Meanwhile, back in the USA, the GOP-led congress still refuses to deal with the budget, threatening a possible government shutdown. Who needs a threat from the Middle East?
A fun post on Sean's Ramblings today about something that I'd noticed in the preseason, but didn't think much about until this weekend: the appearance of other team's logos on the Terrible Towel.
To explain: While up at training camp, I'd noticed that the Steelers were selling a commemorative Towel for their game in London later this month, and that it included the Minnesota Vikings helmet (right). Personally, I thought some incorporation of a Union Jack might make for a better choice for such and item, as the location of the game is more interesting than the opponent, but they're playing Minnesota, so fair enough.
The London Towels were also on sale during the preseason games, and I did hear a few people grouse that another team's logo shouldn't be on such luminary linens. But, there's something of a precedent -- a specially made Towel for the 2011 Winter Classic at Heinz Field featured both the home Penguins logos and the visiting Washington Capitals, as it was a special event (though hardly a special game).
However this week I did spy something new in the -- gameday towels featuring the helmet of the opposing team, in this case the Tennessee Titans (bottom). Presumably, this will go on all season, which means that there will be future towels with Browns, Ravens and Bengals helmets, to name a few.
As Sean notes on his blog:
Over the years, there have been multiple variations of the towel including a pink Terrible Towel for breast cancer awareness and a towel showing logos from the 6 Super Bowl Championships. I've never had an issue with any of these towels because they are often commemorative and sales benefit a good cause. That changed yesterday when I received this e-mail from the Steelers selling a special Terrible Towel for the London game against the Minnesota Vikings. ...
So why is there a logo of an NFL team other than the Steelers on the Terrible Towel? The towel is about the Steelers and should not include the Vikings logo.
So how does this sit with you, Steelers Nation?
Should another team's logo adorn the Terrible Towel? Is the sanctity of the Towel now tarnished? (remember, these are important things to consider as a war looms in Syria)
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We spoke with Pitt offensive line coach Jim Hueber after today's practice. Here are a few notes from the always quotable Hueber...
- It's hard to say a unit played well in a game where Pitt lost 41-13, but I actually thought the offensive line performed admirably against the Seminoles' front. They gave up three sacks and only paved the way for 96 rushing yards, but a lot of that can be traced to the fact that the Panthers had to throw a lot more than they would have liked playing from behind.
"If you just stop for a second and think, outside of the mental mistakes, there really weren't people coming free at the quarterback early in the game," Hueber said. "It was mental mistakes that got us, not anything physical. I'm happy with the kids in that respect. We asked them to be physical, and you couldn't watch the first quarter, you couldn't watch the first quarter through the second quarter, and think that we weren't being physical on the running game."
- Hueber said that, coming out of the locker room, Pitt didn't know what to expect from Florida State, who was playing their first game under a new defensive coordinator. He said they adjusted as the game went on, but were surprised by some things, notably which linebackers the Seminoles would drop back into coverage at certain points.
"I think our guys have a feeling that they'll be able to at least recognize stuff early in the game [against New Mexico]," Hueber said. "We literally came out of the locker room [against Florida State] not knowing what we'd see with the change in coordinator."
- Hueber said he was pleased with redshirt sophomore center Artie Rowell, making his first start at center after winning a training camp position battle against redshirt freshman Gabe Roberts.
"I thought he did a nice job," Hueber said. "I thought he directed traffic, he got us where we needed to be. I don't think he got outmatched physically at all. I thought he did the things we thought he could do going into the game, which is why we made the decision. We just thought he had matured a little bit faster than Gabe had as far as setting defenses for us and stuff."
- Junior Isaac Bennett and freshman James Conner split carries against Florida State, and that will likely continue throughout the season barring injury. Guard Matt Rotheram said Monday that the offensive linemen generally don't even look behind them to see who is in on a given play, and Hueber said that's the way it should be.
"That's the approach they have to take," he said. "You block it, they run it. If we find a guy and he can get it for more than it's blocked for, it's great. If we can block every one to go the distance, it's great. But you can't turn around and say we're going to block it one way because of this kid. You've got to run, you've got to play hard every snap or we're in trouble."
- Most players and coaches have said that they tried to move on past the Florida State loss as quickly as possible, and Hueber was no different. He said they watched film of the game the next day and then immediately began preparation for New Mexico. At least inside the building, there's no dwelling on the loss.
"Can they walk down the street and somebody says something? I don't know," Hueber said. "The thing that saves you is the Pirates are hot, the Steelers are opening. There's a lot of people out on the street that didn't really care."
- Hueber was impressed with the atmosphere the Pitt student section brought on Monday night.
"I thought the students were good last year, now that was awesome what the students were like when that game started, all the way into the third quarter," he said.
I don't think I'm going out on a limb when I say that it'll be tough to get that kind of turnout and energy for another game this season (unless Pitt gets another night game. Maybe Notre Dame or Miami?) but the players definitely took notice of it. It'll be interesting to see what the crowd is like for a 12:30 kickoff against a Mountain West team this weekend.
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NEW YORK CITY -- New York Fashion Week wraps up tomorrow, and it was peppered with appearances by members of Pittsburgh's fashion and beauty community.
Bloomfield native Philip Pelusi styled models' hair for the Venexiana runway show Saturday at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, headquartered at Lincoln Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side. The event marked his seventh collaboration with the high-end dress designer. Mr. Pelusi talks from backstage about the look he created for the runway show in the first video.
Nicole Manns of Penn Hills took part in the GBK Productions celebrity gift suite at the Empire Hotel, just across the street from Lincoln Center. For two days, she showed off to celebs and media her beauty invention Nikki's Magic Wand, a cosmetics tool used to help get makeup out of hard-to-reach corners of lip gloss tubes and other containers. She shares her experiences in the video below.
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen isn't exactly known for his cheery on-field demeanor. On the contrary, the third-year head coach is one of the fieriest guys out there.
And Holgorsen was on top of his game during the Mountaineers' 16-7 loss to No. 16 Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. last Saturday. FOX must have had a quality cameraman on Dana Cam, because there were some top-notch Holgorsen snapshots.
Let's take a look at a few signs that signal that Saturday just might have been a long day for Holgorsen. (Note: Want full screen? Hit the YouTube button near the bottom of the clips.)
1. The Peek-A-Boo
Recipient of look: QB Paul Millard
Situation: Millard was sacked by Kass Everett and, for the second consecutive game, he fumbled. Waiting on the official review, Holgorsen pulled out his patented hands-covering-face to hands-through-hair move -- the first such move caught on Dana Cam on the day.
[SIGNS 2-7 AFTER THE JUMP.]