It’s no secret that last season was deemed by many as a failure. An 8-8 finish in a year that had lofty expectations was a major disappointment for the players, coaches, ownership and of course the fans. There are many reasons the team underachieved in 2012; one of those reasons was a lack of leadership. Inside the locker room the team will have you believe that wasn’t the case but it’s hard to say otherwise. The Steelers started off strong and basically fell apart once Ben Roethlisberger was injured. A team with quality leadership wouldn’t allow that to happen. While the players returning to the team last year won’t flat out say they lacked leadership, they have all admitted in their own round about ways that there needs to be a change in the locker room; more of a team first attitude. The big question is who amongst the players can lead his teammates into battle? Who has the presence, ability and respect in the locker room to do so? The answer in the past was obvious, Hines Ward, James Farrior, Joey Porter. As this team transitions from old to young, the answer isn’t as blatant. My first candidate for captain and leader is the easiest of all the picks, it’s Big Ben Roethlisberger. He’s the franchise quarterback and the guy that most players will automatically look to first. He’s the best player on this team and can lead by example on the field and resource his vast experience of winning big games off of it when he’s working with and talking to the younger guys. Roethlisberger has matured vastly over the past few years and it’s now time for him to take this team on his back and lead them as far as he can. He knows he has to do this and I believe he can. Sticking with the offensive side of the ball; Maurkice Pouncey seems like another great candidate to lead the guys on the offensive side of the ball. As the Center, he works with just about every unit and player on offense. He’s a hard worker, perennial pro bowler and a guy who isn’t afraid to speak his mind. To me, he’s the perfect guy to teach the guys on the offensive line, both young and old as well as take the running backs under his wing too. As a guy who is down in the trenches on a down by down basis, he has a lot of respect inside that locker room and if he can step up and take on the responsibility of being a leader, it will help this team go a long way.On the defensive side of the ball my first pick to lead the guys is Brett Keisel. He’s a man who’s played for many years with great success. He’s acknowledged that he may be retiring after this season and it’s a good bet he’d like to add one more ring to his hardware. Being the long term veteran on a relatively young defensive line, it only makes sense for him to lead the group. He can still play well and put up some very impressive statistics and much like Big Ben, he can resource his experience in winning the big games to help tutor the youth that’s surrounding him. Lastly another grizzled veteran; Larry Foote. Foote put up one of the best years he’s ever had in 2012 and he too can lead on the field with his play as well as off with his experience. Foote has a lot of respect in the locker room and is a guy that won’t let things get out of hand if a guy or two starts to become individually focuses vs. looking at the teams’ long term aspirations. Look for Foote to step up and quite frankly he may be the best leader this team has by the time the season rolls around.Leaders however are not picked by me, you or even the coaches. Leaders step up on their own and other players begin to gravitate towards them. If the 2013 version of the Steelers has any of the four above players step up as leaders, they’ll be well on their way. If it’s not these guys, it will need to be another set of guys or else this team will find itself right where they were in 2012, disappointed, frustrated and looking for answers.Editor’s Note: Mike Pelaia hosts the website Steel Nation Association www.steelnationassociation.com – Covering the Steelers and helping Children’s Hospital All Day Everyday. You can e-mail him at [email protected] Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, poses for photographers, backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in central London, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Pittsburgh Steelers will play against the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium in London, on Sunday Sept. 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
Facebook302Tweet0Pin0Submitted by the Hands On Children’s MuseumThe Hands On Children’s Museum, Washington State’s largest and most-visited children’s museum, is announcing the launch of a new festival to bring more visitors and guests to the museum and the South Sound region all summer long.Summer Splash!, a new summer-long festival of fun, replaces the popular Sand in the City® format the museum has hosted for the last 15 years. The goal is to expand featured festival activities from just two days at the end of August to three months starting in June.The Hands On Children’s Museum has shifted to a summer-long celebration that is fun and engaging for families. Photo credit: Hands On Children’s Museum.“Sand in the City® was an amazing two-day community festival, but in many ways, had become a victim of its own success,” said Jocelyn McCabe, president of the Hands On Children’s Museum Board of Directors. “Through the years, the size of the event has grown dramatically and the museum has had to shift more of its resources to event management, rather than providing inspirational hands-on learning activities.”“The new Summer Splash! format spreads the fun and learning over three months and centers the activities at the museum, rather than on the streets around it,” said McCabe. “With three months of new themes featuring guest performers, artists, events and new activities, we hope the festival will attract visitors to the region throughout June, July and August.”Museum Executive Director Patty Belmonte said Sand in the City® has grown to become one of Thurston County’s largest events serving 25,000-35,000 visitors in a weekend.Families will enjoy new themes featuring guest performers, artists, events and new activities. Photo courtesy: Hands On Children’s Museum.“When the event started, it was a free event designed to introduce the community to the engaging and interactive art and science activities the museum is now widely known for,” said Belmonte. “At the same time, event sponsorships and donations helped to fund the museum’s free- and reduced-access programs year-round.”The shift to a summer-long festival will create better experiences for museum visitors, spread visitation throughout the summer, allow for new and exciting learning themes, reduce costs and better fund year-round museum access programs, said Belmonte.All of the major event sponsors will continue to support Summer Splash! headline events and several new activities. And Sand in the City®’s most beloved components, including the display sand sculpture, carved by West Coast artists, will be featured as well. The new festival will also include free access days each month.Summer Splash! will also include some free access days to the Hands On Children’s Museum.Summer Splash! will kick-off in early June with the opening of a national traveling exhibit, Children’s China: Celebrating Culture, Character and Confucius. In July, Sand, Forts & Water Adventures will be featured with master sand carvers returning for a three-day sculpting demonstration to create an outstanding display sculpture. Pirates & Parrots will take over the museum in August featuring a 40-foot-long pirate ship, live parrots and a crow’s nest climbing wall.Throughout the summer, the museum will also host select performers on both the indoor and outdoor stages. Nonprofit partners will also visit the museum to facilitate some of the most beloved activities. As with Sand in the City®, the Summer Splash! festival will conclude with an adults-only Party with a Purpose Summer Gala at the museum on Friday, Aug. 26.“With so many new exhibits and activities on the calendar, it’s going to add a whole new element of fun to summer in the South Sound,” said Belmonte.
Image Courtesy: PCB/ESPNcricinfoAdvertisement nud2gNBA Finals | Brooklyn VsjWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E91( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 45c1Would you ever consider trying this?😱89tCan your students do this? 🌚c6idRoller skating! Powered by Firework Pakistan cricket team started off their T20 series against Bangladesh with a swift win in the first match yesterday at the Gaddafi Stadium, and the squad’s veteran run machine Shoaib Malik showcased all the vibrancy on the pitch with a stormy knock of 58. While getting praise from supporters for being the senior in form, the batsman faced a trick question regarding the position of his junior Misbah-ul-Haq as the head coach of the team. But, the player had the perfect response.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PCB/ESPNcricinfoMisbah-ul-Haq, the former skipper hung his boots from limited overs cricket in 2015, and from Test cricket in the next year. The 45 year old took charge of the Pakistani squad in September 2019 along with the role of chief selector.Following the match yesterday, Shoaib Malik was present in the post match interview. Renowned for his grooming of his juniors, the media threw him a question about his boss, questioning his seniority to Misbah, trying to throw him into a tizzy.Advertisement “Shoaib, you spoke about grooming youngsters in the team, which is a responsibility of a senior player. So, you are even more senior than your coach (Misbah-ul-Haq), will you groom him as well?” the interviewer asked.However, the 37 year old had the perfect response to the tricky query.Advertisement He responded: “There is no one in the world who can say that he has learnt everything. Sachin Tendulkar couldn’t say that or other people couldn’t say that they have learnt anything.”Malik, who debuted for the team in the West Indies ODI series 1999, is two years senior to Misbah, made his international debut in 2001 against New Zealand in Test cricket. While his junior has gone through retirement and taking charge of the team, the former captain mentions that learning is a never ending procedure.He continued: “Learning process never ends. Lot of cricketers and coaches have come and gone, a lot happened but the learning process never stopped.”Winning the toss and deciding to Bat first, Bangladesh put up a score of 141 in the first innings. However, it was the veteran Malik’s stunning 58-off-45, with five fours that was a major factor behing the win.“We go after people very quickly. We want overnight results, which doesn’t happen. We need to show some patience and if someone has got a chance then we must wait a little. I understand, you guys want some masala, everyone wants masala but we need to think about the country as well sometimes,” Malik concluded.Also read-Shoaib Malik posts christmas tweet with a slight dig on India – and gets trolled by Twitterati!Netizens troll Sarfaraz Ahmed after Misbah-ul-Haq imposes strict rules on diet Advertisement