To quote the coach, "style points don't matter and it doesn't matter if you win by 1 point, 30 points or in overtime." WOW, they sure know how to keep us nerved up and they didn't waste anytime this year. I have some observations I would like to share with everybody and hopefully get some feedback on: Big Ben was pretty good but could he have thrown a worse pass to Mike Wallace in the first quarter on a wide open crossing pattern with nothing but green grass in front of him? I'll attribute that to Ben being shocked how open he was and kind of choking on that throw but over all like I said, I thought 7 was darn good. The running game was Cleveland Brown esque and that is never a good thing. You can bet your bottom dollar that they will go O-Line heavy in the next draft either that or the Titans are terrific run stoppers and pass rushers because those two areas were pathetic for us. I thought that special teams were really good, 9 did his job and 3 was clutch as usual. People who took the over were done in before halftime with Ben's under throw to 17 and Bironas' two missed field goals and 43's BEAUTIFUL left handed interception. I don't know how many of you like to toss the football around at your tail gate parties or in your back yard but the next time you do, try to catch a ball that has been thrown 40 yards with your left hand at the peak of your jump with one of your buddies hanging all over you! Then imagine doing it in full pads at game speed. My brother called me and said that was the best interception he has ever witnessed and I have to agree. On the subject of 43, I cannot believe the Rooney's let him be on the cover of Madden 10! lol how many cover boys have to get hurt before people realize that jinx is for real. Larry Fitzgerald owners better be holding their breath. Although this is the first time two players have been featured on the cover. If he gets hurt in the first 3 weeks something is really up with the Madden jinx. I thought 43 was having the best football game I have watched for a long time before he got hurt. Halfway through the 1st quarter, my 9 year old son (wearing his 43 jersey) goes "DAD, TROY IS MAKING EVERY TACKLE! HOW CAN HE DO THAT?" I told him he was a super human and his hair gave him super powers. My kid loves Troy, who doesn't? I thought the D was well the D we have come to expect. I was off on my prediction that Fox would be the Defensive player of the game although I thought he did well in Timmons absence. Hopefully he will be back for Chicago next week, I am sure Coach Mike will keep that on the down low as they do with almost all injuries. One thing that really made me happy was how they utilized 83. I think he could get 7-8 catches every week if they put him in the game plan. How about Arians saying he "forgot about Sweed" during the game? WOW, talk about a self confidence booster? We had 3 guys with 8 or more catches and that in and of itself is really impressive. Throw Sweed in the mix and we are beginning to resemble a passing team. Chicago will be another tough team to run on so I expect another big week from 7 and the passing game.
ONE SIDE NOTE: The NFL Network is paying Rich Eisen 6 figures to host their pre-game coverage and the first thing he says is "Hello everyone along with Prime Time Deon Sanders this is Rich Eisen live from POINT PARK!" ARE YOU KIDDING ME? How about Point Park College? I mean come on man, get it right. You had how many months to find out you were doing the Pre-Game show from POINT STATE PARK and you screw it up? Just irked me for some reason.
Anyhow, that is it for today folks the folks that pick up my daughter from Kindergarten are off to Corpus Christie, TX and I have to pick her up today or else I could sit here and ramble on all day about my views on the game last night.
1-0 is 1-0 good start and hopefully we can make it 2 in a row next Sunday.
Hope you all enjoy and I look forward to your feedback as always. HERE WE GO STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!