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By Mike Preston | February 3, 2002
NEW ORLEANS - Everyone has tried to hype Super Bowl XXXVI, some calling it the game between America's Newest Team and America's New Sweethearts. The media created its own quarterback controversy, and the NFL changed its Mardi Gras-type setting to a patriotic "Hope, Heroes and Homeland" theme, which will include appearances by Jim Brown, Roger Staubach, Alan Page and Don Shula. But this game has the smell of Buffalo, as in the Bills, who have lost four Super Bowls. It could even be another blowout.
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September 1, 2000
The Pittsburgh Steelers may be shuffling more than just their quarterbacks this season. The Steelers sent a message to running back Jerome Bettis, their offensive staple the past four seasons, when they signed backup Richard Huntley to a three-year, $4 million deal. But Bettis, who is playing out the final year of a four-year, $14 million contract, doesn't consider it a slight that the Steelers haven't discussed any contract extensions with him. "I'm not disappointed," Bettis said. "I know it's business, and you can never mix your emotions with business.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1999
The NFL is so eager to bring back instant replay this fall that it is willing to play its games with two sets of rules.Under a proposal passed by the competition committee, 7-1, that will be voted on by the owners next week at their annual March meeting in Phoenix, the league will use a coach's challenge system for the first 28 minutes of each half.If a coach wants to challenge a call, he will press a buzzer and the referee will view a monitor on the field to decide whether to overturn the call.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Mike Preston contributed to this story | September 3, 1998
Every year, the Pittsburgh Steelers defy conventional wisdom.Every year, they lose a key player or three to the free-agent sinkhole.Every year, they fill the breach in their lineup with another obscure draft pick, or another low-profile free agent.And every January, they go to the playoffs. Like clockwork.If the Steelers haven't solved the riddle of free agency, they've come closer than anyone else in the NFL. Since the free-agent era began in 1993, the Steelers have lost some 35 players to the lure of multimillion-dollar contracts.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | January 16, 1998
In just two seasons, Pittburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher has seen Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis outplay All-Pro center Dermontti Dawson and stuff running back Jerome Bettis one-on-one in the open field.So when Cowher had the chance to name a "need" player yesterday to the AFC squad for the Feb. 2 Pro Bowl against the NFC, he chose Lewis, a second-year player who will make his first appearance in the game. San Francisco 49ers linebacker Ken Norton was named to the NFC squad yesterday as a need player.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | January 11, 1998
PITTSBURGH -- It's not just an AFC championship. It's also a pride thing.The last time the Denver Broncos made a trip to Three Rivers Stadium was Dec. 7, when the Broncos blew a 14-point first-half lead and lost, 35-24, to the Pittsburgh Steelers, costing Denver home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.The Broncos haven't forgotten, particularly watching Steelers coach Bill Cowher repeatedly running on the field to hug and high-five his players. And the Steelers can't forget, especially after a few of the Broncos suggested last week that Denver had in fact lost the game and gave it to the Steelers.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Vito Stellino contributed to this article | October 6, 1997
For the first time in four weeks yesterday, the Ravens enjoyed the benefits of a home game. Or did they?Judging by the legions of Pittsburgh fans who took up entire sections of seats at Memorial Stadium, it was hard at times to distinguish which team was playing host.At least one-quarter of the capacity crowd was pro-Pittsburgh, and those masses used their Terrible Towels and vocal cords effectively to distract the Ravens and drown out their fans. At several points, the Ravens -- and even Steelers coach Bill Cowher -- looked stunned as they watched several Pittsburgh players run to the closed end of the stadium and exhort their faithful by waving their arms.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1997
PALM DESERT, Calif. -- In a presentation to the NFL owners yesterday, the Ravens' past spending habits were used as an example of how teams shouldn't handle the salary cap.Commissioner Paul Tagliabue didn't mention the Ravens by name, but said, "There were some examples given today of people who've done foolish kinds of contracts, front-loading, back-loading, voidables where they're [being charged] $7 or $8 million of $41 million of cap room for players who are no longer playing," he said.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | January 25, 1996
TEMPE, Ariz. -- It was midway in the third quarter of the game against the Buffalo Bills when Pittsburgh Steelers defensive Ray Seals was involved in a shoving match with quarterback Jim Kelly and one of his overly protective linemen.But as soon as Seals reached the Pittsburgh sideline, that's when the real fight began. Steelers coach Bill Cowher stood on his toes and began screaming in Seals' face.The veins were bulging from Cowher's neck, and the spit was flowing from his mouth. Cowher has never been able to control his emotions, or his saliva.
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By SUSAN REIMER | January 9, 1996
Our family was gathered in my mother's home in Pittsburgh for our traditional Christmas Eve celebration and because all four of my mother's daughters married and all of us bore sons, the Steelers game was on television.On the last play of the last game of the regular season, Steelers wide receiver Yancey Thigpen missed a catch in the corner of the end zone that anyone in my mother's living room could have caught, and it cost the Steelers a victory over Green Bay.Immediately upon seeing the replay, my dear, fragile mother barked at the television screen, "What's the matter with you, Yancey.
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