Friday’s Sports Media Notebook — 01/30/2015, Part I

Ok, you’re owed a notebook. It’s been too long so let’s provide a full set of features for you. We have to do it in two parts. NEWS With Super Bowl Sunday just mere days away, NBC has released its plans for pregame programming. NBC will provide a full six hours of pregame programming beginning at noon ET running up to the Super Bowl telecast at 6 p.m. Remember that the kickoff...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Binge Link Clearance Time

The links have piled up something fierce. Time to dump some. First up. Social media. If you are doing the twitter thing, here’s the list of follows for Pitt football. The coaches, the support staff, etc. The flurry of activity on Twitter by Head Coach Pat Narduzzi and the assistant coaches, has been noticeable enough to fire up a few reactions. There’s a couple stories on the...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

49 Stops To Super Bowl XLIX (#10-19)

Every year since Super Bowl XL, I have used this blog for my "Stops To Super Bowl" list.  Every year, I create a list of smart, dumb, inane and chat worthy items for you to use in any banter leading up to and during the Super Bowl.This year, it is 49 Stops to Super Bowl XLVIX and I'm back with some more (and some of the same) little items for you about the upcoming big game.#19...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Deflategate: Late night hosts tackle investigation into Patriots' deflated balls

On Thursday night, Deflategate coverage led all three broadcast networks newscasts and several hours later, late night talk show hosts got a crack at the New England Patriots, too. Above, check out Jimmy Kimmel's monologue plus a mash-up of Tom Brady denials. Below you'll find Conan O'Brien's trademark absurdity, Kimmel's interview with NBC's Al Michaels, who will call the Super...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Tricks, repeat? The best Super Bowl gimmicks

Trick plays stand out in a Super Bowl a little like clown suits at a cocktail party. In this highest-of-high-stakes contest, the appetite for NFL coaches whose strategies lean more conservative than not is typically low for gadgets and gimmicks. Surprising the other team with a safety blitz or deep pass, sure, but the risk of true trickery can be steep with a title on the line. Yes...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Add Hines Ward to the list of Patriots haters this week

Photo from zimbio.comThe Patriots have a lot of people rooting for them to fail on Sunday, with some Broncos linebacker saying he hates the Patriots and Ray Lewis saying this week that Brady is only as big as he is because of the "tuck rule" game. Now Hines Ward says he's rooting for the Colts because he's sick of "The Patriots are the best narrative.""I'm rooting for #Colts because...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Bengals Fall in Steel City, To Face Indy in Playoffs

With the division title on the line in the Steel City Sunday Night, the Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5) prevailed over the Cincinnati Bengals (10-5-1) to capture their first AFC North title since 2010.The Cincinnati Bengals were looking to break their primetime woes, specifically on Sunday Night games, where they haven’t won since 2004 against the Miami Dolphins.Ask any Bengal fan and...
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December 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Chiefs' visit to Pittsburgh might as well be considered a playoff game

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs are in the hunt for playoff spots, but one will have a much more challenging path after this weekend. Following a pair of wins over other teams vying for postseason berths, the Steelers attempt to continue riding the NFL's best offense while trying to solve the Chiefs' stingy defense Sunday at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh (9-5) enters Week...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Chiefs' visit to Pittsburgh might as well be considered a playoff game

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs are in the hunt for playoff spots, but one will have a much more challenging path after this weekend. Following a pair of wins over other teams vying for postseason berths, the Steelers attempt to continue riding the NFL's best offense while trying to solve the Chiefs' stingy defense Sunday at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh (9-5) enters Week...
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December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

SCB Steelers Quick Hitters Record Breaking Edition for 12/16

As usual the players are off today. -Coach Tomlin press conference will be held at Noon Eastern today. You can catch it on steelers.com or ROOT Sports. -I’m calling this the “record breaking” edition of Quick Hitters because of all that went down on Sunday in the win over Atlanta. Let’s get started… -Ben Roethlisberger -Recorded his eighth 300-yard game of the season. Previous...
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December 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Steelers WR Antonio Brown Sets New Franchise Single-Season Reception Record Against Falcons

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown has just set a new franchise record for receptions in a single season against the Atlanta Falcons with his eighth catch in the game. Brown, who entered Sunday with 105 receptions on the season, broke the record that was set by Hines Ward back in 2002 when he caught […] Steelers WR Antonio Brown Sets New Franchise Single-Season Reception...
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December 14, 2014  |  Discuss

My Sportsman of the Year: Joe Haden

Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year is an annual must-read. Sadly, that the national recognition rarely has anything to do with the teams or individuals whom we cover. In turn, WFNY will soon announce its choice for 2014’s Cleveland Sportsman of the Year. Here’s one of the nominations for that honor by an WFNY writer. Let me start with an anecdote about Braylon Edwards...
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December 11, 2014  |  Discuss

These aren’t your Super bowl XL champion Pittsburgh Steelers

As is usually the case after any Steelers loss in recent years, there are what some call the “fan police,” who like to patrol Steeler Nation and look down on their fellow fans for complaining and being negative about the state of the team. The general theme from these over-the-top, totally optimistic, and a bit condescending types is, “Every time the Steelers lose, these so...
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December 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Jarvis Landry has become everyone’s favorite Miami Dolphin

With the 63rd pick of the NFL draft the Dolphins selected LSU WR Jarvis Landry. Despite many criticizing his speed largely due to a lackluster 40 time many thought Miami took a solid possession WR who could one day develop similarly to Hines Ward. The Dolphins traded down in the 2nd round having a few wondering why Miami would pass on Allen Robinson, Jace Amaro and most notably Davante...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Hines Ward has “spirited” interview of Terrell Suggs

In an exclusive interview airing tonight on Football Night in America Hines Ward has a very interesting and colorful exchange with Terrell Suggs.  NBC Sports commentator Hines Ward had a spirited on-field relationship with Ravens LB Terrell Suggs when Ward was a WR with Pittsburgh (1998-2011). Here’s an excerpt: Hines Ward: “Let’s get right to it…do you still hate me?”...
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

NBC’s Football Night in America Previews Week 9 Interviews Ahead of Balt-Pitt

NBC Sports has sent partial transcripts of interviews that have been conducted by Hines Ward and Bob Costas previewing the Sunday Night Football matchup between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Former Steelers wide receiver Ward spoke with Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs while Costas interviewed Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roesthlisburger. Here’s what went down in each...
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November 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Hines Ward Thinks No-Huddle Play Calling By Ben Roethlisberger Deserves Blame

Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward took a measured shot at his former quarterback Wednesday, but it might not be a very factual one. During Wednesday’s edition of “Pro Football Talk” on NBC Sports, Ward blamed the Steeles current offensive struggles on quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Ward said he believes Roethlisberger deserves a lot of […] Hines Ward Thinks...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Hines Ward: Blame Big Ben for Steelers struggles

The Pittsburgh Steelers have struggled to score points when it counts in recent weeks, which has led to the heat being turned up on offensive coordinator Todd Haley. The Steelers have been able to rack up plenty of yards, but they can’t seem to put the ball in the end zone. If you ask Hines...Read More
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Former Pittsburgh Steelers WR Hines Ward Throws Ben Roethlisberger Under the Bus

Ben Roethlisberger to Hines Ward used to be one of the deadliest combos in the NFL. As far as opponents are concerned Ward could not retire soon enough for them; anything to break the dynamic duo apart. They were that darn good when it came to playing together.However, n light of some recent comments by Ward you have to wonder if it was all fun and games on the field, but off something...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

SCB Steelers Quick Hitters for October 16th, 2014

The Steelers will practice today from 1-3pm Eastern. -Really enjoyed the podcast with Dejan Kovacevic and Mark Madden. I don’t always agree with Madden but I thought he and Kovacevic played very well off of each other. -Look for Brice McCain to get more snaps than even Cortez Allen on Monday night. -We already know that Hines Ward called the Steelers “soft” following their...
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October 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Mike Tomlin: Comments Made By Bill Cowher, Hines Ward Merely ‘Elevator Music’

Following the Pittsburgh Steelers embarrassing 31-10 loss Sunday to the Cleveland Browns, former head coach Bill Cowher and ex-wide receiver Hines Ward both made some strong statements regarding the toughness of the current team. During his Tuesday press conference, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about Cowher and Ward’s comments and his response was straight […] ...
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October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

NBC Previews Sunday Night Football for Week 4 of the 2014 NFL Season

We end our previews with NBC’s look at Sunday Night Football. This week, the SNF crew will be in Arlington, TX for the New Orleans Saints-Dallas Cowboys game. Both teams want to prove they’re not pretenders for the playoffs. Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya will be the game crew. Bob Costas will host Football Night in America live from Arlington with analyst...
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September 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Hines Ward has the best and most pointless job in all of television

Sunday Night Football is the most-watched series in all of primetime television.  It’s also earned well-deserved plaudits from critics as one of the best productions in all of sports.  Everything about NBC’s production of Sunday Night Football is first class – from the announcers, to the game production, to what happens in the studio. NBC has amassed a wide array of talent...
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September 22, 2014  |  Discuss

NBC Previews Sunday Night Football for Week 2 of the 2014 NFL Season

Sunday Night Football travels to Santa Clara, CA for its first-ever visit to the spanking brand new Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners host the Chicago Bears in the first-ever regular season game at Levi’s. Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya will be the game broadcast crew. Of course, Bob Costas, Hines Ward and Josh Elliott will...
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September 14, 2014  |  Discuss

NBC’s Football Night in America Quotage for Week 1 of the 2014 NFL Season

Let’s conclude with Football Night in America quotage for which NBC also debuted a new studio in the NBC Sports world headquarters in beautiful downtown Stamford, CT. With Bob Costas, Cris Collinsworth and Hines Ward in Denver and Dan Patrick, Tony Dungy and Rodney Harrison in Stamford, we get the following quotage. NOTES & QUOTES FROM FOOTBALL NIGHT IN AMERICA – WEEK 1...
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September 08, 2014  |  Discuss
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