--Sure, the Steelers stunk yesterday...but at least we've got a new deal with Pedro Alvarez in place! [ESPN]
--With Saturday's injury to Sergei Gonchar, that leaves the Pens without their top two scoring defensemen for some period of time. Here's a closer look at exactly what we'll be without. [Empty Netters]
--Jack Wilson had "the best moment of his career" yesterday. Sadly, it was a send-off from Pirate fans and not anything remotely connected to winning. [PG]
--Bill Belchick addresses the growing "Randy Moss is frustrated" storyline. Personally, I could never imagine Moss shutting it down. In a totally unrelated stat, Randy Moss averaged about 3 catches a game in Oakland in 2006. [PFT]
--Pitt cleans up in the weekly Big East Player of the Week awards. Where are they going to put all those plaques? [Trib]
--A Merril Hoge soundbyte from DVE makes national news. I was previously unaware Merril thought very little of Vince Young. [The Big Lead]
--Antwaan Randle-El, media star. [YouTube]
--My W&J Presidents move to 3-0 with a 34-24 win over Thiel. That oughta move them up the BCS rankings. [Washjeff.edu]
--Email of the morning so far, from Jamie:
"I have stumbled upon a trend in Steelers football that not many people are taking notice of. It seems that the Steelers are a much worse team when kicking off at 4PM on the road, dating back to last season. In fact, I was so aware of this anomaly, that I selected the Eagles in my suicide pool this week. Allow me to substantiate my claim with statistical evidence.
The Steelers played 8 road games, and 4 of them were a 4PM kickoff (Arizona, Denver, NY Jets, and New England).The Steelers lost all 4 of these games. Arizona is a team we likely beat at home, Denver was mediocre last year, and the Jets were horrible. Now, take the Patriots game for what it is worth. Nobody beat the Pats last season until the super bowl (thank you Giants!), so perhaps that game doesn't count. Yesterday we get pounded and manhandled by an Eagles defense that had exactly ZERO sacks coming into the game. Eli Roth thought it was excessively violent. I have no conclusion here, I am just saying that perhaps we should be wary of the next 4PM kickoff road game. It happens to be New England who got throttled at home by the Fish."