WELL, KEENAN LEWIS it was nice knowing you.
That was the exact thought that went through my mind Sunday evening when I heard William Gay was returning to the Steelers after being released by Arizona.
Well not exactly, but this is a family newspaper and I have to keep things PC.
As you can probably tell, I’m not a big fan of ‘Big Play’ Willie Gay — I have another notso PC nickname for him that’s unfit for print — or his capabilities as a starting cornerback.
I think he’d be OK as a nickelback, but honestly, I’d prefer the Steelers put more of an effort to bring Lewis back into the fold to compete with Ike Taylor and Cortez Allen, who was something of a surprise once the lights came on towards the end of the season.
The threesome of Taylor, Allen and Lewis would have made as fine of a cornerback trio as there is in the league for my money in terms of overall talent at shutting down the pass.
Notice, I mentioned ‘overall talent at shutting down the pass’ because I know there are better corners out there at intercepting passes, but don’t — or won’t — tackle as well as getting hands on balls.
Teams typically don’t test Taylor, but Lewis proved he was at least Taylor’s equal in his first year as a starter and I’d happily give him $7 million a year to keep him in Black and Gold.
Back to Gay, I had a feeling as soon as the news broke that Arizona had severed ties with him that he was coming back to the ’Burgh ala Larry Foote and the Detroit Lions a few years back.
Then I saw Steelers beat writer for the Post-Gazette Ed Bouchette’s tweet about Gay returning and my worst nightmares were realized.
No I take that back, my worst nightmare (sports wise) almost happened this year had we played and lost to New England.
As it stood, the Steelers lost to the Ravens (my most hated team), the Cowboys (my brother’s favorite team) and the Browns (the favorite team of many co-workers). The only thing that could’ve made that trifecta worse would’ve been a loss to the Patriots.
But I digress, it seems like the Steelers settled for familiarity with Gay instead of trying harder to coax Lewis back to Pittsburgh.
I don’t know if the market for Gay’s services would’ve been too great — maybe only Ray Horton and the Cleveland Browns, anyone? — and probably would’ve still been available had the Steelers waited to sign him until Lewis declared his intentions to sign with another team.
Maybe by signing Gay, the Steelers have hurt Lewis’ feeling and ultimately pushed him out the door, something I wouldn’t have done.
But what do I know, I’m just a lowly sports writer in Grove City, Pennsylvania.
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WELL, KEENAN LEWIS it was nice knowing you.
Sailors make 1st PIAA playoff start
While Saturday will serve as his Sailors’ first foray into the PIAA playoffs, Lakeview High head football coach Dan York is going along for the ride, taking it all in stride.
Stopping shy of stifling a yawn, York calmly said, “We consider the playoffs the playoffs. When you make the playoffs out of our region (1-A), you’ve already gone up against some of the better teams in the state. So whether it’s the districts or state, it’s still the playoffs.”
Lakeview wins 1st ever D-10 football title
NEW WILMINGTON — Lakeview may have a long way to go to equal Sharpsville’s success in the sport of football, but the Sailors jump-started the process Friday night.
With Blake Reddick roaring into the record book, the Sailors shut out Sharpsville, 27-0, in the District 10 Class A championship game at Greyhounds Stadium.
While Sharpsville’s program has the pedigree — 8 championships and 14 title tilt appearances, plus the 1997 PIAA plateau — Lakeview launched its 1st crown since the district football playoffs’ 1985 inception.
EXTRA INNINGS: St. Louis shuffles the Cards, stacks the deck?
WHILE THE rest of the National League Central Division sits back and watches, St. Louis has shuffled the Cards with two trades, stacking the deck to become the favorite to repeat in 2014.
Although St. Louis won both its division and league pennant in 2013, outfield defense and shortstop offense worried the Cardinals throughout the season.
Last Thursday, the Cards shipped third baseman David Freese to the Angels for center fielder Peter Bourjos, considered by more than a few experts to be the best defensive centerfielder in baseball.
NCAA Football: Rock 6-1 after 17-3 win over Cal U
Slippery Rock University rode a length-of-the-field scoring drive by its offense and a goal-line stand by its No. 1-ranked defense late in the first half of action Saturday to a 17-3 win over 14th-ranked visiting California (Pa.).
NFL: Steelers top Jags as Mendenhall makes return
Mike Tomlin isn’t ready to say the Pittsburgh Steelers are back. Not after watching his team sleepwalk through the second half against Jacksonville on Sunday.
IndyCar Racing: Crash takes Wheldon’s life
Every race car driver heads onto the track understanding this race could be the last and hoping it won’t be. On Sunday, IndyCar drivers got a harsh reminder when the worst happened to one of their own.
NHL: Sabres beat Penguins 3-2
The Buffalo Sabres have had trouble with the Pittsburgh Penguins whether Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin play or not.
NHL Quick glance: Montreal at Pittsburgh
A breakdown of the National Hockey League game Thursday night between the Pittsburgh Penguins and visiting Montreal Canadiens.
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