The Morning Cup of Black & Gold: Steelers News & Notes

Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is hosting a football camp for youths (boy and girls) between the ages 7-14.  What a very cool opportunity for 255 kids.  I’m sure all of them will be different kids walking out of that camp – and probably more as people than as football players.  I can’t think of anyone better on the Steelers roster to host something like this than Tomlin.  His most important goal is ‘letting [the youth] know that they’re capable of chasing their dreams and have the opportunity to live their dreams, like I live mine every day.’  Tomlin wasn’t afforded opportunities like this, and so this message is an important one to pass on to the next gen of young men and women – both football players and non football players.  The two day event is free underwritten by corporate sponsors.

Leigh Steinberg needs to take some lessons and advice from Mike Tomlin in his camp.  Too bad he is too old and is a football agent.  In a post on the NFP, Steinberg argues (terribly I might add) how the salary cap HURTS the NFL – both short term and long term.  His arguments are awful, using baseball as his ‘success story’ for why there shouldn’t be a cap.  His article also takes an apocalyptic feel as he says that the days of dynasties are over, and a teams chance at a Super Bowl run are ruined if one key player is injured on a roster.  Why should he listen to Tomlin?  Because the Steelers (and Packers for that matter) fought through a firestorm of injuries (and suspensions) over the course of the season to key players and still made it to the big dance.  Said Tomlin in the previous article in part of his interview, ‘Sometimes, your journey ends the first week in January. Sometimes, your journey ends on the biggest stage and you come up short. It is what it is. If you’re not that team, you’re not, and you roll your sleeves back up and you go to work.’  Exactly.  Sorry Steiny.  Aside from other agents, I don’t know many who would agree with you.


It could be a long week next week for owners and players representing each during the CBA negotiations.  Sources close to the matter say that a few owners are starting to push back against certain terms discussed over the past few weeks.  There are no details as to what specifically they are, but it seems as if some owners are cautious not to let another 2006 happen where an agreement was rushed through and favored the players too much.  I would love to know the owners who are pushing back – the article leads to it being owners out of the AFC.  Will a deal be reached by the July 14th day of Revelation?

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