Random thoughts: Is Pittsburg still to be admired?

by Gary Shelton on March 17, 2019 · 0 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs, Tampa Bay Lightning

Sunday, 3 a.m.

Once, the Pittsburgh Steelers were the most stable franchise in the NFL. They have great ownership, terrific coaching and a wonderful scouts. They were the team other teams wanted to be. Even if they didn't win the title, they maintained excellence.

Now? Not so much.

In recent months, the Steelers have been forced to give away Antonio Brown for very little and watched Le'Veon Bell leave for nothing. Now comes the accusation from a former teammate the Ben Roethlisberger, upset about a play call, intentionally fumbled a football.

Suddenly, Pittsburgh is like everyone else. And it's a shame. The world needs more Steelers and fewer Bills.

-- Just read a telling piece on Jets' running back Le'Veon Bell. If there were 20 paragraphs in the story, 18 of them were about money. Doesn't that show you where his head is?

-- It won't surprise anyone, but I hate the new rule that says -- as of 2020 -- pitchers will have to face a minimum of three batters. That seems to benefit the rich clubs who can snap up all of the pitchers and hurt the poor clubs who try to get by with playing matchup.

-- So did the Bucs think Dirk Koetter was standing in the way of an 11-win season? I realize the cap numbers are tough, but how does this team get from 5-11 to the playoffs by signing three guys named Ned?

-- Did you see that Aaron Hernandez is a murderer again? The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court threw out an antiquated law that would have let Hernandez off because he had an appeal pending when he committed suicide.  Hernandez, legally, is once again a villain.

-- Talk about lousy shoppers. Did you hear that the NCAA is investigating Kansas football. The Jayhawks are 18-97 since October of 2009. What? Are they paying tennis players to be offensive tackles?

-- Question: If you go forward five years, will the Bucs still be at the bottom of the NFC South? 10 years? 20 years?

-- The Cardinals signed J.R. Sweezy to a two-year contract? They evidently need a guard who can miss a block in a key situation.

-- Here's a question: Of Bradley Pinion, Deone Bucannon, Shaquil Barrett or Breshard Perriman, who is the best player?

-- And salute to the guy who can pick any of them out of a lineup.

-- The Rams are having Blake Bortles in for a visit, I suppose, for comic relief.

-- When Dan Marino talks to Bob Griese, do they talk about how the Dolphins have two quarterbacks who have played as much as, well, you. Jake Rudock has thrown five career passes and Luke Falk has zero. Yeah, that'll scare the Patriots.

-- The Raiders have parted ways with former Buc Donald Penn. The Patriots have parted ways with former Buc Adrian Clayborn. Just to be safe, the Bucs have parted ways with Josh Freeman again.

--Do you think that John Elway has become the Tim Tebow of NFL general managers?

-- I read the 2020 mock draft by Walterfootball.com. Gee. The Bucs are down to pick fifth in that draft, too.

-- When did the Chiefs become the Raiders?

-- Did you catch the news from Bradley University, which has restricted a the access of a 29-year reporter because he didn't "promote the brand?" Never mind that a reporter's job isn't in promotions, but I'd offer that the moron who came up with this idea did more to demote the school's brand than anyone. Gee. How much restriction would I face if I suggest the guy is an imbecile?

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