The Pittsburgh Steelers narrowly defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 16-13 on Monday Night Football in overtime. It was a bittersweet victory, however, as the Steelers lost QB Ben Roethlisberger to a shoulder sprain in the 2nd half. 2nd string QB Byron Leftwich replaced Big Ben for the remainder of the game. The game started well for the Chiefs who took their first lead in the entire season (during regulation) with a rushing touchdown by RB Jamaal Charles. After a Ryan Succop field goal, KC held a 10-0 lead. Pittsburgh responded with 13 points, including a WR Mike Wallace TD catch from Roethlisberger. Chiefs QB Matt Cassel led his team on late 4th quarter drive, with the score 13-10 Pit. The result was a field goal (Succop) that sent the game to overtime. But Cassel couldn’t continue the magic as the former New England Patriot threw a disastrous interception in Kansas City territory. K Shaun Suisham won the game for the Steelers with a short field goal. Steelers improved to 6-3, while Chiefs fall to 1-8.
#1 Alabama had a scare in Baton Rouge, but the Crimson Tide pulled out a last-minute victory over #5 LSU (dropped to #7). #2 Kansas State played well defeating #24 Oklahoma State. #4 Oregon defeated #17 USC 62-51, which propelled the Ducks to #3. Notre Dame nearly lost to Pittsburgh but ended up winning in three overtimes. The Irish fell from #3 to #4. After upsetting #2 Florida last week, Georgia routed Ole Miss 37-10. The Bulldogs are now #5 in the latest BCS rankings.
It may have taken over five hours, and it may have taken 14 innings, but the Reds defeated the Pirates 4-3 Monday Night. Alfredo notched his third win of the season, as Ryan Ludwick drove in the winning run in the bottom of the 14th with an infield hit.
Thursday night on ESPN, the Cincinnati Bearcats annihilated the Pittsburgh Panthers 34-10. Bearcats wide reciever Ralph David Abernathy IV led the charge with two touchdown catches. Cats’ quarterback Munchie Legaux threw those two passes, and also ran for 117 yards on six rushes. Pittsburgh fell to 0-2 on the season, while Cincinnati climbed to 1-0.
In the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated, a six-month study was done on the criminal records of players in NCAA Football. SI (and CBS) performed 7,030 background checks on 2,837 players who were listed on the rosters of the preseason top 25 (SI poll).
Here is what they found:
About 7 % of the players had been in trouble with the law. This is equivalent to 1 out of every 14 players.
None of the teams checked juvenile records, only two teams did background checks.
Almost 40% of the alleged incidents are considered serious offenses.
The University of Pittsburgh had a chart-topping 22 players on their roster that had a criminal record.
22 of the 318 athletes from Florida (which allows access to juvenile records) were arrested once before turning 18.
48% of the players in the overall study were black, and 44.5 % were white. This indicates race was not a major factor.
Texas Christian University had no players with arrests.
University of Cincinnati had five players with arrests.
What this means: For some, seven percent may seem not that high. But for the rest of us, it can be agreed upon that it’s 7% too many players in trouble with the law. Universities have been questioned with whether too much importance is being placed on a team’s statistical performance, rather than on an academic and perhaps most importantly, conduct basis. Pittsburgh’s 22 players with checkered pasts, is very alarming. Maybe it’s not that much of a surprise that the head coach, Dave Wannstedt, was fired after the season.