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  1. I know I don't post here as much as I used to, but I still consider myself a part of this wonderful community at the Huddle. My father, Terry Lee Attivo, passed away yesterday at the age of 59 from complications resulting from a leg amputation surgery. Above all else, Terry was a wonderful, devoted Father, Grandfather, Husband and friend, but he also loved Fantasy Football, and was one of the biggest Pittsburgh Pirate, Steeler, and Penn State Nittany Lion Football fans around. He joined a Fantasy League with me and all of my college buddies, and there aren't many fathers that would have done that. Dad, I love you and will miss you for the rest of my days. Thanks to the Huddle for giving me this wonderful forum to express these feelings and God Bless.
  2. Just got finished watching the Steelers parade. Went out and bought myself the championship t-shirt, hat, & flag. Got any extra flag to put in my Dad's grave mixed in with some yeallow & black flowers and a poem that the young, yet wise Seminoles sent to me. That is probably only the beginning of my spending, who knows when or if this will happen again. I completely understand the Seahawks fans frustration, and I do realize that some will never give the Steelers credit for their victory in this Super Bowl, but, in my estimation, despite what wasn't their best effort, they made the big plays necessary to get the win and they got it done. The officiating was poor, but, we will never know if it would have made a difference. I am so happy for the Rooney's, Cowher, Bettis, and the rest of this team. They have been close so many times, and to do it in the way that they did as the #6 seed is something that I'll never forget. So, continue on with the debates, telling of how it was tarnished, etc, but I'm over it, and as this sinks in more and more, I'm proud to be a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers !!!!! Now, I need to start to weane myself off of this place, as I have become a little too addicted...... Steelers
  3. Jeff Fisher's Opinion

    Jeff Fisher's Opinion Fisher says refs get too much blame By PAUL KUHARSKY Staff Writer Even his critics around the NFL admit that Titans Coach Jeff Fisher knows the rulebook as well as any of his peers. Fisher, who is co-chairman of the NFL Competition Committee, conceded yesterday that the league had a tough weekend officiating-wise on Jan. 14-15 in the Divisional Playoffs. But he said he thinks much of the debate over officiating in Super Bowl XL was a result of the extensive media coverage of the game. MORTGAGE RATES HIT RECORD LOWS Compare fast and free mortgage quotes. Refinance today and save thousands. "When you have the amount of coverage that the game is getting in comparison to 10 years ago, they have to find more and more things to talk about," he said. "Because of the enormous amount of coverage the game is getting, the officiating is getting scrutinized now more so than it has in the past." Fisher said a Super Bowl referee and crew want to call a penalty-free game, but know they can expect every call to be inspected and analyzed. "People come back and say, 'You can call that in a lot of different situations where it's not called.' Well maybe it's not seen," he said. The coach has served on the competition committee, which guides the league through rule changes and discusses ways to improve the game, since 2000. He's been co-chairman since 2001. Fisher said he believes attention on officials increased early in the 2005 season when penalties were up. He said that in the end, however, those numbers basically evened out. A supporter of the replay challenge system, Fisher pointed to a fourth-quarter play in the Super Bowl that was initially ruled a fumble but was overturned on replay review as a classic example of the system at its best. "But we're not drawing attention to that," he said. "There are always going to be calls that are missed, there are always going to be great calls that are never highlighted. But there are always going to be issues with officiating. That's the human element and that's part of the game. "I believe the officiating department at the league level has done everything it can to improve the quality of the department, through its grading criteria, through its teaching and evaluation process. "When you compare officiating now to officiating five and 10 years ago, I believe we'd say the officiating has improved." Fisher on some of the controversial calls in Super Bowl XL: • Offensive pass interference against Seattle wide receiver Darrell Jackson that washed away a 16-yard touchdown catch: "Offensive pass interference is called when a receiver extends the arm and initiates contact resulting in separation between he and the defender. In my opinion that was the correct call. Now the difficulty with the call is you certainly can go in and look at other instances where there is separation where it's not called. Well, oftentimes it's not seen. But as the interpretation of the rule is concerned, that is offensive pass interference." • Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger's touchdown plunge that was upheld by replay review: "The issue is not officiating, the issue is replay. The call went to review and because there was not indisputable evidence under the hood, the ruling on the field stood. Most times in a challenge situation that's going to be the case. It's not going to be reversed because there is not overwhelming, indisputable evidence. "In the official's opinion the ball crossed the plane. We can't say based on the replays we got on the network feed that it didn't. Maybe it didn't, but you can't say that. It wasn't a situation where the ball ended up a yard short of the goal line and it was a disastrous type call. That was a very close call." • Holding call against Seattle OT Sean Locklear that washed away an 18-yard pass: "By definition it's a hold. There is contact, there was a grab, there was restriction." •
  4. With all of the talk about past championships and such, I was just curious who the Huddle Nation thinks will be the first to bring in their 6th Championship. The Cowboys, 49'ers and Steelers all site with 5 titles, while the Patriots, Packers, Redskins, & Raiders have 3. 1. Cowboys - The Cowboys were a playoff team this year, and based on that might be the favorite at this point. 2. 49'ers - The Niners are definitely heading in the right direction, but, it may still be a bit until they are serious Super Bowl Championship contenders. 3. Steelers - The Steelers had a dismal 2006, but, are just one year removed from the championship, and have a lot of solid pieces in place. So, who do you think gets it done 1st ?
  5. Good News Steeler Fans

    Polamalu close to signing Steelers looking to lock up safety by the start of training camp Wednesday, July 18, 2007 By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Troy Polamalu wanted to return to the West Coast to be near his family when his contract expired after this season, or so rumors have had it. If so, he will return for visits only. Polamalu, the most unique strong safety in the NFL and among its best, has come so close to a contract extension with the Steelers that sources close to the negotiations believe he will sign a new deal around the opening of training camp Monday. Terms of the contract were unavailable but it likely will put him near the top among the Steelers' best-paid players. Polamalu had one season left on a five-year contract he signed as the Steelers' first-round draft choice in 2003. He was scheduled to earn a salary of $1,088,000 this season, which could be one-tenth of the signing bonus he will earn with a new deal. Polamalu made the Pro Bowl in each of the past three seasons after becoming a starter in 2004. He helped turn the Steelers' defense into a work of confusion for opposing offenses. Coordinator Dick LeBeau deploys Polamalu all over the field and takes maximum advantage of his quickness, speed and instincts. Polamalu often lines up in one spot and ends up in another at the snap of the ball. He has been used as a deep safety, linebacker, cornerback and pass-rusher. There were times when he lined up on the outside of the defensive end on the left side and, just as the ball was snapped, sped to his right and blitzed from that side. Polamalu, 26, was born in California, grew up in Oregon and played at Southern California. There were rumors the past year that he would play his final season with the Steelers, then sign with a team on the West Coast. Polamalu always denied that, saying he was happy playing for the Steelers and noting he made his year-round home in Pittsburgh with his wife Theodora. Signing the popular Polamalu to a contract extension is crucial for the Steelers, who enter a transition period under new coach Mike Tomlin and some of their roster veterans. They released captain and linebacker Joey Porter in March while another captain, six-time Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca, publicly ripped the team for not negotiating a contract extension and skipped all but the required spring practices. Some players have wondered about the organization's commitment because of the actions involving Porter and Faneca. Faneca is one of three starters on the offensive line who enter the final years of their contracts, along with guard Kendall Simmons and tackle Max Starks. No progress has been reported on any of those talks and no more negotiations are expected to take place this year. Two other starters, linebacker Clark Haggans and fullback Dan Kreider, also are on the last year of contracts. Polamalu's deal might be the last one consummated in 2007 for a Steelers veteran. The Steelers previously signed starting defensive end Aaron Smith and backup nose tackle Chris Hoke to contract extensions before they entered the final year of their old deals. While contact was made between the agent for Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers this spring, club officials privately indicate that a contract extension for their quarterback likely will not take place until next year, when he has two seasons left on the deal he signed as a rookie in 2004.
  6. Cost of Game Tickets

    Steelers tickets are insane as well. The waiting list is about 20 years, and the prices are insane. When I go to a game, I like to sit in decent seats, lower level endzones at worst. For years, I have been paying between $225-$250 to get the endzone seats. Lower level sidelines range from $350-$1500 per ticket during the season. This year, I bought lower level season tickets on E-Bay for $4K. I then spent $500 for parking passes. For the games that I don't go to, I will make my money back and then some. Ticket prices are insane, and with the NFL's popularity continuing to grow and grow, I don't see it stopping anytime soon.
  7. Arthur Blank to speak at 4 PM EST

    I know this might surprise you, but, I agree 100% with that statement. It has always amazed me.
  8. I'm outta here. I'm done with FF.

    You told me a couple of years ago that you weren't a Bengals fan.
  9. Good News Steeler Fans

    Polamalu has signed a 5 year extension. The largest contract and signing bonus ever given by the team. It's nice to see one of the good guys in this league get rewarded. Camp Tomlin / Day One: Polamalu signs 5-year extension Extends his stay, signs richest contract in team history Tuesday, July 24, 2007 By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Peter Diana, Post-Gazette photos Troy Polamalu is all smiles during running drills in Steelers training camp yesterday at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. Click photo for larger image. Sweat dripped off Troy Polamalu's face as news hounds surrounded him on the grassy Chuck Noll Field yesterday, peppering him with questions about all that new money. The five-year, $33 million contract with the $15,375,000 in signing and roster bonuses he received from the Steelers yesterday makes him the highest-paid player in team history and the highest-paid safety in the NFL. His signing bonus of $10,975,000 is the largest the Steelers have ever paid, topping the $9 million they gave Hines Ward two years ago. The sun beat down on him as if it were Southern California, a place Polamalu reportedly -- erroneously -- wanted to play when his contract with the Steelers ended. "This is home," Polamalu said softly. "I didn't want to be a player that was jumping from team to team. I've always felt comfortable here. This organization and the tradition they have here is very legendary in that sense and I always wanted to be part of that." Polamalu and the Steelers completed a rather smooth, non-public contract negotiation that for a couple of weeks seemed destined to get done by the opening of training camp. The deal was reported just before the Steelers took the practice field at Saint Vincent College yesterday afternoon for the first time under new coach Mike Tomlin. It also contrasts sharply with the contract impasse the club has had with six-time Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca. He reported on time yesterday, reiterated this will be his final season with the team and said he's not frustrated that Polamalu received a contract extension and he will not. "No, I'm happy for Troy and that's the way it works. Troy deserves it and I'm happy for him." Polamalu said he wishes Faneca could also achieve an extension. "I feel for Alan," Polamalu said. "It's a shame. He has a wife and kids and a lifestyle to uphold. You hope you can get something done that's fair." Leading the way in running drills, Alan Faneca is followed by Kendall Simmons and Ben Roethlisberger yesterday. Click photo for larger image. Polamalu, who has made every Pro Bowl since he became a starting strong safety in 2004, said that's precisely what he was looking for in his deal. He had one year left on his 2003 rookie contract. The Steelers tore that up and created a new five-year deal that binds him through the 2011 season. Under his old deal, he was to earn a salary of slightly more than $1 million this year. His new deal will pay him $600,000 in salary this year. "First and foremost, it mattered to me that it was a fair contract. A lot of people are making a lot of money out there. I wanted it to be very fair and I wanted it to be here. Those were the most important things." He said there now is more pressure on him to continue to perform at a high level. "It means that I have to work harder and go out and earn it. That's what it means to me," Polamalu said. "So it's very exciting, especially for my wife and me. We feel very welcome in the city and I think this contract really puts our roots down here." The Steelers made Polamalu their top priority almost as soon as last season ended and have been quietly negotiating for one month with agent Marvin Demoff. "Troy Polamalu is a very special football player who has been a key ingredient to our success over the past few seasons," Steelers president Art Rooney said. "We are excited to know he will be a Steeler for many seasons to come." At 5 feet 10 and 207 pounds, Polamalu plays a unique brand of safety, lining up in various positions. Coordinator Dick LeBeau has designed many of his defenses to take advantage of Polamalu's ability. "I think both sides are very happy to get this done very peacefully without any feelings hurt or anything like that," Polamalu said. Dan Rooney, the team's chairman, also was pleased with the contract. "It's a tremendous thing," he said. "He's a great person and a great player. He means an awful lot to the team on the field and off." Polamalu's contract may be the last one the Steelers negotiate this year. They have not held talks with any other veteran who has one year left on their contracts. Those include starters Clark Haggans at linebacker, Kendall Simmons at guard, Max Starks at tackle and Dan Kreider at fullback. They previously extended the deals of defensive linemen Aaron Smith and Chris Hoke this year. They've also made it clear that they will not open negotiations to extend the contract of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger until next year, when he has two seasons left under the six-year deal he signed as a rookie in 2004.
  10. On a lighter side

    Colts are 9/2 to get to the Super Bowl and 7/1 to win it. The Steelers are 14/1 to get there and 25/1 to win it.
  11. On a lighter side

    Not according to Vegas.
  12. On a lighter side

    I have never seen Ben's play last year summarized so well. That is exactly what it looked like.
  13. Alan Faneca

    Well, it appears that any slim hope of getting Faneca signed beyond this season, is all but lost. With Polamalu's contract expiring after this year, and Roethlisberger's after next year, I was pretty sure that there wasn't any way for the Steelers to keep Faneca as well. The one part that angers me, if Faneca's statement is true, is that the Steelers would make an offer to Faneca that wouldn't even put him in the Top 10 amongst NFL guards. That is a slap in the face, and if I were Faneca, I'd be ticked off too. The good news is that Faneca will be in camp on time, and says that he will not allow his situation to be a distraction. The Steelers had better begin planning on a replacement for Faneca. The line is at it's most questionable spot in recent history as it it, taking the annual Pro Bowler out of it, makes it much, much worse and a cause for great concern. Here is the article: Alan Faneca plans to report with his teammates for the start of training camp on time Monday, but it will be his final summer at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe. "I'll be there. I don't think I'll have bells on but I'll be there," Faneca said yesterday from his home in Louisiana. Faneca, a captain and the most decorated guard in team history with six Pro Bowls, will enter the final year of his contract with the Steelers. He said he will play for another team in 2008 because no talks have taken place for an extension. Faneca will become an unrestricted free agent in March. He skipped all of the team's spring drills except for the required minicamp. More Coverage: Woodley agrees to deal Although still upset about his contract situation, Faneca promised he would not be a distraction to the team this year and will perform as he has in his previous nine seasons with the team. "I'm going to go about my business and play football. Any distraction would be through the media and how they perceive me going about my business of playing football. "It's about playing with the guys next to you and playing for a job as well. It's a true sense of playing for a job. It just happens to be somewhere else the following year." Faneca, 30, said the Steelers offered him a contract early this year but said it was so low it would not have put him among the top 10 guards in the league and called it merely a tool so club management could claim it offered him an extension. He will play for a salary of $3,375,000 this season in addition to a $1 million roster bonus he received in March. Faneca ripped management on May 11 when he reported for the required minicamp. He said the Steelers treated him unfairly and he had asked for a trade. "I'm still emotional about it," Faneca said yesterday. "I might not show it as much. I think the one big thing that got misconstrued or misunderstood was that I was making some sort of promise or threat not coming back. I was just stating a fact and putting it out in the open. Maybe I didn't make it a good enough point. It was not a promise or a threat or negotiating tactic." Faneca said his situation could motivate him even more as people try to evaluate his play based on his unhappiness over his contract and the fact he turned 30. "I think it's definitely motivation when everyone's talking about your age, your play. People are analyzing you and the situation, that motivates you." Faneca said while he won't be a distraction, he will answer questions from the media about his situation, at least early on. "Hopefully, at some point they stop, but they probably won't," Faneca said. 'I'm just going to go about my business. When it reaches the point I'm tired of talking about it, I'll stop talking about it, stop rehashing the old."
  14. Alan Faneca

    Yes, the offensive line situation in Pittsburgh could be very scary heading into next year. They have some young, unproven guys that have shown some upside, but, replacing Faneca is going to be a tall order indeed.
  15. Alan Faneca

    What is with the constant, unsolicited attacks lately. My feeling are eternally hurt.
  16. Alan Faneca

    Did anyone ever tell you how good you are at taking a compliment. Despite last year's abnormality, the Steelers still own the Ravens and the division historically. Since the Ravens entrance to the NFL: Most Superbowl Wins - Tied Most Superbowl Appearances - Tied Most AFC Championships - Tied Most AFC Championship Appearances - Steelers Most Division Titles - Steelers Head to Head - Steelers
  17. Alan Faneca

    Those two Ravens games last year were two of the most annoying and frustrating games I have watched over the years. I don't want to see it repeated this year !!!!!
  18. Alan Faneca

    If AZ has the money, that would make a lot of sense. Faneca was one of the guys who was outspoken about wanting Whisenhunt or Grimm to get the job.
  19. Mike Vick!

    If you aren't part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.
  20. Check out where he has Detroit..... Obviously, I don't agree completely, but, I don't think these are too bad, and I like that he goes out on some limbs.
  21. Michael Vick's career

    Yeah, congrats on that.
  22. Vick Indicted

    +100000000000 I like you Broncos, but, you need to let him go. He isn't who you thought he was.
  23. Good News Steeler Fans

    Hey, if we DO hear about all those thing, please let him have his due process before we form our opinion of him. Thanks in advance.
  24. Vick Indicted