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Hello Steeler fans and haters. I like to think there are more fans than haters, but you never know. If there was a tug-of-war between the fans vs the haters that visit this site, I would like to think the fans would win. That could also be wishful thinking on my part, considering that I live in a cartoon.
Oh well. let's move on shall we?
Game one is in the books on this 2014 preseason campaign. The same holds true no matter what year you played in the NFL. You cant win a job yet but you sure as hell can lose one. Game two is usually the time when things aren't cute anymore. Rookies singing on the tables in the cafeteria, carrying the pads of the veterans and the ever so popular shaving of all the rookie heads.
A little sidebar, at this point in Latrobe during the course of my tenure as a Steeler I would've caught and released about 147 largemouth bass and my thumb looked like it went through a shredder.
Okay you caught me I'm stalling. That's because the first preseason game is that useless. If nobody gets hurt you should consider that a win. Things will be ratcheted up come game two that I can promise. Since I'm a glass half-full type of guy, I will say kudos to Sean Spence, Markus Wheaton, Dri Archer, Shamarko Thomas, Le'Veon Bell and the offensive line. Even 6-foot-7, 360-pound Danial McCullers showed me something.
Sadly, there's a flip side to a coin. Martavis Bryant for one, I'm sure he would like to have a Mulligan if possible. A couple dropped balls and fumbles never look good when you're trying to impress. The good news is, this kid has a lot of talent and a huge up side.
That 73 yard touchdown run I'm going to treat like a UFO sighting. Not sure what the hell that was and no one will believe me. Of course, in 2014 the defense let up 17 plays over 40+ yards. So let's give them the benefit of the doubt and pretend that Camron Heyward won't make a habit of getting blown up and thrown out of the way and Will Allen won't miss a tackle at the point of attack alongside William Gay. If you're willing to do all that, not to mention Lawrence Timmons letting himself be late to the party maybe, just maybe they will be fine this year.
Heads I play golf, tales I go fishing. Thanks for your time.