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Saints’ Seattle layover brings back a bad memory for the Steelers

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Hopefully, Drew Brees stayed away from any punching bags last night.

In response to the news that the Saints were stuck in Seattle by plane trouble after Monday night’s 34-7 drubbing, a league source provided a reminder that, 32 years ago, a similar situation resulted in a broken arm for former Steelers quarterback Cliff Stoudt.

After a 24-21 loss to Seattle on November 8, 1981, the Steelers were stuck in Seattle for Sunday night.  So Stoudt, a backup, ended up at a bar.  One thing led to another, and Stoudt punched the bag and broke a bone in his forearm.

Stoudt was done for the year, blowing a chance to take over the starting job after Terry Bradshaw suffered an injury a month later.  (In that same game in Seattle, Bradshaw threw a 90-yard touchdown pass to third-string quarterback Mark Malone, who was pulling double duty as a wideout.)

As explained by the Associated Press at the time, Stoudt actually grazed the bag and struck a pole, shattering his ulna.

“It’s not a ‘ha-ha‘ situation,” former Steelers coach Chuck Noll said at the time.  “You don’t know how bones mend.  Maybe he’ll be a full-time radio announcer.”  (Stoudt, who had a part-time radio show in 1981, returned in 1982, became the starter in 1983, and then defected to the USFL in 1984.)

So, hopefully, Brees stayed away from any local bars.  Or any punching bags.  Or if he couldn’t resist the temptation to punch a bag, here’s hoping he had better aim than Stoudt.

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10 Responses to “Saints’ Seattle layover brings back a bad memory for the Steelers”
  1. joetoronto says: Dec 3, 2013 8:01 AM

    Of all the places to get stuck, right in the middle of nowhere.

  2. brutus3413 says: Dec 3, 2013 8:40 AM

    Cliff Stoudt!…a fighting penguin from THE Youngstown State University! Gok! Gok!

  3. ninersareyesterdaysnews says: Dec 3, 2013 8:59 AM

    Wow…insult to injury to have to be stuck in the city where you just got molly wopped in front of a nationally televised audience.

  4. doubleogator says: Dec 3, 2013 9:30 AM

    Um, I doubt Brees will be hanging out in the bars of Seattle hitting punching bags…

  5. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 3, 2013 9:52 AM

    The ’81 Chargers got stuck in a Kentucky airport (blizzard/icing concerns) at about the time of the AFCCG versus the Bengals.

    Not a lot of fun for the Bolts.

  6. dietrich43 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:42 AM

    Brees clearly has better aim than Stoudt.

  7. lawboy2000 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:53 AM

    It is safe to say that Drew Brees has a better aim than Cliff Stoudt.

  8. Deb says: Dec 3, 2013 3:43 PM

    The only thing that brings back bad memories for me is the mention of Cliff Stoudt.

  9. keiselsbeard says: Dec 3, 2013 4:53 PM

    Are u guys really so nored that this is actually a story? Pathetic! Why not just play a game of Madden on XBox & report the results as if it were a real game? Assininity at it’s finest.

  10. wishingtonredslur says: Dec 3, 2013 6:49 PM

    Why does a bar have a punching bag?

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