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This week’s Best of the Web is absolutely loaded, with news on a Terrible Towel invasion, grades on the Pitt coaching hire, a Penguin called the Most Improved Player in the NHL, Sid concussion fallout, debating Anthony Rendon, “Young Money” Antonio Brown, a nerd’s prediction for Sunday’s game, and much, much more….
Steeler and Penguin fans, take note: a Terrible Towel invasion is planned for Thursday’s Pens-Devils game in Jersey. Your cooperation is appreciated. [The Pensblog]

Here’s a great feature on the Steelers’ two standout rookie receivers, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio “Young Money” Brown. But where does their development leave Limas Sweed next season? [ESPN AFC North Blog]

Ryan Clark had a heck of a game on Saturday, intercepting a pass, forcing a fumble, and coming up with two tackles for losses. And let’s not forget his near-knockout of Ike Taylor on his highlight reel. I’m sure Ike isn’t forgetting it anytime soon. [Trib]

The Steelers will beat the Jets by 8.3 points, says a stat nerd who graduated from CMU in 2004. And yes, I’m allowed to use the term nerd because I am one myself. [Blog 'n' Gold]

Steeler fan Alan Paul penned a must-read article for the Wall Street Journal about watching his favorite team while in Beijing, yet another example of why the Steelers are one of the most popular teams in sports. There aren’t people around the world trying to watch the Jacksonville Jaguars, I can promise you that. [WSJ.com]

When praising the Steelers organization this week, don’t forget the man who built this year’s model: Pittsburgh’s own Kevin Colbert. [Altoona Mirror]

Much like myself, Craig Wolfley has given his seal of approval to new Steeler offensive line coach Sean Kugler. [Steelers Lounge]

I guarantee this is the most interesting recap of a 1979 Steelers-Jets game you will read today. Nothing like alcohol-fueled brawling followed by police brutality to brighten the day. [PB&G]

It’s high time you get familiar with Slippery Rock’s Brandon Fusco, a 6’4″, 300-pound center who’s getting ready for the NFL draft. [IMG Academies Blog]

Pierre LeBrun takes an extended look at the underlying story in Sidney Crosby’s ongoing absence: Rule 48, the NHL’s attempt at regulating blows to the head. Maybe fining James Harrison would help the situation somehow? [ESPN Cross Checks Blog]

Kris Letang: Most Improved Player in the NHL? I like the sound of that. [SI.com]

You know how I love memorabilia, so I’ve just gotta mention the auction for Mario Lemieux’s Mellon Arena toilet. Although I don’t plan on buying it. [Empty Netters]

Are we ready for a projected Pirates’ 25-man roster yet? Well, ready or not, here it comes. [Bucs Dugout]

Is potential 2011 #1 pick Anthony Rendon really that good? Rum Bunter has the answer.

Anthony Morelli will be one of three QBs fighting for playing time on the Pittsburgh Power roster in 2011. If things don’t go well, he might back out of his contract and head to Penn State. [ArenaFootball.com]

Joe Lunardi currently has 11 teams from the Big East making the NCAA Tournament, a record. I’ve got an idea: Why not just let the Big East Tournament count as the championship? Then at least Pitt might have a shot at winning. [ESPN College Basketball Experts Blog]

Grades are in for the 2010 Big East coaches’ performances, and Wanny checked out with a D-minus. Someone obviously didn’t study for the final exam. [ESPN Big East Blog]

And on the topic of grades, Stewart Mandel gave the Pitt hire of Todd Graham a “C”, writing, “Graham may well have made the biggest possible splash what with his high-powered offenses and three 10-win seasons at Tulsa. But the first two of those came with Gus Malzahn as his coordinator, the latter with Malzahn disciple Chad Morris.” [SI.com]

More great news for Todd Graham: Pitt will be one of the teams hardest hit by the 2011 NFL draft. The hits just keep on comin’. [SI.com]

Don Spagnolo is the founder of the Pittsburgh sports and entertainment blog Mondesi’s House.


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