Let's assume Rex Ryan, blowhard, foot fetishist and head coach of the new yak jets, and his merry band of football-playing rapscallions, lose in Indianapolis this weekend.
The Steelers then would host the Colts the following Saturday, 4.m., at Heinz Field.
We can count on Peyton Manning to do his annual (perennial?) post-season choke.
Let's assume, too, the Ravens (fuhget about the K.C. Griefs) and Patriots beat each other to a bloody pulp that same weekend of Jan. 16/17.
Whoever wins that bloodbtath, Steelers Nation has have cause for cautious optimism. Either we get the Ravens here, and beat them to advance to the Super Bowl, or we go to Foxboro and beat the bruised yet over-confident Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl -- and win it.
Hey, a pit bull can dream, can't he?
It's better than living in Cleveland.
It must be depressing to be a Cleveland Browns fan, blogger or even a mainstream-media guy like longtime reporter/columnist Terry Pluto, who offered this bleak assessment of the Clowns following Sunday's blowout at the hands of the Steelers.
Before we totally dismiss the Steelers' win over the Clowns, it's worth noting the Cleveland defense was the only one in the NFL, entering Sunday's game, to have yet surrendered as many as 30 points in a game. That's pretty impressive.
The Steelers scored 31 points by halftime.
Before the Browns fired Eric Mangini yesterday, the NFL Network aired an amusing exchange between roundtable-discussion panelists Steve Mariucci and Deion Sanders:
- Mariucci (tentatively): "I dunno, Prime, I think the Browns might keep Eric Mangini."
- Sanders (incredulously): "Are you serious?! Did you see that game plan on Sunday?!! He walked into that game, with his job on the line with that game plan?!! Forty-one to nine!!! Kick a field on fourth-and-goal from the three??? Get real, my man. Mangini's gone, and he should be!!!"
Considering the emergence of the Steelers' young receiving corps, somebody deserves some credit for their development. Good draft choices, all, Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown, so the coaches and scouts deserve credit for talent-evaluation and drafting. The veteran wide receivers (Hines Ward, Antwaan Randle-el and, for all we know, Arnaz Battle) deserve credit, too, presumably, for tutelage -- for showing these young fellas the importance of blocking, running the right routes, what it takes to succeed in the NFL, and what it means to be a Pittsburgh Steeler. Credit the young fellas themselves. They've been terrific. And, last but not least, kudos to Scottie Montgomery, the Steelers' first-year wide receivers coach, for mentoring those young receivers and helping them to develop. He must be doing something right.
In case you haven't noticed, the Steelers have won six of their past seven games, so they've built some momentum entering the playoffs. And they should have beaten the Jets, who have lost three of their past five and whose quarterback has thrown just one touchdown in their last five games.
The Jets aren't going to beat the Colts.
The Steelers will beat the Colts.
Then the Patriots (or Ravens).
And then whatever team they face in the Super Bowl.
That's it, Fort Pitt.