BEAR HUG—Pittsburgh Steelers running back Willie Parker (39) is tackled by Chicago Bears linebacker Nick Roach (53), defensive end Alex Brown (96) and linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyer in the first quarter in Chicago. Pittsburgh had two opportunities to win the game but normally reliable kicker Jeff Reed missed two relatively easy kicks, which set up the Bears final drive in which they took all the time off the clock and finally kicked a field goal with just 11 seconds left. This will be a tactic for most teams in the future, to run time off the clock when they have the lead to stop the Steelers from having any chance of coming back late in the fourth quarter to win the game.One good thing did come from the defeat, and that was the running game. Willie Parker had 47 yards on 14 carries and looked impressive on most of his runs. Rashard Mendenhall had 39 yards on just 3 carries. For some reason he didn’t play that much. The Steelers outrushed the Bears 103 to 43, which was a far cry from the 36 yards they got against the Tennessee Titans.The aerial attack as usual was impressive with Roethlisberger battling the Bears’ new gunslinger Jay Cutler. Ben was 23 of 35 for 221 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Cutler was 27 of 38 for 236 yards with 2 touchdowns. Again Ben distributed the ball pretty evenly with Hines Ward catching 6 for 57 yards, Santonio Holmes 5 for 83 yards and Heath Miller 3 for 24 yards. However, he needs to find his running backs out of the backfield more and his third receiver. Someone has to step up and take Nate Washington’s place as the third receiver.The Bengals upset the highly rated Packers with Carson Palmer outdueling Aaron Rodgers for a 31-24 hard fought victory. There goes that easy win we thought we had coming with the Bengals. Palmer was 15 of 23 for 185 yards and 3 touchdowns. But he was not a one man gang, Cedric Benson ran all over the highly rated Packers defense for 141 yards on 29 carries. The Bengals defense got into the act harassing Rodgers all around the field with Antwan Odom sacking him five times. Rookie Ray Maugluga was also impressive with one sack and two forced fumbles. If Cincinnati had not kept shooting themselves in the foot with 13 penalties for more than 100 yards it may have been a lopsided game.They appear to finally have put it all together, passing, running and defense. But this remains to be seen against the Steelers.The other two teams in the Steelers division did as was expected. The Baltimore Ravens, behind a last minute game saving tackle by none other than Ray Lewis, beat the explosive San Diego Chargers 31-26 to stay undefeated at 2-0. Phillip Rivers had the best game of his career going 25 of 45 for 436 yards with 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. However, Joe Flacco continued to be impressive, going 17 of 26 for 190 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception, once again proving that the only stat that matters is the win.The Cleveland Browns are still looking for their first win as they lost to the Denver Broncos 27-6 for a 0-2 start.One thing to watch out for in Tennessee, the Titans are 0-2 after losing to the Houston 34-31. If they lose their next game do they go back to Vince Young, who’s wasting his talent setting on the bench? The Steelers got a dose of what they had been dishing out last week when the Chicago Bears handed them a 17-14 defeat in the final seconds of the game. Now they must bounce back against their always tough rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, who are coming off an upset win over the Green Bay Packers. The Steelers jumped off as though they were going to rout the Windy City team, after one impressive drive ended with a score and Pittsburgh going up 7-0. Once they got the ball back they marched down the field again, but a Ben Roethlisberger interception ended the drive and ended their momentum. It was all downhill from there with both teams looking fairly good between the 20s but neither taking it in for the score.
BILL NEAL :10 I know most of you…oh, who am I kidding .…none of you ever do what I ask you to do. But this time, I need you to do what I tell ya. I want you to run, do not walk, I want you to run…un like it’s 1945 and you’re a Black man in America and your very life depends on it…cause that’s how it was for Mr. Jackie Robinson. The single most important name in sports history! Run and see “42” the movie about the late great Jackie Robinson. See how he endured the enormous responsibility of being the first Black man to play baseball. That’s it. That’s all. You know the rest of the story. Now go see the movie and please take your children so they can learn the importance of this man and the sacrifices he made. How bout this, you’re gonna love this. I give it five stars *****. That’s unheard of. The most I’ve ever given is 3½. Now get going!:9 And speaking of that, and I was, add this to your list of things to google—John Preston “Pete” Hill, the great, great, great relative of your boy and mine Ron Hill. Ron just returned to Pittsburgh with great news about this legend Pete Hill who played in the pre-Negro League from 1899-1919 and in the Negro Leagues from 1920-1921 and 1923-1925 and was the catalyst and captain of the great Chicago American Giants clubs of the 1910’s. Mr. Hill was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006. Hey Ron Hill, that’s a lot to be proud of. Congratulations. (Ron, call me so we can do more with this. I don’t have your new number. 412-628-4856.:8 How’s this for the law. I just got the Pittsburgh’s Best Lawyers 2013 Edition handed to me and guess what? Not a Black face to be found…yea, I know. Shocking huh? Now I am going to go out on a limb here and I want to be careful because I can’t tell by reading the names…and of course that in and of itself would be racist…but I can tell you this…there’s not a Black face in the 20 page booklet. Now that should be against the law! (Of course, if I’m wrong, I stand corrected.) Not one Black person… c’mon man!!!:7 Watch out you so-called sports illustrated writers, Mr. Keith Platt Jr. is about to emerge on the scene and he’s got serious game. In fact, he’s way better than me. Here’s his Top 10 names the Steelers should look at in the upcoming NFL draft, and they should really listen since they can’t seem to get it right on their own . . . I’m just saying! No. 1—Jarvis Jones – 6’2” – 245 lbs – OLB – GeorgiaNo. 2—Robert Woods – 6’1” – 190 lbs – WR – USCNo. 3—Kenny Vaccaro – 6’1” – 212 lbs – DB – TexasNo. 4—Alec Ogletree – 6’3” – 234 lbs – ILB – GeorgiaNo. 5—Eddie Lacy – 5’10” – 220 lbs – RB – AlabamaNo. 6—Landry Jones – 6’4” – 220 lbs – QB – OklahomaNo. 7—A.J. Klein – 6’1” – 244 lbs – ILB – Iowa StateNo. 8—Cardarrelle Patterson – 6’3” – 204 lbs – WR – TennesseeNo. 9—David Amerson – 6’2” – 195 lbs – CB – N.C. StateNo. 10—Montori Hughes – 6’4” – 328 lbs – DT – UT-MartinTo his credit, Platt sent me his top 10 mock draft and players to keep an eye on. I got no room for all that, but I’ll tell you this, keep your eye on young Mr. Platt. He’s about to be in somebody’s top 10…much like his dad, he’s got skills. Keith, you’re not only in the locker room, your locker is next to mine!:6 Video tape review will reveal that someone in the audience shot Kobe Bryant in the heel with an African blow gun. For you haters, the only way you could stop him.:5 Team rosters are now being accepted for the 2013 Connie Hawkins Youth Summer Basketball League for 14 and under boys. Call the Champions at 412-628-4856 for more information.:4 Steelers, let Emmanuel Saunders go and take the 3rd round draft pick. Are you kidding me. He’s hurt all the time!:3 “Tiger” You know that whole half Black and half Asian thing you roll with? Welcome to the Black half of the world. They’ll get ya if they can! Finished 5 under, tied for 4th. Hey Kevin Cameron, give me a call mmmaaannn. When you’re wrong, you’re wrong!:2 FYI – Five Starr Corporation and Champion Enterprises are looking for volunteers, interns, executive staff and sales reps. For more info, call 412-628-4856.:1 “Harlem Nights” coming at ya again every last Friday…Set for Friday April 26, 3 Lakes Golf Club, 6700 Saltzburg Rd. in Penn Hills. You must be dressed up, no exceptions…“Go deep in the closet” – free parking – cash bar – cash kitchen until 11 p.m. – 50/50 – cash prize for best dressed. This is the best old school over 30 par-tay in town. Special guest DJ the legend Sly Jock. ~ GAME OVER ~