Steelers Big Three, Ranked Fans, Antonio Brown the Best


The Pittsburgh Steelers are officially on summer vacation. They’ve wrapped up their minicamp and will head out to parts unknown for the next two weeks until reporting to the dorms of Saint Vincent for the Steelers’ 50th season of training camp in Latrobe. While the Steelers are enjoying their summer break we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, July 11th.

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How will the AFC North contain the Steelers Big Three?

The ESPN writers are asking each other how the other AFC North defenses can contain the trio of Ben Roethlisberger, Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. Coley Harvey, the Bengals writer, suggests prayer might work in helping contain the offensive trio from the Steelers.

The whole idea of how to stop the Steelers offense would be to try to make them one dimensional. If they shut down the run they maybe stand a chance at putting pressure on Roethlisberger but who is better at improvising when pressure is put on him than Ben Roethlisberger?

Ravens Homer Jamison Hensley predictably thinks stopping the Steelers offense is not a problem and thinks the Ravens stop them all the time. Except for that one six-touchdown game out of Roethlisberger the last time the two met. I’m sure that was just a fluke huh Hensley?

NFL’s Best Fans

Seems like these type of rankings come out every year or even every couple of months or so. Jeremy Bergman of cites a study from Emory University that ranked the NFL’s “best fans”. The criteria apparently included attendance, prices and revenues. Basically if a fan base spent a lot of money on the team, they ranked high.

The top ranked team, according to this BS study, was the Dallas Cowboys. The New England Patriots, New York Giants, Baltimore Ravens, and New York Jets.

The Steelers ranked 14th. Bergman went as far as to call Steelers supporters “pretty average” because of this ridiculous ranking that doesn’t mean anything.

Just because some yinzers still rock their Chris Fuamatu-Ma’afala jerseys around dahntahn instead of going out to buy new Le’Veon Bell jerseys and we all have our Terrible Towels passed down from generation to generation doesn’t mean our fan base is average by any means.

The study ranked the Miami Dolphins as having the worst overall fan base. I can attest from the times I’ve spent in South Florida for Steelers game that Dolphins fans don’t show up for crap. I know like three genuine, die-hard Dolphins fans total and I lived in Florida for years. It doesn’t help that watching a game in Florida in September through mid-November is almost like watching a game on the sun. So there’s that.

Brown is the best

Antonio Brown might have ranked 8th in the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2015 but according to New England Patriots safety Devin McCourty, he’s the best receiver in the league.

"“I think this is one of the hardest positions to even evaluate. Because first of all, you look at the receiver position and the first thing you want to do is put these freak athletes like Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant [at the top]. But I started my list with Antonio Brown. We talk about all these guys that are big and talented and fast – they can do everything. Bu this little guy led all receivers last year. He did everything while still punt returning. You can look at everything that guy brings to the table, but don’t disregard production and I thought he was the No. 1 productive receiver last year so I put him there.” Devin McCourty"

Perhaps a backhanded compliment calling him a “little guy”?  You be the judge.

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