September 7, 2008

This Is A Call...


Once you've finished watching the pregame show and outtake reel, make sure you get in on the action right here with none other than Tobiathan himself...who promises to leave Byron Leftwich alone...for today.

Here we go Steelers!!!

/we'll be at the bar

90 comments:

Cotter said...

Cotter reporting in! Texas Arizona. Iron City. Nervous as all hell. Let's kick this thing off.

liveblogiathan said...

Woohoo!

Season couldn't get here quick enough.

Here we go...

Cotter said...

Here we go, Steelbiathan, here we go!

tobiathan said...

Txns will rec'v....Skippy kicks it off, and: IT's ON!......ST tackles at 20....weak coverage on TXN pass left, just over 1st line....TP makes solid tkl on swng pass R, no gain....decent slant pass, Farrior failed to cover on short pass...Slaton goes down w/no gain...Steelers offsides, #51....miss tkl in backfld but no gain by Slaton....3d/3...good stop by Deshea on shrt pass....Txns go on 4/1...make 1st......NO-din't get 1st!..T/O on downs by Txns....

Cotter said...

Big stop! Hell yeah!

tbn said...

Steel defense looks a liul loose on first series but tightens up on late downs....

Ty Carter in on 4th dn stop....now zebras reviewing call.....wtf??...

domski43 said...

i hope they dont challenge that spot....need to generate a better pass rush and/or better secondary play

Tbn said...

Kubiak cries in ref's ear, ref suddenly decides to review AFTER calling it turnover on downs??..BuuuulllllShiiiiiitttttt....

tbn said...

Steelers get ball, ruling stands!...PBH ball!...

tbn said...

Willie goes L for short gain, Mario W w/tkl.....2d/10....quick to Heath over R, 1st dn....Moore in,Ben w/BIG scramble R for 17 yards!......

domski43 said...

nice work d!!!! nice run ben

domski43 said...

texans challenged and lost a timeout

Cotter said...

Santonio!

domski43 said...

willie!!!!

tbn said...

Willie short on R run....2d n 7....WP runs L, gains 4, brks first tkl....Ben quick to Holmes, gain of 5 over mid R......1st n 10....play-fake roll R, short to Hines, gains 7...2d n 4...Willie breaks outside R, beats tklr, scores!!!!.....

domski43 said...

very efficient drive...ben got everyone involved

line is holding up nicely...arians is moving ben around in the pocket on play actions

tbn said...

Skippy seals it w/ a kiss.....

Cotter said...

Here we go, willie!

tbn said...

very good execution on offense, fast-paced, Ben taking short passes, not looking for long ball every play as in past..O-line doing good job, but not forced to hold defense too long this series...smart rotation of RBs Moore and Parker, Willie fresh for break outside TD...

domski43 said...

randy cross is a d-bag

tbn said...

Hines sealed CB on TD run....Touchback on Skippy's KO....

tbn said...

Cross IS a d-bag, but at least he ain't Dier-dork!

Cotter said...

Randy Cross > Phil Simms

domski43 said...

lamaarr!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shaub hurt again? surprising

farrior gets the sack! did anyone see silverback get taken down? he would have had the sack

in other news: brady is hurt!

tbn said...

Good pressure by D-line, broke down pocket, frced unnatural throw by Schaub...2d n 10...Def gives up 7 yrd gain by Slaton(WVU!!), look weak in Off-Tkl run game...3d n 3...short throw for 1st to R side....1st n 10.....Txns burn Steeler DBs on rollout R, Schuab sets up deep pass to Johnson...1st n 10/Ptb 40....Woodley w/hammering SACK!, breaks rhythm of Txns....2d n 19, Green regain 8 yds on run R...

Gamebreak- King Brady is hurt in Patriots game!!!!

3d n 11....SACK by Farrior!.. no-call on holding agnst Silveerback....punt- Moore Fair Catch...

Cotter said...

Tom Brady injured!

tbn said...

Yeah-SB got robbed...#76 frikkin tackled him in front of a zebra...luckily Farrior still got the sack....our LBs are starting to own the Txn linemen...

domski43 said...

in fantasy new: michael turner has 117 yards and 2 tds!!!!!!!!!

tbn said...

1st n 10, HUGE play-action roll-out R by Ben to Hines, off-setting penalties cancel out 76-yard gain by Hines....call was Bullshit, LB for Txns nowhere near Hines....1st n 10 Txn 24...WP runs L, short gain by Willie...2d n 8/Tx 26...12 yd pass to Heath L, 1st dn!....Ben avoids sack, throws it away...2d n 10/Pit 27...Hines catches 29-yard slant over middle, no BS calls to erase this gain...

domski43 said...

in shitty news: tom brady is back in

tbn said...

***Last post got screwed up by ridiculous call of off-setting penalties by refs...long PA pass erased, not in Txn territory till later in drive...

domski43 said...

actually, i the last statement is wrong...brady is questionable

domski43 said...

matt cassell is in

domski43 said...

gotta get this running game going...is it mendenhall time?

domski43 said...

santonio must have caught mendenhall's fumbling disease

tbn said...

First down over mid to Heath, Miller never misses...WP runs short R....2d n 9/txn 23...Willie no gain....Randy Cross wants to sleep w/Mario Williams...3d n 8...Ben to Holmes, ball strpd, out of bounds- Steeler ball(phew!)...Fumbld snp at 11 yd line, 2d down....TOUCHDOWN WILLIE!!!!....draw play L..

domski43 said...

draw play sucks every texans defender in...willie does the rest!!!

tbn said...

Holmes just got stripped Lawrence Taylor-style, hard to hold ball getn hit that hard...we got lucky tho...

Cotter said...

I heart Willie Parker. Its that simple.

tbn said...

Decent cvrge on KO, stopped at 25 of Txns...stop on 3 yd gain by Silverback, SB having good day...2d n 7..SB on stop again, short gain..3d n 4...INT Wooodley, one-handed!!!!!

domski43 said...

lamaarrr!!! sp? who cares! nice interception young man!

tbn said...

Mendy w/1st carry of career, gained 6 on run L...flag on play...facemask/15yds def....PBH back in Redzone....PA fake TD to HINES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

domski43 said...

if mendenhall doesnt get facemasked he hits second level and lowers shoulder on the safety for another 5 yards

nice play action by ben because the focus is on mendenhall....perfectly timed play to find ward in the back of the endzone!!!! ben/hines could execute that route w/ their eyes closed!

tbn said...

gotta love the play-action fake!. Don't know why we dint use it more last year. O-line looking VERY strong, even against decent Txn def line.

Pats STILL scoreless against KC?? Tom Terrific hurt still??Hope so(but not too bad, just enough to keep him out about 16 weeks :-)

domski43 said...

nick eason!?! way to track down the screen pass

domski43 said...

timmons is looking good moving left to right

domski43 said...

polamalu!!!!

tbn said...

Hi floater on KO..some scrapping on STs, luckily no call....swing pass L, D stops after 5-6 yds...gain 7 to Txn 35 after run R, Pit Defense a lil soft...Eason runs down short pas left!, shows good react...2d n 10/35...screen L no gain, Off. PI, backs Tex up...2d n 21....Tx23 yd line...INT Troy on Schaub rollout L!!!!!!!

domski43 said...

shaub looks like garbage

domski43 said...

ok...you have a 21 point lead...you get an interception, then you throw the ball??? Maybe i'm a monday morning qb, but we were just about in field goal range. RUN THE BALL

tbn said...

Ben stripped by behind by M. Williams, big gain by Tex, facemask against WP...big swing against Steelers..WP worked hard to stay w/runner....defense fired up, destroys run attempt, Txns lose 2 yds....2d n 12/Pit 16...no gain on Tx run, Smith w/strong stop, Pit def playing hard...3d n 15 Pit 15...TO Tex..


Defense needs big stop here...if Texns score could let them back in game...Marvel Smith's man(M. Williams) was responsible for sacking/stripping Ben on TO play...Ben never saw him coming. Could have gotten rid of ball faster, but really just excellent play by Williams and terrible coverage by Smith...

domski43 said...

timmons is looking smooth

tbn said...

3d n 15 on Pit 17 yard...excellent coverage and tackle by Timmons on flats pass L, 4th down...good defense...Tx try FG...Brown makes FG...no shutout, oh well....

tbn said...

4:29/2d qtr....Brown to KO...Mendy with decent return(26 yds) on deep KO....so far only Tex offense has been fumble return by their LB Ryans....WP runs for 2 yds....2d n 8/Pit 34.......Willie fights up to 40 in mid run....3d n 2...Ben stuffed by M. Williams again...Marvel's getting beat bad.....Berger punts, no return....44 yd punt...

domski43 said...

2 runs work in a row...then we go pass on 3rd and 2? dont get cute when you are up 21-3...run game + game clock is key to the rest of this game

tbn said...

Give up 4 yds on short mid pass....2d n 6/Tex32...mid slant caught for first, 10 yd gain...Texns driving w/2 consecutive passes....

tbn said...

I hope Tomlin doesn't go into "prevent/kill-clock" mode like The Chin used to once he got up on a team. Wanna see our guys destroy teams this year!.

Marvel needs some frikkin help with Mario Williams. That guy's a monster!

tbn said...

1st n 10 on Houst 43...Ike stops pass play L after short gain...good pressure by def, Schaub throws ball away...several cases of obvious holding not called...3d n 5/48....Deshea w/nice defense of hard pass over mid...punt team coming up....1:45 remng...52yd punt, touchback....

domski43 said...

still cant get run game going...not worried about ben, he is always shaken up

its time to let mendenhall get some carries

tbn said...

start at our 20...Willie gains 3 up mid...another mid dive by Willie...offense not showing much, Hstn calls TO....nice quick pass R to Hines for first...Okoye goes after Ben's knee after throw....Willie spins but gains one...end of half...

Defenders should be penalized for going after a knees after a throw. I know Kimo Von did it against Stinkinnati in '05, but still....

domski43 said...

flashback to cowher days....running the rock, run the clock

tbn said...

Now's when i'd like to see the 2-headed RB monster...

Announcers talking about Leftwich going in...i doubt it...

Ben comes in on 1st down....Willie w/awesome spin move for 12 yd. gain!...1st dn....Willie spins again and gains 9 in the middle, almost a draw..2d n short Willie drives hard on L side for 1st dn....17 for 74 for Willie...Parker gains 4, flag...def. holding, auto 1st dn...
Mends gets inside 30 w/6yd run...2d n 4...long drive, all run...pitch to Mends L, fights for 9yd gain!....WP runs R for 2-3 yds from Tex 20 yd. line....Cary Davis runs to 5 yd line! on R run....1st n goal at 6.... shotgun draw to Willie, short gain in mid...TD WILLIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

domski43 said...

willie w/ 3tds!!!! last year he only had 2

fantasy stats!

domski43 said...

own that line of scrimmage!

tbn said...

Marvel making up for sacks by getting great downfield blocks during runs.....

Extra point good, of course!

Excellent long drive. Only 1 pass play. Over 6 minutes off clock.

domski43 said...

donovan woods is showing up as an mvp for the steelers special teams

runner up = william gay

tbn said...

Nice ST stop by Donovan Woods(who?)....Txns on their own 15....

NOTE: Tom Brady knee injury appears to be serious...no word on his condition still...might be out a while. Steelers fans smile, but wish him a good recovery after season:-)

Def allows 5 yd gain on pass....2d n 5 from own 20 for Txns...no gain on run....3d down...Ike makes good defense of ball...flag on offense, declined...punt upcoming....

domski43 said...

i feel much more comfortable w/ m. moore returning kicks.

great play by taylor to get a finger in (outstretched) to knock that ball away from Johnson.

tbn said...

Long punt, Moore down at 25....1 yd gain by Willie..PA fake, pass R to Spaeth for good gain, 2d down n short...WP runs R for 1st down....another PA fake, pass L to Hines, gains about 5...2d n 8...Willie w/ big run R, 1st down for Willie, 24 carries/104 yds.....Willie breaks big over right side, wide open run....138 yds for Willie...Mendy runs inside for about 3....2d n 8....4:41 off clock...Mendy spins for 5 yd gain....3d n 5....inside RedZone...TD Hines!!!!!!!

domski43 said...

pitch and catch baby!! the steelers look like a well oiled machine

domski43 said...

marvel smith's back looks fine, he held his own on a bull rush from mario williams...resulting in ward's td

tbn said...

Skippy nails anothe extra point....a beuatiful opening day for Steeler fans today!!!!!!...35-3 Pit...ST stops return at 25ish...

Brett Keisel dancing on sidelines..pass complete for 1st dn, looks like 2d team defense in...Leftwich warming up....Silverback FINALLY beats a hold for a sack!!

tbn said...

2d team defense gets beat inside on longish run...somebody down on field....moron commentators not saying who....looks like a Steeler..

tbn said...

#25 Pit(?) walks off field...defense stops run L after 3 yd run....end of 3d...

tbn said...

incomplete pass R...3d n 7....at 50 yd. line...heavy pressure on QB, another incomplete pass...113 total yards for Houston all day....

Lord Byron enters game on this series....

domski43 said...

ryan clark is hurt, but walks off field under his own strength

tbn said...

Aha...i knew 25 looked familiar, but i couldn't place him...he din't look too bad...

tbn said...

Leftwich in game now, i'm gonna revert to just noting highlights...

Byron still gunning ball too hard, overthrows by a mile for 3d down...

Commentators make good point about the benefits of having a guy like Leftwich throwing balls in practice...maybe that's why we INT'd 2 balls today instead of dropping them? Are the DBs better-prepared for hard throws from defending against Leftwich in practice?

Not many teams have such an experienced backup to practice against...

domski43 said...

tobiathan, cotter just sent me a text message to say that he is having technical difficulties

domski43 said...

well, looks like clark is healthy..he just put his helmet in the rb's stomach and gave him a complete takedown..NASTY!

tbn said...

2d team defense, some starters still in...Hou putting drive together...Clark, back from injury, makes big tackle...Clark flagged for PI two plays later, on goal line...Keisel shows awesome speed, agility on covering swing pass R, makes tkl...defense gives up TD, mostly 2d string guys, w/ a few starters mixed in...

tbn said...

Doms-

what kind of technical difficulties? i wondered why he dropped out, but thought mebbe he's just a wee bit drunkish....?

domski43 said...

he uses a blackberry (probably not getting a good signal)

/or drunk!

tbn said...

Mid-way thru fourth Lord Byron threw long, hard strike to Nate. Nate got hands-on, but couldn't hold on....ball went 55 yards in the air w/nice spiral...not much touch on the pass tho...still, Nate shoulda had it...


Not sure if they showed the punt..i missed it..defense out again...1st team Hou offense still on field against mostly 2d Pit def....sack and fumble by Silverback...Woodley recovers...

Silverback w/2 sacks, Woodley w/2 sacks, fumble recovery, INT

Lefty still drilling ball too damn hard, causing incompletions...FG..Skippy nails it..

tbn said...

Doms...lol-Cotter's prolly dronk...

tbn said...

Doms...lol-Cotter's prolly dronk...

tbn said...

Now Cotter probly thinks he's seeing double with my double post..haha...

Can't he find the buttons on his Crackberry?

tbn said...

Houston's driving...against our backups..lol

Uhh....touchdown run by Schaub...they're coming back...except, there's only a minute and a half left..making it look closer than it really was...

that's it, kneel-downs will close it out...

domski43 said...

no reception in nyc?? i think they get the interweb there

tobiathan said...

Somebody get Cotter off the floor, huh?

I'm out