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Steelers Fever – The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

The Good, The Bad And The Ugly – By Nick Signorelli

Steelers Fever Exclusive Editorial

Now that we are in the countdown to training camp, and lots of good stuff to write about, it is time to announce the first annual “The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly” awards nominees. Please E-Mail me your vote for each of the following categories, and the winners will be announced next week.

The Good

Teddy Bruschi – Teddy is the kind of guy I would have loved to see in a Steelers uniform. After helping the Patriots win the Super Bowl against the Eagles, went on to play in his first Pro Bowl. 10 days later, Teddy suffered a mild stroke. He has made the smart decision to sit out the 2005 season. It doesn’t matter if you like him or not, he is doing the right thing for his family, so to me, this makes him one of the good.

Brett Favre – Could have walked away with all of the off field problems he has had, with his wife’s breast cancer, and his brother in law dying on his ranch at the end of the last season. He lost more than half of his starting offensive line, and his most productive receiver is holding out. When Drew Rosenhaus asked Brett to call him, he said he has nothing to say to him, he never held out. Someone that has the right to complain, he has done nothing but play. After beating his prescription drug problems of the late 90’s, this qualifies him as one of the good.

Myron Cope – Legendary announcer that has decided to call it a career after health problems. He has been the voice of the Steelers for over 30 years and has been a staple in the broadcast end of the Steelers.

The Bad

Jack Del Rio and the Jacksonville Jaguars – First they lied last year about the extent of an injury to Byron Leftwich, then again about the injury to Fred Taylor. The media was told that Fred had a minor knee injury, then Fred himself admitted that he had surgery to repair damage to a torn MCL and ACL.

Drew Rosenhaus – For having so many of his players hold out for more money. Yes, it is the players decision, but it was encouraged by Drew, and he is supposed to be the brains behind the brawn of the players. If you want to know about the players, go to “The Ugly”.

Ross Verba – Demanded a $30 million contract extention from the Browns, when he isn’t close to being worth that kind of money. He would be in “The Ugly” section, but he is paying for his greediness by not having any other teams interested in his services.

The UglyTo me, the ugly is the people that have made the dumbest decisions over this summer. These guys are worse than the bad. They are doing things that is just downright wrong, and need to be held accountable.

Terrell Owens – How any man can ask to have a contract renegotiated with 6 years left on it is beyond me. To me, if T.O. doesn’t show up for camp, they should put him on the inactive list and make him sit until he decides to honor his contract. If the Eagles were to do this, they would become my favorite NFC team.

Javon Walker – Holding out of training camp with 2 years left on his deal. This could be Brett Favres last year under center, and his biggest weapon is going to be AWOL from camp.

Sean Taylor – As I have noted numerous times, Sean has been nothing but headaches this year. Had he gone to camp, he wouldn’t even be in this article. He held out of OTA’s because he wanted a better contract, then he was arrested and charged with felony battery.

Adam “Pacman” Jones – The 6th overall pick in the 2005 draft, has had numerous run-ins with the law so far, with the worst being a felony vandalism. This kid hasn’t even signed his rookie contract yet. If he is this way as a rookie, you can see another T.O. in the making.

Please E-Mail me at nsignorelli@swfla.rr.com with your responses, I will be posting the winners and losers on Friday 7/29.

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