YouTube Clip of the Week

I can't really describe the passion of Steeler fans properly, but this video is a good start.


Great story in today's Post-Gazette about the punter the Steelers took in the fourth round, Daniel Sepulveda. He began his time in college as a walk-on linebacker before winning the punting job. Check this paragraph out:

"At 6 feet 2 1/2, Sepulveda is taller than the Steelers' first-round draft choice, linebacker Lawrence Timmons, and at 229 pounds just five pounds lighter -- and faster, considering Sepulveda has been clocked running the 40 at 4.43."

Not bad, eh? And to top it off, the P-G links to a video on the Baylor site of Sepulveda not only blasting a 50-plus yard punt, but then crushing the return man in a way only a former walk-on linebacker could.

Sepulveda tore his ACL over Easter break last season, had surgery in late April and still punted in the Bears' season opener just a few months later.

As Ed Bouchette describes it, Sepulveda "punts like Ray Guy, tackles like Jack Lambert and heals like Rod Woodson".


Worst. Idea. Ever.

The Steelers do not need a mascot. Nor do they need an alternate jersey. As long as they only wear the jersey twice this season, I suppose I'm okay with it. But a mascot??? Not necessary. Especially one who looks like a cross between Bill Cowher and one of the Incredibles.

EDIT: See, this is what I was talking about!


A Hinesman Winner - Good Thing, Right?

Some thoughts on the 2007 Steelers draft:

First Round - Lawrence Timmons - LB, Florida State - 6-3, 232 lbs
According to the Steelers site, Timmons won the Hinesman award at FSU, apparently for being the Most Dominant Seminole of spring practice. Of course, take that for what its worth, considering that the 'Noles had their worst squad in a long time in 2006.

What to like:
A linebacker with the initials 'LT'. Also, he is from South Carolina, home to former linebacker Levon Kirkland, soon-to-be former punter Chris Gardocki and of course, your friends at IWIWAR.

What not to like: Not sure whether he can pull off the "Who Ride" cheer like Good Old 55.

Second Round - LaMarr Woodley - LB/DE, Michigan - 6-2, 269 lbs
A Lombardi Award winner for the Wolverines, "Wood" is a solid defender who should be a good defensive end in obvious passing situations with his ability to get to the quarterback.

What to like: For starters, his nickname - "Wood". And he was a potential first rounder who the Steelers were able to get in the middle of Round 2.

What not to like: Well, as NFL.com's draft profile puts it, "Needs more than several reps to retain plays and might struggle in a complicated system (best when freelancing)". Maybe not the best solution for a Dick LeBeau's 3-4.

Third Round - Matt Spaeth - TE, Minnesota - 6-7, 267
Playing for a team that was heavily tilted toward the running game, Spaeth still managed to grab over 100 receptions in his career, while still opening up holes for Lawrence Maloney and (new Steeler) Gary Russell.

What to like: The 6-7 frame should make him a good target for Big Ben when he's on the field. It could spell trouble for the playing time of another Big Ten tight end on the roster, Jerame Tuman.

What not to like: The Steelers picked a tight end in the first round just two years ago in "Big Money" Heath Miller, so Spaeth, who will from this point on be referred to as "Big Minny", has a lot of work to do before he earns some playing time.

Fourth Round - Daniel Sepulveda - P, Baylor - 6-3, 229
Kevin Colbert has been known to pull the trigger on a trade or two during each draft of his tenure, but this one was one of his stranger moves, as the Steelers moved up 11 spots to draft a punter. The team's logic was that only two punters were worth being drafted, and Jacksonville had just claimed one of them at the top of the fourth round, so they didn't want to lose out on Sepulveda.

What to like: We finally will get to stop hearing about Gardocki's streak of kicks without a block.

What not to like:
As Dwight Schrute would tell you, Bears can climb faster than they can run. But can a Baylor Bear punt?

Fifth Round - Ryan McBean - DE, Oklahoma State - 6-5, 290
Seems like more of a project pick here, but he has good size and speed for the position.

What to like: He's Jamaican. Now only if we can get John Candy to come back to life and coach the defensive line ...

What not to like: NFL.com compares him to Lorenzo Bromell, ex-Dolphin. Anyone heard of that guy?

Fifth Round - Cameron Stephenson - OG, Rutgers - 6-3, 306
We have to wait until pick No. 156 for the Steelers to address the needs of the offensive line.

What to like: Adds much-needed depth to the offensive line.

What not to like: He resides in Inglewood, Calif. And as we all know, Inglewood always up to no good.

Fifth Round - William Gay - DB, Louisville - 5-10, 187
Back-to-back Big East picks for the Steelers. Gay started as a freshman on a top 25 squad, which says a lot of his abilities to pick up the defense quickly.

What to like: The inevitable Kordell Stewart jokes.

What not to like: The inevitable Kordell Stewart jokes.

Seventh Round - Dallas Baker - WR, Florida - 6-3, 207
The Steelers get their first Gator wideout since the Chris Doering days. And what wonderful days those were!

What to like: This is the same round where Marques Colston was picked by the Saints last year and he became a breakout player in his rookie season, so maybe Baker can surprise the Steelers in camp.

What not to like: Oh, just look at the career of Reche Caldwell Jabar Gaffney Ike Hilliard Taylor Jacobs Travis Taylor. Luckily for Pittsburgh, those were all high-round picks who didn't live up to expectations, so maybe the opposite strategy will work with Baker.