Thursday, September 30, 2010

Mid-week thoughts

To a man, there's nobody in the Steelers locker room who does not expect Ray Rice to play Sunday.

That's the bottom line in this game. Neither team wants to be the first to blink. And Rice sitting out would be the Ravens blinking.

© I asked Max Starks today if he's had to explain to all the new guys starting on the offensive line what kind of game they're in for.

He said he has with Maurkice Pouncey, but that Doug Legursky has been here long enough to have seen the battles.

I asked about Flozell Adams. He replied, "I don't have to explain anything to Flozell. He hates everybody. We just tell him, 'Flo, we don't like these guys.' He's like, 'Cool, I hate them too.'"

© A reporter asked John Harbaugh today about the Stanford Cardinal, the team coached by his brother, Jim.

"They're kicking butt and taking names," Harbaugh said before correcting himself. "Actually, they're kicking so much butt they don't have time to take names."

© Jim Wexell reminded me today how much I liked Cleveland running back Peyton Hillis coming out of college.

At the time, I thought Hillis might end up being a better player than the two guys he blocked for in the Arkansas backfield, Darren McFadden and Felix Jones.

I don't know if that has come to fruition, but McFadden and Jones have both been very injury prone.

Hillis, meanwhile, went for nearly 150 yards on Sunday against the Ravens.

© The Steelers' practice Wednesday was more subdued than usual. Usually, they are very boisterous during practice.

But, as PR man Dave Lockett noted when I mentioned something about it to him, the Steelers weren't in pads.

Mike Tomlin was giving the players an easy day of practice in anticipation of the kind of game they will play in Sunday.

© I sit here watching "The Big Lebowski," one of the most underrated comedies of its kind.

Gotta love The Dude.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sounds like Quaker Oats should recruit Flozell Adams to make a Life cereal commercial.

Henry said...

"FAIR?!?! Who's the frickin' nihilists around here?"

"I realize that, Dude. That's why I answered the phone."

gotta love Walter

Patrick said...

obviously you're not a golfer

datruth4life said...

Dale,

Does it look like NT S. McClendon will be up from the practice squad this week since Hokie is still seen limping around the lockerroom? And if so, is this the week that QB Dennis Dixon goes on IR? If they cut any of their other young players, they are going to get scooped up so I think placing Dixon on IR is the way to go. At this point in time, he's not a better QB option for the team to win a game than Batch or Leftwich.

Anonymous said...

The IR issue is tricky. There's a distinct possibility Batch gets injured this weekend, then you don't feel so good about IR'ing Dixon.

rvaccare said...

"To a man..."? What does that mean? Dale, please don't cheapen your blog posts with tired old cliches you hear on Sports Center and from Peter King. Otherwise, love the comments from Starks. I hope these guys are ready, particularly Pouncey.

Anonymous said...

Dale, no complaints about your writing.

"They're nihilists? Say what you want about the tenets of National Socialism. At least it was an ethos."

Anonymous said...

Dale,

It seems to me that if Dixon is healthy when Ben returns, then they will release Charlie Batch. Do you see it that way?

BTW...That rug really tied the room together.

Dale Lolley said...

No, I see them placing Dixon on IR next week at the latest - or as one poster said - this week of they feel Hoke can't go.

Michael said...

The Dude abides.

Jim said...

I've heard that, though it did not do exceedingly well at the box office (looks like its run only grossed $17M in the US, with a budget of $15M), that The Big Lebowski has since made the Cohen brothers boatloads in home formats.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Did I miss it or were you trying to make a reference to the "Big Legursky" one of the most underrated offensive linemen of all time. It must have been too obvious to state directly, but I have no problem stating the obvious.

Mrs. Isaac Redman AKA Dr.Obvious

Dale Lolley said...

Actually, I started calling Legursky The Big Legursky in his first camp. Some others stuck on Bronco, as in Bronco Legursky. But I still like the Big Legursky.

adamg said...

Dale, with Leftwich's knee injury, Batch's injury history and BR's penchant to take hits, I don't see the team putting Dixon on IR. I think if McLendon has to be signed, they'll release Hoke or perhaps Battle for 1 game like they did Leftwich.

keevin said...

"Actually, I started calling Legursky The Big Legursky in his first camp. Some others stuck on Bronco, as in Bronco Legursky. But I still like the Big Legursky."

LOL. epic fail Dale

it's Bronco Nagurski not Legursky you maroon ;)

Anonymous said...

Or El Dougerino, if you're not into that whole brevity thing.

Lebowski, Legursky. Laying claim to the obvious/natural is worth as much Gore's royalty checks from the world wide web.

Ok, I'm a Lebowski. You're a Legursky. That's terrific.

Speaking of checks:

I've watched that movie more times than I care to admit. But here's a tiny bit of trivia. Opening scene when the Stranger introduces the man of his time, who is writing a hot check for a quart of milk for 69 cents while GHWBush's 'this aggression will not stand' speech is playing on the tv by the register.... check out the date on the check.

Anonymous said...

Keevin,

I hope you are joking. I think Dale knows very well who "Bronco" is in reference to. From your comment, it seems like it is you, not Dale, who doesn't understand context. Just like Dale not saying Big Legursky in his main post, I think Bronco Nagurski goes without saying. If I called you Keevin Costner I hope to god I wouldn't have to specify Kevin Costner was who I was referring to? I guess some people do need the obvious pointed out for them. I think there is a certain contingent of this blog that waits to try to catch Dale in any misstatement just to say "GOTCHA". Or maybe that fact is too obvious to state directly.

Mrs. Isaac Redman AKA. Dr. Obvious