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Having a front row seat as the Le’Veon Bell ‘Brand’ devolves

I have belabored in my short tenure here at BTSC the point that there's something special about the relationship between the Steelers' players http://www.steelersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-jesse-james-jersey , and the fans. There's a feeling that goes well beyond enjoying successful seasons, an unity of identity. I have also conceded that football is a business -- on both sides of the negotiating table. I don’t blame management when they had to let Troy go. I don’t blame Joey Porter for taking his talents to South Beach when James Harrison was in his rearview mirror.The trick is to try to keep the business side in the shadows, and the winning, of both the games and the hearts of fans, in the limelight. And that too needs to be recognized by both labor and management.Enter Le'Veon Bell. Or not. Here is a player that for many of us was a stretch, a reach. I mean, who picks a running back in the second round when running backs depreciate faster than the shiny new Cadillac you just drove off the lot? Turned out we were wrong, and that he's a prodigious talent. That and his youth helped us look past his folly in getting baked with LaGarrette Blount. We were ready, even eager, to welcome him into the family. When he waited to sign his franchise tag offer last pre-season we grumbled a bit about his slow start and drop in YPC, but we went 13-3. And surely, we reasoned, he would learn his lesson.It seems he hasn’t. Don’t misunderstand. I don’t begrudge these men the money they make. I agree with Bell that he needs to maximize his earning potential while he can. But there is more to doing that than strictly playing hardball, like, you know Terrell Edmunds Jersey , playing football. Earning potential can and does last beyond a player’s on-field career. Goodwill, when the game passes you by, you can also take to the bank.Bell, however, isn't only squandering future earnings but he's losing money right now. First, with each passing day it looks more and more like he may be willing to pass up game checks. Second, the more petulant and me-first he shows himself to be, the less he will command in the open market in 2019. Bidders will bow out, wanting team players and wanting to avoid distractions. Sure, some team desperate enough probably will give him the keys to the vault. But there will be fewer of them laboring to do so. (And whoever does so will likely not be a competitive team.)I’m afraid Bell is creating a legacy he may regret. He will likely end up remembered more as a cautionary tale than as a legendary player when he could be the next Jerome Bettis, the next Franco Harris. But the path he seems to be on will make him the next Ricky Williams.It’s not what I want. It’s not what anybody wants, except perhaps Bell and his agent. I want him on the team, in the game, in the end zone, part of the family. But money does strange things. Although the Pittsburgh Steelers face the Carolina Panthers every year in the preseason Authentic James Conner Jersey , regular season meetings are quite rare as these teams are interconference opponents. The two sides have only played each other six times dating back to 1996, and after losing their first encounter, the Steelers have not lost to the Panthers since.Boasting a 6-2 record, Carolina has been one of the league’s more impressive teams this season. Behind the strong running of Christian McCaffery and the improved play of Cam Newton, the Panthers have been difficult to stop on offense and they represent a significant challenge for the Steelers on Thursday night. However, with the short week notably favoring the home team, Pittsburgh are well positioned to record their fifth consecutive win of the season in Week 10.As a nationally televised game, the broadcast should be available in all regions.Week 10:Game: Carolina Panthers (6-2) @ Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1). Date: Thursday, November 8.Kickoff: 8.20 p.m. ET.Venue: Heinz Field.Weather: Live weather update.Watch:TV Channel:Fox and NFL Network, broadcast locally on WPGH-TV, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman as commentators and Erin Andrews and Kristina Pink the sideline reporters. Online Streaming: Amazon Prime customers can watch the game via the video streaming site Twitch or on any other device. FuboTV allows you to stream the game online. The NFL Game Center will update the action on a play-by-play basis.Replay: NFL.com Game Pass allows for replay in the U.S and live viewing for international viewers.Radio: Steeler Nation Radio with Bill Hillgrove and Tunch Ilkin as commentators and Craig Wolfley as the sideline reporter. Broadcast live on WDVE 102.5 FM and WBGG 970 AM in the Pittsburgh area and via their local affiliates. Listen online via Steelers.com and with the Steelers Official Mobile App. Alternatively, you can listen to a radio broadcast on SiriusXM.You can also follow Behind the Steel Curtain on Twitter to catch all of the highlights as they happen, and be sure to check back with us after the game for our post-match roundup.Injuries:The Steelers look likely to be forced to play without Marcus Gilbert for the third consecutive week due to a knee injury, while Daniel McCullers is in danger of missing his first game of the year on Thursday because of an ankle problem. Upcoming schedule:

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