Articles by Michael K. Reynolds

Steelers Spin: Healing A Wounded Steelers Nation

Somewhere amidst the rubble and smoke of a shattered Steelers Nation is a disappointing football loss against the lowly Chicago Bears by a score of 17-23. As my wife was watching the endless imagery of kneeling players and hearing the relentless chattering of political talking heads, she uttered a statement…


Steelers Spin: Is This The Real Thing?

A scoreboard pleasing win by the Pittsburgh Steelers by a tally of 26-9 over the Minnesota Vikings has the Black and Gold fandom abuzz leading into this Sunday’s match against the Chicago Bears. Is this the real thing? Because there ain’t nothing like the real thing, baby. Let’s face it. It’s…


Steelers Spin: Off And Running Like A Herd Of Turtles

The 2017 version of the Pittsburgh Steelers unleashed their offensive juggernaut to the world against the woeful Cleveland Browns and within minutes of the opening whistle a preseason game broke out. Ben Roethlisberger looked like a quarterback who hadn’t thrown more than nine passes in a game since last season…


Steelers Spin: Preseasonal Pontifications – Part Deux

The horses are rounding the backstretch of the 2017 NFL preseason race and even deep into the Pittsburgh Steelers roster the team appears to have more Secretariats than Mr. Eds. After eking out a victory against the New York Giants in game one, the Black and Gold earned their second win…


Steelers Spin: Preseasonal Pontifications

Preseason games don’t matter. Until you win them, and then you’re able to extrapolate deep philosophical significance, far reaching personnel perspectives, and forecast with absolute certainty an undefeated regular season. The Pittsburgh Steelers weren’t overly impressive with their 20-12 victory over the New York Giants. Considering they got out-yardaged by…


Steelers Spin: Summer 2017 Pittsburgh Preview

As we slowly climb the last, hot, summer tracks of the roller coaster ride up prior to plunging into the 2017 NFL preseason, Steelers Nation finds itself drinking a curious brew of the bitter end of last year’s playoff run spiked with a shot of enthusiasm for an anticipated championship…


Steelers Spin: The Secret Motive Behind The Steelers 2017 NFL Draft

What was really behind the Pittsburgh Steelers somewhat bewildering strategy in the 2017 NFL Draft? Adding depth to critical positions? Filling roster holes? Plotting for the future? Creating offseason competition? Yes…but at the root, there was something even more radical. More profound. And it wasn’t even mentioned by NFL Draft…


Steelers Spin: Greatest Draft Hits – First Round

Without further adieu, pomp and circumstance, or dancing elephants, it’s time to unveil the first round list of the Pittsburgh Steelers Greatest Draft Hits. No pick means more to a championship legacy in the NFL than the first round of the draft, and it can be argued the Steelers have…


Steelers Spin: Greatest Draft Hits – Second Round

The end is near. There are only two rounds left to analyze in this series exploring the Pittsburgh Steelers drafting history during the modern football era (since 1969). What will the past predict about the potential of success for the Steelers 2017 second round draft pick? Apparently, it comes down…


Steelers Spin: Greatest Draft Hits – Third Round

Over the past week, we’ve been counting down the Pittsburgh Steelers greatest draft hits and so far the discussion has remained…cordial. Well…now it’s time for the gloves to come off as things will get much tighter and difficult to discern in this round. It’s time for a generational UFC battle…


Steelers Spin: Greatest Draft Hits – Fourth Round

Although the fourth round of the draft still allows for some river boat gambling by NFL front offices it’s the beginning of the talent level where players are expected to at least provide quality depth to team rosters. The Pittsburgh Steelers have excelled in the top rounds of the draft…


Steelers Spin: Greatest Draft Hits – Fifth Round

Should you be excited this year when you hear these words: “With their fifth round selection in the 2017 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers pick…”? Not if you are a student of the Steelers draft history. Not since the year 2000 have the scouts pulled a golden rabbit out of…


Steelers Spin: Greatest Draft Hits – Sixth Round

The hits keep coming as we continue to explore the best draft picks of all time for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Continuing in their tradition of finding gems in small colleges the scouting team picked some real winners in round six making these selections the toughest so far. Just as a…



Steelers Spin: Greatest Draft Hits – Seventh Round

If you’re wondering what the Pittsburgh Steelers should do with their seventh round draft pick this year, history would suggest they should follow the words sung by the Red Hot Chili Peppers: Give it away…give it away…give it away…now. Because for the most part the Steelers have shot blanks with…