Steelers/Ravens Open Thread by John Cole| December 27, 200912:55 pm| 106 CommentsThis post is in: SportsFacebookTweetEmailGo Steelers!
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Must. Beat. Ravens.
Mah money’s (literally) on the Ravens. If that doesn’t guarentee a Steelerz win, then nothing will.
I gotta try and watch a Chefs/Bungles game with the station scrolling church closings (weather-related). Not at the very bottom of the screen, but about 2 inches above the bottom. Like floating in the air. A bigger fucking distraction I could not envision. Unbelievable.
Hull did admirably today. For about an hour anyway.
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What’s with the uniforms?
Agreed. I was sorry to see that they couldn’t hold it together. Would have been a tremendous and satisfying upset.
That third goal was just ridiculous.
Oh, yeah–go Steelers!
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What’s with Ben?
What in the world just happened?
I wish this NFL season would just end.
In my second life, the Bills are better next year.
@You Don’t Say:
Yeah, how retro are those uniforms? Got to go back to the ’60s at least, maybe before that. I don’t remember those yellow helmets from my childhood, although maybe I have mercifully blocked out the memory. They are a little strong.
On the other hand, the Steelers sucked bad throughout the ’60s, so maybe I never saw them on TV.
ETA: The Google informs me the uniforms are from ’62. As to why, it does not inform me.
Still watching the game “live” – 42mins in nil-nil
Hull looking good and should of had a penalty.
RV – United Fan
Andre Johnson for the TD!
Letting Bryant McFdden go is turning out to be the worst mistake our front office has made in years.
@MikeJ: Yay! Right on the stroke of half-time, up steps Rooney (you fat b’stard!) and one-nil!
Nice. And now for a up of coffee.
Hull Kingston Rovers 0 – 1 Manchester United.
Something out of nothing.
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@Steeplejack: I’m thinking those uniforms are jinxing them. Hope I’m wrong.
We should have the Raiders game but the local CBS affiliate just ran a crawl saying “Due to the poor win loss records of the Raiders and, in particular, the Browns … ” Too funny.
Did you see that Max Starks block on the Parker run. Decleated the guy.
@John Cole: My dad and I were just talking about that block. We came to the conclusion that it sucks to be an offensive lineman. That guy makes a great play letting the D end run by, and then destroys a linebacker and the announcers don’t even mention it. They get no respect I tell ya.
Jacoby Jones for the TD!
Visiting Pittsburgh with the family today. Just walking around wearing browns hat have almost gotten in 3 fights. Fuck the steelers. This town also has some of the most confusing roads I’ve ever seen. Going skating downtown later… anything else we should definitely not miss?
( it was the parental units idea to visit btw)
I just sent this message to a friend of mine, and I think it’s more than appropriate:
Edit: MODERATION?! SERIOUSLY?! You are lucky the Texans are kicking so much ass right now, WordPress…
Ohh! Ahh!! It’s on fie-ah! On fie-ah!
Brian Cushing for the pick!
I feel your pain. My Lions have 17 people on the Injured Reserve list. 17.
The Texans have apparently decided the first half is their half today. I pray they get a big enough lead to withstand their inevitable Jekyll/Hyde impersonation.
They are whupping up on the Fins though. And Cushing is an absolute freak.
Foster piling on. God we are just humiliating Miami. It’ll be interesting if every team ahead of us chokes. IIRC Pittsburgh is the lone team Houston beats head to head. So go Steelers.
@Common Sense: Miami has decided to play grab ass instead of tackle today.
@MikeJ: 59 mins in
Rooney mistake – dodgy backpass
Raephael (sp) – dodgy challenge, dodgy penalty decision
Hull (Fagan) step up – and rightly score
Mighty Hull 1 -1 Dodgy United
Now, 1 hour in (as you pointed out), United should go up a gear and actually start to play like the champions they are.
Arian Foster for the TD!
I have another comment stuck in moderation for some reason, but hot damn!, the Texans are killing it right now. And another one up on the board! 24-0! Are these guys honestly in the playoff hunt? This is a real thing?
Pinch me, I think the whole room is spinning…
Yep. Kid reminds me a little of me.
panthers looking like they might spoil the ny giants’ hopes.
Ok, now you’ve started off the running of the song ‘Freak Like Me’ through my brain. Now it’s time to go do something else before people start picturing you in skintight leather outfits.
Stillers suck. Go Stillers!
It would be the highlight of their Holiday Season.
@Royston Vasey: 72 mins
Dawson (Hull) OWN GOAL!!!
Great cross by Rooney
Hull (slippin’) 1 – 2 United (Rising)
Have to say though, this doesn’t look like a team who are 2nd from the bottom of the division.
To borrow a page from the great Jim Fassel:
@Royston Vasey: 81 mins
Berbertov scores for United (he’s had suchva quiet game)
That was a sublime pass by Rooney (who else?)
Hull (so Brave) 1 – 3 United (back in 2nd place)
United are now 2 points off the top spot, with Chelsea only drawing with Birmingham yesterday.
It’s 35 years since Hull have last beaten United. Could be another 35 years if they get relegated.
panthers destroying the giants 24-0 near the end of the first half.
Brutally bad spot. Just awful.
Beautiful day in H-Town! 60 degrees and sunny. Light breeze and life is good.
Ref just gave The Shocker to signal 3rd down!
It’s the last Giants game at Giants Stadium. The ghost of Jimmy Hoffa has emerged from its resting place beneath the end zone and is fucking with the Giants, just because it can.
and there is the final whistle.
Hull (Unlucky) 1 – 3 Manchester United (Could do better)
Half way through the season, and United are about where they want to be. Hull not so much.
@Corner Stone: 15.1C (59F) right now at 8.27am. Should reach 21.1C (70F) later today. Now if only these clouds would go away.
Should be warmer. Bah humbug
i can believe that. especially after the epic failure of that last play of the half.
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Meyer now saying he’s taking leave of absence instead of retiring. Do I care?
1. This Matt Moore kid on the Panthers looks pretty legit today. Back-to-back 3 TD games. Although, again, it doesn’t take much to look like a legitimate quarterback after the Jake Delhomme
2. The Giants are playing some TERRIBLE football today. Just terrible. Did they even practice how to tackle people this week?
@Royston Vasey: If we can’t have another freak white Christmas then I’ll take this weather. It’s just gold. Gold I tells ya!
I have lots of great memories of Giants Stadium. Unfortunately for Giants, Jets, and Red Bull fans, most of them involve either Bruce Springsteen or Pele.
I am loving the current sound of crickets from Mark Sanchez supporters right now, despite the horror of the Patriots winning again to feed Belicheat’s ego.
for anyone wanting to check games out of their market –
@burnspbesq: Ha, epic comment win. And it doesn’t look like that ghost is finished messing with them, 31-0 now. If I was a Giants player I wouldn’t look at any NY newspaper tomorrow, fairly sure it won’t be pleasant.
So apparently, you are now allowed to push receivers to the ground from behind before the ball gets to them. Wish our D had thought of that. If we just throw Heap to the ground before the ball gets there, he won’t catch TD’s.
Not related to this game, but may I say how pleased I am to be seeing the Giants laying one giant egg in their Meadowlands swan song?
Why doesn’t MIA have better looking cheerleaders?
Outside of TX, could there be a better stomping ground for NFL cheerleader wannabes?
@Nethead Jay: Most embarrassing Giants performance I can remember. By a supposedly good team, with the playoffs on the line. Pathetic.
Chris Brown you can suck my absolute fucking balls. You’ve been benched 3 times this year just for coughing up the damn ball!
Protect it you fucking punk bitch motherfucker weasel.
I know this is a pro football thread but there is now reporting that Urban Meyer isn’t resigning. He’ll take a leave of absence instead.
Randy Moss has 4 catches and 3TD’s? Hmmm??
@John Cole: You have to realize that the ref’s are protecting Ben – if the Raven’s pass defenders didn’t get that extra, poor Ben would end up throwing 5,000 – 7000 yards in this game and his arm would fall off. Please. Try and think of big Ben.
Oh wow. Derrick Mason, how do you drop that?!
dear god the nyg defense is terrible
Ted Ginn is freakin fast.
CAR is just exposing everything about the NYG. Good God.
Man, Fox just bailed on the Panthers-Giants game and went to Bucs-Saints. That’s a slap in the face. Suck it, Giants.
@Steeplejack: Are you saying Fox threw the NYG under the bus?
They’ve forgotten the lessons of 9/11!
And in this time of national turmoil…we can not be forgetting the lessons of the 11th.
Yes. Yes, I am. I, for one, am not afraid to give real Americans the hard news they need to hear at this critical juncture in our history. Everything is changed now.
@Corner Stone: Ted Ginn is freakin fast but he also just put both hands on Duntae and pushed him down as the ball was in the air.
Wow, I loved that key block the ref threw on that punter in the Saints game. Funny as heck.
Looks like we’re going to have a quite a few fantastic finishes in the slate of early games. The Bucs just tied the Saints up at 17 with 2:25 to go, the Steelers-Ravens game (obviously), and Houston Texans fans still have a while to sweat out to see if Matt Schuab and the gang can hold on for the big win.
Please…hold on for that win.
What happened to that stud Muslim terrorist WR for Cinci?
Rafsanjani or some shit? Where is he now?
The only game that’s being televised in my area is the Atlanta/Buffalo game. Although, I’m a Falcon fan, it’s a boring game.
@smiley: His wife told the Sentinel early this afternoon, that her husband was done with coaching. He has a news conference at 4:30, I wonder if she will be there.
@Midnight Marauder: Don’t forget CIN – KC!
A 10 – 10 barnburner!
Ok, I’ve obviously stayed up way too late arguing, since I’ve misidentified the Jags as the Jets.
Harbaugh should’ve challenged the play that Mason got injured on; would’ve been ruled a reception, fumble, and dead ball when the whistle was blown… and Pittsburgh would’ve imploded. I imagine the Raven’s would go on to lose on account of karma, though.
The Saints desperately need a real field goal kicker. Wow. Stunning.
Gz Stillerz fans.
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The Browns about to win third in a row. The wonders never cease, GO BROWNS!!
God BAL and Flacco…are you fucking kidding me?
Well, it looks like the Steelers are going to hold on for the win and that the Texans are going to make it out of Miami 8-7, which means all the Texans need is for the Broncos to go down and they will very much be poised to compete for a playoff spot on the last week of the season.
And Foster just put it away. I really like this Arian Foster kid.
Bucs: Two. Game. Win. Streak.
Find it hard to believe that there wasn’t a hold on the line that kept Ben from getting sacked for 10 seconds on multiple plays that wasn’t as egregious as that weak illegal contact call… eg Trevor Pryce the same play. Still had a dozen chances to win the game that the Ravens blew of their own accord.
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my Guide says Bronco-Iggles but my TV is showing NYJ – Colts.
I can totally live with that.
Fucking Zbig is just a stud in the secondary.
But BAL is sucking donkeys today.
@Corner Stone: Weak!
Can anyone be more tired of listening to bullshit from an NFL head coach than I am of hearing quips from Rex Ryan?
I say the answer is no. Fuck You Rex Ryan. Win something and then come back to us you swaggering fat guy. Fucking waddle sauce mother fucker.
Just shut the fuck up you G-D punk bitch.
What I have on my version of ESPN right now:-
NCAA Football Emerald Bowl
Boston College v USC
Jabar Gaffney, has there ever been a more meh knockaround WR than you?
Ryan Grant gets as much credit as Andre Johnson. Which is: not enough.
Types this Pats fan.
Thanks for beating those Ravens!
Just got back from the Bengals-Chiefs game, and damn am I fired up (and, JenJen +Lots). Had to be the first game I’ve ever attended where the fans were rooting for the Steelers. Every time they updated the score, the crowd went nuts! Bengals are AFC North Champs! Wooooohooooooo!
General Winfield Stuck
Well, better you guys than that “other” team that shall remain nameless/ wink wink.
@General Winfield Stuck: Thanks, doll!!
BENGALS! Damn I am so excited. And quite buzzed. And excited!
“Are they trying to kill Sanchez?”
The dirty, dirty, dirty shiz just writes itself at this point.
“My name’s Chad Painter and I’m thtoopid.”
To be fair, he was pretty atrocious last season. There was no credit to be had, unless you were giving out credit for murdering fantasy teams. In which case, Ryan Grant would be the Creditmaster.
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Am I correct that the Steelers need the Ravens to lose next week to the Raiders in order to have any chance to get into the playoffs?
Kinda looks like a longshot to me but I guess it’s better than no chance at getting into the playoffs.
How can I send good kharma to the Oakland/LA/Oakland/LA/Oakland Raiders?
@I need a name for in here: Looks like with the Denver loss today, Pittsburgh can make the playoffs even if Baltimore wins as long as the Broncos, the Jets and the Texans all lose next week (and the Steelers win of course).
@MattR: To be more precise, Pittsburgh gets into the playoffs with a win next week and one of the following two happen:
1) Baltimore, New York and Denver all lose
2) Houston loses and either New York or Baltimore lose as well.
The Indianapolis Colts are a disgrace to the game of football.
It may have ended badly for the Pats on the last day of the 2007 football season, but at least they gave it all they had in trying to pull off an historic, 19-0 season. No one can accuse them of not giving their all in going for the brass ring. They fell short, but you surely have to respect their effort that year.
Same for the Giants. Knowing they had a playoff berth locked upon the last day of the 2007 regular season, they could have packed it in and handed the Pats the win, but instead they put up a fierce and unforgettable battle.
Except for a few linemen, the 14-0 Colts sat nearly every starter they had today. Instead of trying to make history, they are sitting on their as*ses, trying not to get hurt. What a bunch of pansies. Play it safe instead of playing for history. I never had any respect for them, but if I did, it would surely be gone now. What an effing joke this organization is.
@MattR: Houston isn’t losing. Bookit Dano!
@Corner Stone: Once Houtston wins, they also need one of the following two to happen
1) Both Baltimore and Denver lose
2) One of Baltimore and Denver lose AND the NY Jets lose
@MattR: Easy Peasy Baby.
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I’m puzzled by the system…………Why do the Steelers need the Broncos to lose if they beat them earlier in the season? The Broncos are currently 8 – 7 and if they win they will be 9 – 7, the same as the Steelers, assuming that the Steelers beat Miami. I thought that the first tie breaker was head to head record.
Could not have said it better myself.
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If Steelers finish in a 3-way tie with Houston and Denver, the Steelers head to head win vs Denver wouldn’t help them since there’s no head-to-head sweep between these three teams. The first tie breaker in that scenario is conference record, which the Broncos would win.
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@gorillagogo: thanks, I understand now.