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Ode to Charlie Batch (with apologies to "Casey at the Bat")

The outlook wasn't brilliant for the Pittsburgh team that day

The score stood 20-13 with one quarter left to play

The home team fans were then convinced the game was won indeed

For in the end zone lurking was wily old Ed Reed

And when he intercepted, Black and Gold hearts were dismayed

(They knew the game could be pulled out if Roethlisberger played-

But Ben was still a’mending and Leftwich too was bruised)

And so it came to pass that day that Charlie Batch was used

And that is why at M&T the cheers began to ring

For Baltimore now had the ball (and Charlie was third-string…)

But Silverback came crashing through and knocked the ball from Joe

Ziggy Hood recovered it, and on the field did go

Eleven men in Black and Gold to make this game a match

Behind the coolness then displayed by “Homestead Charlie” Batch

Heath Miller then did catch the ball that clever Charlie threw

He reached out for the pylon; which made John Harbaugh blue

And after Baltimore did punt (the game was now a tie)

Charlie Batch was called upon to give it one last try

He marched the team straight down the field – the minutes ticked away

And after Tomlin called time out the kick went on its way...

Oh somewhere folks are smiling (The Chief, Chuck Noll, the Chin…)

And somewhere shocked expressions have transformed into grins

And on the field Ben’s hugging Batch, who’s made himself a name

But there’s no joy in Crab-town: The Steelers won the game!


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