Pittsburgh waved bye-bye to Santonio Holmes on the same weekend that Texas Stadium made its own farewell in explosive style Steelers dump Santonio like bad stock Just 14 months after he caught the winning touchdown pass to give Pittsburgh its sixth Super Bowl triumph, Santonio Holmes is waving farewell to the Steel City. The win-now New York Jets have snapped up MVP of Super Bowl XLIII for just a fifth round pick in the upcoming NFL draft, a price so low there can be no doubt that Pittsburgh wanted rid of the troubled wide receiver in a hurry. Holmes will likely be suspended for the first four games of the 2010 season because of his off the field transgressions according to reports on Pro Football Talk. Holmes has hit the headlines in recent times as he is being sued for allegedly throwing a drink in a woman’s face at a club in Florida, with potential criminal charges on the horizon, and has a history of marijuana use. All of these are big red marks in the NFL.
The NFL betting landscape will be rocked by the move which could make New York a serious contender for the AFC title. The Jets know Holmes is a risk but he’s a relatively cheap one at that. The loss of a fifth round pick won’t rankle with the fans, who know the wide receiver can still deliver on the field. New York also get the former Steeler in the last year of his rookie contract, essentially giving them a free 12 game trial with the player before deciding on whether it’s worth the risk of offering him an extension. This is just the latest in a string of low-risk moves by Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum this off-season with the potential for tremendous reward. Holmes joins Antonio Cromartie, and LaDainian Tomlinson as signings made with little or no downside for New York. This move also removes the short-term need for the Jets to use a high pick on a wide receiver in the draft.
Pittsburgh’s strategy on draft could change dramatically on draft day too. While the interior of the Steelers’ offensive line should still be a priority, with Bruce Arians running the offense Pittsburgh could look instead for a receiver at the top of the draft. Alternatively Pittsburgh may look to use the fifth round pick as currency to improve their position in the second round. Pittsburgh currently have the 20th pick in round two, the 52nd pick overall. The fifth extra round pick could help the Steelers land another pick in the top 40 should they feel the need to move up.
Texas Stadium Implodes Texas Stadium was demolished in a controlled implosion on Sunday, marking the final chapter in the famous arena’s history. Built with a hole in the roof, so that God could watch the Cowboys according to Dallas lore, the stadium was the home to the dominant Cowboy teams of the 70s and 90s. The Cowboys left the stadium after the 2008 season to move to their new home of Cowboys Stadium, or Jerry World as it’s known. Here’s video footage of the last moments of Texas Stadium.
The site of the stadium is provisionally being used as the staging area for work on the Texas State Highway 114 but this could change if an alternative use is found.
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