Geez, you take a week off after a month of minimal action and all hell breaks loose.
There was plenty happening in Steelers' land in the past week, so let's catch up.
© According to the Baltimore Sun last week, the Ravens have asked the league not to play in Pittsburgh during prime time.
The Steelers should return the favor but they won’t.
When the schedule is released, the Steelers will be playing a full slate of prime time games. If the league had any guts, it would give the Ravens none – or at least none at home.
You don’t want to play your biggest rival in prime time, you pay the price.
© As expected, Dan Rooney was nominated to be the U.S. ambassador to Ireland.
There had been many rumors about this during the season, so it really didn't come as a surprise.
And Rooney's a great choice.
When the Steelers went to Ireland in 1997 to play the Bears, Rooney scheduled a trip for us all to Belfast, taking us to a church there where he had been working with a local priest to help foster negotiations between the Catholics and Protestants.
It's something that's very near and dear to his heart and he makes several trips there per year.
© The Steelers made a number of minor signings last week, all bringing back there own players. The most notable player was Trai Essex, their swing man on the offensive line.
I know, real exciting.
© Louisville center Eric Wood is scheduled to visit the Steelers in the next couple of weeks and it a definite possibility to be the team's first-round draft pick.
In fact, over the past decade or so, you could get a good hint at who the Steelers will draft by looking at the list of who they bring in for a visit.
This year, that list so far includes:
Pitt LB Scott McKillop and center/guard C.J. Davis, Penn State center A.Q. Shipley and now Wood.
The first three, since they are local players, don't count against the team's official visits.