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.
"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."
"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."
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.
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]
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.
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.
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?
Three more days until Steelers football really kicks in.
Grab your towels, wash your jerseys and get your minds right.