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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
  • CP Photo: Jared Wickerham
  • 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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Friday, September 7, 2018

Catch Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown tonight on Treehouse Masters

Posted By on Fri, Sep 7, 2018 at 1:24 PM

Antonio Brown (center) with Kennihan employees - PHOTO: KENNIHAN PLUMBING, HEATING AND AIR CONDITIONING
  • Photo: Kennihan Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning
  • Antonio Brown (center) with Kennihan employees
I only watch Animal Planet to learn about treehouses. (I would rather see animals in person than on TV.) And I’m not even super into treehouses, but an upcoming episode of Treehouse Masters piqued my interest.

Tonight, Pittsburghers should join me in my new tree house obsession because a special Pittsburgh guest is featured: Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown.

Since the premiere of Treehouse Masters in 2013, the scale and quality of the treehouses built by Pete Nelson have upgraded from treehouses to tree-mansions. In recent seasons, especially the current one, the treehouses on the show are nicer than most people’s homes. Brown’s is no exception.

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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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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster wants his bike back

Posted By on Tue, Oct 24, 2017 at 4:56 PM

The Pittsburgh Steelers' new star wide receiver, JuJu Smith-Schuster, is known for catching touchdowns and coming up with innovative celebrations, including a hide-and-seek number during the Steelers' win over the Bengals on Oct. 22. But Smith-Schuster is also known as the team's best bike commuter, as he often rides his bike to practice at the Steelers' training facility in the South Side. And in a town where city councilors might scream at you for riding your bike, that's an impressive feat.

However, Smith-Schuster tweeted today, Oct. 24, that his bike has been stolen. "I hope it's not an end of an era #TeamFindJujusBike," wrote Smith-Schuster on Twitter.

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Friday, January 8, 2016

Steelers rally held Downtown for upcoming playoff game against Cincinnati

Posted By on Fri, Jan 8, 2016 at 4:51 PM

Hundreds filled up the courtyard of the Allegheny County Courthouse to cheer on the Pittsburgh Steelers on the eve of the team's playoff game with the Cincinnati Bengals, on what some were dubbing "Steelers Friday." Terrible Towels were waved, Steely McBeam posed for selfies and the crowd sang along to everyone's favorite football tune, "Here We Go." 

Elected officials were on hand, including Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, and they all rallied the crowd and, of course, threw out free Steelers swag. (Former Steelers defensive lineman Chris Hoke also pumped up the crowd.) Peduto said that even though no playoff games were going to be played at Heinz Field, the "path to the Super Bowl still has to go through us." 

City Paper was there to take in the action. For more of our earlier Steelers coverage, click here.


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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

League of Denial strings together deaths of former Steelers, puts NFL in the hot seat

Posted By on Wed, Oct 9, 2013 at 2:42 PM

The long-awaited Frontline feature documentary League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis aired last night, putting Pittsburgh in the spotlight for both good and bad reasons.

The documentary was a joint project of PBS and Steve Fainaru and Mark Fainaru-Wada, who wrote the accompanying book and have reported on the NFL concussion crisis in the past. The Fainaru brothers have reported in the past for ESPN, which, until August, was a co-producer of League of Denial. In August, ESPN abruptly ended its participation in the project, allegedly because of pressure from the NFL.

If the NFL was worried about League of Denial making it look bad as an organization, the worry was warranted. While plenty has been reported in recent years on concussions, chronic traumatic encephalopathy and football, the Frontline doc laid out a comprehensive history of the matter, highlighting the work of Dr. Bennet Omaru, formerly of the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office, and Dr. Ann McKee, of Boston University's Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy.

Pittsburgh plays a starring role — for better and worse — in the documentary.

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