IX-Hines Ward just passed 10,000 career receiving yards a few weeks ago and is on pace for over 100 catches and 1400 yards this season. With Hines not looking to slow down, Hall of Fame talk continues to heat up for a player who's impact on the Pittsburgh Steelers for the last 11 years boils down to much more than statistics. Our good friend and frequent BTSC contributor Wolfpacksteelerfan has an entry breaking down Ward's playoff statistics which help to separate him statistically from some of the other receivers who have similar regular season numbers. Make sure to check out the link to see how he even compares very favorably to some of the all time greats in terms of playoff performance.
X-After a slow start James Harrison is back at it again trying to repeat as Defensive Player of the Year. Harrison's three sack performance which included a forced fumble was enough to earn him Defensive Player of the Week honors. Harrison has already has three forced fumbles on the season and he has 18 forced fumbles in the last three seasons according to Profootball Reference.com.
XIII-If you remember correctly some idiot here at BTSC posted a list of the top ten irreplaceable players on the Steelers roster and was widely criticized for leaving off defensive end, Aaron Smith. The joker decided to justify it by saying that the depth of the roster is much better than it was in 2007 when the Steelers lost Smith at the end of the season. I guess we will see who was right in the coming weeks. Steelers fans should hope the bone-head was right. If you haven't heard the news already Aaron Smith was placed on Injured Reserve and the Steelers signed their 6th round draft pick Ra'Shanon "Sunny" Harris to the team.
XIV-Sean's Rambling's just did an interview with Jim Shearer who creates and stars in the "Yinz Love 'Da Steelers" video's that I have occasionally highlighted here at BTSC. Shearer is also the host of VH1's weekly top 20 video countdown show, and formerly worked at MTV2. You can check out the interview with Shearer at Sean's Ramblings, and you can check out the latest edition of the quality video "Yinz Love 'Da Steelers" below.
XL-Brady Quinn has put his house up for sale but the Cleveland Browns organization and Quinn are still refuting that he will be traded before next weeks trade deadline. Even if the Browns don't think Quinn is any good I don't see why they would want to trade him now versus the off-season. Quinn's stock really can't get any lower right now considering he can't win the starting job against Derek Anderson. Trades are rare in the NFL but I would be surprised if we didn't see at least one or two mid-range players traded.
XLIII-Ben Roethlisberger was on the Jay Leno's new late night talk show last night and Blog N' Gold has a recap for those who can't watch the video and below is the entire episode courtesy of NBC and Hulu. Also the Tribune Review brings up something I was just thinking yesterday and that is Ben Roethlisberger should start being considered for NFL MVP if he can keep up the monstrous pace he is on now.