For all 32 forwards, 17 defensemen and six goaltenders reporting to the Penguins' 48th training camp on this 18th of September, the only number that matters is 16.
Marcus Gilbert allowed Elvis Dumervil to get around him. And to go right through him. But on this day, the Steelers' right tackle wasn't allowing anything to slip by.
Tony Watson held the game in his left hand, essentially, and only he and Russell Martin knew what was coming next. Except that they really didn't.
DEJAN KOVACEVIC, DK ON PITTSBURGH SPORTS Kent Tekulve, the closer for the Pirates’ World Series champions in 1979 and popular analyst on their current games for Root Sports, had a...
Well, 'Hm-hah!' as Myron Cope used to exclaim. What did we witness at the Steelers' Monday practice, their first since being obliterated on both sides of the ball in Baltimore?
The instant the ball made impact with Matt Szczur's bat and seared toward third base, with fellow Cubs at first and second, the Pirates' infield experienced individual flashes.
It was 57 degrees all through the Pirates' 7-3 cutdown of the Cubs, and all around PNC Park the patrons had broken out their hoodies, sweatshirts and windbreakers.
On one stomach-turning sequence in the Steelers' 26-6 loss to the Ravens, Troy Polamalu, Ike Taylor and Ryan Shazier all whiffed on exquisite chances to take down Steve Smith.
Roger Goodell isn't on the verge of being disgraced. He's already disgraced. Let's get that much straight right now, no matter how dulled it might be inside his deluded head.
To dispense with this right off the top: Neither the Steelers nor the Browns experienced anything especially transformational at halftime Sunday.
They never saw the video. Until Monday, of course, when all of us saw it. They never saw Ray Rice smash his girlfriend in the face with a left hook.
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Those were the Cleveland Bleeping Browns out there. No, check that, those were the Browns with Brian Hoyer at QB not long after carrying clipboards on the South Side.
The only thing more damp than the Highmark Stadium pitch was the mood itself late Saturday night. The Riverhounds were all strewn about.
The official Pitt football playbook is as thick as a small tree trunk and weighs a solid three pounds, if you ask Chad Voytik. He ought to know.
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I keep coming back to the same thought: The cumulative winning percentage of opponents on the 2014 schedule is .469, an eighth-place tie for the NFL's easiest.
The single most significant message the Steelers could possibly take from back-to-back 8-8 seasons is that something's got to change.
Neal Huntington sees it. He does. And I'd have to believe he feels it, too, when his Pirates have a day like Sunday at PNC Park.
The totality of all that Pitt achieved in its 125th football opener could be summarized by the state of one finger on one player.