PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 24: Defensive Coordinator Dick LeBeau of the Pittsburgh Steelers watches his team warm up prior to the Christmas Eve game against St. Louis Rams on December 24, 2011 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
IX - Thankfully the Steelers will enter their second of two matchups with the Cleveland Browns in much better shape injury-wise than they were in the first meeting, as well as when the two old rivals played in October of 1964. Only LaMarr Woodley appears likely to miss the final regular season contest due to injury.
X - If there ever were a week to head out to a watering hole or elsewhere that has Sunday Ticket, this weekend qualifies. Obviously we'd like to be able to watch both the Steelers-Browns game and the Ravens-Bengals matchup concurrently. But from the look of it, not many markets outside of the direct region will see either game, as Denver's 'win-and-in' game against the Chiefs is shown in most markets across the country. Here's your NFL Week 17 TV Distribution Map.
XIII - Sports Illustrated has filed its Top NFL stories of 2011. There was the lockout, a certain Hall of Fame quarterback that unexpectedly wasn't able to play a single down, Tebow-mania....any guesses as to what made the list?
XIV - All six of the Steelers Super Bowl trophies will be on display at the Carnegie Science Center through the weekend, including on New Year's Day. Fun opportunity to check out all the hardware if you're in or around the PGH area.
XL - For the final time this year, I submitted my responses about the Steelers upcoming game to the National Football Post's Friday Football Forecast. Many thanks to them for the opportunity to contribute this season.
XLIII - Definitely sounds like Hines Ward is going to get every opportunity in the world to get to 1,000 catches this coming Sunday. He's five shy heading into the final game of the regular season.