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It's Better If We Don't Dwell On It... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
November 07, 2011 22:01

If the Ravens' only aspiration is to beat the Steelers in the regular season, then congratulations to them.

However, that does not excuse the way the Steelers concluded this game.

Next week becomes even more important, playing the AFC leading Bengals for the first time.

A chance to keep pace. A chance to win, you know, A division game.

Either way, let us never speak of this game again.


Here we [better effing] go.

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Let's Have A Little Talk About Swagger... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
November 05, 2011 17:01

Now, you may not think of me as the world's foremost authority on Swagger.

As I'm sure you don't need to tell you, I've probably got about as much of it as a bag of Frito's.

Well, maybe that's an exaggeration, but put it this way - I'm no Ike Taylor.

Either way, let's talk about "swagger" for a moment, shall we?

There's a fine line between "swagger" and "overconfidence.'

Between "swagger" and "a false sense of security."

Between "swagger" and "being an a-hole."

The Baltimore Sun may like Terrell Suggs's mouth now (sidebar - how could anyone love that mouth, what with the Guinness world record for gum to teeth size differential), but how are they going to like it on Monday if the Steelers give it to the Ravens tomorrow night?


The ability to waste your breath regurgitating bullshit has never shown any correlation with winning.

At least not that I'm aware of...

What has, however, is preparation, dedication, hard work, determination - all of the things I have to assume the Steelers have been engaged in this week, getting ready for an epic duel of a match up that will take place in a matter of 24 hours or so.

Am I trying to say that the Ravens haven't done the same, in addition to one of them giving his jaws as much work as the rest of his body?


I couldn't really vouch for that.

All I am saying is, frankly, if my team had lost to the Jagoffs, and nearly lost to the Cardinals, my first instinct wouldn't be to write an entire column praising it getting its "swagger back." 

However, I think the last line in that screen shot above is something we can all agree on...

God bless Terrell Suggs.


I'll bet that's exactly what the woman he poured bleach on thinks about him.

Oh, and one more thing about swagger...

Moving on to the situation at hand tomorrow night, unlike Baltimore's keyboard jockeys, I'm not willing to talk about this game as if it has already been won.

The fact is, this is the most crucial game on our schedule.

Gotta get at least one from the Ravens, because you know no matter what, they're going to be on our ass or vice versa in about a month/month and a half's time.

This one is going to be everything they say it's going to be.

Probably the most intense 60 minutes we're going to have seen yet this season.

So, make sure you take your heart medicine tomorrow, you may need it.

Now, hit the jump and let's go to school...

Let the lecture begin.

Pound It Out... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
November 01, 2011 15:57

Like I said in the preliminary recap, this win didn't mean anything more than another tick in the left column, really.

But the feeling of beating the Patriots, in the way we did it, was worth savoring, if only briefly.

With everyone picking against the Steelers and in favor of the Patriots offense, it certainly was gratifying to remind them that oh, by the way, the Steelers are legit.

Oh yeah, and don't look now, but at 6-2, the Steelers currently own the best record in the AFC.


Yes, the reality is there's a much bigger game just a few days away.

And yes, no one should get too hung up on a Week 8 win when there are eight more games to be won (or lost, as the case may be).

But one more time...

There, now that it's out of our systems, we can officially open the book on Ravens week.

And since we're already two days out from Sunday, and I've mentioned the general significance of the upcoming game a couple of times already in those two days, I'm just going to direct your attention to the "Things That Were Awesome," and "Things That Were NOT Awesome," below.

Less filler, for your Tuesday afternoon enjoyment.

Now, hit the jump and let's get this show on the road...

Rock 'n' roll.

Vengeance Game... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
October 30, 2011 19:04

The reality is, this wasn't exactly the Super Bowl.

But, the reality also is - suck it, Tom Brady.


Victory today meant maintaining the Steelers position atop the division, and a 6-2 record.

But it felt like a lot more.

I'd like to think the team remembered last year, and that it motivated them to give the Pats hell.

Whether they actually did or did not is really irrelevant.

What matters is, this...

You suck it too, Phil Simms.

Who even cares if it's a safety at that point? There was like 0:20 seconds left or something.

Here, let me just give you the preliminary stories.

#1 - Hi, this is my homeboy, Big Ben...

36/50(!) for 365 yards and 2 TDs.

Bad pick, yes, but 50 pass attempts(!)


#2 - Guess who led the team in catches?

9 of them for 67 yards.

Ben looked his way 15 times.


I think there's some chemistry here.

#3 - Whoever runs the Steelers' Facebook page needs to learn how to spell the team's players' last names...

Yo, that's KEisel.

Probably just a typo.


Heath Miller dominated the 1st quarter.

People were asking about the Steelers record for number of catches in a game.

Great day all around for Big Money Heath.

We see you, brother.

#5 - Please, be ok...

LaMarr Woodley was an absolute animal again today, until something randomly happened to his hamstring.

3rd straight game with 2 sacks?

4th straight game with multiple sacks?


So yeah, I'm not going to say any more for now.

I'll save the real deal for the real recap.

But let's just savor this feeling for a minute, and then let it go, because it's...

Ravens next Sunday is the real show.

That's a must-win.

At home.

On Sunday night.

Can't wait.

We owe the Ravens, and it's time to pay our debt.


Your two cents is both welcomed and encouraged in the comments.

Here we go.

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Only The Rooneys Own The Steelers... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
October 29, 2011 17:09

Now, I'd love to get all up in arms about this shit on that you see above.

But the fact is, the Steelers have definitely lost every game in which they've faced Tom Brady over the last six or seven years.

Do I think the Pats OWN Pittsburgh?

Of course not.

But you can't pretend like the case for it isn't as clear as Ochocinco's repressed sexuality.

Either way, this game has become this week's marquee matchup...
espnfrontpage's front page yesterday.

cbssports's front page today.

When I sat down to write this thing, part of me was like, dude, how many times can I possibly re-use the same tired ass jokes from the last few years, mostly involving Tom Brady, various items of womens' attire and goats?

It honestly does get hard to come up with fresh material year-after-year, let alone twice a season like I have to for the Ravens, Gowns, and Svengalis.

So, I've tried to do that in this week's preview, but there's no real guarantee that I'm going to be able to get that creative with all aspects of the New England Patriots.

Still, at least they're kind of an easy target.


Classic internet lore, in case you've never seen it before, stop watching so much Star Trek.

But seriously, you guys - football-wise, there's a reason why this game has been circled on my calendar for the last [at least] seven weeks.

Say what you want about the Cheatriots collective and individual personality(ies), the past history between us, etc., but you can't really pretend like you're surprised they're 5-1 and still have one of the most potent offenses in the league.

Not that you can say the same for their defense up to this point, but...

So, while I'm clearly not going to deviate from my standard regimen of haterade in this post (for the most part), I felt like I had to at least make it a point to acknowledge the fact that this year's game could totally end up like last years and others against the Hatriots.

That said, no.

Obviously I have no authority or particular context with which to say what is or is not going to happen, but I'm going to have faith and say that win or lose, this is going to be a fight.

And honestly, I don't know if I would go so far as to say it's "fun" to play good teams, but it definitely makes things more interesting.

Thus far this season, the Steelers have found success against a hand full of teams, but the only team approaching what you might call a "powerhouse" that they've played is the Ravens, and you all remember how that went (granted that was a monumentally atypical shitshow).

So, this one is a big one.

A chance to put a stake in the ground.

It isn't necessarily going to get us anything more than another W  (though a win is a win closer to putting separation between us and the Ravens/Bengals), but it could say a lot about the team's ultimate success.

Or, it couldn't.

That's the beauty of life - nothing is certain and even things that seem related may not be/probably are not at all.

Anyway, when I start waxing philosophical about the Steelers, I think that's pretty much my cue to cut the crap and get to the preview.

Which I'll do starting right now.

Hit the jump and let's blow the roof off this m'f'er...

Do it.

Smiley With Teeth... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
October 25, 2011 00:00

So, what a 48 hours, huh?

First, the Steelers give it to the Cardinals to go 5-2, and then the Jags SHUT THE RAVENS DOWN 12-7, holding the entire Ravens offense to under 150 total yards.

Which means that for the time being (read: at least until next week), the Steelers own the AFC North, with a game lead on Assaultimore.

Begging the question - is this real life right now?

And before I get to anything Steelers, I gotta say, how about Josh Scobee, man?


Tres field goals of over 50 yards, cuatro on the dia.

My new hero.

Now, as for Steelers-Cardinals, it's another well-earned notch on the Steelers' collective belt.


With New England and Baltimore on the horizon, it certainly was an important game.

And, any opportunity we can get to remind Arizona that despite the overwhelming amount of former Steelers on their roster and coaching staff, they are still a broke ass version of the black and gold, I'm all for it.


Someone get Ken Whisenhunt a fistful of advil.

Things indeed went pretty well for the Steelers on Sunday.

I'm not going to say it was the best game ever played, but there were definitely way more awesome things than not awesome things, which always makes my job here a lot more fun.

So, given that we had a preliminary conversation about this game on Sunday evening/yesterday, I feel pretty comfortable just diving right into the "Things That were Awesome," and "Things That Were NOT Awesome," below.

Hit the jump and join me on this magic carpet ride?

Cards Get Dealt... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
October 23, 2011 19:48

I'm not going to get too far into the details of what happened this afternoon.

I'm going to save most of that for the recap (which will drop Tuesday morning if all goes to plan).

But, all I'm going to say is...


Again, it wasn't a flawless victory, but it was still pretty damn awesome.

Despite all of their early trials and tribulation, the Steelers do seem to be putting together a solid first half of the season.

A couple of big time games loom over the next couple of Sundays, but 5-2 going into the last week of October is a good place to be.

Now, for some of today's most memorable moments...

I always thought that birds were basically the only creatures that could fly.

And then I saw Mike Wallace play football.

Watching the Steelers intercept opponents is never not awesome.

Payback is a bitch.

And speaking of bitches, I took great pleasure in watching LaMarr Woodley make Kevin Kolb his today.


Heath Miller is my homeboy.

So, like I said, we'll get way more into things in the forthcoming recap, but for the time being, enjoy 5-2.

Bengals were off this week, and Ravens play tomorrow night.

I'd say go Jaguars, but I don't think there's a twinkie's chance in Andy Reid's cupboard of them dealing the Ravens an L.

Unless, of course, we're using those last five words in the vernacular, in which case, maybe there is.

Don't worry if you didn't get that one, but kudos if you did.


It is now officially Patriots week.

So, I'd like to open the floor to any and all Tom Brady jokes starting right now.

Have at it, you animals.


Here we go.

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Give These Cards A Royal Flush... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
October 23, 2011 00:00



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