Let me just start by saying: My last post was when Joe Paterno died. I argued long and hard for the man's reputation. Further down the road, with a lot more information uncovered, it appears that he was not the man I had hoped he was. It was devistating to realize that Paterno could have been party to such a decision. I find I must appologize to anyone I offended with my argument. I'm truly sorry. With that said, I will never speak on the subject again. I haven't commented in a while, but I've been reading every day. Neal, you are an animal. You deserve a hand for all the content you put out in the boring days between the draft and camp as well as your daily offerings. There are too many others to list but I've been following them also. This is still the best Steelers site on the web. I find I'm cautiously optimistic about this years team. As some of you who may have read earlier writings of mine, I didn't like Mr. Haley much, or not at all. But, I find that he seems to be a much smarter, more reasonable, gifted coach since he joined the Steelers staff. I also was not a fan of Ariens...at all. So that helped me adjust to the idea of Haley. I'm still in a wait an see mode, but I'm looking foreward to what he could do with the Steelers offense. Speaking of mister Ariens: It seems that he has another hall of fame quarterback in the making. Luck had a phenominal first game. Who thinks it was because of Ariens' brilliant coaching and offensive scheme? Anyone? I've seen some early concerns expressed after only one preseason game. If you want to see troubles, read this article about one Dontari Poe: http://www.foxsportskansascity.com/08/13/12/Patience-time-key-for-Chiefs-rookie-Dont/landing_chiefs.html?blockID=775111&feedID=5089 I remember wanting that guy, a lot! I remember some of the better informed and level headed guys on this site having reservations. So DeCastro had a few bad practices, Dontari got manhandled by no-names. Just think if that had been our first round pick! Phew! On that note, how about that Steve McClendon? Who knew his name last year at this time? Besides those hard core guys? I didn't. While he sounds like he is doing great, I would like some more input from some of you guys who have seen him perform in person. Is he really that dominant? Is he really able to destroy one-on-ones? Will he be able to command the double team like big Snack? We need an in depth post about just him. This is the only time I will mention Mike Wallace. I think A.B. is the guy to fill the leadership shoes of Hines. Everything I read about him screams the right attitude. And his ability on the field? Well, walking the walk garners a lot of respect. I was glad the Steelers locked him up long term. I think this guy will be special all the way around. It has been very encouraging to hear the rookies talk about the guidance they have recieved from the veterans. Mike Tomlin has really developed the Steeler way beyond what he inherited, I think. Can any of you guys talk about earlier days and how much this "Steelers Way" was used in the '70s, '80s and '90s? Was it this pronounced? All reports have Big Ben looking good. Something struck me though: He was sacked a couple of times the other night. Has anyone gone back and added up his sack totals for the year and the preseason? The kid does take a beating. Although we have high hopes for Mike Adams, for the second year in a row, the name Max Starks gives me a warm feeling. Glad to see Max back at it. Glad he's still a Steeler. I think this is the year that we keep a close eye on the Kugler guy. No excuses now. He has a lot of talent. A lot. Now we see if he's the coach we have all been thinking he is. Sure, the rookies need some time, but I'm going to be a lot less freindly in my compliments of Kugler if this line isn't pooping golden eggs in unison by the half season mark. Is it really less than a month 'till the first glorious game of the season? Where are you going to watch it? With friends? Family? Live? I haven't discussed it yet with the boys, but I just realized that time is finally running out. It's funny, we all know the Steeler's M.O., developing players slowly, but my moment of panic came when no one mentioned Sean Spence right off the bat after the Iggles game. I was looking foreward to three sacks, eight pressures, twelve tackles, five passes defensed and one cheeleader goosed. But, nothing. Then I remembered I am a Steelers fan. Well, Another exciting year for the GPARD, Roger Goodell. It looks like some others in the NFL are learning what a fine gentleman he can be if you aren't playing for the Hated Patriots. What does he have up his sleeve for the Steelers this year? James Harrison has to play one handed? Are other defenses still alowed to hit Steelers recievers helmet to helmet without penalties? Does a defender actually have to stab Ben to get flagged? Well my Poobah, what say you? I have to chuckle at the other players in the NFLs reactions as they realize that Rodger-Dodger's antics aren't just for the Steelers any more. Welcome to our world. I find that I can't laugh at Chad Johnson or Terell Owens an more. They have both become tragic figures in the world of football. I know they dug their own holes, it's just sad to see young men with the world at their fingertips throw it all away. Maybe not that sad in their cases. Enough of a ramble for one day? GO STEELERS!