Shelle Knows: Fan Runs On Field During Pirates Home Game

During the ugly loss the Pittsburgh Pirates are facing, a fan decides to run on the field. Last year when this happened a fan faced serious charges. Hope it was worth it. Watch as you see the fan with no shirt get chased by security.

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Shelle Knows: Steelers Fans Monday Blues

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Here we go again. Just when we thought the Steelers found their mojo they lose it. Coming off of last weeks win against the Panthers on the road, I am sure the Steelers fans thought they were on the right track. Especially since they were facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who happens to have the worst record in the NFL. This is the same team who was embarrassed on Thursday Night Football last week against the Atlanta Falcons.
So you would think that the Steelers would be able to take on the Buccs no problem right?
Well the game was a great game as Antonio Brown scored twice along with a touchdown from Heath Miller. Even with that the Buccs were still lurking close behind. I am sure the multiple 15yard penalties and missed kick gave the Buccs some room for a comeback. With the score at 24-20 with 54 seconds left on the clock, the Buccs had the ball after a short punt return.
The Buccs ran over the Steelers defense and scored leaving the Steelers with 7seconds on the clock.
At this moment every Steelers fan new this was the end of the game. Instead of going for a hail marry, the Steelers decided to play hopscotch with the football and ended the game with a Big Ben sack.
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This left every fan in disbelief as to how you can be winning the whole game and lose it all with 54 seconds left against the worst team in the NFL.
Then here comes the Monday Steelers blues in the city. The office is quiet. There is an unspoken attitude that everyone has but tries not to show unless provoked. It is kind of hilarious how Pitt and the Pirates could lose but the city will only catch the blues when the Steelers lose.
So now it is time to do the blame game. Is the loss in result of the injuries of Ike Taylor and Jarvis Jones? Being that Harrison came back to cover Jarvis Jones absent, I do not feel that is to blame. Maybe it was the defense in all. There seems to be a desperate need of defensive backs and corners. Or is it Todd Hailey’s, the offensive coordinator, fault for the plays that were called at the end of the game? Will Mike Tomlin get blamed as well just for being the head coach?
Whatever the problem is I hope they make a drastic adjustment before next week game or the whole city of Pittsburgh might go on suicide watch (jokes people).

Shelle Knows: Who’s To Blame For Steelers Loss

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Thursday night the Steelers took the field against the Eagles in Philadelphia and gave a below standard performance. The Eagles beat the Steelers 31-21 in the third preseason game. This loss comes right after two Steelers running back were charged with possession of marijuana the day before.

According to police, an officer found a 20-gram bag of marijuana Wednesday afternoon in a car driven by Bell, with Blount and a woman riding as passengers. Bell is to be cited for driving under the influence of marijuana and all three are to be cited for marijuana possession, according to police, with official notification of the misdemeanor charges expected to come by mail.

Bell and Blount did apologize for their actions as it caused a huge distraction away from the actual Thursday night game.

“I’m sorry for the distraction that I caused my team,” said Blount, who led the Steelers with 32 rushing yards on seven carries. “I just want to apologize to my team and my coach and my organization for causing that distraction.”

Bell and Blount stretching before Thursday night’s game

Tomlin opened himself up to criticism by playing Bell and Blount in the final preseason game in which the regulars see extended duty. The eighth-year coach, however, didn’t give serious consideration to not playing Bell and Blount.

“I didn’t view it as punishment to send them home, to not play in this preseason game,” Tomlin said. “I’d rather play them more than anticipated than to remove them from the game, so that’s why we took the stance we took tonight. Obviously we’ve got some things to do regarding the matter moving forward but not a lot to say at this point and time.”

Of course the NFL will investigate the charges and each player can be suspended 1-4 regular season games. Then it is up to the Steelers organization to what actions they will take after that punishment as well.

Coach Tomlin did not blame the distraction of the two players on their poor performance.

“We’re not gonna make an excuse for that performance. We’re gonna own that. What happened [Wednesday] or whatever had nothing to do with how we performed tonight.”

Watching the past three preseason games did not give me as a Steelers fan hope for a winning season. Hopefully they will work out the kinks but judging from the previous games they need more talent on the roster.

Shelle Knows: Johnny Manziel Of The Cleveland Browns Flips The Bird To Redskins Sideline

Johnny Manziel Flips Off Redskin Bench

As we are in the midst of the NFL preseason with only a couple of weeks left till regular season starts, the Browns and Redskins took the field. During the off-season the Browns made a couple great moves and drafting key players like Jonny Manziel as quarterback to help the team have a winning season.

Manziel did not and has not lived up to the expectations of many fans as of yet in this preseason. He is competing for the starting position against Brian Hoyer. On a second-and-7 play, Manziel dropped back, rolled left to escape the rush and threw across his body just before reaching the sidelines. The pass to Jonathan Krause was incomplete.

With 2:28 left in the third quarter, Manziel jogged back towards the bench and he seemed to have heard some things from the Redskins bench that did not sit well with him. Manziel then extended his middle finger over his right shoulder toward the bench. Of course this gesture was caught on camera because it was a Monday night football game where every camera is already watching Manziel’s moves. Manziel said he had “words exchanged” with the Redskins and that he should have been smarter.

Manziel had struggled throughout the game going 5-for-13 for 49 yards and one sack before the gesture.

When asked about his actions in the post game interview he said,

“I felt like I did a good job of holding my composure throughout the night, and you have a lapse of judgment and slip up.”

The Brown coach, Mike Pettine was informed of the gesture after the game and was not very pleased.

“That’s a big part of all football players, especially the quarterback, that we have to keep our composure,” Pettine said. “So that’s something that we’ll obviously address with him.”

Manziel was not penalized, but the NFL no doubt will review the tape, and Manziel will be subject to an $11,025 fine. He can appeal his first fine, and it can be limited to 25 percent of a weekly check of close to $6,200.

For a player who is working to become a starter and a leader, this is not the right way to show your coach you are ready. Manziel needs to understand that what was tolerated in college will not be over looked in the professional league. When the decision comes to choose a starter I am sure this action will play a big role as if he is ready to become the Browns leader.

Be smarter Jonny Football.

Information from ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter was used in this report.

 

Shelle Knows: Kobe Byant Comments About Trayvon Martin

Kobe-Bryant-30000-Points-e1354826718678So, in Kobe’s past interview with the New Yorker’s Ben McGrath he discussed how the Miami Heat collectively taking Trayvon Martin’s side in the George Zimmerman case represented a reflexive racial reaction. The team posed for a provocative picture in hoodies in homage to the slain Florida teenager two years ago.

“I won’t react to something just because I’m supposed to, because I’m an African-American,” Bryant told the magazine. “That argument doesn’t make any sense to me. So we want to advance as a society and a culture, but, say, if something happens to an African-American we immediately come to his defense? Yet you want to talk about how far we’ve progressed as a society? Well… then don’t jump to somebody’s defense just because they’re African-American. You sit and you listen to the facts just like you would in any other situation, right? So I won’t assert myself.”

miami-heat-trayvon-martin-hoodiesKobe has been known to make absurd comments on different situation whether they are about race, sports, or humanity.  As a profound “Kobe Lover” I have to say that even this turned me off. As I read his statement about not jumping to support Trayvon because he is black I was taken back but then kind of understood. Kobe is right that as a society we should always pay attention to the facts and not the race when dealing with situations such as Trayvon Martin’s.  He stated correctly that we as a society need to pay attention to the facts as to what happened that night and then take a stand based upon the facts that were put out there.

Where I disagree with Kobe is the insensitivity that he displayed in the interview.  First to knock the stand that Miami heat took for Trayvon Martin was not in good taste.  I understand that Kobe may not agree with the stand and he is entitled to his own opinion whether we like it or not but he should have not smugged the Heat for what they decided to do for Trayvon.

I would have also thought that some compassion would have been shown for a young black male after hearing the FACTS. As we know Kobe grew up in Italy before playing high school basketball in Philadelphia.  I can not comment on how it is for a young black male to be raised in Italy but here in America it is a daily fight to stay alive. 

Black males are seen to be scary criminals when coming in contact with other races.  They see black men as being intimidating and up to no good.  So if Kobe was in Martin’s place im sure the outcome would be no different. They fail to see black men as individuals and more so as a feared race.  Regardless, killing black men based upon yourself feeling threatened is not right. 

If you feel threatened then walk to other way. 

Trayvon did not come after Zimmerman.

 Zimmerman came looking for Trayvon. 

Kobe should have a little more compassion and respect for his race and for the Martin family when giving such a opinionated interview. 

After the fact Kobe Bryan did come back and say Trayvon Martin was WRONGED but I feel as if he should have made that clear in the interview.

 

Shelle Knows: No Name Lakers

No Name Lakers?

No Name Lakers?

Last night the Lakers played the L.A. Clippers blowing everyone away by beating the Clippers 116-103. The Lakers came into this season with a disappointing reputation from last year but that did not stop the Lakers from making a mark on the season opener. With Kobe Bryant out on injury, Dwight Howard gone to the Houston Rockets and Metta World Peace in New York, the new faces of the Lakers held their own outscoring the well-seasoned starters of the Clippers.

Many are calling the new Laker team as the no name Lakers but last night they sure did make a name for themselves as Clippers head coach, Doc Rivers, could not believe what was happening as the Lakers torched them in the 4th quarter.

“That [Lakers] team heard for four or five months how good we are,” Rivers said. “I told our guys, ‘Tonight we’re fighting human nature. . . . That team is coming after you with everything they have and I don’t know if you can match that.’ And at the end of the day, we did not.”

186259791Last season the Clippers swept the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs and last night Lakers got their revenge. 

During the off-season the Lakers targeted youth and athleticism to add to the team making them able to compete at a high level with other teams.

This is the first game of the season and there are many more to go but the Lakers deserve to celebrate this win as they beat the odds of coming back like they left off last season.

I guess the celebration will not last too long as they head out to Oakland, CA to take on Golden State tonight at 10:30 est.

 

 

Shelle Knows: Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Pirates!

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Last night, October 9, 2013 marked the ending of the Pirates terrific season losing to the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1, kicking the Pirates out of the playoffs. The Pirates went 94-68 this year, a 15-game improvement over last year, to claim the first NL Wild Card. The series went all five games ending in St. Louis giving them advancement of their home field.  Even though the Pirates played away from home, that did not stop Pirates fan from gathering outside the stadium to watch the fate of the teams post season on the big screen on the Clemente Bridge.  Watching them lose after having a winning season and winning their first playoff game in 21 years was hard but Pirates fans still were proud at how far the Bucs have come. After the game was over, Buc fans celebrated in the street on the closing of a winning season and looking forward to another winning season to come.pirates-celebrate-win-82_420

The Pirates have been known for a long time as the team with great players who get their start here then leave to become successful with other teams.

The Pirates have been known to give great players their start, but never stick around long enough to share  their success.

When manager Clint Hurdle joined the Pirates last season he made a promise to the Pirates dedicated fans that he will turn the Pirates into a winning team and within his second season he turned that promise into a reality.

As a Pittsburgh native myself I admit that I have not been a supporter of the Pirates as much as I support the other teams such as the Pens and Steelers because of the Pirates losing reputation.  In my lifetime I never got to see a winning season until now and I have watched the most baseball over the past couple weeks than I have in my lifetime.

Pirates made me a believer and many others as well; I can even reference players on the team such as McCutchen, Alvarez, Martin, Cole, and Marte.

After the game the manager Clint made a positive statement regarding his team.

“We were able to take a huge step forward this year in restoring the pride and the passion of the Pittsburgh Pirates‘ organization,” manager Clint Hurdle said, “and rebonding our city with a ball team.”

Let’s see if the Pirates can keep this good luck streak going and continue next year with a winning season.

I know I will be watching, will you? #LetsGoBucs