April 27, 2018
By: Meghan Caffrey
The Steelhawks will play their third game of the season, the second of two home games in a row, this Sunday. They’ll take on the 2-1 Massachusetts Pirates, who accounted their first loss of the season last week against the Carolina Cobras.
The Steelhawks have yet to tally their first win on the year, falling first to Columbus on the road in Week 2 and most recently to Maine this past weekend.
Kristi and I had a very interesting conversation with a couple of the Steelhawks this week before our show, Beyond the Walls. Veteran defensive back Lenroy Neysmith told us they’re at the point right now where the battle they’re facing is more mental. The Steelhawks are all talented individual athletes, and have the ability to perform at a high level on the field. That’s not their issue. Neysmith explained that he feels right now mentally they’re playing not to lose instead of playing to win. That mindset is a huge handicap; it completely hinders them from playing with confidence. Neysmith continued to tell us that he believes the Steelhawks can only beat themselves. He assured Krist and I, it’s “not in a cocky sense,” it’s just that he knows what his team is capable of.
We see adversity in sports all of the time. Heck, us sports journalists, we love that word. Adversity. And right now, that is what the Steelhawks are experiencing. But one thing I’ve learned from covering sports and watching players and teams struggle through adversity, is that they come out stronger and better in the end.
You can catch the Steelhawks back in action this weekend as they look to use adversity as a chip on their shoulder to secure their first win of 2018. Kickoff for the Steelhawks game vs Massachusetts is 6pm this Sunday, April 29th. If you cannot join me and the 2Sports crew at the PPL Center be sure to tune in on Service Electric where we will have live coverage for you!