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Written by Cotter   
September 09, 2009 17:04

I hear that's a man in the pink shorts.

I'm not convinced.

Either way, in about 26 hours (or 1,560 minutes, or 93,600 seconds) the Steelers 2009 season kicks off once and for all!

Don't worry about being productive at work tomorrow. No one else will be.

The only thing you have to worry about right now is getting fired up!

Liveblog tomorrow night, 8:30 PM.

Are YOU ready???

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[Unnamed] Steelers Pregame Show - 2009, Episode 1... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 09, 2009 12:52

If you were around here for last season, you'll already know about this little exercise that we like to call, "The Show."

As the name suggests, Tec and I were never really able to tap into our respective creativities and come up with a name that was both clever and witty. But we think that given the quality of our commentary, the name fits.

Anyways, I'd love to say that we've improved from last season, but that'd be a blatant lie. If this first show taught us anything, it's that we're beyond rusty. Plus, we only had time for literally two takes, the 2nd of which you will be watching above. However, one thing I can say is that this year's show -- now that we have at least one of them under our belts -- will be 1000 times better than last year's.

This year we're organized. We've got a general outline for how long the show will run and what we'll be covering, we've got a real camera that shoots in HD (as you'll hear, we've gotta tinker with the audio, but) graciously provided by Stan (who is also artfully manning the camera for us), we've got a solid beat provided by Maticulous, and above all, we've got a ton of creative energy.

So despite how this one turned out, you can absolutely look forward to quality entertainment from Tec and I all season long (or as many shows as our "free time" allows us to tape).

That said, if you ever have suggestions as to topics you'd like us to address, feel free to e-mail us and let us know.

Without further ado, enjoy the [Unnamed] Steelers Pregame Show 2009 - Episode 1.

Then, feel free to watch it again over at PSaMP.

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I Love It... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 09, 2009 09:11
"Ms. McNulty's contemporaneous statements and conduct prove her allegations are false.
Against this backdrop, her proposal is bizarre and it insults women who have legitimately
suffered from sexual misconduct. We will not participate in a destructive farce.

"We offered Ms. McNulty a graceful exit. Apparently, Mr. Dunlap convinced her that
they can dig themselves out of this rancid hole. The 'settlement' offer is rejected. We
will continue to press our defenses and claims and pursue our application for sanctions."
Ground control to Major McNutcase, Big Ben's legal team has spoken.

Now quit jaggin' around and drop this baseless suit before the proverbial fecal matter really hits the proverbial object with rotating blades that provides a cool breeze.

Go Team Ben!

By the way, when you read the term, "Rancid Hole," how many of you thought he was referring to Baltimore?

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Stop Me If You've Heard This One... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 08, 2009 22:11
"The conditions are that: first, he must admit that he assaulted her; he must deliver to her a letter of apology withdrawing "the false statements and allegations that he and his agents have made about her. And, lastly, he must donate $100,000 to the Committee to Aid Abused Women in Reno, Nev., "or a similar entity designated by the plaintiff."
This settlement offer is a joke.

False allegations?

Are you kidding me?

Regardless of whether or not he takes this offer, Ben will be vindicated.

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Hartwig, Secured! E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 08, 2009 15:35

Well, I'll be damned.

The Steelers actually did sign someone else before the beginning of the season.

I certainly didn't see THAT coming.

Nor did I see it being Justin Hartwig.

But, as the Steelers don't predicate their front office decisions on whether or not they will be shocking to me or anyone else, it's not like if you looked outside right now it'd be the apocalypse.

Anyways, in what should at this point be the last move before Thursday's opener, the Steelers did indeed re-sign veteran Center Justin Hartwig this afternoon. The deal extends Hartwig's contract for three more years, with the team paying him a reported $10 million over the next four seasons (presumably including this one) as well as a $2.1 million signing bonus (NOTE: despite what the headline above suggests, the deal is a three year extension...unless Drew Rosenhaus can't get his client's contract situation straight). And most amazingly, they didn't even have to cut Casey Hampton to do it (that notion is still laughable, by the way)!

Despite the fact that he's 30 (he'll be 31 in November), and a veteran of 83 regular season games, Hartwig was a MAJOR improvement for the Steelers offensive line last season. I'm sure we all remember the Sean Mahan experiment and how well that went. So I suppose it's nice to know we'll (at least in theory) have some continuity at that all important middle position. Plus, we should be thankful that the team found enough cap room to re-sign a Center who at the very least wouldn't get cut by his former team a year after being re-acquired via free agency.

Congratulations, Hartwig!

Beginning this season, we'll look forward to four more years of you dominating Shaun Rogers.

And for you all, in the meantime you can dominate these links...

It wouldn't be Steelers season without China Jack [PSaMP]

Better get your "stomp towel" quick...only two more days 'til Tennessee descends! (h/t Ben!) [Stomp Towels]

Vern treats the Titans with the respect they deserve [You Lay On The Ice Like A Broad]

The NY Times really loves the Steelers lately [NY Times]

Solid Steelers-Titans preview [BTSC]

Meet "Redzone" Willie Parker [Trib]

Santonio not ready to hand over all return duties to Joystick just yet [Trib]

New year, same Terrible Towel chocolate bars [PR Newswire]

Steve's doing some sort of NFL preview...well, his roommates are, just on his blog...anyways, you're just gonna have to go read them (beginning with Buffalo) [Steve Is Alive]

Anyone care to help Sean gain access to Thursday's White House festivities [Sean's Ramblings]

Are people really keeping their kids home from school so they don't have to listen to Obama's "socialist agenda?" [Grumpy Old Dog]

Oh the interesting things you overhear at fast food restaurants [Cheese People]

And finally, if you feel like losing your faith in intelligent life, feel free to read over some of the garbage being spewed on that YouTube video I posted of Michael Griffin talking about the Titans stomping the towel. The cumulative reading level is at about 2nd grade right now.

Dios mio, man.

Thoughts on Hartwig, anyone???

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A Match Made In The Toiletries Aisle Of Heaven... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 08, 2009 07:56

If Head and Shoulders really had to find an NFL player to star in its commercial, it's hard to imagine them finding anyone more appropriate than Troy Polamalu.

And while I almost always love anything Troy does, this time I gotta say eh, mixed results.

I'm happy for him that his flowing locks and acting chops likely got him a handsome reward, but I think we can all agree that this wasn't exactly the Scarface of commercials.

But then, if I had a dollar for every time I watched a sub-par commercial, I probably wouldn't be driving a 1997 Toyota Camry.

Besides, at least he didn't sing...

In other news - the countdown continues...

Just a little less than two and a half more days (as of 10:18 AM). 58 hours. 3,480 minutes. 208,800 seconds (yes, I really did just calculate).

Do you know where YOUR towel is?

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It's Amazing He Put The Twinkie Down Long Enough To Comment... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 07, 2009 10:02

No wonder Lendale White is so fat...he's got the biggest mouth this side of Joey Porter.

I say let him stomp on a terrible towel all he wants.

Just make sure it's a commemorative Super Bowl XLIII towel!

Meanwhile, all the Steelers care about is winning Thursday's season opener.

Someone should ask Lendale White how many games he's won with his mouth.

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Happy Labor Dabor! E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 07, 2009 09:25

Shame on you if you're on the internet today.

Labor Day, of all days, is a day to be a complete waste of life.

The most valuable contribution you can make to the world today is to drink ice cold can beer, gnaw on various barbequed meats and belt "When I think about you, I touch myself" at volume levels that make Rage Against The Machine sound like Enya.

Anyway, in honor of this day of sloth, I've neatly packaged the following news items for you that you may have missed while celebrating your three day booze and bbq fest...

1. After all the Belichickian-like subversiveness about cuts, we finally learned that the 21 Steelers who didn't make the active roster were - QB Mike Reilly, RBs Isaac Redman, Carey Davis and Justin Vincent, K Piotr Czech, OTs Jeremy Parquet and Jason Capizzi, C A.Q. Shipley, DTs Scott Paxson, Sonny Harris and Steve McLendon, TE Dezmond Sherrod, S Roy Lewis, CB (and Special Teams ace) Anthony Madison, LBs Bruce Davis, Donovan Woods, Andy Shantz and Tom Korte; and WR Dallas Baker, Tyler Grisham and Brandon Williams.

2. Once waivers had come and gone, we also learned that the Steelers were able to sign seven [presumably all] solid guys from that list to the practice squad. Those seven men were - Isaac Redman, A.Q. Shipley, Donovan Woods, Steve McLendon, Justin Vincent, Dezmond Sherrod and Tyler Grisham. The Steelers apparently had hoped to have filled the squad's 8th spot with 7th round DT Sonny Harris, but before they had the chance, the Panthers snatched him up. Nevertheless, it looks like they replaced one Harris with another when they added former Titans DB Tuff Harris as the squad's 8th and final man.

3. Your 2009-2010 Steelers captains are Big Ben and Hines on Offense, Potsie and Silverback on Defense, and Jeff Reed and Keyaron Fox on Special Teams.

4. According to Fox Sports and ESPN, the Patriots (after trading Richard Seymour to the Raiders) signed former Steelers G Kendall Simmons. Which I can only conclude means that they were either in the market for a really slow ball boy, a giant paper weight, or their very own Brady Quinn...and by that I mean, someone to hold Tom Brady's clipboard.

5. In the news no one would care about if he wasn't once a notorious jagoff department, the Packers cut former Steelers S Anthony Smith. But don't feel too bad for him. Since he's so good at guaranteeing things, I'm sure he saw this coming.

And lastly, just a point of clarification - when I wrote that I was "irritated with the Steelers" the other day, I wasn't saying I disagreed with their decision. I have the utmost faith in the Steelers front office. Trust me, I'm sure it was the right thing to do. Just, literally, like I said at the time, it was disappointing that he didn't make the active roster. Mind blowing stuff, huh?

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