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A Letter from the Editor: Keeping on my Black and Gold goggles

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After one official week as editor of BTSC, I must admit it has been memorable

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I must admit, it has been an interesting week.

Taking over as the editor of Behind The Steel Curtain this past Monday, I found myself constantly over analyzing things I should probably let go. Granted, I did have a week with previous editor Jeff Hartman still on board in order to answer any questions as I got accustomed to the job. But since Jeff has moved on to DK Pittsburgh Sports, it’s been both exciting and nerve-racking all rolled into one. I’ve made plenty of mistakes. In hindsight, I should have run yet another BTSC contest to see who could find the most mistakes over my first week as editor. But in order to keep from crying myself to sleep each night, I realize it was not such a good idea.

Not only has it been an interesting week on the job, it has also been an interesting time in the world of sports. With most professional leagues looking to get back to competition, many questions remain due to the worldwide pandemic. Add on the protests and call to action going on across our country, it is a unique time for all of us.

I’ve been asking myself continually, “In my role as editor of Behind The Steel Curtain, how do I address everything going on?”

This has been a difficult question as simply ignoring issues going on in our world will not do anything to make things better. But at the same time, I keep reminding myself that our wonderful readers here at BTSC are not coming here to hear my thoughts on COVID-19, protests, or Tiger King. You all come here for the same reason I do— for news and discussion pertaining to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

I thought it was important to write this letter as I didn’t want our readers to feel we are downplaying any of these issues. Frankly, as the new editor to the website, I’m just trying to keep my head above water as I figure out how to balance my home life along with trying to provide our readers the best Steelers coverage possible. Most importantly, I wanted to make sure you’re still getting the same great content you’ve been coming here for since you decided to check out our website.

I have been doing all I can to keep on my black and gold goggles (no, it is not a picture of me used above). This website in its description says it is dedicated to all things Pittsburgh Steelers. Are there going to be other issues in our world that affect the Steelers? Absolutely. It’s very difficult to not mention COVID-19 when it comes to training camp, ticket sales, and the procedures in regards to the 2020 NFL season. Otherwise, I’ve been doing all I can to help give the best Steelers coverage possible.

Yes, issues such as a response to the virus, racial inequality in America, or other issues going on in our country are important and need to be discussed. But there are a lot of websites out there which are geared towards these discussions. As for this website, we are geared towards the Pittsburgh Steelers. And I’ve done my very best to try to keep it this way.

We have a wide variety of people who feel a part of the BTSC family. We all have different views when it comes to various things in our country. We also have different views on the Steelers lack of depth at the safety position. We’re not all going to agree all the time. Even the new deputy editor Michael Beck would like to see the Steelers sign another quarterback while I think it is in their best interest to not make a move unless an injury occurs. We all have different opinions when it comes to the black and gold. But we still have one thing in common— our love for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

I just wanted to share the love at this website as much as we can. And since the Steelers are what we all love, hopefully what we’re sharing is acceptable to you the reader.