An excerpt from ‘Their Life’s Work: The Brother hood of the 1970s Pittsburgh Steelers, Then and Now’ by Gary Pomerantz
The Pittsburgh Steelers won four Super Bowls during the 1970s, and the players remained close long after they left the field. Gary Pomerantz, author of ‘Their Life’s Work,’ joins Bill along with NFL Hall of Famers “Mean Joe” Greene and Franco Harris.
The Pittsbugh Steelers have had a difficult season on the field, but they still have some of the most loyal fans in all of football. Reporter Lauren Ober shares a picture of Steeler Nation.
Which NFL fans are the most unstable? Emory University professors Michael Lewis and Manish Tripathi used Twitter data to find out. Professor Tripathi joins Bill Littlefield to share the findings.
The Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers are formerly successful teams not finding success this season, but both teams still have plenty of fans. As the teams prepare to face off this weekend in Dallas, Bill talks with former and extended members of the OAG family about how they’re feeling.
Despite the trash talking between the two teams, the Jets and Patriots aren’t the only ones playing during Week 2 of the NFL playoffs. Bill talks with CBS columnist Gregg Doyel about which teams have the edge to advance to the Championship round and beyond.
Last week was an especially brutal one for the NFL. A number of players who delivered illegal hits received hefty fines, and the league said further infractions may be met with suspensions. Players like Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrison and New England Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather were not pleased with the news, but Bill Littlefield thinks the NFL may finally be on its way to making its players safer.
This week on Only A Game, will Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid’s decision to start Michael Vick at quarterback pay off? Plus, we figure out how Buck Showalter turned around the last-place Baltimore Orioles, and Jon Wertheim discusses changing attitudes to mental illness in sports.
In the 1970′s the NFL’s most dominant franchises were the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys. “The Ones Who Hit the Hardest” documents the teams’ heated rivlary and contrasts the Steelers’ success with the decline of Pennsylvania’s steel industry. Doug Tribou shares his thoughts on the book.
This week on Only A Game, the sound of Arizona pinching itself as the Cardinals prepare for Super Bowl XLIII. Also, Trinity College squash tries to extend its title run to an astonishing eleven straight, and Sports Illustrated’s L. Jon Wertheim on the rise of Mixed Martial Arts.