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.
Agree, disagree or just want to comment? Contact Corey at email@example.com.
WELL, KEENAN LEWIS it was nice knowing you.
Breese wins 2nd straight region crown
“One more step!”
Those were the words of Lakeview heavyweight Sam Breese after winning his second straight Northwest AA Regional Championship Saturday at Sharon High School.
Of course the step he referred to was the top of the medals stand at the PIAA State AA Championships this weekend at Hershey Giant Center.
Breese, who won the state 285 crown last season, is seeking to join an elite group of Pa. matmen to win more than one state crown.
Mercer girls bow in D-10 title tilt; SR ousted in consys
In 1986, the Mercer Lady M’s won the school’s first and only girls basketball District 10 title at Edinboro University’s McComb Field House, but in the same gym on Saturday in 2014, the squad in blue wasn’t so lucky.
Mercer led the Gen. McLane Lady Lancers 27-19 entering the fourth quarter, but the Lancers outscored the Lady M’s 19-4 in the final frame to win the Class AA title tilt 38-31.
EXTRA INNINGS: Teams like the Pirates need to invest for the future
Rounding the bases…
FIRST BASE: If you among the very elite at your job, and your company — rolling in money — asked you to take a 50 percent pay cut, then offered a 25 percent cut instead, would you be happy?
Or might you leave for a company that offered you a chance to make 275% more than your former company?
Be serious. Would you stay with your original company?
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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