Tag:Pittsburgh Steelers
Posted on: February 2, 2009 6:19 pm

You Lucked Out Twice Steelers.

It's not debateable this isn't an argument its a fact.

Steelers Super Bowl Championships


Bill Leavy and Terry McAulay should be Hines Ward and Santonio Holmes' co-MVPS as they played aas big of a role in the steeler wins as these players. Who can forget every call going Pittsburghs way in XL (Roethlisberger on goal line, offensive pass interference penalty)etc... and the refereeing was just as badly in favour of the steelers Sunday well until McAulays crew which had to be corrected on REPLAY to overturn their bad calls in favor of Pittsburgh started making obvious make up calls against them. The Refereeing was ATTROCIOUS and severely impacted the outcome of the game. It all started with the awarding of a TD to Roethlisberger on the first drive (as taught in all reffeing clinics SEE THE BALL CROSS THE PLAIN) and continued phantom chop block call on a player who was NOT engaged and saw it coming. The horrendous roughing the passer call combined whit the horrid running into the holder call in which the refs were dying for Pittsburgh to score but they still couldn't put it in. McAulays crew did a horrible job as they tried to take "control" of the game but did it by just throwing yellow all over the field. How was James Harrison not EJECTED???? (I guess punching players isn't an ejection it's just like hockey). Also whatever happened to the celebration rule when Santonio Holmes was obviously using the ball as a prop. Now this isn't to say every one went against Arizona but the vats majority did. Wayne Gandy had a fistful of jersey on every play and could've been penalized even more but honestly why poor refereeing in the Super Bowl. MORE CALLLS AREN'T BETTER CALLS!!!!! This flag happy crew chosen by the NFL wrecked the flow of the game and didn't even call the fouls when they needed to be. Look at last years SUper Bowl there were missed calls ealry but then Mike Carey and Co dissapeared and let them play. Was there holding on Manning's magical escape YES was it called NO was that the right call yes a foul should be called when it gives a certain team a distinct advantage, not too keep the refs busy. It's a shame that BOTH of the Steelers Super Bowls are tainted.

Posted on: February 2, 2009 12:17 am

Kurt Warner Best Super Bowl QB Ever.

Better than Montana, Brady, Bradshaw etc...

Here's why:

In his 3 super bowl games Kurt Warner has given us 3 remarkable performances, he has never had a bad or even average Super Bowl game. Warner's 3 passing totals are most in Super Bowl history and though he only has one super bowl win his TEAMS won or lost the games. While playing for the Rams warner carved up both the Patriots and Titans defenses although the points scored would indicate something different (red zone performance) and today he turned in a masterful performance against what some people were calling the best defense ever or since the first steel curtain. He constantly avoided pressure and when he was called upon he led his team on a scoring drive and put them in a wining situation. Not to mention that he bounced back from his disastrous interception by playing as good a half of football as you can. You'd have to come up with a really good argument to say that he's not even the best PLAYOFF QB ever but we'll leave that for another time. Warner doesn't have the best record of quarterbacks in the Super Bowl based on the facts that he played for a very good but not outstanding Arizona team and 2 very unbalanced St Louis teams. However that does not take away from his individual performances in the Super Bowl. If I'm in the Super Bowl and I can take any quarterback I take Kurt Warner.
Posted on: January 28, 2009 6:29 pm

Super Bowl XLIII Pick

Pittsburgh @ Arizona

The Steelers have had one of the most consistently successful seasons in the NFL. Their vaunted defense led them to an AFC Championship and now to the Super Bowl. In the playoffs the "D" has done their part but don't underrate their offense who have been able to create some big plays. WR Santonio Holmes has had a breakout playoff and "Big" Ben Roethlisberger has been cool and collected in or outside the pocket.

The Cardinals came roaring out of the gate cooled down and are now roaring again. Their always explosive offense has been getting a run for its money this playoffs by their turnover causing defense. QB Kurt Warner and WR Larry Fitzgerald have looked more dominant than even Brady to Moss last year.

On Offense the Steelers have done what is required of them all year long (methodical drives, low on turnovers, control field position). Their much maligned offensive line has improved greatly and haven't been a huge liability in the playoffs as some expected. Willie Parker has his burst back after being sidelined with a variety of injuries and has been able to contribute in the playoffs. Roethlisberger has done a great job being creative and making plays. Wrs Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward are both solid receivers and match up well against the Cards secondary if they are both healthy. TE Heath Miller's impact on Pittsburgh's passing game is very underrated and watch for him to have some key 3rd down conversions in this game. Look for the Cards defense led by Darnell Dockett and Karlos Dansby to stop the run early and force Ben to beat them through the air. This young exuberant group will come out with energy which will be hard for the Steelers to match. Look for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to blanket whichever Pittsburgh receiver he's on.

On Defense the James Harrison and Troy Polamalu led group have been physically beating up opponents but watch for this game to be their hardest test yet. Look for the steelers to try and make Arizona work for everything they get by being physical with receivers and going into some soft zones, don't expect them to come out blitzing like Philadelphia did. Watch for Arizona to exploit Pittsburgh's defense by attacking the seams in their 3-4 alignment. I also expect Arizona to have less balance in their offense than previous games as I expect them to throw early and throw often. Watch for Anquan Boldin to have a bigger game then Larry Fitzgerald does against Pittsburgh because Arizona will throw in the middle a lot against Pittsburgh's zones. Look for Kurt Warner to have a huge day and be very efficient against the Pittsburgh defense.

Arizona is too bad of a matchup for Pitsburgh look for them to jump out to an early lead and make the Pittsburgh offense play catch up where it will start making mistakes.

Arizona 28 Pittsburgh17

Posted on: January 18, 2009 10:35 pm

Sunday Recap

Arizona 32 Philadelphia 25

My Pick: Arizona 27 Philadelphia 23

Larry Fitzgerald WOW! The Cardinals score early and often as I expected and were able to put the Eagles in a deep enough hole that they couldn't get out. I thought offensive co-ordinator Todd Haley became a little too conservative in the second half but they managed to get the job done. The Arizona defense played fairly well but looked really discouraged and fatigued in the 3rd quarter. On the Eagles side they just couldn't match the intensity of the Cards in the first half which is understandable but their defense which has received much praise for its play lately really couldn't stop the Cards offense. The 1st drive was extremely disappointing as Arizona just passed and ran the ball right down the field. Much of the blame will be put on Mcnabb but he played quite well. The reason the Eagles "O" couldn't be consistent was because of their lack of a running game not McNabb's errant throws which was all that the Fox commentary crew talked about. The latest big argument seems to be whether McNabb n Warner belong in the hall of fame THEY BOTH DO! People will say McNabb hasn't won the big one but you have to be a big game Qb to reach 5 NFC championships its unfortunate the pieces have never come together for him

Pittsburgh 23 Baltimore 14

My Pick: Pittsburgh 30 Baltimore 13

Game pretty much went as I had expected other than I expected Willie Parker to have a bigger game after Chris Johnson's performance last week. Roethlisberger did a great job of buying time and did especially well considering Hines Ward couldn't go. As for Baltimore it was a magical run but Joe Flacco just couldn't do it. Maybe this is the end of this Ravens era led by Lewis and Co... Time for the Flacco era this guy is a special player. Last but not least all the best to McGahee and his family hope hes OK. For everyone who said I was crazy maybe i was but in the end I was only 8 points off (imagine if Ward had played)

Cards vs Steelers looking forward to it!

Posted on: January 14, 2009 10:53 pm

AFC Championship Pick

Baltimore @ Pittsburgh

The Ravens seem to be the cat with 9 lives in these playoffs, they didn't convincingly beat the Dolphins although Chad Pennington tried his hardest to give them the game and last week they squeaked out a win against a Tennessee team that was without star RB Chris Johnson and turned the ball over 3 times in the red zone, not to mention the questionable no call with the play clock.

The Baltimore offense is not flashy not speedy and not exciting but it embraces what its role is (win field position and score points off turnovers). Led by rookie sensation Joe Flacco who has remained his calm cool and collected self during the playoffs. The main target in the passing game is WR Derrick Mason who is playing remarkable football in these playoffs, look for the veteran with surprising speed to have an impact in this game. The Ravens will need TE Todd Heap to step up and make an impact in the passing game to have any chance at winning. Heap has been almost invisible other than the big catch against the Titans. Expect O-Coordinator Cam Cameron to open up the playbook more in this game as they will need to score more points then they have been putting up in prior playoff games. RB/FB hybrid Leron McClain will get the bulk of the carries but expect Willis McGaheee and Ray Rice to get considerable time because of the difficulty teams have when running at the interior of the Pittsburgh defense. The O-Lines protection of Flacco will be vital because he does not respond that well to blitzes (Mia game) and a bad start on the road could prove fatal to their chance at the Lombardi trophy. On the defensive side of the ball though Ed Reed is their best player and Ray Lewis is their leader much of the Ravens hopes lie on the shoulders of DT Haloti Ngata. I'm not a big fan of Pete Prisco and sometimes find his columns downright stupid but this was one of his finer written pieces and he will be key in stopping a healthy "Fast" Willie Parker and the Pittsburgh running game. For the Ravens to have a chance they must bring the blitz and try to rattle Roethlisberger he holds on to the ball too long and Rex Ryan must try to exploit this. I expect Ryan to move his DBs up on the line of scrimmage and play a lot of press coverage as well. The Baltimore 'D" will need to create turnovers for their team to have a chance in this game. owever with all that's been said the 2 most important things that the Baltimore Defense has to worry bout ITS health and its stamina. Playing 2 playoff games on the road and especially a physically brutal one against the Titans they must be banged up. It will be interesting to see how Terrell Suggs plays coming off his shoulder injury. The Baltimore "D" will need their offense to give them some help by possessing the ball a bit. Expect a big game from Ray Lewis one of the best in the business who will be extra motivated to play his longtime rivals.

The Steelers looked sharp, decisive and in cruise control after a bit of a shaky start to their opening playoff game against San Diego. QB Ben Roethlisberger looked fully recovered from his concussion and Willie Parker had his trademark burst back.

Pittsburgh will try to establish the run early on but if stopped I don't see them having any problem putting the ball in the hands of Big Ben. The Steelers will need a big game from Hines Ward who is excellent at finding seems in the defense also Santonio Holmes will need to have 1 or 2 big plays as he did vs San Diego. When in the red zone look fro big TE Heath Miller who looked good in his comeback last week. The Steelers O-Line will have their hands full with Baltimore D-Line but expect them to hold their own. The Steelers defense which should be healthy and fresh was very impressive vs San Diego other than the first drive of the game they kept the San Diego offense in check. Their containment of Sproles was superb with his biggest play coming on a KR. Look for the James Harrison led defense to come out and shut down the Baltimore run game early and force Baltimore into 3rd and long situations. Also look for the Steelers to put S Troy Polamalu in the box and dare Flacco to beat them through the air. If this outstanding defense has any weakness it would be their secondary but they match up well against the Ravens receivers. Expect a big game from James Harrison in the middle who I expect to make a lot of tackles.

Neither teams have great special teams units, the worse situation being Mitch Bergers return to punting in Pittsburgh. Don't expect any special teams fireworks out of 2 well coached teams. As far as coaches go Mike Tomlin is one of the best in the business and was a GREAT hire from Minnesota his players always played hard for him and he made Minnessota famous for their suffocating run defense. John Harbaugh has done a great job as a rookie coach but I think the Steelers have the advantage. The Last intangible weather, the grubbier the game is the better for the Ravens they are the slower team and the team with less of a passing game, however Heinz field looked great last week and I don't expect it to deteriorate that much over 7 days.

I think all the lives run out on Sunday for the Ravens, Flacco finally implodes and the "D" finally wears down and lets Pittsburgh score TDs in the red zone.

Pittsburgh 30 Baltimore 13

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