Late For Work 4/18: Harrison On Pit. Uniforms: Send Them Back!

Ravens-Steelers movie trailer, predicting Ravens’ record, Ozzie to trade up for Hightower?

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 at 9:10 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Harrison On Pit. Uniforms: Send Them Back!
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AFC North rival Pittsburgh Steelers revealed their new Nike alternate uniforms yesterday, a throwback look to their 1934 team to commemorate the 80th season in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers are expected to wear these twice this season.

My first reaction: please let one of those times be against the Ravens. Based on the following quote from Ray Rice earlier this month at the Nike uniform unveiling, it would be great to see Ben Roethlisberger and Co. sport these when the rivals go to battle.

“You know what they say, as a running back and a football player, ‘Look good, feel good, play good.’ I believe in that. You only play as good as you feel,” Rice told CSNBaltimore.com.

“If you feel crappy one day, Lord help you.”

Tweets from LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison reveal the Steelers linebackers won’t feel good in their new uniforms.

Woodley simply tweeted, “Hmmmmm …”

Harrison just came right out and bashed the look, “There’s a reason these jerseys were from [1934] … it’s 2012 now though, so send them back!”

That 1934 squad turned in a 2-10 season and no Pittsburgh team has ever worn them since.

With alternating black and gold horizontal stripes and black numbers set inside an outlined box with a white background, they look like a prison uniform. Or you could add a stinger to complete a bumble bee costume. The pants are mustard yellow and the team will continue with its usual black helmets.

“For years, we only had a black and white picture of the uniform. So, the stripes actually appeared like a prison uniform in those black and white uniforms,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said. “We weren’t quite sure what they looked like until not too many years ago someone actually had one of the ’34 jerseys. It’s going to be exciting to wear this and really fun to see how our fans will react to all those stripes.”

That is true; it will be fun to see how fans react. What are your thoughts? Do you agree with ESPN blogger Jamison Hensley, who proposed the uniforms “should be thrown away?”

“When it comes to throwback uniforms, it’s a classy nod to honor the past,” he wrote. “But, as in most cases, it results in fans laughing at it.”

Boiling Point: Ravens-Steelers Movie Trailer

It was pretty much a certainty that one of the Ravens-Steelers matchups would be played under prime-time lights in 2012.

How can TV audiences pass up the guaranteed vicious drama when these physical teams clash?

The league is already hyping up the Nov. 18 showdown with a movie trailer called “Boiling Point.”

Check it out!

Predicting Ravens’ Final Record

We now know everything there is to know about the Ravens’ 2012 schedule with the full slate announced last night.

With the dates and times finalized, The Baltimore Sun staff took at stab at predicting Baltimore’s final record and whether it will continue its four-year playoff streak.

Jeff Zrebiec: “I wouldn’t bank on another 12-4 season, but with relatively good health, a couple of offensive line additions along with a solid draft class, the Ravens will maintain their status as one of the AFC’s elite teams.”   

Matt Vensel: “I would love to say that the Ravens will probably be back in the playoffs in January. But football happens, so I’m going to pass on making a win-loss prediction until training camp wraps up out at The Castle.”

Edward Lee: “The Bengals getting better and the Steelers still one of the toughest outs in the league, I can envision the Ravens going 9-7 and missing the playoffs.”

Peter Schmuck: “Nobody said that 2012 was going to be easy, so 11-5 is going to have to be good enough. The Ravens don’t figure to sweep their home schedule again, so they’ll have to be better on the road. Look for them to go 6-2 at M&T Bank Stadium and 5-3 everywhere else, which means that we’ll be sweating out the playoff seedings right down to the end – just like every year.”

Chris Korman: “Ozzie Newsome has proven adept at finding castoffs who fit, and assuming he does that again the Ravens will go 10-6 and earn the first wild-card spot.”

Ron Fritz: “This season’s schedule certainly looks tougher for the Ravens, so we’ll go 9-7 and a wild-card berth. The playoff streak continues for John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco.”

King Draft Prediction: Ravens Trade Up For Hightower

Draftniks’ safe prediction for the Ravens’ 29th-overall pick is Wisconsin center Peter Konz.

SI.com’s Peter King, though, is thinking outside the box and made a dramatic forecast that has the pick-coveting Ravens surrendering their third-round selection in order to trade up the board six spots to nab Alabama linebacker Dont’a Hightower.

“For years Baltimore has wanted a top-shelf playmaking linebacker to be trained by Ray Lewis,” King wrote. “Here he is. I see the Ravens swapping first-round spots with Detroit (who’ll receive a third-rounder too) to sneak in front of the Steelers, because Hightower is a Dick LeBeau special — heavy and fast. Another positive: He was a two-year captain for Nick Saban.”

That move would certainly be exciting, not to mention surprising, but is it realistic?

CSNBaltimore.com’s John Eisenberg is on board.

This is a real possibility,” the columnist wrote. “The Ravens often deal their top pick to grab the player they really want, and to take him from the Steelers would double their urgency and delight. Hightower would be a major addition to the run defense, which needs bolstering after some losses in free agency.”

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