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It’s all about the Benjamin

The ever-patient Bob Labriola at Steelers.com answers fan questions in his weekly “Asked & Answered” column. Thought I’d share the most recent Q&A’s regarding #7. Enjoy!

From December 22nd:

JACKSON LATTA FROM PRESTONSBURG, KY: I love your column, but I can’t get past how many people write to you speculating about the futures of Devlin Hodges, Mason Rudolph, or some other quarterback du jour. Are you surprised that more people aren’t putting this season into perspective and fully appreciating just how fortunate the Steelers have been to have Ben Roethlisberger for these last 17 seasons, and counting?

BOB LABRIOLA:When it comes to sports fans, and what interests them, or angers them, or what they choose to appreciate vs. expect vs. complain about, little surprises me anymore.

JACOB MCBETH FROM CHEYENNE, WY: The offense seems highly disorganized at times – multiple receivers in the same spot, not “clocking” the ball when ordered from the sideline, etc. What will it take to lessen this sloppy play?

BOB LABRIOLA: Nothing more than an experienced, veteran, proven quarterback running the show. Young players need time to develop. Here’s a little fun fact about that: On the days when Ben Roethlisberger is given the day off at training camp, practices routinely run up to 15 minutes late because of the extra time spent getting in and out of the huddle, getting the play called correctly, lining up properly, etc. This is the Ben Roethlisberger effect. Appreciate him while he’s here.

From December 19th:

KWAME FREEMAN FROM PITTSBURGH, PA: This 2019 season has seen a return to classic defensive/running the football season for the Steelers. When Ben Roethlisberger returns, do you expect them to get away from this style of football? Also, if Ben does his usual light reps during training camp, and sits out all of the preseason games, how would you expect him to start 2020?

BOB LABRIOLA: Coach Mike Tomlin is, and has been, a believer in managing the wear and tear on Ben Roethlisberger’s right arm, and you can expect that to continue during the post-surgery process. The goal during the offseason will be to get Roethlisberger back from the surgery and then to prepare him for the 17 weeks of the regular season. It’s going to be a process, and these kinds of processes often don’t progress smoothly. Be patient. He doesn’t have a […]

By |December 23rd, 2019|

Christmas, Steelers Style

Red & Green & Black & Gold – the perfect holiday combination!

Blake was born wrapped in a terrible towel. He has loved the Steelers and Big Ben since a young age. This is a throwback picture of 2005 and him now. We normally ask for a Steeler Super Bowl win for Christmas but this year we want a healthy Big Ben ready for 2020 Steeler football!! — Merry Christmas, Jon, Davah, Blake and Fourteen.

RealMrsHughley @lesliehughley
@_BigBen7 Happy Holidays Ben!!!

The guys on the tree! — Daystrom via IG.

Dollywood, Rudolph & double Big Ben jerseys. Billie Jo & Greg want to know if they can get a Ho, Ho, Ho???

My Steelers tree! — Mysti Dinger.

Brian Meinhard @steelcity77
3 Goats at the top of my tree…@_BigBen7 @tpolamalu @francoharrishof

Carlos May @CarlosMayE
@_BigBen7 come back more strong and win the super bowl #HereWeGo @steelers @acereros

Here is a photo of my 2019 Steeler Christmas Tree. — Althea Kristufek.

Sean Kaleta @SeanKaletaHLW
@_BigBen7 Christmas tree decorating complete! #BigBen7

The Yakubik’s Steelers Christmas Corner.

Chris Shipley believes that if the theme of the room is Steelers, then the theme of the Christmas tree in the room should be Steelers as well! Makes sense!

Thank you so much to everyone who submitted photos! Merry Christmas Steelers Nation!

By |December 19th, 2019|

No one can capture December in Pittsburgh…

like our friend, Dave DiCello!

Just a few of his iconic Christmas photographs (and our favorites):

“Every year around this time, this image skyrockets to one of the most popular images on my portfolio site. I gotta admit, it’s definitely one of my favorite snowy images of Pittsburgh, with just the incline visible during a complete whiteout.”

“Even with the rain, I ventured into Pittsburgh this morning to capture the holiday decorations, hoping for some reflections on the wet streets. In this view, star shaped lights illuminate the path to the tree at PPG Place, with the dreary weather creating a moody atmosphere.”

“I swear, the holiday show at Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh gets more and more colorful every year, and this year was no exception. It look absolutely spectacular tonight, lit up with a rainbow of lights, making for this picturesque view as people rushed in and out.”

“What a sight in Pittsburgh this morning: the Christmas tree at the Point stands out against PPG Place and a clear blue sky, with the star atop the tree acting like another spire atop the distinctive building. Definitely one of my new favorite holiday images.”

“Most of the selective color images that I do of Pittsburgh revolve around the black and gold theme. However this aerial from last week was just too perfect to not highlight the Christmas tree at the Point. It almost looks like it’s coming right off the screen.”

Told ya they were beautiful!!

Also: We want to thank Dave once again for allowing us to use one of his photographs as the profile picture on Ben’s Facebook page and his Twitter page!

You can see all of Dave’s work behind the camera on his website, his Facebook page, Twitter page & on Etsy, or visit his gallery in person at Fifth Avenue Place in downtown Pittsburgh!

By |December 18th, 2019|

DA other Beard!

I know, I know, he looks more like #99 than #7, but there’s a good reason for Big Ben’s Big Beard:

During Sunday’s game, Michelle Tafoya reported from the sideline that Ben informed her that the beard stays (and will continue to grow) until he is able to start throwing a football again – after undergoing season-ending surgery in September.

Bottom line: Clean-shaven Ben is a very good sign for Steelers Nation!

*Thank you to Ed Thompson for that great action photo!!

By |December 16th, 2019|

It’s another Lil’ Fan Friday!

And we’re starting off with these two adorable youngsters who are always ready to cheer for the home team…even if they’re not actually at the home of the home team:

Three-year old John and six-year old Isabella are representing Steeler Nation all the way from White Plains, New York.

Photo Submitted by their mom, Jennifer Greco.

“So how long will Big Ben be out? I sure do miss him!”

“Me too! I’m hearing until at least OTAs!”

“Oh boy! We’re gonna need new cheerleading outfits, we’ll have outgrown these by then!”

Photo submitted by Marisa / @MimiAcqua

Stella Mae is only four years old, but she wants Big Ben to know that she’s already his BIGGEST fan…in fact, she’s SHOUTING it for the world to know!!

Photo submitted by Damien Luvara

“My boys stay gold ponyboy
Black & Gold!” — Kori Michael.

Yes, this is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to add a quote from the movie, “The Outsiders“!

kelly @bugbromilow
Dress as your career day for Cole at school. This 3rd grader chose to be a football player for his favorite team. Go Steelers! #puthimincoach @steelers @_BigBen7

And lastly, we have a cleat thief caught red hand…uh footed!

While her mother, grandmother and Aunt Erin were busy making dinner, two-year old Maeve spied a pair of Ben’s cleats in a box that he had just given me to mail out. Naturally, she just HAD to put them on and clickity-click her way around the house!

Now I know what you’re thinking, “They put those on her just for Ben’s website!”:

Nope. She is a known shoe (and sometimes sock & even sunglasses) stealer from way back! But if you’re going to continue to steal shoes, they might as well be Steelers shoes.🤭 #GoForTheGold #MakeThatBlackAndGold

By |December 13th, 2019|

Steelers 2019 Schedule