Hard Hat Award (Game #1, @ Balt.)
No one is the winner of the weekly Hard Hat Award, given to the Stiller player who best embodies the iron-tough, hard-as-steel attitude of the steel workers inside the blast furnace of a still mill.
In the season-opening game against the team�s most bitter rival, the Stillers came out punch-drunk from their Super Bowl game, and proceeded to get bullied, mauled, and humiliated in every phase of the game. It was a brutal assbeating, in which just about every player not only fell out of total contention for the coveted Hard Hat, but also embarrassed himself, his team, his city, and its fans.
Only a couple players even merited minor consideration.
Ike Taylor had a stellar game in coverage, smothering Lee Evans. Ike may have won The Hat, but his sophomoric preening after a rare 3rd down stop � while down by 20+ points in the 2nd half � was unacceptable. So, too, was his girlish unsportsmanlike conduct that set off the melee late in the 3Q.
Mike Wallace had a solid day, snaring 8 passes for 108 yards. Certainly a solid effort, but not enough to convince The Committee.
Kudos to no one for winning the Hard Hat Award. Don�t wear the Hard Hat proudly, fellas.