Tuesday, December 19, 2006

You say I’m a Dreamer (And I’m Not the Only One)

  • If we’re being completely realistic, there will probably only be two ways the Steelers are involved in the 2006 Playoffs:

    1. ) They have a chance to ruin Baltimore’s home field advantage on Christmas Eve.

  • 2.) If Denver beats Cinci this week, they’ll have a chance to knock the Bengals out of the playoffs on New Years Eve (which looks like it will be a flexed night game now)

    Just like those half dozen sugar cookies right before Christmas dinner, maybe we can be the spoiler.

    However, take a look at your calendars and take note of the year. It’s still 2006. And ’06 will forever have a place in the hearts of Steelers fans. Not simply because they won a championship, but because so much of the season seemed to be coated with black and gold pixie dust.

    For all practical purposes, it’s silly to think that a team that has yet to beat ANY teams with a winning record would beat both Baltimore and Cincinnati. But, practically, winning eight straight games, beating the Colts at home and winning four straight playoff games away from home aren’t supposed to happen, either.

    So let’s suspend practicality for now.

    Because it’s still 2006…

    And to borrow a quote from Dr. Moonlight Graham in Field of Dreams, I say…
    “That's my wish. And is there enough magic out there in the moonlight to make this dream come true?”

    Let’s hope. And take a look at the most likely playoff scenario while we’re at it.

The Golden Scenario (The one that involves things that may actually happen)

1.) The Steelers win both games (25% chance – They’ve already lost to both teams and did you SEE that Ravens game?)

2.) The Denver/Cincy loser also loses their last game. (15 % chance if Denver loses. They play San Francisco at home. 40% chance if the Bengals lose. They have us at home, but we’ve fared quite well in Cincinnati lately.)

3.) Buffalo losing once—vs. TEN and at BAL. (65% chance –Tennessee is playing pretty well, but if we beat BAL and the Chargers win, the Ravens may be locked into the No. 2-seed and resting EVERYBODY.)

4.) Jets losing once – at MIA and vs. OAK. (50% chance – They won’t lose at home in Week 17 with a playoff berth on the line, but maybe that Dolphins team that blanked New England will show up this week.)

Your “Who to Root For This Week” Chart:

Week 16: Steelers, Broncos, Titans, Jets.

Week 17: Steelers, Ravens, San Francisco, Oakland.

(Yeah, frickin’ turnovers have turned us into fans of an eight-team, multi-week parlay.)

If you want to see all the other scenarios, check out this cool website:

Not sure if I’m Dumb or Dumber for taking the time to write this, but…

I might as well finish with a quote of explanation…

Lloyd (Greg): Hit me with it! I've come a long way…. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?

Mary (Playoff Chances): Not good.

Lloyd (Greg): You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?

Mary (Playoff Chances): I'd say more like one out of a million. [pause]

Lloyd (Greg): So you're telling me there's a chance.


Anonymous Signor said...

Knocking the Bengals out of the playoffs would be sweet indeed. Making the playoffs would be even better. We've come a long way from the dark days of the 80's, when being 7-7 with 2 games to go and even having a snow balls chance in hell of qualifying for the playoffs was a sucessful campaign. KEEP HOPE ALIVE!

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