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SACKED—Cincinnati Bengals Quarterback Andy Dalton is sacked by Steelers linebacker Lamar Woodley in their game on Sunday, Dec. 23, at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh. (Courier Photo/Thomas Sabol)In one of many terrible games this season the Steelers offense once again didn’t show up and despite a valiant effort by the defense, the Cincinnati Bengals knocked Pittsburgh out of the playoffs 13-10, making this weekend’s game against Cleveland, 5-10, critical.Why? Because the loss dropped the Steelers below the 500 mark at 7-8 which means a loss to the lowly Browns would give Coach Mike Tomlin his first losing season at 7-9 and the Steelers first losing record since 2003 when they finished 6-10 under Bill Cower.The Browns, after playing three outstanding games have fallen back to their old selves as they lost to the Denver Broncos 34-12. With a new owner, the future of the coaching staff and general manager is in question in Cleveland, which means everyone, including all the players, will be playing for either a job in Cleveland next year or someplace in the NFL.Brandon Weeden, the starting quarterback, completed his first season as the starter, but hasn’t established himself enough to know if he will start next season. They most likely will draft a quarterback in the first round.Trent Richardson is their top running back leading the team with 953 yards with a 3.6 average, with Josh Gordon, 46 catches for 766 yards, and Greg Little, 50 catches for 609 yards being their top receivers.The Steelers have played down to their opponents all year, but against the Bengals the defense was able to hold rising young Quarterback Andy Dalton in check most of the game despite an outstanding game from another bright young player A. J. Green who had 116 yards on 10 catches after only one reception in the previous meeting between these two rivals. The running game was completely shut down with BenJarvus Green-Ellis being held to only 14 yards on 15 carries. But as it has occurred for most of this season the offense could not put points on the board as they continued to go one, two, three out on most of their possessions.Ben Roethlisberger criticized the play calling after losing to the San Diego Chargers, but the only person he can blame this game on is himself.The loss generated many, many questions as to who will be back next season, and what will be done to turn around an extremely talented team that should have been challenging for a Super Bowl, but instead will have to win this weekend to keep from falling below 500. This is a team that has looked terrible against some of the weakest teams in the league.A huge change was made at the end of last season in an effort to correct the offensive problem and protect Roethlisberger by not renewing Offensive Coordinator Bruce Arians’ contract. But it appears that he wasn’t the sole reason for the lack of offense.So even though the Steelers have one big game left to keep from falling below 500, you better believe they are already looking toward next season.
Pittsburgh’s Aaron Donald poses for a photo with the Bronko Nagurski award for the NCAA college football defensive player of the year during a news conference in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, Dec. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Aaron Donald called it the perfect birthday present for his father.The University of Pittsburgh senior defensive tackle won the Bronko Nagurski award given to the nation’s top college defensive player.The 6-foot, 285-pound Donald, a Pittsburgh native and graduate of Penn Hills High School, was presented the award at a ceremony Monday night in Charlotte.The ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Donald averaged 2.2 tackles for loss per game while ranking 10th in forced fumbles and 13th in sacks per game.He had 28½ sacks for his career with one game left to play.“I’m just so excited,” Donald said. “I think it is a great way for my father to celebrate his birthday. And I think it’s huge for the University of Pittsburgh. There were so many people wishing me well.”His father, Archie, turned 48 on Monday.He was in the audience Monday night to see his son accept the award.Donald beat out four other finalists for the award: Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard, Florida State linebacker Lamarcus Joyner, Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley and Missouri defensive end Michael Sam.Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly earlier this year called Donald a “one-man wrecking crew.”“You have a powerful guy, but he’s also extremely quick at the point of attack,” Kelly said.Donald’s best game came against Georgia Tech when he had six tackles for a loss — the most by an FBS player this season — and 11 tackles overall. He also had two sacks against Virginia.He also had nine tackles and 3½ tackles for loss and two quarterback hurries against Syracuse. He also blocked a PAT which proved to be the decisive point in a 17-16 Pitt victory.“My mentality is to just go 100 miles per hour every play,” Donald said. “I went out there and did the job. We felt short a few times, but you can’t win them all. I think it is a great reward for all of the hard work I’ve put in.”Said North Carolina coach Larry Fedora: “He’s got that motor that never quits.”
By John BurtonThe local community has an opportunity to weigh in on the proposed and controversial liquid natural gas port off of the New Jersey and New York coast, both Wednesday, Nov. 4 and Thursday Nov. 5 with environmental groups seeing it as one last chance to voice opposition.The local public input session, sponsored by the U.S. Maritime Administration, will start with an open house, beginning at 4:30 p.m. each day, with the formal hearings slated from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Sheraton Hotel, Hwy. 35, Eatontown.The Port Ambrose liquid natural gas terminal has sparked vocal opposition from environmental groups while those proposing the plan insist it will offer additional energy independence. The Maritime Administration is also holding hearings in New York on Monday, Nov. 2 and Tuesday, Nov. 3, at the Long Beach Hotel, Long Beach, Long Island. In addition to the public hearings, the public can continue to submit written comments until the end of November.“This is where the story is going to end,” said Cindy Zipf, executive director of Clean Ocean Action, one of the environmental organizations that have voiced staunch opposition for the plan. “Either we’re going to have an industrialized ocean off our coast or we’re not.”Representatives for Liberty Natural Gas, LLC, which is proposing the LNG, have continued to argue the facility will be a safe and effective way of storing the fuel off of the coast.Following the hearings, the maritime administration and the U.S. Coast Guard will evaluate the public comments and offer its recommendation and would be responsible for issuing the necessary permits. But before that, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will have a 45-day period to offer their take, with both having the ability to unilaterally veto the plan.As has been the case prior to the last public input sessions in January, calls to both governors’ offices seeking comment were not returned.But Christie back in 2011 did veto a similar proposal put forth by Liberty Natural Gas to establish a deep water natural gas terminal, Port Liberty, off of Asbury Park and had said publicly at the time he would continue to oppose such facilities off of New Jersey.State Senator Jennifer Beck and Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande (both R-11) have also expressed their opposition.Liberty Natural Gas, Jersey City, is a privately held, for-profit holding company and is advised by the Toronto, Canada-based West Face Capital investment capital firm, according to information provided by Liberty Natural Gas.The firm would like to construct the terminal which would sit about 28 miles off Long Branch and 18 miles from Long Island, New York’s shore.Boaters let their objections known as they oppose the possible construction of a liquid naturalgas terminal off the New Jersey coast. Photo courtesy Clean Ocean ActionThe facility’s pipeline would run about 13 miles off Sandy Hook, Zipf maintained.Opponents see this as another unnecessary commercialization of the waterways, potentially environmentally harmful and posing a national security threat.“It’ll be very close to the most densely populated, urbanized area in America,” and could present a terrorist target, Zipf warned.Liberty Natural Gas, however, has maintained it would allow for an affordable and readily available supply of natural gas, helping stabilize prices, especially during the winter months, when natural gas can have wide price swings.Liberty said its position has been bolstered by the release of the maritime association and Coast Guard’s 4,000-plus page environmental impact statement, company representatives say support their assertion. Roger Whelan, Liberty’s chief executive officer said in a released statement that the report, “confirms that Port Ambrose is a safe and environmentally responsible project with minimum impact.” Zipf countered by saying that report acknowledges the billions of gallons of Atlantic Ocean water that could be contaminated “and you read about the 46 million fish eggs and larvae they’re going to destroy.”