Stringing The Fan Along

Ben-RoethlisbergerThe Pittsburgh Steelers have managed to keep the candle of hope lit for most of their fans by winning three of their last five games — this is after a painful 0-4 start to the season.  Although, on its face, the recent winning record seems positive, most of the fans believe it’s just a tease and that major disappointment is right around the corner.

How did the Steelers get to this point?  

Their once proud defense is no longer a serious threat to other teams.  In week 9, the New England Patriots dismantled the defense.  Tom Brady enjoyed and capitalized on the non-existent pass rush, horrendous tackling and wide open wide receivers.  The defense looked like they were afraid to tackle (even the linebackers), maybe because they had been reading too many stories on concussions and the potential long-term effects.  If that is the case, I don’t blame them — although, if it is, it’s time to hang up the cleats and quit cashing the very large paycheck.

The Steelers’ offensive line is mediocre, at best.  This has been a problem for years and management should have better used the draft to solve this over a reasonable period of time.  To be fair, they did lose Maurkice Pouncey to a torn ACL in the first game of the season and he will miss the balance of the year.  He was a Pro Bowl center and the leader on the offensive line.  That said, he is one of six or seven on an offensive line that has continued to struggle this year and give little relief to quarterback Ben Roethlisberger or the anemic running attack.


Roethlisberger is a quarterback that receives premium pay for average service.  He is big and strong and can throw to all the different pass patterns but has a serious tendency to take too much time in the pocket to make a decision.  The up-and-coming 

A Steelers’ fan is accustomed to winning.  The sad part about the body of work this year is not that this could be one of their worst records in some time but that next year’s team doesn’t look like it is going to be that much better.  A string of mediocre years won’t sit well with this fan base.quarterbacks run through their reads much quicker and are looking to get the football out of their hands in 3 seconds (possibly up to 5 seconds) if it is play action.  Big Ben uses all that time and more, putting significant pressure on the mediocre offensive line and greatly increasing the likelihood of  getting sacked.

from Douglas MacFaddin’s Sports Page


Published by: Doug MacFaddin

Douglas Willis MacFaddin was born June 16, 1961 in the Miamisburg Hospital to Patricia Ann MacFaddin and Richard Willis MacFaddin. My mother’s maiden name is Morrison and she is the youngest of seven children who were raised in Lycippus, PA. My father was the second of four children and was a twin. He was raised in the town of Viola, DE. At the time of my birth, my father worked at the Mound Laboratories in Miamisburg, Ohio in research. Mound was an Atomic Energy Commission facility for nuclear weapon research during the Cold War. My mother made a home for our family. My father passed away in 1991 and my mother is currently living in Avon, CT. Doug MacFaddin is the oldest of five children (Doug, R. Stuart, Anne Marie, Megan and Mary (Heather)). I lived in Ohio for two years, spent the next seven years in Murrysville, PA (outside of Pittsburgh), moved to Little Silver, NJ and relocated my senior year in high school to Avon, CT. My four siblings currently live with their families in Avon, CT and are members of St. Ann’s Church. I attended Mother of Sorrows School in Murrysville, PA. In NJ, I attended Little Silver Point Road School, Markham Place School and Christian Brothers Academy (CBA) in Lincroft, NJ for three years. My senior year, I attended Avon High School and I then spent the next four years at Union College, Schenectady, NY. I received a BS in Industrial Economics and graduated in June 1983. While at Salomon Brothers, I was asked to attend a two-week seminar for Public Finance at the University of Michigan in 1986. In Little Silver, I was involved in Troop 126 where I achieved the rank of Life Scout and was both a Patrol Leader and a Senior Patrol Leader. I also was an alter boy at St. James Catholic Church and spent summers a the Ship Ahoy Beach Club in Seabright, NJ and caddying at the Rumson Country Club. At Christian Brothers Academy, I wrestled for the varsity squad for three years. I took second in the districts my junior year and went on to the regionals. I also ran on their cross country team freshman year and was part of the CBA Colt team that hasn’t lost a duel meet since 1973. My senior year at Avon, I won the wrestling States (S). I went on to wrestle at Union College and qualified for the Div III nationals twice (1981, 1982) and was co-captain both years. My senior year at Avon, CT, I also won the States (S) in pole vaulting. It was the first time Avon High School had a state champ in two sports in the same year. During my four years, I earned nine varsity letters between wrestling, track and football. In 1979, I was accepted into The National Honor & Merit Scholars Society. Upon graduating from Union College, I accepted a position at Salomon Brothers Inc in August 1983. I was an analyst in their Public Finance department at One New York Plaza. I lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn and spent the next four years working at Salomon Brothers. As a result of Black Monday, October 19, 1987 the Public Finance Department of Salomon Brothers was jettisoned to conserve capital. By November 1, 1987, I was working at Dean Witter Reynolds in the new Public Finance Department made up of many of my former Salomon Brother’s colleagues. The new Department was located on the 57th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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