Thursday, December 10, 2009

Smell You Later, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers have certainly struggled of late, but this appeared to be a game to get right in. Cleveland Browns? The 1-11 Browns?

You gotta look at what is going on the Steeler's offense, because you look at the numbers that the Cleveland offense put up, and it hardly seems like a winning formula--a QB who threw for less than 100 yards, and scored only 13 points. But you know what? 13 points is plenty when the Steeler's offense can only punch in 2 field goals.

There's been talk for years about Ben Roethlisberger holds onto the ball too long, and the response has always been that that's the price you pay for his playmaking ability. But taking 8 sacks, and throwing for barely 200 yards and 0 TD's sounds like the balance of Big Play vs. Big Sack is way, way out of whack, and it may be time to get that ball out quicker. They tried, near the end, but it could be that Rashard Mendenhall isn't a true pass-catcher. He sure dropped at least one easy one. Maybe it is time to give Mewelde Moore some extra burn?

Of course, you could also take look at the Steeler's defense, who did allow two rushers--rookie Chris Jennings and WR Josh Cribbs in the Wildcat--to run for 160 yards combined.

You could also look at their special teams, who gave up a big return to Cribbs, and then spent the rest of the game punting scared, and kicking the ball out of bounds after 35 yard punts.

The Steelers are now 6-7, and their season is basically done. There are now 8 teams in the AFC not winning their respective divisions with the same number or fewer losses in the AFC, including Denver and Jacksonville, both of whom are well over .500.

Deion Sanders says, "I don't know who this team is; they have no identity." Deion is spitting truth,a nd that's scary, folks.

Sympathies to all you Fantasy Football owners who thought that they had tons of points lined up from people like Roethlisberger, Mendenhall, Hines Ward and the like. Santonio Holmes owners--you got lucky.


Andrew Wice said...

They certainly seem to be lacking in bellyfire tonight.

Lillian Wey said...

Tears threatened. I'll let them fall tonight when I watch Up.

What do I need to know about broomball? I've never been and have found myself dating a goalie. Have any of you boys been to a game? I can read about it online, but I'd love the IDYFT snark.

And for my next request . . . Bettye Lavette.

Barnyard said...

I don't know much about broomball, but I've got some good ideas about guys who define themselves through their participation in broomball.

Sorry, I'll bet you wanted snark about broomball and not the netminder you're about to go out with.

Lillian Wey said...

Oh Barnyard, I agree. She's pretty quiet about the whole thing. I found out because someone bought her a drink. Then another. I'm trying to figure out if this will be isolated to that pub or if broomball is fabulous among the tragically hip.

Barnyard said...

Ok, free pass for not wearing her broomball participation on her sleeve.

Next question: what flavor of athletic limitation causes an individual to get stuck in goal for broomball? Did she strike you as one who sits whilst chewing?

Garwood B. Jones will be able to answer what is/is not fabulous amongst the tragically hip. He has a belt buckle shaped like the State of Texas.

Muumuuman said...

I hoping that the 50 year curse has passed to the Steelers. For those of you who are unfamilar:

Andrew Wice said...

Hey MMMan, thanks for stealing my curse of bobby lane gag!


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