effort into it, this wasn't really true earlier on. At the beginning of the game the linemen might just as well have been playing "Rock, Paper, Scissors" for all the good they were doing. A few of them made the effort to at least make it somewhat entertaining, but mostly they were at best going through the motions.

The fans, I believe, feel that they have invested money, energy, and, for lack of a better word, love in the players for their team, and they want to see a bit of gratitude, in the form of some genuine effort being expended. Even the youngest players are probably making more money in a year than the vast majority of their fans make in five to ten years. And they are making it for just playing football. What's the problem?

The players, on the other hand, have just spent half of the previous year being mauled, pummeled, and beaten up on an almost daily basis. And that is just by their coaches. They also have to play other teams, who are filled with men who, at least temporarily, desire to do them harm at some level or other.

They work out daily, when many other people are still in bed. There is probably never a moment when significant portions of their body don't hurt, and they may have to play with injuries that would keep most people home on their couch.

And if all that wasn't bad enough, they are seeing more and more evidence that they aren't likely to have a comfortable life after football. Between the knees that don't work or the arthritis that may develop early in life and the looming spectre of significant brain damage, in their heart they know that there is a major price to pay for their career.

And yes, if they are lucky they'll have made a lot of money. But all of them know players who managed their money poorly or were ripped off by dishonest friends or family members or advisors and ended up with nothing to show for their career except the physical damage they sustained. They realize, if they allow themselves to see it, that the cushy life-style to which they've become accustomed isn't likely to be possible after football unless they've been wiser than most with their money.

So from their standpoint, why would they risk further pain, long-term health consequences, or even a career-ending injury in a meaningless game? The stakes just don't merit it.

The counselor trying to fix this relationship is the NFL. There is nothing the NFL likes less than a large group of seriously unhappy fans. But the needs and aims of the two parties in the dispute seem irreconcilable. The fans want an exciting football game, and the players don't want to get hurt. Can this game be saved?

For what it's worth, here's my take. From the fan side, I think that there are somewhat unrealistic expectations. The fans want to come home from work to see the players in a little frilly apron, whomping up a hot, home-cooked meal in an immaculate house (to use a thoroughly early-60s illustration.) The players, on the other hand, aren't really acknowledging the fans have a legitimate beef. They feel like they have been whomping up the home cooking for months on end with no relief, and if they want to have a day where they kick off the high heels and watch a soap opera or two, that is perfectly reasonable. Just because the fans are bringing home the bacon doesn't mean that the players don't have needs, too.

Well, that was awkward. But hopefully you see the point. So what are the options, given this set of conflicting aims and needs?

One possibility, which was recently put forth by Roger Goodell, is to eliminate the Pro Bowl altogether. Let's just admit that it isn't salvageable and move on with our lives.

But surely it's worth exploring some other possibilities before throwing in the towel. Perhaps the problem is that the motivation for the players is insufficient to expect them to give their best effort—or even a reasonable one. What is their motivation, anyhow?

I have to say that when I found out that the motivation for the winning team of the Pro Bowl was that a) their conference gets home-field status for the next year's Super Bowl, and b) that they get a $ 50,000 check instead of a $ 25,000 one, I was astonished. The whole point of incentives is lost if the value of the incentives is minimal. Let's think about this from the players' standpoint for a moment.

First, the whole home-field thing. Who cares, really? Even if you currently play for a team that might be expected to have a chance to compete in the next Super Bowl, what does home-field advantage get you? Maybe the locker rooms are nicer. You couldn't care less what color jersey you're wearing. The chances of you actually being at your home stadium are pretty remote. I suppose it might be a bit embarrassing to be the away team at your own stadium, but I expect that the vast majority of the players can live with that possibility. Maybe the players actually feel a huge sense of conference pride, but probably not. If your AFC team cuts you after the Pro Bowl is over, are you going to refuse to sign with another team because they belong to the NFC?

Then there's the money. For the great majority of football fans, $ 25,000 is a significant sum of money. I would venture to guess that for most of the players in the Pro Bowl $ 25,000 is not that big a deal. Look at it this way. James Harrison restructured his contract for the 2011 season, making his base salary $ 1.25 million. That's hardly top money for a linebacker. For example, Elvis Dumervil was paid a $ 14,000,000 salary in 2011. (Admittedly, he is the highest-paid OLB.)

James Harrison's salary breaks down to about $ 78,000 per game during the season, and of course playoff games are extra. So the extra money to win the Pro Bowl is less than 1/3 of a regular game salary, or about 2% of his season pay, before you even consider bonuses or extra money for playoff games. For purposes of comparison, for the average worker (2011 average annual salary being calculated as around $ 41,500) that is $ 830. Nice to have, but not worth putting yourself in a position where you might not be able to work at your current job ever again, and with no guarantee that you can find income to replace that yearly $ 41,500. If you already know you're getting $ 830, you're not likely to knock yourself out and put yourself at risk for an extra $ 830.

So let's look at some ways to provide incentives for the players that might actually be motivational. The money part is easier. You shouldn't get paid unless your team wins. $ 0 for the players in the losing conference, $ 75,000 for the players in the winning conference. $ 75,000 is still only about a half a percent of Elvis Dumervil's income, but for the majority of the players it starts to look more like real money. As for the QBs, they are all crazy competitors, so you don't have to worry about an incentive for them.

The conference part is harder, but there should surely be something that affects all the players in a conference that would be more of a motivation than who gets to wear their home uniforms in the Super Bowl. Perhaps during out-of-conference games for the following season, instead of a coin toss, the team from the winning conference gets to say whether they want the ball or not. Surely there is something sufficiently worthwhile that it would provide the motivation to make the Pro Bowl players actually want to win.

But perhaps I'm approaching this from the wrong end. Perhaps the problem isn't the players but the fan expectation that the Pro Bowl resemble an ordinary football game. Perhaps the best fix would be to make it so very different that there could be no danger of mistaking it for NFL football. After brainstorming with my son, here are some ideas.

The whole issue with the Pro Bowl is that it should be reasonably safe for the players and yet still entertaining for the audience. Football is, after all, entertainment, although there is a tendency by the NFL to try to pitch it as something much more significant than that. So if you want the game to be entertaining, set it up in a way that facilitates that, and reward those who contribute to it the most.

Eliminate helmets and pads. Each player would be required to wear the jersey of their team, and to be sufficiently covered otherwise, shall we say, but beyond that the sky's the limit. Completely relax the usual rules. Non-protective hats, non-regulation shoes that aren't actually unsafe, "flair," you name it. The NFL took one step in that direction this year by not only allowing tweeting during the game but actually setting up tweeting stations and encouraging it.

Have a second set of referees on the field that award style points, or give style demerits. Bring them in from Project Runway or American Idol or some such. Allow the world at large to contribute to the voting for said style points via tweets or emails during the game.

This would, of course, begin with the uniforms, but high-stepping, creative ways to get the ball downfield, choreographed touchdown celebrations (or even first down celebrations,) and other things that take this game out of the lock-step conformity that the NFL attempts to impose during the rest of the year could all garner major style points. A sort of sporting Feast of Fools, you might say. A good example in the game we just watched was the pair of defensive linemen that exchanged places in the lineup by one of them somersaulting to the new location. I gave that major style points.

As for the actual game, let the QBs pick teams for a 5-on-5, with all players playing both sides of the field. Have several games going on at once, with a montage-style television screen. The thought of, say, Casey Hampton being forced to play WR is pretty awesome. Imagine the suspense. Can he actually catch anything? If he does, can he actually run more than five yards? That's high drama right there. It could be tournament-style, with a winner-takes-all cash prize.

In fact, take all the money that currently goes to paying the players, and divide it in half. After all, the players are already getting a free Hawaiian vacation for themselves and their families. One half of the pot would be the prize for the tournament winners, and the other half would be divided between a number of style prizes. These prizes might not be awarded a lot of money, but I suspect they would be sought after and very prestigious, at least among the players that weren't completely embarrassed by the whole idea. I'm quite sure that Antonio Brown, for instance, would be working his hardest to obtain as many prizes as possible.

But, you may protest, this isn't football anymore. Well, the Pro Bowl game is never going to be a real football game anyhow. So why not make it into an opportunity for the players to reveal a bit of their real personality?

Well, that's all I've got. Feel free to tell me how dumb these ideas are, as long as you come up with something better, or at least something besides "The Pro Bowl sucks, get rid of it." So here we go, Steeler Nation! Let's see if this marriage can be saved.



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Ryan Clark Discusses Not Playing In Denver, How He’ll Help Team Prepare

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Andrew Fillipponi and Clark opened things up discussing the number one question on everyone’s mind regarding Ryan, his status for this week’s game against the Broncos and how he’s dealing with the news that he won’t be allowed to play.

Clark wanted to play because it’s the playoffs, but Coach Tomlin made the decision saying he wouldn’t let his son play under these circumstances, so he won’t let him play despite team doctor’s clearing him.

Given that he’s not playing this week because of his sickle-cell trait, Ryan told us what his week will be like leading up to the game, and how he’ll be working on the scout team to help his teammates get ready.

Ryan also talked about the Broncos offense saying it’s an “unorthodox” NFL offense because you’ll get your Quarterback killed running it.

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