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Mike Prisuta’s Steelers Radio Network Pregame Show Monologue

If this works out as well as the Steelers anticipate it may, someone’s gonna have to write a country song about Robert Spillane.

Not one of those depressing, whiskey-bingeing dirges that wallow in sorrow after the wife left, the dog died and the pickup truck just wouldn’t start. More of a heart-pounding, fist-pumping, flag-waving, anthemic cry of defiance.

Think Toby Keith, as opposed to George Jones.

Spillane is first up stepping in for Devin Bush. And if it sounds like you’ve heard this tune before, that’s because you have. In December of 2017 the Steelers lost Ryan Shazier and what had been a promising season wound up crashing harder than The Wreck of the Old ’97. Now Bush is down and out in what for the Steelers has become an all-too-familiar Family Tradition.

It’s going to take more than a Rhinestone Cowboy to fill that void.

The initial candidate may be an undrafted special-teamer from country & Western Michigan, but Mike Tomlin intends to stand by his man.

The goal is for the defense not to Fall to Pieces.

It’s time to find out if Spillane knows the steps to the Tennessee Waltz.

That may sound Crazy, but better Spillane than A Boy Named Sue.

As for Derrick Henry, I hear that train a comin’, it’s rollin’ ’round the bend.

Hello, T-R-O-U-B-L-E.

Are you ready for some football?

Your Cheatin’ Heart will tell on you, but nobody’s gonna tell Mike Vrabel he can’t take intentional too-many-men-on-the-field penalties if he sees fit. He’s a walkin’ contradiction, partly truth and partly fiction. So the Steelers have that, too, to deal with.

They had been having a Record Year.

Now, without, Bush there’s a tear in their beer.

But that doesn’t mean The Party’s Over.

Life throws you curves but you learn how to swerve.

The road to heaven is a hell of a ride.

Special thanks for the unintentional but invaluable contributions from Toby Keith, George Jones, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams Jr., Glen Campbell, Tammy Wynette, Patsy Cline, Patti Page, Cash again, Cash again, Travis Tritt, Hank Jr. again, Hank Williams, Kris Kristofferson, Eric Church, Hank Jr. again, Willie Nelson, Rascal Flatts and Chris LeDoux. And to David Allen Coe for the music bed that ran underneath the radio version.

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