Thursday, December 07, 2006

Steelers-Browns Game Thread

When I was 8-Years Old...

  • didn't have to be in playoff contention for the Browns game to mean something.
  • were disappointed when the Browns starter was already injured because that means the Steelers couldn't do it.
  • ...the Browns-Steelers game was on Sunday at 1 p.m. on KDKA.
  • ...there was no NFL Network and you would never watch the Steelers on cable.
  • ...sweeping the Browns wasn't part of a successful season. It was a successful season.
  • ...Paula Abdul was the ideal woman.
  • "blogs" were on the inside of my Mead notebooks. Where only I could read them.
  • Game thoughts go here........


Blogger Jim Valvis said...

Hmm. That was an impressive game by the Steelers.

It's probably too little and too late, but it will at least shut up some of those doom and gloom folks, inside and outside of Steeler fans, who love nothing more than yellow and black carrion.

3:54 AM  
Blogger Sonny said...

And, emphatically, it ends the gameday Steel For Real photo curse, right?

"(Winslow) came up and tried to shake my hand before the game, but he doesn't know me," Porter said. "You're not my friend, why are you trying to talk to me? He talks too much and doesn't do anything. He's weak, he's soft. He should move to wide receiver because he doesn't want to block anybody, he doesn't want to be a tight end."

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Signor said...

Yellow and Black carrion? It's a good thing that I have access to an online dictionary otherwise I wouln't be able to decifer Valvis' posts. I'll bet he is great at scrabble.

Great game last night, though yes it probably only serves as a glimmer of hope to keep us interested in the long offseason we have ahead. Willie Parker is simply amazing and I'm so glad that I picked him in the 2nd round of my fantasy football draft even though everyone laughed at me. Now who's laughing?

The game also opened up the inevitable what if scenarios for a season gone terribly wrong becuase of dare I say it steller special teams play. The Browns got nothing going on their returns, and Holmes actually caught punts and got positive yardage! What if we had been playing this way on special teams all season? What if Holmes looked as comfortable carrying the ball on kickoffs and punts as he did last night against Atlanta? What if we didn't have to actually consider kicking the ball out of bounds on kickoffs to prevent big returns and enrage Valvis? Could put a whole new paint job on things.

Chidi Iwoma should never again be overlooked as a key Pittsburgh Steeler. I'm not even sure if he had a special teams tackle last night, but his contributions are immeasurable none the less. I watched him from the endzone nosebleed seats on kickoffs and he is simply amazing. He takes these long, straight kneed strides down the field and then throwns himself into traffic, clogging up return lanes so effecively. He takes so much pride in his special teams play that I'm shocked the Cowher, a former special teams standout and coach, would let him go. Lets hope that that never happens again.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Sonny said...

The Chidi situation is unfortunate. I can't remember exactly now, but I think it was a last minute injury that made us lose him. Yeah, I think Tuman got injured right before the opener and they had to sign a backup tight end.

Anyway, special teams and turnovers are two of the most important part of the game and they both have been lacking.

It's not far-fetched to say that special teams has ruined the season...

Take the Cincinnati game, which clearly would have been won without horrific special teams errors. They would be a 7-6 team with legitimate playoff shot. Throw in a win against a Raiders team that had 85 yards total offense and they'd practically be in the division race and a wildcard frontrunner.

Anyway, what-ifs are for teams that make too many mistakes. Us.

11:45 AM  
Blogger Dunn said...

Sonn, that's why I was so enraged in my Duce post, and I think I said it at the time they released Chidi, we can check back to confirm i'm not crazy, but Duce shouldve been axed, instead they keep him standing there and go 10 weeks without an invaluble guy like Chidi....ugh

Atlanta and Oakland. this season will be remembered for those 2 games. 2 games we had no business losing. we are 8-5 without those 2 horrid performances. but, cant play the what-if game, we could of lost a few breaks last year and missed the playoffs, so whatever.

Can we PLEASE stop the "big back" bullshit now? Willie's 20-30 yard games, wouldve been 20-30 yard games with any other back, "big" or not, when you are behind, teams sell out on the run, make you throw the ball, you become one dimensional, does anyone remember the 2001 AFC Championship game? Jerome Bettis 9 carries 8 yards.

I said it in my introductory post at the beginning of the season,
Willie Parker is the most exciting player in the Steelers history. Period.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Sonny said...

I think Willie Parker may have won the battle to be my jersey last night...

Sonny's Current Jersey Standings
1.) Parker
2.) Foote
3.) Smith
4.) Miller

Not only did he burst through holes, but he was physical. My favorite run of the night was when he got hit in the backfield, stiff armed the guy, and bounced around the outside for four.

And I love your point about situational stats in games. When the Steelers fell behind with Bettis and he only got 10-12 carries and had 30 yards, where was everyone saying, "Well, he's just too big for this offense. We need a smaller back."

2:17 PM  
Blogger Dunn said...


Parker is 1. in my jersey standings and Anthony Smith is 2.

4:57 PM  
Blogger Jim Valvis said...

Porter has an issue with soft tight-ends.

That was a real cheap shot by the steroid-rage "soljah." Then he gets himself jacked up the next play. Winslow should have been tossed from the game and fined, maybe suspended. You can really hurt someone with a blindside hit like that.

I hate loudmouths like Stevens, Shockey, and Winslow. They all think that because they have big bodies and big mouths that makes them tough.

Show it between the whistles or shut up.

6:36 PM  
Blogger Sonny said...

My theory is that Joey Porter was beat up by a soft tight end when he was little.

Possibly Mike Mularky.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Lori Beth said...

I have loved Anthony Smith since early in the preseason. I consider him the answer to the pretty-pretty Hope/Polamalu safety double team. I believe that is why Troy played so much this preseason (other than that he just really likes to play). He knew that they would have the synergy. If one isn't there, the other one is.

Rock out.

8:51 PM  

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