Lakers Supporting Cast Will Be Key In Remainder of Season

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Steelers’ Defensive Trend Continues…

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive struggles continued in Week 4 against the surprising Houston Texans at Reliant Stadium.

Harrison and Farrior in practice.

This year the Steelers’ usually dependable defense isn’t blaming their pass defense for their inability to slow the Texans, but the rushing yards the Texans picked up were the difference in their 17-10 win over the reigning AFC Champions.

Coming into the season many questioned whether or not the Steelers’ aging defense would be ready to come in and make another run at the Lombardi Trophy. Pittsburgh’s linebacker core, led by James Harrison, 33, and James Farrior, 36, have shown some signs of aging in the first four games of the season.

Last season the Steelers rush defense held their opponents to an average of 62.6 rushing yards per game throughout the season. This year’s defensive woes have allowed their opponents to rush for an average of 99.3 yards on the ground through the first three weeks and allowed Houston’s Arian Foster to run for 155 yards, which will surely bump up the average on the year.

Before the Steelers faced the Baltimore Ravens in Week 1, they had only allowed only one 100-yard rusher in their previous 50 games. This year the “Steel Curtain” has already allowed two 100-yard rushers as well as giving up 86 yards to Joseph Addai and the Indianapolis Colts in Week 3.

The switch on the defensive end has turned the 12th best passing defense into the league’s best passing defense but has also left the Steelers at a mediocre 2-2 in this young season. Coincidently, the Steelers have lost both games in which they allowed the opposing back to rush over 100 yards.

The Steelers’ are going to have to figure out how to get back to their “hit-you-in-the-mouth” style of defense if they hope to make a run at the Super Bowl. But first they have to make sure they can get into the playoffs.

The Worst of the Curse?

Cleveland Browns’ cover boy Peyton Hillis has strep throat.

Fans hope to see Hillis back in action for their Browns.

Every year the media, and fans alike, keep a close on eye on the player that has been featured on that years version of Madden.

Madden 2012 featured the Cleveland running back and the “Madden Curse” has officially struck once again. Or has it?

Daunte Culpepper’s knee in 2002, Michael Vick’s right fibula in 2004, and Shaun Alexander’s foot in 2007. These events occurred after these players faces graced the cover of Madden and knocked them out of games at a time.

Hillis’ strep throat has knocked him out this week against the Miami Dolphins but could this only be the beginning of worse things to come?

Cleveland fans are hoping that the worst is being dealt with this week and that Hillis will return to the backfield next week against the Tennessee Titans.

Mayweather taking advantage or sucker punching?

Now that the Mayweather/Ortiz fight has ended, let the media frenzy begin. Seconds after Ortiz and his hug efforts went crashing to the canvas, you could practically feel the world stop and express the approval, or disapproval, of the two-punch knockout.

The pre-fight meeting was just a taste of what would unfold on Saturday.

Ortiz fans and Mayweather haters are crying foul, but in the end, it was a legal combo that put Ortiz on his back.

The coming hours and days will show that boxing will still find its way into the ESPN headlines while the UFC is still around. Whether the WBC wanted it to happen this way, or not, doesn’t really matter.

Winners of the day? Boxing fans and the media, because it gives em something to talk about in these coming days and years to come. Oh, and Camp Mayweather.

Much Props- Michigan Fan and ESPN

ESPN reported earlier today that a Michigan fan saved the life of a Notre Dame fan last Saturday at their respective football squads match-up.

Even these rowdy fans have a heart.

The Fighting Irish fan had a heart attack and the Wolverine quickly jumped in and performed CPR. The quick thinking did just enough for the staff to get there and use the automated electric defibrillator on the 69-year old man.

The story sadly comes as a surprise since most stories about rival fans nowadays are about fights and murders that ensue in stands and parking lots. This is a fresh reminder that in the end, we’re all sports fans and humans that simply don’t agree on jersey colors. Thank the reporters at ESPN for making sure this story made the top stories on the website.

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Much Props.

Much Props: Chris Johnson’s Contract and The Jags’ Classy Move

Tennessee- It nearly took all of pre-season for the Titans’ and running back Chris Johnson to come to an agreement, but the deal has finally been made.

Chris Johnson has reason to celebrate off the field.

The Florida native held out until there was only a few days left in the pre-season. The larger contract he had been waiting for came in the sum of $53 million with his 4-year extension, with $30 million of the contract guaranteed.

Johnson has led the league in rush yards for the past three season, with him racking up 1,364 yards this past year.

CJ28 showed the rest of the league that if you hold out long enough, you can get the money you think you deserve. He had numbers to back his claims and got his desired contract.

Much Props.

Jacksonville- Long-time Jaguar, Fred Taylor has decided to hang em up after 13 seasons in the NFL. Taylor spent his first 11 seasons with the squad that drafted him back in ’98.

Fred Taylor walking off the field in his Jags' uniform.

After spending two seasons with the New England Patriots, the Jaguars have decided to sign Taylor to a one-day deal in order to retire the running back as a Jag.

Taylor rushed for nearly 12,000 yards in his career and tallied 66 touchdowns to go along with 7 seasons of at least a thousand yards.

The classy move by the Jags should show everyone that this game is more than one-field battles and contract negotiations. Thank you, Jags.

Much Props.

MLB warns players about deer spray…

Major League Baseball issued a warning to its players last week about a new substance that can make players test positive for methyltestosterone.

Methyltestosterone is a banned substance that has already been banned by the MLB but it doesn’t show up on the ingredients list for the deer-antler spray some players have been using.

The spray is applied under to tongue and is said to be an alternative to steroids because it has IGF-1.

IGF-1 is an insulin-like growth factor that the manufacturers say can cause “anabolic or growth stimulation,” “athletic performance” and “muscular strength and endurance” as reported by ESPN.

According to the report, players had felt free to use the spray at nearly no risk until the warning was sent last week by the league.