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There will be no work stoppage

There will be no work stoppage in the NFL because Commissioner Roger Goodell and NFLPA leader DeMaurice Smith are too smart to let that happen when football is at its peak.

By Michael Kun | February 9, 2011; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

That was it?

The classic Super Bowl matchup and all of its trimmings didn't live up to the hype, leaving me unsatisfied with a lockout looming.

By Anthony Stalter | February 8, 2011; 01:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

One to treasure

Super Bowl XLV showcased two teams with quality coaches and great front offices who were rewarded for their patience and vision with a spot in the big game -- in short, the NFL at its finest.

By Jason Maloni | February 8, 2011; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

A deal will get done

The NFL, its owners and players know that football is at its peak and they cannot afford a lockout. Expect a deal to get done no later than June 1.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | February 8, 2011; 11:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Rodgers emerges

Super Bowl XLV will be marked by the emergence of MVP QB Aaron Rodgers, and while the NFL braces for a potential lockout, at least fans in Green Bay can cherish that winning feeling once again.

By Brandon Benson | February 8, 2011; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

In the top 5

Super Bowl XLV was an instant classic - and the sometimes sloppy nature of the game only added to its value. But after setting a viewership record, the NFL and its players need to get over themselves and resolve their labor dispute or risk ruining a game at its peak in popularity.

By Dave Goldberg | February 8, 2011; 10:35 AM ET | Comments (1)

Go out with a bang

Millions of people who can't locate Green Bay on a map or spell Pittsburgh without Google will tune in, Sunday, to watch what may be the last NFL game ever.

By Emil Steiner | February 4, 2011; 03:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Super Bowl of Super Bowls

Packers-Steelers is a showcase and celebration of what makes pro football great: Blue-collar teams hailing from gritty, all-American towns. Crushing defenses, power running attacks, rifle-armed, cold-blooded quarterbacks.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | February 2, 2011; 12:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Packers will take flight

With Aaron Rodgers under center and a host of weapons in the receiving game, the Green Bay Packers get the slight edge in a great Super Bowl XLV matchup.

By Brandon Benson | February 2, 2011; 12:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Which team will win Super Bowl XLV?

Which team will win Super Bowl XLV?

By Reader Poll | February 2, 2011; 09:50 AM ET | Comments (1)

Let's try overtime

Everything about the game, including the historic nature of the franchises, points to one conclusion: it's time to test the new overtime rules.

By Brian Tarcy | February 2, 2011; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers all the way

No team can beat you in more ways than Pittsburgh, which is why the Steelers will hoist their seventh Lombardi trophy Sunday at Super Bowl XLV.

By Jason Maloni | February 2, 2011; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Another Steel trophy

In a matchup of two of the NFL's most historic franchises, look for the Steelers to hoist their third Lombardi trophy in five years at Super Bowl XLV.

By Matt Loede | February 2, 2011; 09:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

The spread was the easy part

Someone will win Super Bowl XLV 23-20, but choosing between two evenly matched teams in the Packers and Steelers is a tall order.

By Dave Goldberg | February 2, 2011; 09:06 AM ET | Comments (1)

Ice, ice baby

I'll be pulling for the Packers and a welcome distraction from the impending "Iceaggedon" expected to hit the Midwest this weekend.

By Dawn Knight | February 2, 2011; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pick the Pack

Call it destiny, call it fate, or just call it a great team receiving its due: the Packers will win Super Bowl XLV.

By Anthony Stalter | February 2, 2011; 08:53 AM ET | Comments (0)

Flip a coin

The Packers and Steelers are so evenly matched that anyone asked to pick the winner of this Sunday's game might as well flip a coin.

By Michael Kun | February 2, 2011; 08:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

It's a passing league

The reality is that more often than not, a great quarterback leads his team to a Super Bowl victory. The NFL is a passing league and any team relying on its defense or running game to win a championship is a long shot.

By Brandon Benson | January 25, 2011; 04:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

It's coaches and QBs now

Quarterbacks and coaching, more than defense, have the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers vying for another Super Bowl title.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | January 25, 2011; 03:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Staying true to history

As past Super Bowl champions have proven, it takes defense to reach, and ultimately win the big game in the NFL. The Steelers and Packers are proof once again.

By Leonard Shapiro | January 25, 2011; 03:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Defense does it again

It's no surprise that two teams built for the playoffs with elite defenses will take the field in Dallas on Feb. 6 in a game that will likely be decided on the defensive end.

By Anthony Stalter | January 25, 2011; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cliche because it's true

Even in a year when everyone is running up points, the Packers and Steelers have proven it still takes a good defense to get to the Super Bowl.

By Dave Goldberg | January 25, 2011; 01:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Walking the walk

Increased media coverage of the NFL has incited more trash talking than ever - the effects of which could be seen Sunday in New England.

By Dave Goldberg | January 18, 2011; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Take your pick on a loaded weekend

Take your pick on a weekend loaded with great playoff matchups.

By Michael Bean | January 12, 2011; 10:40 AM ET | Comments (1)

Defense reigns in Steel City

Two of the NFL's top defensive, hard-hitting teams collide when rivals Pittsburgh and Baltimore meet for the third time this season. What's not to like?

By Brandon Benson | January 12, 2011; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ravens-Steelers destined for drama

If you could only watch one game this weekend, it's got to be the Ravens at the Steelers.

By Michael Kun | January 11, 2011; 07:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

What's the most intriguing divisional playoff matchup?

What is the most intriguing NFL divisional playoff matchup?

By Reader Poll | January 11, 2011; 04:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Real rivalry in Pitt

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens play football as it's meant to be played, and their third meeting of the season should be another classic.

By Dave Goldberg | January 11, 2011; 02:40 PM ET | Comments (4)

Look to the front offices

The supposed superiority of the AFC in the 2010 season is based more than anything on the fact that many of the most talented NFC teams have allowed themselves to be run into the ground with terrible decision-making processes.

By Doug Farrar | November 4, 2010; 02:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Parity reigns supreme

Parity reigns supreme in the NFL and if you're a general football fan, you're mighty happy about it.

By Anthony Stalter | October 12, 2010; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

Vulnerabilities abound

This type of competitive balance keeps more teams -- and their fans -- believing a Super Bowl run is a possibility. And that's exactly what the NFL wants to see.

By Doug Farrar | October 12, 2010; 08:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Ben's adjustment period

The Steelers are clicking without their starting quarterback, but when Ben Roethlisberger returns, it will take a few games for him to get back in the flow and in NFL game shape.

By Richard Boadu & Claude Clayborne | September 28, 2010; 11:44 AM ET | Comments (1)

All is well in the Steel City

With a 3-0 start, a Week 4 matchup with the injury depleted Ravens, a Week 5 bye and the Browns on the slate for Ben Roethlisberger's first game back in Week 6, things are lining up perfectly for the Pittsburgh Steelers to make another Super Bowl run.

By Leonard Shapiro | September 28, 2010; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Polamalu is the real MVP

Troy Polamalu has the Steelers defense playing up to the level of -- and maybe better than -- the 1976 Steel Curtain.

By Doug Farrar | September 28, 2010; 09:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

How far will the Steelers go?

How far will the Pittsburgh Steelers go this season?

By Reader Poll | September 28, 2010; 09:08 AM ET | Comments (2)

Big Ben, whatever

The Pittsburgh Steelers have proven their worth, with or without Big Ben.

By Dawn Knight | September 28, 2010; 08:50 AM ET | Comments (4)

Scary good

The Steelers are playing some of the best football in the NFL without star quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. When he returns, they could be the best team in the AFC.

By Matt Loede | September 28, 2010; 08:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

A lesson in continuity

Pittsburgh's sustained success is a tribute to a system built on continuity and the 2010 Steelers are no different.

By Dave Goldberg | September 28, 2010; 12:46 AM ET | Comments (1)

We should have known

With a fresh quarterback joining the league's top defense, the Pittsburgh Steelers have the tools to make another Super Bowl run. So why was Peter King the only one who saw this coming?

By Michael Kun | September 28, 2010; 12:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

Who's the biggest surprise in the NFL?

Which team's 2-0 start is the biggest surprise? Which team's 0-2 start is the bigger shock?

By Reader Poll | September 21, 2010; 11:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Texas two-step

The Dallas Cowboys' slow start isn't a total shock and they should still contend for the NFC East, but the Houston Texans appear poised for a postseason run following two impressive victories to start the season.

By Michael Bean | September 21, 2010; 10:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Five early surprises

The Dallas Cowboys, Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears, Pittsburgh Steelers and Houston Texans have all surprised early on for very different reasons.

By Dave Goldberg | September 21, 2010; 09:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

Less is more

The current NFL regular season structure is one of the many things that make the NFL the most popular professional sports league in the U.S., and there's no need to screw that up.

By Michael Bean | August 31, 2010; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

Who's in your 2011 Super Bowl?

Which two teams will reach Super Bowl XLV in Dallas this winter?

By Reader Poll | July 28, 2010; 10:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Where will T.O. end up?

Where will Terrell Owens end up in 2010?

By Reader Poll | July 15, 2010; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

LeBron's Drano Beer finds T.O. a home

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the perfect fit for Terrell Owens, at least in the opinion of this Cleveland fan.

By Brian Tarcy | July 15, 2010; 08:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

Which teams will turn it around in 2010?

Which non-playoff team from last season has the best chance to make a deep postseason run in 2010-11?

By Reader Poll | July 13, 2010; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Slippery slope

By issuing suspensions to players who have not been charged with crimes, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is in danger of becoming Big Brother

By Jason Maloni | April 22, 2010; 11:51 AM ET | Comments (1)

Goodell had to do something

It's hard to find a fitting punishment when the full extent of the offense remains unknown, but NFL commissioner Roger Goodell had to take action against Ben Roethlisberger and the four-to-six game suspension is about the best he could do.

By Dan Parker | April 22, 2010; 09:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Moral vs. criminal code

Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Ben Roethlisberger for six games protects the integrity of the NFL's moral standards without overstepping his bounds as commissioner.

By Doug Farrar | April 22, 2010; 01:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not about the number

It's not the length of the suspension dolled out to Ben Roethlisberger that matters. It's how he uses that time to recoup his image and grow up.

By Anthony Stalter | April 22, 2010; 12:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Fortunate son

Ben Roethlisberger should consider himself lucky to walk away with the suspension handed down by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and clean up his act now.

By Robert Littal | April 21, 2010; 11:54 PM ET | Comments (1)

Not the Rooney way

Ben Roethlisberger's alleged transgressions have placed him in a group of former Pittsburgh Steelers who the Rooney family saw fit to unload to maintain the team's values. And like those before him, Roethlisberger is likely on his way out of the Steel City.

By Leonard Shapiro | April 21, 2010; 07:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

It helped another QB

The suspension handed down from Roger Goodell may be tough to swallow, but Ben Roethlisberger need only look to another star quarterback to see how league mandated punishment can help a talented player mature.

By Dave Goldberg | April 21, 2010; 04:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Is the six-game suspension fair?

Is NFL commissioner Roger Goodell's decision to suspend Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger for six games fair?

By Reader Poll | April 21, 2010; 03:57 PM ET | Comments (0)

Short sighted moves

Bringing in Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie give the Jets a better chance to win now, but by the end of the season, the could be right back where they were without the draft picks to fill the same holes.

By Jason Brewer | April 14, 2010; 10:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Unfamiliar spotlight

The Jets flourished with a roster full of role players and team-oriented individuals in year one under Rex Ryan. He'll face a much greater test with a new trio of players who prefer the spotlight to anonymity.

By Michael Bean | April 13, 2010; 11:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cornering the market

The stability and sounds foundation Rex Ryan and the Jets posses has allowed them to take chances will talented, mercurial players.

By Doug Farrar | April 13, 2010; 10:08 AM ET | Comments (0)

On paper, two great moves

On paper, the Jets have upgraded their talent for a relatively low price. The question that remains is how will those new pieces - specifically Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie - fit in with their team.

By Brandon Benson | April 13, 2010; 09:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

Locker room test

By bringing in an aging veteran tailback and a pair of talented players with a history of off the field troubles, Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are testing the strength of the locker room chemistry that helped them reach the AFC title game last season.

By John Gennaro | April 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The operative word is 'if'

With a pair of talented players with off the field joining last year's AFC finalists in New York, the pay off for the Jets comes down to several big 'ifs'.

By Dave Goldberg | April 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

It rests on Rex

Rex Ryan must find a way for the latest additions to the New York Jets to mesh with his locker room for a team that lucked into the playoffs in 2009 to make a return trip in 2010.

By Michael Kun | April 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Smart moves for the Jets?

Were the trades that brought Santonio Holmes and Antonio Cromartie to New York smart moves for the Jets?

By Reader Poll | April 13, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Bad Apple Experience, Steelers Style

A couple bad apples - who happen to be two of the franchise's biggest stars - run the risk of damaging the image of the Pittsburgh Steelers...unless they start winning again in September.

By Chris Richardson | March 30, 2010; 01:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Taking the good with the bad

The current sports media culture feasts on controversy and type of allegations currently swirling around the Pittsburgh Steelers, and as a result, the days of "good guys" and "bad guys" and "model franchises" is over.

By Robert Littal | March 30, 2010; 10:50 AM ET | Comments (2)

Too Early to Tell

While Steelers stars Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes are certainly not bolstering their franchise's stature, the allegations against them have not seriously damaged the Pittsburgh least not yet.

By Doug Farrar | March 30, 2010; 08:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

Will offseason trouble linger in Pittsburgh?

Will the current allegations surrounding Pittsburgh Steelers stars Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes have a lingering effect on the franchise?

By Reader Poll | March 30, 2010; 12:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

Short memory spans

While the current allegations surrounding Ben Roethlisberger and Santonio Holmes could form a lingering cloud over the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise, like so many other off-season incidents, these will eventually fade away from the media spotlight.

By Dave Goldberg | March 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reputation at stake

The Steelers need only look to their AFC north neighbors in Cincinnati for proof that legal trouble and negative media attention can irreparably damage an NFL franchise.

By Joe Baker | March 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Pitt will right the ship

Off-the-field trouble can adversely affect on the field performance, but if the team's current legal trouble blows over as it appears it could, Ben Roethlisberger, Santonio Holmes and the Steelers should return to the playoffs sooner rather than later.

By Larry Brown | March 30, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Innocent until proven guilty

Despite their fame and fortune, prominent athletes deserve the same rights and legal consideration the rest of the country is awarded.

By Jason Maloni | March 12, 2010; 12:48 PM ET | Comments (3)

The clock is ticking on Big Ben

With Ben Roethlisberger's latest dust up, the Steelers may have a serial moron on their hands and Big Ben may not get another chance to screw up again.

By Leonard Shapiro | March 12, 2010; 10:31 AM ET | Comments (3)

Big Ben's ringing endorsements

it would probably take a conviction for teams, especially those starving for a championship caliber quarterback, to turn down Big Ben.

By Emil Steiner | March 12, 2010; 08:52 AM ET | Comments (1)

Illegal contact?

The latest allegations against Ben Roethlisberger once again beg the question, is this a case of sex addiction, and if so, is it a pathological condition or just a new excuse for the same old bad behavior.

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | March 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (7)

A (currently innocent) idiot

Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may have acted like an idiot, but the legal system, not Roger Goodell, should decide his fate.

By Robert Littal | March 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (9)

Rooneys will handle it

Through their ownership of the Steelers franchise, the Rooneys have displayed sound judgment in player management. The latest situation with their star quarterback will be no different.

By Dave Goldberg | March 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

Would you want Big Ben on your team?

Would you want Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger on your team?

By Reader Poll | March 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (3)

Wrong kind of excitement

The ongoing Ben Roethlisberger saga underlines what has been true for a very long time in the National Football League: Your quarterback is your most important player, and the fortunes of your team will rise and fall as his does.

By Doug Farrar | March 12, 2010; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Steelers gag

It should be a crime for the Super Bowl champions to miss the playoffs because of loses to Browns, Chiefs and Raiders.

By Chris Richardson | January 4, 2010; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (3)

Who choked the hardest?

Giants, Broncos, Steelers, who blew it most this year?

By Reader Poll | January 4, 2010; 02:41 PM ET | Comments (1)

Think of Tomlin

Did the Redskins make a mockery of the Rooney Rule? Absolutely. Does that mean it should be abolished? Absolutely not.

By Robert Littal | December 18, 2009; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (3)

Ravens on the wire

Though the work is far from finished, Baltimore does have the inside track to a postseason berth.

By Sean McCann | November 30, 2009; 12:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Shocking: Belichick's Call or Bengals'

Cincinnati Bengals embarrass Pittsburgh Steelers or Bill Belichick's fourth down gaff in New England Patriots loss to Indianapolis Colts, which was more shocking?

By Reader Poll | November 16, 2009; 07:22 AM ET | Comments (6)

Hate is good

Patriots and Colts as rivals? Please! Maybe friendly rivals.

By Brian Tarcy | November 13, 2009; 09:59 AM ET | Comments (2)

Playoff Picks

With Pittsburgh and Baltimore in their division, the Bengals' luck is the most likely of the current division leaders to run out.

By Sean Moroney | November 5, 2009; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

The bad luck Bengals

If franchises are somewhat branded by an identity, then the Bengals' is of a team perennially beset by misfortune and miscalculation.

By Jim McCormick | November 4, 2009; 04:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Don't count on Cards

The only team currently leading their division played in last season's Super Bowl and, coincidentally, is the only team that won't play for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

By Jamie De Giorgio | November 4, 2009; 03:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

No one safe but Saints, Colts, Vikes

The two divisional leaders I have the least faith in at this point are in the West -- NFC West's Arizona and AFC West's Denver.

By Rob Rang | November 4, 2009; 09:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Not Drew Brees

Drew Brees is a good quarterback, and has been great so far this season, but his qualifications aren't nearly as good as Brady, Ben or Peyton.

By Sean Moroney | October 19, 2009; 10:46 AM ET | Comments (4)

What About Big Ben?

The reasons I'd take Ben Roethlisberger is his ability to keep plays alive, his fearless attitude and his comeback capabilities.

By Michael Bean | October 19, 2009; 08:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Ben, No Title

You lose Ben, you might as well kiss any thoughts of a Super Bowl repeat good-bye.

By Matt Loede | September 13, 2009; 10:21 PM ET | Comments (3)

Depends on Degree

The time he misses will depend on the severity.

By Dr. A. Brion Gardner | September 11, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Ben Matters More

Troy is nice to have, Roethlisberger is irreplaceable.

By David Hill | September 11, 2009; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

QB Over Safety

Troy may be better at his position, but Ben's position is a lot more important.

By Rob Rang | September 11, 2009; 12:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Ben, By a Hair

Polamalu is the beneficiary of the best front seven in football; Roethlisberger does what he does behind one of the worst offensive lines in football.

By Doug Farrar | September 11, 2009; 12:51 AM ET | Comments (2)

Bank on Big Ben

It was obvious last night that Ben Roethlisberger is more valuable to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

By Shawn Zobel | September 11, 2009; 12:49 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cheer For What?

The NFL game should never need cheerleaders to better sell its product -- just ask the Pitt

By Dan Parker | September 2, 2009; 07:58 AM ET | Comments (15)

P. Manning Is the Steadiest

When it comes to durability, stability and reliability, Peyton Manning really has no peer.

By Gene Wang | August 31, 2009; 06:53 AM ET | Comments (1)

Brady's Still the Best

All things being equal, if I have Tom Brady, I'm taking the Lombardi Trophy home.

By Doug Farrar | August 31, 2009; 06:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Banner Lunacy

Every now and again, Joe Banner has an Al Davis moment. Don't be alarmed. It's a natural part of the aging process for an NFL executive.

By Sean McCann | July 27, 2009; 12:31 PM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers For Now

Eagles may prove themselves to be the best roster but for now Pittsburgh still holds the crown.

By Jason Brewer | July 27, 2009; 09:19 AM ET | Comments (2)

No RenoGate Yet

It may be a long time before this case enters a Court of Law, but the Court of Public Opinion is already in session.

By Jason Maloni | July 22, 2009; 12:27 PM ET | Comments (2)

ESPN Arrogance?

Big Ben getting in trouble -- for whatever reason -- is news, report it.

By Dan Levy | July 22, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (5)

ESPN in Bed With NFL

ESPN's lack of Roethlisberger coverage stinks of an "ignore it and it will go away" attitude

By Chris Richardson | July 22, 2009; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (18)

Smart Move, ESPN?

What if ESPN isn't being slippery about this story, just rightfully cautious?

By A.J. Daulerio | July 22, 2009; 09:15 AM ET | Comments (3)

Is No News Good News?

Maybe we need to spend a little less time ranking on the blogosphere and more time making sure our own houses are in order.

By Doug Farrar | July 22, 2009; 08:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

ESPN Choked

ESPN made a mistake by pretending that the allegations that Roethlisberger sexually assaulted a woman weren't worthy of a report.

By Kent Babb | July 22, 2009; 07:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

ESPN Irresponsible

If the World Wide Leader in Sports has room to cover Michael Irvin's reality TV show, then they should have room to run something on Big Ben's lawsuit.

By Joe Reedy | July 22, 2009; 06:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

ESPN Is Like Madonna

Back in the day they were both hip, but thirty years later they are talking with strange accents and disconnected from the general public.

By Robert Littal | July 22, 2009; 06:50 AM ET | Comments (9)

New Jounalism Changed The Story

I'm more interested in how the media handles this story than the extraordinarily murky details of what did or did not happen a year ago in that Lake Tahoe hotel.

By Michael Bean | July 22, 2009; 06:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Injuries Can't Close OTAs

Every year a prominent player is injured in the supposedly non-contact Organized Team Activities that occur throughout the "off-season," leading to a groundswell of support to eliminate the workouts entirely, or to at least redefine the "voluntary" nature of the workouts.

By Rob Rang | June 4, 2009; 03:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

OTAs Command Control

If teams stopped all OTAs, minicamps and conditioning programs the quality of the league would not drop. But the coaches would feel like they have less control. Because of that, they will continue.

By Les Carpenter | June 4, 2009; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Necessary Evil

In the end, OTAs are a necessary evil for players and teams due to the inherent risk of injuries. The best way to proceed would be capping the number of veterans involved, and encouraging teams to use the practices to develop their younger talent.

By Peter Schaffer | June 4, 2009; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (1)

What's the Difference?

Tell any player on the bubble that a team activity isn't required, whether it's implied or not, and he's likely to laugh in your face. As the NFL moves toward creating a new Collective Bargaining Agreement (we hope), the difference should either be delineated or eliminated.

By Doug Farrar | June 4, 2009; 07:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Usual Suspects

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Arizona round out a fairly familiar top five best teams

By Les Carpenter | April 29, 2009; 03:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Not All Usual Suspects

This is the best time of year in the NFL... if your team stinks. Everyone is tied for the lead in their division. First place is yours, Detroit!

By Dan Levy | April 29, 2009; 11:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Eagles, Giants Battle

Panthers, Giants and Eagles all in the Steelers hunt.

By Doug Farrar | April 29, 2009; 10:10 AM ET | Comments (0)

It Has to Be Mean Joe

When you're the epicenter of football's greatest all-time defense, it makes sense that you're also football's greatest defensive draft pick.

By Doug Farrar | April 10, 2009; 09:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

Faithful How, Pray Tell

Would the sportswriters who give Kurt Warner a pass to say, "I'm trying to represent Jesus" do the same if he said, "I'm trying to represent Reebok."?

By Kathy Orton | February 5, 2009; 12:00 AM ET | Comments (10)

February 4th Winner: skinsfan80

At the end of the day, it's hard to have a discussion about restricting one person's rights while not also asking yourself if you should stop talking because you're furthering your own agenda in the same breath.

By TOP COMMENTER | February 4, 2009; 11:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Does it Matter?

Regardless of how people feel about religion entering certain non-secular spaces, they will continue to love chicken sandwiches, and of course, football.

By Jim McCormick | February 4, 2009; 02:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Separating Church and Stadium

Even if God is what got you there, does He really need to be plugged?

By Emil Steiner | February 4, 2009; 12:14 PM ET | Comments (1)

Strength in Faith

How could there be too much of something that improves the chemistry and attitude of a team?

By Dick Vermeil | February 4, 2009; 10:09 AM ET | Comments (7)

There is No God In Team

It seems that most athletes thank God when they actually want to thank themselves.

By Dan Levy | February 4, 2009; 09:46 AM ET | Comments (5)

Faith Enhancement?

Governing bodies across the globe are attempting to combat illegal drug use. But what if faith is a natural performance - enhancer?

By Dr. Matthew Prowler | February 4, 2009; 09:31 AM ET | Comments (2)

On the 7th Day God?

If two men, equally devout, are on opposite teams, how does God decide who wins? And what does He say to the loser? Pray harder next time?

By David Aldridge | February 4, 2009; 09:27 AM ET | Comments (4)

Steelers Are Closest

A dynasty is perhaps unattainable but arguably the Steelers are as close to attaining that designation as any team in the NFL

By Peter Schaffer | February 3, 2009; 04:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Rooney Blueprint Wins

In a league rife with copycats the Steelers have always followed their own blueprint. And it's built quite a trophy room.

By Jim McCormick | February 3, 2009; 12:30 PM ET | Comments (3)

Great Now, Not Always

The Steelers stunk for 40 years before Chuck Noll came on the scene.

By David Aldridge | February 3, 2009; 11:18 AM ET | Comments (8)

Consistency Proves It

Given their ability to span the decades with greatness with so few real rough spots, I would have to give the Steelers the nod at this point.

By Doug Farrar | February 3, 2009; 10:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Dynastic Steel

Wilbon and Kornheiser rate Super Bowl XLIII and the Steelers' dynasty historically.

By Kornheiser & Wilbon | February 3, 2009; 10:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sixth Sense

The Pittsburgh Steelers are the greatest franchise in NFL history.

By Gene Wang | February 3, 2009; 08:45 AM ET | Comments (0)

Are the Steelers the NFL's Greatest Dynasty?

Readers vote on the Pittsburgh Steelers place in NFL history

By Reader Poll | February 3, 2009; 08:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steelers in the Lead

The Steelers claimed their sixth Super Bowl title and officially stepped one inch ahead of the rest.

By Zach Leibowitz | February 3, 2009; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (1)

Great Ending Only

My personal favorite was Super 13. I watched the game on a big screen at the Gateway Tour Center in SW, with other fans, at a party hosted by WMAL's Ken Beatrice. One of his small "thank-yous" to all the people who listened and called into his show. I was 13. Life was good.

By David Aldridge | February 2, 2009; 09:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Best of the Rest?

Super Bowl XLIII has to be up there in the thrill-a-minute department, though there have been a few entrants in the last decade.

By Doug Farrar | February 2, 2009; 09:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

Greatest of Its Era

Everything switched in seconds in Super Bowl XLIII, destinies rewrote themselves, careers were redefined.

By Les Carpenter | February 2, 2009; 09:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best Ever? Five Seconds Short.

The end of the game was fantastic. But if we're talking about putting this game as the best Super Bowl ever, we deserved a better ending. We deserved a Hail Mary.

By Dan Levy | February 2, 2009; 09:17 AM ET | Comments (1)

Greatest Super Bowl Ever?

Was Super Bowl XLIII the greatest NFL championship of all time?

By Reader Poll | February 2, 2009; 08:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

On Balance, a Classic

6th Title Rests On Holmes's Steel Toes

By Mark Maske | February 2, 2009; 08:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Praising Arizona

Throw logic out the window on Sunday. I'm picking Arizona, and the reason is Larry Fitzgerald.

By Gene Wang | January 30, 2009; 07:15 PM ET | Comments (2)

Kurt Can Do It

I don't know, who's going to win, but I'm pulling for the Cardinals because of Kurt, and I think it would be great for football to have a new team win.

By Dick Vermeil | January 30, 2009; 01:21 PM ET | Comments (0)

St. Louis Symmetry

Steelers 27-17, but that might be my heart talking, not my head.

By David Aldridge | January 30, 2009; 11:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cards Win in the Cards

My gut is with Maya Angelou and Phyllis Diller There's something about Arizona that seems impressive.

By Dan Levy | January 30, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cards in the Zone

The team's that hot at the end usually wins, and Arizona is hot now.

By Charles Mann | January 30, 2009; 11:32 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cards Have the Edge

Arizona's offense is almost tailor-made to discombobulate that amazing Steelers defense.

By Doug Farrar | January 30, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

I Hate the Cards, but I Like Them Sunday

I hate the football Cardinals but...

By Cindy Boren | January 30, 2009; 11:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hot? Cool It.

Yes, the Cardinals are hot. But how do you think the Steelers got here? Through a raffle?

By David Larimer | January 30, 2009; 11:24 AM ET | Comments (2)

Cardinal Virtues onto Victory

When it comes to knowing what's going to happen, no one knows anything.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 30, 2009; 11:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Defense Beats Offense

The age-old adage is that "great defenses win championships," and in reality this is what will happen on Sunday.

By Peter Schaffer | January 30, 2009; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Offense Wins a Championship This Time

The Cardinals have shaken off good defenses recently. Why not on Sunday?

By Matthew Bonesteel | January 30, 2009; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

One for the Other Thumb

Offense may be sexy, but defense will have Pittsburgh feeling six-y.

By Desmond Bieler | January 30, 2009; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Red Herring

Let's keep this simple: Steelers 28, Cardinals 10.

By Emil Steiner | January 30, 2009; 09:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Ben or Kurt, You Decide

Your turn to play general manager. Pick which quarterback you'd want to start in Super Bowl XLIII.

By Reader Poll | January 29, 2009; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (0)

They're Physical, Not Dirty

Above all, the Steelers want players who have a mean streak on the field.

By Doug Farrar | January 29, 2009; 09:29 AM ET | Comments (5)

Good, Clean Fun

Don't call the Steelers dirty simply because this current crop of players is advancing their hard-hitting legacy.

By Gene Wang | January 29, 2009; 07:49 AM ET | Comments (1)

Winning Can Be Dirty

What's wrong with a team being dirty?

By Emil Steiner | January 29, 2009; 07:27 AM ET | Comments (10)

The Steel Makers

This whole notion that the Steelers play dirty is absurd.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 29, 2009; 07:25 AM ET | Comments (3)

Take Old Over Big

Ben's only job since coming into the league as been to not make mistakes. And frankly, he hasn't even been so great at that.

By Dan Levy | January 28, 2009; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Warner, But D Will Win

I don't just want the guy who's been there before -- I want the guy who's been there before and done well.

By Doug Farrar | January 28, 2009; 10:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Both Back for Seconds

Either the Cardinals' Kurt Warner or the Steelers' Ben Roethlisberger will emerge as a two-time Super Bowl winner.

By Mark Maske | January 28, 2009; 07:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

3rd Time's the Charm?

Ben Roethlisberger got carried to his Super Bowl off of Ken Whisenhunt's offensive schemes.

By Charles Mann | January 28, 2009; 07:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Depends on Scheme

If you're in the Burgh you prefer Ben and if you're in the Valley you prefer Kurt.

By Peter Schaffer | January 28, 2009; 07:13 AM ET | Comments (0)

Home-Field Would be Advantageous

The NFL is so successful now it can afford to do the right thing.

By Emil Steiner | January 26, 2009; 01:19 PM ET | Comments (5)

The Spectacle, Not the Game

That's why we'll remember more about Janet Jackson's performance in Super Bowl XXXVIII than we will Tom Brady's.

By Dan Levy | January 26, 2009; 12:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Neutral Site Is Better

The Super Bowl is half football game, half entertainment spectacle. Such things go over much better in climates conducive to comfort.

By Doug Farrar | January 26, 2009; 12:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Home Work to Be Done

Money and marketing are higher priorities to the NFL than home-field advantage.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 26, 2009; 06:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cinderella's a Fairy Tale

The NFL would be better served if Super Bowl XLIII featured the Steelers against another traditional power like the Cowboys.

By Gene Wang | January 24, 2009; 03:24 PM ET | Comments (3)

Cards May Change the NFL

If Arizona wins we may have to start stocking up on canned goods and digging bunkers.

By Doug Farrar | January 23, 2009; 02:27 PM ET | Comments (5)

The Beauty of Cinderellas

When it comes to a Cinderella story, I'd prefer actually having Cinderella than any of her stepsisters.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 23, 2009; 02:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Best to Be the Dog

That's how we beat the Bills in Super Bowl XXVI

By Charles Mann | January 22, 2009; 11:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

Consistency Counts

It starts at the beginning of the season with a simple message: It's us against the world.

By Dick Vermeil | January 22, 2009; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Under Card Match

The Cardinals will need to play more than just the underdog card. They'll need to keep the Steelers guessing.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 21, 2009; 08:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 21st Winner: wagz20

It stunks that with half the game to go, the Ravens would be unable to over turn an egregious officiating error.

By TOP COMMENTER | January 20, 2009; 11:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cards Continue the Crazy

The Cardinals are hot now and, in today's NFL, that may be all that matters.

By Doug Farrar | January 19, 2009; 08:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Enough With the Nine-Win Thing

Saying you're the worst Super Bowl team is kind of like saying you're the ugliest super model, isn't it?

By Dan Levy | January 19, 2009; 08:45 AM ET | Comments (6)

In The 'Zona

This is not Joe Bugel's Cardinals anymore. They're dangerous, qualified and Whisenhunt wants some Steely revenge.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 19, 2009; 08:40 AM ET | Comments (0)

January 18th Winner: OZPUNK

Perhaps T.O. will show up in Arizona and tearfully apologize to Andy and Donovan and ask to be traded back to Philly?

By TOP COMMENTER | January 17, 2009; 04:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

Cards Win? That'd Be Surprising

In a postseason full of the unexpected, the most shocking scenario would be Arizona beating Philadelphia in the NFC championship game.

By Gene Wang | January 16, 2009; 02:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

The Year of Surprise

Perhaps, the biggest surprise now would be no surprise at all.

By Emil Steiner | January 16, 2009; 02:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Throwing Surprise Party

With two sixth seeds and the Cardinals still alive, at this point, nothing would surprise me.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 16, 2009; 01:47 PM ET | Comments (1)

Four Teams, Four Surprises

There are quite a few things that bear watching on Championship weekend, as under the radar as they may be.

By Doug Farrar | January 16, 2009; 01:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Of Rave Concern

I'm taking James Harrison and Troy Polamalu over Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 14, 2009; 09:45 AM ET | Comments (3)

Steelers' Slight Edge

You couldn't put a thin piece of paper between the NFL's two best defenses, but I think that the Steelers' leaders have the slight edge.

By Doug Farrar | January 14, 2009; 08:51 AM ET | Comments (0)

Momentum Beats Location

I don't think it's as much about home field becoming meaningless as it is momentum becoming far more meaningful.

By Doug Farrar | January 12, 2009; 08:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Home Sick

It's not about where you play, but how you play.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 12, 2009; 06:29 AM ET | Comments (0)

Big Ben, Collins in Danger

The QBs who are most valuable to their teams are the ones who lead offenses with iffy running games behind questionable offensive lines.

By Doug Farrar | January 9, 2009; 06:34 PM ET | Comments (0)


If Donovan can be dynamite Sunday, he could provide the spark to keep the Eagles soaring.

By Zach Leibowitz | January 9, 2009; 06:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Giants Badly Need a Win

The New York Giants have the most at stake this weekend in their matchup against the Carolina Panthers.

By Gene Wang | December 19, 2008; 04:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Giants Need it Most

At this point, no elite team needs home cooking more than New York.

By Doug Farrar | December 19, 2008; 12:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

ATL Needs a W

None of the above, it's Atlanta.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 19, 2008; 12:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Watch Out for the Ravens

The two teams that should scare anyone right now are the Titans and the Ravens.

By Doug Farrar | December 8, 2008; 10:44 AM ET | Comments (5)

Big D, small o

Formidable? Yes. Unbeatable? No.

By David Aldridge | December 8, 2008; 10:27 AM ET | Comments (2)

A Titan Challenge

Tennessee will eliminate them in the AFC Championship.

By Zach Leibowitz | December 8, 2008; 10:25 AM ET | Comments (1)

Cue Up

Upon further review, score this one for the Team Obama.

By David Nakamura | November 20, 2008; 01:39 PM ET | Comments (2)

Big Dawgs to Pound

Romeo's team will finally emerge from its Shakespearean tragedy otherwise known as the last quarter of a century - and then some.

By Zach Leibowitz | September 2, 2008; 09:34 AM ET | Comments (3)

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