By Lynn Saternow
Herald Sports Editor
I was saddened to read about the death of former Pittsburgh Steelers great L.C. Greenwood recently. Besides being a tremendous football player in his pro days, he was also a heckuva guy.
I enjoyed talking with him every summer at the Nicky Necastro Memorial Fund Golf Tournament at Avalon Golf and Country Club’s Squaw Creek course.
Greenwood was one of the pros who would come free of charge to help raise funds to benefit children’s cancer treatment. I think he only missed one year out of the 15 years of the tournament and that was because he was recovering from surgery.
And of course he always wore his gold golf shoes, reminiscent of his playing days where he paid a fine to the NFL every game to wear his gold football spikes.
I’ve always felt he was deserving of being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but if it ever happens it will have to be a posthumous induction.
ä Today will be a bit strange without a game involving either the Steelers or the Cleveland Browns.
Pittsburgh gets a much needed bye this week, although the Black and Gold is so bad that oddsmakers have made the Steelers a 7-point underdog against the bye!
With the Steelers holding an uncharacteristic 0-4 record, there is not a whole lot of chance of seeing much of a turnaround for a team Ben Roethlisberger called the “worst team in the league.”
Actually I think Jacksonville is the worst (much to the chagrin of local Jags’ fan Tim Herrmann), but the Steelers are darn close (much to the chagrin of thousands of local Steeler fans).
Meanwhile, how about those Cleveland Browns! With the Thursday night win over Buffalo, the Browns moved to 3-2 and are in first place in the division.
But naturally, the Cleveland curse continues. Starting quarterback Brian Hoyer, who had looked very impressive in leading the Browns to 2 straight wins, was hurt early in the game and is out for the year with a torn ACL. So once again the fate of the team lies in the hands of Brandon Weeden, who did spark a comeback on Thursday for a victory.
Weeden is a comedown from Hoyer, who had the ability to quickly survey the field and get rid of the ball. Weeden does not anticipate his receivers breaking free and holds the ball too long.
So in other words, the high hopes of Browns fans this year have fallen greatly. But maybe, just maybe, Weeden will improve. But don’t bet on it.
Last week my picks went 8-6 for a season mark of 43-17. Following are the rest of this week’s predictions (betting line in parentheses just for fun):
Dallas (plus 7) over Denver
Cincy (-11⁄2) over New England
New Orleans (even) over Chicago
Seattle (-21⁄2) over Indy
San Fran (-7) over Houston
Tennessee (plus 3) over Kansas City
Baltimore (plus 3) over Miami
Atlanta (-91⁄2) over NY Jets
Green Bay (-7) over Detroit
Arizona (plus 2) over Carolina
NY Giants (-2) over Philly
Oakland (plus 41⁄2) over San Diego
St. Louis (-111⁄2) over Jacksonville