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This week “U Crazy, Brother?” Pittsburgh sports fans are crazy about how the NFL is handling the Steelers-Titans’ postponement.
They are also mad at the Steelers’ attempt to make a 3-0 start. Crazy at the Penguins for trading Patrick Hornkvist. And crazy about the presidential debate.
I am crazy too Because I agree with almost all your displeasure!
It is not supposed to be about this weekly section. Agreement !?
Pfft! Where is the fun in that
After the Steelers improved to 3–0 on Sunday, I reported that their rivals were 0–9 combined players.
To be fair, I also mentioned that Tennessee was 1-8. And I mentioned that many of the top teams in the AFC have yet to play very tough schedules.
As you might think – find a nice thread in our comments section.
Here’s what Paul offered.
“A team has gone undefeated in NFL history. One. Any win in the NFL is a good win. And a solid win. This is not a college. This is professional football. Prove 3-0. 3-0 sends a statement.“
Statement? Eh, I don’t know if the “statement” is saying this differently from head coach Mike Tomlin. “Hey! Maybe we won’t punk any rotten team in the game, we’re clearly going to win this year!“
There are 13 games to go. And there are still some dog adversaries on that schedule. So let’s not get ahead of ourselves. But the Steelers may have kicked that annoying habit for a year.
Now, you want a true “statement” from the Steelers? Go to Tennessee and win. Return to 4-0 for the first time since 1979. Two more wins against the Philadelphia Eagles and the Cleveland Browns. On October 25, Baltimore is going 6–0 in a game against the Ravens.
It is a statement.
Brian Metzger and I finalized the season’s regular hockey podcast this week. We spent a lot of time discussing the Patrik Hornkvist trade to the Florida Panthers.
JT had some thoughts in our comments section.
“Playoff hockey is won in front of the net. And Penn, by Sully’s insistence, is one of the easiest teams in the league to play against. This trade made him worse in that regard. I don’t have a problem with trading (Hornkvist), but the withdrawal made it easier to play against him. Now nobody is afraid to play against them.“
I don’t think Hornkvist really put “fear” in any other team. He only annoyed the daylight out of all that he faced.
And there is something to be said for that.
On the penalty kill – and possibly on the foreskit – Colton Sesiever is believed to bring some of that tough element. And defenseman Mike Matheson should make it difficult to play against the team in terms of his skating ability.
But, no, there is no replica of Hornkvist’s tenacity and pure-fronted presence found in his return from Florida. Nor is it evident in anyone in their farm system. Nor will they be able to find it on the trade market or free agency until they get a higher salary.
In other words, yes. I agree.
A lot of Steelers fans are upset about how the NFL is handling the NFL Kovid-19 hot spot in the Titans locker room.
Many feel that the NFL should play the game only on Sundays because many healthy players can play as Tennessee’s muster. Or, at most, move the game to Monday, while not to Tuesday.
Also, on social media I saw a lot of fans get out of shape with the idea of betting their stakes to accommodate the Steelers, Titans and Baltimore Ravens being pushed out of this weekend’s slate.
This is a chance for the NFL to set an example of how they will deal with it. Taking the game to Tuesday is not the right move. Hopefully it will be pushed to just Monday.
– Randy Dineen (@ randydeen) September 30, 2020
I don’t get why you can’t do two Monday night games. They did this to open the season, didn’t they? Especially if you give them two weeks to make programming changes.
– WMBO (@ DJWUMB0) September 30, 2020
What if a team loses 4 people to an injury in a game that cannot play the next game? Do they get goodbye? No, play the game.
– Joe Kubki (@jo_kubki) September 29, 2020
It is not a big deal to take the game to Monday night. The weather has done this before. If the 24-hour delay allows both teams to play and maintain the sanctity of their schedule, then so be it.
In addition, waiting as long as possible gives the most time to identify positive cases as they possibly can. Let’s not forget that the health of the Steelers roster is being preserved in this sense.
But a separate compromise from health is being made by asking the Steelers to play Tuesday’s game, then host Philadelphia next Sunday. He is also an extremist. Especially since the club has another short week when they play Ravens on Thanksgiving.
Recovering Byers is also a burden on the Steelers. It should not be the responsibility of the Steelers to take an undefined, undeclared, quick bye (while they practice all week) and then play 13 weeks of straight football as another team fell ill.
It is possible that the Steelers would prefer to work on a shorter week or sacrifice the comfort of their current buy to play a team with recent positive tests. But what if the two teams deal with it again after the by-election? What if a team is already scheduled to play on Thursday?
What should happen here Play the game Monday night. If it cannot because more positive tests will continue on Tuesday.
But, if Tuesday becomes necessary, move on to next week’s Steelers-Eagles game by Monday so the Steelers have extra time to rest. And move the current Monday night game (Saints vs. Chargers) to Sunday afternoon. Or just have two Monday night games next week.
If a game can be moved to Nashville, the game can be done in Pittsburgh and New Orleans. Forget the television “flex guidelines”. And anyway there are zero (or limited) fans in the stands for these games.
The NFL is essentially saying that it is a league problem. So if Pittsburgh is adjusting for the good of the league, everyone else should also adjust for the well being of the league.
Last Thursday, I saw this tweet about some coronovirus rules being raised for on-field officials during ACC football games.
News from the ACC: Football officials will be allowed to use traditional whistles in the game later this week, following a consultation with the Medical Advisory Group. Officers can pull down their masks when imminent and let them down through live ball periods.
– Andrea Adelson (@aadelsonESPN) September 24, 2020
I didn’t even know they were guidelines. And my goodness, how supremely silly, anal-retaliatory, pointless and alternatively driven were those guidelines.
When I expressed that opinion on Twitter, someone named “R Winters”.
“How to respect adults who are trying to come up with best practices to play games safely. Some things work. Some things are not. They will learn and adjust as they go.“
Well, here is an adjustment all of us should make when it comes to formulating the “rules” surrounding the Kovid-19 for the game, and beyond.
Let us ask ourselves whether any measure we are debating is possibly being implemented for practicality, or for showmanship. Let’s ask ourselves are we approving or participating in essential health practices?Political theater. ”
And let’s ask ourselves whether what we’re doing is in the best interest of safety overall, or just in the best interest of getting “Coronabros” approval on social media.
Because the main reason the referee goes back to the “traditional whistle”, the electrics they were using in the first few matches of this season could not be heard by the players, and student-athletes were exposed to dangerous late hits Were coming
But, of course, there is a one in 100 million chance that a judge with his mask is going to broadcast Kovid through an old-fashioned whistle during a play on a 100-yard field.
Apparently, it’s a lot more dangerous than a 300-pound lineman who dives late on a tackle because he didn’t know he should stop. right?
Oh, excuse me, you were saying something about adults instituting “best practices”. Please proceed
Finally, a tweet came to my feed that compared this week’s presidential debate to a professional wrestling match.
– blitzburgvideo (@blitzvideo) September 30, 2020
Fine. That’s enough. I know you are trying to be funny. But let’s be clear.
It is dry. Dismissed. Insult. Of abusive. Unnecessary. And outrageous…
… towards professional wrestling.
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