November 29, 2005

We Need Some Immaculate Perception

ON NIGHTS LIKE THIS, being a Pittsburgh Steelers fan can be really, really tough.

Perhaps one of the greatest maladies with which Steelers fans must deal is the constant urge to scream at the television, because the Steelers’ playcalling is both transparent and stupidly repetitive. I’m sorry, but if even I can predict when Pittsburgh’s going to run, it’s time to mix things up a bit. And when the running game isn’t working, it’s time to start passing. If John Madden* can figure this out, Bill Cowher should as well. It also might have been a good idea to do more long passing earlier in the game.

That said, I’m not going to deny that if Pittsburgh had recovered their surprise onside kick at the start of the second half, I would be writing that Coach Cowher was a genius and a wonder. Unfortunately, the evil Indianapolis Colts recovered it and went on to run roughshod over Pittsburgh for the entire second half, eventually winning 26-7.

Not. Extreme.

However, I must admit the Colts really put on a fine show during the game, and if they keep that up through the playoffs the team will earn Super Bowl rings. They pretty much stopped Pittsburgh’s offense (except for that one touchdown) and, except for Troy Polamalu's interception, ran holes through Pittsburgh’s defense too. Pittsburgh was outplayed and outmanned and outrun, and it hurt to watch.

So I’d like to congratulate Colts coach Tony Dungy and wide receiver Marvin Harrison and linebacker Cato June on their victory. Even though the Colts play in a weather-proof dome, which to any real football fan is abomination and heresy, and indicative of the Dolts' eternal lameness. Still, it was a victory -- and heck, I’d even like to congratulate that annoying squeaky-clean do-gooder quarterback of theirs.

Whatever his name is.

D-caf. I need to switch to D-caf.

* For non-football fans: John “Coach Obvious” Madden, one-time coach of the evil Oakland Raiders, is now an announcer. He’s kind of like football’s Yogi Berra, generally because football doesn’t have a Yogi Berra. At least not one whom I know about.

Posted by Benjamin Kepple at November 29, 2005 12:28 AM | TrackBack

Yes, Coach Cowher's play calling is terrible and last night seemed designed to avoid any chance of a Steeler victory. It was very obvious, very early that some passing on first down was required if we were to loosen up the stout Colts defense. But it was also clear that last night the Colts were the better team and destined for the win, even if a more imaginative Steeler game plan had been in evidence. Now we badly need a win over the Bengals Sunday to maintain any decent hopes for good positioning in the playoffs. It also looks like we need to take major steps to upgrade the running game for 2006 since apparantly we are going to continue relying on it despite having the nucleus of a potentially very strong passing attack with Big Ben and a strong corps of receivers. Sometimes it is just not easy being a football fan but someday we will get that "one for the thumb"!!!

Posted by: Swammi in Solon at November 29, 2005 08:56 AM

Things could be worse.

You could have been a Giants fan who watched their kicker choke three times in a row before losing to the @#$% Seahawks.

Posted by: Josh at November 29, 2005 09:30 PM