The heavens must have heard my complaining yesterday. Today is chalk full of Steelers related news. Let’s get to it…
The Steelers and the Penguins continue to make the city of Pittsburgh proud. They continue the tradition of calling this city the ‘City of Champions.’ ESPN The Magazine will come out with its Ultimate Standings on Friday – part of which ranks the best franchises in sports. Pittsburgh will be the only city with two franchises in the top 10: The Steelers will be at #7 and the Penguins #10. There are at least 10 categories that determine the final ranking. One important category to note is that the Steelers ranked #3 in ownership (Penguins rank #4 or #5…. the article goofed and said both). Our lowly Pirates came in at 70th if anyone was wondering… was anyone wondering?
Hines Ward was on the NFL Network last night and was asked to rank his top 10 receivers in the NFL. Not surprisingly, Ward did not include himself in the top 10. However, a teammate did make the list – Mike Wallace came in at #10, mainly because of his speed. Andre Johnson and Calvin Johnson take the top two spots. Ward works with Calvin during the offseason in Atlanta and has great respect for him. Check out the link to get the complete list. I think he’s pretty right in most cases. Ward is an upfront no BS guy. I think his list reflects that. I would have put Wes Welker in at 9 or 10 myself because of his huge impact at the slot. But still a solid list.
Matt Bowen of NFP takes some time to break down some game footage of Ryan Clark’s key interception during last season’s AFC Championship game versus the Ravens. Grant it that Flacco’s throw was about two strides too deep for his receiver. But, as Bowen points out Clark’s read on the play helped get him that far down and over to the near side of the field to put himself in a position to make the play. If he’s not there, I doubt it’s a catch. But this was another key turnover in the Steelers comeback win over the Ravens in that game.
And a final note: The Steelers have hired a new communications director. Burt Lauten, who hails from my alum Westminster College, has been with the team since 2005 and will take over as communications director in the upcoming weeks. Congrats.