|Back In The High Life Again...|
|Written by Cotter|
|October 19, 2010 11:42|
For the past couple of weeks since they used this song on It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, I've wanted to work it into a post.
And what better time than now?
The Steelers are 4-1, Big Ben is back in the saddle, and we're ready to ride into Miami next Sunday.
Plus, like I mentioned in the preliminary recap, and you've undoubtedly already celebrated at least twice, the Ravens lost to the Patriots in OT, so that puts them at 4-2, a game behind us in the division.
It's important not to look beyond the next week, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy a good solid beatdown of the Gowns.
On a completely unrelated but necessary note, I've probably apologized at least several times, and will several more, but I realize I'm a super late on this recap. I don't like to get into the details of my life outside of this blog, but let's just suffice it to say things are still in flux, and as much as I love to dump my retardery on you as often as possible, some things have to take precedence. That said, I do very much appreciate those of you who still read and support these things, even when they're wildly off schedule. So much so that I'm not going to waste any more of your time with excuses. After all, I'm not a Ravens fan.
Anyway, the "big story" to come out of Sunday's game was not Ben Roethlisberger, but rather Silverback's murderous rampage...
There's pretty much no denying that James Harrissassin was out in full force on Sunday.
Personally, I don't think I'm in a position to say whether or not he should get fined. Frankly, that's between him and the NFL. I don't think his comments are going to help his cause any, and have probably made him sound like much more of an outlaw than he probably even realizes he wants to be, but hey, this is the same guy who didn't want to be honored with the team at the White House after Super Bowl XLIII, so it's not like it should come as a big surprise. James Harrison is a no-nonsense, love me or hate me because I couldn't care less either way, type of guy. It's one of the reasons we all love him.
The most unfortunate part of this situation - besides obviously the injuries to both Cribbs and Massaquoi - is we now have to listen to every blowhard with enough technical savvy to hit a button that says "publish" use James Harrison as a case study in helmet-to-helmet hits.
The league has already said his hit on Cribbs was clean, because Cribbs was carrying the ball, not catching it. But it is investigating the Massaquoi hit.
Either way, the bottom line is - he's going to get fined. If he doesn't, then I've severely underestimated James Harrison's Jedi Mind Trick abilities.
Why wasn't it flagged? I have no answer for you, nor do I need one. That's between the officials and whoever the hell else that isn't me. I just wanna make dick jokes.
So, speaking of, let's just go to the recap...all this talk about head injuries is making me thirsty.
I now give you the "Things That Were Awesome," "Things That Were NOT Awesome," and...well, "Other Things That Were Moderately Awesome"...because the positive to negative ratio is severely in our favor this week.
Come for the milk, stay for the cookies.
That's your cue to click here...
Things That Were Awesome:
1. Lawrence Timmons.
11 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception.
The rest of this portion of the recap wanted to be here, but it just got tackled by Lawrence Timmons.
2. Hines Ward.
Balls caught - 5
Yards receiving - 54 yards
TDs - 1
Fools smoked - several.
With his first grab on Sunday, Hines Ward tied Art Monk for the 4th most consecutive games with a catch all-time.
With his TD grab on Sunday, Hines Ward surpassed Jerome Bettis for 2nd most TDs on the Steelers all-time list.
Balls out is the only way Hines Ward knows how to play.
It's a start, Ben.
4. James The Hitman Harrissassin (aka Darth Maul...emphasis on the MAUL).
For the record, I don't condone violence; just football.
And 11 tackles, 1.5 sacks is good football.
As for what happened with Josh Cribbs and Mohammed Massaquoi, that's nothing to celebrate.
Regardless of whether you think they were clean hits or not, I think we can all agree that concussions are no joke.
...unlike whatever is going on here...
Get a room.
5. Please Danny, don't hurt 'em.
4 out of 6 punts inside the 20, with one sailing 56 yards, and a long of 60 that resulted in his only touchback.
So what if we didn't want him to boot it 60 yards for a touchback? You try to punt a football 60 yards.
Mitch Berger. Never forget.
5a. The Fact That I've Had A Hard Time Narrowing In On Just 5 Things That Are/Were Awesome.
Gotta love the way this young season has progressed to date.
Things That Were NOT Awesome:
1. Me = Joke.
I can't lie to you, I accidentally napped through the first drive of the game.
That's the first time that's ever happened.
And hopefully the last.
Shame on my tired ass.
But at least I got to miss this...
2. Rookie Joe Haden Welcoming Big Ben Back.
This wasn't the last time Ben overthrew a receiver.
But how can you really be mad about one mistake at the beginning of the guy's first game of the season, and first in-game action in like almost two months?
The Browns weren't the only ones dragging bodies back to the sidelines on Sunday.
For the Steelers, Brett Keisel, Nick Eason, Chris Kemoeatu and Doug Legursky all hurt their massive bodies in some way or another, with Keisel missing the entire 2nd half due to his hamstring, which will also keep him out on Sunday against the Dolphins.
October is the month of attrition, as Tomlin likes to say.
This is when injuries start to happen more prevalently.
Let's just hope that the rest of these guys, especially Kemoeatu and Legursky, aren't effected beyond this week.
4. Silverback's Verbal Wizardry.
Probably not the best idea to be saying that you try to hurt people after you've concussed two different players in one football game.
Me, personally? I get it, James. And I applaud your enthusiasm.
I'm just not sure this strategy will lead to the minimum punishment.
But then, I guess since the league already fixes games for the Steelers, why wouldn't they just sweep this under the rug, right?
5. Colt McCoy.
So many people (including myself) had Colt McCoy already in a body bag before he even stepped onto the field Sunday.
But he took five sacks and was hit often, yet finished 23/33 for 288 yards and a TD, albeit with TWO picks.
You think Jake Delhomme or Seneca Wallace would have put up those kind of stats against the Steelers defense?
Well, maybe the picks.
When Cribbs went down, as brutal as the hit was, as a Steeler fan, you couldn't help but be happy that it put all the pressure on Colt McCoy.
I gotta admit, for at least this game, Colt McCoy was a horse.
Other Things That Were Moderately Awesome:
I'm not even going to mess around trying to talk about the negatives when there really weren't that many to begin with. So, instead, I'm going to use this section wisely and give you the honorable mentions.
1. Offensive Line.
Maybe it's because we ran the ball 35 times.
Maybe it's because this year's line is just flat out better than anyone expected.
Maybe they were just on meth on Sunday.
Frankly, I don't care.
ZERO sacks on Ben is a hell of a way to start out the 2nd quarter of the season.
I dare them to do it again.
Capitalizing on red zone opportunities.
Who wants some?
3. Who Could Ask For Anything More?
Speaking of penalties, following two straight penalties on 4th down when we were punting from the Browns territory, Chansi Stuckey muffs a punt and Key Fox recovers.
Did YOU see that coming?
Big time turnover that led to seven points.
4. Mike Wallace.
[Thanks to Joe for the photojob]
I doubt you need to look much further than his stat line - 3 catches, 90 yards, TD.
5. Yinz Luv Da Stillers.
So, what'd you all think of the James Harrison photoshop?
You know, or the game...whichever.
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