From draft-prospect breakdowns to free-agent signings to draft picks to OTAs to minicamps to training camp to preseason games to an agonizing wait until kickoff, it has arrived at long last.
Needless to say, we won't be posting a mock draft today. We've got real football to watch. And you can do it all here on BTSC.
Just to lay some ground rules, we're perfectly aware of the legitimate hatred between the fans of these teams. We're asking you to be respectful or do not be here. You're providing nothing of contributory value to the rivalry by acting like a jack-hole here, so please refrain from any and all behavior you would not, as a reasonable and decent citizen, engage in publicly.
Cheer hard, argue and disagree but do not use inflammatory language, resort to name-calling or belittle what you feel is a lack of intelligence based on opinion or choice of team.
Unpleasant stuff over; let's get to the game. We'll have a second-half open thread up roughly during halftime at some point. Dale Grdnic is in the press box now and he'll file his game story and Inside the Locker Room piece afterward. I'll do Winners and Losers, and Phillips will do his game column. We'll have first-hand reporting coming from Heinz, so stick around afterward for the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up available.