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Success or failure Pittsburgh’s running game doesn’t lie with Le’Veon Bell

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Joe Greene retires from Pittsburgh’s personnel department

Joe Greene has retired from his post as a special assistant to Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert, the club said Monday. A 1o-time Pro Bowler at defensive tackle, Greene starred on some vaunted Steelers defenses throughout his career, which ran from 1969-81. After his retirement from the field of play, Greene was the Steelers’ defensive&#…

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Steelers New Offensive Line Coach Jack Bicknell Jr.’s First Interview Since Joining Pittsburgh’s Coaching Staff

Yesterday the Steelers hired Jack Bicknell Jr. as their offensive line coach to replace the recently departed Sean Kugler. The Steelers are hoping that Bicknell can bring consistency to the offensive line and help the Steelers build a running attack that rivals what they had in the early 2000′s. Last season Bicknell worked with the Kansas City Ch…

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Steelers vs. Browns: Addition of Plaxico Burress could boost Pittsburgh’s sagging red zone numbers

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The Fans Don’t Realize How Close Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger Was To Death

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have their biggest game of the season and they will have to play it without their starting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers almost lost big Ben permanently, his sprained right throwing shoulder injury is nothing compared to the rib injury he suffered. The rib injury he suffered could have penetrated his aorta. If…

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BTSC Mailbag: Answering Steelers-Related Questions In Advance Of Pittsburgh’s Week 5 Game Vs. Philadelphia

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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert: Plaxico Not Necessarily On Pittsburgh’s Radar

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert visits with Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan’s Vinnie &…

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Will Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisber Have Mike Wallace To Throw To In 2012?

What are the Pittsburgh Steelers waiting for in the re-signing of the young talented wide receiver Mike Wallace? We are a month into free agency and Wallace’s future as a Pittsburgh Steeler is still surrounded with a question mark. The question remains if Ben Roethlisberger will have one of his favorite targets to throw to in 2012. The Steelers didn’t sign Hines Ward who we saw retire rather than trade in his Black and Gold to play for another team and the Steelers have had plenty of shake-ups in their coaching staff. Why they haven’t given Wallace a new deal is anyone’s guess at this point.
Wallace the three year veteran has played well for the Steelers. In 2011 he played in all 16 games and had 72 receptions for 1,193 yards and scored 8 touchdowns. In 2010 Wallace caught 60 passes from Big Ben and had 1,257 yards for a 21.0 yard average. Not bad right? What the heck are the Steelers waiting for with Wallace, there are plenty of teams that would love to have…

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Pittsburgh’s Best Sports Blogs Final: BTSC vs. Pitt Script


Now, it’s for real.

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?!?”

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BTSC Catches Up With Pittsburgh’s Best Sports Blogger Contest Creator

FILE - Even NFL officials are gathering to vote for Pittsburgh's Best Sports Blog. Whomever they choose, expect a fine to be given to James Harrison. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

The Pittsburgh’s Best Sports Blogs tournament is underway, and No. 1 seed Behind The Steel Curtain took a first-round victory over Pirates blog Hyzdu Headquarters.

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.

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