Monday, September 12, 2011

What went wrong in Baltimore? What DIDN'T go wrong?

Yesterday's game reminded Joey Porter's Pit Bulls of the type of alliterative headline we used to see back in the day ...

"Racing Ray Rice Romps as Rampaging Ravens Rout Steelers"

Are James Harrison, Ike Taylor, Bryant McFadden and Troy Polamalu still injured?  They sure played like it.  Inexplicably, the defense looked "complacent."  That's the word Merril Hoge used this morning on ESPN, and it seems right.

The offense may have been even worse: seven turnovers, multiple miscues, three sacks allowed to Terrell Suggs, blah, blah, blah, ad nauseum.  Let's just blame it on the lack of OTAs and pretend yesterday was the final pre-season game.

Yesterday's fiasco debacle disgrace exhibition in Baltimore reminds me of a friend who went to confession for the first time in years and said, "Tell you what Father, if I tell you all my sins, we'll be here all day.  How 'bout I tell you what I didn't do, and we'll get this over with." 

Yup.  If we talked about everything that went wrong in yesterday's game, we'd be here all day.  It would be easier to review what went right ...

-- Silence -- Blank Screen --Silence -- 

That about sums it up.  It could be worse.  We could be fans of the Seattle Seahawks, who not only are licking their wounds after taking a butt-whupping of their own but now must make a cross-country trip this weekend to to face the ... Pittsburgh Steelers.

Yikes! ... I just looked up from the keyboard to glance at the TV to see Serena Williams sitting at the U.S. Open's post-match press conference.  Honest to Art Rooney, for a flash-second, I thought she was Troy Polamulu in a new Head and Shoulders commercial.

By the way, of course Joey Porter's Pit Bulls are glad the Steelers signed Troy to a contract extension on Saturday.  We never doubted it (much). Dan Rooney has always said he regretted that the Steelers allowed Rod Woodson to depart via free agency.  The Steelers weren't going to let that happen with Troy, and it seemed like he never had any desire to play anywhere else.  

Now, let's hope the Steelers can sign Mike Wallace to a new contract before he departs via free agency in the off-season. It would be awful to see him in a Ravens uniform next season, although after watching yesterday's game, it looks like they don't need him.

As for yesterday's NFL games across our beloved nation, Ben Roethlisberger didn't look much better than Kerry Collins did for the Colts, or Tarvaris Jackson for the Seahawks.  The Steelers, Colts, Chiefs, Seahawks, Falcons -- all playoff teams last year -- all looked atrocious.  Dallas found a way to lose to the Jets in a game they led by 14 points in the fourth quarter.  Cleveland found a way lose at home to the Bungles.  Cam Newton passed for 422 yards, the most by an NFL QB in his debut -- and Carolina still lost.  Should be an interesting football season.

Oh, and Maine almost beat Pitt, Alabama trounced Penn State, and Notre Dame is 0-2 after blowing a last-minute lead at Michigan.  And the Pirates got swept by the Marlins on a day they "trumpeted" a new contract for their toy marionette, yes-man GM, Neil Huntington.

At least the weather's nice.