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Super Bowl: Arizona, Ken Whisenhunt, Kurt Warner

February 1, 2009

Ken Whisenhunt will have a great game plan, and the cerebral Kurt Warner will get just enough time from his offensive line to move the chains of history.

Cardinals 27, Steelers 24

– Dan Bickley, The Arizona RepublicThe Steelers are accustomed to the big stage and that defense can be intimidating. The Cardinals are 3-0 in the playoffs for a reason, however. They have a multitude of offensive threats, and the defense is good enough to control a Steelers offense that isn’t great.


Cardinals 20, Steelers 17

– Paola Boivin, The Arizona Republic

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Photo: Associated Press file

Steelers’ Defense Recalls Steel Curtain Memories

 Super Bowl Cancels Schools; American Education Easily Delayed By Party, Storm, etc

Steelers’ Defense Recalls Steel Curtain Memories

February 1, 2009

They know the Steel Curtain only through legend, the occasional television clip and the evocative photographs — so much mud, so few teeth — that hang behind the Lombardi Trophies they pass each morning on their way to work.

By Judy Battista
The New York Times

The Steel Curtain and the current Steelers defense were built around linebackers. Jack Ham and Jack Lambert, number fifty eight, stopping the Bengals’ Archie Griffin in 1977. Photo: AP
The Steelers who will play in the Super Bowl on Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals are young enough that even the oldest of them was a child when the Steelers’ defense defined greatness in the halcyon days of the 1970s. For them, the Steel Curtain feels beyond reach, so infused with lore that making comparisons seems pointless. Jack Ham, the Hall of Fame linebacker from that era, pops up in the locker room and his defensive descendants are delighted, but even then, he is viewed mostly as an icon without peer.

And yet, about the midpoint of the 2008 regular season, Steelers fans signaled a subtle shift in perception. It was about then that the defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, a student of the game for 50 years, did a statistical analysis and noted an odd convergence of numbers. His defense was ranked in the top three in the league in nearly every major category — rushing yards allowed, passing yards allowed and points allowed — and in even more obscure ones like first downs allowed, yards per play, third-down conversions allowed and red zone defense. LeBeau said he thought he was reading the figures incorrectly because he had never seen a team so close to the top in so many categories. A hopeful sign appeared at Heinz Field: Steel Curtain II.

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Jack Lambert

 Super Bowl Cancels Schools; American Education Easily Delayed By Party, Storm, etc.

Super Bowl Cancels Schools; American Education Easily Delayed By Party, Storm, etc.

February 1, 2009

President Obama joked last week in apparent disapproval as Washington DC metro schools were closed for a minor, by Chicago standards, snow and ice storm.

He even quoted his children making fun of the Washington DC culture.

Now the Pittsburgh schools have already announced a two hour late opening time to accomodate students and parents after the Super Bowl party.

Seems it doesn’t take much to stop education in America.

After the earthquake in China last year, just about all the schools were ruined in the earthquake area.  Makeshift schools started soon thereafter in tents and on roadsides.

You reap what you sew….



Bankers register at the Beijing University of Technology, as others wait for picture-taking.  This for a stock broker and investment advisor exam.  Wall Street needs more education?  Photo: Gilles Sabrie for The New York Times