Steelers announce training camp schedule

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced their 2014 Training Camp Schedule which will start with players reporting to camp by 4:00 p.m. on July 25th.  The following day on July 26th will be their first practice which will start at 2:55 p.m. and will be open to the public.

 

The rest of the schedule is as follows.

 

Friday July 25 All players report by 4 p.m.
Saturday July 26 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Sunday July 27 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Monday July 28 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Tuesday July 29 Players Day Off – no Steelers’ practice
Wednesday July 30 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Thursday July 31 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Friday Aug. 1 7 p.m. Night Practice at Latrobe’s Memorial Stadium
Saturday Aug. 2 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Sunday Aug. 3 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Monday Aug. 4 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Tuesday Aug. 5 Players Day Off – no Steelers’ practice
Wednesday Aug. 6 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Thursday Aug. 7 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Friday Aug. 8 No Steelers’ practice – team travels
Saturday Aug. 9 First Preseason Game at N.Y. Giants (7:30 p.m., KDKA-TV)
Sunday Aug. 10 Players Day Off – no Steelers’ practice
Monday Aug. 11 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Tuesday Aug. 12 2:55 p.m. and open to public
Wednesday Aug. 13 2:55 p.m. joint practice with Buffalo Bills, open to public
Thursday Aug. 14 5:30 p.m. evening practice at Saint Vincent College with Buffalo Bills, open to public
Friday Aug. 15 No Steelers’ practice
Saturday Aug. 16 Camp Breaks – Second Preseason Game vs. Buffalo Bills (7:30 p.m., KDKA

Bills and Steelers to hold joint practice

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With training camps slated to start next month, word about teams holding joint practices is starting to trickle out. Two of those teams that will be practicing together are the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The two teams will meet on August 13th and 14th.  Practice on the 13th will be held from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00p.m. On the 14th the teams will practice from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This will culminate with the two teams playing against each other in week two of the preseason on August 6th at 7:30 p.m.

Steelers to Celebrate Super Bowl IX Championship

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The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced that this upcoming season the team will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of their first Super Bowl Championship which was Super Bowl IX.

The Steelers have one a total of six Super Bowls in the past 40 years. Their first came in January 12th, 1974 when the team beat the Minnesota Vikings 16-6. The following five years the Steelers won three more Super Bowls for a total of four for the 1970s.

To commemorate Super Bowl IX the team will wear a 40th Anniversary patch on their uniforms when they play the New Orleans Saints on Sunday November 30th. The day before on November 29th Heinz Field will host an Alumni Weekend Dinner Gala with proceeds benefiting the UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion Program and The Cancer Caring Center.  Also, the Super Bowl IX Championship Team will be recognized at half time.

For additional details, go to the Steelers website.

Let the madness begin

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It is the Monday before the Superbowl and already there is an feeling of anticipation in the air.

So, let the madness begin.

As the week progresses it is just going to get crazier and crazier, especially with two historic franchises in the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers squaring off who both have rabbit fan bases. If you don’t believe me check out this article from the USA Today.

Many people know how crazy media day is, so this year’s media day should be just the same or crazier thanks to Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s shenanigans this past summer. You can bet people in the media will be asking Roethlisberger about what happened that night he allegedly raped a college girl. The question is will Roethlisberger go with it and just answer the questions or will he blow up and storm out.

Also, there will be the countless questions for Steelers strong safety Troy Polamalu’s hair. However, the big story that will come out on media day will be courtesy Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The reason being Rodgers has a big mouth and is not afraid to express his opinion, so you can bet that something will slip out.

In the end, this may be the first Superbowl that is remembered for the week leading up to the game rather than the game itself.

I just don’t understand why they do it

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It was revealed on NFL Network’s “Playbook,” via Pro Football Talk, that the New York Jets tipped their hand on a third down and goal from the Pittsburgh Steelets one yard line late in the fourth quarter of the AFC Conference Championship game last Sunday.

How it was tipped for the life of me I still don’t understand why they do it.

On that play Steelers outside linebacker Lamar Woodley jumped up and swatted down a pass at the line of scrimmage. On the show it was revealed that Woodley knew that a pass was coming due to right tackle Wayne Hunter lining up in a two point stance.

I understand the reasoning as it supposedly gives the offensive player the ability to get back and setup in front of the defender faster.

However, that wouldn’t be necessary if offensive lineman weren’t so fat in the first place. Twenty years ago offensive lineman were about 30 pounds lighter and losing weight can help one’s speed. Also, a offensive lineman can just simply work on his reaction to when the football is snapped.

In the end, it just goes to show in the National Football League every minute detail matters if you want to get to the Superbowl.