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A look back at the Steelers week that was: Art Rooney II Details edition

BTSC’s random-thought renegade is back with his bizarre look at the Steelers week that was.

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The Steelers season ended two weeks ago, but there’s plenty of news coming out of the Steel City. BTSC continues their recap of the past week’s events for our readers. But where they went wrong was asking the one narcissistic writer that would put a bizarre spin on it to do it. So, let’s all take a look at a BAD week in the ‘burgh together.


Sunday 1/23

  • With it almost completely impossible and ludicrous that a team would give up a top pick for him, Dwayne Haskins is the safest bet to be retained in free agent history. With an original-round tender placed on the former first-round bust, the odds of the Steelers QB remaining in Pittsburgh are even better than the next pope being Catholic.

Monday 1/24

  • After submitting a request for an interview to the New York Giants to talk to defensive coordinator Patrick Graham as a possible replacement for the retired Keith Butler, Kris Richard has been added to the list. The Steelers will add Cowboys secondary coach Joe Whitt on Wednesday to the mix. This could all be a series of smoke screens and tests to make the team feel better about their in-house option, Teryl Austin. This is eerily reminiscent of the plan laid out by the ex-Mrs. BAD 20 years ago. The starter wife deemed the in-house option replaceable.
  • The Chicago Bears narrowed their GM search down to three candidates and Omar Khan got passed over again. Why am I having flashbacks to the 1992 and 1993 Mr. UPJ Pageant. I still don’t understand why an Elvis medley and wearing a Speedo in the sportswear competition didn’t sway the votes.
  • The Steelers re-signed WR Anthony Miller for the 2022 season. Here’s hoping that Mike Tomlin doesn’t keep Miller in the back of the cupboard like (insert a food product that nobody ever eats here).

Tuesday 1/25

  • As expected, Najee Harris was named to the Pro Football Writers All-Rookie Team. A surprise honoree was Punter Pressley Harvin III. The irony of the situation is that No. 6 might not make the Steelers All-Rookie Team in 2021.
  • A day after Cam Heyward and T.J. Watt were named to First Team All-NFL by the PFWA, Trent Jordan was named the 101 AFC Defensive Player of the Year. If the sack king doesn’t win NFL DPOY this time around Watt might as well join the cast of All My Children because he’d seriously be getting Susan Lucci-ed.
  • It was reported that Sean Payton is stepping down as head coach of the New Orleans Saints after 15 seasons with the team. What will Payton be doing next? NFL? College? Finally, an answer to Mike Tomlin’s question of whether the media asks Payton or Andy Reid rumor-infused questions about their futures.

Wednesday 1/26

  • Brandon Hunt has emerged as a fan favorite in Pittsburgh for the General Manager role. Even more now that he’s being courted by the Las Vegas Raiders. It’s quite a dilemma with the black-and-gold coveting Hunt’s scouting brilliance, but the appeal of third-round compensation the next two years is tempting. It’s a win-win for the Steelers with Omar Khan in-house still. Let’s hope that the Steelers don’t find a way to lose it.
  • More honors for Watt, being named PFWA Defensive Player of the Year. More set-up for possible disappointment.
  • The Steelers have signed Punter Cameron Nizialek to a Reserve/Future contract.

Thursday 1/27

  • Ben Roethlisberger officially announced his retirement from the Steelers and the NFL in a tear-jerking video on social media. The retirement was definitely no surprise, but it didn’t stop the water works.
  • The Steelers signed LB John Simon to a Reserve/Future contract and worked out free agent TE Jevon Cottoy and DB Money Hunter today. That’s funny, I dated a couple of Money Hunters back in the day.

Note: Hunter is the son of former MLB All-Star Torri Hunter


Friday 1/28

  • Art Rooney II spoke to the media and had a lot to say. I only wish it was something Steeler Nation wanted to hear. Let’s take a look at the highlights.

Saturday 1/29

  • There you go. Brady stealing Ben’s thunder again.
  • It is of no surprise that news of Tom Brady’s retirement were followed by reports stated Brady is not retiring, after all. Doesn’t everybody know that the being that wore No. 12 for New England and Tampa Bay for all these seasons is nothing more than a cyborg manufactured at Skynet and was created by Cyberdyne Systems for SAC-NORAD and not a real person or a man. The truth is that the Tom Brady that we have watched rip open our black-and-gold hearts has never ever breathed life and is nothing more than artificial intelligence more annoying than Haley Joel Osment in that A.I. movie in 2001. Seriously, I wish the league would get the guts to decommission the robot and give other teams a chance. It’s too bad that the Steelers didn’t embrace the concept of artificial intelligence in 2000. Picking the all-too-human Tee Martin a round earlier was not productive,

This was the significant week that was for the Steelers, mixed-in with my black-and-gold loving life. I’m sure next week will be full of Steelers happenings as well, so we’ll have to do this again. Have a great week, but better yet have a BAD one.