PITTSBURGH - If you need a reason to be worried about today's game, here it is:
The Pittsburgh Steelers have a patched-together offensive line, which took another blow when Doug Legursky replaced Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey.
Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers has had two weeks to review tape and look for ways to exploit this weakness.
Capers is good.
How good? When he and current Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau were members of Bill Cowher's original 1992 staff, Capers was the coordinator and LeBeau was his assistant, serving as secondary coach.
The Steelers will have only two of their original starters manning the five positions on the line, and the Packers will be looking for a way to confuse and overwhelm the ones who line up today.
The guy setting the defense for Green Bay knows what he's doing.
How it all started
In a quiet moment today, keep a good thought for Chuck Noll.
Noll turned 79 last month, and he's battling a variety of major health issues.
Today's excitement has its roots in 1969, when Dan Rooney hired Noll and he transformed the Steelers.
Remembering 'The Chief'
Somewhere in all the millions of words spoken, written and tweeted this week, someone must have recounted the story of how Steelers founder Art Rooney started the franchise in 1933 with his winnings from an incredible weekend at the race track.
It's a great story.
It's not true, though.
Rooney did have a huge weekend at Saratoga, but that happened several years after the Steelers had started play.
No doubt those winnings helped prop up the franchise, because pro football wasn't much of a business then.
Sometimes people wonder why Rooney is so admired. Here's one reason.
The Steelers were wildly unsuccessful and unprofitable in the 1960s. When they played at Pitt Stadium, they were selling kids' tickets in the end zone sections for $1. They weren't selling a lot of them.
The NFL was small then with 12 franchises. A lot of cities either didn't have pro football, or had the inferior American Football League.
Cities called with tempting offers such as New Orleans. Miami and Atlanta. They offered to build stadiums, hand over all parking and concession revenues and guarantee attendance levels.
Art Rooney was then in his 60s and could have set himself up for a sweet retirement by taking one of the deals and moving the Steelers.
He turned them all down for no better reason than, "I'm a Pittsburgh guy."
The franchise turned around when he handed control over to his son, Dan in the late 1960s.
Art Rooney was around to enjoy the first four Super Bowls. He was also around when things cooled off and the team struggled in the 1980s.
He always kept a realistic perspective, and he was always sharper than his grandfatherly appearance might have suggested.
My favorite story came in 1986, when the Steelers addressed a sudden in-season need at running back by signing Earnest Jackson, who had been cut loose by the Philadelphia Eagles.
Rooney enjoyed the company of sports writers, his only known character flaw. He would often stop in the small press room, which was right off the lobby at the team's Three Rivers Stadium offices.
He came in the day of the Jackson signing, but nobody had time for much more than a quick hello. Everyone was writing or making phone calls, working the story.
Rooney observed the hubbub for a minute or so, then smiled and quietly said to no one in particular, "You know, this isn't Gale Sayers that we signed."
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