first_img Howard Lake | 17 April 2008 | News Multi-channel retailer Argos has donated 20,000 items of stock from across the country to In Kind Direct, the charity that co-ordinates and encourages manufacturers and retailers to donate high quality goods for use by good causes.The donation is one of the largest In Kind Direct has received since it was founded by the HRH Prince of Wales in 1996. It has taken eight deliveries over four days to deliver the two hundred pallets of items to In Kind Direct‘s distribution operation in Oxfordshire. They now take up around 10% of their warehouse space.Argos has donated products from across its catalogue, from coffee tables to the latest in mp3 players.Over the coming months, the goods will be reorganised into packs and listed on the In Kind Direct online catalogue: its charity partners can then select the packs they need, which are then delivered to their doors by In Kind Direct’s transport partner DHL Exel Supply Chain.One of the first organisations to benefit from the Argos donation is Darnall Community Nursery. Based in Sheffield, the community group are moving into a new centre at the end of April and needed a chainsaw and gardening tools.Linda Edwards, community co-ordinator at Darnall Community Nursery, said: “I know it is uncommon for a children’s nursery to request a chainsaw and gardening tools, but they will be invaluable for recycling the felled trees to make furniture and play areas for the children.”www.argos.co.uk Tagged with: corporate About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.  38 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Argos donates 20,000 stock items to In Kind Directlast_img read more

first_img Tagged with: Finance Individual giving Ireland Research / statistics Howard Lake | 1 December 2010 | News Development charity Concern Worldwide’s income in 2009 was down nearly €3 million on the previous year, according to its annual report. Total income for 2009 was €129,421,000 and €132,298,000 in 2008. Income would have been lower by €8.8 million in 2009 but for the disposal of a subsidiary organisation.One of the biggest falls in income was in the area of voluntary fundraising which dropped from €53.6 million to €44.8 million. The value of donated goods increased but grants from government and trading activities both declined.Within the voluntary income category, committed income held up at €23 million but legacy income declined from €4.5 million to €2.7 million, while corporates, major donors and trusts fell from €7.6 million to €4.2 million. Public appeals also fell to €14.3 million from €16.7 million.Concern receives significant income from foreign governments and international organisations such as the UN and this source increased to €14.7 million from €11.2 million. Funding from the Irish government, however, fell from €26 million in 2008 to €20.8 million in 2009.The charity reduced the cost of generating its income from €12.3 million to €11 million.The above figures are derived from the consolidated accounts of Concern in Ireland and the UK. Income within the UK actually increased from €13.2 million to €14.5 million, due largely to increased government funding.www.concern.net  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Concern income down by €3 million About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

first_img Reacting to the intimidation and humiliation of a radio journalist by tribal elders in Kakua, the capital of the southern district of Bo, Reporters Without Borders today urged the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone (UNAMSIL) to uphold the rule of law and remind traditional chiefs that the country is meant to be reconstructing along democratic lines.“Kakua’s traditional chiefs are not supposed to have police or judicial powers,” the press freedom organisation said. “Radio Kiss 104 FM’s ordeal shows political party influence over tribal structures poses a danger to democracy. UNAMSIL’s mandate includes protection of human rights so it should ensure that the rule of law is respected throughout the country and that journalists do not have to submit to local clans.”In his popular “Mr. Owl” programme on 12 September, Kiss 104 FM production manager and well-known commentator Kelvin Newstead criticised the convention just held by the ruling Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP) in the northern city of Makeni, at which it chose Vice-President Solomon Berewa as its candidate for the 2007 presidential election.Calling it more like a “coronation” than a convention, Newstead challenged the right of the 390 delegates to decide the future of 5 million Sierra Leoneans and said it should have been the population itself that chose its own candidate.Enraged Bo district paramount chief Rashid Kamanda Bongay and Kakua tribal elders summoned Newstead and threatened to close down his radio station and banish him from the region. When Newstead failed to take the threat seriously, Chief Bongay took the case to the Daru Road local court, which ordered Newstead and Kiss 104 FM’s director to each pay 25,000 leones (about 10 euros) to the local authorities. The station was closed down the same day. A Kiss 104 FM delegation then went to see Bongay with the aim of dialoguing, but he refused to receive them.To defuse the tension, the local representative of the Sierra Leone Association of Journalists, Richard Margao, finally accompanied Newstead on a visit to Chief Bongay at which they had to beg for forgiveness and prostrate themselves before him. They also made Bongay a gift of 100,000 leones (40 euros) in order to request his magnanimity. Reports November 27, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information April 6, 2020 Find out more Sierra LeoneAfrica The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Receive email alerts Sierra LeoneAfrica News to go furthercenter_img RSF_en September 19, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Traditional chiefs threaten and humiliate radio journalist Follow the news on Sierra Leone News Covid-19 in Africa: RSF joins a coalition of civil society organizations to demand the release of imprisoned journalists on the continent Coronavirus infects press freedom in Africa News Organisation March 29, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img Google+ Facebook Petition seeking to save Indiana Beach outpacing creator’s expectations WhatsApp Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market (Source: https://goo.gl/jKtnJJ License: https://goo.gl/sZ7V7x) A petition to save Indiana Beach has gathered more than 20 thousand signatures in just 24 hours.The original petition sought 15 thousand signatures. That was quickly changed after a huge initial response. By Friday afternoon there were 27 thousand names on the petition.The theme park in Monticello closed on Tuesday after more than 90 years.Former employee and fan of the park Dustin Sprunger started the page at Change dot org, in the hopes that someone might buy the popular Indiana destination and keep it open.The future of the park and its attractions remains unknown. You can find the petition here. Facebook By Tommie Lee – February 21, 2020 0 351 Twitter Pinterest Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleSilver Alert for missing Delphi teenagerNext articleGordman’s closing Mishawaka location after ten years Tommie Leelast_img read more

first_img(April Sorrow is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) By April SorrowUniversity of GeorgiaAs the holiday season approaches, homes will soon be filled with family and friends. Thanksgiving is a few weeks away, but planning now can make the big day less hectic. “Preparing meals for a perfect holiday can be stressful, but deciding on menu items that can be safely prepared ahead and stored safely until needed can help you have a safer and more relaxing holiday meal,” said Judy Harrison, a food safety specialist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.To help you prepare and stay on schedule, the Partnership for Food Safety Education provides a timeline.Two weeks aheadConfirm your guest list at least two weeks before Thanksgiving. With the list in mind, decide on the menu. Select a few recipes that can be safely stored and served at room temperature to avoid an overloaded oven or stove. Ask guests to bring an appetizer, side dish or dessert. If you have freezer space, purchase the turkey in advance and store it. Plan on about a pound per person. Check your food thermometer to make sure it’s calibrated and works. If you plan to deep-fry, smoke or grill the turkey, check the equipment beforehand. Plan an alternative cooking method in case the weather keeps you indoors. Purchase the oil, wood chips or charcoal.One week aheadDetermine how long the turkey will take to thaw. Calculate 24 hours of refrigerator thaw time for each 4.5 pounds of frozen turkey, or three and a half days for a 16-pound turkey. Place the frozen turkey, in the original wrapper, in a two-inch deep roasting pan in the refrigerator. Thaw the turkey with the breast down so the juices will flow into it. A thawed turkey can stay in the refrigerator for up to two days. Two days aheadMake pumpkin pies and cheesecake. Refrigerate desserts with custard-like ingredients. Pie crusts can be made ahead and baked the night before. Assemble casseroles. Sweet potato or green bean casseroles can be stored uncooked in the refrigerator and baked on Thanksgiving. For homemade stuffing, cook, cut and cube bread and place it in a single layer on a baking pan to dry.One day aheadMake sure the turkey is thawed. If not, use a cold-water method to speed the process. Remove the giblets and wing tips from the turkey and cook giblet turkey broth to use with the stuffing, dressing or gravy. Keep the turkey refrigerated at 40 degrees or colder until ready to cook.Buy salad greens and perishable vegetables. Wash, trim and cut vegetables on a clean cutting board. Wrap in damp paper towels and place in sealable plastic bags in the refrigerator.Complete any remaining baking. Cover and store fruit pies at room temperature.Celebration dayPrepare stuffing for the turkey or for baking. Stuff the turkey loosely, allowing about three-quarters cup of stuffing per pound of turkey. Place extra stuffing in a baking dish and bake in the oven. After stuffing turkey, place it in a preheated oven at 325 degrees. Use a food thermometer to check the internal temperatures of the turkey and dressing. A whole turkey should be cooked to a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees. Check the temperature in the innermost part of the thigh and wing and the thickest part of the breast. The stuffing should reach 165 degrees, too, whether cooked inside the bird or in a separate dish. Put a foil tent over the turkey and allow it to rest for 25 minutes before carving.Make gravy. Preheat the gravy bowl with hot water so the gravy will stay hot. Begin cooking fresh vegetables one hour before the turkey is done. Boil and mash potatoes. Consider holding the warm mashed potatoes in a slow cooker. Remove cold desserts from the refrigerator and allow them to become room temperature.After the meal, place all leftovers into small portions and store in shallow containers in the refrigerator. Perishable foods should not stay in the temperature danger zone (between 40 degrees and 140 degrees) for more than two hours. The complete holiday checklist is available at www.holidayfoodsafety.org or at the Partnership for Food Safety Education’s Facebook Web page.last_img read more

first_imgA multi-million-dollar substation and voltage support equipment just completed by Central Vermont Public Service is making a major contribution to electric service reliability in southern Vermont.CVPS today announced completion of an $11.5 million Winhall facility designed to improve reliability in southern Vermont while putting off the need for miles of transmission upgrades across the southern part of the state. The project, which included the installation of two enormous synchronous condensers, is part of an alternative solution to transmission issues. Targeted energy efficiency is also being used, and CVPS is looking for host sites for new distributed generation as well. When we first looked at the issues in southern Vermont, we were committed to looking at all the possibilities, and this facility is the proof in the pudding, CVPS President Bob Young said. This equipment and substation will significantly improve local reliability and improve voltage support for thousands of customers in the region.Synchronous condensers are devices that control voltage on a transmission or distribution system. A synchronous condenser has internal parts that spin like a motor or generator to support voltage, and outwardly resembles these devices. But synchronous condensers do not actually produce power, nor do they burn fuel or produce emissions.The two units installed by CVPS weigh 60 tons each and will help maintain voltage along 60 miles of power lines in southern Vermont. The synchronous condensers will strengthen the Southern Loop and allow a higher penetration of new alternative energy sources such as photovoltaic, wind and combined heat and power facilities to connect to what has been a weak power system.The project was born out of a public outreach process conducted by CVPS and Vermont Electric Power Company to improve reliability in southern Vermont and the greater New England region several years ago. Through this extensive public outreach process, the companies agreed to a series of solutions, including non-transmission solutions, to address transmission constraints.Besides the synchronous condensers, efficiency efforts and new combined heat and power generation, other elements include a new VELCO transmission line from Vernon to Cavendish known as the Coolidge Connector, a new VELCO substation in Newfane to provide support for customers in Bennington and Windham counties, and a new substation in Vernon. The transmission line and Newfane substation were approved by the Vermont Public Service Board earlier this month. The PSB approved the synchronous condenser project last year, and work began in the spring of 2008.CVPS spokesman Steve Costello said the synchronous condenser project was unique for CVPS in two ways: it marks the first time the company has addressed a major transmission issue in this way, and the condensers are housed in a building designed to look like a traditional horse barn so it fits into the rural and natural surroundings. We worked very closely with the neighbors and abutting landowners to make this project fit, Costello said. We wanted to solve the reliability issues, of course, but also wanted to be a good neighbor and meet local residents needs.last_img read more

first_imgShare Share StumbleUpon Submit Natalie Merezhkovskaya, Chief Marketing Officer of InBet Games, has stepped up to the 6 of the Best hot seat on SBC News.Prior to her current employment with InBet, she was in charge of marketing for an international communications agency, which included leading a promotional campaign for Ferrari in France.Find out which place Merezhkovskaya describes as “Mecca” of the surfing world, and which of her favourite brands also graced one of her favourite movies.Best HolidayThe best holiday of my life was in Jericoacoara, Brazil. It is truly Mecca of the surfing world. This place offers fascinating views, fantastic surfing spots and a marvellous windsurfing experience. I loved the friendliness of the local people and enjoyed breathing in the true spirit of freedom and exhilaration.Best AlbumI am a big fan of Californian band Red Hot Chili Peppers, and all of their greatest hits such as Under the bridge, Californication and Scar Tissue. By the way, they also appeared in one of my favourite movies – On the crest of the wave.Best FilmThis has to be Samsara. I am particularly fond of this film because it takes you on a journey showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet. The film immerses you into meditation over nature and humanity, and makes you reflect on their interconnection and its impact on our lives. Filmed over five years from sacred grounds to industrial sites across 25 countries, it is unique and fantastic.Best Sporting ExperienceI love windsurfing. There is no other sport quite like it! It is a great combination of gymnastic moves and surfing, requiring strength and agility. Windsurfing wave riding and freestyle in the Jericoacoara, Brazil and Moulay, Morocco were the best I can remember.There were difficult conditions – strong wind and big waves – but it was the greatest feeling of happiness and freedom. The wind and the waves really revive your spirit and body like nothing else in the world.  It is a thrilling experience to face the challenges of the weather and cut through the waves!Best BookI am particularly impressed by Ulysses, which is a modernist novel by Irish writer James Joyce. He offers a unique, revolutionary style of literary realism, and combines it with diversity of narrative techniques. Some chapters are historical; one chapter is narrated in epigrammatic form; another is laid out like a drama. Joyce also manages to convey multiple linguistic as well as psychological points of view.Best BetThe first time I visited a casino and made a bet, I was lucky and won on roulette!last_img read more

first_imgLeBron James capped one of basketball’s most brilliant individual years with a monster dunk and a huge 3-pointer in the final 2:50 that finally wrapped up a close, back-and-forth game that few would have seen coming after the Americans had been so dominant for so long in London.Yet four years after beating Spain 118-107 in a classic in Beijing, the U.S. found itself in another tight one, unable to ever really slow the Spanish down until the closing minutes.“We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We didn’t want it easy,” James said. “A lot of teams have won gold easy. We didn’t want it that way. We’re a competitive team and we love when it gets tight. That’s when our will and determination kind of shows. It was the same way in ‘08.”Kevin Durant scored 30 points and James had 19 on a day he joined Michael Jordan as the only players to win the NBA title, regular-season MVP, NBA Finals MVP and Olympic gold in the same year.Coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has said he’s retiring as national team coach after restoring the Americans to their place atop world basketball, emptied his bench in the final minuteJames stood with both arms in the air, then held Durant in a long hug before they both headed to the bench.The Americans, who insisted they were better than their 2008 version and even good enough to take a game from the 1992 Dream Team, may not have been at that level.Still, they were better again than Spain—though not by much.When the final horn sounded, Krzyzewski locked James in a tight embrace as Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA” rocked the arena.The Americans hugged at midcourt, guard James Harden holding a doll of the Olympic mascot, and then after being handed flags, this group of NBA players—and one kid just out of college—who grew into a tight-knit group during their time together, paraded around the floor, the Stars and Stripes flowing off their backs like capes.Yes, they were Olympic superheroes again, but they had to fight until the finish.“To do it twice is a special moment,” Carmelo Anthony said. “As the U.S. men’s team, we go through a lot. For us to persevere the way we did is just a special moment for myself, and for the guys who are on this team.”For Kobe Bryant, it was his last Olympic moment.“This is it for me,” said Bryant, who scored 17 points and now has a second gold medal to go with his five NBA championships. “The other guys are good to go.”The U.S. came in averaging nearly 117 points and stomping on their competition with such ease that even the Olympics’ own daily preview had a hard time envisioning intrigue, writing that it would “likely take a great game from Spain and an off-day from the USA to cause an upset.”Bryant’s Lakers teammate Pau Gasol, who carried the flag for Spain in the opening ceremony, nearly carried his country to its greatest Olympic basketball glory, but had a big miss inside with Spain down by six about three minutes to go, screaming out loud in frustration as he went back down the court.Then James finished it off.It was the 14th gold medal for the Americans, who lost at least five players who might have been on the team when Dwight Howard, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Derrick Rose had to pull out with injuries and Blake Griffin was hurt in training camp.They were tested only once, beating Lithuania 99-94, and the statistics revealed a tournament that was more varsity against junior varsity than best in the world against each other. The Americans came in leading the tournament in eight statistical categories, with laughably lopsided advantages in points off turnovers (198-77) and fast-break points (175-55).Though this was expected to be the final international game for Krzyzewski and Bryant, the U.S. will apparently still be able to bring its best to the next Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro. Though the NBA has said it might prefer an under-23 age limit for the Olympics, FIBA’s secretary general said Saturday he doesn’t see any changes being proposed in time for 2016.James isn’t sure if he will return after he, Bryant, Anthony, Chris Paul and Deron Williams joined a list of 13 Americans who have won multiple gold medals.Krzyzewski, who matched Hank Iba as the only coaches to lead the U.S. to consecutive golds, has said this will be his last game—though USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo promised to do his best sales job to bring the respected coach back. GOOD ENOUGH FOR GOLD—United States’ Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Kobe Bryant, from left, display their gold medals following a ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 12, in London. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) by Brian MahoneyLONDON (AP)—Great for most of the Olympics, just good enough for gold.The U.S. men’s basketball team defended its title by fighting off another huge challenge from Spain, pulling away in the final minutes for a 107-100 victory on Sunday and its second straight Olympic championship.And just like 2008, the star-studded Americans had to work for this one.last_img read more

first_imgby Doug FeinbergAP Basketball Writer Brittney Griner keeps piling up the accolades.The 6-foot-8 Baylor senior became only the third player to be a two-time unanimous choice on The Associated Press’ women’s basketball preseason All-America team, receiving all 40 votes from a national media panel Tuesday. Griner joined former UConn star Maya Moore and Duke great Alana Beard in that select club.“It’s definitely an honor. I’m humbled by it, to be a part of that group,” Griner said. “That’s just awesome.”Griner wasn’t the only unanimous choice on the preseason team. Delaware senior Elena Delle Donne and Notre Dame senior Skylar Diggins were also on all 40 ballots. Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike (23 votes), Maryland’s Alyssa Thomas (19) and Baylor’s Odyssey Sims (19) rounded out the squad. It’s the first time there’s been a tie for the final spot since the team began in 1995-96.Only five other players have been unanimous selections — Courtney Paris, Chamique Holdsclaw, Diana Taurasi, Seimone Augustus and Candace Parker.Griner and Sims are the sixth set of teammates to be on the preseason team. They helped Baylor go undefeated last season en route to the school’s second national championship. The pair have the Lady Bears back at No. 1 in the preseason AP Top 25 poll.“Winning the championship validated without question Griner’s impact on the women’s game,” Baylor coach Kim Mulkey said. “Did she need that championship to be considered the best player to ever play? I don’t think so, but a lot of people do. So now she has that championship, she’s still hungry. She liked the way it felt and she wants another one, and I just don’t know that we’ll ever see the likes of a Brittney Griner again.”Griner is coming off a tremendous season. She averaged 23.2 points, shot nearly 61 percent from the field and blocked five shots a game.Sims also had a strong year, averaging 14.9 points and 4.4 assists to go along with three steals.The All-America duo helped Baylor knock off Diggins and Notre Dame in the title game in April. Diggins led the Irish to the past two NCAA championships games and last season helped them to their first regular season Big East championship. She averaged 16.8 points and 5.7 assists while shooting 50 percent from the field.Diggins, who was on the preseason team last year as well, is the first Irish player ever to make the squad twice.“It means a lot. We’ve had a lot of great players come through here,” Diggins said. “There are a lot of great players in the country and it’s truly an honor to be considered an AP All-American. This is truly a dynamic team we definitely wouldn’t lose many games.”Delle Donne became the first player from a non-BCS conference to earn preseason All-America honors since Amanda Wilson (Louisiana Tech) in 1998-99. She led the nation in scoring last season, averaging 28.1 points and helped the Blue Hens to the second round of the NCAA tournament.“It’s an amazing honor to be part of that group and to be mentioned among the great players who are on that list,” the 6-foot-5 Delle Donne said. “But it is only the preseason and we all have to prove ourselves and we all have a lot of work to do to get where we want to be.”Diggins won a gold medal this summer with Ogwumike at the 3-on-3 World Championship.“She’s one of my favorite people to play with, she’s so athletic, great basketball IQ,” Diggins said of her USA basketball teammate. “She’s so smart she can play with anybody and is relentless on the boards.”Ogwumike helped Stanford reach its fifth straight Final Four before the Cardinal lost to Baylor in the semifinals. She averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and shot 58 percent from the field. She’ll be asked to do more now that her sister, Nneka, who was an All-American last season, graduated.“I’m very honored to be considered by the voters alongside this extremely talented group of women. I’m looking forward to the new season as my teammates and I grow tighter together and continue to establish our team identity.”Thomas was also supposed to be on that 3-on-3 team, but couldn’t play because she was ill this summer. She’s fully recovered now and raring to go.“She’s a workhorse, working so hard on the boards,” Diggins said of Thomas. “Her offensive rebounding hurts a lot of teams and she does the little things for her team.”Thomas averaged 17.2 points last season to help Maryland reach the NCAA tournament regional finals.“Preseason honors are great and they show respect for our team and what we did last year. We just want to get the season started and pick up on where we left off.”Griner, Delle Donne, Diggins and Thomas were all on the postseason All-America team. Ogwumike and Sims earned second team honors.(AP Sports Writer Stephen Hawkins in Dallas contributed to this report.)(Follow Doug Feinberg at http://twitter.com/dougfeinberg.) TWO TIME UNANIMOUS CHOICE—Baylor center Brittney Griner dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA women’s tournament regional semifinal college basketball game against Georgia Tech in Des Moines, Iowa on March 24. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) last_img read more

first_imgAntonio Brown (84) appears to step out of bounds as he gets past Miami Dolphins strong safety Chris Clemons (30) on the final play of the game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013. Brown made it into the end zone on the play, but it was ruled he stepped out of bounds. Miami won 34-28. (AP Photo/Don Wright)Just like that, the miracle play that wasn’t, nearly saved the season that never was. As Antonio Brown appeared to score on the now infamous hook and lateral play gone wrong, it seemed the Steelers season was still alive. Yet, moments later, it was ruled that Brown had stepped out of bounds and with that the game was over, along with the season.The Steelers, now 5-8, have no reasonable shot at making the playoffs let alone seeing a winning record, which they never saw at any point this season. It’s so bad that it will take winning their final three games just to see .500, for the first time all year.Many people were fooled after the Steelers won 5 of 7 following their 0-4 start, thinking this team had a true shot at the playoffs. But much like Brown’s run on Sunday, appearance is not always reality.The reality of the season to this point is pretty simple. They aren’t very good. Their eight losses come to teams with a combined record of 51-51-1.That record clearly indicates the Steelers can’t even beat teams in the middle of the pack, let alone hang with the big boys. The stat is even skewed when you take into account the Patriots own 10 of those wins and the Bengals another 9.  The Steelers own losses to some incredibly horrific teams like the Raiders and Vikings. But, in the end, aren’t the Steelers just as horrific?They have beaten teams with a combined record of 28-37. Is it a wonder the black and gold are currently 5-8 and at the brink of obtaining their first losing record since Big Ben joined the team in 2004?There are many flaws with this team that will need to be addressed in the offseason but many were on display on Sunday against the Dolphins.Time management was an issue that played a factor in the game, the offensive line couldn’t make the necessary plays down the stretch to allow Ben time, the defense, a major issue, couldn’t make a play in crucial situations, tackling was atrocious, the play calling was ill timed and questionable and the team just looks flat and overmatched at nearly every position on the field.The game against the Dolphins didn’t dictate the Steelers ultimate fate this season, it was only a another example in the ever growing list of examples as to why this team never had a real shot at any success in 2013.NOTES:Big Ben surpassed Terry Bradshaw for the most TD passes in team history when he threw is 213th.The Steelers are not mathematically eliminated from playoff contention but will need to win out and have multiple teams in front of them lose out, as if either of those could happen.Next Game: Vs. Cincinnati on Sunday Night (not sure why this wasn’t flexed out)last_img read more