Steelers Week 6: Cheers, Jeers and Fears

by: Jimi The Intern
October 16, 2015
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Well, after that nerve wracking finish we could all use a pushover game against a team that will allow our offense to really open up and our defense to lock down.

That would be nice, right?

You should know by now that the Steelers never have that kind of luck.

They face the Arizona Cardinals, one of the best teams in the league this season, just six days after the tough Monday night win.

Pittsburgh showed last week that they can win without Ben. It might not be easy, but they can do it.

My cheers, jeers and fears this week were a little tougher because I’m not too afraid of anything following last week, but I also feel like there isn’t much to cheer.

But, here goes.

Cheers

This one is going out to the whole offensive unit, including Big Ben. You could tell that Ben was offensive coordinator 1A against San Diego, especially when he was drawing up plays.

You know that the final play had his hands all over it, that’s how Ben plays and they didn’t deviate from it.

Vick made plays when he needed to and Bell looks like the best back in the league again, but someone seems to be missing these past few games.

This leads me into some jeers.

Jeers

Antonio Brown, I’m looking at you. This is where the best wide receiver in the league needs to shine. Even if he is being double covered, it isn’t for the whole game and he needs to make better use of the times he’s going against man-to-man.

In the past two games he has failed to rack-up 100 total yards and only has eight catches. Compare that to his first three games where he had over 100 yards a game and at least nine receptions a game.

Now, yes this does have to do with Vick being in the backfield, but if you watch the game Brown seems nonexistent.

Bell has been carrying this team, and if Brown can bring his play up while Ben is out I will rest a little easier.

Fears

There are two things I am pretty worried about.

One, the Cincinnati Bengals. They are good people. No more Bungles with their 5-0 record and an Andy Dalton with a wealth of weapons that could beat any defense.

The second is Ben rushing himself to come back early. There are so many reports saying that he wants to come back this week. THIS WEEK. Ben, I love you and can’t wait for you to be back under center, but do us all a favor and sit this one out.

Get stronger and come back to beat the Bengals.

With all that said, this week will be tough.

The Cardinals defense is tough. Just last week they forced six turnovers. Pittsburgh will need to play it safe and have a strong running presence with Bell and De’Angelo Williams.

Knowing that Ben will probably be back next week might give Vick more of a green light to take off again.

I doubted the Steelers last week and was happy to be proven wrong. This week I have another bad feeling.

Cardinals win a close one 23-20.

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A Non-Runner’s Attempts to Not Hate Running

by: Tierney Pomone
October 16, 2015
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So, last week I saw Kelly’s post about if you hate running, don’t do it, and I had a lot to think about and a lot to say. You see, I hate running. Like, a lot, and I even told her that last time I ran into her on Front Street while on a run. I don’t like exercise, but recognize the need to do so for health purposes (see: I drink a lot of beer and I love to eat unhealthily).

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Here’s how it all started:

This Saturday is Tröegs Hop Dash downtown – what should be a fun and easy 5K. I’ve done the #JM5K at least twice before and I’ve done a 5K before that, so this isn’t my first rodeo. It started with Sara asking me if I would be willing to judge the costume contest before/during/after the race. Well, all my friends will be there, and I like costumes, so sure why not?

Then, she asked if I wanted to run it, too. I thought about it all day. It was about 2 months ago, and I wondered if I could “get in shape” in time for the race. I decided to take the challenge and go for it. So, this weekend, I will be running jogging getting through the Hop Dash.

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Weekend Roundup 10/15

by: Sara Bozich
October 15, 2015
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It’s been a pretty productive week, and I’m reading to head to HMAC tonight to see Work Drugs again (they played The Millworks a couple months ago).

Beer Swap: Heady Topper for Troegs Nimble Giant

Beer Swap: Heady Topper for Troegs Nimble Giant

Tomorrow night, I’m conquering a fear by going to Field of Screams for the first time with some girlfriends. Wish me luck.

Saturday morning, we’re doing the Strides walk, then the Hop Dash (wear a costume! I’m a judge) before probably hitting Shady’s, because that’s how we do it.

On Sunday, we football … and do laundry.

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What are you doing this weekend?

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IR: Returning to Running

by: Kelly Leighton
October 14, 2015
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After nearly six weeks of no running, my doctor finally gave me the thumbs up to get back on the road.

After making me swear several times that I was absolutely sure that I had no pain in my knee or tibial, he warned me, “Now, don’t go doing anything stupid.”

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I am nearly positive our definitions of “stupid” are not the same at all, but I didn’t ask him to elaborate.

Making the return to running is strange. Luckily, I was “only” out for a month and a half. I say “only” because it felt like the longest days of my life when I was trudging to and from the pool, and you know, not running. But, when I had my hip stress fracture, I was out for four months(!), so I recognize it could have been much worse. Regardless, during those first few miles, my legs somehow felt both incredibly fresh, but incredibly clunky. I sort of felt like a baby giraffe. My legs were ready to run, excited to run, but they were also slightly confused about what they were supposed to be doing.

But I went on, and I am slowly amping my mileage and getting back into the swing of things. It’s hard to not be overeager and selfish, because I just want to jump right back into where I was. Patience was never my strong suit.

It’s funny how much I took running for granted over the summer. I got cocky, and complained more than I should have about dumb things. “Ugh, it’s so humid.” “Ugh, I don’t feel like running 15 miles today.” “Ugh, that alarm is so f’ing early.”

Then, in one swoop, it was taken away from me, and now I am back to praising the running gods every time I leave for a run, and every time I make it home in one piece. I love that 4:50 a.m. alarm when it means I get to go for a run.

Looking back, I realize that I was probably feeling a little burned out, and maybe a few days (NOT WEEKS) off would have been beneficial both mentally and physically. Alas, I have yet again learned my lesson the hard way: When you have tendonitis so bad that it is impacting your stride, it’s time to take a few days off.

It’s good to be back, as this fall weather has welcomed me with open arms, and I swear I will never take running for granted again.

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