Growing up in Northern New Mexico with a father who was a fervent Cowboys fan, Ms. Rollett managed to avoid any interest in football whatsoever. At the time she assumed that it was because she disliked the game, but since moving to Pittsburgh she realizes that she just hadn't encountered a sufficiently awesome team. She's a slow learner, though, and it took almost 13 years of exposure to the Pittsburgh atmosphere to ignite her latent fandom. She has spent the past two and a half years attempting to rectify the error. Besides her work on Behind the Steel Curtain, two articles will appear under her byline in the 2011 Maple Street Press Steelers Annual.
Her day job, ironically, is as a musician. She directs The Pittsburgh Camerata, Pittsburgh's only professional chamber chorus, and teaches harpsichord at Duquesne University. She is also currently engaged in writing a book which explores some of the issues of music philosophy that are raised by Historically Informed Practice in early music. She plays the organ from time to time, and fiddles around on the violin when the mood hits her. If this makes her sound like a total dilettante, that's entirely possible. She prefers to think that she takes the broader view.
She is married to a material scientist who is well known among other material scientists. He has managed to remain strangely unaffected by the Pittsburgh sports mania. She is the mother of four children and has seven grandchildren so far. Some of them have been suitably indoctrinated in Steelers fandom. Others are a work in progress. Mrs. Rollett is also half of the staff for two Birman cats, neither of which appear to be interested in football. If they were, they would probably favor someone like Tom Brady.
More information about Mrs. Rollett may be found at www.pittsburghcamerata.org or at http://rollett.org/rebecca/
In which the author proves that she indeed walked the whole 6 miles, and shares some musings from Tunch.
And heck, let's throw the Pats in for kicks. Part One of a series comparing the AFC North and the New England Patriots to the league average.
Ravens WR Torrey Smith cuts his dreads. Hopefully for the Ravens, his considerable abilities were not, like Samson, contingent upon his hair.
Best Looking Player Available, a seldom-used metric when evaluating draft prospects, might weigh the 2013 NFL Draft a little bit differently than standard metrics.
In which the author attempts to assign values to the draft class of each team league-wide and compare it to the teams of the AFC North.
In which the author re-examines her conclusions from before the 2012 season and finds them unduly pessimistic.
In which the author demonstrates, via the stats she loves so much, why this is a much more exciting signing than it seems at first glance.
In which the rigorous metric of BLA (Best Looking Player Available) has been applied to this season's crop of free agents.
The plural in the title isn’t a typo—the award in question was presented to Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and his wife Kiya. Read all about it...
In which the running backs are viewed in terms of how well they, well, ran. Never fear, the offensive lines will eventually be scrutinized for their complicity.
In which we look at the numbers for the non-wide receivers, including running backs. (Would that be "narrow" receivers? Eligible tackles need not apply...)
In which the author proposes postponing the Ravens' coronation as 2013 Season Champions for a few more months...
For those of us for whom the Super Bowl had no good outcome, there are a couple of articles just for you in Sunday's Trib...
In which the author makes a case for deficiencies in what seem like minor matters affecting the Steelers in major ones.
In which the author, with the help of Autoweek Magazine, addresses some of the questions in the comments to Rant No. 1.
In which a whole bunch of meaningless statistics (thanks, PaVa!) are used to come to some rather obvious conclusions...
In which the 2005, 2008 and 2010 teams head for the playoffs and the 2012 team cleans out their lockers.