BTSC continues to recap for our readers what happened over the past week. But where they went wrong was the question of the one narcissistic writer who would put a bizarre twist on doing it. So let’s all watch a BAD week at the Burgh together.
Monday, May 24th
- On the eve of the OTAs, jockstraps were carefully hung from lockers, knowing that key veterans were already there.
- One guy who wasn’t expected to be on OTAs was Cam Heyward. This was due to the fact that he was the player representative for the Pittsburgh franchise. In my first marriage, my ex tried to get out of marriage counseling for the same reason.
- In an interview on Ross Tucker’s podcast, Cassius Marsh spoke of being on eight teams in seven NFL seasons. (Insert a joke about your ex here). I have to say, I’m looking forward to Cassius in special teams and to the depth at the edge. Interesting was his claim that the Steelers are different from most teams because they try to bring their best players onto the field. The Pokemon King followed this statement by saying, “This is actually very rare.”
Tuesday, May 25th
- I found it very amusing that reporters at Steelers OTAs broke the mandate of not being able to use pictures and videos to cover who was and who wasn’t there. 75% of the players signed up and Cam Heyward who was not expected to show for the reasons above that they should all be here all week. I get, sometimes I show up fashionably late just to make an entry. Perhaps that is what JuJu Smith-Schuster, Chase Claypool, and Diontae Johnson did. Oops! Forget I mentioned their names.
- The excitement surrounding Najee Harris was justified when the first round looked like a real deal, especially with a one-handed operation. It’s like the weekly anticipation of this article. Then you read it and it ends sooner than Chris Rainey’s career. Unlike Harris, I didn’t sign a guaranteed $ 13.1 million contract on Tuesday.
- Pat Freiermuth also signed his rookie deal on Tuesday. Only Kendrick Green is left to put his Herbie Hancock on the dotted line.
- After rumors surfaced on ESPN that the Steelers were the favorites to sign free agent Russell Okung, the veteran quoted OT as saying that Pittsburgh couldn’t afford him and that he only accepted Bitcoin. That sounds like my situation here at BTSC. SB Nation only pays me with Chuck E. Cheese Skee Ball tickets.
- Kevin Dotson is classified as the future leader of the Steelers. We know of his outstanding game, but his microphone work has also been praised. With Dotson, Steeler Nation felt encouraged about the promotion of Adrian Klemm to orienteering coach, saying, “I feel like there’s a little more intensity. There is more aggression even when we leave the blocks. Even the word he uses in meetings is much more aggressive. Not just “get the blocks” but “run through his face”. He’s using more aggressive terms and I think that’s what drives our mindset that way. “
- Former G Ramon Foster blew up Pro Football Focus when he posted a picture of Ben Roethlisberger throwing a short pass to Najee Harris, labeling him “Big Ben practicing his deep ball”. It was clearly a shot at Ben’s age and arm strength. Foster had none of it. “I mean … that’s why the players always get on your neck. I get the joke, but you’re not joking. You are into statistics and facts. You made a public joke about a guy you grade weekly, and most of the time your subscribers take your grades seriously. But go ahead. “Foster tweeted. Mark Kaboly followed up with a # 7 defense, “I’ve seen him drop a couple of bombs more than 55 meters straight on the money in the past few days. I would tweet this, but I’m not allowed to. “
Thursday, May 27
- Many of us here at BTSC have been excited to hear reports of injury status regarding the recovery of Devin Bush Jr. and Zach Banner. In OTA videos and photos from Steelers.com, both # 55 and # 72 appear to be in tremendous condition. For example, Bush’s mobility looked phenomenal. In related news, my lawn toe injury suffered from a fall down the steps before the wild card game improves daily, and my Dachshunds report that I look in great shape too.
Friday, May 28
- The Steelers sophomore recipient Chase Claypool told TMZ how cool it would be for the Steelers to act against angry Atlanta Falcon All-Pro Julio Jones. “We’re stacked,” said Claypool. “But you can never get too many superstars.” As great as that is, it’s very unlikely to happen. But don’t worry, Chase, you’ll see Julio twice a season when he lands in Baltimore after Eric DeCosta caught him for a fifth rounder, a bushel of crabs and a can of Old Bay.
- Tyson Alualu had high praise for a man whom Steeler Nation was very skeptical of for some unjustified reason. When Alualu hit the media last week, he said of five-rounder Isaiahh Loudermilk that he was a combination of Cam Heyward and Chris Wormley, and praised the DL for Wisconsin’s aggressiveness. I was once described as a combination of Cam from Modern Family and Chris Farley with great aggressiveness at the buffet.
Saturday, May 29th
- I am saddened by the deaths of two entertainment legends, BJ Thomas and Gavin McCleod. 78-year-old Thomas was best known for the iconic song by Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. “Raindrops keep falling on my head” spent four weeks at number 1, as did the first chart topper in the 1970s. BJ also sang “As Long As We Got Each Other,” the theme of the 1980s ABC sitcom “Growing Pains”. Speaking of TV theme songs, it’s impossible to hear the theme of The Love Boat without thinking about Captain Stubing. The actor who made this role famous was the incomparable Gavin McCleod. But I loved him most as Murray Slaughter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show. Many don’t consider McCleod to be one of the greatest actors of all time, but to me he was an incredible presence on great shows. Gavin McCleod was 90 years old.
This was the big week for the Steelers mixed with my black and gold love life. I’m sure next week will be full of Steelers events too, so we’ll have to do that all over again. I wish you a good week, but better still a bad one.