THE TSY WEEKLY ROUNDUP

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TSY looks back on the week that was, and what you said–

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Monday, January 31st, 2011

THE GQ 2011 BEST NEW MENSWEAR

DESIGNERS IN AMERICA NOMINEES

NRBQ said– “I wouldn’t wear that to a shit-fight.”  Read more…

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Friday, February 4th, 2011

PSYCHEDELIC COWBOY IN SWEDEN

THE LONG ARM OF LEE HAZLEWOOD

Eric on facebook said– “It’s this amazing crash of the acid-trip colors of the summer of love, preserved forever beneath clear seatcovers…” Read more…

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Saturday, February 5th, 2011

A LOOK BACK AT 3 UNDER-APPRECIATED

STYLE ICONS FOR DETAILS MAGAZINE

Pat said– “I think it has to be said that for many many years 99% of actors have been styled by stylists, they are shopped for and dressed by assistants.”  Read more…

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Sunday, February 6th, 2011

CHUCK NOLL AND THE STEEL CURTAIN

FANS’ REACTION: “WHO’S JOE GREENE?”

Rick on facebook said– “‎Mean Joe Greene’ … Back in the days before primadonna players with multi million dollar contracts ruined pro sports…”  Read more…

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CHUCK NOLL AND THE STEEL CURTAIN | FANS’ REACTION: “WHO’S JOE GREENE?”

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In a move that would forever change the Pittsburgh Steelers, and create the cornerstone for their legendary “Steel Curtain,” a little-known defensive big man named Joe Greene from North Texas State was drafted in the first round. The silence was deafening.

Fans’ Reaction: “Who’s Joe Greene?” — headline from The Pittsburgh Press, January 28th, 1969.

The day before, 37 yr old Chuck Noll, was brought in as Head Coach to brutally retool what was considered to be the worst team in all of the NFL– Yep.  The Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Feb 1oth, 1982, Pittsburgh, PA — Steelers’ defensive tackle Joe Greene displays his number 75 jersey after announcing his retirement. Greene was the foundation (and many argue, the Steelers’ greatest and most valuable player) used by coach Chuck Noll to build four Super Bowl Championship teams. — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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Defensive Captain at the time, Andy Russell (with the Steelers since ’63) recalls his first meeting with new Head Coach Chuck Noll–

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Back in the ’60s, the Steelers were– pretty bad. We just could not consistently win games. We would lose games by the most bizarre circumstances– we’d find a way to lose every time. So, it was quite a frustrating experience — and a remarkable change — when Chuck Noll came.

He called me in on the off-season. I’d made my first Pro Lowl in ’68, prior to him coming, and I thought, “Oh, he’s calling me in to congratulate me.” So I went in to see him. We shook hands, but he wasn’t overly friendly. He looks right at me and says–

“You know, Russell, I’ve been watching the game films since I’ve taken over the job here– and I don’t like how you play. You’re too aggressive… You’re too out of control… You’re trying to be the hero… You’re trying to make big plays. I’m going to change the way you play. I’ll make you a better player than you are right now– because you’re not disciplined enough.”

I was just stunned!

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1972 — Pittsburgh Steelers’ coach Chuck Noll beams after Franco Harris scored the winning touchdown against Oakland to win 13 to 7. On the play, Steelers’ Terry Bradshaw passed to Frenchie Faqua. Faqua and Oakland Raider Jack Tatum collided and the ball bounced to Franco Harris. Tatum denied he touched the ball but the official ruled he did.American Football Playoffs — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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When we got to our first training camp, Chuck Noll’s first speech to the team goes–

“Look, I’ve been watching the game films since I took the job.  And I can tell you guys that the reason you’ve been losing is not because of your attitude, or your psyche, or of that ‘STUFF.’  The problem is– you’re just not good enough.  You know, you can’t run fast enough, you can’t jump high enough, you’re not quick enough.  You’re techniques are just abysmal.  I’m probably going to have to get rid of most of you– and we’re going to move on.”

And you know– five of us made it from that room to our first Super Bowl following the ’74 season.

–The Steelers’ Andy Russell

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1975, Miami, FL — Members of the Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers pose for pictures as the AFC pros opened training.  (L to R)  Franco Harris, Andy Russell, L.C. Greenwood, Jack Ham, Roy Gerela, and Joe Greene relaxing on the sod.  — Image by © Bettmann/Corbis

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