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State-imposed control of the internet is ‘inevitable’ if the conflict between the right to privacy and a free press is ever to be resolved, lawyers and journalists suggested last week at a Law Society public debate. They also warned that the current press regulator is toothless in a ‘culture without moral boundaries’ and where ‘public interest’ was a viable defence in less than 10% of privacy cases. The occasion was the second in a series of Law Society public debates, for which the Gazette is media partner. The panel comprised media and privacy law silk Hugh Tomlinson QC; London firm Schillings media litigator Gideon Benaim; Index on Censorship editor Jo Glanville; and Guardian newspaper investigations executive editor David Leigh. The meeting also heard that the media should not panic over injunctions and super-injunctions – there have been fewer than 100 in the last decade – and that printed newspapers will be extinct within a decade. Tomlinson began by saying that current media and privacy laws work ‘up to a point’, but that ‘parliament should specifically address the issue so that the law has democratic legitimacy’. Benaim agreed, saying that a ‘regulator with teeth’ would make journalists more cautious about what they wrote and how they got their stories. Glanville asked him: ‘But how could the Press Complaints Commission, even with teeth, have stopped the hackers when the police and Crown Prosecution Service were unwilling to act?’ Leigh said that no amount of regulation would control the work of ‘citizen journalists’ to whom freedom of speech was inviolable. Tomlinson said that this was why state regulation of the internet was ‘inevitable’. He added: ‘But there are dangers – think of Assad in Syria.’ Leigh blamed ‘canteen culture and peer pressure’ for fostering the tabloid attitude that ‘anything goes’ when a good story was in the offing. The culture was allowed to develop because of the ‘political power of one media group that frightened the politicians’, Leigh added. The panel agreed that online media and falling advertising revenues meant print journalism was a ‘dying world’ and would be extinct in 10 years’ time. But Tomlinson concluded: ‘A tabloid that can explain complex issues in a comprehensible form is a good democratic resource.’ ‘Privacy, Free Press and the Public Interest’ was chaired by Law Society chief executive Desmond Hudson.
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All prosecutors, defence lawyers and police should be given training about assessing the maturity of offenders to ensure that young adults are dealt with appropriately by the criminal justice system, a charity has concluded in a report published today.The Criminal Justice Alliance acknowledged the growing recognition of the importance of maturity as a factor in committing crime, particularly for the young adult group. The new Code for Crown Prosecutors makes explicit reference to maturity when determining the public interest test.But following interviews and a roundtable discussion with relevant professionals, the CJA found that while ‘a number’ of prosecutors, police officers and defence lawyers are familiar with the issue of maturity, ‘many are not’.The study suggested guidance should be developed on the meaning of maturity, to ensure consistency among prosecutors. It found ‘significant’ barriers to sharing information about a suspect’s maturity before they are charged, and recommended that protocols be developed between the police, CPS and other local agencies to gather and share such information.The report also recommended better use of conditional cautions and referrals to support services.The CJA said a ‘disproportionate’ number of young adults between 16 and 24 become involved in the criminal justice system, but they are also the group most likely to desist and ‘grow out of crime’, making it particularly important that maturity issues are understood.
Indigo bunting. Dina Arévalo | Staff photographerBy DINA ARÉVALOPort Isabel-South Padre Presseditor@portisabelsouthpadre.comWe had a bit of a cold front pass through the area this past weekend. Now, for you and I, the temperature drop was fairly mild. It wasn’t even worth grabbing a sweater, but the drop in humidity sure did feel nice.And though the slight dip in the mercury may have meant little to us, it meant a lot to various species of songbirds that had been traveling northwards from their winter homes in Central and South America. When the air got colder and the winds flipped and began to blow from the north, it was just too much for these little guys to keep going.Seeing the green spaces around South Padre Island, Port Isabel and Laguna Vista must have looked like an oasis mirage in the desert for these exhausted birds who suddenly found themselves flying directly into a headwind. By the dozens they began practically falling out of the sky to take shelter from the strong winds, rest a while and hopefully find some nourishment before continuing on their way.It’s not the first time an event like this has happened. These birds travel for hundreds, even thousands of miles, during their annual migration. Usually, they make the trip with the wind at their backs, but when a weather system moves in and causes the wind to change direction, causing the birds to momentarily suspend their travels, it’s called a fallout.Hooded warbler. Dina Arévalo | Staff photographerThe last really good one I can remember was around 2013. I remember heading down to the South Padre Island Convention Centre and seeing my very first painted bunting. With its rainbow color scheme, it quickly became one of my favorite species. This weekend’s fallout wasn’t as big as that one, but it sure didn’t disappoint, either.Just as I did back then, I made my way down to the Convention Centre, this time after work. I was a little worried that going so late in the day meant I’d miss most of the action since I knew the birds would be settling down to roost near sunset. But, when I finally got to the north end of the Island, the driveway by the Whaling Wall was chock full of cars — a definite sign that other birders were still around.I found a parking spot and made my way to the little gazebo that overlooks a small waterfall where birds often bathe. Sure enough, there was a crowd all around. Folks holding cameras, binoculars and high powered scopes stood around, chins upturned, their focus on the trees and shrubs that make up the garden. Everywhere was the sound of birdsong. I wasn’t too late.Indigo buntings. Dina Arévalo | Staff photographerNot even a minute after I got there I heard someone calling my name. Turns out it was one the rangers from our very own Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Marion Mason. She and some volunteers from the refuge had come to behold the spectacle, as well.Up near the Whaling Wall a flock of indigo buntings and a pair of painted buntings stood pecking at some birdseed someone had scattered along the ground. A lazuli bunting, uncommon in Texas, had been seen flitting in and out among them, Mason told me. The little bird was far from its normal migratory route and news of its presence had attracted lots of local birders trying to add a unique find to their “life lists.”I stood around hoping he’d peek back out again, but I must’ve missed him by just minutes. Nonetheless, I enjoyed seeing the indigo and painted buntings, some tanagers, a black and white warbler, Altamira orioles, and one of my very favorite birds, a hooded warbler.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. Share RelatedOver 170 ‘stunned’ sea turtles rescued from frigid watersBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press email@example.com Several local agencies sprang into action this week as temperatures began to drop. Staff and volunteers from Sea Turtle Inc. (STI), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and even local residents, all pitched in as over 170 cold-stunned Atlantic green sea turtles were rescued…January 5, 2018In “News”Probable Zika case found in Laguna HeightsBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press firstname.lastname@example.org Officials have announced a probable case of the Zika virus has occurred in Laguna Heights. “We were informed by the (Cameron County) health department,” Port Isabel City Manager Jared Hockema said. According to the city manager, the unidentified woman “presented with symptoms consistent…October 13, 2017In “News”City, school board hopefuls sit for public forumBy DINA ARÉVALO Port Isabel-South Padre Press email@example.com Candidates running for seats on the Port Isabel City Commission and the Point Isabel Independent School District Board of Trustees gathered at the Port Isabel Event and Cultural Center for a Candidates’ Night. The event, which was co-hosted by the Port Isabel -…April 29, 2016In “News”
Pittsburgh native Andy Blackwell—a man who, at first, was known as the “only Black guy on the team”—turned out to be the best guy on the team, and a Hall-of-Famer.Gone are the days when 20 percent of the Major Leagues were filled with Black baseball players. And nowadays, it’s hard to find a baseball team of any level that’s even 10 percent Black.But the baseball bug bit Blackwell as a kid, and it took him to his highest levels in the world of athletics.“I found that I had the most success as a child in baseball,” Blackwell told the New Pittsburgh Courier in an exclusive interview. “Baseball was bigger in Black communities back then.”Blackwell played in the late 1980s and early 1990s for in the Uptown Little League, winning championships in tournaments held in Brookline. “I had a lot of fun, winning, playing as a child in baseball.”Blackwell remembers having a parade through the middle of the old Martin Luther King Jr. Field in the Hill District. It was there that he played for the Cardinals. “I was 8 years old…my first little league game I hit a home run, and I felt confident from there,” Blackwell recalled. “When I became 10, 11, 12 years old, teams didn’t want to pitch to me. I was just ahead, above kids at 10 years old when they were 12.”Blackwell went on to star at quarterback for Westinghouse High School, while also starring in baseball and basketball. He graduated in 1997. Blackwell then spent time playing baseball for Garrett Community College (Md.), the Canton, Ohio Crocodiles, semi-pro team North Pittsburgh, and then for St. Johns Lefty’s Saints. With the St. Johns team, Blackwell won multiple local championships, made multiple trips to the semi-pro baseball World Series and won the National Amateur Baseball Federation (semi-pro) World Series in 2013 in Battle Creek, Michigan.But Blackwell’s on-field successes didn’t come without some direct—and indirect—backlash.“When I went to play professional baseball, it was like, ‘who are you?’ I was the only Black guy on the team, I had braids in my hair, other racist stuff I had to deal with,” Blackwell said about his time with some of the teams. “They were calling me Snoop Dogg, the coach didn’t think I could play, didn’t even put me in the game for three or four months. He had no conversation for me, but one day I got in the game and went 3-for-3, and I told him I could really play.”Blackwell said he still didn’t get into the starting lineup, and he “was getting no fun out of sitting on the bench, and I knew the guys playing weren’t better than me.”Better late than never, Blackwell eventually got his chance, and the rest is history.“I was a center fielder, batted .400, and for 10 years of the league I led in runs scored and stolen bases. No hitting the ball to center field, everything was caught,” Blackwell said about his time with St. Johns, where he never experienced direct or indirect discrimination.ANDY BLACKWELL, left, was a standout quarterback for Westinghouse in the mid-1990s.Blackwell was inducted into the semi-pro baseball Hall of Fame in Evansville, Indiana in 2014. He was among the youngest players ever selected to that Hall.“It was a feeling of joy,” Blackwell told the Courier about his Hall of Fame selection. “When you play semi-pro, you feel like you’re playing for the love, and to actually get something out of it was pure joy. I made history and I was proud of myself.”When you play semi-pro ball, said Blackwell’s coach, Tom McCarthy, “you love playing baseball. It’s not the easiest commitment, but the guys who have played for us, they still continue to be highly-dedicated to playing. They are the kids that are going to be there every night, and Andy was like that. You knew he would be there.”McCarthy said Blackwell’s biggest talents were his “speed, hitting, defense…he had everything and every tool you would expect or want out of a player.”Though Blackwell retired in 2015, McCarthy told the Courier he has been in talks with Blackwell about returning to the field if an age 28-and-up league is formed.But for now, Blackwell is focused on getting today’s Black kids hip to the games they love—baseball, basketball, or football. Blackwell currently is a football coach for the Homewood Bulldogs (ages 13-14). “I think I have the skills, and I know what to teach the kids,” he said. “Teach them the proper skills and techniques and (make sure they) stick with it.“Whatever you’re into, you do it all year long, and you’ll be the best. I want to just put the excitement back into our younger kids.” PITTSBURGH’S OWN ANDY BLACKWELL was a three-sport athlete at Westinghouse High School, then became a Hall-of-Fame baseball player in the semi-pro leagues. The photos show Blackwell as a baseball player in Homewood, then as a World Series winner in the semi-pro leagues.
What started as a protest against police brutality has mushroomed a year later into a divisive debate over the future of a football player who refused to stand for the national anthem and now faces what his fans see as blackballing for speaking out in a country roiled by racial strife. Supporters of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick demonstrated outside the Los Angeles Rams’ Aug. 12 preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, part of calls for boycotts of the upcoming NFL season. Film director Spike Lee is promoting a rally on his behalf.On the opposing end of a wide range of opinions, some fans say Kaepernick shouldn’t have sat or kneeled during the national anthem, while others argue the quarterback’s lack of a job is more about his talent.The once-rising star and Super Bowl quarterback has been unemployed since March, when he opted out of his contract and became a free agent who could sign with any team. At least three NFL clubs have openly discussed the idea of signing him, but the embattled quarterback has yet to sign a contract with training camps well underway.Just weeks away from the regular season, he has become a symbol of the clash of celebrity, sports and social issues as more people —including players, fans, politicians, team owners and pundits — invoke his name to debate thorny issues of patriotism and race. Other prominent NFL players have sat out or demonstrated during anthems this preseason, one saying his decision was bolstered by a recent white supremacists’ rally in Virginia that turned deadly.“There’s a lot going on inside people’s hearts right now,” said Dan Rascher, a sports business professor at the University of San Francisco. “This may have been a catalyst for that even though it’s not about Colin Kaepernick, but about our country and who we are.”FILE – In this Aug. 12, 2017, file photo, activist Najee Ali gestures as he protests for former San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick during a small protest outside of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum before the Los Angeles Rams play the Dallas Cowboys in a preseason NFL football game in Los Angeles. What started as a protest against police brutality has mushroomed a year later into a divisive debate over the future of a football player who refused to stand for the national anthem and now faces what his fans see as blackballing for speaking out in a country roiled by racial strife. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)Other players who joined Kaepernick in protest are still employed. Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins pledged to continue his protests this season, tight end Martellus Bennett signed a free agent contract with the Green Bay Packers and linebacker Brandon Marshall stayed with the Denver Broncos even as he lost two endorsements for kneeling during the anthem.Still, some fans say they believe Kaepernick has been passed up as punishment for his actions, which initially went unnoticed until the third preseason game last year.The chorus gets louder every time a quarterback vacancy is filled on an NFL team, such as when the Miami Dolphins brought 34-year-old quarterback Jay Cutler out of a short-lived retirement to lead its franchise. Cutler was out of work — like Kaepernick, Robert Griffin III, and others — and planned to work as a television analyst before the Dolphins reunited him with coach Adam Gase.“Either some owners and/or the NFL are punishing him for speaking out, or they’ve decided that it’s best for business to sweep these valid issues under the rug in order not to upset fans who, in our opinion, don’t have a valid reason to be upset about Colin Kaepernick being on their team,” said Tim Clark, who is organizing boycotts of all 32 teams for the NFL’s regular season opener.Color of Change, an online civil rights organization, flooded Baltimore Ravens headquarters with telephone calls when the team didn’t quickly sign him as it openly considered options to react to an injury. The Los Angeles chapter of the National Action Network, which demonstrated over the weekend, says it will boycott the Rams and Chargers games at Memorial Coliseum. A change.org petition calling for a season-long boycott of the NFL has collected more than 170,000 signatures.“We understand the NFL is very important to you. We also understand the purpose of Colin Kaepernick’s protest is FAR more important than any games you will ever watch,” the petition said.Elie Mystal, an editor at the “Above the Law” legal commentary website, agreed with the proposed boycotts.“Kaepernick doesn’t have a job because he spoke out about race,” Mystal said. “That’s the thing you’re not allowed to do in our sporting culture and most of our popular culture, unless you’re so over-the-top talented that they need you for winning.”Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the anthem while Rams defensive end Robert Quinn raised his right fist during Saturday’s game between the two teams.Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, Martellus Bennett’s brother, sat during the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” for the second straight week on Friday. He was joined by two teammates standing by him. Bennett said the death of a young woman protesting White supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, underscored his decision.“First of all, I want people to understand I love the military. My father was in the military. I love hot dogs like any other American. I love football like any other American, but I don’t love segregation,” he said. “I don’t love riots. I don’t love oppression. I don’t love gender slander.”Some fans say Kaepernick has not been signed because he’s had an inconsistent career. He played in the 2013 Super Bowl but faded in the seasons leading up to the protests, winning just three games in his last 19 starts.He had two seasons where he was the starting quarterback for all 16 of his team’s games, including the 2014 season that ended with San Francisco missing the playoffs. He suffered from a shoulder injury for half of 2015 and began the 2016 season as a backup, then started 11 games. The 49ers finished in last place for the second season in a row.“Do these people (complaining) about Kaepernick going unsigned not understand that he sucks, and he’s a liability/distraction?” tweeted Joe Patterson, a business management major at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte.Henry Schafer, executive vice president of Q Scores Marketing Evaluations, said Kaepernick’s popularity has plummeted.“He’s very polarizing and much more in the consciences of the general population as well as sports fans and, creating, I would think, a pretty big dilemma for the NFL teams as to where he’s going to go,” Schafer said.The fallout wasn’t all negative: Kaepernick inspired a movement as high school athletes across the country kneeled during the anthem. Kaepernick had the 17th highest jersey sale in May and came in 39th in all merchandise from May through July 31. He’s the only player in the top 50 in sales without a job.Kaepernick, who is White and African-American, took a stand that was unpopular among many Whites, which is what boxing great Muhammad Ali did when he refused to be drafted into military during the Vietnam war.Ali was convicted of draft evasion, which was later overturned, banned from boxing and stripped of his heavyweight title.It’s uncertain how history will treat Kaepernick. But just as Ali was linked to the “Black power” movement, Kaepernick has become linked with the Black Lives Matter movement, says Soyica Diggs Colbert, a Georgetown University professor who is writing a book on Black movements.“When we think about how Black Lives Matter as a political movement gets woven into sports,” Kaepernick’s certainly the key figure in that conversation, she said.___Follow Janie Har on Twitter at https://twitter.com/janiehar and contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Jesse J. Holland on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jessejholland , on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jessejholland and contact him at email@example.com. In this Oct. 2, 2016, file photo, from left, San Francisco 49ers outside linebacker Eli Harold, quarterback Colin Kaepernick, center, and safety Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier CAN’T CATCH HIM—Courier photographer Thomas Sabol captures Steelers rookie RB James Conner escaping the grasp of Falcons defensive end Brooks Reed, Aug. 20 at Heinz Field. Conner had 98 yards rushing on 20 carries in his first professional game.Rookie was impressive against Falcons, Bell eventually may choose to play elsewhereBy now, you know the score. The Steelers won their second preseason game over the Atlanta Falcons, 17-13, Aug. 20. To me, to the coaches and perhaps to you, that means nothing. Wins and losses are meaningless in the preseason, but how you play means everything in this world.For some of these guys, they are playing for starting roles or to be the lead reserve at certain positions. Other guys are just trying to make the team and have a job. The coaches are looking at everyone intently and they certainly saw both ups and downs during this second of four exhibitions.While I’m not a coach, I watch the battles intently and the first thing that stood out to me was the secondary. The good, perhaps the only good, was Jordan Dangerfield with his two picks. I think he has played his way onto the team through camp and with his preseason performance thus far. You must have presence in the secondary and Dangerfield exhibited that presence against Atlanta.On the other hand, Ross Cockrell did not. I’ve long had an issue with Cockrell being a starter on this team as I think he’s better suited for the nickel package, and I think he proved that again on Aug. 20 vs. the Falcons. Whenever you know a cornerback because you see the back of his jersey so often, my friends, you have a problem. That used to be my issue with William Gay; it’s now Cockrell that has become that guy.I don’t believe he can be the starter on a Super Bowl defense and ultimately, I think if Cam Sutton can get healthy and get some time on the field for the Black and Gold, he’ll overtake Cockrell for the number two spot.It wasn’t just Cockrell though. Big plays and third down conversions were given up by this secondary too often throughout the game, to the tune of 255 passing yards allowed. I know that the starters didn’t play much of the game and Mike Mitchell didn’t suit up at all, but that has been the Achilles Heel for the Steelers for some time now and must be rectified sooner than later.I’m very comfortable with the front seven and think the run defense will be one of the better ones in the league with the amount of talent they possess. Anthony Chickillo showed with his five tackles and two sacks against the Falcons that he can play well in big spots, and he and Arthur Moats will certainly continue to battle over the next few weeks for that top reserve role on the outside.Offensively, I was most impressed by James Conner. Conner was afforded 20 carries in his first pro game action ever and he turned those carries into 98 yards. I was impressed by his quickness and ability to find the holes and while he dropped a few passes, I have no concerns about him catching the ball out of the backfield moving forward. He typically has sure hands and he’ll be fine the next time around. I had seen him in camp without pads and was impressed by both his speed and agility, but to see it at game speed confirmed what I had already suspected; Conner is going to be the starting running back in Pittsburgh starting in 2018 if Le’Veon Bell doesn’t lower his asking price. He has already shown me he has the talent to be a starting running back in the NFL, and soon.Conner will certainly have a big role behind Bell this season and it’s starting to look like Josh Dobbs might have a bigger role than originally expected behind Ben Roethlisberger as well. I’ve been very impressed by Dobbs so far through camp and two weeks of the preseason, and while Landry Jones continues to remain on the sideline with an injury and Big Ben rests, Dobbs continues to get reps that a typical third stringer wouldn’t receive. He’s done fairly well through the first couple of weeks to the point that I think there is some serious consideration for him to be the backup sooner than later. I’ve been a big supporter of Jones through the years and think he’s a quality backup but Dobbs can play his way right into the job if he keeps this up. Quite frankly, I like Bart Houston as well but the team won’t keep four QBs, so the best-case scenario for Houston would be as a practice squad stashaway.So, Saturday, Aug. 26 is fast approaching. The “dress rehearsal,” where the starters play at least three quarters to gear up for the regular season. I believe you’ll see just about all of the defensive guys play a significant amount of time at home vs. the Colts with the exception of Ryan Shazier and James Harrison. Everyone else will be asked to perform. Offensively, the play-calling will be relatively vanilla but I believe you’ll see a lot of the same in terms of starters playing at least a half, possibly three quarters with the exception of Big Ben and Antonio Brown. I think they’ll play, but I’d be surprised if they were out there for more than a quarter. Sammie Coates and Justin Hunter will be given their opportunities to prove why they belong on this team and special teams guys like Knile Davis and Trey Williams will show why they should be retained as well.As you watch the game vs. the Colts, the score doesn’t matter…but the plays that are made, the effort put forth and the individual position battles do.
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier MIKE TOMLIN is heading into his eleventh year as Steelers head coach. He’s 103-57, with a Super Bowl win and two AFC Championships on his resume. (Photo by Brian Cook)There will be a passing of a torch, but not the torch when the 2017 NFL season kicks off for the Steelers against Cleveland, Sept. 10.Now hold your horses boys and girls. I am in no way minimizing or trivializing the final preseason “skirmish” between the Steelers and Panthers, Aug. 31 in Charlotte. But…There may be bigger fish to fry with the Steelers as they prepare to open the regular season. There are issues at the backup quarterback position, and a few discrepancies as far as the Steelers’ defensive backfield is concerned, but one thing is clear; If the Steelers’ future NFL Hall-of-Fame quarterback Ben Roethlisberger is injured for any length of time, there will be a huge problem. Let’s begin with the ordained No. 2 QB, Landry Jones. There were a few talking heads promoting that Jones “competed” and “improved” in the Aug. 26 game against the Colts. There are a few barrels filled with yada, yada, yada regarding having an experienced backup signal caller behind Big Ben. Jones was the second of two fourth-round picks that the Steelers had in 2013. He was inactive for all 16 games that year.ANTONIO BROWN LEAPS for a pass during the Aug. 26 preseason matchup vs. the Indianapolis Colts at Heinz Field. (Photos by Brian Cook)In 2014, Jones was also inactive for the entire season including the Steelers’ one playoff game. Jones had excellent collegiate stats but that skillset has not evolved into his NFL performances, well, maybe with the exception of a flash here and a spark there. Regardless of his recent abdominal injury, he should have dissected an Indianapolis front seven and secondary that was mostly comprised of second stringers. The Steelers should not have lost by four measly points. Jones has had a four-year audition. He’s had many opportunities to stand in for Roethlisberger but the majority of the time, Jones did not stand out. The 2017 preseason should be the final “steel” curtain call for Landry Jones. It is time for Jones to get his last visit from the “Turk” to demand that he turn in his Pittsburgh Steelers playbook. The Steelers must now begin preparing and grooming two hungry rookie quarterbacks, Joshua Dobbs, the former quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers, and Bart Houston from the University of Wisconsin to be the two QBs backing up Roethlisberger.FOLLOWING A YEAR-LONG SUSPENSION, Martavis Bryant seems ready to wreak havoc against opponents this year. Courier Photographer Brian Cook captured Bryant on the sidelines, during the Aug. 26 game against Indianapolis.Recently-reinstated Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant looks to be working himself back into Pittsburgh’s ultra-dangerous offense. Big Ben has to be very happy, happy that No. 10 is back in the saddle again. Before the end of 2017 Roethlisberger and his “crew” are going to have a few NFL defensive coordinators crying in their “brew” trying to figure out a way to cover a Steelers wide receiving corps masquerading as greyhounds for 60 minutes.There have been a few Steelers fans as well as many of the talking heads that “cover” the Steelers pointing out that almost every time the Steelers excelled in the past, it was because Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin inherited most of his personnel from former coach Bill Cowher. However, when Pittsburgh falters, the responsibility for their failures begin and end in the pastures of their current shepherd, Tomlin. There have always been a few more lions and tigers and bears, oh my, in the pasture of the Steelers since Tomlin has possessed the “rod and staff” to oversee the team. Except for the Rooney family, Tomlin did not receive a royal or any other kind of welcome from the fans or the writers when he landed the job as only the third Pittsburgh head coach since 1969, following in the footsteps of the late, great Chuck Noll and the fiery, spittle-in-your-face motivator, Cowher. Michael McCambridge wrote a book titled, Chuck Noll: His Life’s Work. In the book, he writes: “A few weeks after the retirement, Chuck and Marianne were sitting on the Steelers’ private charter jet out of Pittsburgh headed down to Hilton Head. There was one other passenger—Bill Cowher, who’d recently been named to succeed Chuck as head coach. Cowher’s face was an open book; nose broken by too many tackles, thick mustache giving the appearance of a new cop on the beat, an energized conversationalist who occasionally emitted clouds of spittle when he was particularly excited. In personality and demeanor, he was the polar opposite of Chuck. But Cowher also had a deep respect for football history and the tradition he was inheriting in Pittsburgh. Leaning over before takeoff, he said to Chuck, ‘I would appreciate your input. Is there anything you think I should know?’ ‘You’ll be fine,’ Chuck said. ‘Be yourself, do your best, and I am sure you’re going to be fine.’ Of course, Cowher getting the coaching job meant that Joe Greene hadn’t. On the day of Chuck’s retirement press conference, Bill Nunn had brought Greene into his office and counseled him that, while he might be a head coach one day, he was not ready for the job yet. But Greene, as the player most responsible for the Steelers dynasty, and the first—and most important—player Chuck ever drafted, had to be considered for the job.”LOVIN’ THE STEELERS—Courier photographer Brian Cook captures Steelers fans enjoying their time at the Aug. 26 game against the Colts.Noll and the late Bill Nunn Jr., the team’s “superscout,” aside from the players themselves, were two of the most successful talent evaluators in the history of the NFL. Tomlin did not have the opportunity to sit down on a private jet flight with Cowher to discuss the past, present or the future of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tomlin had and continues to have a large target on his chest and his back. When the torch was passed from Noll to Cowher, it was displayed on the highest hill for all to see. When the torch was passed from Cowher to Tomlin, there was a fire hose ready to snuff it out. But alas, the torch of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mike Tomlin continues to shine bright, illuminating the valley of the Pittsburgh sports world.(Reach Aubrey Bruce at 412-583-6741.)
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