Monday Night Football Week Four Live-Blog: 2nd Half

Monday, September 29, 2008


Brutally awful game, terrible. (Via Hollywood Wags)
Ok... I tried. No way I can go through another half of this mess. G'nite kids. (Via Rob)

Godspeed all. I don't blame you one bit. At least last year's Dolphins-Steelers game had balls getting stuck in the turf like lawn darts. This is just dreadful. How about we just cut this one off at the end of the third?

10:32- Tony calls the Steelers overrated and I haven't agreed with him more. They will now proceed to put up 40 points this half.

"I don't know if I can say this on TV, but his guys were pissed off."- Suzy Kolber

Ooooooh! Controversial. Ray Lewis blasts Mendenhall and the rookie comes out of the game hurt. Roethlisberger to Miller and Johnson and Lewis nail him but he hangs on. The Ravens smell blood. 3rd and a yard and the Steelers are in a shotgun formation....

Short! Fumble, and it goes out of bounds. Steelers punt and Figurs runs around in circles and Tomlin is going crazy for a roughing the punter penalty. He's not getting one.

"Berger FLOPPED"...when did this become Futbol... (Via Ondanuts)

It's about as exciting as a soccer match at this point. Ravens ball near their own 30. And now Jaws is giving out grades....

"Give me a first half grade for Flacco."- Mike Tirico
"A.....A."- Jaws

Flacco runs from one side of the field to the other and then somehow finds Mason. That was a dumb play, but everything is going right for the Ravens.

"That particular play. He kept that alive so long, Usain Bolt could have won the 200 and taken a victory lap."- Tony Kornheiser

When were the Olympics again? Like two months ago??? Mendenhall is being carted off and the Ravens punt.

MVP tonight: the Medical Cart Driver (Via KR)

So wrong....but so true.

10:44- Steelers ball at their own seven...AND HEY....a completion!!! Ward for eight yards. Carey Davis ironically also from Illinois is now your running back and picks up a first down.

The Steelers are still trying to establish the run and it just ain't working. More boos from the crowd. False start.....BOOOOOOOOOOOO! 3rd and 16....Roethlisberger is blitzed again, he avoids it, but Holmes drops it near the marker. Another punt and more flags.

Ravens go three and out and punt. I have to admit I watched none of that drive.

"Remember that play by Roethlisberger in the first half?"- Mike Tirico

No Mike....no I don't. The Ravens defense commits a dumb penalty after a lame reverse to Nate Washington and the Steelers are in business. They're still trying to run the ball though but are now in the no huddle. Roethlisberger sneaks on 2nd down and......

HOLY SHIT! The Steelers score a touchdown for the first time in eight quarters! It twas a lucky one, but one none-the-less....

13-10 Ravens and here comes Pittsburgh!


Excitement? is that you my love? (Ondanuts)
Good Lord, this game is getting close and it's going to go to 2AM. (Hollywood Wags)

11:02- Ravens ball on their own 29....

SACK! FUMBLE! TOUCHDOWN STEELERS!!!!

Now we're talking! Woodley picks it up after a Harrison's huge hit on Flacco and the Steelers are somehow winning this game 17-13.


Pretty sure Flacco doesn't even want to go back out there at this point. Ravens ball at their own 26....The Ravens smartly run the ball to settle the crowd a bit on first down, but Baltimore has to call a timeout and they're right back in it.

Flacco hit again and it's almost picked off. 3rd and 6....and it's loud at Heinz....

SACK! FUMBLE! The Ravens recover this time. Unbelievable surge from the Steelers D and you have to wonder where this was all game. Ravens punt and Koch booms another one. Steelers ball at their own 39 yard line....

Ben to Nate Washington on the slant...first down. Davis on the carry for three and the Steelers are still in the no-huddle. Ray Lewis drops Davis on second down and Pittsburgh reverts right back to their old boring offense. Incomplete on third and the Steelers will punt it back. Inside the eight and it's going to be even louder for Flacco this drive.

END OF THE THIRD! Thank god. 17-13 Pittsburgh after three.

What I like about Joe Flacco is his poise in the pocket...No, sorry that was flustered, cuz now they are behind. When they get ahead, he'll have poise again, and I will like it. (Via Wags)

3rd and two and Larry Foote bats it down. Another Ravens punt and I think Koch is the front runner for Pro Bowl punter after this performance. Seven punts for an average of just under 48 yards per. Ravens punting excitement is fantastic!!!

"All this game needs in snow"- Tony Kornheiser (Via Mark)

That's a scary thought. Roethlisberger avoids a sack and then hits a wide open Hines Ward down the field for a 31 yard gain. Mike Tirico actually said it was Washington and apologizes for messing that up. Thanks Mike...that's nice of you.

11:29- I cannot believe that the fourth quarter just started. Davis takes it inside the ten and Ray Lewis yells at him. Big Ben throws the ball away on second down but there's a penalty on the Ravens. Holding and a first down. Terrible penalty as the Ravens needed to hold Pittsburgh to a FG here to have any chance.

First Favre reference by Tony!! I'm amazed it took so long! (Via Jay)

Me too. Another throw away from Roeth and a run by Davis makes it 3rd and Goal from the one....nothing....Ray Lewis takes down Mewelde Moore short of the one. FG attempt....

Good....Steelers up seven....20-13 with 9 minutes to go.

B'more ball at the 24....nowhere on first but a catch by Mason for a first down up to the 41. Back to McClain and he picks up a first down across midfield. Here come the Ravens! Annnnnnd back to Mason for yet another first. Annnnnd back to McClain for two yards.

"You know who's rooting for a tying touchdown and a long overtime?"- Mike Tirico
"Uhh, Tony Kornheiser???"- Ron Jaworski

Hahahaha. Winner! Flacco is sacked for the fourth time tonight....3rd and 12 and....MASON CATCHES IT! He spins out of a tackle and takes it all the way down to the five! 1st and goal....

McClain to the two....and.....

TOUCHDOWN RAVENS. McClain just blasts through Timmons for six...and we're tied....20-20.

If this game goes to overtime....I'm ending it all.

11:47- Pittsburgh is trying to make sure every running back in the state of PA is hurt by the end of the game by rushing Moore a few times in a row. 3rd and short...

First down on the out to Moore and he's up near midfield. Two minute warning....thank god. 2nd and 5 for the Steelers from their own 47. Moore leaps for a fade down the sideline and for some reason I don't trust a kicker who I've seen almost nude on the Internet. 3rd down and 5.....

Incomplete. This is so going to overtime. Ravens ball at the 13....

Tony Kornheiser still makes me want to throw my tv out the window. Then walk down and hit it with a sledgehammer. And burn it. (Via Alex)

The Ravens are running out the clock and now McClain is hurt. That's the Ravens last timeout and we're going to overtime....fuck me. Wow....McGahee's eye is f'ed up.

That's the end of regulation....20-20.

"Here's the big play of the game....the coin flip."- Tony Kornheiser

PUT FIFTEEN MORE MINUTES ON THE CLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wait....there was an issue with the penalty and they put seven seconds back on the clock....pointless....Flacco kneels.....

PUT FIFTEEN MORE MINUTES ON THE CLOCK!!!!!!!!!!!!
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12:02- B'More wins the toss and will receive, much to the chagrin of Jaws who was trying to rationalize differing. I'm betting on a James Harrison sack-fumble and a Jeff Reed kick for the win. Anyone else?

Figurs to the 50, buuuuuut it's coming back.

"Two more flags and we would have had an amusement park."- Ron Jaworski

Either I'm really tired, drunk, or both, but that was hilarious. McClain gets zippy on first down. Ravens pick up a blitz on second down, but do so with a chop block....personal foul and a replay of second down. 2nd and 17....McClain to the fifteen for seven and it'll be 3rd and 10....

BLITZ! SACK! Ravens will punt. Holmes grabs it on the sideline and gets smashed by Barnes. Great coverage there, but the Steelers still have it at their 43. Run for two. Roethlisberger hit on second down and his pass falls incomplete. 3rd and 8....

MEWELDE MOORE IS MY SAVIOR! He takes the dump off and makes four defenders miss and picks up 24 yards!!!

Moore goes nowhere on first down and shit.....

Moore falls down on second down and loses four yards. DAMN YOU! Ravens blitz everyone and Roethlisberger somehow gets the yardage back on a quick hitter to Moore....46 yarder....

Timeout....46 yarder....

GOOOOOOOOD!!! Reed just barely neaks it inside the left upright and that's it! Thanks to the champs that stuck out that retched game with me and I'll see you tomorrow morning.

FINAL: Steelers 23 - Ravens 20

79 Comments:

Suzy Kolber confirms you can say "Pissed off" on TV!

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:32:00 PM  

I'm sure at least 250 buttholes at ESPN clenched up as Suzie was saying "I don't know if I can say this on TV..."

Jay said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:33:00 PM  

wow...steelers start out awesome!!!

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:34:00 PM  

"Berger FLOPPED"...when did this become Futbol...

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:35:00 PM  

@ ondanutsofbrady

It's not futbol......way to break out the stereotype.

A "flop" which is less of being a pussy and more of trying to draw a foul like in basketball will get you a caution and even a sending off in the game....not like here.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:36:00 PM  

Oh please, ssreporters, you're just talking semantics.

There are few things more shameful in sports than a soccer player being carried off the field on a stretcher than running around like nothing happened 2 minutes later.

Jay said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:38:00 PM  

ahhh...

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

I'd love to hear more backstory about Joe Flacco, like his favorite food as a youngster. Fascinating.

My, he might be the next Joe Montana!

Welp, Mike Tomlin is gonna need to explain hisself.

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

You're kidding me.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

wow, that was similiar to how my friends and i played football..around age 9/10

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

MVP tonight: the Medical Cart Driver

KR said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:42:00 PM  

Tirico was mad about McGahee not getting a cart!

I bet the guy was over dahn in North Versailles getting it filled up.

I almost want to watch the Lions rather than the Stillers...almost.

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

http://images.wikia.com/openserving/sports/images/a/a8/Eduardo1.jpg


So much for soccer being a sissy sport, and that was an intentional tackle that got the player suspended and fined.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

is that Ward's first catch tonight??..he's a superstar in South Korea...they fucking love him

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

ssreporters..this games is really making you cranky,eh?

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:45:00 PM  

@Jay, there are NO pads so cleats to the shin is always going to lead to a stretcher for precautionary reasons, add some cold water and you're good.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:47:00 PM  

why do 5 players surround the dead ball?

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:48:00 PM  

This game is terrible, but I just wanted to give you a soccer lesson. ;-)

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:48:00 PM  

well thanks...lesson was slightly more interesting than the game...slightly

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:50:00 PM  

Precautionary reasons, my butt. It's all done to try to draw penalty kicks and yellow/red cards. No pads? Doesn't everyone wear shinguards?

And besides the stretcher business, guys roll around on the ground faking injuries all the time, whether the stretcher comes out or not.

Ultimately the faking is what pisses me off about soccer and keeps me from watching it except for a big USA World Cup match every 12 years or so...

Jay said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:50:00 PM  

Thanks for making me relive the downfall of our season SS.

Anyhoo, the Stillers look like shit, Tony is still annoying (except for the start of the second half where Tirico asked him what the column would be. I think that provides a good summation of the first half) and Flacco has the potential to be a media darling quarterback ala 12, 18, and 4

Mark said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:51:00 PM  

Boring game means I'll just deliver a Pam Ward alert:

Pam and Ray will be calling Iowa/Michigan State....Ray is pulling double duty as he is calling tomorrow's ESPN game with Todd Harris.


We'll be finished with the list by tomorrow so that's a sneak preview.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:51:00 PM  

I guess I really do have to give up, it is officially a soccer thread...

Goddamn, what a shit sandwich of a game.

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:52:00 PM  

Spiral is nice on that deep ball

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:53:00 PM  

@ Mark, really? I'd consider failing to beat United, Liverpool, and Chelski 5 out of 6 times the real downfall.


And losing to a team that has never played in the top league in its history will be the next downfall.


Another great thing about soccer, bad teams get sent down to lower leagues, better teams get promoted.....kinda like the corporate world.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:54:00 PM  

SS- Breaking news.....Pam will be calling the WNBA finals! Clay Matvick is on the call.

Sep 29, 2008, 10:55:00 PM  

I wish it was next monday night already

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

Yeah your right AA this game is as fun as a visit to the Denist

KR said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

FIGHT! FIGHT! FIGHT!

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

No, it was the string of draws that began with the Birmingham game that really spelled out of doom. It's not as important what you do against the big 4, but the results you get against mid-table competition. We lost by 3 points. We win those games instead of drawing them, league is ours.

That was ugly the other day. Wenger has promised a shake up, so we'll see. That said, no real leadership on the squad is a problem and Gallas blows as captain.

(why do I always get the feeling you hate me?)

Mark said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

Oh man, that's where she belongs.....but really, Dave Pasch or Terry Gannon is much better.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

Excitement? is that you my love?

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:59:00 PM  

I don't hate you Mark....I just hate Arsenal!


TOUCHDOWN!!!!!!!! GOALLLLLLLLLLLLL! GOALLLLLLLLL! GOALLLLLLLLLLL!!

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 10:59:00 PM  

Good Lord, this game is getting close and it's going to go to 2AM.

Bruce Arians sucks. Why not pull some shit like that earlier, you dopey Cleveland Clown reject...

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:00:00 PM  

AA it's not ironic that Carey Davis is also from Illinois. That is a coincidence, if anything. Maybe it would be ironic if the only healthy RB on the Steelers was, say, Carl Pavano.

Jay said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

Wow TD. Fantastic tackling by the Ravens there.

Yeah, I get the Arsenal hate. Who do you support again? To be honest doesn't bother me, as there are zero footy fans in my area.

Mark said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

That chiuauaua movie looks terrible..

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:01:00 PM  

Yes you're right Jay, but I'm too bored and lazy to go back and change it. I blame this shitty game for the error.

Sep 29, 2008, 11:02:00 PM  

OMG Steelers are ahead somehow.

Jay said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:03:00 PM  

WOW...all of sudden, steelers getting a little fiesty....

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:04:00 PM  

LAMAMMMAARRR!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good Lord. Heinz Hurdle.

This game is not a shit sangwiche anymore...yet.

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:04:00 PM  

What I like about Joe Flacco is his poise in the pocket...

No, sorry that was flustered, cuz now they are behind. When they get ahead, he'll have poise again, and I will like it.

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:08:00 PM  

Jesus, the Baltimore offense just got even more terrible.

Jay said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:10:00 PM  

More no huddle, more passing = more excitement!!!

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:11:00 PM  

even if you hated the 2007 Patriots, at least they would have try to bomb one out to Moss right after that punt to keep the momentum in stadium going...

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:12:00 PM  

Flacco must mean "concrete statue" in Italian.

Tony hasn't busted out a Sam and Dave reference yet with the punter?

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:18:00 PM  

@ Mark, Manchester United first, then Sheffield United second.


@ Wags, Sam Koch was never part of the Sam and Dave duo.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

Is it really time for Korny to start with the in depth ponderous backstory?

The game is close you pencil necked geek douche!!!

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:22:00 PM  

its been fun, but i can't do it anymore...

ondanutsofbrady said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:23:00 PM  

I hate offsetting penalties in the NFL, you could get 2 penalties on one team and 1 on the other team and they offset.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:23:00 PM  

@ SS, Anyone but Sperz ;)

"All this game needs in snow"- TK
That would have made the first half entirely unwatchable.

Mark said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:24:00 PM  

Sam Cooke...sounds the same.

Ah, now Jaws on the jock of Ben, Flacco must feel jilted.

Does the braintrust at ESPN plan for Jaws to snuggle up to the schlong of the QB who is winning?

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:27:00 PM  

@Mark, Tottenham is going down!

Snow games make everything fun!


Oops, Tirico screws up.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:27:00 PM  

First Favre reference by Tony!! I'm amazed it took so long!

Jay said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

FARVE MENTION!

You have to know who you are...

Goddamn Tony, you use yer mouth purtier than a twenny dollar hoor!

He muss be a sportswriter type of a guy!

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:33:00 PM  

And Buckhalter is stopped again! What a horrible playcall by Andy Re....oh it's the Steelers.


Pennsylvania football may want to think about that whole goal line situation thing.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:33:00 PM  

Was that Deepak Chopra?

No, that was Ray Lewis.

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:35:00 PM  

This cart driver guy should get a pay raise.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:39:00 PM  

The last thing this game needs is OT.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:41:00 PM  

Bo Jackson just runs over Brian Bosworth.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:43:00 PM  

Time for a WTF Pick-Six!

NHZ said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:48:00 PM  

Man, Jaws' mouth about Cam Cameron is more flowery than a dozen roses.

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:49:00 PM  

Tony Kornheiser still makes me want to throw my tv out the window. Then walk down and hit it with a sledgehammer. And burn it.

alex said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:49:00 PM  

Could you then let me dump a beer on it?

I know it would be wasting it, but I would love to dump a beer on Tony in any way I could.

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:55:00 PM  

"He could be a legend." - Tony Kornheiser

It's the 3rd game Tony.

ssreporters said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:55:00 PM  

Fuck, fuck, fuck. Overtime.

Sep 29, 2008, 11:56:00 PM  

Unlimited overtime Tony?

Man, he just has diarrhea of the mouth, and face.

hollywood wags said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:57:00 PM  

Keep on truckin', AA!

Jay said...
Sep 29, 2008, 11:59:00 PM  

Shoot the ref, he's making this take longer.

NHZ said...
Sep 30, 2008, 12:01:00 AM  

These refs are pissing me off.....I'm calling it a night.

ssreporters said...
Sep 30, 2008, 12:01:00 AM  

What a monumental second fourth quarter.

alex said...
Sep 30, 2008, 12:01:00 AM  

Man, I was just saying, I need more TO news.

hollywood wags said...
Sep 30, 2008, 12:02:00 AM  

Have you ever seen more flags thrown on a single play?

NHZ said...
Sep 30, 2008, 12:05:00 AM  

Damn Tirico! You opened the door for Korny to talk about Brett Favre again.

alex said...
Sep 30, 2008, 12:07:00 AM  

Is it still a chop block if no one touches the defender??

Jay said...
Sep 30, 2008, 12:08:00 AM  

Time for Big Ben to throw a Pick Six.

/I totally did not bet on this game.

NHZ said...
Sep 30, 2008, 12:10:00 AM  

@nhz, but the spread was Pitt -5.5 so a Ravens TD has no effect on betting results.

Jay said...
Sep 30, 2008, 12:14:00 AM  

;) Yeah I know, I just kinda dislike Big Ben.

NHZ said...
Sep 30, 2008, 12:15:00 AM  

Wow, you can't get any closer without hitting the upright.

alex said...
Sep 30, 2008, 12:18:00 AM  

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