Legends of Pittsburgh Cruise to Set Sail Again in 2022
The Legends of Pittsburgh Cruise is returning for its seventh voyage in spring of 2022.
Described as a “tailgate-at-sea,” Pittsburgh fans will have the unique opportunity to unwind or party alongside some of their favorite current and former Steelers players.
The seven-night cruise will set sail March 27 from Miami, and make stops in CocoCay, St. Thomas and St. Maarten, before returning to port on April 3.
Next year’s roster of players and legends includes Devin Bush, Terrell Edmunds, Zach Banner, Arthur Moats, Dermontti Dawson, Merril Hoge and many more.
Fans will have the opportunity to join their favorite past and present players for Q&A sessions, karaoke and cocktail parties, sports court competitions and exclusive photo and autograph opportunities.
Notable past players that made the trip included Antonio Brown, JuJu Smith-Schuster, Brett Keisel, Hines Ward and Casey Hampton.
Fans interested in the experience can click here to enter for a chance to win a voyage for two on the Legends of Pittsburgh Cruise.
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June 12, 2013 / 5:45 PM EDT / CBS Pittsburgh
If you're a Steelers fan, how would you like to hang out with current and former players? What about having dinner or a conversation with them all while cruising to the Bahamas?
Well, it's no longer just a dream.
Next March, you could set sail on a first-ever Steelers cruise.
Hines Ward, Franco Harris, Mel Blount, Willie Parker, Antwaan Randle El are just some of the Steelers you've watched on television or at Heinz Field or Three Rivers Stadium.
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Great experience going to my first Steelers game!! Captain was extremely friendly as well as the... read more
everything was great ,the crew was friendly this was a small intimate event and was great the boat... read more
Service was awesome. Whether a Pittsburgh native, or a visitor in town for the weekend. Food was great and the crew was excellent. Would 10/10 recommend to anyone!
Great experience going to my first Steelers game!! Captain was extremely friendly as well as the crew!!
We attended a Steelers sail gate. Not worth the money. The boat didn’t leave on time, the “Captain” gave the instructions at the beginning of the trip like he was a power hungry retired drill Sargent. (Lighten up guy, we are all adults) and the food was meh at best. Save your money.
Hi Jenniferb0073 , Thanks for your feedback. We were disappointed to hear you didn’t have a fun time on our Opening Sailgate this weekend. We aim for all our guests to have a great time, especially the Steelers fans celebrating with us on our yacht. Sailgates are our favorite events of the year, even when the Steelers lose. As much as we want everyone to eat, drink, & be merry, we have to run a tight ship on Sailgates because our only priority over a great time is everyone’s safety. Sometimes safety means getting folks to follow safety rules, & sometimes it means a slightly late start to make sure everything is ready to sail. The delay this weekend was because our Steeler, Jeff Reed, was buying someone a drink. Our caterers are some of the best in the ‘Burgh, so we’re sorry to hear you didn’t enjoy their spread. For $90/ticket we included a fully-catered buffet with beer/wine included, an extensive cash bar selection, a pre-game party with a Steelers legend (the wonderful Jeff Reed), PLUS the ability to watch the game from the comfort of our yacht, enjoying views of the city. And we think that’s a pretty good deal :) Best, “Sgt.” Capt. Mark S.
everything was great ,the crew was friendly this was a small intimate event and was great the boat was clean and the captain took us to the popular site and had great photo opps
Words can not express what a wonderful time we had. We chartered The Fantasy for a lunch event with a small group of people and a 4X Super Bowl Champion. The crew were super friendly and Captain Mark Schiller was great to work with. We chartered The boat fort 90 minutes, and cruised along Allegheny pass the Pirates Baseball Stadium, the beautiful fountain at Point State Park and then right up to HEINZ FIELD (Here We Go Steelers). The fantasy provided our group with an intimate setting for our special event. I highly recommend Pittsburgh Luxury Cruises for any type of group event you may need a venue for. I.e. corporate luncheons, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, so many options. I found out that they even rent pontoons. And recently learned that they have tailgate cruises with meet and greets with former Steelers players on game days! Can't say enough great things about them. Looking forward to our next event with them! Sincere Appreciation, Michelle White
Mark and Eric were great! Super friendly, super laid back. The boat was clean and ran smoothly. My family was able to enjoy a relaxing two hour ride pontoon around the city. Worth the price and experience. Highly recommend.
Steelers’ Dwayne Haskins grief gives way to football realities
- Updated: Apr. 14, 2022, 8:16 a.m. |
- Published: Apr. 14, 2022, 6:03 a.m.
Dwayne Haskins was just getting started with the Steelers. His death leaves players grief-stricken, the team's future plans clouded and fans who were just getting to know and love him in utter shock. Yet somehow, football routines and the birth of a new season will takeover. But Haskins is forever a Steeler now and will never be forgotten. Hear much more on the profound impacts of the Haskins' tragedy in the Steelers Update Podcast, just below. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) AP
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The death of Dwayne Haskins is first and foremost a profound personal tragedy, most especially for his close friends and family. This will never, ever diminish.
Steelers’ players remain emotionally raw in wake of Haskins’ sudden, seemingly inexplicable death Saturday morning while trying to walk across all lanes of an Interstate in Florida.
Amid all this, it seems almost sacrilege to talk football. Yet, the all-important NFL draft awaits, less than two weeks away. Its impact on both the present and future in Pittsburgh cannot be overstated.
Dwayne Haskins figured largely in the Steelers’ future plans. Yes, the Steelers signed Mitch Trubisky in free agency as the apparent 2022 starter. But word was current No. 2 QB Mason Rudolph was going to be shipped out of Pittsburgh. Trubisky would start, and Haskins would back him up.
All the while, Haskins would continue being groomed for possible elevation as the franchise’s longer-term future.
The Steelers picked up Haskins after he was cast off from the Washington Football Team, which had drafted him with the 15th pick of the first round in 2019. Coming into 2022, Haskins had a year under his belt in the Steelers’ system and seemed poised to make a move up the QB depth chart.
Haskins’ presence, together with Trubisky’s arrival, would allow the Steelers the luxury of not drafting a quarterback at the end of this month. Instead, the team could follow its best-player-available philosophy and pick from the draft’s premium talent at other positions.
In wake of Haskins’ death that put an end to all the future promise he brought to Pittsburgh, those plans must be torn up and thrown away. Everything regarding Steelers’ strategy is back on the table, including drafting a quarterback at the No. 20 position.
Monumentally important decisions that will loom large, not just this season, but for many to come, must be made even as the team continues to grieve. The upheaval in the Steelers’ plans are so profound, the team’s brain trust of outgoing GM Kevin Colbert, Coach Mike Tomlin and even owner Art Rooney II, have no choice but to focus on how they move forward without Haskins.
We have much more on the many perspectives of Dwyane Haskins’ life and death – and his huge impact on the Steelers in such a short time – all in this somber edition of your Steelers Update Podcast.
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For grief-stricken Steelers’ players, it’s a different story. The dump truck-versus-pedestrian fatality came as a stop-you-in-its-tracks gut-punch for everyone connected with the Steelers organization, but especially the players.
Haskins wasn’t just a teammate. He was a brother. Something about his infectious personality, amazing physical gifts and leadership abilities caused teammates – from Ben Roethlisberger to Chase Claypool – to gravitate to him.
Players weren’t hiding their raw emotion, either:
-A moment of vulnerability- The moment I realized I had lost a brother. We are placed on this undesirable pedestal and become treated as if we are anything but human, but It’s okay to not be okay. Allow me to be the example. Love you, 3 🤍🕊 https://t.co/3ZGehDX49H pic.twitter.com/cIUHCiPM21 — Chase Claypool (@ChaseClaypool) April 9, 2022
The tragedy sent Pittsburgh players who were practicing with Haskins at the Florida home of new quarterback Mitch Trubisky reeling.
By definition, pro football players are young men at the peak of vitality, physicality and strength. Mortality is the last thing on their minds. Their biggest loss is a game, not a life. Simply put, their like should not be struck down like this.
To say it’s a shock is understatement:
Still can’t believe it. Here one day and gone the next. Way too soon. Rest Up Bro 🖤😔 https://t.co/xnPfLJMuVv — Anthony Miller (@AnthonyMiller_3) April 10, 2022
Players in their prime are forced to take stock of life and just how short it can be:
Kendrick Green on IG. #Steelers #NFL pic.twitter.com/FW5JZGIC2b — Blitzburgh✨ (@Blitz_Burgh) April 9, 2022
The only comfort is found memories and happier times:
Najee Harris on IG. #Steelers #NFL pic.twitter.com/P5nLPmdxLX — Blitzburgh✨ (@Blitz_Burgh) April 11, 2022
At 24, Haskins, the former Ohio state prodigy, had found a home with the Steelers -- and in Pittsburgh. On a recent Steelers’ cruise, known as the Steelers Legends experience, Haskins mixed with fans so well, he was voted the favorite player on the cruise. This was despite formidable competition from Steelers’ immortals from the 1970s, as well as recent Super Bowl heroes such as Santonio Holmes.
Haskins’ ever-present smile, his easy, out-going demeanor and ready laugh made an indelible impression on Steeler fans taking the cruise. By all accounts, they embraced him, and he loved every minute of it.
The video on Haskins’ recent cruise is heart-warming -- and heart-breaking because Steelers’ fans were just getting to know him. There was so much more to love:
Just last week, Haskins returned from the Steelers Legends Cruise and there he became a fan favorite. https://t.co/M3eXALiIHC — KDKA (@KDKA) April 10, 2022
Fans are left to honor his memory and wonder what could have been.
"Quite sad that we won't get to know him better and more so the community of Pittsburgh, who will not get to really know him as a person or as a player." pic.twitter.com/jHqDOAOJu9 — KDKA (@KDKA) April 10, 2022
The Pittsburgh tributes have been pouring in:
Rest In Peace, Dwayne Haskins. I made a Timelapse of the painting from my IG Live last hour. I wanted to honor his life, and his family through this painting. I hope you love it. pic.twitter.com/dfiELJe35m — Cody Sabol (@codysabolart) April 10, 2022
The finished product from the above video:
Thank you, Gabb 😌 It’s not perfect but I wanted to honor Dwayne’s life. He was beloved by everyone that knew him. https://t.co/uAFSps329m pic.twitter.com/Omt1aAopEF — Cody Sabol (@codysabolart) April 10, 2022
No wonder Steelers’ players, who’ve been around him day-in-and-out, unabashedly shed tears on social media in wake of his sudden, tragic death. Such was the bond they’d formed with Haskins in his first year with the Steelers.
Chase Claypool on IG. #Steelers #NFL pic.twitter.com/0ktsc1T8xq — Blitzburgh✨ (@Blitz_Burgh) April 9, 2022
All the while, Haskins was working hard to re-claim the mantle of starting quarterback in the NFL. Now we’ll never know how just how large he figured into the Steelers’ plans for the post-Ben Roethlisberger era. His Steelers’ story remains forever unfinished now.
Dwayne always had his eyes on the prize:
“I’m going to college here” Dwayne Haskins wanted to be a Buckeye from the jump. Ended up building a legacy there: Set OSU single-season record for passing TDs (50) Set OSU single-season record for passing YDs (4,831) 2018 Heisman finalist 2019 Rose Bowl MVP (via @OhioStateFB ) pic.twitter.com/5RJiBY8RCV — Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) April 9, 2022
The emotional hangover from Haskins’ sudden death will linger within the Steelers’ organization for a long time to come. Players like young receiver Chase Claypool, who refused to hide his raw emotions in wake of losing his brother, will forever feel this loss.
After all, Haskins was so full of life, his loss is hard to accept:
A video yesterday from Dwayne Haskins on IG having fun with Najee Harris down in south Florida #Steelers pic.twitter.com/4WqGhYPolN — Steelers Depot 7⃣ (@Steelersdepot) April 9, 2022
Eventually, however, the grief will give way to the birth of a new Steelers’ season. Haskins will not be forgotten. But mini-camps, training camp and the regular season will bring back familiar NFL routines, helping players move forward. This is the business side of the NFL. The $11-billion-a-year-league is nothing if not a business.
Alas, the practice goes on:
#Steelers running back Najee Harris is out training withthe Footwork King himself ( @Footwork_King2 ) pic.twitter.com/cKduidbabj — SteelerNation (@SteeIerNation) April 12, 2022
The death of a young, up-and-coming talent at age 24 reminds everyone there are no guarantees. Time is short – always. Greatness is even briefer – and even more rare. Opportunities cannot be squandered. They may never present themselves again. If these are some of the lessons, the resolve for personal and team success could be strengthened, even amid the grief and loss.
The most driven performers and highest achieving teams search for motivation from every experience. There’s some to be gained even here.
For now, the Steelers are a team in mourning. Very soon, they must be a team on the mend -- and on the move. Even as they do, Dwayne Haskins will not be forgotten. He’s forever a Steeler now.
Chuks on IG. #Steelers #NFL pic.twitter.com/0cbj9oj3ys — Blitzburgh✨ (@Blitz_Burgh) April 10, 2022
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Mitch Trubisky flourishes as Steelers cruise past the Panthers
By tommy jaggi | dec 18, 2022.
The Pittsburgh Steelers were looking to redeem themselves in Week 15, and they delivered a strong performance against the Carolina Panthers.
This wasn’t exactly the most anticipated football games of the 2022 season. As we entered the final four-game stretch of the year, the Pittsburgh Steelers were already essentially eliminated from the playoffs. Still, there was a flurry of terrible towels in Charlotte on Sunday as fans still show up in support of their team.
From the moment the Steelers kicked off against the Carolina Panthers, things seemed like they were going to go Pittburgh’s way. After forcing a three-and-out to open the game, Mitch Trubisky led the offense down the field for a 12-play, 76-yard drive that took 7:06 off the clock and resulted in a touchdown.
Though the Panthers returned the favor on the following drive, it was mostly uphill from there for Tomlin’s team. The Steelers held control of this game as they dominated Carolina in total yards, rushing yards, and time of possession, per ESPN stats .
Ultimately, the final score really wasn’t a good indication of how the game played out. Even though the Steelers won a 24-16 game, they never trailed in this contest and there wasn’t a point that seemed like they were going to cave.
Mitch Trubisky thrives in Steelers win
Because of the concussion of Kenny Pickett , Pittsburgh’s backup quarterback situation became a trending topic. Last week against the Baltimore Ravens, Mitch Trubisky threw 3 interceptions that not only lost Pittsburgh the game but ultimately sealed their fate in the 2022 season — pulverizing their playoff hopes.
As a result, many fans wanted Mike Tomlin to turn to Mason Rudolph this week, and Tomlin did leave the door open for that the happen, but he eventually gave the nod to Trubisky. After a game riddled with poor decision-making in Week 14, Trubisky redeemed himself with a strong game against the Carolina Panthers.
In the first half, Trubisky was remarkably efficient — passing for roughly 10 yards per attempt with a passer rating over 100. He was sharp, decisive, and accurate this week. The veteran’s highlight play was a beautiful 38-yard deep ball to George Pickens down the sideline.
Over the final two quarters, Trubisky made enough plays to keep the chains moving and put this game on ice. While his box score numbers were nothing to write home about, Trubisky did more than enough to help his team cruise to victory. Trubisky finished 17 of 22 for 179 yards for 8.4 yards per attempt and a 100.4 passer rating, per ESPN .
Tomlin proved that his decision to roll with Trubisky was correct. Though it’s too little too late for Pittsburgh in the 2022 season, this team will try to gain some confidence down the stretch heading into the 2023 offseason.
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There wasn’t a lot for fans to get excited about in a battle between two losing-record teams, but the Pittsburgh Steelers emerged victorious. How they finish in the final three games will determine where they end up picking in the 2023 NFL Draft next April.
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Steelers' cameron heyward: limited wednesday.
Heyward (groin) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Heyward missed six games on injured reserve with a groin injury and returned in Week 9 against the Titans, playing 55 percent of the defensive snaps and recording six tackles (four solo) and one tackle for loss. He should continue to see fuller workloads moving forward as long as he avoids any setbacks.
Steelers' Elandon Roberts: Limited Wednesday
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Steelers' Pat Freiermuth: Nearing return, could play Week 11
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Freiermuth has been dealing with a hamstring injury since Week 4 and was placed on injured reserve before Week 7. He'll miss a fourth straight game when the Steelers host the Packers this Sunday, but after that he's eligible to return and apparently has a realistic chance to do so. He did side work while his teammates practiced Wednesday, including sprints, and told reporters afterward that he didn't want to "jinx" anything by being too optimistic/hopeful. Connor Heyward and Darnell Washington have been filling in at tight end, with Heyward running the most routes but losing a bit more playing time to the rookie of late.
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Adams (ankle) did not participate at practice Wednesday, Mike DeFabo of The Athletic reports.
After sustaining an ankle injury during Week 9 versus Tennessee, Adams was still sidelined to start Pittsburgh's new week of practice. He'll probably have to practice Thursday or Friday to have any chance of suiting up in Week 10.
Steelers' Minkah Fitzpatrick: Still not practicing
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Despite having made progress recently in his recovery from the hamstring injury he sustained in Week 8 versus Jacksonville, Fitzpatrick sat out to start Pittsburgh's new week of practice. If he can't practice Thursday or Friday either, he'll likely miss Sunday's game versus Green Bay.
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Kenny Pickett, Steelers cruise past Buccaneers
[1/67] Aug 11, 2023; Tampa, Florida, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers safety Kenny Robinson (41) works out against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers prior to the game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement Neitzel-USA TODAY Sports Acquire Licensing Rights
August 12 - Kenny Pickett connected with George Pickens for an early touchdown and the Pittsburgh Steelers played four quarterbacks en route to a 27-17 win in their preseason opener over the host Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Pickett finished the game 6-of-7 passing for 70 yards, including his 33-yard scoring strike to Pickens. Mason Rudolph later added a 67-yard touchdown throw to Calvin Austin III, and Tanner Morgan and Mitch Trubisky also saw time at quarterback.
Anthony McFarland added a 14-yard rushing touchdown for Pittsburgh.
Baker Mayfield started the game for the Buccaneers and found Trey Palmer for an 8-yard touchdown pass early in the second quarter. Mayfield went 8-for-9 passing for 63 yards before giving way to Kyle Trask, with whom he is competing for the team's starting quarterback gig.
Trask finished 6-of-10 passing for 99 yards and one interception. Tampa Bay trailed 27-7 after three quarters before a 10-point fourth quarter, in which John Wolford (10-for-17, 111 yards) hit Payne Durham for a late 3-yard TD.
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5 “what if” moments from the 2022 Steelers season
Looking back on what could have been generally brings up the very best and ignores the negative consequences.
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I’ve heard it so much since the Steelers 2022 season ended. There has been all kinds of speculation as to what could have been the difference to land the Steelers into the playoffs. Whether it was from the very first week or in the final minutes of Week 18, there’s been plenty of Steelers fans saying how if one little thing changed how everything would work out perfectly.
But does it always work out?
As I discussed with Big Bro Scho on The Scho Bro Show podcast, playing the “what if” game will never yield a winner. Changing the past can never guarantee what would have happened. As much as we like to think we would have known, one little change could make all the difference, or it could set off a string of catastrophes that could end the world as we know it.
Yes, I just referenced “the butterfly effect” from Chaos Theory.
To have a little fun in the offseason, let’s take a look at five different “what if” situation that are common in Steelers’ Nation at this time. Let’s look at how it could best turn out, the worst case scenario, and the more realistic outcome based on the change. Of course, just like any scenario of changing the past, this is complete speculation and can never be proven. But the least we can do is have a little fun.
So it’s time to ask ourselves…
There was no horse collar penalty called against the Jets
The setup : In order to make the postseason, the Pittsburgh Steelers also needed help from the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets . While the Bills stepped up and did their part, the inept Jets and the “never was elite” Joe Flacco could not put more than a measly six points on the scoreboard against the floundering Miami Dolphins who were trying not to lose their sixth-straight game.
On the first play coming out of the two minute warning in a tie game, the Miami Dolphins were faced with a second and nine from their own 44-yard line. Completing a 2-yard pass, the Jets were called for a 15-yard horse collar penalty simply because a player put his hand on the back of the Dolphins’ player’s jersey. The penalty moved Miami into Jets territory where 7 yards on the next three plays gave them an opportunity for a 50-yard field goal with 0:23 remaining in the game. The field-goal was good, the Jets couldn’t pull off a play with the Stanford band where they ultimately gave up a safety, and the Dolphins win 11–6.
The best case : With no penalty, the Dolphins threw an incomplete pass on third down and were forced to punt. The Jets are able to get to the punter and block the kick which rolls down around the round 20-yard line where they take over. The Jets run down the clock before kicking a field goal as time expires and send the Steelers into the postseason. The Steelers become the first ever seventh seed to run the gauntlet and win the Super Bowl , setting up a dynasty that brings home the next 10 Lombardi trophies.
The worst case : The Dolphins failed to get another first down, and the Jets stay with their typical ineptness. The game goes to overtime where neither team can cross midfield. As the Jets miss a 36-yard field goal as time expires to win the game at the end of overtime, George Pickens, believing a tie does not help the Steelers’ playoff chances, slams his helmet into the ground, striking and breaking Najee Harris’ toe. As Harris begins to hop up and down, he inadvertently loses his footing and falls into T.J. Watt’s knee, causing an ACL tear that costs him the entire 2023 season. As Watt goes to the ground, his helmet flies into the air and hits Kenny Pickett in the head, giving him his third concussion of the season. The Steeler still make the playoffs, but with such a depleted roster they lose the game to the Bills 72–0 and sets the franchise back 10 years in their rebuild.
The realistic case : Much like on the third and eighth a few plays earlier, the Dolphins still convert a first down without the aid of the horse collar penalty. They are able to move the ball just into field-goal range as they still kick a 50-yard field goal as time expires and the final score is 9–6 instead. The Steelers finish 9–8 and still miss the playoffs.
One other thing went right in Week 14 against the Ravens
The setup : Hosting the Ravens in Week 14, the Steelers fell in defeat by a score of 16–14. Whether it was Kenny Pickett staying in the game and not being concussed after only eight plays, or anyone of the three interceptions thrown by Mitch Trubisky they were caught in the red zone, the easiest change would come from the Steelers properly blocking Chris Boswell’s field goal to where Calais Campbell couldn’t get through the line and the Steelers get the field goal in the fourth quarter where their touchdown with just over two minutes remaining gives them the lead in the game.
The best case : Any one of those scenarios above come to fruition and the Steelers defeat the Baltimore Ravens in Week 14. Going on to win the next four games, the Steelers finish their season on a six-game winning streak heading into the playoffs. The Steelers become the first-ever seventh seed to run the gauntlet and win the Super Bowl, setting up a dynasty that brings home the next 10 Lombardi trophies.
The worst case : If one of the scenarios come through and the Steelers are victorious against the Ravens at Acrisure Stadium. But after losing five-straight matchups with the Steelers, the Ravens come out with vengeance on their mind in Week 17. Roquan Smith makes an amazing play late in the game and knocks the ball away from Najee Harris in the final moments of the game, earning him an extra $10 million per season it his new contract to where it’s $150 million over five years. On the fourth-down play, Smith, is amped up from the previous pass defense and brakes through the line and sacks Kenny Pickett, breaking his leg to where he could never play football in the same manner. As the Steelers try to defend the Ravens in the closing seconds, a cheap shot comes at T.J. Watt to where he tears his ACL and is lost for the entire 2023 season. The Steelers go on to lose in Week 18 as well and finish the season 8–9. The loss of both Watt and Pickett the next season sets the franchise back 10 years in their rebuild.
The realistic case : The Steelers win in Week 14, the Ravens play revenge at home and pull out the squeaker in Week 17. None of the above injuries happen, allowing the Steelers to still handily defeat the Browns in Week 18. Although not heading into the next season on a four-game win streak, the Steelers finish 9–8 and still miss the playoffs.
The Steelers had one key play go their way against the Pats, Jets, or Dolphins
The setup : There were three games early in the season where any one of a single moment could have turned into a Steelers victory instead of defeat. Whether it be the muffed punt off Gunner Olsewski’s face mask against the Patriots, a pass which was to be thrown away to the sidelines which Pat Freiermuth got his hands on in deflected do a Jets player setting them up for the go-ahead touchdown, or any one of the dropped interceptions against the Miami Dolphins which could have set the Steelers up for a touchdown to take the lead in the second half, any one of these could have given the Steelers one additional victory. For this setup, we’ll go with the Patriots scenario since it was the first one to occur and could affect the other two outcomes as well.
The best case : By not muffing the punt, the Patriots don’t get the touchdown to get to a 17–6 lead. The Steelers fourth quarter touchdown gives them the 13–10 victory and they go into Thursday Night Football at 2–0. The Steelers take down the Browns due to the momentum created from there previous victory and host the Jets the next week. On the first play of the second half, Mitch Trubisky suffers an injury and Kenny Pickett enters in relief. This time, the momentum of the 3–0 start for the Steelers allows the defense to hold the Jets and the Steelers move to 4–0 on the season. Losing close games to the Bills and Eagles, the Steelers otherwise win all of their contests with their amazing rookie quarterback and stout defense to finish 15–2. As the number one seed, the Steelers roll through the playoffs setting up a dynasty that brings home the next 10 Lombardi trophies.
The worst case : On the Steelers first offensive play after receiving the ball from the Patriots punt, Mitch Trubisky throws a pick six and the Steelers ultimately lose the game. After falling the next week in Cleveland, the Steelers turn to Kenny Pickett to start the game in Week 4 only for him to suffer a season-ending injury late in the first quarter. Going back to a defeated Trebisky, he continues to throw multiple interceptions each game of the Steelers start an extensive losing streak. Thinking of the season is over, T.J. Watt decides it’s not worth risking injury to return in 2022. The Steelers go on the lose their final 16 games of the season. Seeing that the team is nothing without him, T.J. Watt attempts to renegotiate his contract and ultimately forces his way out to Pittsburgh via trade when things fall though. The Steelers front office is in shambles, which sets the franchise back 10 years in their rebuild.
The realistic case : After cleanly fielding the Patriots punt, the Steelers offense once again goes three and out only to see the Patriots put together an impressive touchdown drive. The Steelers do score one touchdown late but still ultimately fall 17–13. Everything else plays out as normal and the Steelers finish 9–8 and still miss the playoffs.
T.J. Watt had not got injured in Week 1
The setup : The reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, T.J. Watt left the game at the end of regulation against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 1 with a pec injury. Missing the next seven games, the Steelers went 1–6 without their best defensive player only to go 7–2 after he returned.
The best case : T.J. Watt doesn’t have to leave the field and makes the game-saving play keeping the Bengals from even tying the game and the Steelers winning in regulation. On a roll after such a big win, the Steelers are victorious in the next two weeks due to defensive shutouts. In a scoreless game in Week 4, the Steelers are tired of an inept offense and turn to Kenny Pickett who begins his Steelers career. The Steelers give up no more 17 points in any game and go 17–0 to finish the season. Being the first team in NFL history to go 20–0, the Steelers roll through the playoffs setting up a dynasty that brings home the next 10 Lombardi trophies.
The worst case : After leading the Steelers to a win in Week 1, T.J. Watt suffers a full tear of his pectoral muscle in Week 2 which causes him to have season-ending surgery. Burdened by having to carry the load of the defense after the Steelers bye week, Cam Heyward stays on the field for too many snaps and wears himself out causing him to retire at the end of the 2022 season. Alex Highsmith, leading the Steelers in sacks, sees a constant double team throughout the season and ends up tearing his ACL in Week 18 which causes him to miss the 2023 NFL season. All the Steelers players not under contract for the next year jump ship, leaving the Steelers last-ranked defense of 2022 in shambles and sets the franchise back 10 years in their rebuild.
The realistic case : The Steelers defense continues with their typical sack output and stout defense in the red zone in order to keep point totals even lower. But the Steelers office, taking their defense for granted, continues in the wrong direction and struggles to hit double digits each game. The Steelers finish 9–8 and still miss the playoffs.
Kenny Pickett started Week 1
The setup : There were many who felt the Steelers first-round draft pick should have started the season under center instead of Mitch Trubisky.
The best case : After an overtime victory in Week 1 against the Bengals, Kenny Pickett plays well enough against the Patriots to earn a 20–17 win. Using the momentum, the Steelers manage wins the next two weeks against the Browns and Jets. With all kinds of offensive momentum, the Steelers cruise through their schedule going 17–0. Being the first team in NFL history to go 20–0, the Steelers roll through the playoffs setting up a dynasty that brings home the next 10 Lombardi trophies.
The worst case : The Steelers start out great with their rookie quarterback going 2–0 in the first two weeks. But in Week 3, Kenny Pickett misreads the Browns defense to send help for a stunting Myles Garrett who comes right up the middle and knocks Pickett out for the remainder of the season with a right shoulder injury. Despite the hot start, the Steelers offense can do nothing with Mitch Trubisky at quarterback and finish 2–15. Even with high draft picks, the Steelers stick with Pickett as their quarterback although his shoulder is never the same and never finishes a season with a record greater than 8–9 through his entire rookie contract. The inability to move on from a first-round quarterback investment sets the franchise back 10 years in their rebuild.
The realistic case : The Steelers lose Week 1 to the Bengals because their rookie quarterback does not play a clean game and the difference of one turnover creates the loss. Pickett bounces back and wins games against the Patriots, the Jets, and the Dolphins. With two extra wins before the bye week, everything else plays out as normal through Week 16. But the Steelers rookie quarterback hits the rookie wall after starting so many games and the Steelers fall in defeat to both the Ravens and Browns in January. The Steelers finish 9–8 and still miss the playoffs.
This was a fun little exercise in showing the various extremes of trying to change the past. I must admit, it was almost impossible for me to come up with a realistic scenario of the Steelers going 9–7 and missing the playoffs if T.J. Watt was not injured in Week 1. But other than that, it was just as easy to see how things really wouldn’t have changed at all as much as it was to see how things would have turned out really good or really bad.
Do you have a different scenario in the Steelers’ “what if” game? Feel free to leave it along with the best case, the worst case, and the realistic case in the comments below.
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Video shows horrifying moments cruise ship passengers 'feared for their lives': 'Tables were flying'
Posted: November 8, 2023 | Last updated: November 8, 2023
Around 100 people were injured Saturday when a cruise ship off the coast of the United Kingdom entered rough seas
Saga Cruises' Spirit of Discovery ship encountered treacherous conditions Saturday in the U.K.'s Bay of Biscay. The vessel's automatic safety systems were activated, shifting the boat to one side before it came to a stop, according to the BBC.
A spokesperson for Saga Cruises told the outlet that the ship docked on Monday in Portsmouth, adding that nearly 100 people suffered minor injuries during the ship's maneuver. The spokesperson said that five people were transported to area hospitals once on land.
The ship had embarked on a 14-day cruise to the Canary Islands, which left on Oct. 24 with around 1,000 people onboard before cruise staff made a decision to turn around and head back to the U.K.
OFFICIALS UPDATE ON CRUISE SHIP CREW MEMBER WHO WENT OVERBOARD
However, one passenger told the BBC that the situation was dire. Another said people "feared for their lives."
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"To say 'minor injuries' is an insult to the many horrific broken bones, pelvises, lacerations, stitches etc. that were caused [to] a very old passenger clientele," the passenger said. "People were writing texts to their loved ones in case we capsized."
"The tone of voice in our captain... he was physically scared. We had crew crying. We had many passengers in awful states of fear," the passenger added.
Jan Bendall, a passenger on the ship, told the BBC that the captain came over the speaker system and told passengers to "remain seated or lie down."
One passenger, Emma Danbury, provided Fox News Digital with a video from her cabin showing waves hitting the ship.
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Bendall said the ship was at a standstill for about 15 hours during the storm, adding that her husband and herself were "holding on for dear life."
A portion of the dining room was converted into a "makeshift medical area," Bendall said, adding that passengers were asked to remain in their cabins for a portion of Saturday and all of Sunday.
Alan Grisedale, a passenger on the ship, said "tables were flying" with waves "throwing people around all up and down the place."
In a statement to the BBC, Saga said there was "very limited" damage to fixtures inside the ship, but it "remained safe at all times."
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"While the weather is clearly beyond our control, we want to offer our sincere apologies to all those affected who are now safely on their way home in calmer seas," the spokesperson said.
Fox News Digital reached out to Saga Cruises for comment.
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NFL | Steelers top Titans on Kenny Pickett’s late TD pass to Diontae Johnson
Johnson scores his first touchdown since january 2022 on a 3-yard pass from pickett with 4:02 left as pittsburgh erases another fourth-quarter deficit to slip past will levis and tennessee, 20-16.
By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers know their margin for error is impossibly thin. They know no other way.
The tighter the finish, the more the team they believe they can be – a team that rarely, if ever, shows itself for four quarters – emerges.
“You can’t get nervous,” running back Jaylen Warren said. “We’re not ones to fold. When the pressure builds, we love it. We love it.”
Sure looks like it.
Kenny Pickett threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to Diontae Johnson with 4:02 to go and Pittsburgh’s defense turned away Tennessee rookie quarterback Will Levis twice in the final minutes as the Steelers rallied for a 20-16 victory on Thursday night.
Pittsburgh (5-3) bounced back from a dismal loss to Jacksonville on Sunday by doing what it has done so well for so long: hanging around long enough to pull it out in the end.
Four of Pittsburgh’s five wins this season have come in games they trailed entering the fourth quarter. All five of Pittsburgh’s victories have come by eight points or less.
“The fact that we continue to find ways to win, I think is a huge advantage to us,” said Pickett, who threw for 190 yards and the winning score while playing with aching ribs. “No one panics down the stretch. We all are confident in each other.”
Pickett struggled at times while completing 19 of 30 but found Johnson for 32 yards down the sideline on the go-ahead drive then hit him again on a little out to Johnson just beyond the goal line for the receiver’s first touchdown reception since Jan. 3, 2022, a span of 23 games.
“It was a big deal to get him in the end zone,” Pickett said. “It’s been too long for sure.”
Johnson finished with seven receptions for 90 yards. Warren added 112 total yards – including a burst over the right side for 22 yards on the winning drive. Najee Harris had 76 total yards and a touchdown as the Steelers continued a startling trend. Pittsburgh is the 29th team since 1970 to be outgained in each of its first eight games and the only one to have a winning record in spite of it.
“Obviously we’re not satisfied with where we are,” Steelers outside linebacker T.J. Watt said. “We just need to continue to improve and eliminate problems as quickly as possible.”
Levis played well in his second NFL start but couldn’t match the electricity of his first, a four-touchdown masterpiece against Atlanta. Levis threw for 262 yards but his 39th and final pass ended up being the first interception of his career when Steelers linebacker Kwon Alexander picked off a pass at the goal line with six seconds remaining to seal it.
“It’s so hard to win games and you have an opportunity like that to win it at the end and it doesn’t happen, it makes you feel a whole lot worse,” Levis said. “Credit to them. they made the plays when they needed to and we didn’t.”
BURKS CARTED OFF
Titans wide receiver Treylon Burks was carted off the field with just over two minutes to go when he landed hard on the Acrisure Stadium turf after unsuccessfully trying to haul in a fourth-down heave from Levis.
The 18th overall pick in the 2022 draft, Burks lay on the field for several minutes while being tended to by medical staff from both teams. His face mask was cut off and he was placed onto a spinal board while players on both teams knelt on the Acrisure Stadium turf nearby. Burks appeared to be able to wiggle his toes as he was being loaded onto the cart.
After the game, Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Burks was alert, moving in the locker room and had full use of his extremities. Vrabel said Burks was being evaluated in a training room.
“It’s probably better than how it looked,” Vrabel said.
Burks was seen walking out of the locker room on his own power, stopping to talk to a coach before heading toward the team bus.
The Steelers moved embattled offensive coordinator Matt Canada from the coaching box to the sideline in hopes of helping provide a spark to a unit that began the night near the bottom of the league in every meaningful statistical category.
The immediate returns were encouraging. The Steelers ran for a season-high 166 yards and scored a touchdown on the opening possession for the first time all season.
Steelers first-round pick Broderick Jones fit in seamlessly while making his first NFL start at right tackle. Jones was noticeable during a handful of longer runs and helped clear the lane for Harris on his 10-yard touchdown sprint in the first quarter.
Second-round pick Joey Porter Jr. asked Coach Mike Tomlin during the week for the chance to shadow Titans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. A week after reaching the end zone three times against Atlanta, Hopkins was limited to four receptions for 60 yards despite being targeted a game-high 11 times.
“I was just like, ‘he’s got to see me,’” Porter said. “I just try to go in there with that chip on my shoulder and give him that good work.”
Titans: Four different Tennessee offensive linemen – left tackle Nicholas Petit-Frere, left guard Peter Skoronski, right guard Daniel Brunskill and tackle Andre Dillard – had to be helped off the field at some point during the game. All but Petit-Frere (shoulder) returned. … Cornerback Sean Murphy-Bunting left in the first half with a thumb injury.
Steelers: Pittsburgh lost defensive tackle Montravius Adams to an ankle injury in the first quarter. Inside linebacker Cole Holcomb was carted off in the first quarter with what appeared to be a serious left knee injury.
The Titans continue a three-game road trip when they travel to Tampa Bay on Nov. 12.
The Steelers finish a three-game homestand on Nov. 12 when Green Bay visits.
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The Times’ NFL writer, Sam Farmer , examines this week’s matchups. Lines according to FanDuel Sportsbook(O/U = over/under). Last week’s record 9-5 (.643); season 79-57 (.581). Using point spreads with the scores Farmer predicted, the record against the spread last week would have been 9-5 (.643); season 61-73-2 (.455). Off: RAMS, Kansas City, Miami, Philadelphia. All times Pacific.
Carolina (1-7) at Chicago (2-7)
Thursday, 5:20 p.m.
TV: Amazon Prime Video
Line: Bears by 3½. O/U: 38½.
Two lousy teams. The Panthers are really banged up, including no Brian Burns. The Bears can’t do much, but they can stop the run. That will put the game on the shoulders of Carolina rookie Bryce Young.
Prediction: Bears 20, Panthers 16
Indianapolis (4-5) at New England (2-7)
Sunday, 6:30 a.m.
TV: NFL Network
Line: Colts by 1½. O/U: 43½.
Colts often don’t play well against Bill Belichick’s teams, but these aren’t the same Patriots. Indianapolis front seven is stingy, and DeForest Buckner is one of the NFL’s best-kept secrets.
Prediction: Colts 23, Patriots 14
San Francisco (5-3) at Jacksonville (6-2)
Sunday, 10 a.m.
TV: Channel 11
Line: 49ers by 3. O/U: 45½.
Will the 49ers really lose four in a row? Jaguars are scary and rested but 49ers will be bolstered by three key players — Deebo Samuel, Trent Williams and Chase Young — who weren’t around for losing streak.
Prediction: 49ers 27, Jaguars 23
Cleveland (5-3) at Baltimore (7-2)
TV: NFL Ticket.
Line: Ravens by 6. O/U: 37½.
This could have a playoff feel. Baltimore did everything right against Seattle last week. Cleveland’s defense is stifling. Division games tend to be close. Hard to trust Deshaun Watson. That’s the difference.
Prediction: Ravens 24, Browns 17
Houston (4-4) at Cincinnati (5-3)
Line: Bengals by 6½. O/U: 48.
C.J. Stroud is no fluke. The rookie can play. The Bengals are starting to look like themselves. Banged-up Ja’Marr Chase has to be tantalized that Texans are hurting at safety and are vulnerable in middle.
Prediction: Bengals 28, Texans 21
New Orleans (5-4) at Minnesota (5-4)
TV: NFL Ticket
Line: Saints by 2½. O/U: 41.
Josh Dobbs coming in and leading Vikings to victory might be the best story of the season but can he pull of an encore versus the Saints? Here’s betting New Orleans defense isn’t going to let that happen.
Prediction: Saints 24, Vikings 20
Green Bay (3-5) at Pittsburgh (5-3)
Line: Steelers by 3. O/U: 38½.
The Steelers are nothing special this season, but they’re getting those timely turnovers. Don’t be fooled by the lopsided score in Green Bay’s win over the Rams. The listless Packers have next to no spark.
Prediction: Steelers 21, Packers 17
Tennessee (3-5) at Tampa Bay (3-5)
Line: Buccaneers by 1½. O/U: 38½.
Rookie quarterback Will Levis didn’t lead the Titans to victory last week, although he gave it a good run. Tampa Bay couldn’t stop rookie C.J. Stroud in Week 9 and has lost four in a row. This week makes five.
Prediction: Titans 20, Buccaneers 17
Detroit (6-2) at CHARGERS (4-4)
Sunday, 1:05 p.m.
TV: Channel 2
Line: Lions by 2½. O/U: 48½.
The Chargers had a noteworthy win against a championship Jets defense but Lions have too much firepower with Jared Goff playing great, and the 1-2 punch of backs Jahmyr Gibbs and David Montgomery.
Prediction: Lions 30, Chargers 23
Atlanta (4-5) at Arizona (1-8)
Line: Falcons by 1½. O/U: 43.
Kyler Murray is returning from his knee injury. Will he be as mobile? Probably won’t make big difference. The Falcons are better in most aspects and Taylor Heinicke gives some reliability at quarterback.
Prediction: Falcons 23, Cardinals 14
N.Y. Giants (2-7) at Dallas (5-3)
Sunday, 1:25 p.m.
Line: Cowboys by 16½. O/U: 38½.
With Daniel Jones (knee) done for the season, the Giants have nothing left. That Dallas defense is going to be swarming and this could get ugly early. Dak Prescott has a big day and the Cowboys cruise.
Prediction: Cowboys 35, Giants 10
Washington (4-5) at Seattle (5-3)
Line: Seahawks by 6. O/U: 45½.
The Seahawks come home after mustering a mere field goal in a lopsided loss at Baltimore. QB Sam Howell is decent but the Commanders have traded the teeth of their defense. Seattle should bounce back.
Prediction: Seahawks 27, Commanders 24
N.Y. Jets (4-4) at Las Vegas (4-5)
Sunday, 5:20 p.m.
TV: Channel 4
Line: Jets by 1½. O/U: 36½.
Often, teams have an instant surge after firing a head coach ., then quickly slip to old ways. The cobbled-together Raiders offense isn’t going to make a significant dent in that durable Jets defense.
Prediction: Jets 20, Raiders 14
Denver (3-5) at Buffalo (5-4)
Monday, 5:15 p.m.
Line: Bills by 7½. O/U: 47.
Since Week 4, the Bills have gone W, L, W, L, W, L — so they’re lurching along. Even though the Broncos have won two in a row and are coming off an upset of Kansas City, winning at Buffalo is a tall order.
Prediction: Bills 28, Broncos 17
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Honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame in recognition of his “long and distinguished reporting in the field of pro football,” Sam Farmer has covered the NFL for 25 seasons. A graduate of Occidental College, he’s a two-time winner of California Sportswriter of the Year and first place for beat writing by Associated Press Sports Editors.
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