Ivan Cole (RickVa)

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Steelers training camp questions: Part Two

With training camp starting in just a few days, there are still plenty of questions that need to be answered.

Ten training camp questions for the Steelers

When the formalities begin this weekend what are the things that we should be looking for that may shape the season.

Checkdown: One week to Steelers training camp

We're almost there. Next week this time it'll be Saint Vincent and the beginning of training camp. The news is picking up.

Examining the topics we cover


BTSC is aware of how culture and society affects the game we follow because it affects those who play it. That creates a slippery slope when choosing topics on which to write.

Two weeks to Steelers training camp on Countdown


Getting a few of the final stories out of the way before training camp begins on the Weekend Checkdown.

Big Ben meets Big Ben in the Checkdown


The weekend checkdown is covering all the events over the last week.

A 4th of July Checkdown on unusual Steelers news


Taking a glance to the immediate future with our sarcastic lenses on, we preview the news of what will be.

A homicide rocks NFL in the Checkdown


Criminality and the NFL; homicide and attempted homicide are the top stories of the week.

Draft class is one piece of a complex puzzle

Judging by the rookie seasons of Steelers greats like Franco Harris and Joe Greene, even if the Steelers rookies vastly exceed expectations, their contributions will still be only a small part of...

Steeler boredom trumps Patriots excitement


Last week it was said that if there was news during this period it would probably not be good. Aren't you relieved there's little to no Steelers news?

Minicamp concludes, next up Latrobe on Checkdown

Minicamp and the period of football in shorts comes to an end. The good news is the next time the Steelers gather they'll have on their big boy pants. The bad news is that's six weeks away.

Ten reasons for Steeler Nation to hope

Minicamp has come to an end and in terms of real information things go dark for the next six weeks. What will be the things that can give us a sense of optimism over the summer vacation?

End of OTAs and reshuffled O line on Checkdown


The OTA phase of the 2013 season comes to a conclusion and once again the offensive line is forced to reshuffle due to an injury.

Mike Adams and the psychology of a mugging


As I wonder whether I probably jinxed Mike Adams I contemplated my encounter with a gun.

Second week of OTAs, another passing in Checkdown

The black and gold suffer another death in the family as week two of OTAs goes into the books.

The Steelers championship edge


It would seem to be a commonsense assessment that the team with the most talent wins. While talent is obviously very important to success, there is another ingredient that is essential, and...

First week of Steeler OTAs in the Checkdown

The long march began this week with the first OTAs. Its football in shorts but that beats no football at all.

Steelers players to watch in OTAs

A bold, completely unscientific assertion of what may we may see transpire this season made before OTAs.

A Steelers legend leaves, a new one signs a on

This week was full of news covering the entire spectrum from the passing of a legend to the signing of the next generation.

Steelers rookies struggle to extend the dream

As we enter the season of rookie minicamps and OTAs another class of players begin to face their football mortality

A Steeler icon rides into the sunset on Checkdown

A Steeler icon rides off into the sunset and has a few things to say before disappearing over the horizon.

Joe Greene is why the Steelers are who they are

If you are looking for a lot of new information here you will likely be disappointed. But few great stories are novel in content. A great story cannot be repeated enough, and it never really...

Steelers put first new piece in place with Jones


Steelers take Jarvis Jones in the first round as we make the transition from speculation to reality

Steelers sign their RFAs, draft prep on Checkdown

Going over the news from the past week.

Steelers did the right thing in retaining Sanders

Maybe getting that 91st pick and the extra cap space would have been the best thing to do. But here is one person's biased opinion as to why the Steelers probably did the right thing.

Is Sanders going? Is Bradshaw coming? on Checkdown


Is Emmanuel Sanders going? Is Ahmad Bradshaw coming? We should know the answer to both sooner rather than later.

Dan Rooney speaks, Ta'amu meets judge on Checkdown

Dan Rooney speaks up, Ta'amu has his day in court, Sylvester returns and Burress' personal concerns continue.

Is the franchise quarterback a dinosaur?

Is the game evolving to the point where the franchise quarterback will be obsolete? And could such a development actually help the Steelers in the long term?

Steelers in the market for safeties in Checkdown

You have to give the NFL credit for managing to stay consistently relevant throughout the year, but the equivalent of the Dog Days have arrived.

Steelers leadership on the state of the team


The pace of free agency settled some this week as attention shifted to the league meetings and rule changes. Steelers leadership weighs in on the state of the team and that of the game.

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