Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Steelers sign new punter...sort of

The Steelers decided to address their punting woes by signing a familiar face yesterday. Mitch Berger has been brought back as their punter after being released because of hamstring injuries in both legs. We really thought there had to be someone else out there. Moving furniture perhaps? Let's hope Berger's hamstrings are in better shape so he can get off a decent punt. Then again, we think he punted better injured than Paul Ernster did healthy. After punting five times for a 28.5 yard average against Cincinnati Thursday, we think that's correct. Are we the only ones really missing Daniel Sepulveda right now?

Brett Keisel sprained his left knee against the Bengals and is expect to miss the next few games. It is not the same leg in which he had a calf injury earlier this year. Willie Parker's status is unknown until Mike Tomlin's news conference later today.

Hines Ward has been honored for his off the field accomplishments. He is the winner of the Steelers' 2008 Walter Payton Man of the Year award. Ward's charity for Korean biracial children has brought children to the US for visits and Ward often travels to Korea in the offseason to reunite with the kids. He will be one of 32 winners from all NFL teams and will be considered for the national Walter Payton Award which is presented during the week of the Super Bowl. Ward gets a $1,000 donation made in his name to the charity of his choice.

Santonio Holmes' hearing for his charge of marijuana possession has been postponed until February 26th. He was supposed to appear in court yesterday after being cited during a traffic stop on October 23rd when the police found three marijuana-filled cigars in his SUV.

Gerry Dulac writes about the Steelers' secondary today in, Steelers' secondary hoping to hold its ground against Patriots.

Marc-Andre Fleury doesn't seem to be coming back anytime real soon. He has not been able to get through a skating workout on his own. The Pens have three games in four nights this week and with Fleury not practicing at all, it doesn't look good. He's still listed as day-to-day.

Speaking of practicing, Ryan Whitney practiced with the team again yesterday. It was an hour-long session and he worked with strength and conditioning coach Mike Kadar for an hour before that. He said it was kind of a long day but he feels good. Sounds like good news there.

The Pens have some familiar faces at the top of leader board through yesterday in Evgeni Malkin first in points, Mike Zigomanis in faceoff proficiency, and Alex Goligoski in points for rookie defensemen.

Therrien is switching up the struggling power play by changing the personnel a bit yesterday. He says it's more about the mindset than the personnel and he's reminding his guys to be the first to the puck and battle hard.

Faceoff.com has an article on Sidney Crosby and his star power, as well as his desire to play on Team Canada in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

We decided to do a little reminiscing today in honor of Daniel Sepulveda and the Steelers' punting issues. This is one of the best tackles we've ever seen. That's what we call a blue collar punter. Enjoy.

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