Best asked and answered: June 23

November 8, 2021
DAVID BOGNAR, GERMANY, WI: If you were to put together an all-time Steelers performer, who would you put Joe Greene next? Would it be Ernie Stautner, Casey Hampton or Cam Heyward?

ANSWER: I have never seen Ernie Stautner play, but I believe that his accomplishments – becoming a member of the Hall of Fame and the first retired player in franchise history – speak to the excellence of his career, and these qualifications would make him a definite choice in Steelers’ all-time performance. Maybe it’s just my personal preference, but I have a lot of respect for how Cam Heyward plays and what he brings to the team as a leader, and for his playing behavior. In addition to my personal preference, there is one remarkable historical fact in favor of Heyward: In the history of the Steelers franchise, only two in-house defenders have been selected more than once for All-Pro on the first team: Joe Greene and Cam Heyward. So, I’d go with Joy Greene along with Heyward, because I don’t think there would be too many offensive lines out there willing to go down and smear them if necessary.

April 5, 2022
LUIS FELIPE CHIHUAHU, MÉXIKO: Can you tell us about the two biggest upheavals or tragic losses you think the Steelers have ever faced?

ANSWER: One thing that is important to understand is that the franchise’s NFL opening season was in 1933. That means the Steelers will be participating in their 90th NFL season in 2022, so if you ask questions “worst of all time” or “best ever” that contains a LOT of history. To limit myself to the post-zero era, I would point to the loss of the 1994 AFC Championship game at the Three Rivers Stadium in San Diego, because the Steelers were a two-figure favorite in front of the Chargers and got a sting while not losing the game. playing for victory; and a loss to the Green Bayle Super Bowl XLV as it was sabotaged by ball losses – Nick Collins’ choice in the first half and then in the fourth quarter of Rashard Mendenhall’s lost fumble.

December 16, 2021
STEVE MADDEN FROM ELDERSBURG, MD: One of your answers on December 14, “Asked and Answered,” was about punching and the fact that the NFL and colleges use a different ball. What is the difference between a K-ball and a ball used in college football? And besides, why not use college football for the same ball, since it’s essentially an NFL training ground?

ANSWER: You may perceive college football as an NFL training ground, but college football does not see itself as such and is not interested in promoting it. So there are differences in equipment and rules, and I believe there are always differences between college football and NFL football. As for the football used: In terms of overall circumference, college football can be up to 1-1 / 4 inch smaller than NFL football. For more details, college football has a circumference ranging from 20-3 inches to 21-1/4 inches from end to end, compared to 21-21-1/4 inches in the NFL. The NFL ball has no stripes and the college ball is painted two white, and although all college football has stripes, the balls are slightly different for each team. This is in contrast to the NFL consistency, where each team receives the same ball.

In 1999, the NFL switched to special “K-balls” for special team games, as there was growing concern that batsmen and batsmen were manipulating ordinary balls to make them fly higher and straighter. In 2015, got a bunch of former NFL players and spot players to explain some “trade tricks.”

Former NFL spot player Michael Husted, who has played for nine seasons with the Buccaneers, Raiders, Redskins and Chiefs, said he goes into the supply room every Monday and breaks into the nose of 36 football, hitting them against the table or the doorstep. Husted then blew up to 30 psi (NFL football standard 12.5-13.5) before being put in the sauna for two days, before being vented and exposed to the sun. This process softened the skin and expanded the sweet spot. The ball was then blown to normal pressure, but during the game it was essentially a completely different football.

Three-time Pro Bowl player Reggie Roby sat down and rubbed a piece of Astroturf football to break it in. Former Jaguars, Bills and Giants player Mike Hollis blew the balls and then rubbed them off with a wet towel. He also took a heavy weight plate, placed it on the football, stood on it and rolled it around. Others soak the balls in steamed milk or lemon juice. Some bake football in the microwave or bake them in the oven.

K-balls (or hit balls) do not move as far as in-game balls and cannot be “controlled” as accurately as round, softer balls. K-balls are no different from regular NFL football, but players describe them as heavier and slippery than the average NFL football. When K-Ball was first introduced in 1999, the original goal was for each shot to have a new ball. If that didn’t help, about a dozen K-balls were rotated during the game to ensure that each ball was hit the same number of times.

But after defender Tony Romo, who was also the owner of the Cowboys at the time, failed to play a brand new K-ball in the 2007 Dallas playoffs against the Seattle Seahawks, and his hit, which cost his team the win, the rules were in place. changed again. A dozen K-balls were numbered 1-12 and ball No. 1 was used in the first hit and it remained in play until it was no longer available, then K-ball No. 2, etc. was used. on.

Today, according to Rule 2 of Section 2 of the NFL Rules, six new football matches will be sent directly to the referee of each match and will be opened in the officers’ locker room exactly two hours and 15 minutes before the start of the kick-off. All K-balls are specially marked by the referee and are only used in hitting situations.

May 24, 2022
SHAUN CHALMER FROM BENDIGO, AUSTRALIA: I saw we terminated John Simon’s contract. What is the difference between terminating the contract and not “releasing them”?

ANSWER: The difference in terminology used reflects John Simon’s years in the NFL. Players with less than four years in the NFL will be disqualified, meaning they will go to the resignation line and can be applied for by any interested team. In the event of a claim, the player must play on the claiming team or not at all. A player like Simon, who was retired, has four or more years in the NFL, which means he can now play freely on any team he is interested in.

May 12, 2022
MICHAEL KUZMINSKI WARRENIST, PA: If you had to choose Heinz Field’s most iconic moment, what would it be?

ANSWER: It’s easy for me. It must be Troy Polamalu’s 40-yard choice 6 in the 2008 AFC Championship game against Ravens, which gave them a 23:14 win over the Steelers’ Super Bowl XLIII, where they won their sixth Lombard trophy. franchise history 27:23 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.

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