first_imgI was called misinformed, mistaken and mislead when I had a very strong and vociferous difference of opinion with the Steelers concerning the future employment of Mendenhall and Sweed. To the best of my recollection; Mendenhall was passed over in the first round of the same draft by the Chicago Bears and the Dallas Cowboys. It is also known that for quite some time Ben Roethlisberger had been pining for a six foot four plus size wide-out along the size of ex-Steelers and current NY Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress who was his favorite guy to throw the “fade” to anywhere on the field but especially when the black and gold reached the ‘red zone’.Why oh why would any team of the Steelers tradition draft a running back with far less than a Heisman Trophy mention especially when they had a running back (Willie Parker) who had proven that if you gave him a crack, he would give you a mile. Pittsburgh had also just lost offensive guard Alan Faneca to free agency and had some serious O-line discrepancies to address. My suggested draft sequence for the Steelers for the 2008 draft was; offensive line, first round, defensive line, second round, offensive line, third round. Ladies and gents please press your fast forward button and stop at the year 2011, buck, buck, buck, buck, bucka. The chickens have come home to roost.The Steelers lost to the Houston Texans 17-10. The defense gave up 17 points on the road to a very good Houston team, 17 lousy points. Big Ben seems to hate “check downs” and short passes. Is he deliberately not calling the alternate plays just so that he may continue on the “road to glory?” Or is he leading the offense down the “road to gory?” Roethlisberger continues in many failed attempts to go “deep” and while doing so is slowly drowning the offense in the shallow water of his enormous ego. Does he have other play calling options and if so is he ignoring them? Something tells me that there is trouble in the Steelers camp and if there isn’t it should be. Was the team’’ plane ride back to Pittsburgh filled with turbulence that originated from sources beside the aircraft?Head coach Mike Tomlin should have shouted so loud and sprayed saliva so wide that Bruce Arians and Roethlisberger should have been victims of ruptured ear drums and the “Cowher syndrome.” These are the risks of dealing with a pissed off head coach that occasionally require players and subordinate coaches to be on the receiving end of the headmaster’s wrath requiring them to wear hearing aids and gauze face masks.Roethlisberger reminds me of an old story that my grandfather told me when I thought I was being “slick.” Once a farmer heard a ruckus in the chicken coop. He arrived at the chicken coop. switched on the light in the henhouse and heard a faint sound, he asked a question. He said, “hey is there anybody in here?” Nothing but silence. Then he heard the fox saying in a soft voice, “ain’t nobody in here but us chickens.” The farmer looked around, spotted the fox, walked up to the fox, put his shotgun in his mouth and said, “you ain’t no chicken.” The fox replied, “yes I am chicken, that shotgun got me scared as heck.”The moral of the story is that Roethlisberger has raided the Steelers henhouse of millions, crowing like a rooster but really being a fox. I know, I know, this week and beyond everyone will be gushing on how courageous Big Ben is for taking a licking and keeping on ticking but the majority of the time the beating may be self inflicted. Big Ben is playing head games with the media and the public.There is nothing courageous about sitting in the pocket for 3-4 seconds trying to complete a 25 yard or longer pass when you can complete a 10-15 yard pass in 1 ½ -3 seconds. There is no glory in short passes, but the chains keep on moving. When Roethlisberger gets sacked or throws a pick, the yellow finger pointing is directed at the offensive line. If he would get rid of the ball in a timely fashion, he could have O-lineman from the peewee leagues and still complete a significant percentage of his pass attempts if he would just take what the defense gives him.Time and time and time again, I have said that there is some skullduggery jumping off in the Steelers camp but until someone speaks out, it will be business as usual.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: abruce@new­pitts­burghcourier.com) I said it once and I am going to say it again. Each draft pick in the NFL is vital. It might not appear so from the outset but two or three years later, if GM’s and player personnel directors are not careful; “the chickens may or may not come home to roost.” Ex-Steelers wide receiver Limas Sweed was drafted by the Steelers in the second round of the 2008 draft, right after Pittsburgh signed the “great” running back Rashard Mendenhall in the first round.last_img read more


first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Thurston CountyIncreased Enforcement for June and JulyAmericans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with family, friends, food and fireworks, but too often alcohol turns the party into a tragedy, making this iconic holiday one of the most deadly days of the year on the nation’s roads.That’s why this June through July, Thurston, Gray’s Harbor, Cowlitz, and Lewis Counties are stepping up police presence throughout the entire southwest Washington region as part of the “DUI Summer Kick-Off” enforcement crackdown to catch and arrest impaired drivers who put themselves and others at risk.“Local police will be out in force throughout this Independence Day, on the lookout for motorists who have had too much alcohol to be behind the wheel of a vehicle,” said Thurston County’s Target Zero Manager Jerry Noviello.  “Police will have zero tolerance for drivers who drink and drive this July 4th, putting themselves and everyone else on our roads at risk of life and limb.”While death and injury are of course the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, there are other negative considerations that can affect lives for many years, including loss of a driver licenses, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer fees, court costs, insurance hikes, just to name a few.Be safe while you’re having fun this summer.  If you’re impaired, use a taxi or call a sober friend or family member. And if you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact local police.last_img read more


first_imgFrance International Adrien Rabiot has reportedly been banished from first-team training at Paris Saint-Germain.The midfielder is set to leave the French champions before the end of the January transfer window as he will be out of contract this summer.The French player has been linked with a number of clubs this window with the latest being Spanish giants Barcelona although the club denied making official contact for the player.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Sports mole reports that Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique Rabiot said last month that the midfielder would not be signing a new contract with PSG, making him a free agent at the end of this season.Apart from Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool have also been strongly linked with the 23-year-old whom PSG are mounting pressure on to leave sooner rather than later by making him train with the club’s reserve team.Rabiot has been a subject of controversy following his reaction to France Coach Didier Deschamps World Cup list last year.last_img read more


first_imgAnushka Shetty and Madhavan’s next film Silence aka Nishabdam launched.PR HandoutAfter working in two big projects in the form of Baahubali series and Bhaagamathie, Anushka Shetty had taken a break from the films. Now, the actress has returned to full-fledged acting with Madhavan-starrer Silence, which is launched on Friday, 24 May. The team had a formal pooja to mark the commencement of the shooting in Seattle in the US.Anushka Shetty has teamed up with Madhavan after a gap of more than 10 years. They had paired up in Sundar C’s Rendu, which was the debut film of the actress in Tamil. The latest flick also has Hollywood star Michael Madsen, Anjali and Shalini Pandey in the important roles.It is a multilingual movie which will release in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages. Silence, which is titled as Nishabdam in Telugu, will be majorly shot in the US.”My first day first shot of #Nishabdam #silence @ActorMadhavan #AnushkaShetty @yoursanjali @actorsubbaraju @ishalinipandey #avasaralasrinivas. [sic]” the director shared his excitement on Twitter about the first day shoot.It is said to be a silent film in which Anushka Shetty will be seen as an NRI businesswoman. As per the rumours, she is a deaf and dumb in the multilingual flick. Hemant Madhukar of 125 KM and Vastadu Naa Raju fame is directing the film which is funded by People Media Factory.The makers have plans to release in multiple languages in 2020. Anushka ShettyTwitterComing back to Anushka, she was missing in action after the Baahubali series and Bhaagamathie. The actress has kept herself out of limelight for the reasons best known to her. Although Chiranjeevi’s Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy marks her official comeback, she is not doing a full-fledged role in the mega-budget film.Hence, Silence will be sort of a comeback film for her.last_img read more


first_imgMadhumitha is out of Bigg Boss Tamil 3.PR HandoutMadhumitha has finally broken her silence over her abrupt termination from Bigg Boss Tamil 3. The actress has reportedly said that she decided to harm herself to prove her love to Tamil Nadu.According to a report on Indiaglitz website, Madhumitha has said that the issue occurred during a task when she said that Varun Deva (the god of rains) is a Kannadiga and as it rains only in Karnataka while ignoring Tamil Nadu. Sherin raised objection over her comment.The report adds that Madhumitha too was unhappy with Sherin, who hails from Bengaluru, for raising the issue about her comment and the argument started between them. The inmates, apart from Cheran and Kasturi, backed Sherin.At the heat of the moment, the inmates questioned whether the 41-year old can prove her life for Tamil Nadu which triggered Madhumitha to attempt for suicide by cutting her wrist. Also, the actress has pointed out at Kavin’s body-shaming comment on her height, the report further adds.Madhumitha was evicted last Saturday, 17 August, taking the fans of the Vijay TV’s show by a surprise. Although it was revealed that the actress had harmed herself physically out of anger, host Kamal Haasan said that she had broken an important rule of the reality show, forcing the channel to send her out of the show.However, the channel did not air the incident nor gave a detailed explanation about the reason why she took the extreme step in Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house.Tamil Nadu and Karnataka had been at loggerheads for decades over the Cauvery water sharing issue. It looks like the channel refused to air as it is a sensitive issue and might have to face public backlash over the issue from both the states if the incident and comments aired on TV.Meanwhile, Madhumitha has denied the reports, which said that Vijay TV had filed a complaint against her, for threatening to commit suicide if it fails to clear her dues.last_img read more


first_img Share TORONTO — Goway Travel has partnered with Virgin Australia to offer value getaways to Melbourne, Sydney and the Great Barrier Reef, starting from $2,999 per person. Packages are currently on sale until July 15.Goway says the deals combine “fantastic airfares” from Vancouver with hotel deals in Australia that can include free nights, a discounted Sydney Harbour cruise or a 2-for-1 Great Barrier Reef cruise.Packages include roundtrip Virgin Australia airfares from Vancouver, roundtrip airport transfers, accommodation for four nights in Sydney, Melbourne or Cairns, an iVenture Attraction Pass with entry to three or five top attractions, a ‘Cruise Like a Local’ luncheon cruise and a Great Barrier Reef cruise.All vacations can be customized to travel to other parts of Australia onboard Virgin Australia. Flying from L.A. to Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane, Virgin Australia passengers can connect to 40+ destinations within Australia. On domestic flights passengers get complimentary food, checked baggage allowance of at least 50 lbs, and a large selection of in-flight entertainment streamed to personal electronic devices.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterAgents who book a Goway air and land getaway can earn $55 paid onto their Goway Agent rewards card. “Simply book Virgin Australia airfares from North America with Goway and add at least five nights worth of land arrangements,” says Goway. Visit gowayagent.com for details. Friday, April 28, 2017 Tags: Australia, Goway Travel Goway’s Virgin Australia sale comes with agent incentivecenter_img Posted by Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more