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Steelers Morning Huddle 11/9/2013

Saturdays in the fall are for watching college football. Tonight Pitt takes on Notre Dame for their latest installment of their rivalry. I don’t really have a favorite college football team; nothing comes close to the Steelers for me. I watch college football all day long on Saturdays just because I love watching football and I hate doing stuff like cleaning and laundry and other weekend-like chores on the weekend. I went to Pitt but I didn’t graduate so I don’t have a real loyalty there I guess. I more or less watch all the teams just to see the players and wonder where they’ll end up in the NFL at some point. My pap always loved Notre Dame for no other reason I think than because our family was predominantly Irish. Which explained his lifelong admiration for Regis Philbin. I’ll watch the game because that’s what I do but mostly I’ll be hoping they don’t tear the field up at Heinz since the Steelers kick off at 1:00 on Sunday. Here’s what’s being said about your Pittsburgh Steelers around the block.

Steelers with “Brothers in Arms”

Continuing with the NFL’s Salute to Service month, Teresa Varley spoke with two Steelers players about their brothers who are currently active duty military. Cortez Allen, who attended the Citadel to play college football, has a brother who is an active duty marine. United States Marine Staff Sergeant Jason Anthony has served for 14 years so far and has been deployed to Somalia. Steelers center Fernando Velasco has a younger brother, Melvin Brookins, who is stationed in the Air Force at Ft. Gordon in Augusta, Georgia.

“It is so awesome to see what he is doing. I went to his graduation and it brought tears to my eyes. It’s amazing the sacrifice he puts himself through. A lot comes with it.” – Fernando Velasco

Cortez Allen has a great amount of respect for our military and their families.

“They keep our country safe. A lot of the privileges and freedoms we have to do certain things are because of them. You look at wars in different countries, and what they fight over, and how some are overrun by neighboring countries, you don’t have that problem here because of our military. The sacrifices they make being away from their families, the things they do to keep us safe and look over the country. I have a tremendous amount of respect for them.” – Cortez Allen

Steelers Double Coverage

ESPN’s Scott Brown squared off against the fellow ESPN reporter for the Steelers’ upcoming opponent, the Buffalo Bills. Scott Brown and Mike Rodak discussed the matchup between a Steelers defense that is typically known for being unkind to rookie quarterbacks and Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel. True, this Steelers defense has played uncharacteristically bad at times, but let’s just hope they play a little more like they did going up against their last rookie quarterback, Geno Smith. Shockingly, Mike Rodak predicts the final score to be in the Bills favor, 27-21. Scott Brown thinks the Steeler keep their winning streak against Buffalo alive with a 24-16 victory.

Jason La Canfora’s Hoagie Hut

NFL Insider for CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora likes to rank each week’s game watchability in terms of sandwiches from foot-long down to slider. He’s rated the Steelers-Bills game on the slider level. Now I’m hungry for a sandwich. I like a chicken-parm hoagie more than the lunch-meat variety I suppose. Now, for the Primanti’s sandwich I’ve recently discovered the deliciousness of the bacon and egg sandwich. I’d suggest you do yourself a favor and try that one the next time you’re there. Ask for double meat, there is no such thing as too much bacon. La Canfora says to watch out for EJ Manuel carving up the Steelers as if they’re going to let him run for 93 yards on the first play or something. No way that would happen. Again. He also says to watch out for Mario Williams. On Roethlisberger’s back. The ailing offensive line and Ben’s uncanny inability to be able to hear all of us screaming at him to get rid of the ball has him getting sacked at historic numbers so far this season. Here’s hoping Ben can stay upright for once.

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