Monday, November 15, 2010

Steelers 26, Pat Mammals 39

Is there a single word for a team just getting rolled in every facet?

The season's very much not over, but the Steelers could win the next three Super Bowls and still not really resolve the issue that New England has just embarrassed them every time Matt Cassel hasn't started for the past ten years.

Maybe it's a bit much to ask an already-depleted team to win with Hines Ward and Lawrence Timmons both knocked out for long stretches of the game. But, man, they just looked like they were completely outplayed on almost every series.

William Gay, too, continues to have a Zelig-like presence within nearly every pass play on which the Steelers' defense gets torched.

I do feel more psychologically stable than I remember feeling the last time the Steelers gave up that may points, back in the AFC Championship after the '04 season, when they were similarly trounced by the Pats at home. Live to play another game.


Blogger Don said...

Is it too late in the season for the Steelers and Colts to join forces against the Pats?

11/15/2010 7:32 AM  
Blogger Jack said...

My friends Kate & Alex are Giants fans, and we'd circled this gameday weeks and weeks ago to watch the doubleheader. So, um, that didn't turn out super-delightful, what with the Cowboys embarrassing the Giants in the Meadowlands. But say this for the Steelers, at least the lights didn't go out in their stadium for fifteen minutes.

11/15/2010 9:33 AM  
Blogger nate said...

Of all the vicarious emotions related to NFL football, vicarious embarrassment is definitely my least favorite. Also not a favorite: Having my dreams haunted by languid variations on the same Steelers loss I already watched once in real life.

Don, I think I would probably enjoy a game in which Peyton Manning, WWE-style, walked into the middle of the field on a Steelers drive, talked some ostentatious smack, and then joined Roethlisberger for some tag-team razzle-dazzle passes to completely floor the Patriots. Alas, I think that's a bridge too far even for the offense-happy NFL competition committee. Other minor complaints: Pre-scripted sporting events don't provide the same giddy thrill of victory, Al Michaels and Chris Collinsworth probably can't achieve the level of hamminess demanded of pro wrestling announcers, etc. Or perhaps that's not what you had in mind at all.

11/15/2010 10:55 AM  
Blogger Don said...

It was a dark week for my favorite teams, with the Steelers and then (to a much worse extent) the Redskins getting used as visual aids for the offenses of their opponents this week. On a related note:,18455/

11/16/2010 11:24 PM  

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