A Pittsburgh-Philly Super Bowl isn’t that hard to imagine is it? I think so


As Philadelphia and Pittsburgh compete both against each other and with many more cities to become the second Amazon headquarters, there’s another brewing in-state rush for something even bigger to their sports fans.

The Super Bowl.

Only one time did two teams from the same state square off in the Super Bowl. It came in the 1994 season and only after San Diego came to Three Rivers Stadium and pulled a huge upset in the AFC championship to advance to Super Bowl XXIX opposite San Francisco.

Now the Philadelphia Eagles, atop the NFC at 6-1, and the Steelers, tied atop the AFC at 5-2, would like to make it an all-Pennsylvania Super Bowl XLII.


Steelers Stephon Tuitt closes in on Philadelphia Eagles running back Ryan Watkins at Heinz Field.
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Stephon Tuitt, Marcus Gilbert and Vance McDonald out for Lions game

It would be Wentzylvania vs. Bensylvania, pitting sensational Eagles’ second-year quarterback Carson Wentz against 14th-year vet Ben Roethlisberger and his two rings. It would be a boom for both cities and the state.

If each team can stay on its path and wrap up a No. 1 playoff seed in its respective conference, two home playoff games for both could bring in nearly $100 million to both areas of the state.

“The most important thing in terms of improving economic outcomes in a city from events like this is how many out of towners the city can attract and stay overnight,’’ said Mary Hansen, an economics professor at American University.

VisitPITTSBURGH, which specializes in such things, estimates that each Steelers playoff game would generate $22 million for the region.

“One thing economists pay attention to is not so much spending but how much the net gain is,’’ Hanson said. “Playoff season is a time when there’s not a lot going on. The impact in January would be much larger than the impact, say, when you have big summer festival. Adding an event during the Fourth of July won’t do much good, but adding an event when there’s a lot of open hotel space would have the maximum amount.”

Besides the economic boost, an all-Pennsylvania Super Bowl would be an emotional shot to the entire state. The center of the state, emanating from Gettysburg and north through Penns Woods, could serve as the next great battlefield, this time an East-West division. Harrisburg or State College would be the epicenter of the football universe in January and February.

The closest the teams came to playing each other in a Super Bowl occurred in the 2004 season. Philadelphia won the NFC championship to advance to Super Bowl XXXIX, but the Steelers lost to the Patriots in Heinz Field in the AFC title game.

It may be too early to speculate with more than half the season to run, but what the heck.


Colts’ Andrew Luck reportedly goes to Europe to seek treatment on shoulder

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has reportedly traveled to Europe to seek further treatment on his right shoulder after a lack of progress following surgery forced the team to place him on season-ending injured reserve last week.
Mike Wells and Chris Mortensen of ESPN.com provided the status update Saturday.
Luck underwent surgery on his throwing shoulder in January, and Colts owner Jim Irsay immediately declared the franchise quarterback would be ready for the start of the 2017 season.
The 28-year-old Stanford product’s rehab moved far slower than expected, however, and Ian Rapoport‏ of the NFL Network reported Indianapolis opted to place him on IR after progress stopped.
I don’t know what’s going on there, I really don’t,” Dungy said. “Is he going to play? Jim Irsay made a comment about six weeks ago, ‘You know, it’s inside his head now.'”
Flying to Europe to research treatments not available stateside is not a new approach.
In 2013, Sally Jenkins of the Washington Post noted longtime Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning went across the Atlantic four separate times “trying various therapies or promised miracle cures” during his recovery from neck problems.
Luck has been one of the NFL’s top quarterbacks when healthy. He tossed 40 touchdowns across 16 games in 2014 and tallied 31 more in 15 contests last year. Alas, he only played seven games in 2015 due to injuries and will now sit out the entire 2017 campaign.

Ezekiel Elliott suspension: Cowboys RB now suspended after court denies emergency motion

Ezekiel Elliott suspension: Cowboys RB now suspended after court denies emergency motion
Ezekiel Elliot’s six-game suspension is back on after the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied his request for an emergency motion.

Ezekiel Elliot’s six-game suspension is back on after the Second U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied his request for an emergency injunction at a hearing Thursday in New York.
A series of injunctions and restraining orders have allowed Elliott, 22, to play to this point, but a three-judge panel decided another injunction wasn’t in the cards for the Cowboys running back.
The NFL Players’ Association requested an expedited appeal, and the court responded later Thursday by scheduling a hearing for Dec. 1, meaning Elliott is guaranteed to miss at least the next four games.

The NFLPA has argued a suspension would irreparably harm Elliott’s career. The NFL, however, said roughly 100 players have been suspended for approximately 500 games over the past season and a half, therefore “Elliott’s claim of irreparable injury is indistinguishable from those that could be made by 100 other players.”

Elliott is second in the NFL with 783 rushing yards and tied for the league lead with seven rushing scores. If his six-game suspension is upheld at the Dec. 1 hearing, he would be eligible to return the field on Dec. 24 when the Cowboys, currently 5-3, face the Seahawks at home.
The six-game suspension stems from a domestic violence allegation by Elliott’s former girlfriend in July of 2016. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell initially decided there was enough “persuasive evidence supporting” Tiffany Thompson’s allegations of domestic abuse.
The union immediately appealed Goodell’s decision and Elliott has been able to play while the case works its way through the legal system and led to hard feelings between Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and Goodell.

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