IX- The NFL passed a new rule this offseason that has been dubbed the "Hines Ward Rule." According to the NFL the rule is aimed at increasing player safety by making it illegal for a player to use his helmet, shoulder or forearm in an effort to block opposing players in the back or side. The Pittsburgh Tribune Review spoke with Hines Ward yesterday about the rule and Ward is adamant that he will not change the way he plays even though he is flattered that a rule is taking his namesake. Translation: watch out AFC North, more jaws will be broken!
X- Jerome Bettis jumped into broadcasting immediately after retiring and has been part of NBC's "Football Night in America" crew. Unfortunately for the future hall of famer multiple media outlets are reporting that Bettis is getting the boot from NBC. It's not totally surprising since Bettis never seemed to seem 100% comfortable in his roll and never really stood out to me, but then again it's hard to stand out when you have 113 other analysts in studio.
XIII- As many predicted Larry Foote signed with the Detroit Lions yesterday. I would be interested to see the details of the contract, and frankly am quite surprised that is was only a one year contract. Perhaps with the 965 million dollars they are paying to Matt Stafford they had problems finding a way to sign him for multiple years. Larry Foote was also on ESPN Radio's "The Drive" yesterday to set the record straight regarding his release, its great to hear that Foote doesn't harbor any ill will toward the organization.
XIV- Steelers fans invaded daytime television yesterday with two separate Steeler fan sightings, one made me laugh hysterically, and they other made me throw up in my mouth a bit. One for the Other thumb has a
lady of the night woman who has an atrocious Steelers' tattoo, and Pittsburgh Sports and Mini Ponies has a hilarious fan on the Price is Right.
XL- Even though it is still on the main page, I thought it was important to remind you to read the excellent history lesson by BTSC's very own MaryRose. I agree that Jack Butler should be in the hall of fame, if not for his contributions on the field, but definitely for his contributions towards NFL scouting and his part in the creation of the NFL scouting combine.
XLIII- Gerry "Moon" Mullins was a fourth round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1971, and played offensive guard in the Steelers first four Super Bowl Victories. Mullins is hosting the Mount Aloysius College's 12th annual celebrity golf tournament on June 12th. "All funds raised during the golf tournament provide scholarship assistance to students attending Mount Aloysius. Last year's tournament, featuring former Steeler John Banaszak, raised more than $25,000 for the scholarship fund."