TOMLIN DESERVED THE EXTENSION BUT….

Based on the way the Steelers do business, Mike Tomlin deserved the two year extension. Bottom line, he went 11-6 last year and won a division championship.

But…………..

The Steelers haven’t won a playoff game in four years. You’d have to go back to the dark ages before Chuck Noll to find a stretch of five years without a post season win.

Before Noll, the Steelers went 40 years without one.

Tomlin inhrited a team with a lot of talent and he did whatr a good coach would/should do. He won a lot.

Went to two Super Bowls.

BUt……………..

He inherited a team with a franchise/future HOF quarterback, a HOF safety, a probable HOF wide receiver, an all-pro RB, a HOF caliber TE and a genius for a defensive coordinator.

As the players he inherited have begun to disappear, so have the playoff wins.

Tomlin has to prove that he can draft (and he has a lot to say about who gets drafted) and develop players on his own and win with them.

The Steelers have their toughest (on paper) schedule in a long time.

I don’t think the Steelers are better now than they were last January.

Let’s see how that extension looks at this time next year.

NO TEARS FOR TIGER

Tiger Woods is a middle of the pack hack.

That’s what ESPN golf analyst Paul Azinger called him during coverage of the first round of the British Open. The actual quote was, “It’s hard to watch the greatest player of this generation be a middle of the pack hack.”

Azinger may have been trying to be nice by saying that it’s hard to watch, but he probably wasn’t speaking for most of the people who play, cover and follow professional golf.

As I write this, Woods was trying to finish his second round and on the way to missing the cut. He was 21 over par for his last 45 holes in a major tournament.

It’s dangerous to write off a once in a generation player in any sport because their otherworldliness could very well mean that they have the ability to overcome the odds and be great again.

But Tiger’s game needs drastic improvement to reach mediocrity. He’s really been bad for a while. Going into the British Open he was ranked 241st in the world and was averaging 73 strokes per round.

That’ll get you a 1 or 2 handicap at your local country club, but it won’t get you enough prize money on the PGA tour to pay your expenses.

Talk to guys who have covered Tiger Woods over the years and you will find that many, if not most, don’t find it hard at all to see him becoming a hack.

Woods was never a very popular guy on tour. Not with his fellow golfers or the media who covered him.

A Hall of Fame golf writer, who has been covering the PGA since the early days of Arnold Palmer, told me two years ago that most of the players on the tour felt that Woods’ decline couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.

And, regardless of what the golf media say publicly, as much as they appreciate what Woods has done and could still do for the sport, it’s safe to assume that they don’t find Woods’ fall hard to watch at all.

Woods was always fun to watch even it never looked like he was having fun playing. Jordan Speith, who’s trying to win his third straight major tournament this weekend, has already smiled more in post-round interviews than Tiger has smiled in his entire career.

Woods will always be mentioned in the same breath as Nicklaus, Palmer, Player, Watson and Hogan, but he stands alone as the guy who, while he was the face of golf, would throw his clubs and drop F-bombs on the course.

Tom Watson played his last 18 holes at the British Open on Friday and got the proper sendoff from the crowd as he crossed the famed Swilican Bridge at St. Andrews.

With the way Woods’ career is going now and with his lack of friends in the golf world, it’s hard to imagine him having a moment like that 25 years from now.

Jack Nicklaus, who is back to being the indisputable best player in history, is also universally regarded as one of the nicest, classiest, most gracious players ever.

In any sport.

At his age, he probably appreciates that more than his accomplishments on the course.

There are, no doubt, still millions of golf fans out there who would like to see Tiger Woods become Tiger Woods again for no other reason than their appreciation for greatness.

Woods has sunk so low that even the media, who were turned off long ago by his lack of cooperation and surliness, would be fine with a miraculous return to his old self because it would be a great story to cover.

But you know who would really like to see Tiger come roaring back to the top of the golf world?\

Nike.

How would you like to have $50 or $60 million in endorsements riding on him for the next several years?

NO TEARS FOR TIGER

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Tiger Woods is a middle of the pack hack.

That’s what ESPN golf analyst Paul Azinger called him during ESPN’s coverage of the first round of the British Open.

The actual quote was, “It’s hard to watch the greatest player of this generation be a middle of the pack hack.”

Azinger may have been trying to be nice by saying that it’s hard to watch, but he probably wasn’t speaking for most of the people who play, cover and follow professional golf.

As I write this, Woods is waiting to finish his second round and on his way to missing the cut. He was 21 over par in his last 45 holes at a major tournament.

It’s dangerous to write off a once in a generation player in any sport because their otherworldliness could very well mean that they have the ability to overcome the odds and be great again.

But Tiger’s game needs drastic improvement to reach mediocrity. He’s really been bad for a while. Going into the British Open he was ranked 241st in the world and was averaging 73 strokes per round.

That’ll get you a 1 or 2 handicap at your local country club, but it won’t get you enough prize money on the PGA tour to pay your expenses.

Talk to guys who have covered Tiger Woods over the years and you will find that many, if not most, don’t find it hard at all to see him becoming a hack.

Woods was never a very popular guy on tour. Not with his fellow golfers or the media who covered him.

A Hall of Fame golf writer, who has been covering the PGA since the early days of Arnold Palmer, told me two years ago that most of the players on the tour felt that Woods’ decline couldn’t happen to a more deserving guy.

And, regardless of what the golf media say publicly, as much as they appreciate what Woods has done and could still do for the sport, it’s safe to assume that they don’t find Woods’ fall hard to watch at all.

Woods was always fun to watch even it never looked like he was having fun playing. Jordan Speith, who’s trying to win his third straight major tournament this weekend, has already smiled more in post-round interviews than Tiger has smiled in his entire career.

Woods will always be mentioned in the same breath as Nicklaus, Palmer, Player, Watson and Hogan, but he stands alone as the guy who, while he was the face of golf, would throw his clubs and drop F-bombs on the course.

Tom Watson played his last 18 holes at the British Open on Friday and got the proper sendoff from the crowd as he crossed the famed Swilican Bridge at St. Andrews.

With the way Woods’ career is going now and with his lack of friends in the golf world, it’s hard to imagine him having a moment like that 25 years from now.

Jack Nicklaus, who is back to being the indisputable best player in history, is also universally regarded as one of the nicest, classiest, most gracious players ever.

In any sport.

At his age, he probably appreciates that more than his accomplishments on the course.

There are, no doubt, still millions of golf fans out there who would like to see Tiger Woods become Tiger Woods again for no other reason than their appreciation for greatness.

Woods has sunk so low that even the media, who were turned off long ago by his lack of cooperation and surliness, would be fine with a miraculous return to his old self because it would be a great story to cover.

But you know who would really like to see Tiger come roaring back to the top of the golf world?

Nike.

How would you like to have $50 or $60 million in endorsements riding on him for the next several years?

STEIGERWORLD PODCAST | EP. 23

Welcome to the world of John Steigerwald

John Steigerwald brings his 40 years of sports and worldly knowledge to the online podcast world with “SteigerWorld” The show is a weekly no-holds barred format full of hot takes on sports, pop culture, entertainment, trending topics, politics and interviews with forty years of friends.

GLUTEN FREE PODCAST TALKING POINTS:

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– Pirates 2.5 games behind Cardinals
– ESPYs & MLB All-Star Game… I watched ZERO minutes
– Ken Stabler dies at 69
– Tom Brady threatens lawsuit if suspension stands

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 11:50
– Iran Nuke Deal
– Donald Trump
– Planned Parenthood…

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 23:51
– Animal Rights Manifesto: Texas Vegans should overthrow society
– Woman sues MLB for lack of netting at stadiums

No “Stag at the Movies” this week.

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Special Bonus “SteigerWorld” Podcast Episode – A chapter read from John’s Book “JWTG”

GLUTEN FREE AUDIOBOOK PODCAST INFORMATION:

In this bonus mini-episode, Stag reads an excerpt from his book Just Watch The Game. Chapter 2: “Passin’ on the Goose Eggs” is about St. Louis Cardinal Bob Gibson pitching a no-hitter against the Pirates in 1971, and Stag’s unconventional reaction…

You can purchase Just Watch The Game in paperback and on Kindle at amazon.com and at John’s website, www.justwatchthegame.com

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THESE KIDS ARE ALRIGHT (FOR NOW)

Luke Adelman is on to something.

Luke is the commissioner of the SDHL, that’s the Sidney Deck Hockey League. He’s 13.

Sidney stands either for his dog or the person his dog may or may not have been named after, Sidney Crosby. Luke can’t remember. I’ve encouraged him to change the name of the league to the No Parents Hockey League and he assures me that he’s taken it under advisement.

I have been on a personal crusade to un-organize kids sports for more than 30 years and have used every possible medium to promote the cause. Luke proved once and for all that it can be done.

It’s gotten to the point where a kid can’t throw a ball up in the air without several adults there to supervise it and his parents and grandparents feeling obligated to watch it.

Three years ago, when he was in the fourth grade, Luke organized two deck hockey teams to play each other on the playground basketball court near his house.

Now there are six teams.

The township turned the court into a rink by putting up dasher boards.

The first SDHL Draft was held earlier this week. Ten rounds. Six kid general managers, two of whom showed up in coats and ties, made their selections for the 2015 season.
Players found out which team they were on via Instagram.

The rosters are set, the 2015 schedule has been made and the first round of games have been played and there has not been one minute of parental input.

There are no referees.
No snacks.
No snack moms.
No insurance.
No paramedics.
No (gasp) helmets.

There have been fights and somehow they were broken up without an adult stepping in and everybody survived.

Players are traded all the time. One brother has been known to be traded by another. The kid gets the message by text or Instagram.

Highlights are shown on Instagram and stats are kept by the commissioner.

I’ve advised the commissioner to put a banner on the league Instagram page (@SDHLleague) that says, “We Respectfully Request That Parents Do Not Attend Our Games.”

I’ve also suggested a rule that would require a kid to immediately come out of the game if one of his parents showed up to watch.
I know this is actually an attempt at adult supervision on my part, but I have the interests of the league at heart.

Imagine kids playing a sport without somebody’s mother whining about playing time. No parents embarrassing their kids by yelling at the refs.

Last season a mom -possibly a general in the Army to Feminize American Boys – came to the rink with her young son. She told the boys who were playing that her son would like to play.

The kids tried to explain to her that they had a league and that her son was too young and would ruin their game.

She, of course, didn’t want to hear it and reminded the kids that they were playing in a public park and her son had a right to play in their game.

The SDHLers, to their credit, let him play for a couple of minutes and walked off. Mrs. Busybody requested that they text her with the schedule for future games and they wisely ignored her.

There was also a case of a father trying to talk the kids into making sure everybody got equal playing time, but, according to the commissioner, he was ignored.

You play when the captain says you can play and how much you play is determined by how good you are. What kind of lesson is that to send to the kiddies?

I’m afraid it’s only a matter of time before the adults try to “help” out the poor, misguided renegades of the SDHL and ruin everything, but here’s hoping they hold out as long as they can.

And here’s hoping Luke Adelman realizes his dream of becoming an NHL general manager.

He’s off to a good start.

STEIGERWORLD PODCAST | EP. 22

Welcome to the world of John Steigerwald

John Steigerwald brings his 40 years of sports and worldly knowledge to the online podcast world with “SteigerWorld” The show is a weekly no-holds barred format full of hot takes on sports, pop culture, entertainment, trending topics, politics and interviews with forty years of friends.

GLUTEN FREE PODCAST TALKING POINTS:

SEGMENT 1: “SPORTS” Starts at 00:00
– Cardinals had to cool off…..so will Pirates
– All Stars….McCutchen, Cole, Burnett, Melancon
– I remember when All-Star game was an event.
– 1965 All-Star Game summary
– A-Rod
– Kessel linemates

SEGMENT 2: “NEWS THAT MATTERS” Starts at 16:51
– Illegal immigrant murder in SF.
– Mrs. Clinton interview on CNN
– Polygamy Law Suit

SEGMENT 3: “WHY WE MAY BE DOOMED” Starts at 27:30
– College affirmative consent contract
– Tattoos & Branding
– NPHL – No Parents Hockey League

SEGMENT 4: “STORY-TIME WITH STAG” Starts at 47:14
– No “Stag at the Movies” this week.
– Stag reads a chapter from his book “Just Watch the Game”
Chapter 2: “Passin’ on the Goose Eggs” about Cards Bob Gibson pitching a no-hitter against the Pirates in 1971.

** ALWAYS FREE TO LISTEN:
The show is free to listen on the Pittsburgh Podcast Network for Apple, Android and Windows users on desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone on the iTunes and SoundCloud platforms.
** SEARCH: Pittsburgh Podcast Network

FOLLOW THE TEAM:
@Steigerworld
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http://PittsburghPodcastNetwork.com

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* Produced at talent network, inc. in Pittsburgh, Pa.