I'm taking another crack at highlighting some of the compelling entries being made on some of our comments threads. Let me say at the outset that the amount of traffic is such at BTSC that I have absolutely no hope of doing proper justice to all the interesting threads and great comments that appear here on almost a daily basis, so I apologize in advance for the many pieces that will appear to be overlooked here. I want to emphasize that I'm aiming for a representative sample as opposed to a comprehensive listing of the many quality comments being rendered by the community.
One of the weird/funny early stories of training camp is a seemingly harmless hazing incident involving rookie 4th round draft pick Alameda Ta'amu. The nose tackle from the University of Washington was walking to Wal-Mart (a longer journey than he realized; that was the hazing part) and injured his foot en route. The injury appears to have been only a minor hiccup and after missing a couple of days Ta'amu seems to be no worse for wear. Neal Coolong wrote a piece on this July 30th; "Rookie Alameda Ta'amu Walks to Wal-Mart, Injures Foot, Misses Two Days of Practice".This generated a humorous thread of comments with at least three submissions being 'greened'. Dur331 weighed in with the following:
I don't like to imagine a Steeler "almost breaking thier foot" from just walking
So I like to imagine Ta'amu hiking through the woods instead of the wussy move of taking the concrete path. Also, I picture him fording countless creeks, sprinting up banks and possibly fighting off mountain lions (possibly where the injury came from).
And this from Mechem:
I found this leaked statement by Tomlin
"The standard is the standard and when your standard is excellent prices the Wal-Mart is the standard. Giant Eagle has a large windshield for produce but a small rear view mirror for affordable miscellaneous products. K-Mart being a business in decline simply does not hold up to the tough physical mentality that our team needs to have on every down. We have to be ready to play 5 downs if necessary and two overtimes if need be. That's why Willie's walk to Wal-Mart was an exercise in attrition and it represents a grand metaphor for this season.
Wal-Mart is the Super Bowl, Giant Eagle the AFCCG, and K-Mart is a playoff berth. We're not satisfied with second place, there's 32 dogs out there and one bone. Got to get that bone, even if it means breaking one on the way."
/dropped mic afterwards.
Neal also ran a piece on the 30th speaking to the physical nature of the Steelers offense under new OC Todd Haley; "Steelers Offense Emphasizing Physical Football So Far in Training Camp"
Datruth4life2.0 offer that "A physical offense means a physical defense"
which translates overall to having a physical football team. If you practice smash-mouth football, then the D has to prepare for that as well. One thing that Haley can do which will make this D so much more effective (as well as a healthy Woodley and Deebo) is to run the ball efficiently to take time off the clock. You have to throw the ball to score points, but you can run it and use a controlled short passing game to keep the other team’s offense off the field.
Hombre de Acero has a knack for generating pieces that elicit heartfelt thoughtful responses from his readers. This July 23rd entry: "Hines Ward, Greg Lloyd and the Lessons They Give Us About the 2012 Season" is typical.
Fifty-Eight was inspired to provide us with some of his personal history in this response: