RIP 2016 Steelers…
I’m not going to say much of anything right now. The hurt is still too fresh. There is plenty to be said, and I suspect we’ll all dissect it when we emerge from our depression, but at the moment I just want to celebrate the guys that came up big.
Chief among them was Ben. He didn’t always receive the help he needed from his motley crew of guys, but he made the throws and looked, at least temporarily, like Heinz Field Ben. And he passed Terry Bradshaw’s record of 300+ yard games in the post-season, which, given the recent history with Bradshaw, is a really good thing.DeAngelo Williams did yeoman’s work out there when Le’Veon Bell went down. It would be interesting to know how successful he could have been had they not had to come from so far behind.
Jesse James and Eli Rogers deserve a mention, although Eli’s fumble took some of the shine off of his otherwise good game. And did anybody else notice Phil Sims’ blooper in re Eli Rogers? Sims claimed that “Mike Tomlin has been talking to him all season about us.” Guess what, Phil—it’s not all about you…
There were some big moments for some of the defensive guys, including the rookies. Javon Hargrave’s sack near the beginning of the game gave me great hope. It was sort of bookended by Sean Davis’ sack near the end. Unfortunately there weren’t nearly enough sacks or pressures or hits in the middle.
Well, that’s all I’ve got the heart for at the moment. Luckily I made some blackberry-apple crumble Saturday night, so I can console myself with a bowl of the leftovers, a la mode. Plain crumble isn’t enough for this sort of situation.
And as a post-script, here is a comment Earthling made on yesterday’s post. He actually made two, describing the first as polite [and] sane. And for that matter it dealt with the subject of said post. Here is the second:
Here’s my not so polite or sane comment.
I read your sidebar news feed, clicked on Lolley’s article about the alarm that went off at the Steelers’ hotel and read Alan Faneca’s comment that this happens every time you play in NE. I feel a ridiculous amount of rage.
These people are cheaters in large and small ways and for years. It doesn’t matter if they cheated when they didn’t need to cheat to win. That just makes them stupid. It doesn’t matter if they cheated and everyone else did too. Maybe they cheated more often or were sloppy and arrogant about it. They cheated, they were caught and they don’t get to be the best of anything that way.
A few hours ago, I was optimistic but thought maybe it was still a year too soon for both offensive and defense for the Steelers. Now I hope the rookies, the mistakes, not-so-great Ben and whatever else makes this team seem flawed are just part of what makes the victory so sweet.
On the menu for the Patriots: DIRT.
Here is my reply, written, obviously, after the game:
Well, I wish you had gotten your wish. I too was totally outraged by the team hotel thing. Is no indignity too low for the Patriots (or their fans) to stoop to it? Deflategate was stupid, and Goodell wasted a lot of capital (and possibly fired Brady up even more) over it, but does anyone doubt they were actually cheating? That’s an indictment right there…
I will merely add, Go, Falcons!!!! The thought of having Roger Goodell hand over the Lombardi to Tom Brady is almost as repugnant to me as it must be to Goodell. And while I wouldn’t ordinarily spare a thought for his feelings, in this case we’re temporary allies.