Leave it to the Boston media to try to manufacture something that isn't there.
In a story in last week's Indiana Gazette, Anthony Smith - yes that Anthony Smith - was asked if he still felt the same way about his guarantee of a victory over the New England Patriots last season.
Smith said he didn't feel any different about it - as he said after the game, what's he supposed to think, that his team is going to lose?
He then went on to say that IF the Steelers defense continues to play well and IF the offense plays well, the Steelers will win on Sunday.
That's kind of like saying that IF I met a supermodel and IF she liked me, I might have a chance.
Of course the idiots in Boston are taking that as a guarantee - from a guy who plays nothing but special teams.
Smith is the Steelers' fourth safety this season and has barely seen the field as a defensive player. He's been used mostly on special teams.
But hey, guys, whatever you think you need to do to generate a controversy.
In fact, Smith's quote was so innoculous, that it was the last paragraph of the story.
It's good talk-show fodder - and the Pittsburgh radio guys swamped Smith Wednesday - but there's no reason to talk to a backup safety and there was no reason for him to make any guarantee, which he didn't do anyway.
© Willie Parker didn't practice Wednesday and is looking iffy to play Sunday against the Patriots.
Bryant McFadden practiced again and said he's waiting for clearance from team doctors to play this week.
Word has it, though, that McFadden's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, has been in his client's ear about returning to quickly and getting hurt.
McFadden is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season.
On the plus side, Deshea Townsend did practice. I don't know if that means he'll play, but it certainly seems like a possibility, even though Mike Tomlin said he was doubtful on Tuesday.