by Bill Neal, For New Pittsburgh Courier
:10—All you non-believers, doubters, pretenders…and let’s call it like it is…you wannabe Cleveland fans. Hear this and hear it loud and clear. Your Pittsburgh Steelers will win 12 games, win the AFC North Division, and challenge for the Super Bowl. And that you can take to the bank!
:09—Reason why? Here you go. #1. Big Ben has slimmed down and spent the offseason working on his upper core and throwing motion. #2. Call it running back by committee, if you want. But the reality is we now have three backs that are hungry, ready to go, and not complaining: James Conner, Jaylen Samuels, and Benny Snell. All different skill sets keep to the defenses guessing. #3. Best “O-line” in football. #4. Best sack defense in football. #5. A receiving group that has a ton to prove.
:08—Yes, Little Johnny, there are plenty holes to fill! #1. Ben can-not-throw-untimely interceptions (not that there are timely ones). #2. James Conner, “I love you man” and I got your back, but you’ve got to hold onto the ball. #3. “D-line” stop the run…when you have to stop the run. #4. We’re sure about Devin Bush, the new linebacker. It’s the other linebackers we have to be sure of. #5. Of course Joe Haden is a “stop it all corner,” but the D-backs across the board have a lot to prove.
:07—A belated but nonetheless very important shout out to the heaven for the late, great Connie “The Hawk” Hawkins. Born July 14 in Brooklyn, New York, 77 years ago. “Hawk”…I owe everything to you!
:06—Speaking of the Hawk, and I was, for those who want to be in the know, the City of New York will be hosting a special tribute to Connie coming up the weekend of Sept. 14. The mayor, NBA players and schoolyard legends will rename a hoop court and other dedications. Stay tuned—I’ll keep you posted, and of course Google is your friend.
:05—There’s an old saying, if you can’t say anything good about someone, don’t say anything at all. The Pittsburgh Pirates……
:04—Speaking of nothing good to say, and once again, if you were paying attention you know I was, here’s me saving you money. The hit movie just out, “Hobbs & Shaw,” starring “The Rock” and Jason Statham, was in fact not a hit and not worth your time. Two stars is the best I can do. One star for each knucklehead.
:03—So, to wrap up the ongoing question as to who the best City League basketball players of all time are, here’s what the three legends had to say on my sports show, “Soul Take-—Champions Live” starring Kevin Cameron and yours truly. Bobby Byrd, Clarence Hopson and “Magic Mike” Williams all agree that a top ten list is impossible. But here are the names that rise to the top! Kenny Durrett (Note: He’s the one name everyone agreed is the best ever), Petey Gibson, Ron Hightower, Ricky Coleman, Jeep Kelly, Dwight Clay, Sonny Lewis, Ron Carter, Larry Richardson, Sam Clancy, Ron Harris, David Kennedy, Larry Anderson, David “Dr. Death” Trent, Maurice Lucas, Kirk Bruce, Bobby Byrd, Clarence Hopson, “Magic Mike” Williams, DeJuan Blair, Kennedy Jr., Kane Jr., Darrell Porter, “Happy” Dobbs, Jason Hood, Maurice Stokes, Ed Flemming, Warner Macklin, Darrin Walls, George Harvey, Courtney Wallace, Ronnie McCrae. See what we’re saying? This could go on for a while. All hail the City League!!
:02—If Tom Brady can get a two-year contract at age 42 to play football, surely Carmelo Anthony can get a contract on any one of the worst teams in the NBA to play basketball.
:01—Now more than ever you have “29” more reasons why Donald Trump and his racist words have to go! Get ready to vote. This one will be the most important one of your life!
:00—Blessings and condolences to the families of the latest senseless mass shootings in Dayton and El Paso. BTW . . . be aware, be very aware at all times. Dayton is only 257 miles away!
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