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2017 Season Re-cap

Hey Yinz Guys,

This is always the worst time of the year to write the season ending email…BEFORE the Super Bowl.  The quest for #7 ended at the AFC Divisional Playoff round to a hungry Jacksonville Jaguars team.  Despite being down 21 points, the Stillers fought back, but in the end, could not stop the Jags.  There will be plenty of time for what-ifs in the offseason as Steeler Nation is once again left oh so close.

SEASON RECAP:

A quick recap…The season started on a bright sunny Sunday in Cleveland and ended against the Jags on a bitterly cold day in the Burgh. 

In between, we had the beginning of the Case Keenum era, an overtime loss to DA Bears, a Gatorade jug thrashing, 5 interceptions, KC undefeated no more, a Bungles beatdown, JuJu’s bike and 97-yard reception, Boz to the rescue, Dilly Dilly, Boz-amatic, Shalieve, Ben’s 506 yards and a sweep of the Bungles, Jesse James caught that pass, and the Browns perfect season… Was that quick enough for you?

While we all were looking for a home Super Bowl game, cheer up!  You will now get to deal with the pleasant, humble and friendly New England and Philadelphia fans that are about to invade the Twin Cities.

SFOM HIGHLIGHTS:

It was another banner year for the SFOM as there were plenty of new faces and familiar faces this year, as well as plenty of friendships and bonds.  Between our Black and Gold Bash, visits from former Steelers and the weekly fun it was a season to remember.  For the season, 2543 of yinz came aht to McGovern’s and Tom Reid’s to watch the games, with over 400 for the playoffs!  Our average attendance was 141, which is pretty good, considering the number of prime-time games for the Black and Gold!

A special thank you to everyone who came to the games, helped on game day and throughout the season, donated, worked or bought items for the Black and Gold Bash and the Food Drive.  We also owe a big thank you to our fearless leaders Rick and Carla McGrath who help put it all together.  Also, to our Food Drive Coordinator Ed Beuchel and his ticket sellers.  We were able to raise $3,590 for the Second Harvest Food back and through Ed’s tireless efforts he also secured matching funds which brought the total to $10,090!  Needless to say, SFOM Food Drive Coordinator will not be one of the coordinators getting changed in Steeler Nation.
 

PRO BOWL:

If you are missing your Stiller football, this weekend the Pro Bowl will feature plenty of Steelers:

FB: Roosevelt Nix

DE: Cameron Heyward

QB: Ben Roethlisberger

RB: Le’ Veon Bell

K: Chris Boswell

WR: Antonio Brown

C: Maurkice Pouncey

G: David DeCastro

OT: Alejandro Villanueva

*LB: Ryan Shazier (injured)

FREE AGENTS:

There are plenty of decisions to be made.  The team’s free agents include:

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS:

RB: Le’ Veon Bell

OT: Chris Hubbard

DT: Daniel McCullers

LB: Arthur Moats

WR: Justin Hunter

RB: Stevan Ridley

LB: Sean Spence

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS:

P: Jordan Berry

K: Chris Boswell

LB: Anthony Chickillo

DB: Greg Ducre

FB: Roosevelt Nix

WR: Eli Rogers

RB: Fitzgerald Toussaint

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS:

C/G B J Finney

OT Matt Feiler

C: Mike Matthews

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS SIGNED TO EXTENSIONS:

LS: Cameron Canaday

TE: Xavier Grimble

DB: Mike Hilton

SIGNED TO RESERVE/FUTURE CONTRACT:

S: Malik Golden

LB: Darnell Leslie

P: Matt Wile

DE: Lavon Hooks

LB: Keith Kelsey

WR: Justin Thomas

WR: Marcus Tucker

2018 OPPONENTS:

The dates are not set yet but the opponents are for next season:

HOME:                        AWAY:

Baltimore                    Baltimore

Cincinnati                    Cincinnati

Cleveland                    Cleveland

Atlanta                        Denver

Carolina                    Jacksonville

Kansas City                    New Orleans

Los Angeles Chargers                Oakland

New England Patriots                 Tampa Bay

 

Our next get together will be for the NFL Draft.  Details to follow in the near future.

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