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I wish there were a way to measure what people often call the “hometown discount.” Thats what a player will give to the team they play for on their contract, if they like playing there. It would be one way to tell what players are just in it for the money.

It would also tell what teams/cities are considered by the players as the best places for a player to play. There would be stats for which teams lead the league in hometown discount, and those teams would be the teams/cities that players consider to be the best places to play. Those are the teams that players sacrifice the most money to play for.

Every year the Pittsburgh Steelers would be at the top of the list. I think more players give more of the of the money they COULD earn, back to their fans and teams than just about any other team. Maybe the Patriots? That would be about it. Its one way how they keep their across the board talent and keep in contention nearly every year.

This year, the team that is finishing last in the league in hometown discount is the ravens. That would be very hard to argue with right now.

Gotta love all the cleveland ravens fans suddenly around here. Its not like they are actual fans of the ravens, much less football fans. Haters always seem kind of pathetic. My fave part is how half of them snivel about how old the steelers are, then snivel again when they get younger. Meh. They’ll go back in the closet soon enough.

The steelers aren’t that old as a team anymore and getting younger all the time.

On offense the o line will have two 2nd year guys (adams and decastro), one 3rd year (gilbert) and one 4th year (pouncey.) The fifth starter will either be old man colon or another 2nd year guy in beachum. With two #1 picks and two #2 picks, thats a lot of young talent right there.

Both wrs are going to be 4th year guys (brown and sanders.) The tight end will be a 2nd year guy (paulson) until miller gets back, and a draft pick. The fb is a 2nd year guy (will johnson) and whoever ends up at running back won’t be over year 3 or 4. Ben is the oldest there and he’s not that old as far as qbs go. Considering all the youth and injuries, it really shouldn’t be a surpise the offense didn’t play as well as it could have last year. With even average health, it should be much improved.

The d is a bit older but not as much as you might think. Combined with the sudden flood of cornerbacks littering the market, harrisons release means lewis will quite likely be resigned. We might have older safeties but lewis, allen, gay, brown, victorian and whoever they draft from the deep cornerback class more than make up for ike. I am hoping allen gets moved to safety eventually to replace either clark or polamalu. He’ll get playing time there anyways this coming year. The other safety spot might well get restocked with adraft pick, or even another an ex corner, it seems they’ll have plenty of corners. #1 pass defense without turnovers or much of a pass rush last year. They might be even better this year and certainly deeper.

For the line, keisal and hampton are old, but still playing well, and everyone else is young. With harrison gone, the linebackers are suddenly a lot younger as well, with only foote being older.

Those of y’all hooting and hollaring are doing it awfully prematurely. Last year the steelers had the #1 defense in the league. It likely won’t fall that far, and the offensive should be significantly better. From where I sit, the Steelers have a pretty decent future and I don’t care for a nanosecond what any bunch of football-ignorant trolls think.