January 13, 2009 |
A power running game was the cornerstone of the storied Pittsburgh Steelers teams. Too often this season, though, the Steelers had cornerstones for cleats. They were a couldn't-run team heading for also-ran status. In seven games against teams that wound up in the playoffs, Pittsburgh lost all but one of the rushing battles. Simply put, that's not Steelers football.
September 7, 2006 |
As Jerome Bettis walked out of the NBC studios in Burbank where Jay Leno tapes his show, four youngsters thrust football cards at the former Pittsburgh Steelers running back, begging for his autograph. The youngest, about 6 years old, was holding four Bettis cards. "Pick one," Bettis said. It was nearly a minute before the small hand gave one to the imposing 5-foot-11, 255-pound Bettis, who signed, paused, then grabbed the other three cards and signed them as well.
July 19, 2006 |
When Salvador Torres, 14, of Cypress returns to school this fall, he can tell his friends he beat Kobe Bryant in a game of H-O-R-S-E. And he has proof -- a feature segment that has been televised on several editions of ESPN's "SportsCenter" this week. The game took place because Torres, a leukemia patient, was granted his wish by ESPN and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The leukemia is in remission, according to Torres' uncle, Tony Morales.
January 30, 2006 |
If you can't pass the Bettis family's three-for-10 test, don't bother trying to get on The Bus. Jerome Bettis, the Pittsburgh Steeler running back who's coming home to Detroit for his first Super Bowl, has devised a system for distributing his 15 tickets to the game. Only the family members and friends who attended at least three of his games for each of the last 10 seasons are eligible. Everyone else need not apply. Already on the list are his parents, John and Gladys; his brother, John Jr.
January 21, 2006
I hope the top supporters of the BCS were watching the NFL games Sunday. Nobody gave the Steelers a snowball's chance in you know where on the road against what many thought was one of the best teams ever. In the college system, the Steelers would have been playing the Panthers in some meaningless dot-com or other corporate-named bowl game on Dec. 30. CHRIS POLING Agoura Hills It's refreshing to see someone else see through the Manning Family Facade [J.A. Adande column, Jan. 16]
January 18, 2006 |
After seeing her son, Jerome, fumble near the Indianapolis goal line Sunday -- a turnover that nearly cost the Pittsburgh Steelers a chance at the Super Bowl -- Gladys Bettis left her seat and headed for a less-than-immaculate reception area. The women's room at the RCA Dome. "When it happened, my daughter and I left our seats," she said in a phone interview Tuesday from her Detroit home. "I said, 'I can't sit here. I can't watch this.'