Pittsburgh Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson was hospitalized after sustaining burns to his arms and legs in a house fire early Friday morning. Authorities say the fire broke out at about 3 a.m. ET in Wilson’s home in Seven Fields, a northern Pittsburgh suburb. Firefighters told borough manager Tom Smith the blaze started in the kitchen and Wilson suffered “moderate to severe” burns.
Wilson, 50, was taken to a Pittsburgh hospital for treatment. His condition was not immediately known but the injuries were not thought to be life-threatening. He will not travel with the team for Sunday’s wild-card game in Denver.
Wilson is in his fifth season as running backs coach, joining the staff when coach Mike Tomlin was hired in 2007. Wilson has spent this week prepping third-year back Isaac Redman to face the Denver Broncos after Rashard Mendenhall tore the ACL in his right knee in last week’s win over Cleveland Browns.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark is a little pissed off that he had to stand around twice at Candlestick Park on Monday Night as the stadium suffered through power outages. Clark’s Steelers ended up losing 20-3 to the San Francisco 49ers but the game was overshadowed by the two lengthy delays. Clark also believes the two separate power outages, which totaled over 35 minutes, was staged by the home team in an effort to bring attention to their need for a new stadium.
“I just feel like San Francisco took a big stage to show the NFL and to show the state of California that they needed a new stadium. I think it was a very strategic move and Candlestick may be no more very soon,” Clark said after the game.
KGO-TV ABC7 in San Francisco reported that they were told by the Pacific Gas & Electric Co. that Candlestick Park was the only customer affected by the outage.
Candlestick Park went dark twice in the San Francisco 49ers return to Monday Night Football after a transformer blew up while outside the stadium. The first power outage happened just before kickoff and again early in the second quarter after the stadium moved to a backup power source. The first outage pushed back the opening kickoff by 20 minutes and the second halted the game for about 15 minutes.
Late in the fourth quarter of the Steelers-Browns game on Thursday night, Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison delivered a brutal hit on Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoy. The tooth-loosening blow may have resulted in a concussion for the quarterback and could very well cost Harrison some money if an NFL fine is forthcoming.
The Green Bay Packers latest stock sale got off to a fast start Tuesday as fans snatched up more than a thousand shares in the opening moments, the first time since 1997. Packers President Mark Murphy said the team received 1,600 online orders in the first 11 minutes of the sale. The team website received so many hits some fans were complaining about the wait and Murphy found himself reassuring people the site was still working.
The team has put 250,000 shares up for sale at $250 apiece, plus a $25 handling charge per order. Murphy said the team hopes to generate at least $22 million to help defray the cost of a $143 million renovation project at Lambeau Field. Plans call for adding 6,700 additional seats, new high-definition video screens and a new entrance by 2013.
The sale marks the fifth time in the Packers’ 92-year history that the publicly-owned team has offered stock, though it’s really not an investment in the traditional sense. The value doesn’t increase, there are no dividends and it has virtually no resale value. But it does qualify the buy as team owner and conveys voting rights. It also qualifies the holder to attend the annual stockholder meeting at Lambeau each summer before training camp begins. They also get access to a special line of shareholder apparel.
Before the sale, there were 112,205 shareholders who own a total of 4.75 million shares. The sale runs through Feb. 29, subject to an extension. Stock can only be purchased by individuals, not businesses, and there’s a 200-share cap, a figure that includes any stock purchased during the last sale in 1997.
Being a shareholder won’t help when it comes to the season-ticket waiting list, which has more than 81,000 names. The offering was also limited to people with addresses in the U.S., Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Soldiers and U.S. residents who are currently overseas have to use their U.S. addresses.
The Packers have been a publicly owned nonprofit corporation since 1923. The team held its first stock sale that year, followed by sales in 1935 and 1950 that helped keep the franchise afloat even as other small-markets teams were sinking.
At the time of the last sale 14 years ago, then-team president Bob Harlan was looking for ways to cover stadium renovation costs. He recalled that other owners balked, worried that the Packers would use the money to compensate their coaches or improve their roster in a way other teams couldn’t.
It was only after Commissioner Paul Tagliabue and Pittsburgh Steelers owner Dan Rooney argued in favor of the idea that the proposal passed. Rooney said the Packers deserved unanimous support because they were a vital part of NFL history.
Some 400,000 shares went on sale that year for $200 apiece. About 120,000 were sold, raising $24 million.
Yahoo today released its Year In Review data for 2011, and there isn’t a single NFL or MLB player on its 10-deep list of “Top Searched Athletes.” Perhaps far more notable is that five of the top 10 are women, including the top spot, which went to the GoDaddy.com girl, Danica Patrick. Danica jumped all the way to No. 1 from No. 6 last year, when Manny Pacquiao topped the 2010 list.
Last year, the only NFL player to make the list was Brett Favre, at No. 4.
But the biggest surprise is that it appears web surfers have finally given up the hunt for new photos of Anna Kournikova. She was No. 3 in 2010, but didn’t make Yahoo’s list this year. Two others to drop off were skier Lindsey Vonn and soccer’s Cristiano Ronaldo.
- 1. Danica Patrick
- 2. Tiger Woods
- 3. Manny Pacquiao
- 4. Maria Sharapova
- 5. Serena Williams
- 6. Kris Humphries
- 7. Hope Solo
- 8. Kobe Bryant
- 9. Lamar Odom
- 10. Caroline Wozniacki
Yahoo also tracked which teams were searched for most often, and there MLB dominated, with five selections, including the No. 1 New York Yankees. The NFL had three teams, the NBA one and soccer checked in with one. The surprise there is that the Miami Heat didn’t make the list.
- 1. New York Yankees
- 2. Pittsburgh Steelers
- 3. Boston Red Sox
- 4. Green Bay Packers
- 5. Texas Rangers
- 6. St. Louis Cardinals
- 7. Detroit Tigers
- 8. Chicago Bears
- 9. Manchester United
- 10. Los Angeles Lakers
CBS football anaylst Bill Cowher squashed speculation on CBS pregame show yesterday that he is entertaining leaving the studio desk for NFL sidelines.
“I do not plan on coaching next year.…I plan on being back in the same seat next year.” The ex-Pittsburgh Steelers coach suggested he might stay in TV permanently: “That’s a distinct possibility. I like the fact that what we do is about the game. There’s no froufrou about it.…We give insight, and compared to other (TV) stations, we talk about the game.”
CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus says he wasn’t surprised by Cowher’s announcement. “I talk to him all the time. I knew right now that for his lifestyle, he wants to be a broadcaster.…He’s become an integral part of the (on-air) team in every way.”
Like ESPN recently signing Jon Gruden to a new five-year deal, McManus says Cowher knows CBS wants him for the long run. “Coach knows we want him here for a long time. We won’t have any issues for completing a contract for as long as he wants to be here.”
He said he made his announcement Sunday because such speculation “affects the lives of many people that are in the (coaching) profession.” As well in today’s media world it has a chance of taking a life of its own if he didn’t address it.
An Arizona man admitted in court Thursday that he used a computer to interrupt a Tucson-area telecast of the 2009 Super Bowl with a 37-second pornography clip. Frank Tanori Gonzalez pleaded guilty to two counts of computer tampering, Pima County prosecutors said.
Authorities have said that someone cut into the Comcast cable broadcast of the February 2009 Super Bowl between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers that went to viewers in the Tucson area.
Gonzalez was a Cox Communications employee who was working as a liaison with Comcast at the time of the incident, according to authorities.
The game was shown in Tucson on KVOA. The station sent its signals – both standard definition and high definition – to Cox Communications, which then sent them to Comcast. Only those watching the standard-definition feed of the game on KVOA saw the clip.
KVOA officials said the station’s signal didn’t have porn on it when the station sent it over to Comcast.
As part of a plea agreement, Gonzalez must serve three years’ probation and pay a $1,000 fine. If he successfully completes his probation, the crime will be designated a misdemeanor rather than a felony.
Comcast ended up offering a $10 credit to all of its 80,000 subscribers, whether they saw the brief X-rated clip or not. It wasn’t immediately known how many subscribers took Comcast up on its offer, but Assistant Arizona Attorney General Michael Jette said Comcast wasn’t seeking restitution.
During a break filming a Head & Shoulders commercial,Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward taught teammates Brett Keisel and Troy Polamalu some of the moves he learned on Dancing With the Stars.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison tweeted out that he feels like an actual pirate after his recent eye surgery. Harrison sporting the eye patch due to right orbital bone fracture he suffered in Sunday’s game against the Houston Texans.
“I feel a like a pirate. Lmao”
After watching the rival Baltimore Ravens put a 35-7 beatdown on the AFC champs Sunday, Warren Sapp puts a fork in the Pittsburgh Steelers chances for 2011 on last night’s edition of Showtimes Inside the NFL. Sapp declares:
The Pittsburgh Steelers. I have three things: old, slow and it’s over. It’s just that simple.
James Harrison told us that he was 70-to-75%. It looked more like 40% to me if you are looking at the ballgame I was looking at. And Hines Ward, Mercedes Sapp can cover Hines Ward right now. You have to be kidding me…Mercedes is my 13-year-old daughter. She will cover Hines Ward in a heartbeat. And Troy Polamalu, Ed Dixon runs this crossing route. Troy Polamalu is trying to grab him to have a pass interference and he can’t even get close enough to grab him. It looked like he was dragging a wagon behind him. Touchdown Baltimore. Pittsburgh Steelers done.
After 78 years, six Super Bowl championships and a long history of rich tradition, Kevin Colbert has become the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise’s first GM. He was promoted from director of football operations, a position he had held since he was hired by the Steelers in 2000.
During his previous 11 seasons with Pittsburgh, Colbert helped assemble teams that went to three Super Bowls, winning two; won six division titles, made seven playoff appearances and had eight winning seasons. Colbert, 54, came to the Steelers from the Detroit Lions where he was the pro scouting director for 10 years.
Indianapolis Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez told The Indianapolis Star the use of human growth hormone by NFL players is happening. The 26-year-old admits that he doesn’t know how much HGH use is in the NFL, but concedes that “to say that it’s not being used, that’s wrong.”
He also revealed that people not affiliated with the Colts organization have suggested he use HGH. Players ratified the new collective bargaining agreement last week, which is reported to eventually allow the league to use blood testing for HGH. According to the Associated Press, players would be subject to random testing in addition to annual checks.
Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark was upset by the decision to allow blood tests and told the Los Angeles Times that he thinks that part of the new deal was overlooked because “people wanted to get a deal done so badly.”
Commissioner Roger Goodell recently said that he expects the HGH testing program to begin during the opening week of the season.
The new Batman movie The Dark Knight Rises is expected to be released next July but the city of Pittsburgh and several Steelers got to see it first hand as they took part in making of it. Steelers Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward, Willie Colon, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Wallace, Heath Miller, Aaron Smith, Ryan Clark, Troy Polamalu, James Farrior and Casey Hampton all took part but the real star was Heinz Field as it was used for the football scene involving a Gotham team.
Watch as Pittsburgh Steelers Troy Polamalu get an unexpected haircut from one of his friends wielding a pair of clippers while waiting on the set of a Head & Shoulders commercial.
New York Jets linebacker Bart Scott isn’t very happy about the players wanting to basically eliminate two-a-day practices. Scott told The Star-Ledger that he doesn’t believe the players are truly concerned with player safety. Instead, he thinks they’re “wimping out” and “making football more soft.”
“I get concerned you’re making football players weaker because you don’t push them past that threshold,” he said. “I get concerned with the same thing with the quarterback stuff, that they turn it into flag football; they turn it into little pansy stuff.”
Of course, Scott isn’t the first player to compare the league to flag football.
Chicago Bears star Brian Urlacher bashed the new NFL rules on dangerous hits in the middle of the season, suggesting that the league should put flags on players and change the name to the “National Flag Football League.”
However, Scott is the first to rip other players who are advocating for player safety.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward criticized the league in December for being hypocrites on the issue because, at the time, there was plenty of talk about extending the regular season to 18 games.
“If you were so concerned about the safety, why are you adding two more games?” Ward said. “They don’t care about the safety of the game.”
Green Bay Packers defensive back Sam Shields decided to go all out in commemorating his teams Super Bowl win over the Pittsburgh Steelers by getting a tattoo of the championship ring on his neck.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall’s controversial Tweets in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death this spring were costly by the fact they were met with him losing his endorsement deal with Champion Athletic sportswear. KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh reports Mendenhall has decided to counter with another strong response suing Champion parent company HanesBrands over its decision to drop him.
Mendenhall received a lot of backlash from his Twitter expressions questioning those who celebrated the death of bin Laden, but more so for sharing that he wasn’t sure if bin Laden was responsible for the attacks of 9/11. Although Mendenhall clarified in a follow-up blog post that his remarks were not aimed at being pro-bin Laden and anti-United States, it happened too late for HanesBrands officials.
Mendenhall was signed by Champion through 2015, but the company decided that after May 13, the contract would be terminated, refusing to pay the balance owed to Mendenhall in the four years left on the deal.
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison attempted some damage control last night in the wake of comments attributed to him in a interview with Men’s Journal. ESPN reports that Harrison told network analyst Merril Hoge, a former Steelers running back, that he told quarterback Ben Roethlisberger some of his comments were “twisted” by the article’s writer Paul Solotaroff and that it was not his intention to criticize the two-time Super Bowl winner.
In the interview, Harrison was quoted as criticizing Roethlisberger’s performance in Super Bowl XLV, a 31-25 Steelers loss to the Green Bay Packers.
“Hey, at least throw a pick on their side of the field instead of asking the D to bail you out again. Or hand the ball off and stop trying to act like Peyton Manning. You ain’t that and you know it man; you just get paid like he does,” Harrison was quoted as saying.
Hoge also added that Roethlisberger was taking Harrison at his word and that their relationship is fine.
Harrison though did not take back any comments he said about commissioner Roger Goodell, whom he called “the devil” and a “crook.”
Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison calls NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell a “crook” and a “devil,” among other insults, in the August issue of Men’s Journal. The 2008 AP Defensive Player of the Year hasn’t been shy about ripping the league after he was docked $100,000 for illegal hits last season.
“If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it,” Harrison told the magazine. “I hate him and will never respect him.”
His other descriptions of the commissioner include an anti-gay slur, “stupid,” “puppet” and “dictator.”
If the Steelers had defeated the Green Bay Packers in the Super Bowl, Harrison said, he would have whispered in Goodell’s ear during the trophy ceremony: “Why don’t you quit and do something else, like start your own league in flag football?”
Harrison also criticizes other NFL execs, New England Patriots turned commentators Rodney Harrison and Tedy Bruschi “clowns”, Houston Texans Brian Cushing as “juiced out of his mind” and even teammates Rashard Mendenhall and Ben Roethlisberger for their performances in the Super Bowl loss. Harrison questions whether a black player is punished more for a hard hit on a white player than the opposite.
Rapper Birdman is not a Miami Heat doubter, in fact he has so much faith in the team from south beach that he bet $2 million that Miami will win the NBA Championship against the Dallas Mavericks. Birdman, The co-founder of Cash Money Records said this on his Twitter:
“YMCMBu$uness I Bet. 2million on tha MiaMi Heat.goin bye me another m****** WHip.We tha busiNESS.I’m on 1.mula krazy”
Oh you don’t understand the romantic language of Birdman? Let me translate:
“Young Money Cash Money Business. I bet $2 million that the Miami Heat will win the NBA Championship. I will purchase another luxury automobile with my winnings. My company is profitable. We make an exorbitant amount of money.”
Last May he wagered $4 million on Floyd Mayweather in his fight against Sugar Shane Mosley. Then in February he placed a $1 million dollar bet that the Green Bay Packers would defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Birdman’s net worth is to be in the area of $100 million.
In their continual effort to turn the NFL to a flag football league, the NFL has new policy in the works that has been immediately dubbed, “The Steelers Rule”. This rule would not only fine a player for a hit that is deemed illegal by the league, the team itself would be fined for it as well. That set off Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison.
“I’m absolutely sure now after this latest rule change that the people making the rules at the NFL are idiots,’’ Harrison wrote on Twitter.
The NFL owners, though, sent a clear message with their 32-0 vote on Tuesday: This is not Roger Goodell’s mission alone, it is the entire league’s intent to make the game safer if not softer.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward added a disco-ball trophy to his Super Bowl shelf Tuesday night after he won “Dancing With the Stars.” Ward and dance partner Kym Johnson beat actresses Kirstie Alley and Chelsea Kane to become the season 12 champs. He said after the show that he owes the victory to his partner, hard work and the fans.
Ward was chosen by viewer votes combined with judges’ scores. All three couples emerged with perfect scores after dancing Tuesday night, which kept the competition tight. Ward came into the season finale tied for first place with Kane, who finished in last place when the votes were tallied. Alley finished second.
The 35-year-old Ward becomes the second professional football player to win the “Dancing” crown after former Dallas Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith won it back in 2006.
Former NFL quarterback Kordell Stewart was arrested in Georgia on Wednesday and charged with speeding and driving with a suspended license. Stewart is now an analyst for ESPN.
He exited jail after posting a $3,000 bond and is due in court on July 12.
Stewart played with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1995-2002. He last appeared in the NFL in 2005 with the Baltimore Ravens.