April 27, 2012 11:50 pm By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
the Steelers went out of their comfort zone in two very big ways, bucking their history and challenging their own sense of rejecting players of questionable character when they drafted Ohio State Mike Adams on the second round Friday night.
It's the first time since 1968 that they drafted two offensive linemen on the first two rounds, taking Adams one day after they drafted Stanford guard David DeCastro with the first pick.
And they dug deep into their research to draft a player who tested positive for marijuana use at the Indianapolis combine and then lied to everyone about it.
Adams, who is 6-7, 322 pounds, apparently was mortified when he learned he had tested positive. A native of Farrell, Pa., and a lifelong Steelers fan he said, according to his agent, Monroeville native Eric Metz, “I blew it. I blew my chance of being a Steeler.''
Metz said he told him, “If you were my son, I'd tell you to get in the car, drive up there, see them face to face like a man and tell them you screwed up. he got in his car and drove over there. It was important to him, he wanted to be a Steeler.''
when he arrived, he met with Colbert, coach Mike Tomlin and president Art Rooney.
“We told him he was off our draft board,'' Colbert said.
but the fact that Adams made that drive, which the Steelers appreciated, led to circumstances that culminated in them drafting him Friday night.
the Steelers laid out some stipulations for Adams to get back on their draft board, which included counseling. Colbert said he met them all, and the put gave him a first-round grade on their board.
Colbert admitted he was a risk, but said all draft picks are risks, and that Adams showed them he is serious about making up for his mistake.
First Published 2012-04-28 00:48:53
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The rate on the most common type of mortgage set a record low last week. Right now, the rate for a 30-year-fixed loan is at about 4%. Experts say that definitely makes for a buyer's market right now. so, is that creating greater incentive to buy? according to some trying to sell, not really.
Carol and Dean Fiess have lived in their home on Northfield Drive in Elkhart for nearly 20 years. but now, they're retired. so,
“We hope to move to Indianapolis to be closer to relatives,” says Dean.
But it's taking a lot longer than they planned to pack up and move out.
The four bedroom home with a fenced-in backyard has been on the market for 15 months, with only one offer that was well below the asking price. the Fiess's have lowered the asking price three times and made improvements to the home in the meantime.
“I don't know what more we can do,” says Carol.
They say it's been stressful, but they've adjusted to living “on call” for potential buyers.
“We've learned to run through in half an hour and have things ready. and we're more than happy to do that!” says Carol.
They're not the only ones living “on call.”
Century 21 Landmark in Elkhart says it's not that there's too much inventory, people just aren't quite comfortable making a pricey home purchase in the current economic climate.
That means sellers need to be ready to compete.
“It's a price war and a beauty contest and you have to win both if you're going to sell your house. You've got to be the best value, the best price in your price range among properties you're competing with. and you have to be the best looking,” says Bob Shultz with Century 21 Landmark.
Shultz says to have the best chance in the current market, sellers need to list their homes at about 4 or 5% less than market value.
The Fiess's are just staying positive, believing the right buyer will come along, hopefully sooner rather than later.
Century 21 says homes are selling, the average time a home stays on the market this year is about 118 days, compared to 90 in years past.
The home listed the longest in the system is more than 21 hundred days, that's nearly six years.
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