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A Much Needed Win

Posted in Sports, Steelers with tags , , , , on October 20, 2013 by Once Unwanted Girl

1394455_10201244681413717_1418075318_nWe most definitely aren’t undefeated like the Denver Broncos but it feels pretty damn good for Steeler Nation to finally take home a win, especially on the road. While in attendance at Metlife last Sunday for some gorgeous football weather, I was amongst many other Steelers faithfuls hoping for a little taste of victory. There were 5 charter buses that had journeyed from Pittsburgh ( about 6.5 hour drive) to attend this game and there was at least 15% of the stadium filled with terrible towels and their favorite jersey.

Birthday boy Ryan Clark had an impressive red zone interception which was his first of the season and a total of 5 tackles and 3 assists. Jarvis Jones who many have been keeping their eyes on did not disappoint with two tackles. This Rookie is going to do great things for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season.

In the 3rd quarter Big Ben throws a 55 yard down pass to Sanders for the only touchdown of the game.

Geno Smith’s pass to Hill was instantly read by Polumalu as he raced across the field to lay him out with a clean monstrous hit.

The Jets couldn’t put up any points the entire second half which lead them to a total of 6 points from 2 field goals. Many Jets fans vacated the stadium at the 2 minute warning after the final nail was put in the coffin and Smiths second and last pick of the game was thrown. The final score was 19-6 and as the clock expired you could here the “Here we Go Steelers” chats, the “1-4,1-4,1-4” chants it was so fun.

Going into week 7 the Pittsburgh Steelers definitely have health and the positive momentum on their side. Coming from week 6 with a win achieved will definitely give them the confidence they need to take on this divisional arch nemesis. The majority of Steelers are healthy with the exception of Curtis Brown (DB), Jarvis Jones (LB), Brett Keisel (DE), Steve McLendon (DT) and Heath Miller (TE) who are all probable.

Game Score: Steelers: 24 Ravens: 21

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You Win Some & You Lose Some

Posted in Sports, Steelers with tags , , , , , , on December 14, 2012 by Once Unwanted Girl

The Pittsburgh Steelers went into week 13 not knowing if they would be 0-2 against their arch nemesis, the Baltimore Ravens.  Week 11 they had an upsetting 13-10 loss even with the excellent touchdown by Byron Leftwich. It just wasn’t enough to get the win. Followed by an atrocious game against the Cleveland Browns (20-14).  The Steelers had a total of 8 turnovers that game 3 of which were the product of Mendenhall’s carelessness and 3 interceptions.

However, Charlie Batch was able to put up great numbers and redeem himself with his win over Baltimore. Batch had a total of 276 passing yards and completed 25 of 36 passes. The Steelers had possession of the ball nearly 10 minutes longer than the Ravens despite their 3 turnovers. Dwyer and Miller each had a touchdown and Suisham successfully kicked 3 field goals which led to the (23-20) win over Baltimore.

The Following week the Steelers took on the Chargers. This game was in favor of the Steelers but it’s important to not count your chickens before they hatch. This was Big Ben’s first game back since his injury and it was clear that he was out of practice.  He was not as agile and fluid as usual and it reflected in the score of the game.  Ben had a total of 285 passing yards with 22 of 42 completions. The momentum of the game was flowing in favor of the Chargers the majority of game. And it got worse for the Steelers in the 3rd quarter with a  lateral pass gone sour.   Not only was the ball fumbled but it tumbled into the end zone as Antonio Brown let it slip through his hands only to be recovered by Jammers for a touchdown.   The Steelers picked up their game in the 4th quarter with 14 points but it wasn’t enough to interrupt the Chargers success. The Chargers then followed up with 2 touchdowns for a final score of 34-24.

The Steelers have to go to work this week against the Cowboys if they want a shot at the playoffs.  Sanders, Lewis and Woodley are all looking good for Sunday. However, Taylor, Adams, Allen and Colon have not been practicing so their status for Sunday is undetermined.  Harrison and Troy they haven’t been practicing but for unrelated reasons.  As for Mendenhall, he won’t be playing due to his misconduct suspension, for missing the game against the Chargers.  Even though a player is ruled inactive for a game they are still required by the Steelers policy to be in attendance on the sideline unless an injury or special circumstance prevents them.

Mendenhall was injured most of this season, demoted after his poor performance against the Browns and suspended this week. Things are not looking good for Mendenhall who will be a free agent next year.

The Steelers offense need to be sharp and minimize mistakes and turnovers in order to be successful against the Cowboys and to stay ahead of the Bengals who defeated the Eagles.

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Steelers Week 2 Redemption

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 19, 2012 by Once Unwanted Girl


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The Pittsburgh Steelers started off the season on the wrong foot but it is important to realize that the 1st game of the season doesn’t determine a teams long term success.

It was unfortunate that the Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs last year due to the ridiculous TD the first few minutes of overtime and to start this season off by being defeated by the Broncos yet again, left a bitter taste for Steelers fans.

However, Haley did not let this negative energy deter his offense from taking control of the gridiron for a total of 36:36  against the New York Jets.

Going into the Week 2 game at Heinz field, Rex Ryan’s Jets were feeling pretty optimistic and strong coming from their 48-28 point domination over the Bills. However, all that glitters is not gold because Sanchez was only able to throw for 138 yards with 10 out of 27 completed passes. His gorgeous new muse, Eva Longoria apparently didn’t give him enough inspiration this week.  

Pittsburgh was able to come through strong even without star defenders, Polamalu and Hard-Hitting Harrison. This was definitely a great opportunity for some rookie defensive players to shine. Woodley and Hayward each had a sack on Sanchez.  The Steelers defense performed well and it was great to have safety Ryan Clark make his season debut. During an interview with Clark he said ” I am looking forward to the New York Jets in the week 2 because I want to be able to play!” It was quite evident that Clark was happy and ready to be on the field. He was the leading defensive player with 7 tackles and 1 assist. Larry Foote followed with 5 tackles and 2 assists. 

The beginning of the game was in the Jets favor but the Steelers took the lead at the half as Miller scored a 1 yard touchdown and Suisham had severa solid kicks which contributed to the score.

Oh my third quarter blooper!

Note to Kerley: Never take your eyes off the ball!!! It leads to the possibility of getting bopped in the head. This careless play led to the Jets fumble as Mundy recovered and gave Pittsburgh excellent field placement.  

Ben took a chance in the 3rd quarter and “put his faith in his guys” with his risky 37 yard throw to Wallace. Ben knew that Wallace wasn’t open as he ran down the field neck and neck with Kerley. Wallace was able to exhibit his amazing talent by keeping both feet in the end zone to score that athletic Touchdown.

Redman had a pretty fancy spin move as he gracefully ricocheted into the end zone which brought the score to 26-10 in the fourth quarter.   To sum things up, Ben was able to complete 24 of 31 passes and lead his team to a 27-10 victory.  As the season continues, Ben will be another step closer to surpassing the 27,898 career passing yard record of Terry Bradshaw.  

Next week the Steelers (1-1) take on the Raiders (0-2) and it won’t be decided until closer to Sunday whether or not Tomlin has Polamalu and Harrison play.  Either way it is safe to say that the odds are in the Steelers favor week 3.  

Let the Games Begin: A Chat With Ryan Clark

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , , , on September 9, 2012 by Once Unwanted Girl

In honor of the Pittsburgh Steelers season kickoff against Denver. I wanted to share the interview that I had with this exceptional member of the Pittsburgh Steelers who will not be playing until Week 2 against the Jets. Currently Pittsburgh Steelers safety Ryan Clark’s career stands at eleven years and counting. This veteran safety began playing when he was just 5 years old and was a natural at the game of football. He also enjoyed playing basketball and baseball but football was his true calling. After attending Bishop Shaw High School he went on to have a successful college career at LSU.

Amarie: What made you choose to attend LSU?

Ryan: It was close to home, a good school and a great college football destination. Also, I had a dream I was on the sideline when LSU beat Florida and took it as a sign.

Amarie: Prior to being drafted into the NFL was there a specific team you hoped to play for?

Ryan: No, not at all. I just wanted a chance to play. I would have been happy anywhere.

Clark was originally signed by the NY Giants in 2002 as a free agent and had a brief stint playing for the Redskins but is more commonly known for being a Pittsburgh Steeler. Throughout his NFL career Clark has overcome injuries and the 2007 sickle cell scare in Denver. When I asked him about his condition he explained that his sickle cell disease “strictly affects him only in Denver other than that everything is fine.”  With that being said Clark is most looking forward to week 2 since it will be his first game of this season. Unfortunately, Clark was unable to play in the playoff game in Denver last season against Tebow’s Broncos and he will have to watch on as his team takes on Peyton in week 1. Even though he is disappointed that he can’t play this game he is confident in the Steelers offense and is looking forward to stepping on the field and facing the Jets in week two!

Amarie: Has there been any players whom you have looked up to or tried to emulate?

Ryan: Sean Taylor is someone who inspires me. He was a dear friend and an amazing talent. It was his intensity and passion that I try to emulate. He played every play like his last. And Troy is a true inspiration for his immense talent and ultimate humility. I can only pray to be that way.

Amarie: After appearing on ESPN, do you have any plans to pursue a career as an analyst after football?

Ryan: I’ll definitely explore that as an option. I hope I get the opportunity.

The Pittsburgh Steelers have had an interesting pre-season run.  The addition of Haley to the offensive team caused some tension with Ben in the beginning but now seems to be running pretty smoothly.

Amarie: Is there any concerns with Big Ben adjusting to the new offensive style?

Clark: He is a pro- bowler, 2 time Super Bowl winning QB. If it were my job to be concerned, which its not. I wouldn’t be at all. He’ll do great.

The confidence of Ryan Clark in his team mates and coaching staff is well earned because the Steelers have pulled it all together by winning 3/4 preseason games.  Preseason games don’t mean much but hopefully this is an indication that they will continue to work hard and there will be some big moves by the younger guys. Another interesting twist to the Steelers off season was the Mike Wallace and his infamous hold out  which caused a little bit of angst this summer but he is back and in action.  Hopefully we can see him get the job done on the field after all of the drama that he caused.

Injuries are an unavoidable part of football. David Decastro was put on injured reserve after sustaining a knee injury during the preseason Bills game which could end up being at least 8 weeks without this young Guard.  Mendenhall is still recovering from his knee surgery but it’s only a matter of time that we will see him on the field again.  Redman will do just fine against the Broncos and is more than capable of gaining some yardage for the Steelers.  Redman was the Steelers second leading rusher in 2011 and his average yards per carry actually exceeded Mendenhall’s last year.

The Steelers opening season game against the Broncos will be an exciting game and will most definitely be close. It will be interesting to see how Peyton does with his debut game. Let the games begin!

Prediction:                   Steelers        24               Broncos              21

All that Glitters is Not Gold in Pittsburgh

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , , on March 22, 2012 by Once Unwanted Girl

This past NFL season brought many ups and downs for Pittsburgh Steelers fans.  The ups included the win over the New England Patriots (25-17) which was quite pleasant along with the dominating wins over the Seahawks (23-0) and Rams (27-0). Not to mention the Steelers successfully were able to prove the many skeptics wrong by advancing to the playoffs despite their obvious ageing team. Hearing that you might think that ending the regular season with a 12-4 records is pretty peachy but all that glitters is not gold.

The bad began with the first game of the season against the Baltimore Raven’s.   I was in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico and made my girlfriend find a bar with the Sunday Ticket so that I could selfishly indulgence in my favorite weekend pastime.  This particular game of the season was a definite heartbreaker and the only low to my otherwise beautiful Caribbean vacation.  By the end of the first quarter the Ravens had managed to score 2 unanswered touchdowns against the Steelers. Ray Rice was the top rusher of the game with 107 rushing yards and 2 Touchdown catches.  Flacco threw for 3 touchdown passes and 224 passing yards.  The final score was 35-7 and this was a reason for concern in regards to the performance of the Steelers and the uncertainty of their season.

The problems continued with the numerous injuries that began piling up early in the season.  Willie Colon suffered a triceps injury during week 1 which resulted in season ending surgery.  Both Scott and Legursky had injuries in September in addition to the numerous other plays that sat games out. By the end of September, there were 9 players who had been suffering from some sort of injury.  Casey Hampton injured his shoulder in October. Harrison had his eye socket injury and Big Ben had an ankle sprain among the laundry list of injuries not mentioned above.  Overall this Steelers team is quickly growing older and despite the success of this veteran team it was evident throughout the season that changes were going to be made one way or another.

Week 9 of the regular season did not put smiles on the faces of Steelers fans.  Pittsburgh lost to the Ravens for the second time this season.  The score 23-20 was closer but it was not satisfying because the Steelers ended up finishing the regular season with a 12-4 record and tied with the Ravens.  However, they were not able to clinch the division because the Ravens had won more AFC North division games by beating Pittsburgh twice.

In December, James Harrison an aggressive hard hitting Pittsburgh Linebacker incurred a 1 game suspension for his hit on the Brown’s QB Mccoy.  His attempt to appeal the suspension was declined and he missed the game against the Niners.  Not having Harrison at this game and an injured Big Ben, Carter, Pouncey and Sanders did not help the Steelers against this successful Niners team. The Niners ended up beating the Steelers 20-3.

The finale of the season was the upset by Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos.  I like to refer to this particular game as “the dreaded Wild Card Weekend” in Denver.  Going into this game the Pittsburgh Steelers were thought to have the advantage since they were facing the Broncos who finished the regular season 8-8 with the help of their novice Quarterback Tim Tebow. There were a couple issues that affected the outcome of this game.  For example, on January 6th right before playoffs Running Back Coach Kirby Wilson was injured in an unfortunate fire in his home which greatly upset the Steelers franchise.  Safety Clark was not allowed to play at Mile High Stadium due to the altitude and his condition. Big Ben was getting over his ankle injury suffered toward the end of the season which had an effect on his performance.  The game began with the Broncos dominating the scoreboard the entire first half with 20 total points.

The Steelers entered the second half with vengeance and had a comeback scoring 17 points to Denver’s field goal. This resulted in an overtime to see which team would score first and advance to Foxbourough for the divisional playoff game. On the first play in overtime Tebow threw to Demaryimus Thomas for an 80 yard touchdown. Thomas was able to get passed CB Ike Taylor and Safety Mundy to successfully end this game. This play only took 11 seconds and happened to be the shortest overtime in the history of the NFL. Max Starks and Casey Hampton both suffered knee injuries in this game and this was quite the upset for Pittsburgh fans. The Steelers finished the 2011-2012 season with a 12-5 record and many more changes ahead to be discussed in the next post! This season didn’t end as expected but it didn’t begin as expected either. This just shows that you are only as good as your last game and we didn’t bring it against the Broncos that Wild Card match up but despite the ups and downs, wins or losses I am still a die hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan for life!

My First Live NFL Player Interview & the Beginning of SCF & Amarie!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by Once Unwanted Girl

Yesterday was a very special day for me.  I had my first LIVE interview with a former NEW YORK GIANTS Defensive End in my hometown of Milford, CT!  It’s crazy that a year ago I was filming a silly video about my Pittsburgh Steelers from the comfort of my University of New Haven dorm room using my bootleg digital camera.  AND look at me now, I am recording in a legitimate studio thanks to my friend Gregory at Studio 95 Photographix! AND not only is the equipment fabulous but I had the opportunity to interview Leonard A. Marshall who played for the NY Giants for 10 seasons, the Redskins for 1 and the Jets for another year before retiring as a Giant!

It’s like Jessica Biel’s quote in Summer Catch “IF YOU WANT BIG REWARDS, YOU HAVE TO TAKE BIG RISKS.” This quote has always been a favorite of mine and it has proved to be true in my life thus far.

Looking back on the last 6 months, I could have made the choice to be miserable after graduation in a job that wasn’t suited for me, be depressed after losing my job and then get down because it took me almost 1/2 a year before I was able to get another full time gig but I stayed strong and I learned a heck of a lot about myself in the mean time. I wouldn’t change one moment of what I went through to get to where I am at today. You really need to take the time to get to know yourself and what you want in life before you can truly be happy and feel like you have a PURPOSE. I’m not going to lie as much as I have always seemed so confident and sure of everything to the people who’ve known me all of these years BUT there are definite times that I feel all the stress and uncertainty. Through the unemployment struggle and post-graduation stress I found myself, my appreciation for my relationships in my life and my passion/calling.

You may not know this but I was adopted from Asuncion, Paraguay which is a third world country in South America in 1989 by my family here in Connecticut.  During the time my mother was there there was a near military coup when the old Dictator Stroessner was coming back to get rid of the new Dictator Lopez. Of course I was little and eating Oreo’s not knowing what the hell was going on. He never ended up coming but my mom protected me nonetheless and brought me to this country. She saved me from the life of poverty that I could have had.

Unfortunately, growing up I resented my personal history and hated my birth mother for giving me up but I was young and really didn’t understand the POWER of adoption.  As I have grown older I have come to see how truly blessed I am with all that I have in my life.  Not many people can say that they have had 3 familes but I can. I was born to a young girl named Maria who was 13 years old, lived with my foster family in Asuncion and then have lived with my family in the U.S ever since so I would say that I have been a pretty loved girl throughout my life.

I have had a couple close calls in my life including being very sick when I was young with my asthma and being in a bad accident when I was hit by a drunk driver when I was 15 that could have be disastrous but I AM STILL HERE! People forget that we are not invincible and that all of us have an expiration so it is up to each and every one of us to Carpe Diem and live our lives to the fullest because unless you believe in reincarnation there is only one live to life for us so please join me and make the most of it!

I’m not sure what I believe in spiritually but I do know that there are some angels looking out for me and pushing me.    If you want to be successful in anything in your life you must learn to think out of the box and stay positive.  If you don’t try to reach for the stars there is no way to know if you would have/could have made it.

From this point on I’m continuing to make things happen and follow my passion so that one day I can look back on this and smile and NOT wonder WHAT IF but HOW CAN I inspire others to walk in my footsteps and really believe that they they can be all that they want to be. There is a reason I am before you now and I am happy to be apart of your lives!Image

Spending the day with a Giants FOOTBALL Legend!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by Once Unwanted Girl

Spending the day with a Giants Legend!

After a successful & productive time at the studio, Leonard A. Marshall and myself hanging out on Wooster Street in New Haven,CT. Gotta Love Frank Pepe’s pizza and Libby’s pastries!! The teaser video for the interview will be posted soon… sooo stay tuned for that and the FULL interview with Leonard Marshall and learn about the man behind the #70!!!