Friday, October 26, 2007

Playing the Steelers is a Game for “Big-Boy Pads”? What NFL Game Isn’t?

On Bengals.com, Cincinnati defensive tackle John Thornton had this to say about Sunday’s game with the Steelers:
“We have to put on our big-boy pads. Two different teams. We run a no-huddle offense, they don't. We rely on turnovers defensively. They want to make you stop them. So we're going to have to put on our big boy pads this week and play big.”


Bengals.com
also previews key matchups for Sunday’s game.

It looks like Steelers’ defensive end Aaron Smith will miss the game, but so will the Bengals’ venerable right offensive tackle Willie Anderson, against whom Smith would be matched. Smith has played in 117 straight games, by the way. If Smith doesn’t play, he will be replaced by Nick Eason, a fifth-year journeyman making his fourth career start. Anderson will be replaced at right tackle by Stacey Andrews, who will make his second career start at right tackle. So, it will be Eason vs. Andrews. Clash of the titans. A matchup for Big Boy Pads.

Nice of Willie Anderson to graciously compliment Aaron Smith:

“He's definitely a great, underrated player in this league,” said Anderson, who first played against Smith in Smith's rookie year of 1999. “Year in and year out he gets my Pro Bowl vote. He doesn't have the huge numbers the so-called ends have, but Aaron is one of the best in the business in my opinion.”

Who dey say dey gon’ beat dem Bengals? The people in Cincy are optimistic. Losers.

Non-football stuff ...

  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu was in Pittsburgh yesterday and was conferred an joint honorary doctorate by CMU and Pitt. The Post-Gazette has this report on his visit to the stately Calvary Episcopal Church in Shadyside (great choir, by the way). The honorary degree was nice, but it was overshadowed, greatly, by what he had to say:

"Injustice and oppression isn't just evil, which it is.
It's not just painful, which it certainly is for the victim.
It's like spitting in the face of God."

  • What was that you were saying, Bishop Tutu?

10 comments:

Cotter said...

I also enjoyed Carson Palmer's quote about Steeler fans - "When they come here, it seems like they have just as many fans as we do in the stadium...There will be a bunch of their fans here, and they're loud, extremely loud. Normally you don't hear the opposing team in our stadium."

As for the state of the world - 10 bucks says we do take Iran 1st. After all, isn't that where all the oil is? Don't mind me President Bush, I'll just be refilling my gas tank for $80...

Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls said...

Y’know, Cotter, you’ve got a point there about the price of gas. Expect it to go up, fast, by a lot. Just yesterday, shortly after the announcement of the sanctions against Iran, the price of oil went over $90 a barrel for the first time. Oil closed at $90.46 Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Carson Palmer's a pussy.

Anonymous said...

Were you lucky enough to be in the audience when Archbishop Tutu spoke?

Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls said...

Anonymous:
Regrettably, I was unable to attend the service at which Archbishop Tutu spoke. A damn thing called "work" keeps gettig in the way.

Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls said...

"getting"

Anonymous said...

Got it!

Sarah said...

Bishop Tutu also said God embraces all, "George Bush, bin Laden, Israeli, Palestinian...all." So I guess that makes, in Bush's mind, Desmond Tutu enemy #1. Tutu was recently called an anti-Semite for questioning Israel's policies on the West Bank. How ridiculous life is...how ridiculous is our president.

Anonymous said...

Life may be ridiculous, as is our president. But I thank God every day I'm still here. I also thank God I live in this ridiculous counrty.

Anonymous said...

sorry,Country.

Joey Porter’s Pit Bulls said...

Sho'nuff.