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

 

Gerry Dulac from the PPG tweeted on Monday that certain Steelers coaches are interested in Plaxico Burress returning to the team… and are willing to dump ARE to make room.  What coaches I ask you?  Tomlin?  Arians?  Come on Gerry help us out here.  There’s been no column from him following this tweet to expound upon that tweet.  Well either way, I still have huge doubts that the Steelers are willing to bring in a player like Burress again.  As I have said before, sitting his prison time aside, he still was a player who did not rise up to the expectations and standards of Steelers football.  He has too much of a Rand Moss attitude – half assed all around.  Once free agency starts (and hopefully soon), we’ll see where he ends up.  My hope is never in a black & gold uniform.

 

Hines Ward continues to impress and demonstrate that he truly is not just one hell of a football player, but also one hell of a man.  He joins the ranks of Dan Rooney in ambassadorship, becoming the goodwill ambassador to Korea.  How many NFL teams can claim that they have this kind of international stature or voice?  I hope this works out well for Ward.  His second passion next to playing football is giving a voice to those who lack it in the Asian community.  Truly paying it forward.

 

Former Senator Arlen Specter wrote an op-ed on last week in the NY Times about what Congress can do to stop the lockout.  Basically, he calls on Congress to threaten the antitrust exemption the league currently has.  Without this antitrust exemption, the league would not be able to operate at all in the capacity it currently does.  With both sides seemingly talking in a positive direction, I don’t think this kind of measure is needed.  However, I think it would be prudent for Congress to keep something like this in their back pocket.  The up and down roller coaster of this recession and recovery makes a loss of 5 billion dollars (potential revenue losses if no season occurs) across the nation seem incredibly huge.

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