August 8, 2007

If A Tree Falls In The Woods...


It's Wednesday...which begs the question, is it still appropriate to be talking about a game that happened this past Sunday? But more importantly, do I care whether it is or not? Nope, definitely don't!

So yeah, I've read in a couple of places that, you know, that was just like, a preseason game or something. Sure it was, but just because it was a preseason game, that doesn't mean we wanted to lose, or worse, lose in the fashion the Saints lost in. Let's face it, preseason or not, those few downs Ben played preliminarily addressed some questions we've all had since last season. Plus, we won in dominating fashion. Sure, the starters didn't play too much, but even when they did, we showed everyone that we're for real.

However, the flip side of that is that it was a PRESEASON game and that you can't extrapolate the results of one meaningless game to try and apply them in projecting regular season success. So Steeler fans, temper your enthusiasm, but definitely get AMPED!

A few notes/observations - Domski, you know, that asshole who comments on my blog from time to time (and is also a lifelong friend), recently went to training camp to check out the Steelers as they continue to prepare for what we all hope will be an uber-successful 2007 season and he had the following to tell me -

- William Gay is the real deal. Domski said on one play, he slipped and got beat, but instead of giving up, kind of "crawled" after the receiver (who also slipped) and then when the ball was thrown, jumped about 4 ft in the air in front of the receiver for the interception. This kid is BALLS. Kudos to the Steelers for potentially finding a gem.

- Casey Hampton is a big dude. Domski said he looked like a turtle...kind of waddled. Guess they don't call him "Big Snack" for nothing. I'll bet he eats at least 15 Snickers bar when hunger strikes...

- Woodley is also a big dude. Domski said the jersey they got him in just doesn't fit (and that's not because it's a practice jersey). The man really is a beast...and looks like it on every play. Which raises the question - even if James Harrison is healthy, do we try him in the starting role? My inclination is still no, that he needs time, but his play is definitely showing he has the potential.

- Big Ben seems to have lost some weight. Domski said he looks healthy, athletic and poised. Plus, he seems to be relishing his role as leader of the team this year. Not like any of that surprises me, but still good to note.

- The solid play of Anthony Smith and Ryan Clark has allowed/will allow us to utilize Troy Polamalu even more effectively in his role as the omni-present threat. They've really stepped up and instilled confidence that they are ready to wreak havoc on opponents. Glad to hear it, now the million dollar question - which one starts?

That's it on meaningful thoughts for today, but here's some random news of note for yinz, cause I'm handy like that:

  • Timmons seeking second opinion on groin injury - I got the Dr.'s orders for you Lawrence - Vagisil (Joking)...but seriously, he probably shouldn't go to a Dr. in Philadelphia unless he wants to be prescribed Brian Westbrook, they really love that guy I hear...

  • "No Shortage of Steelers 'Stuff'" ~ When do you suppose I can expect them to make me a Steelers Onesie?

  • Faneca being counted among the injured ~ Stated complication = "Shoulder difficulties." Real cause = Bruised ego...Also, notice in that article that the Steelers will soon be revealing their much-anticipated "no-huddle" offense...

  • That Bill Cowher looking mascot thing finally has a name...besides "That Bill Cowher looking mascot" - It's Steelly McBeam, an equally stupid name for a stupid mascot. I'm sorry but this is not what I'd call a cool mascot...maybe we should try cheerleaders.

  • I guess it's true, you learn something new everyday, just ask Brady Quinn...

  • Carey Davis makes "The News"...

  • I'd pretty much say this question (#8) has been answered...and the answer is MIKE TOMLIN.

  • Eric Steinbach injured...It's a good day to be Brady Quinn, huh?

2 comments:

Black&Gold Girl said...

It was one of the best days of my life when I watched Brady Quinn fall to 22. And though I don't like the Browns, I feel bad for them that they took him. Did anyone see his tape? The guy sucks. Maybe Romeo is getting a little senile. The only good thing is it helps ensure 2 guaranteed victories every year.

Cotter said...

Yeah, tell me about it. I was actually at the draft (which means nothing and if you're ever thinking of going, forget it, giant waste of time) and while I wasn't exactly surprised, you had to kind of just laugh.

Too much hype around him. I don't think he was ever a top 10 pick. Put it this way, if Charlie Weiss never goes to Notre Dame, is Quinn ever even in the running for the Heisman or does he even get two looks? I can't say for sure...