Mike Pelaia, Steel City Underground

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Mike Pelaia
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Mike is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a degree in Business Management. He lives at home with his Love Jillian, their two children and their Doberman/Shepherd mix Kylee. When he’s not covering the Steelers; Mike enjoys traveling with Jillian, playing with their kids, cooking, watching comedy, swimming and doing anything he can with the sport of baseball. His favorite time of year is Fall, which he claims is because of the weather but anyone that knows him knows it’s Steelers season.

Mike’s passion for the Steelers began as a child and as the passion grew, so did his desire to get involved with the team in any way he could. Eventually that led to the formation of his website www.steelnationassociation.com. Steel Nation Association allows Mike to cover the Steelers while connecting Steelers fans together in an effort to raise money for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

If you’re interested in helping the cause, please visit the site to learn more. He also hosts the Steel Nation Radio podcast via his site and contributes to the New Pittsburgh Courier via his column Steel Sensations. Mike was the Pittsburgh Steelers reporter for Steel Nation Magazine and his work has been picked up on other outlets as well. He’s been a guest on Sirius XM radio and the TV show Pittsburgh Sportsline. He’s extremely excited to be working with Steel City Underground and bringing great stories and strong opinions to a broader Steelers Nation audience.

Recent posts by Mike Pelaia:

Steelers Patriots Keys to the Game

Steelers, Patriots Week 15 Keys to the Game

The Steelers are in dire need of a win after having lost their last three games, in rather unimpressive fashion. Their reward? A game against a New England Patriots team who’s coming off a loss and just needs one win to clinch the AFC East. The Steelers find the Baltimore ...

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Pittsburgh Steelers K Chris Boswell

It’s time for the Steelers to shake things up

Super Bowl windows typically aren’t open for very long, unless you’re the Patriots. Seemingly, the Steelers have had a pretty wide-open window over the last four years, when they have made the post-season and had the Killer B’s. That window was supposed to be pretty wide open again this year ...

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First Look with Steel Nation Radio: Looking ahead to the New England Patriots

First Look with Steel Nation Radio: Looking ahead to the New England Patriots

Mike Pelaia returns to recap the Steelers loss to the Raiders and preview this Sunday's game against the New England Patriots in this episode of Steel Nation Radio. Mike will also discuss options for Pittsburgh's recent problems, including moving on from kicker Chris Boswell and defensive coordinator Keith Butler. The Steel City Underground ...

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Steelers vs. Raiders Keys to the Game

Steelers, Raiders Week 14 Keys to the Game

The Steelers find themselves on a two-game slide and just a mere ½ game in front of the Baltimore Ravens for the AFC North division lead. With the Ravens traveling to Kansas City this week, the Steelers need to take advantage of a good opportunity to gain some ground on ...

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First Look with Steel Nation Radio: Looking ahead to the Oakland Raiders

First Look with Steel Nation Radio: Looking ahead to the Oakland Raiders

Mike Pelaia returns to recap the Steelers devastating loss to the Chargers and preview this Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders. A Steelers podcast wouldn't be complete this week without a mention of officiating from Sunday's game! Mike has his own epic rant where he "destroys the referees" in this episode ...

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Pittsburgh Steelers defense against the Los Angeles Chargers

Are the Steelers struggling with quality opponents?

After the Steelers lost their second consecutive game to the Chargers on Sunday Night Football, at home, in a game they desperately needed to keep some distance between them and the second place Baltimore Ravens; it became apparent to me, they aren’t beating good teams. Of the seven games, they’ve ...

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Steelers vs. Chargers Keys to the Game

Steelers, Chargers Week 13 Keys to the Game

The Steelers are coming off of their first loss since September and suddenly the sky is falling. They "Blew their chance at the Super Bowl." "They’re done." Please. It’s one loss to a pretty good Broncos team who had a record that didn’t reflect how tough they really were. And oh, ...

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First Look with Steel Nation Radio: Looking ahead to the Los Angeles Chargers

First Look with Steel Nation Radio: Looking ahead to the Los Angeles Chargers

Mike Pelaia returns to recap the Steelers last game against the Denver Broncos and to look ahead this Sunday to the primetime clash between Pittsburgh and the L.A. Chargers. Mike also talks about a lack of splash plays by the defense and what might need to occur for the culture to ...

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Steelers vs. Broncos Keys to the Game

Steelers, Broncos Week 12 Keys to the Game

The Steelers will ride their six-game win streak into Denver on Sunday evening to face a 4-6 Broncos team who needs a win to save their season. Four of the Broncos six losses have come against some of the top teams in the NFL by a combined margin of 16 ...

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Steelers vs. Jaguars Keys to the Game

Steelers, Jaguars Week 11 Keys to the Game

The Steelers visit the Jaguars this Sunday in a revenge matchup against the team who knocked them out of the playoffs last season and destroyed them in the regular season a few months before that.  This go around, it’s the Steelers who will get the win. The Jaguars are 3-6 ...

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Pittsburgh Steelers Defense

Defense setting Steelers up as a Super Bowl contender

As the Steelers ride a five-game win streak and sit atop the AFC North, with a healthy lead, it’s easy to talk about their prolific offense. It’s easy to discuss the amazing numbers Ben Roethlisberger is putting up and the tremendous breakout season of James Conner. You’d be crazy if ...

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First Look with Steel Nation Radio: Looking ahead to the Jacksonville Jaguars

First Look with Steel Nation Radio: Looking ahead to the Jacksonville Jaguars

Mike Pelaia returns from a well-deserved vacation to offer his one-of-a-kind opinions on last Thursday’s Steelers vs. Panthers game. Mike also looks ahead with Sunday’s Steelers vs. Jaguars preview and what Pittsburgh needs to do to win… and why they'll win big! He also adds his final thoughts on Le’Veon Bell ...

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Keys to the Game Week 4 - Steelers vs. Ravens

Steelers, Ravens Week 9 Keys to the Game

The Steelers head into Baltimore this week, riding a three-game winning streak. During that span, they have found themselves rise from the bottom of the division to the top.  This week will be a good test for the black and gold as they head into Baltimore facing the Ravens for ...

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Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell

Le’Veon Bell gambled… and lost

A month ago, I sat at my computer and I wrote all the reasons why Le'Veon Bell was needed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. I stated he had won the standoff and had proven his point. The Steelers, at the time, sat 1-2-1 and had a few dismal rushing performances by ...

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