AUBREY BRUCESeptember 7, 2014, this is the first page of a new chapter about to be written in the history book we know as the Pittsburgh Steelers. Foregoing all of the pre game pomp, pageantry and post game circumstances there is something else that has, is and will continue to transpire long after the 2014 NFL Championship has been decided and this year’s Lombardi trophy is resting comfortably in a trophy case designated by one of the thirty two NFL franchises.In the midst of the “bubbly” flowing after a championship, the talent scouts and general managers of all NFL teams must continue on their relentless quest for flesh, scouring the football universe for athletes to fill the needs of their franchise, while simultaneously diluting the talent pool for the competition. However, being a GM is sort of like being an offensive or defensive lineman. Credit for great talent selections may sometimes be more grudgingly given than the free flowing criticism displayed for poor draft choices or free agent acquisitions.One of the men who moves players back and forth across the NFL chessboard without much fanfare is the Pittsburgh Steelers General Manager, Kevin Colbert. Colbert has never been one to really seek the spotlight. He seems to be the exact opposite of the typical pro sports attention seeker, But make no mistake about it. Kevin Colbert has been one of the critical components in the Steelers drafting success for over a decade.Kevin ColbertAlthough Colbert is “homegrown” he took a different path to ascend to the position of general manager before returning back to his hometown to become one “princes” in the “court” of the Steelers nation. “In the beginning I really had no association with the Steelers,” Colbert says. “I started with BLESTO under Jack Butler back in 1984.” BLESTO is otherwise known as; Bears Lions Eagles Steelers Talent Organization. “From BLESTO I went to the Miami Dolphins for five years. Then with the Detroit Lions for ten years. I ended up [joining] the Steelers in the year 2000.They sought me out because they had an opening after Tom Donahoe left. I really had never met Mr. [Dan] Rooney or Art [Rooney II]. The Lions allowed me to interview from Detroit and I ended up getting hired.”Colbert also reflected on when he first met Bill Nunn Jr. As history would have it, he met Nunn Jr. before he met the Rooney family. “I first met Bill when I was working for BLESTO. When you work for BLESTO you report to the teams and one of the teams that I reported to was the Steelers. My first recollection of actually spending time with him was on a visit when I was with the Dolphins and he was with the Steelers. We spent a day together at Boston College. It was really a neat experience to be with a guy like Bill, a guy I had heard so much about. That’s really where the learning process first started. When I came to the Steelers in 2000, Bill had already been retired, but again we had known each other throughout the years. He was a great resource for me coming into the organization. I probably knew him as well if not better that anybody in other organizations. He was very helpful and he continued to be, right up until the end when he suffered a stroke.”Since Kevin Colbert became the GM or as the Steelers prefer to call their chief talent evaluator, Director of Football Operations, since the year 2000 the Steelers have competed in three Super Bowls and have brought home a pair of Lombardi Trophies but Colbert is far from one who gets an adrenalin rush from past achievements. “We’ve had our share of success since 2000 but those are things that you don’t reflect upon until it’s all over someday. Right now our focus is 2014 because the last two seasons haven’t been where we need them to be. Hopefully we’ve learned from those and made the proper additions so we can get and keep this team focused for 2014. Colbert also said how he would like to be remembered. “The only thing that I can hope for is when it’s all said and done that I have made positive contributions to the organization. When I came here we had four [Lombardi] trophies now we have six. I can always look back and say we were a part of that but the essence of that just means that seven is now attainable.” Some say that power shared is power lost. I don’t quite believe that is the case when it comes to Kevin Colbert, checkmate.Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: email@example.com or 412.583.6741Follow him on Twitter @ultrascribe
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“Experience is a big thing and our experience this season will help us improve,” said FEU head coach George Pascua, who took the team to the championship round in just his first year at the helm, in Filipino.FEU claimed the No. 2 with a 10-4 record at the end of the elimination round before knocking off Ateneo in the Final Four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownREAD: La Salle completes 3-peat, sweeps FEUThe Lady Tamaraws never won a set in their two games against the Lady Spikers in the finals, but they had nothing to be ashamed of with the kind of effort they showed. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FEU Lady Tamaraws with a bridesmaid finish. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netInexperience played a major factor in Far Eastern University’s sweep at the hands of La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball Finals.But the same cannot be said for the Lady Tamaraws next season after making their first finals appearance in 10 years.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “I’m very proud of the players. They fought up to their last breath and never gave up,” Pascua said.FEU did not go down without a fight despite facing a La Salle team that has made the finals for the past 10 seasons and for that alone, skipper Bernadeth Pons can live with the results.“I’m happy with what we achieved this year. I’m proud of the team for reaching the finals,” Pons, who scored a team-high 17 points in her final UAAP game, said in Filipino.“Hopefully, this experience will be a stepping stone for the remaining players to bounce back. I’m proud because we fought until the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Washington’s late heroics lift Rain or Shine past NLEX ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Though senior officials at City Hall are considering a decision to have a forensic audit conducted at the entity, aDeputy Mayor Sherod Duncandecision is yet to be taken by the Council to confirm the proposal, as well as to settle on a commencement date.This comes days after Georgetown Mayor Patricia Chase Green declared that City Hall is broke. Speaking with Guyana Times on Saturday, Deputy Mayor Sherod Duncan said that he was updated that the audit will only commence after the Council takes the decision to have this done. Asked whether he was aware of a confirmation for the proposal, Duncan informed that there is “no definite time span” that the Council is working around.However, the proposal of having the audit continues to be high on the agenda of City Hall as it had been when the new Council was sworn in late March.Prior to taking office, Duncan, during the Local Government Elections (LGE) debate, had underlined the importance of launching an audit into City Hall while linking it to the general development of the entity.Subsequent to taking position in office, Duncan had declared that City Hall is in dire need of a forensic audit in light that a new Council had taken up office and an assessment of the previous Administration’s work was necessary.As the new Councillors were taking up their respective positions in the various constituencies and would be strategising on how they can improve the living conditions for its residents, Duncan had affirmed that these persons were entitled to knowledge of the financial status of the entity.This, he stated, would be effective for development as a more comprehensive breakdown can be given of the finances invested into City Hall.He linked this to projects that the Councillors might be contemplating which would perceptibly require finances.This would not only be applied to the financial sector but every aspect of transactions in City Hall, Duncan had clarified.Meanwhile, Mayor Chase Green after taking up her position had additionally given her consent for the audit to be conducted, noting that in 2011 and 2012 during her service as part of the Council, she had called on the Auditor General to have this launched.This was however not given priority; hence City Hall had been without an audit and had been deemed corrupt.
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Prosecutors charged a Los Angeles police officer Monday with unlawful use of force, alleging that he choked and punched a handcuffed teen. Officer Sean Joseph Meade, 41, pleaded not guilty to the felony charge, along with a second count of filing a false police report. He was released on his own recognizance, and a court hearing was set for March 15. A phone message left for Meade’s attorney, Ira Salzman, was not immediately returned. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The county District Attorney’s Office said the incident involved a 16-year-old boy who was arrested and taken to the Police Department’s Central station Dec. 5. The teen’s hands were handcuffed behind his back when he was assaulted by the officer, authorities said. The boy, who wasn’t injured, had been taken into custody for a curfew violation, police said. The incident was partially videotaped by a camera set up to catch vandalism in a detectives squad room but which also had a view into the doorless holding area. Meade, who has been on the force for 13 years, has been relieved of his gun and badge.
I guess you can’t blame Los Angeles City Councilman Ed Reyes entirely. The Public Policy Institute of California recently published a poll showing only 31 percent of voters support extending the current term limits for members of the state Assembly, while another group changed the wording of the same question and found 59 percent of voters in support. So if politicians like Reyes stop listening to voters, it may be because sometimes the voters send out confusing signals. So to be generous, Councilman Ed was probably unsure just what his constituents would want him to do when, in January, the Rotem Co. offered to temporarily lease the unused Taylor Rail Yard along the L.A. River. The deal would have created 200 jobs – and not McDonald’s jobs, either, but $40,000- to $80,000-a-year jobs – the kind of jobs that support middle-class families. And the work would have benefited the city, assembling new cars for our own Metrolink system. The only drawback to the whole deal would seem to be that, first, the cars aren’t made here in the U.S., and second, that at the end of the contract Rotem will fold its checkbook and go home. So Councilman Ed said no. But wait, the temporary nature of the deal is a good thing, because Councilman Ed wants a city park on that property. And everybody likes parks, especially the out-of-work homeless, because a park gives them a place to sleep. And that’s just what L.A. needs, another place for the homeless and jobless to sleep, thanks in part to the city’s hostile attitude toward people who actually employ people. And it’s getting increasingly difficult for even the middle class to survive in this city. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is upping fares from $1.25 to $2 over the next two years. Figure in auto-insurance rates and the astronomical price for gasoline, and the average L.A. working stiff may soon be unable to afford to even get to work by any means. That will push wages higher, and that is another way to drive businesses out of a city. So thanks to Councilman Ed, this city is not going to assemble Metro Rail cars in Taylor Yards. The city is going to have a park there instead, with perhaps a plaque identifying Councilman Ed Reyes Park as a place where people once earned a living and paid taxes. But wait: The construction can’t begin because the park people don’t yet have the money to buy the Taylor Yards. So I guess the people will have to wait for both their jobs and their park. That is a problem. Now, let us think for a moment and see if we can think of something to do. Hmmmm. How about this: The city of L.A. will buy Taylor Yards, but we borrow the money from a bank or something, so that we can repay it over time. Then we lease the property to Rotem, and its payments repay the loan, while assuring that the property is available for the park at the end of the lease. Meanwhile, the park people can collect their donations, assured that when the lease is up Rotem will vacate the property. Of course, Councilman Ed Reyes Park may have to open after the next council election cycle. But all anyone is concerned with is the public good, so that won’t be a problem, right? Kimit Muston is a freelance writer and former San Fernando Valley resident living in Indiana. For six years, he wrote a weekly column for the Daily News.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Cardiff City’s manager Neil Warnock has now overseen eight promotions with various clubs after the Welsh side returned to the Premier League © AFP/File / Geoff CADDICKLONDON, United Kingdom, May 6 – Cardiff City returned to the Premier League on Sunday when a goalless draw at home to Reading was enough to give veteran manager Neil Warnock a record eighth promotion.Only the top two at the end of the regular season were guaranteed a place in English football’s lucrative top flight and second-tier title-winners Wolves had already secured one of those spots heading into Sunday’s final round of regular-season Championship matches. A draw left Cardiff waiting on Fulham’s result at Birmingham, but the Cottagers 3-1 loss left the London club facing the lottery of the play-offs, where the teams finishing third-sixth compete for the lone remaining promotion place.The draw saw Cardiff return to the Premier League after a single season in the competition in 2013/14.When Warnock took over some 18 months ago, Cardiff were at the other end of the table but Malaysian owner Vincent Tan’s decision to bring the experienced manager to the Welsh capital paid dividends.“I’m just so proud of them that they listened what I had to say,” said Warnock. “It seems such a long time ago (when he arrived at Cardiff), the state the club was in. I’ve seen the fans today on the pitch, a full house, the owners and everyone together, it’s got to be the best ever job I’ve done in my life.“We’re going to get one or two things than thrown at us next season. But hey ho, it’s better than playing in the Championship,” he added.Asked how this promotion compared to his previous seven, Warnock replied: “It’s the best one by a mile. If you knew what I’ve had to do off the field as well as on the field. I think it’s an incredible feat.Warnock previously enjoyed promotion with Scarborough, Notts County twice, Huddesrsfield, Plymouth, Sheffield United and most recently QPR in 2011.“I said to the lads on Thursday, if things don’t go right and we go into the play-offs, we’ve still had a great season. They’re proud of being Bluebirds again, the fans. Everyone wants to support the club now and that’s lovely.”Birmingham were still facing relegation when they kicked off but first-half goals from Lukas Jutkiewicz (15) and Harlee Dean (43) settled their nerves.Tom Cairney scored for Fulham with six minutes left but Che Adams’s 89th-minute goal put the result beyond doubt.Barnsley’s 4-1 loss at Derby ended their brief stay in the Championship, with Burton — managed by Nigel Clough — also relegated after a 2-1 loss at Preston.Meanwhile Bolton beat the drop in remarkable fashion after beating Nottingham Forest 3-2.Bolton were going down with three minutes left when Forest led 2-1 after goals from Ben Osborn (70) and Jack Colback (79) overturning Adam Le Fondre’s early volley.But David Wheater (87) and Aaron Wilbraham (88) scored to keep the Wanderers in the division to the delight of their delirious home crowd.Elsewhere, bottom club Sunderland stunned champions Wolves 3-0, in front of prospective new owner Stewart Donald.On-loan pair Ovie Ejaria (19) and Ashley Fletcher (45) put the hosts 2-0 up before Paddy McNair scored Sunderland’s third midway through the second half.Atdhe Nuhiu (14, 60 and 90) hit a hat-trick in Sheffield Wednesday’s 5-1 thrashing of Norwich at Hillsborough, with Wednesday’s city rivals United winning 3-2 at Bristol City.Leeds beat QPR 2-0 with goals from Kemar Roofe (30) and Kalvin Phillips (47), while Brentford and Hull drew 1-1 at Griffin Park.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
Martin Atkinson produced arguably the worst refereeing performance in Premier League history at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.That is the view of former referees’ chief Keith Hackett after seeing Atkinson get a host of major calls wrong in Chelsea’s 1-1 draw with Burnley.A furious Jose Mourinho highlighted four incidents which he believed changed the course of the game in his post-match interviews, including a ‘criminal’ foul from Ashley Barnes on Nemanja Matic that went unpunished and led to the Serbian being sent off, and two dismissed penalty appeals.And Hackett says the Blues boss, who also felt Atkinson should have taken disciplinary action against Barnes for a challenge on Branislav Ivanovic, had every right to feel aggrieved with the man in the middle.Speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, Hackett, who writes a popular ‘You are the Ref’ blog, said: “Atkinson was very, very poor. I’ve asked the question on our website: ‘was that the worst refereeing performance that we have ever seen in the Premier League?’“I think he was fatigued. He had Schalke v Real Madrid, a big Champions League game, in midweek and he shouldn’t have been out on Saturday for a game of that nature.“Mourinho was correct. Four major decisions in that game Atkinson got wrong and of course the major one was Barnes and that horrendous challenge [on Matic]. That is what referees are getting paid for, that’s what a professional referee should be able to detect and punish.“I can’t recall such a bad performance. Earlier in the season Atkinson had a poor performance of a similar nature, but this one topped it.”
A busy Football League show sees Geoff Peters joined by a host of top guests.Hull City boss Steve Bruce reflects on their start to the season and tells us how much he still enjoys football management.Rotherham chairman Tony Stewart and new boss Neil Redfearn look at the challenges ahead for the club.Recent £4m signing Jacob Butterfield on how he’s settled into the Derby County dressing room.Cast aside by the previous manager, Neill Collins is back in the Sheffield United first team and gunning for promotion. We also hear about his academic prowess!Scott Barron gives us the lowdown on his former Millwall team mate and current Lions boss Neil Harris.We catch up with Dagenham and Redbridge striker Matt McClure who talks us through their current struggles.And Oxford United loanee George Baldock on why he’s hoping for a double family celebration this season.