Sunday, September 14, 2008
Derek Anderson is tall, but you already knew that.
Rashard Mendenhall (first time we've seen him all day) returns the kickoff to around the 23. Parker gets a first down at the 33. Next play is negated thanks to holding on Heath Miller, and they'll be backing up 10 yards. Parker gets 5 on first and 20. The Glove is smothered by Shaun Rogers.
"That's what they were worried about with Ben Roethlisberger, Big Baby doing a belly-flop on him." - JM
You all are noting that Al and John are very fond of the word "penetration" tonight, more so than most announcers are during football telecasts. Something on the brain, lads?
Budweiser American Ale: Fancier piss water is still piss water.
The Glove hits Miller six yards short, and on comes the punt team. Cribbs gets dropped at the 17 of Cleveland on the return. Five yards for Lewis; Winslow gets hit and the ball goes through his hands on the next pass. He makes up for it with a catch on the next play, but he's short of the first down. Zastudil punts it off to Moore again, and it appears Moore touched it as the Browns fall on it.
The refs are saying he did not, and it looks like Moore whiffed on the catch.
I don't know anyone who listens to Daft Punk that would be caught dead in a Lincoln.
I don't recal Shaun Rogers ever being called Big Baby before tonight... I think Glen Davis should sue for name infringement. - Rob in WI
The Glove hits Santonio for a massive catch downfield, beating the Cleveland secondary like a red-headed step-child. 3rd and 4 at the Cleveland 29 -- incomplete to Santonio. Jeff Reed is lining up a 48-yard FG -- right down the middle, 10-0 Steelers.
And the Browns are either going to have to stop this offensive ineptitude or be a lovely 0-2 to start soon. Cribbs takes a knee on the return. Eight yards on first down, and Jamal Lewis gets the first on 2nd down. Horse Balls to the Soldier for 7 more. Jerome Harrison gets a couple on the next carry. Lewis pounds in for another move of the chains. Balls to Soldier again, and they get a roughing the quarterback against Woodley to tack on to this -- so the Browns will be at the Pittsburgh 34. Balls hits Braylon for another first down inside the 20.
"You talk about a guy who doesn't care about his body." Is Paul Maguire in the booth? - Anon
"Winslow just makes like a basketball player... and out body positions him" - JM
The best part was the pause in the middle, as he was about to Biff Tannen that analogy. - Rob in WI
Just call this boring game off and have Kellen Winslow and Ben Roethlisberger play "Chicken" with their motorcycles. - SSReporters
And we come back to a taunting flag on the Steelers. Is this now a first and goal? Not quite, ball at the 11. Horse Balls tosses to Lewis and gets five yards. Question: if they keep going with an unbalanced line, what's to stop the Steelers from moving all their guys to the other side. Lewis gets stopped up big time on the 2nd down carry, and clearly his last season seems to be an aberration, not a trend.
The Soldier gets flagged for a false start. 3rd down play blows, 4th and 13. FG time.
Oh, and Carlos Zambrano just threw a no-no for hte Cubbies.
Phil Dawson's kick is good. 10-3, Steelers, and we get Green Day for the bump.
How about a Daft Punk break?
Kickoff is fumbled, and the Browns honestly could have had it if they'd just fallen on the ball. As it is, the Steelers will get it inside their own 5 yard line. Parker gets stuffed as they start at the 2 yard line, but The Glove hits Ward for about 30 yards on a line-perfect pass.
"I always thought they should rename that section K-9" - AM referring to the Dawg Pound.
How original. - JG
4th quarter begins. Santonio Holmes gets a first down on the end-around (and good on Al for calling it right instead of a reverse.) Parker gets to midfield on the rush, offsides flag against the Browns. Another flag on his next rush, this one's coming back for offensive holding. The Browns give 5 of them right back on a neutral zone infraction. Screen gets very little. The Glove is feeling the twinge in his shoulder after overthrowing Hines Ward again.
Cribbs brings the punt back up to the 20 yard line.
Sunday Night is Football Night, but it's also Laundry Night. Hope I didn't miss too much in those few plays. Horse Balls scrambles for a few yards past midfield. Anderson goes down and is sacked on the next play. 3rd and 7, and Edwards comes up with the big catch at the Pittsburgh 23. Two straight rushes and a dropped pass from Edwards (with good coverage) leads to the field goal unit.
Dawson's kick is good, 10-6, Steelers.
Al just said Matt Spaeth fair caught a kickoff. Can you fair catch a kickoff? Apparently so. More weird rules: you have to have four guys on one side of the kicker, or it's a penalty. Yeesh.
The Glove rolls out to his right and throws across to hit Miller at midfield. That's a good looking move right there. Parker rushes to the 44 yard line of the Browns.
you think Bill Cower is watching somewhere thinking about the possibility of coaching the Browns next year? - Anon
I'd say Coach Chin is waiting for John Fox to get fired in Carolina (do not be fooled by this 2-0 start of theirs.) The Steelers are trying to run clock, and we've hit the two minute warning.
As Jay noted, I hope you all enjoyed that accidental shot of Willie Parker's ass.
Ugh....get this over with already....sheesh. Steelers turn it over on downs; Browns have a snowball's chance is hell with 20-something seconds left and no time outs. Anderson's first bomb is incomplete. James Harrison and Aaron Smith smack Anderson down for another sack, and the game ends, mercifully. 10-6, Steelers.
See you next week for the Green Bay and Dallas match-up. Hopefully, we get something a bit more compelling.