The Bye Week Pro Bowl: The Prognosticators Among Us
Part of the fun of being a football fan is making pronouncements on all sorts of things, including some we probably know nothing about.
If we turned out to be right, we can call everyone’s attention to this. If we don’t, we keep very quiet and hope no one notices.
Unfortunately, one occasionally has the bad luck to make such predictions close enough to the proof to the contrary that it isn’t possible.
There are no quiet corners on this site. I have gone through your comments with a fine-toothed comb, and your predictions are now front and center. Naturally, most of these are from a while back, since it’s easier to see whether they were correct or not. Are You Ready?
At the end of the article you have the opportunity to vote for your favorites, and we will declare the champion afterwards. I suppose we really ought to vote for who was the most (or least) prescient, but that seems like a lot of trouble.
The numbering is, as always, reverse chronological.
Category 3: Prognostications: Psychic, or Not So Much:
Opponent Preview: Bye Week:
№1. Cliff Harris is Still a Punk:
№ 9. mad anthony wayne: (now known as roxanna firehall)
I fail to see the value of Archer to this team. Give Sammie a hat. Jessie James, too. He may wash out, but there’s potential there.
№ 10: roxanna firehall:
Case for the 2015 Steelers, Part 2:
№ 12. cold old steelers fan:
The only fly in the ointment, as far as the offense is concerned, is health. The number of injuries this season is ominous. I fear this team may battle mightily all season only to run out of warm bodies in December. Like the Charlie Batch vs Dennis Dixon debate, I hope I am wrong.
[I hope he’s only half right. Fervently hope.]
Bills (preseason) recap:
№ 13. Ivan:
I have something good to say [about the game.] I didn’t see it. Returning to town at around 11 pm after a long drive, I stopped to pick up something to eat (I know, eating late at night, not good). My first inkling of what happened was when they were posting scores on the television ‘Bills 43…’ FORTY THREE !!!! Uh-oh. Now to put in into perspective, the game that was on involved Washington apparently beating the crap out of the Ravens, so we could comfort ourselves with the reminder that in the preseason some things just aren’t real.
№ 14. cold old steelers fan:
I would take a young place kicker over an older one at this time. That way there is hope of some upside. The old guys have pretty much set the bar for their performances.
[Why the heck didn’t you save us all a lot of grief and call the Front Office, cosf? If we don’t make the playoffs we know where to assign the blame…]
James Harrison article:
№ 15. Homer J.:
It’s all about the pass rush this year. Pass rush, like ketchup, can hide a multitude of sins. If the front three can take up the blockers and collapse the pocket, freeing the linebackers to wreak some havoc with the quarterback, the world will be amazed at how much the Steeler secondary has improved. It’s really up to the linebackers.
If they don’t get the pressure, they’ll look like they did on the Packers’ first drive on Sunday. If they DO get the pressure, they’ll look more like they did the rest of the game.
№ 16. geoffrey benedict:
Tomlin and Harrison remind me of the stories of Huang Zhong, an old general. His liege would get him fired up by telling him that an honored general like him should stay back and let the younger men fight. Huang Zhong would break bows in half and then lead his troops to victory.
Not the Starter, limited snaps, held out of practice to protect him, Tomlin knows how to push James’ buttons.
Training Camp Report:
№ 17. elpalito:
Thanks for the write up. Maybe i’m setting myself up for disappointment, but I really feel that the defense will be ok. Not great, but an average middle of the pack D…and that is much better than many are expecting.
You may stuff the ballot box and vote for as many as you like. Have at it : )