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CHALLENGING TIMES FOR ERNIE HOLMES

Ernie Holmes media photoFacing the ordeal of a trial for possession of cocaine as the new season approached, Ernie Holmes appeared to be at ease with the unusual situation. “I’m looking forward to this season more than any other previous year,” he offered. “It’s more of a challenge because we’ve got a chance to reach a goal that no one else has done.

To win three straight at anything is fantastic. It’s like going to Vegas three times in a row and busting the house.” Holmes believes he can have a better season than last year when he was affected by a hyperextended knee suffered in training camp.

“I didn’t play up to my usual standard. I didn’t have the full strength in my left leg. I wasn’t able to pivot and turn the way I like to and it hindered my lateral movement.”

The season opener against rivals Oakland is the one Holmes is looking forward to, especially against Gene Upshaw. “I feel I had a good game against Gene in the playoffs last January and controlled the area. A big game against Gene would be a tune-up for the whole season. If I do well against him, I feel no one in the league could block me.”

Holmes was hoping that the Steelers having a big opener would carry them to a third straight Super Bowl, which would be the best one yet. “I didn’t think the second one could compare to the first one,” he said. “It’s like the first taste of honey. The second one can’t compare. But to win a third one would be a super feeling. A super Super Bowl.”

ROD CODER TAKE NOTE

Rod Coder, the rookie from Penn State, wrote a diary about training camp for a newspaper his first week, but coach Noll told him that either Coder or the diary must vanish.

“I had a bad day in practice the first Saturday we reported to camp,” Coder told the Pittsburgh Press. “He knew I was writing the article and he said ‘If you want to be a journalist, go to journalism school. If you want to be a football player, keep your mind on football.’”

“It’s a good point,” confirmed Coder. “When you’re a rookie and you have all these extra things, you’re pushing your luck. George Perles (defensive line coach) keeps teasing me about it. He’ll say ‘there he is the diary of an ex-rookie.’ I think he means ex-diary of a rookie.”

STEELERS TRAVEL FOR THEIR NEXT EXHIBITION GAME

The Steelers will travel to New Orleans for their second exhibition game. The Saints’ new head coach Hank Stram believes his team has progressed from their 2-12 season of last year. “We have an enthusiastic young squad and it’s always invigorating working with young people,” Stram said.

“It’s obvious that the only way we can go is up,” Stram continued. “How long it takes is the question.” And the coach has to do it without ex-Steeler Joe Gilliam, who the Saints waived for disciplinary reasons. “I would, under the right circumstances, consider picking him up again. You always have to consider talent.”


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