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Redskins: The only thing worse than wearing the Steelers 1934 throwbacks would be losing to them

It is old news, but the Pittsburgh Steelers are wearing these on Sunday when they host the Washington Redskins:

Technically, those are “inspired” by the 1934 uniforms, back when they were the Pittsburgh Pirates of the NFL. To me, it makes them look like convicted bumble bees that broke out of prison and started running a 5K or something. Or this guy:


No te gusta indeed

Or is this just an elaborate homage to Christian glam metal band Stryper?


Still in rapid rotation on WDVE?

Of course, the only thing worse than having to wear that uniform or watch your team wear that uniform is watching your team LOSE to the team wearing those uniforms. So, don’t screw this up Redskins.

Q&A with guest prognosticator The Maryland Bureau Chief Emeritus coming up at 2 p.m.

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Super Bowl XLIII prediction

Time for one last NFL playoffs prediction! We’ve got the established Pittsburgh Steelers against the upstart Arizona Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII. The two teams, which were briefly one during World War II, have some other similarities as well. Both have been owned by the same families since the 1930s. Both were generally awful for a large part of their existence. We know that the Cardinals had not won a championship since 1948 and only one other playoff game before this year. They also moved twice, from Chicago to St. Louis to Phoenix (actually Tempe) and even changed their location to Arizona. Many people forgot that the Steelers stunk for their first forty years in the league before breaking through in the 1970s. They have a huge fanbase spread out as Western Pennsylvanians have moved elsewhere for generations. The Cardinals on the other hand, don’t have much a fanbase anywhere, including Arizona.

Okay, enough with the history. My pick is simple — the Pittsburgh Steelers will win Super Bowl XLIII, it is a LOCK. They are more talented and experienced than the Cardinals in almost every way. They have a better defense, a strong enough offense and Super Bowl experience. The Cardinals may have better receivers and a quarterback with twice as much Super Bowl experience, but I think the Steelers secondary and pash rush offsets that enough. I expect the Steelers to win by at least 10 points.

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NFL Playoffs: Conference Championship predictions

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Baltimore over PITTSBURGH
The Steelers beat the Ravens twice this season by a combined seven points. Even though the Steelers are at home and have a strong defense and better offense, I have a gut feeling the Ravens defense is just going to be better. This means I expect a low scoring game of course. I think the Ravens overcome having a rookie QB in Joe Flacco and the Steelers lose another AFC Championship game at home.

Philadelphia over ARIZONA
I do not think of the Eagles as a team of destiny, just a better team than the Cardinals. Either way, the NFC will send a Cinderella team to the Super Bowl. I think the Eagles have the focus they will need for some reason, having been in this situation so many times before.

These picks are for recreational purposes only and should not be used by degenerate gamblers.

Last week: 2-2

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NFL Playoffs: Semi-finals predictions

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Baltimore over TENNESSEE
This is a tough one to pick because there are two big reasons the Titans are supposed to win — playing at home against a rookie quarterback. However, I think the Ravens defense will mess with Kerry Collins enough that the Ravens find a way to win.

CAROLINA over Arizona
The Cardinals won their playoff game for this century last week. The Panthers are a better, more complete team and play in the Eastern time zone which is not a place the Cardinals tend to win in.

NEW YORK GIANTS over Philadelphia
The Eagles and their playoff beards seem to have momentum, but was beating Minnesota in the 72° Metrodome that big of an accomplishment? . I don’t think so; It would have been one thing if Minnesota had not benched Gus Ferotte, The Eagles are also the same team that got swept by the Redskins and tied Cincinnati. I expect an ugly game as the Giants have had a lot of time off and only one win in the last month, but learned to win last year.

PITTSBURGH over San Diego
Although a recently concussed Ben Rothliesburger could hurt the Steelers and that their home field advantage is not great in the playoffs, I cannot get over the fact that the Chargers are coached by Norv Turner. Sure, the Chargers won last week, at home but I am not a believer in Norv. I mean the man was intimidated by a 17 year old at a Friendly’s carry-out window. I don’t have any against him though.

Besides, the Steelers typically wait until the AFC Championship to blow it.

These picks are for recreational purposes only and should not be used by degenerate gamblers.

Last week: 3-1

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Will there be a Terrible Towel on his coffin?

Legendary broadcaster Myron Cope dies at 79Post-Gazette
The Maryland Bureau Chief tipped me off that Cope who was “so bad, he’s good” as a long-time Steelers broadcaster died today at age 79. He was credited with inventing the Terrible Towel.

I remember on Thanksgiving Sunday we were driving back from seeing family friends in Michigan and we found a Steelers game. We agreed the broadcasters were awful. Later, through the magic of NFL Films, I became more familiar with his work and became a fan of him. Not a Steelers fan though (except for Super Bowl XL).

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Myron Cope ailing

Hall of fame broadcaster still hospitalizedPost-Gazette
The Maryland Bureau Chief noted that it doesn’t sound good for former Steelers broadcaster Myron Cope. The article didn’t contain the “no more updates about his condition” line, so there is still some hope that the septuagenarian can recover from pneumonia that has had him hospitalized since November.

Previously: MARN RETIRES

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Before I jump off the bandwagon

As promised, I’m ditching the Steelers today. Before I do though, there are two recent versions of the Steelers Polka 2006 and Jimmy Psihoulis’ (as seen in NFL Films) 2005 entry from WDVE. They are not as good as the Psihoulis original, but worth a listen (Steelers in Hoboken).

You have to respect a sports town that wrote a polka for their team and updated it through the years. Any city can have some garage band rock song for the team (trust me Washington had some awful ones in ’91), but a polka says hardcore and old school. You can’t get that in Seattle, Tampa Bay or Indianapolis can you? That’s why I jumped on da Stillers side for a few weeks, they represent what made the NFL great.

Okay, that’s it, I’m off the bandwagon, it was a fun ride!

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