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This Is Now... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
December 19, 2011 00:00

Alright, alright.

Believe me, I feel you.

I now have a special place in my heart for the San Diego Chargers defense too.

But this is not about the Ravens, it's about the Steelers.

With Assaultimore showing its true colors last night, the Steelers now have a legitimate chance to become the #1 seed in the AFC, and get a much needed first round bye.

However, in order to potentially do so, they have a three game season on their hands, starting tonight.

Is Ben going to play?

I'm not a betting man, but given that the Steelers essentially need to win this game and the next two, I'd say smart money's on him playing.

We'll certainly miss James Harrison and Maurkice Pouncey, but winners win, no matter who's on the field.

So, without belaboring the point too much - it's go time.

Time to strap on the pads and hit some people in the mouth.

And certainly no time to waste any more words on the upfront of this blog post.

So, I implore you, Steeler nation...

Hit the jump and let's just get right to work...


86 #92 For Monday Night... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
December 13, 2011 21:31

Is anyone honestly surprised?

Dumbfounded, likely.

But, surprised?

You know what I think about it?


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Yep... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
December 08, 2011 23:27

10 wins, 10 days off. 

Here's to Ben Roethlisberger...

There were many big contributions tonight, but arguably none bigger than Ben coming back after absorbing that hit I can't get out of my head in the 1st half, after which he could barely limp off the field. 

16/21 for 280 yards and 2 TDs, with a broken thumb on his throwing hand, and a high sprain on his left ankle.

Heal up, dude, but what a machine. 


Something that looks more like a recap to come. 

In the meantime, good win...


Feel free to deposit any and all thoughts in the comments.


Here we go.

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You Wanted A Blowout, You Got It... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
December 04, 2011 16:22

If this is what happens when I don't write a preview, I'm never writing another one again.

Last week, there was apparently much crying about how the Steelers only beat the Kansas City Chiefs by 4 points.


Challenge accepted.

A blocked field goal, a punt return touchdown, a (forced and) recovered kickoff fumble, an Ike Taylor pick, Hines Ward over 12,000 career yards receiving, 2 Rashard Mendenhall TDs, 3 James Harrissassin sacks, a 9-3 record, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Sounds like a Pee Wee Herman tequila dance-worthy day to me...

(excellent gif via xmas ape)

So, yeah, there were so many highlights in this game (mostly from the first half), I'd have to actually write a full recap in order to give credit to everyone.

But since we have a date this Thursday night, and I have grand plans to actually write a preview this week, I'm not going to do that.

I will, however, give mad props to Antonio Brown yet again.

2 catches for 67 yards, including some Dancing-with-the-Stars-esque footwork on that 45-yard catch and run...

And, of course, a punt return TD - the Steelers' first (in the regular season) in almost exactly five years.

I don't know about you all, but I'm down with Brown.

Now, we can only hope all of the Browns have a day like Antonio (I'm looking at you, Cleveland, ahem ahem).

And speaking of Cleveland, regardless of what they are doing with Baltimore as I write this, we've got them next on our dance card this Thursday.

Another week, another AFC North match up.

Take a minute and enjoy this win, ladies and gentlemen.

But have a short memory.

9-3, with four games left.

No time to let up on the gas now.

Full speed ahead...

Your thoughts, celebratory woooooos, and love/bromance for these men welcomed in the comments.


Here we go.

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No Time To Cry About Being 8-3... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
November 29, 2011 00:18

Oh, winning is such sweet sorrow, isn't it?

Every time I check the internet, it seems like someone or some many people are all up in arms about something. 

And apparently one of the latest things among Steeler fans is the Steelers WIN on Sunday night.

Well, I don't really have time for that, so you'll have to excuse me if I ignore that and go right to the positives.

How about...

1) Held Chiefs to less than 10 points and no TDs (albeit with Tyler Palko and no Jamaal Charles, yes).


2) Beautiful play on the Steelers only TD (congratulations Weslye Saunders, by the way).


3) Four takeaways.


4) 49 yarder for Sweezy.


5) QB playing balls out with a broken thumb, hitting 9 different receivers and setting blocks like nobody's business.


Ok, so I wasn't thrilled to be watching what could have been Tyler Palko's last laugh either.

But Keenan Lewis made it all moot in one glorious play. 


8-3, at pace with the Ravens, and on to Heinz Field for another go-round with the Bangles.

Speaking of, yesterday was another one of those for me.

IE - can't even think about getting to a full recap this week. 

Enjoy the win and let's talk Andy Dalton this weekend.

PS - get well soon, TP.

Until then...

Here we go.

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Time For A Little KC BBQ... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
November 27, 2011 17:25

Well, hello there, everyone (all three of you).

It's nice to see you all again.

I trust you all enjoyed your respective holidays to the fullest.

But put all that competitive eating and in-law wrangling behind you, because as of today, Steelers football is officially back in gameday action.

Now, about these Chiefs...

The Chiefs have been outscored in losses by an average margin of just under 25 points.

Their usual starting QB, Matt Cassel, was recently placed on IR.

Their would-be starting RB, Jamaal Charles, has been on IR since September.

They're 4-6, and have only scored more than three points in one of their last three games (when they hung a whopping 10 on Denver), all losses.

But this is professional football, not lingerie football.

Teams in the NFL don't just lay down and take it just because the chips are down.

What better way to get their fans re-enthused with all the shit going on in KC this season than to beat the Steelers at home on Sunday night, just days after getting spanked by Bill Belichick on Monday night?

So, once again, it's the Steelers' jobs to make sure that doesn't happen.

It's the Steelers' jobs to make sure the story is yet another L for a team that could be headed for the first pick next April.

As for the Steelers, not to belabor the point since I know it's already after 6PM on gameday, in case you've been living under a rock (like I basically have the last couple of weeks for a variety of reasons) - it bears mentioning that...

1) Hines Ward is no longer starting,

2) Nor is Chris Kemoeatu (which shouldn't come as much of a surprise if you were watching the Bengals game),

3) No idea if LaMarr Woodley is playing tonight or not (update: as of 6:50 PM, apparently he's not), and

4) Big Ben is nursing a broken thumb on his right hand

Luckily, unlike some other QBs in the league, who have sat games for the same or less (looking at you, Jay Cutler and Tony Romo), Big Ben will not be fazed.


But it certainly won't be ideal for our franchise QB to have to grip/hand off/throw a football with one of the most crucial parts of his hand broken.

And despite the success the Steelers ultimately found against Cincinnati, let's not forget that it wasn't easy, nor is any game in the NFL.

Chiefs, Ravens, Jets, 49ers, who cares.

All I want to see when the dust settles tonight is this...

Now, being that it IS not long 'til kickoff, I'm going to nip it in the bud right there and quickly shuttle you all to the meat of this gameday feast (literally and figuratively, as you'll see).

Hit the jump and let's do some grilling...
William Gay Taketh Away... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
November 13, 2011 21:51

And just like that, it was over.

Big Play Willie Gay, ladies and gentlemen.

He started the game by knocking down a pass on 3rd down on the Bengals 1st drive, and then he finished it by getting his hands on the ball again with just over two minutes left.

And game ball #2 goes to First Down Brown.

Dude had four catches on that one drive for like 74 out of its 77 yards or something ridiculous like that.

Three of them for long 1st down pickups (21, 15, and 17 yards).

Also, I could watch Troy lay this kid out all day long.


And speaking of laying things out, thanks to Taverns Jackson and the Seacocks for handling our light work earlier.


With the Ravens losing to the Hocks today, they fall to 6-3, even steven with the Ben-gals.

The two of them play each other while the Steelers are sitting on their couches next Sunday.

One will emerge even with us, the other, 6-4.

Go Bengals.

I'm sorry to say I have to cancel this week's full recap for reasons I need not go into here.

You animals enjoy your week off, and we'll see each other again for the Chefs in two weeks.

Great googily moogily.

Oh yeah, congratulations on 50 wins in just five seasons to this guy.


Here we go.

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Cincy's New Big Red Machine... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
November 12, 2011 14:43

In case you don't get the reference in the post title (ie, you weren't born before like 1970), back in the early/mid 70's the Cincinnati Reds used to be called "The Big Red Machine."

But fast forward 35 years, and there's a new Big Red Machine in southwest Ohio, Bengals QB Andy Dalton (I'm going to give you all the benefit of the doubt and assume you understand why I'm calling him The Big Red Machine 2.0).

In case you've had your head up your ass, the Bengals are a whole different animal from what they've been in the past, not the least aspect of which is Dalton (and not Carson Palmer) under center.

Fact is, say whatever you want, but they're currently leading the entire AFC.

Yes, that's probably as anomalous as it is unbelievable, but as they say, you ain't #1 unless you're #1.

So, it's the Steelers' jobs to change that. 

The zubaz-wearing, Queen's City rollers have indeed won five straight, albeit three of those wins coming against the Jags, Curtis Painter, and the Seacocks.

But with their bandwagon strong, the Bengals are legit contenders as of this point in the season, despite their offseason makeover.

As for the Steelers, it looks like The Wood's out again, as well as Manny Sanders.

But if it's any consolation, James Farrior and Troy will both be ready for action come Sunday.

If last week was a must-win, this week, failure is not an option.

The Steelers are comfortable at 6-3, but they're 0-2 in the division.

With a bye week coming on the other side of tomorrow's game, falling to 6-4 - while the Bengals could be 8-2 and the Ravens either 8-2 or at worst 6-4 (and holding the tiebreaker) by Week 11 - would be less than ideal.

But the reality is, this is a division game.

The first of two against the Bongles that'll occur within a four week span (whoever is responsible for that scheduling should be escorted out of the league office, ps).

We already lost to Baltimore twice.

It's time to start reasserting ourselves over this division with less than half a season left.

So, with that said, let's get right down to it.

Hit the jump and join me as I talk about some big pussies...

You know, because tigers are big cats.

Get your minds out of the gutter.

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