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Friday, August 01, 2008

Random suff that may interest only me

I got an e-mail this morning from former O-R hockey writer Bob Grove. He's working for Comcast now in its PR department in addition to doing his radio stuff for the Penguins.

Comcast's Steelers on Demand is offering fans all kinds of shows on the team this year, including live training camp updates with Tunch Ilkin. If you have Comcast and haven't checked them out, you should.

© We'll meet with officials this afternoon to go over any rules changes in the league this year. One of the officials here this year is Tony Steratore, a resident of Peters Township.

We exchanged some greetings this morning. I did a big story a couple of years ago on Tony and his brother, Gene, who at the time were the only brother combination on the same crew in the NFL.

Tony had just gotten done working the Super Bowl as well.

© I thought maybe I was a little crazy on my Billy Latsko assessment, so I asked about him last night.

It appears the team has noticed the backup fullback as well. I don't know that he'll make this team because it still likes Carey Davis and Davis is a solid special teams player. But if Latsko can prove his worth on special teams as well, maybe they keep both of them.

© I'll be doing a radio show on 970-AM from noon to 2 p.m. from Geo's in Latrobe with Bill Hillgrove. Give us a listen if you get a chance.

© Also, the officials clouded the issue of who will be able to wear the Steelers' other defensive radio in their helmet.

According to the officials, the two players with radios in their helmets can't be on the field at the same time. And they also said the second player with the radio in his helmet can't just change to a regular helmet to go on the field if the main guy is out there.

The Steelers were planning on using Ryan Clark as their second guy, but I asked today and they may have to change that with this clarification.

The reasoning, according to the officials, is so that they don't have to keep looking for the guys with the green dots on their helmets.

It will also be a five-yard penalty for illegal substitution if the backup radio guy enters the game and doesn't report to the officials.

Sounds like more trouble than it's worth.


Anonymous said...

Keep both of them? Cmon Dale, you have to know better than that. How do you figure we keep Parker, Mendenhall, Moore, Russell, Davis, and Latsko?

Anonymous said...

not to mention how much this new offense has devalued the FB position.

adamg said...

Heaven only knows Comcast could use some good PR.

FTR, if, like me, you subscribe to digital cable but NOT the "expanded basic" (ESPN, TBS, TLC, etc) package, you WILL NOT have access to Comcast On Demand. Comcast is worried you might get to see some "expanded basic" shows which appear on the On Demand menu for "free".

Dale Lolley said...

I know, but they could keep six running backs if they only keep two tight ends or quarterbacks.
And I'll be honest, Dixon has done nothing to show me he deserves a roster spot. He could go on the PS and not get claimed.

Anonymous said...

With all the 2 TE sets we have. We can't afford to only keep 2. I think Cody Boyd will be the third. I'm not a Carey Davis fan. Can Bill Latsko get to the edge? I remember that was a knock on him coming out, and a main reason we got stuck with Carey Davis

Dale Lolley said...

Latsko has shown good athletic ability.
They can use Max Starks as the third tight end in short-yardage situations.

Brian said...

Arians was really pimping the 3 TE set going into last season but with the injury to Tuman that never really materialized. Starks & Essex were forced into that role but I don't think that was Arians plan going in. I suppose they could keep only 2 TEs, but I think it would be because of needed roster space at other positions, not because of what B.A. would want to do. I can see the Steelers keeping 10 OL this year just because of the contract situations they'll be facing at the end of the year w/ 4 OTs & Kemoeatu becoming FAs.

And I agree with the above poster - no way we keep Davis and Latsko. With Arians offense 2 FBs would be useless.

Anonymous said...

Uh oh, there might be a yinzer revolt if they cut Latsko. They still haven't gotten over the release of John Kuhn.

Dale Lolley said...

I got clarification from Kevin Colbert on the helmet rule. They are allowed to have two starters designated. And they are allowed to change out the helmets.

Anonymous said...

hail, hail Yinzers !!!

Maybe Jeremy Bloom can make the roster and beat out Santonio Holmes for the #2 WR. And Mikey Humpal beating out James Farrior. And Chris Hoke taking over for that "Fat, out of shape" Casey Hampton! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO YINZERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Hilarious, the yinzers will never quit until their diabolical plan for an all-white Stillers roster has been realized.

Anonymous said...

A white guy as a kick returner? What next,a white tailback? Who was the last white tailback in the NFL? Craig James?