Here's your "Football Friday" links that will surely make your afternoon much less productive.
For those of you who asked, yes we are the unofficial experts on long snapping in the U.S. But if you don't think it's important take a gander at the info box in this story... Even today Trey Junkin's name and that game come up in any stories about long snappers.
Anyway on to the News Tribune links... Here's Frank's story from our "Football Friday" section. In case some of you missed it, here's Darren Beene's story from Hawks camp a couple days ago on Julian Peterson.
AUDIO ALERT: ESPN's Jeremy Green does a weekly podcast previewing each game, and he focuses on the Steelers-Hawks this week. ESPN 1250 in Pittsburgh has plenty of analysis, Merrill Hoge offers his thoughts on the upcoming game. It's about quarter way through the show.
ESPN released it's power rankings with the headline "Seahawks best of one loss teams"
Here's Fox sports Adam Schein's column about the Super Bowl rematch.
Here's another story on it, mostly downplaying he rematch.
It looks like the Steelers are six point favorites....
Let's go to this week's opponent, the Pittsburgh Steelers ...
At the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, beat writer Ed Bouchette (one of the best) lets us know that Hines Ward and Bryant McFadden won't play on Sunday. Santonio Holmes has become the Steelers' top deep threat, looks like he'll be seeing plenty of Marcus Trufant. Linemen Brett Keisel puts max pressure on QBs but he doesn't have a sack yet.
Here's a story from Mike Holmgren's conference call with the Steelers' writers about lamenting the loss in the Super Bowl.
Let's check out the Pittsburgh Tribune Review ... where they have story on a the Steelers possibly using the no-huddle offense. This is a point/counterpoint column about the importance of Sunday's game. Here's a story about the Steelers stopping Shaun Alexander. Columnist Mike Harris writes about cornerback Ricardo Colclough.
I don't think Hawks fans will like this story from the Beaver Falls, PA paper.
Around the NFL
Here's Bill Simmons' updated power rankings and weekly picks...
CNNSI's Don Banks analyzes the playoff hopes of all the teams with losing records.
Here's CNNSI's Bucky Brook's weekly scouting report of each game, including the Hawks-Steelers game.
Arizona's Darnell Dockett is having a monster season.
**I'm updating this post as I go, so keep checking***