With the debut of SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles last week and Allegiant Stadium’s in Las Vegas coming this Sunday, ESPN has decided to ranked all 28 NFL stadiums from worst to first.
Atmosphere, features, traditions, tailgating, location, cost and history were the considering factors used to compile the rankings.
Even though they may not be able to be in the building this year, Pittsburgh Steeler fans will find solace in Heinz Field being ranked the fourth-best Stadium in the league.
The waving of Terrible Towel and playing of Styx’s “Renegade” earned Heinz Field significant points in the traditions category. It’s location on the North Shore also garnered praise, with its proximity to Downtown, bars and restaurants. Heinz also received a top-five ranking for its tailgating experience.
While the Steelers are one of the most storied franchises in league history, Heinz Field is only 19-years-old. As a result, it lost points in the history category.
Heinz Field may be young, but Steelers fans might disagree that it is devoid of history, having seen their team win three conference championships and nine division titles at the venue.
Some of the other criticisms it received are all to familiar to fans, such as expensiveness of tickets and concessions, parking issues and the challenging commute to and from the stadium on game day.
Lambeau Field earned the top spot for its history and the Lambeau Leap celebration. FedEx Field was ranked as the worst stadium in the league. Specifically, the home of the Washington Football team was ripped for its lack of history, absent character and poor location.
Ryan Switzer Asks for Prayers for COVID-19 Positive Son
Former Steelers receiver Ryan Switzer asked for prayers for his 9-month-old son Christian Saturday morning. Switzer’s son has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.
I’m asking everyone that this tweet comes across to please just take a second and say a prayer for our son Christian. He’s 9 months and currently in the hospital after he woke up in his blood. He’s Covid positive.
— Ryan Switzer (@Switz) March 6, 2021
In Switzer’s tweet, he asked everyone to say a prayer for the little guy. Thousands of fans have interacted with the tweet, with many voicing their prayers and well wishes.
The 26-year-old receiver signed a 1-year deal with the Cleveland Browns in January after spending time on their practice squad last season. Switzer was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He then spent both 2018 and 2019 in Pittsburgh before being released by the Steelers before the 2020 season.
NFL Considering Making Roughing the Passer Reviewable
The NFL is considering making roughing the passer calls subject to replay review, according to NFL.com’s Judy Battista.
Battista reports that owners are expected to vote on the potential rule change at the annual league meetings later this month.
There is no denying that roughing the passer calls have become increasingly questionable over recent years, as the league continues to emphasize the protection of its most valuable assets – the quarterbacks.
Still, the concept does conjure painful memories of 2019, when the league tried reviewing pass interference calls. The experiment proved to be an unmitigated disaster, and was scrapped after a single season.
While the new role could remedy some of the infuriating calls the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been levied with in recent year, the chance could also open up an unintended can of worms.
Reviewing roughing the passer calls is not the only potential rule change the owner will reportedly consider.
According to Battista, owners will also discuss switching overtime back to sudden death, creating an alternative to the onside kick and voting on a rule reportedly proposed by the Buffalo Bills to delay coaching and general manager interviews until the conference championship round.
NFL Insider John Clayton Predicts Steelers Could Cut Joe Haden, Vince Williams
John Clayton, one of the longest tenured NFL Insiders, offered a prediction on how the Steelers will handle their roster in the coming weeks during his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan.
When referring to player cuts around the NFL, Clayton said he expects many notable players to be released by their current teams. Clayton proclaimed “it will be a bloodbath around the league” and that could include a couple key veterans being handed their walking papers by the Steelers.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) March 3, 2021
Joe Haden and Vince Williams could both be forced to find new teams as soon as next week, according to Clayton. Haden has spent the past 4 seasons in Pittsburgh after spending his first 7 years with the Browns. Williams has played his entire 8-year NFL career with the Steelers after being drafted in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft.