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SteigerWorld Podcast | Ep. 3

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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.

PODCAST TALKING POINTS:

Segment 1 – Sports – Starts at 0:00
– Current state of the Pittsburgh Penguins
– Clock for a Shootout?
– Roethlisberger Holding Out?
– Cleveland Browns are getting a new logo…
– New England Patriots’ equipment man tried sneaking non-kicking ball into AFC title game
– Agony over the NCAA Tournament
– Vegas bookies give 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates an over/under of 83.5 games

Segment 2 – Politics – Starts at 29:16
– Summit on Violent Extremism – can’t call it “Islamic Extremism”
– Kasich 2016? How could you not vote for a guy from “dahn The Rocks”?

Segment 3 – Why We May Be Doomed – Starts at 34:49
– Young people too fat, too dumb & too tattooed for military service
– Avoiding the Viet Nam draft

Segment 4 – Stag at the Movies – Starts at 39:15
– Awards shows make me puke
– Oscar predictions
– Best movie I saw last year: “Railway Man” with Colin Firth
– In theaters: “Kingsman” – James Bond on steroids

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SteigerWorld Podcast | Ep. 2

They had me back. I guess the first episode wasn’t a complete disaster. The podcast is still Gluten Free and this week I touch on the news, boy baseball and man baseball, the local sports teams and more movie reviews.

Feel free to email questions you would like to have me answer on an upcoming podcast to John@Steigerworldpodcast.com

Thanks,
JS


PODCAST TALKING POINTS:
– NBC suspends Brian Williams

– U.S. Little League Champs stripped of title

– Neil Walker loses arbitration with Pirates

– San Diego Padres’ signings & new $1Billion TV deal

– Ben Roethlisberger & Steelers begin new contract negotiations

– The NHL is Hockey’s worst enemy

– “Why We May Be Doomed”: University of Michigan’s “Inclusive Language”

– Jon Stewart leaves “The Daily Show”

– Obama compares ISIS to the Crusades

– “Stag at the Movies”

– Mailbag: John answers Twitter and email questions

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DUNGY, SAM AND BEN

Tony Dungy is homophobe of the week.

He’s spending time in the national media’s barrel because, when asked about Michael Sam, the NFL’s first openly gay player, he said he would not have drafted him if he were still an NFL head coach.

Dungy was a wildly successful and universally admired player and coach in the NFL for more than 30 years and is now an analyst on NBC’s Football Night in America, the number one rated TV show in the United States. He gave an honest answer and said that Sam would be a distraction and that, ” It’s not going to be totally smooth…things will happen.”

He teed himself up for the self-righteous national media and they knocked him out of the park.
But Dungy knows things that very few in the media know.

He knows what it’s like to be in an NFL locker room, not as an interloper, but as a member of the team. And here’s something else he knows that all but a microscopic sliver of the media critics don’t know: He knows what it’s like to be black. He knows that gay black men have it much tougher than gay white men. Everybody knows that two-thirds of the players in an NFL locker room are black.
The white media stars who got on their high horses and lectured Dungy on his hypocritical lack of tolerance could have done a 10 second Google search and found plenty of references to the unique hardships endured by gay black men.

They could have found this quote from openly gay CNN anchor Don Lemon: “It’s quite different for an African-American male. It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture. You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine. In the black community they think you can pray the gay away.”

They might have found the study done by Rutgers journalism professor Michael LaSala last year for the Journal of GLBT Studies that found that being a gay black man presents unique challenges.One challenge, according to LaSala is “The rigid expectations of exaggerated masculinity” held by many in the black community.

LaSala says, it was a common theme among relatives of gay black men that, “They carry a special stigma that some straight black males may find particularly disturbing. The world already sees you as less than others. By being gay, you’re further hurting the image of African-American men.”

Tony Dungy was in the NFL for over 30 years. He’s been black all his life. Could it be that he knows that, despite what black players say in front of the cameras, many, if not most of them, may not be as tolerant of gay black men as the mostly white media would like to think that they are?

If acceptance of gay men is already a problem among African-Americans, would it be surprising to find even less tolerance in the typical hyper-masculine NFL locker room?

Should it be shocking that Dungy believes, “Things will happen,” and that those things would make it less likely that he could do what he’s paid millions of dollars to do –win a championship?
Of course, Dungy could never say it out loud.

Do you know why?

The mostly white, holier than thou, national media wouldn’t tolerate it for a second.

– The Steelers go into training camp coming off a 6-2 finish last season and, based on their schedule in the first half, they should be at least that good in their next eight games.

They play the Browns, Buccaneers and Texans at home and the Ravens, Panthers, Jaguars and Browns on the road in the first seven weeks. They will be favored in five of those games. Game 8 is against the Colts at home, a tough one but very winnable. If they aren’t at least 5-3 at the halfway point, they’ll have a tough time winning 10 games because the second half schedule is much harder than the first half and much tougher than the last half of 2013.

They have the Saints, Chiefs, Falcons and the Bengals twice in the last five weeks.
It says here that they will go 10-6.

– Ben Roethlisberger has been told not to expect a contract extension this year. He has two years left on the eight-year, $108 million contract he signed before the 2008 season.

Roethlisberger should be forever grateful to the Steelers for not cutting him after his second sexual assault accusation in 2010. Prior to that he had stupidly injured himself while riding a motorcycle without a helmet, been seen riding the motorcycle without a helmet again after recovering from surgery to reconstruct his face and acquired a reputation around town as one of the biggest jerks in Pittsburgh sports history.

His teammates despised him.

The fact that he’s still a Steeler is proof of two things. He is a great player and there is no longer any such thing as “The Steeler Way.”

TODD HALEY SHOULD BE CAREFUL WITH ROETHLISBERGER

How did we survive last year without OTAs?

One day into the Steelers’ 2012 OTAS  and we already have a QB – Offensive Coordinator controversy.

It seems pretty obvious that Ben Roethlisberger is doing the best he can to communicate to his bosses that he thinks hiring a new offensive coordinator was a bad idea and could end up being productive.

What he’s been saying might be called whining.

But he may also be right.

Especially about the counterproductive part.

Based on what he said yesterday, he is getting the message that he’s going to be expected to stay in the pocket more.

That could be the classic case of watching out what you wish for.

Ben Roethlisberger stuck in the pocket is Neil O’Donnell — capable of being a good NFL quarterback.

Outside of the pocket he’s one of the most dangerous and productive quarterbacks in NFL history.

Maybe it’s a matter of degrees and, by the time the season gets here, there will be a compromise that still gets Roetlisberger on the perimeter to make plays but also gets him to make a quick read, throw and avoid the rush.

If nothing else, the new coordinator makes training camp and the preseason games a lot more interesting.