Anthony Defeo

  • joined Aug 06, 2010
  • last login Jul 25, 2014
  • posts 565
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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
User Blog

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


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...

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...

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...

I'm OK with lower expectations


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...

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...


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...

New season, same 2012 theme for the Steelers


The Steelers struggled the entire afternoon in a 16-9 Week 1 loss to a Titans team that was a seven point road underdog, coming in. Many themes familiar to the 2012 theme that missed the playoffs...

Veteran Roethlisberger needs young line to step up

Ben Roethlisberger has been known as a great playmaker during his stellar career. However, he's also experienced many bumps and bruises along the way. Now, at 31, the franchise quarterback needs...

Enjoy these idle (idol) days, Le'Veon

Rookie Le'Veon Bell's status has grown among Steelers fans despite rarely playing in the preseason. However, much like a lot of former Pittsburgh running backs, Bell may find that fans are hard to...

Tough break for hometown boy John Malecki

It's common for fringe players to bounce around the NFL. But when a player, such as Pittsburgh's own John Malecki, survives the final cut out of training camp, he may celebrate just a little....


Despite Sunday's loss, 2013 is just shaping up to be a magical year for Pirates fans

I was at Wednesday night's game against Milwaukee, better known as the debut of Marlon Byrd. Pittsburgh was scuffling a bit and on a three game skid heading into action, but the fans were still...

Hard to get a feel for 2013 Steelers after cuts

Jonathan Dwyer is gone, and five tight ends are on the roster. Other than that, it's hard to get a feel for these 2013 Pittsburgh Steelers, based on final roster make-up and preseason performance.

A fan's third preseason game dress rehearsal

A (mostly) satirical look at one fan's behavior before, during and after the Steelers all-important preseason dress-rehearsal against the Chiefs last Saturday night.

Baron Batch: What might have been

Baron Batch came to the Steelers with great promise as a seventh round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. Unfortunately, his career was sent off course before it even got started, thanks to a torn ACL...

Just another Jones in the backfield

Why was Felix Jones brought to Pittsburgh in a trade involving little used linebacker Adrian Robinson? If it's for anything other than to provide some depth for the Steelers injury-riddled...

Dwyer and his nine lives

Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer has always been long on potential but short on discipline and production. Now with Le'Veon Bell out with a foot injury, Dwyer might get yet another chance to...

No "manias" in Steeler Nation

Robert Griffin III is one of the most exciting young players in the NFL, and he's become the face of the Redskins franchise in a very short time. The Steelers never had such a transcending...

These aren't your older brother's Steelers anymore


It wasn't long ago that Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Steve McLendon were just trying to make the Steelers roster. Now that they sit atop the depth chart of their respective positions, there...

Short passes on display in preseason opener

Under first year OC Todd Haley, the Steelers emphasized quick, short passes to the backs and receivers in 2012. If Pittsburgh's preseason opener was any indication, it appears that the quick...

Preseason ratings prove Steelers No.1 team in town

The Steelers have long been the number one sports team in Pittsburgh--over forty consecutive years of sell-outs is proof of that. However, even more telling may be the local ratings for preseason...

Victorian may add much needed depth to secondary

Josh Victorian, an undrafted rookie signed off the practice squad in early December, saw significant playing time in the Steelers banged up secondary. The experience he gained in 2012 could add...


My nightmare scenario about the Pirates clinching their first playoff spot in 21 seasons

The Pirates are currently in first place by two games over St. Louis in the National League Central Division. Considering the Cardinals have the second best record in baseball and have scored 46...

Jarvis Jones could be a "pick and plug" draft pick

The odds say linebacker Jarvis Jones, the Steelers first round selection in April's Draft, won't make much of an impact early-on in Dick Lebeau's sophisticated defense. However, Jones has all the...


Regression to the mean

A couple of years ago, I was sitting around after my bowling match, totally distraught about the performance I just turned in, when my teammate said to me, "Cheer up, man. You've been bowling so...

An effective running game and Super Bowl success

Can the Steelers improve upon their less than stellar running attack from a season ago? Whether they do or not may not be as important to playoff success as the overall effectiveness of franchise...

Conditioning drills unfairly single out "big men"

NFL scouts and coaches expect certain positions, including those in the trenches, to be manned by exceptionally sized athletes. However, when a player struggles with conditioning drills, his work...

Hoping for a return of that winning magic in 2013

After many years of success, maybe the adversity the Steelers have experienced over the better part of three years will make their next playoff run seem even more magical for the fans--hopefully,...


The 2013 Pirates are the new 2008 Penguins

For years, I wanted the Pirates to build a young core of players who could take the team out of its perennial doldrums and lift it to the top of the major leagues. In fact, five years ago, when...

Steelers have NFL playoff parity on their side


Can the 2013 Steelers bounce back and make the playoffs after missing them in 2012 with an 8-8 mark? Recent trends point to many new teams making the dance each year. Maybe Pittsburgh can be part...

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