Author Archives: Ken Laird

26 Jul

A chat with Steelers LG Willie Colon

published in category: Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers
Thursday, July 26th, 2012 – 6:27 pm

An achilles injury erased his entire 2010 season. A torn tricep muscle in Week 1 of 2011 made for another season-ending injury. In 2012, 7th year man Willie Colon is back (and healthy) with a new job description: Left Guard. A 4th-Round draft pick out of Hofstra in 2006, Colon lags only the Pittsburgh Steelers […]


16 Jun

The Worst Pirate Since PNC Park Opened – more OPS+

published in category: Pittsburgh Pirates
Saturday, June 16th, 2012 – 2:04 pm

Who is the worst Pirate to play at PNC Park? This follows up on our OPS+ conversation from an earlier blog post, where we used the sabermetric "Adjusted On Base Percentage + Slugging Percentage." OPS+ uses ballpark effects and league effects with OPS and SLG to put a player's offensive hitting prowess (base-running aside) on […]


12 Jun

Tomlin, Roethlisberger, and Leftwich Quotes – MiniCamp Day 1

published in category: Pittsburgh Steelers
Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 – 6:55 pm

Tuesday, June 12th was the Pittsburgh Steelers' first day of mandatory Minicamp at the team's South Side facility. After watching the afternoon practice, here were the most interesting quotes I listened to: <b>Head Coach Mike Tomlin</b> on WR Mike Wallace's absence: "I don't have any reservations in that regard, Mike has always been a guy […]


28 Apr

Steelers Round 2: Mike Adams

published in category: Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh Steelers
Saturday, April 28th, 2012 – 1:58 am

Come and meet the Pittsburgh Steelers' value-laden draft picks: Safe and Risky. If Day 1 of the Steelers 2012 NFL Draft was a smoke alarm, then Day 2 was a kitchen fire. 1st Round draft pick David DeCastro enters the Black and Gold family representing arguably the most sure-thing evaluation in the entire crop of […]


02 Mar

Steelers Draft Profiles: Alabama ILB Dont'a Hightower

published in category: Pittsburgh Steelers
Friday, March 2nd, 2012 – 4:05 pm

As often as house fires appear on the local news, the Pittsburgh Steelers select linebackers in high rounds in the NFL Draft in April. Jack Ham. Jack Lambert. Mike Merriweather. Levon Kirkland. Jason Gildon. Mike Vrabel. Joey Porter. Kendrell Bell. Lawrence Timmons. LaMarr Woodley. Jason Worilds. Dont'a Hightower? Might the Alabama inside 'backer be the […]


25 Feb

Steelers Draft Profiles: Georgia OL Cordy Glenn

published in category: Pittsburgh Steelers
Saturday, February 25th, 2012 – 5:49 pm

If the Steelers are thinking offensive line in the first round of April's NFL Draft, Cordy Glenn might be the guy. Although he played LT his entire senior year at Georgia, he started 13 games at LG during his junior season, 8 games at guard in his sophomore year, and even practiced some at guard […]