Buccaneers 27, Steelers 24

September 28th, 2014 by

Scott Brown, ESPN.com AFC North writer, keeps it simple:


Sept28What it means - The Steelers looked like the 2012 and 2013 8-8 teams that found ways to lose games to lesser opponents. They did just that with an uneven performance against the previously winless Buccaneers. The Steelers beat themselves by committing 13 penalties for 125 yards and losing an early fumble that gave the visiting Buccaneers, who needed an early confidence boost in the worst way, a 7-0 lead two minutes into the game. They made one late defensive stand against the Buccaneers but couldn’t do it again after Tampa Bay got the ball back with a little more than a minute left in the game. The Steelers (2-2) had several chances to put the Buccaneers away, including early in the fourth quarter, when a sure touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Roethlisberger clanged off the hands of Antonio Brown. Shelve that talk about the Steelers going on a run. This may well be another .500 team.


Game ball - Roethlisberger became just the 12th player in NFL history to throw for at least 35,000 yards with the same team and he helped pull the Steelers out of an early stupor. With the offense doing nothing and the Steelers facing a 10-point deficit and a third-and-10 deep in their own territory, Roethlisberger completed a 32-yard pass to wide receiver Markus Wheaton, taking a serious shot after releasing the ball.


Miller time - Roethlisberger couldn’t have placed an early pass any better than if he had walked up to Heath Miller and put it in his hands. The normally reliable Miller inexplicably dropped the pass at a time when the Steelers were tripping themselves, but the 10th-year veteran more than made up for it. Miller caught the next eight passes that Roethlisberger threw his way, including a 5-yard touchdown that snapped a 17-17 tie. Miller’s nine catches for 80 yards were both season highs, and he moved into eighth place on the Steelers’ list for career yards from scrimmage. Miller now has the fourth-most receiving yards in franchise history.


You can read the rest of Mr. Brown’s column here.

You can listen/watch Ben’s post-game interview here.



Stat Line:

Ben completed 29-of-40 for 314 yards, with three touchdowns, no interceptions, and a rating of 120.2.


Ben on The Dan Patrick Show

September 26th, 2014 by

Did you miss his call-in interview yesterday?


No problem, you can listen in right here:




Some of the highlights:

- Benjamin Jr. likes everyone to play “catch”, so he can throw! “He throws everything,” said Ben. “You ask him, ‘hand me that,’ and he wants to [play] ‘catch’ so he can throw it to you. So we’re working on not throwing so much, which sounds kind of crazy coming from me, but…we’re trying.”

– Ben said he’d let Benjamin, Jr. play football, but he’d wait until the fifth grade: “My only thing is I will not allow full contact until fifth grade. That’s when I played. These kids playing in first and second grade seems crazy to me.”

– Dan asked if Ben could teach his style of play – “I think you could teach certain things. A lot of my play is just on instinct. People made a big deal about my pump fake against Carolina [in Week 3]. That wasn’t a pump fake. I was going to throw it. I get a lot of credit for pump fakes. Sometimes I’m intending on throwing it and at the last minute I catch something that’s not good and I just hold on to the ball. It looks like a heckuva pump fake.”

– Oh, and Ben said he thinks Peyton Manning would probably run the slowest 40 among quarterbacks (yes, this was an actual question asked by Mr. Patrick). Ben also said that he’d beat Tom Brady and to make sure he wasn’t last, he’d trip someone else!


One year ago today…

September 26th, 2014 by

Zeus – Gone, but never forgotten!


From Ben’s post on September 26, 2013:

Ben_Zeus_1Zeus was with me for 9 years and was my first dog. He was my man and had been there through Super Bowls, tough losses, injuries, snow storms and the heat. He was the best, and I feel blessed to have had him in my/our lives for so long. I know he’s in heaven waiting to play tag or just cuddle again soon.

Zeus, we will always miss you, never forget you, and always remember the funny, happy loving times you have given us, and yes even some of the bad times like when you were a pup and chewed my night stand, lol. You were even so patient with Benjamin when he pulled a handful of your hair right out and you didn’t even flinch.

Love you buddy! Don’t rest in peace bud, because I know you would rather be chasing chipmunks and squirrels! Gone but never forgotten, ZEUS ROETHLISBERGER!


You can read his entire tribute here.


*And just another “thank you” to the many fans who donated to The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation over the past year in honor of Zeus!


Baby Ben checkin’ in with Steeler Nation

September 25th, 2014 by

No, no! Not THAT Baby Ben, THIS Baby Ben!! (but we’re pretty sure THAT Baby Ben won’t mind sharing a post on his daddy’s website for THIS one!)

“Hey Steelers fans – does our new little addition remind you of anyone? Say hello to Baby Ben! We know which team he’ll be rooting for on Sundays.” Vale Wood Farms, in Loretta PA this morning.



BabyBen_Calf_1Carissa Itle-Westrick, the director of business development for the family-owned food-and-grocery farm, is hoping his daddy won’t mind either.

“Baby Ben is awfully cute,” said Carissa. “Hopefully Big Ben won’t mind sharing his namesake.”

Vale Wood Farms plans to show off their little calf next month when Autumn is in full swing and Halloween is just around the corner for their Pumpkin Patch event.

“Baby Ben will be featured at our Pumpkin Patch, October 1-19, so folks can come out to see our littlest #7″, said Carissa.

If you’d like to know more about the Farm, and their upcoming events, just go to their Facebook page and they’ll be happy to answer all of your questions!


*And don’t forget to say hello to Baby Ben while you’re there (who is probably gonna milk this new-found fame for all it’s worth!).


Inside the Locker Room: Big Ben

September 24th, 2014 by

From Steelers.com: Ben weighs in on this week’s game against the Tampa Bay Bucs.


Re: The return of James Harrison:

Sept24_PMI am excited. He’s a guy that I’ve been around for a long time. A fun guy to be around and a great football player. I think he’ll really help us out from a leadership perspective on the field, off the field. (He has) an intensity on the field as we all know about. I know how hard he works so I firmly believe he’s still got stuff in the tank.


Does he share meanness with his teammates?

Yeah, part of the love of James is that the guys that have been around long enough know who he really is and know that he’s a fun, funny, good-hearted person. But yet, when he flips on that switch he becomes one of the nastiest people in the NFL and he’s fun to have on your side.


Does that mentality create a presence that rubs off on others?

Yeah that’s what I was saying that it’s good to have him out here. I said on my show that we have that in Joey (Porter) but Joey is a coach. Now we have it in James who is on the field (and) can bring a level of toughness to a young defense. I’m excited to see what he can do.


Re: Already having chemistry with Antonio Brown and Heath Miller and how the chemistry with Markus Wheaton and Justin Brown is developing?

What it comes down to is it comes down to trust. We have all kind of trust in A.B. and Heath like you said and that comes from working with them for years. That’s starting to really show with Markus and Justin and hoping to really get some of that with Lance (Moore). It comes down to when you can trust a guy and they can trust you, they’re going to be in the spot that they’re supposed to be in and it makes your job a lot easier.


Was the performance of the offensive line due to execution or being more physical?

Probably both. I thought that they played great. I think they rose to the challenge (and) to a tough task. They took a lot of pride and a lot of hurt to the Baltimore game and so I think they kind of put all that into a little ball of rage and took it out on Carolina if you will.


How do you guard against letting down for an opponent that struggled the previous week and how do you make sure your teammates are where they need to be?

Well offensively speaking, they’re a good defense. The games they’ve played, other than last week, have been close and they’re really good on defense. Coach (Tomlin) when he went over the scouting report today he spent probably three-quarters of the time on their defense. They’re getting a couple guys back healthy on their d-line that will really help them. It doesn’t get any easier for us on offense this week. It’s going to be a tough task and we’re going to have to really come out and be on our p’s and q’s.


With all of the injuries on the defense will there be more urgency for the offense to get things started?
Well yes and no. We always want to have that urgency. We always want to put 30 points on the board and dominate on offense. Is there going to be a little more of it this week and probably the next couple of weeks because of injuries? Probably, but we have to be careful not to get caught up in trying to do too much to protect our defense because our defense will be fine. We have guys that can make plays. So we just have to keep doing what we want to do and continue doing what our goals are.


You can read the rest of Ben’s interview and watch it (video) here.


Now THIS is a sweet deal!

September 23rd, 2014 by

Especially with Halloween and the Holidays right around the corner!

“We’re so grateful for Sarris Candies’ generous support. We’re excited to involve a local favorite like Sarris Candies in helping to support our police and fire departments!” – Ben


The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation and Sarris Candies have teamed up to raise money for K-9 units across the country.

0006708Each NFL season, The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation distributes grants to police and fire department K-9 units in the city, and surrounding community, of each regular season away game for the Steelers. The foundation also distributes several grants each year to K-9 units in the Pittsburgh area.

K-9 units are often woefully underfunded and depend on public donations to continue their important work protecting the community and their human partners.

To help involve the community in supporting this important cause, Sarris Candies and The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation have designed a cause-marketing program that allows chocolate lovers to purchase their favorite Sarris’ candies guilt-free:

You can use a special group code of 77-7777 on Sarris Candies’ website, (www.Sarriscandiesfundraising.com) to purchase any of Sarris’ expansive candy fundraising catalog products, like the Pittsburgh Black and Gold Assortment (photo above). Sarris will then donate 25% of the purchase price to Ben’s foundation.

Bill Sarris, President of Sarris Candies, observed, “Giving back to the community in which we live has long been a core belief here at Sarris Candies and we’re excited to have the opportunity to have a little influence and encourage people to support and donate to such a worthy cause in our community.”

The Foundation distributed $157,600 in grants to K-9 units around the country during the 2013 NFL season and has distributed in excess of $1.2 million since 2007.

The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation is a component fund of The Giving Back Fund.


For more details on how to donate to Ben’s foundation through Sarris Candies, please visit www.sarriscandiesfundraising.com.


The Ben Roethlisberger Show

September 23rd, 2014 by

Ben joined The Cook and Poni Show on Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan for the #1 Cochran Ben Roethlisberger Show which airs every Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. during the Steelers season:

Sept24He told the guys how everything feels better this week after a very impressive performance this past Sunday night in a 37-19 win over the Carolina Panthers to improve to (2-1) on the season.

“The film yesterday, the meetings yesterday, everything is a little better after a win like that.”

Ben said he talked to the team before the Baltimore Ravens game last Thursday talking about how the worlds eyes would all be on that game and how they had a chance to put on a show before the national audience but that resulted in an embarrassing loss but he told the team they had a chance to erase that this past week again on the national stage.

“I told them that we have an opportunity to play Sunday night with everyone watching to redeem ourselves. I thought we did a good job of going out and redeeming ourselves on national TV.”

They did for sure and it was mostly done with an impressive ground attack that saw both running backs Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount rush for over 100 yards.

The biggest was an 81-yard-run from Bell and a 50 yd run from Blount both setting up short touchdowns.

Ben said they saw on film that the Panthers would take away the deep throws so they were going to have to run the ball and hit them with short throws.

“We knew going in that is what we were going to get and we had to take advantage of that. We ran the ball better than we had in probably 20-some years.”

Bell finished the game with 147 yards on 21 carries while Blount added 118 yards on just 10 carries.

“You got to see exactly, I think, what the off season hope was with these two guys. These two are the two headed monster and the third guy hopefully getting back Dri Archer this week will even add another and different element to the run game.”

Sept23He also talked about how it was a great win but it came at a huge cost with the injuries to Linebackers Jarvis Jones and rookie Ryan Shazier, but the most significant could have been the injury to corner back Ike Taylor who may miss most of the season but Roethlisberger is not ready to say that.

“He is a guy that we have a lot of respect for as a person, as a player and as a leader of this team. For him to go down it was so heart wrenching but I know Ike and I know he is going to work to get back this year. I know he will. I’m not even sure it’s even medically possible but I know Ike and how hard he is going to work to get back out there.”

The Steelers did add a familiar veteran to take one of those linebacker spots when they signed James Harrison on Tuesday. Harrison had just announced his retirement three weeks earlier but it’s a move that Ben likes very much.

“I think it’s great for that defense, that young defense to have another guy,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s going to be great to have that for some of those young guys. I know he still got it in the tank because I know how hard James works. I’m excited to see him back out there.”


You can listen to the full interview here (at the bottom of the page).


Tweet of the Day

September 22nd, 2014 by

…comes from Steelers fan Kayla Rae who was in attendance at last night’s game against the Carolina Panthers, and asks:

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Kayla Rae @KRaeCurcio
@steelers are you sure we weren’t playing in Pittsburgh last night?! #blackandyellow @bkeisel99 @_BigBen7 @tpolamalu



Ben: “This is a big win for us”

September 22nd, 2014 by

From Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Sept22PanthersIt was a game the Steelers celebrated the return of some old, old friends.

Their eight-quarter drought of touchdowns ended in a rainstorm of four in the second half. They forced their first two turnovers this season. And they produced two 100-yard rushers in one game for the first time in 28 years.

It all added up to a runaway 37-19 victory against the favored Carolina Panthers Sunday night at Bank of America Stadium that left them with a 2-1 record.

“This is a big win for us,” said quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who threw two 7-yard touchdown passes to Antonio Brown, was sacked just once and ran the no-huddle offense as well as they draw it up, mixing the run and the pass. He completed 22 of 30 passes for 196 yards with no interceptions and was sacked just once.

“This is a good Steelers football game — physical, offense, defense and special teams.”

It was a costly victory, though, as they lost three defensive starters — Ike Taylor to a broken right forearm and linebackers Jarvis Jones (right wrist) and Ryan Shazier (right knee). Coach Mike Tomlin referred to the injuries as “significant.”

Le’Veon Bell rushed for 147 yards and LeGarrette Blount added 118 and a touchdown as the Steelers rampaged over Carolina’s defense for 264 yards rushing and 454 total.

Bell ripped off an 81-yard run and said the “hole was probably the biggest hole I had in my whole career.”

“That’s awesome,” Roethlisberger said of the twin 100-yard rushers, not seen in black and gold since 1986 when Walter Abercrombie and Earnest Jackson did it. “I’m sure Steelers fans back home are going crazy.”

Roethlisberger said they knew Carolina would try to take away the deep pass and praised an offensive line that blew the Panthers off the ball and protected him when he dropped back to pass.

“It shows what we can do … We knew running the ball was going to be critical,” Roethlisberger said.


You can read more here.

You can watch the video of Ben’s post-game interview here.

And you can check out some game photos here.


Viva Steelers Mexico!

September 20th, 2014 by

Celebrating the passionate fans of Steeler Nation Mexico!


¡Viva Ben, viva el No. 7!

Los aficionados de los Steelers en México usan la camisa de Ben con orgullo, dedicación y pasión!

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Regios de Acero makes another appearance on Ben’s website!

“We are a Steelers fan club located at Monterrey, México. Let´s wave our terrible towels! ¡Agitemos las toallas terribles!

Please tell Ben that we send him best wishes and good luck for this season, we will be here supporting him during all games, and we will be in Atlanta too this December.

Behind us one of the Steel furnace of the old steel factory…actually it is now a public park called, ‘parque fundidora’.”– Roger Saucedo

You can follow Regios de Acero on Twitter (@regiosdacero) and Facebook!



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Our fans group is STEELERS Black & Yellow and it’s formed by 2 cities (Saltillo and Monclova), from the state of Coahuila, Mexico.

How did it start?

In Saltillo, Coahuila 2007 Mike Gomez & I (Enrique Hernández) met when Mike went to the Cyber Coffee where I used work, he saw my cap and my terrible towel and he asked me about my passion for the STEELERS.

Among the time we started a friendship that over the years became what is now STEELERS BLACK & YELLOW.

We start it with a fans group around 20 members. Then Mike went to Monclova. With the support of Eduardo Abrego and David Gomez start this group in this city.

Few years ago we met other fans groups like Regios de Acero, Steelers Family & Steelers Mexico.

This year in the last Mexico Training Camp all of us decided follow the Regio de Acero’s idea (your 3rd annual photo) and the last Sunday we took our 1st annual photo STEELERS Fans in more than 14 cities of our nation.

STEELERS Black & Yellow organized the photo in Saltillo and Monclova with an attendance of over 265 people.

Today:

Every time more people join us…Now 7 years after, the fans club STEELERS Black & Yellow has around 500 persons joined for just one reason “PITTSBURGH STEELERS”.

Most of us have been participating in various activities related to the STEELERS like a Training Camps, signing autographs, travel to games, learning, playing, living, enjoying every one of his matches and news. We are of Steel… We are STEELERS Black and Yellow. – Kike Hernandez


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Acereros de Monclova @acererosmva

@_BigBen7 @AntonioBrown84 #steelersnation #monclova #mexico #WeAreReady!

“Club de Futbol Americano infantil y juvenil. Enseñamos a nuestros niños el amor por el deporte, disciplina y valores. Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico.”

Translation:

Club for children and young American football. We teach our children to love the sport, discipline and values.


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Steelers Family Tapatíos

“Let me tell you a little about the picture and about the group we’ve been trying to bring together -

It was about a year ago, that Alberto Gutiérrez (@chefosomo67) and me brought the idea from Mexico City of having a Steelers fan group, so we looked for people wearing black and gold jerseys and having Steelers stickers on their cars. He opened a Facebook page under the name of “Steelers Family Tapatíos” to get as many people as possible to join together and enjoy the games as a family. It hasn’t been fast, but we’ve made lots of friends, we really get along with each other, and it has helped us to know people with interesting jobs and businesses to share. And in this slow but safe growing, we’ve get preference and discounts in bars and restaurants around the city. One time, we had preference over a Chivas (a local soccer team) game in the place, that’s a great achievement considering the quantity of people who likes that team here.

Polamalu, Roethlisberger, Brown and Keisel are the most common jerseys in our group, among the current players. We are trying to take this to the next level, by organizing a trip to the Heinz Field. I personally haven’t ever been in Pittsburgh, is my lifelong dream and I’m pretty sure we’ll be visiting you as soon as possible.” – Diego Delgadillo


You can enjoy a few more photos here.


¡Gracias por compartir estas maravillosas fotos!


MAGAZINE/BOOK ALERT!

WHAT: Nothing at this time
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EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Fundraiser
WHEN: Sunday, June 22, 2014
WHERE: Jergel’s Rhythm Grille, Warrendale, PA
TICKETS: Get them in advance here.

EVENTS/APPEARANCES!

WHAT: The Ben Roethlisberger Foundation Invitational
WHEN: Monday, June 23, 2014
WHERE: Treesdale Golf and Country Club, Gibsonia, PA
TICKETS: Get them in advance to play in the tournament (foursomes only) here.

 


2014 STEELERS SCHEDULE

 

8/9 Pre-Season – NYG Loss: 20-16
8/16 Pre-Season – Buffalo Win: 19-16
8/21 Pre-Season – @ Philadelphia Loss: 31-21
8/29 Pre-Season – Carolina Loss: 10-0
9/7 Cleveland Win: 30-27
9/11 @ Baltimore Loss: 26-6
9/21 @ Carolina Win: 37-19
9/28 Tampa Bay Loss: 27-24
10/5 @ Jacksonville 1:00PM
10/12 @ Cleveland 1:00PM
10/20 Houston 8:30PM
10/26 Indianapolis 4:25PM
11/2 Baltimore 8:30PM
11/9 @ New York Jets 1:00PM
11/17 @ Tennessee 8:30PM
11/24 BYE N/A
11/30 New Orleans 1:00PM
12/7 @ Cincinnati 1:00PM
12/14 @ Atlanta 1:00PM
12/21 Kansas City 1:00PM
12/28 Cincinnati 1:00PM