Talent isn’t always going to win. You’ve got to have heart. You’ve got to be smart. You’ve got to be ready.
Cam Heyward (via AP)

Fail Hard…

"i missed more than 9000 shots in my career. i’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times i’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot, and missed. i’ve failed over and over and over again in my life…and that is why i succeed."

A little #InspirationTuesday, if you will. 

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here’s to hoping we failed hard, so that we [ultimately] succeed.

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here we go. 

Over/Under on Selfie Penalties = 16…

Can’t believe it has come to this, but I’m awfully glad that it has. 

Clean it up, Tomlin. 

Here we go.

5 Star Matchup Coming In Hot…

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dude, just lay your eyes on this.

the jags literally have the worst defense in the league.

they’re not just “bad”, they’re “awful”.  

as in, giving up an average of almost 500 (451.3 to be exact) yards, and 38 points a game - a full 60+ yards and 8+ points beyond the next worst, which oh by the way, is the bucs. 

even better, they’re also staring at the league’s least prolific offense. 

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280 yards less than the next closest bottom feeder (Oakland), who just fired their head coach.

in other words…

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it doesn’t get much worse than that without an all out nuclear armageddon or some biological warfare somehow involved. 

honestly, the jags are so far and away deficient on both sides of the ball, if the steelers can’t hang 30+ on them with ben, bell, blount, brown, heath, and wheaton, just call me in 2015.

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here we go.  

This Is Where It Ends…

back-to-back 8-8 seasons. 

bipolar offense, untrustworthy defense. 

bouncing between the tin man and scarecrow - one week if they only had a heart, the next if they only had a brain. 

the physical game is how it plays out, but the mental game is how it’s won, and right now the steelers are only winning against themselves.

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i could go on, but i won’t. 

the steelers have been undisciplined not only on the field, in terms of in-game execution, but also in their mental acuity from week-to-week. 

so far, the only consistency has been the lack thereof. 

when you don’t know who a team is, that’s an identity problem, and the steelers have a full blown one right now.

but i don’t want to be the guy standing next to a dumpster fire holding a can full of gas, so let me try and offer something constructive here.

i think like any reasonably level-headed steeler fan, i’d almost rather the steelers pick - are they going to ride the emotional rollercoaster like it’s an open bar at your cousin’s wedding, or are they going to lose 10 to 14 games?

or, are they going to win 10 to 14 games? 

that question may have already been answered, and it was an obviously leading one anyhow, but it’s time for the steelers to put their cards on the table in the locker room. 

what’s it gonna be - are you going to focus, and play with (and teach/preach!) discipline, or are you going to make stupid mistakes and get into close games with winless teams that you end up losing?

we’ve seen that movie before, and we know how the latter scenario ends. 

it’s time to draw a line in the sand.

and this means mike tomlin. 

i can’t remember one single instance of when i’ve called HCMT out. 

i’m doing it right now. 

i believe in you, but i think it’s time to have a “come to jesus” before the record (and the season) starts to get away from us. 

banning recreational games from the locker room ain’t gonna do it this year. 

it’s time to unleash hell in september. 

because we have to. 

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here we go. 

If you can’t believe that just happened, that’s because it was unbelievable. 

The Steelers had a great game against themselves today, committing approximately 1000 penalties, missing a field goal, committing an unfortunate early turnover, and getting cute with the game on the line. 

Somebody send this to the Steelers so they know what to do next time they’re choking…

Don’t think any more about this game than you already have. 

Headed down to Jagoffville next week. 

If you can’t beat what right now is another 0-3 team with the worst defense in the league, oh boy. 

There we went.

Woof.

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New year, same old MPIE. 
It is with great pride that I present to you the inaugural Meeting People Is Easy of 2014. 
If you’re new to the premise, it’s very simple. 
Five inane questions, responses from pillars of the Pittsburgh sports community, hilarity abounds. 
This week’s panel is as follows:1) Andrew2) Monica3) Tim4) Nick5) Mike6) Sarah7) Josh8) Me
I sincerely hope you enjoy their witty banter as much as I do. 
And in case you haven’t already, hit up the preview for all the hype you need this week. 
24 hours or so, people. 

Here we go.

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New year, same old MPIE. 

It is with great pride that I present to you the inaugural Meeting People Is Easy of 2014. 

If you’re new to the premise, it’s very simple. 

Five inane questions, responses from pillars of the Pittsburgh sports community, hilarity abounds. 

This week’s panel is as follows:
1) Andrew
2) Monica
3) Tim
4) Nick
5) Mike
6) Sarah
7) Josh
8) Me

I sincerely hope you enjoy their witty banter as much as I do. 

And in case you haven’t already, hit up the preview for all the hype you need this week. 

24 hours or so, people. 

Here we go.

"merchandise gonna get touched. merchandise coming this way it’s gonna get touched. ok, i like touching merchandise…i ain’t gonna kill him, but i ain’t gonna let him get his job done, because that means i’m not doing mine. understand? UNDERSTAND? DO WE UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER? THAT’S ALL I NEED TO KNOW. "

#tbt 

Not a Steelers memory, but an important reminder of what James Harrison brings to any team he’s a part of. 

Ya dig?

Here we go.

Hate to tell you guys, but it ain’t because he’s old. 

Hate to tell you guys, but it ain’t because he’s old. 

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