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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Pylon Pics: Postgame party spoiled by Browns

Posted By on Sun, Dec 30, 2018 at 9:18 PM

Terrell Edmunds #34 watches the Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens game on the big screen following their 16-13 win against the Cincinnati Bengals. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • Terrell Edmunds #34 watches the Cleveland Browns vs Baltimore Ravens game on the big screen following their 16-13 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.

In my 10th season shooting NFL games, I've never encountered a situation like what transpired at the end of the Steelers vs Bengals game.

With their playoff hopes in the hands of the Cleveland Browns, who had to defeat the Baltimore Ravens, about half of the team stayed on the field, along with thousands of fans, to watch the other game finish on the big screen. Terrell Edmunds was the first I saw, who held his hands up. Then T.J. Watt, who stood with coaches. Other players sat on their helmets on the field. But they were all glued on every move by Baker Mayfield and the Browns offense as they made their way down the field with less than two minutes remaining. A close catch. A review. It kept everyone on pins and needles through Heinz Field even though the game they were there for had been over for ten minutes. Then JuJu Smith-Schuster walked to the other side of the field and watched the game with two members of the team the Steelers had just defeated 16-13.

As the Browns went for it on 4th down, Mayfield threw an interception. Game over. Fans left and JuJu made his way to the tunnel. There's still a slim chance that the Steelers make the playoffs, as I write this, if both teams in the Sunday Night Football game tie. But I think Lloyd Christmas had a better chance with Mary Swanson.

Thanks for following along all season with my coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I hope to bring you more sports coverage in the coming months and wish everyone a Happy New Year!


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Sunday, December 16, 2018

Pylon Pics: Pittsburgh Steelers win in their reintroduction to the Patriots

Posted By on Sun, Dec 16, 2018 at 9:07 PM

Joe Haden intercepts a fourth quarter pass by Tom Brady. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
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  • Joe Haden intercepts a fourth quarter pass by Tom Brady.

For the first time all season, the Pittsburgh Steelers elected not to do individual player introductions against the New England Patriots.

Typically the starters from either the offense or defense will be announced one at a time and make their way through the fog and the fancy lights while pumping up themselves and the crowd before kickoff. And I was ready. On my stomach, waiting for some dramatic images. But nothing happened. I can only speculate but I'm going to assume that this type of pregame hype wasn't warranted against a team that was 2-11 all-time against Tom Brady coming into today's game. Perhaps they felt as if both sides of the ball equally needed to contribute to this game in order for them to come out of it with a win.

But win they did. 17-10. And they did it without starting running back, James Conner who remains injured. Rookie backup, Jaylen Samuels, finished the game with 19 carries and 142 yards.

We'll see if head coach Mike Tomlin keeps with the winning tradition for the last home regular season game of the season, Dec. 30 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The team has one more hurdle in their way, the New Orleans Saints, on Dec. 23.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Pylon Pics: Football is family, even in 30-33 loss

Posted By on Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 1:19 AM

Brothers Derek Watt (left) and T.J. Watt (right) trade jerseys postgame. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
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  • Brothers Derek Watt (left) and T.J. Watt (right) trade jerseys postgame.


Even in a tough loss for Pittsburgh Steelers fans, family is more important than football. Tonight marked the head-to-head matchups for two sets of brothers, T.J. & Derek Watt, as well as twins Maurkice and Mike Pouncey. Sure, the calls on the field were quite terrible and the local team lost 30-33 in the final seconds on the third attempt of a field goal. But seeing the smiles and love shared at the end of the game, makes you realize that family will be with you much longer than the game. And in the holiday season and the first night of Hanukkah, it seemed only fitting to be reminded of that.

The Steelers record is now 7-4-1 and will play at the Oakland Raiders on December 9th at 4:25pm.

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Pylon Pics: High-speed, high-flying Steelers

Posted By on Fri, Nov 9, 2018 at 12:50 AM

Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is lifted into the air by Vance McDonald following McDonald's touchdown. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
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  • Antonio Brown of the Pittsburgh Steelers is lifted into the air by Vance McDonald following McDonald's touchdown.
Hours before Antonio Brown flew down the sideline, he was clocked going 100mph down McKnight Road in his Porsche. He and the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team never took their foot off of the pedal in their game against the Carolina Panthers. Tonight's game set the NFL record this season for most points scored and Pittsburgh did it at will. Five touchdowns for Ben Roethlisberger, all to different receivers, put him in sole possession of 7th place all-time with 350 touchdowns.

Pittsburgh improves to 6-2-1 and will travel next to Jacksonville to face the Jaguars on November 18th for a 1pm game.

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Sunday, October 28, 2018

Pylon Pics: Love everyone. No exceptions.

Posted By on Sun, Oct 28, 2018 at 6:09 PM

Antonio Brown hugs a fan on the sidelines prior to kickoff against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
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  • Antonio Brown hugs a fan on the sidelines prior to kickoff against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field.
"We need love, not hate. And we need that giant hug..."

Those were the words of Jeff Finkelstein, President/CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh during today's vigil at Soldiers & Sailors in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He spoke just after the Pittsburgh Steelers defeated the Cleveland Browns 33-18 at Heinz Field.

Sports offer us a healthy, temporary distraction from life during times like these. It’s not for everyone. We all have our own ways of dealing with obstacles in front of us, many of which are emotional in nature for many Pittsburghers right now. It can also be a platform for change like what we’ve seen in recent years with Colin Kaepernick, Eric Reid, and others. But it’s many things for many people. Today, myself and approximately 68,000 people used football to help heal.

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Sunday, October 7, 2018

Pylon Pics: Pittsburgh Steelers Birth A Win

Posted By on Sun, Oct 7, 2018 at 5:49 PM

James Conner enters the field amidst a cloud of fog. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
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  • James Conner enters the field amidst a cloud of fog.
Between the 80-plus degree weather and the Steelers offense, the Atlanta Falcons' defense got scorched today at Heinz Field. The Steelers ran up the score in the end, with a final of 41-17.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Pylon Pics: Ravens 26, Steelers 14

Posted By on Mon, Oct 1, 2018 at 1:22 AM

T.J. Watt #90 leaps into Heinz Field while being introduced. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
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  • T.J. Watt #90 leaps into Heinz Field while being introduced.
No one was more hyped to start this game against the Baltimore Ravens on national television than members of the Steelers defense, as seen in the opening image of T.J. Watt.

After a quick interception on a botched catch attempt by Vance McDonald, the Steelers couldn't stop their AFC North rivals from doing whatever they wanted on offense, whether it was running the ball through myriad missed tackles or beating rookie safety Terrell Edmunds with the deep ball. In the end, the Ravens took the win 26-14, at Heinz Field on Sun., Sept. 30.

But I always look for the silver lining in these games because the images are ultimately the most important part, regardless of who wins or loses. So, there was one small win today on a personal note, and that was moving around Heinz Field completely normal following knee surgery and in my fourth week of physical therapy. It’s the little wins, and this one was knowing I could keep up physically going up and down the field, kneeling with my camera on every play.

Next week, the Steelers face the also-struggling Atlanta Falcons at Heinz Field. City Paper will be here to see if the  can bounce back from this loss.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Pylon Pics: Kansas City Chiefs 42, Pittsburgh Steelers 37

Posted By on Mon, Sep 17, 2018 at 1:25 PM

Antonio Brown enters through the tunnel during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field on Sun., Sept. 16, 2018. - CP PHOTO: JARED WICKERHAM
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  • Antonio Brown enters through the tunnel during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field on Sun., Sept. 16, 2018.

Pylon Pics is a digital feature that will appear after Steelers home games throughout the NFL season. Photographer Jared Wickerham tells the story of a Steelers game through his images.

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Friday, March 9, 2018

Fans are upset that Pittsburgh Pirates president spoke at a fundraiser for congressional candidate Rick Saccone

Posted By on Fri, Mar 9, 2018 at 3:12 PM

The Pirate Parrot at a 2017 Pirates game - CP PHOTO BY LUKE THOR TRAVIS
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  • The Pirate Parrot at a 2017 Pirates game
In the 2017 baseball offseason, the Pittsburgh Pirates traded away two star players in Andrew McCutchen and Gerrt Cole. The fans were upset with Pirates management and many Pittsburghers were gearing up for a disappointing season for the Buccos.

Then, for some, there was another reason this week to be upset with the Pirates. According to a tweet from Washington Post reporter James Hohmann, on March 8, Pirates president Frank Coonelly spoke in support of Pennsylvania state Rep. Rick Saccone (R-Elizabeth), who is running for U.S. Congress in a special election on March 13 against Conor Lamb (D-Mount Lebanon). According to Hohmann's tweet,  Coonelly spoke at the Republican Party of Allegheny County's "Spirit of Lincoln" dinner in Green Tree on March 8 and he also brought the Pirate Parrot with him. The dinner served as a fundraising event for Saccone and featured President Donald Trump’s counsel Kellyanne Conway.

Regis McDevitt, a Pittsburgh resident and Pirate fan, wrote on Twitter on March 8 “@Pirates this is shameful,” in response to Hohmann’s tweet. McDevitt also tweeted that the Pirates should address Coonelly’s involvement with Saccone and wrote that “inserting the organization into a political argument is true cause for a boycott.”

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Thursday, March 8, 2018

You can now buy a bobblehead of Pittsburgh Steelers receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster on his bike

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 at 12:09 PM

JuJu Smith-Schuster bike bobblehead - PHOTO COURTESY OF NATIONAL BOBBLEHEAD HALL OF FAME AND MUSEUM
  • Photo courtesy of National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum
  • JuJu Smith-Schuster bike bobblehead
In October 2017, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster tweeted out a picture of his beloved bike and informed his followers that it had been stolen. Pittsburgh social media exploded with calls for the thief to return Smith-Schuster’s bike, with the hashtag #TeamFindJujusBike. Fellow Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown even offered free tickets to a Steelers home game in exchange for the bike.

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