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Anthony Defeo

  • joined Aug 06, 2010
  • last login Jul 11, 2014
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I've been a sports fan since I was about 7 years old. The first game I remember vividly watching was Super Bowl XIV between the Steelers and Los Angeles Rams. I've been hooked ever since.

My first love is the Steelers, but I'm also a huge Pirates fan and even though it's been painful the last two decades, I'm hoping they can give me some more great memories like they did in the early 90's.

I'm not the biggest hockey fan in the world, but I'm learning to appreciate the sport more and more.

I also love PITT athletics and college football and basketball, in general.

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  • MLB Pittsburgh Pirates
  • NBA San Antonio Spurs
  • NFL Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NCAAF Pittsburgh Panthers
  • NCAAB Pittsburgh Panthers
  • NHL Pittsburgh Penguins
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Breaking down the Steelers' playoff chances

With a month to go in the season, the Steelers still have a shot at the playoffs despite their sub-par 5-7 record. With that in mind, I'll handicap Pittsburgh's chances, as well as some of the AFC competition.

Poor first half of season too much to overcome

The Steelers are 5-7 after their close loss in Baltimore, Thursday night, but they have been playing a much better brand of football lately. Unfortunately, Pittsburgh is now paying the price for a 2-6 first half and will probably miss the postseason.

Steelers one win from .500 and it tastes so good

After an 0-4 start (the worst in 45 years), the Steelers have a shot to get back to .500, Thursday night in Baltimore. Not only that, a victory over the Ravens would more than solidify Pittsburgh's playoff chances with just a month to go.

Big Play Willie Gay

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The Steelers defense hasn't had many splash plays this season, but William Gay, the much maligned No. 2 corner, was responsible for the two biggest of the season on Sunday, in Pittsburgh's 27-11 victory over the Browns.

Ben Roethlisberger gets to host his show by phone

If there was ever any doubt that Ben Roethlisberger was among the elite QBs in the NFL, his weekly radio show, where he sometimes doesn't even have to appear in-studio, is all the proof you need that Big Ben is big time.

Defense bent but didn't break

The Steelers defense showed severe structural damage in a second quarter that saw Detroit rack up 271 yards and 27 points. However, in the second half, Pittsburgh only yielded 83 yards and zero points in an exciting 37-27 Pittsburgh victory.

Tame the Lions week

The Steelers haven't had a good old-fashioned blow-out victory in a very long time. With the Lions coming to Heinz Field this week, and with Pittsburgh's traditional home dominance of the senior conference, what better time than now for a such a win?

Cotchery great to have around

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The Steelers Jerricho Cotchery may not be flashy or dominant, but he's one of the most dependable No. 3 receivers in the NFL.

Even my mom knows the Steelers don't have a Gronk

Rob Gronkowski dominated in New England's 55-31 thrashing of the Steelers on Sunday. And even my mom, far from a football expert, could recognize that there is nobody on Pittsburgh's roster with the talent of the Patriots' all-world tight end.

I hope Roethlisberger pulverizes Brady

In a match-up of high-profile quarterbacks, the Steelers and Ben Roethlisberger will be meeting the Patriots and Tom Brady at Gillette Stadium on Sunday. It would be nice if Roethlisberger had a signature game against the signature QB in the NFL.

Suisham can't kick six-point field goals

Steelers kicker Shaun Suisham missed two makeable field goals in the 21-18 loss to Oakland on Sunday. And while he certainly deserves a bulk of the blame for the loss, Pittsburgh may not even have a win in 2013 if it wasn't for Suisham's consistency.

A win in the Black Hole may brighten playoff talk

The Steelers (2-4) have re-gained a bit of their footing after a horrendous 0-4 start to the 2013 season. Pittsburgh's playoff chances are still on life support, but a win in the Raiders backyard may improve the Steelers chances just a little.

Bell is now the Most Interesting Back

Rookie Le'Veon Bell played a good game on Sunday, gaining 93 yards in Pittsburgh's victory over the Ravens, and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin continued with is man-crush. Isaac Redman would be jealous.

Harbaugh's surprise onside kick a bit puzzling

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The Steelers defeated Baltimore 19-16 at Heinz Field on Sunday. It was the ninth three point game in the past 11 between the two rivals. Ravens coach John Harbaugh may have contributed heavily with a failed surprise onside kick in the fourth quarter.

Great expectations week

The Steelers may be 1-4, but we're all feeling pretty hopeful for a turn around, especially after the team's first victory of the season against the Jets in Week 6. Who better to keep the momentum going than a Week 7 date with the Ravens?

An old fashioned Cowher "blow out"

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With former head coach Bill Cowher calling the action from the CBS booth, the Steelers notched their first victory of the season with tough, physical play reminiscent of Cowher's time on the sidelines in Pittsburgh.

NFL playoffs are recovery-capable

After 21 years of not experiencing the almost daily intensity of Pirates postseason baseball, I'm drained and looking forward to the rest and relaxation of the NFL postseason.

"Bad" Tomlin no worse than "bad" Cowher

Mike Tomlin's current job evaluation as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers would be considered "poor" by many of his critics. However, what Tomlin is going through today is pretty much what Bill Cowher had to endure during the late 90s.

Pirates a winner, Levi Brown a Steeler

One day after the once doormat Pirates advanced to the NLDS, the once Super Bowl champion Steelers acquire the services of struggling tackle Levi Brown from Arizona. Are Terrible Towel bobble-heads next?

Maybe tackling is a natural talent

The Steelers defense has yielded five plays of 40 yards or more over the past two weeks. This from a unit that once prided itself on never giving up the big play. What happened? Did the coaches stop teaching tackling? No, it's probably just talent.

Winless, but with flair and ratings

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The Steelers are 0-3, but as their trip to London, England for a Week 4 match-up with Minnesota will attest, they're still quite relevant--even if there are week-old babies who only know them as losers and the Pirates as winners.

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Clinching in Chicago proves just how cyclical sports can be

I started following the Pirates on a regular basis in 1984 at the age of 12. For those of you familiar with the history of the team, that wasn't a good year to start following the Pirates on a...

A QB slide makes respect easier to come by

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Bears quarterback Jay Cutler perhaps earned some respect from his teammates when he bowled over Pittsburgh safety Robert Golden after a 13 yard run on Sunday. However, with the option to slide, it's a bit easier for a QB to earn respect.

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Taking the "Defeo" factor out of the equation when it comes to the tough losses

I use the word "Defeo" because that's my name, but really, I could represent any number of fans who have posted on Bucsdugout. I've been ripped for being a "gloom and doomer" because of the things...

Turnover rate is the only statistic that matters

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You can throw every NFL statistic in a blender and make of them what you want. However, there is no getting around how vital giveaways and takeaways are to NFL success. Perfect example was the Steelers 40-23 Week 3 loss to Chicago.

Let Roethlisberger be "Big Ben"

Jerome Bettis came out on Tuesday and said the Steelers should put the offense into the hands of franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. What's the worst that can happen? Who knows. Maybe the best that can happen is an improved offensive attack.

Steelers recent trends are pretty alarming

The Steelers are now 0-2 after a lackluster effort in Cincinnati on Monday Night Football. Surprised by the slow start to the 2013 season? If you're aware of some trends that date all the way back to the 2010 season, you shouldn't be surprised.

I'm OK with lower expectations

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Many experts are predicting a down year for the Steelers in 2013. And judging by the current talent-level on the roster, as compared to some of the teams in the upper-echelon, I've accepted that a playoff berth would be a pleasant surprise.

It's easy to go from king to jester in the NFL

It's easy to go from king to jester in the NFL, as Steelers guard David DeCastro quickly discovered, when he accidentally injured his teammate, Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey, while trying to make a cut-block in Sunday's loss to the Titans.

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It's up to you to carry the load, Pirates

Every so often, sports in the City of Pittsburgh are kind of depressing. If you remember the mid-to-late 80's, every pro team in town was either mediocre or less than that. The 90's and the 00's...

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