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« on: Sep 26, 2013 at 10:05 »

I trace the beginning of the Steelers' decline to the Santonio Holmes trade, which corresponds to the first major mark Art Rooney II made on this team. The guy was traded as a scapegoat for Ben's behavior, but he was never in any serious trouble as far as I can remember. Holmes talked about smoking pot on Twitter? What hypocritical horseshit. First off, most NFL players are in so much pain between games, they should probably qualify for medicinal use. And secondly, Ta'amu bangs into people driving drunk before leading police on a sprint through downtown, and he got a second chance to come back. WTF? It didn't happen to take place the same week Ben made a spectacle of himself somewhere, though, so there was less of a PR need to take action.

Oh, and trading him to play in the media capital of the world for millions of dollars sure taught him a lesson, I'm sure.

But the point is, the team was arrogant about talent. Holmes took the two-minute offense with him, apparently, because ever since he left, we have failed in pretty much every come-from-behind drive since his departure. Think he wouldn't have made a difference in the Super Bowl in Green Bay?

Granted, he's one player, and we have other problems but we've been especially weak at WR, which, had that not been the case, may have had a cascading effect on the rest of the offense.
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« Reply #1 on: Sep 26, 2013 at 10:36 »

Our QB looked a little sharper with Heath, Hines & Holmes.

Current SI has a piece on Ward training for a triathlon.  Said he's down to 196 from 232 lbs. I'd sign him right now.
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« Reply #2 on: Sep 26, 2013 at 12:15 »

Yeah, Courtney Hawkins could probably come back and start for this team.  That's about the level of productivity we're seeing now.
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« Reply #3 on: Sep 26, 2013 at 18:40 »

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« Reply #4 on: Sep 26, 2013 at 20:14 »

How about my main man Bobby Shaw?
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« Reply #5 on: Sep 26, 2013 at 20:22 »

Wasn't it Stewart to Shaw on that long TD in Baltimore (SNF or MNF), many moons ago?

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« Reply #6 on: Sep 27, 2013 at 08:51 »

Wasn't it Stewart to Shaw on that long TD in Baltimore (SNF or MNF), many moons ago?




Of course.  I was looking for Bill Hillgrove's radio call of that play and stumbled upon this list of great moments of the last decade.

http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/sports/steelers/top-10-plays-of-the-decade-232575/
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« Reply #7 on: Sep 27, 2013 at 09:01 »

It's at 5:00 minute mark, below.

2001 Steelers Season Highlights IV
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« Reply #8 on: Sep 27, 2013 at 10:51 »

Yinz all have selective memories of that season.

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