Sunday, October 05, 2008
Hopefully, those kicks above might give MJD some more speed on the field if he puts them on. The Jags could use it. Reed kicks it to Witherspoon, who's out to the 29-yard line. Garrard throws to Taylor underneath for five. A pass to Mike Walker at the 50 yard line earns a 1st down, while John talks about "exotic blitzing-style defenses" again.
Jags victimized once again by a holding flag on a third down play that might have gottten a "go for it" call from Del Rio. Garrard gets walloped by Lamar Woodley, and the Jags will have to punt. Mewelde Moore makes the fair catch.
"He wears a Superman shirt under his jersey." - John, on MJD (via 49er16)
If that's true, then the Steeler D is kryptonite right now. Pitt goes three and out, Jags get it at the 24 yard line. We get Lynyrd Skynyrd for bump music, since they're from that particular part of Florida (or somewhere close.)
BASEBALL UPDATE; 4-4, top of the 7th in Boston.
Garrard hits Walker for 13 to the 37. Silky then runs out and slides just before the first down at midfield. 3rd and ! requires a good, strong rush....and MJD gets stuffed before the marker.
"When you see that hair in the pile, you know Troy Polamalu is in on the tackle." - Al
Jack Of The River is going for it -- and it's a fake and throw to the fullback Greg Jones, who gets a first and a few extra before getting flipped in the air. Ball at Pitt 37. Three-hard luck plays, and it's 4th and 6 -- going for it again. Thrown, deflected, incomplete. Steelers have it at their own 39 to start.
MJD's got an ankle sprain after a bunch of Steeler fell on it. Pitt on a 3rd and 12, and DOWN GOES THE GLOVE. Reggie Hayward and Quentin Groves sack Roethlisberger, and it's 4th down. Berger punts to Witherspoon, who gets nailed when he catches the bouncer.
Garrard to Walker for nine yards at the Jax 33, Taylor gets a first on the next play. Garrard to Walker once again, this time at the Pitt 35 or so for 32 yards. Taylor gets nothing on the carry, plus a holding penalty on the O-line.
"And the Steelers go, 'Oh, now you call holding. Where was that last January?'" - Al, as the third quarter ends.
MJD gets a few yards on a short screen pass to start the quarter. Next play is an incomplete pass, but it gets a roughing penalty on Ryan Clark for decking Matt Jones helmet-to-helmet. On first down, Garrard fires a bullet to Marcedes Lewis for the TOUCHDOWN. Scobee's kick is up and good, 21-20, Jags.
Pitt starts at its own 18, and the Glove is sacked again, this time by Paul Spicer. Glove to Holmes at the 21 on the next play. He throws it incomplete on 3rd down, but there's a flag -- holding on Jacksonville, and it bails out the Steelers again. Moore gets out to the 39 on the next carry. But the next three plays go nowhere. Berger punts, Witherspoon calls for a fair catch at the 14.
"That's four booms." - John, as the Glove gets hit
"They got him turned every which way." - Al
Ryan Clark was just knocking the coke off Matt Jones lips. - 49er16
"With that fried alligator you need about six Johnnie Walkers. But that's for another day." - Al
Al, "AA" doesn't just stand for Awful Announcing. - Mal
The Jags are now getting the help of flags from the Steelers -- a roughing-the-passer call that rpobably shouldn't have been just got flagged. Woodley sacks Garrard on the next play. MJD gets 2, and it's 3rd and 20. Walker catches the pass, but it's short of the 1st down by about three yards.
Pitt starts at the 20 after the touchback on the punt.
Did Al Michaels really just give us a hockey reference? - JFein
Of course Mr. "Do You Believe In Miracles?" would give us hockey references. The Glove slips out of the hands of the Jags defenders, and then throws 15 yards to Mr. 57 (Hines Ward). Moore for a carry, Glove to Miller, now 3rd and 4. Nate Washington hauls in the pass for a first down, and an unsportsmanlike call on Washington takes 15 of those yards away. Moore sweeps out, around, and back to the J'ville 33. On 3rd and 8, the Glove escapes and hits Mr. 57 again inside the 20, but he's rolling in pain.
That shoulder's bugging him again after that hit. Russell rushes up to the 13. The Glove throws to the back of the end zone, and it's the two minute warning with a 3rd and 5 coming up.
"It's a jail break blitz." - Al
Pretty appropriate considering it was the Jags. - Mal
God, I think the Glove is going to be declared legally dead by week 9. - Rob in WI
The Glove hits Mr. 57 on the fade for the TOUCHDOWN!, 26-21, Steelers, and Mike Tomlin wants to go for two -- but the replay booth wants to review it first. Call upheld. Steelers get flagged for delay of game, and the Glove and Tomlin are furious at the refs. Jacksonville needs a touchdown.
"You know, if they do another Iron Man, which was a great movie, forget Robert Downey Jr. Get Ben Roethlsiberger to do it." - Al
"This 2 pt conversion is not that important." - Al
What? A TD now beats the Steelers, Al. Is Al playing with a concussion tonight? - Mal
He should have been out with a head.
Jax starts at the 26, Garrard goes incomplete to Walker. Short one to MJD, and the 3rd down pass is dropped by Walker. 4th and 9 with 1:15 to go. Garrard hits the White Pony, and he gets the first by stretching like he saw a fresh line on the ground.
Jags blow their second time out after a Garrard run, which Del Rio didn't really want, I think. Then, Garrard gets sacked, loses the ball, and recovers it at the 33. Jags have to blow their final time out now. The White Pony can't bring in the next pass. 4th down, and it's batted down by the Steelers. That should do it for this game.
The final score's going to be 26-21, Steelers, as soon as the Glove takes a knee. Thanks for joining me, and see you next week!