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Hold Your (These) Horses... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 25, 2011 15:00

Tonight, we ride again
Tonight, it's on the line
Tonight, it's now, not when
Tonight, it's time to shine

8:20 PM, we dig in our heels
8:20 PM, we pin back our ears
8:20 PM, we remember how it feels
8:20 PM, we put it into high gear

Kerry Collins is a marked man
Joseph Addai doens't stand a chance
Dick LeBeau has the master plan
James Harrison is ready to dance

It's almost go time
This is Sunday night
I don't know about you guys
But I'm ready for a fight

Not long from now we head into battle again.

Lines have been drawn, plans have been made.

Hostile environment tonight.

Silence them all.

Nothing like the sound of 60,000 people (minus the undoubtedly large contingent of Steeler nation) with nothing to say.

Eyes on the prize.

Let's get after Kerry Collins and keep this train rolling.

Who ride on 3...

Damn right.

Here we go.

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Time To Saddle Up And Ride Herd... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 24, 2011 13:13

"Being 0-2, it hasn’t been this way, not in my career. I couldn’t figure out a better time to go out there and show the world that we are who we are. That’s the Indianapolis Colts. That’s the same team that’s been in the playoffs for how many ever consecutive years in a row. I feel like we are on pace to do that."

- Reggie Wayne

LOLOLOLO Reggie Wayne.

Hold up, let's just review here.


0-2, no Peyton Manning for the foreseeable future, ranking in the bottom 10 in the NFL in terms of rushing yards, rushing yards allowed, and passing yards, and you're talking about playoffs?!?!?


Either way, I bet when whoever does the NFL's scheduling spotted a Sunday evening in late September that was ripe for a matchup of top tier franchises, it never expected to end up with this game.

Look, no one is going to deny the fact that without Peyton Manning, the Colts are a different team, and heretofore, not looking like a very good one.

But just like last week against the Seacocks, do not let appearances fool you. Any NFL team can beat any other NFL team on any given Sunday, as they say. Even if that team is quarterbacked by [a sober] Kerry Collins.


As you may have heard, no Keisel and (probably) no McFadden this week.

Keisel is obviously a pretty sizable loss - both in actual body mass and contribution to the defense, but McFadden, again, I'm not so sure we care. However, here's to hoping they try and give Keenan Lewis or anyone else born after 1981 (besides Bill Gay, see below) a chance to see what they can do at Corner.


Not sure William Gay is the answer.

Anyway, as it is already after 2 PM the day before this week's game, I'm not going to waste any more of your time with this inane nonsense.

Let's just cut to the chase.

Hit the jump and let's ride...

Sarcasm and quick wit are currency here at OFTOT.

Just reinforcing the point.

And we're off!

That's What I'm Talkin' About... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 19, 2011 08:00

[hit play]

Ok, so I'm going to go out on a limb and assume that you all feel a little bit better after this Sunday than you did after last Sunday.

Yes, this was the Seacocks, who look about as dangerous as a chia pet, but shutting any other NFL team out completely is not an easy thing to do.

Perhaps you noticed, but the Steelers had ZERO penalties enforced against them in the first half.


Not only that, but the Chickens of the Sea didn't even start a play from the Steelers side of the field until 10:00 left in the 4th quarter!

I think one of my favorite parts was when Manny Sanders trolled Seacock fans with that eerily-familiar gadget play to Hines Ward...


Any way you slice it, 24-0 is a whole lot more inspiring than whatever you call last Sunday in Baltimore.

So, what, do we not celebrate it because it was against what many perceive to be an inferior and outmatched opponent?

Hell no, I say we celebrate it until we fall down.

But first, can I get a moment of silence in honor of what the Titans did to the Ravens yesterday?


Thank you, Tennessee for making sure that this victory put us back tied with the axis of evil in our division (notwithstanding the fact that they hold the tie breaker).

Personally, I thought Matt Hasslebeck passing for over 350 yards was a nice touch.

But the reality is, while we should celebrate this win, we should continue to let the spectre of Week 1 remind us that every game is precious, and to stay focused and hungry.

It's only week 3 now, and we've got a long road to haul.


Let's hope this is just the first of many wins we get to celebrate this season.

Now, with that said, let's get to the breakdown of "Things That Were Awesome," and "Things That Were NOT Awesome."

There will usually be a level lower than "Things That Were NOT Awesome," but I have a strict rule here that whenever the Steelers shut another team out completely, I don't get too nitpicky. So, I'm just holding up my end of the bargain.

Either way, feel free to chime in with your own votes/ideas in the comments.

Oh yes, I did.

Hit the jump and let's get jiggy with it.

If You Don't Like What's Being Said, Change The Conversation... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 18, 2011 10:26

Clean start, clean slate
Another week, it's not too late
To show the world that we're legit
That we won't lay down, and we won't quit

Something to prove, something to say
Something to wash this stench away
Last week wasn't Steeler football
This week, we'll remind them all

Play hungry, play mean
Play with conviction, play as a team
Not one inch, not one yard
Time to go big, time to go hard 

Faith in Ben, faith in James
Faith in the team to win the game
Today we shut the haters up
So, sit back, relax, and raise your cup...

Ok, let's try this one more time. 

Lights out, heads down, press play.

Only one thing to do today - win. 

This is our house, this is our game. 

Play like champions today.

Here we go!!

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Failure Is Not An Option... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 17, 2011 11:16

Ok, so things didn't start out like we might have planned this year.

Yes, last week was embarrassing, humbling, unpalatable, and miserable.

But you know what? It's a beautiful thing in life, redemption. 

The Steelers might have been caught off guard and off their game in a strange land called Assaultimore. 

But not at Heinz Field. And not against the Seacocks. 

Last week was not a game, it was a nightmare. 

No way the Steelers let that happen twice in a row. 

So Willie Colon is out for another whole season.

Whatever, the show must go on. 

Welcome to the NFL, Marcus Gilbert. Time to put your big boy pants on and play like a champion. Lightning struck last season with Maurkice Pouncey starting, here's to hoping the Steelers are lucky enough for it to strike twice.

As for other injuries, besides pretty much everyone being listed as probable with hurt feelings, Bryant McFadden and Chris Kemoeatu are questionable for Sunday. McFadden's injury might actually be a blessing in disguise, given the way he was abused by Joe Flacco last week, but Kemo, that's a seahorse of a different color. We had no idea how the starting o-line was going to hold up last week when it at least had three veterans starting (Scott, Kemo, Colon...four if you count Pouncey, which coincidentally was exactly how many times Ben was sacked for the game). Now, if it's J Scott, Ramon Foster(?), Pouncey, Legursky, and Marcus Gilbert, well, we can only hope for the best.  

As for the 'Hocks, well, we only play these bitches once every four years, and I can categorically say this is a team I want the Steelers to murder. 

They too got off to a less than impressive start last week, losing to the 49ers due to two 4th quarter Ted Ginn returns for TDs. But as any real sports fan can tell you, past performance does not dictate future success (or lack thereof). 

I know how this game looks, and I think that's what slightly worries me. 

Both teams got embarrassed last week by division rivals. Both should be looking for redemption this week.

Meaning we've got a thunderdome situation on our hands.

Do I think this is a clash of titans? 

Probably not, but before I get into full-on hater mode, I feel it's my duty to point out that just because it's the Seacocks doesn't mean it can't be a battle. 

Anyway, as usual, this thing is pretty dense, so I'm not going to belabor shit any further. 

So, at this point, I direct you to hit the jump and let's do this!

Back to basics with Van Halen this week. 

Here we go...

That Could've Gone Better... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 11, 2011 20:27

First things first, you know I don't recap cock slappings of almost 30 points.


Second, you know what I'm going to say here.

Didn't play with a whole lot of heart or brains today.

Congratulations to the Ravens, though, who won the week one super bowl.


Do I think this is indicative of the Steelers 2011 success or lack thereof?

Not at all. 

One game is one game, even if it was one night terror inducing game. 

I probably could have recapped this entire game with just the words "seven" and "turnovers." 

Well, ok, maybe the words "seven," "turnovers," and "ray rice."

Either way, life is too short to sweat a clear anomaly like this. 

Ain't nothing another 15 weeks of the regular season can't fix.

Seacocks on Sunday. 

Eyes on the prize. 

Get rested, refocused, and ready to raise hell again in one week's time. 

I promise you, it's going to be ok.

Here we go.

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It Has Begun... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 11, 2011 00:00

So, I don't believe I have to remind you that every gameday for the last like three years, that Wood photoshop has made its presence felt on this blog, usually accompanied by slice of gameday poetry. And farbeit from me to break a tradition that has seen a lot of good fortune for the Steelers. Hence, I give you, the OFTOT gameday special. As usual, I hope you enjoy. 

Let's do this...

Another year, another quest
Another game, another test
The Wood and friends have come to ball
And today is going to be an all-out brawl

The birds can run, but they can't hide
Especially Joe Flacco, whose ass is fried
All day long, up and down the field
All day long, we will not yield

First act, first chance
First opportunity, first dance 
Mendenhall, Roethlisberger, Ward and Miller
Will be the names they seek when looking for the killer

So, sit back, my friends
You know the deal
It's about to get hectic
It's about to get real

It's not ideal to have the first game of the season in the spectre of that nightmarish tragedy this country endured just a decade ago. But I think the idea is that we didn't let it stop us then, and we won't let it stop us now.

Never forget.

Hash tag on twitter today is "#f*$@ joeflacco."

Now, lights out, heads down, press play.

You feel that? 

That's the anticipation of domination.

I'm so excited I could run through a brick wall.

Ravens-Steelers never disappoints.

I hope LaMarr Woodley breaks Joe Flacco's life in half.

Let's get it started...

Here we go. 

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I Hate Everything About You... E-mail
Written by Cotter   
September 10, 2011 10:02

Listen, first of all, I can't make any guarantees on when this garbage I spew will get posted every week over the course of the season. I guess it just depends on life, which is to say, it's probably going to be totally unpredictable. So, I'm sorry that it's Saturday, and maybe you only do your Steelers preview reading Monday through Friday. Whatever, I get it. All I'm saying is, I will always have the best intentions to get a preview up the Thursday or Friday before a Sunday game, but I can far from guarantee that I'll be able to make good on those intentions most weeks.

Besides, my blog, my rules.


That said...

If you really hate something in life, you generally really hate every little thing about it.

It's just in our nature as humans. We can't ignore it, or deny it.

We commit to our hatred. 

And personally, I am spiritually, emotionally, and physically committed to hating the Baltimore Ravens. Shocking, I know (not that they make it all that difficult anyhow). 

Every time the Steelers play the Ravens, I'm a mixture of excited and enraged. On the one hand, let's face it, regardless of how you feel about their general demeanor, they're perrennial contenders. The road to the Steelers past two Super Bowl appearances has gone through Baltimore in January (AFC Championship first, Divisional Round second, just to recap history). And if you want to be the best you've gotta beat "the best," right?

But, on the other hand, well, I think we just covered this.

It's fitting in many ways that the Steelers are playing the Ravens week 1. They're the Steelers bitter division rivals, it's a playoff rematch, yadda yadda yadda, you know all that shit. But one of the ways only I may be thinking of is that I have a reason beyond the fact that this is the first game of 2011 to tell you this isn't going to be a numbers post. There are no 2011 stats for either team yet, but even if there were, I wouldn't have to talk about them. Because as I'm sure I've articulated in several hundred thousand different ways over the five years I've been writing this blog, every game against the Ravens is an all-out war. Take no prisoners, knock down drag out, survival of the fittest shit. And then, of course, there's the sideshow they call the Ravens offense. 

Getting into the overall makeup of the 2011 Ravens...well, actually, wait, there's one thing I feel I need to post before I go any further. 

Every Ravens preview. It has to be done.

Now, where was I?

Right, so the 2011 Ravens look slightly different from the 2010 Ravens, in case you hibernated through the last month.

On the offensive line front, one big addition (at least in sheer girth, if not talent) was LT Bryant McKinnie. They also added Lee Evans, who I can't believe some people consider a solid fantasy receiver. On the rest of the offensive front, let's pour a little out for Derrick Mason and especially for Todd Heap (Arizona, oof), who both made their graceful exits from "Charm City" in July/August. And on the defensive side, this game will be sans some guys that I can't even think of right now and am not going to bother to look up. Plus, of course there's the ever-revolving door of Corners...As you may remember, we're not the only AFC North team that has very little idea what it's doing when it comes to Cornerbacks.


Anyway, going all "bulletin board material", something like that this week. 

Easing my way into the season due to long days, working on the weekends, and generally trying to make sure my life stays in as much order as possible given that I'm a slow adult.

Your continued support is much appreciated. 

Now, hit the jump and get all up in this post (english translation = "hit read more")!

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