Sports Weekend From Hell
Well, the Steelers lost. The Nittany Lions lost. The Pitt Panthers lost. This has not been a good weekend for my sports teams.
I’m not going to talk about the college football games, as I was at work and could not watch them. Let’s just say that I’m glad I was making money instead of wasting my time on losing efforts.
Now, onto the Steelers. This is the second week in a row that the team as lost in the last seconds of a game, a game that they were dominating for much of the first half. I’m starting to wonder if the loss of Polamalu has really rendered the vaunted Steelers defense a conservative shell of their former selves. Two sacks and zero turnovers. They just don’t look or feel right.
On offense, Roethlisberger (22-31, 276, TD, INT) proved once again to be simply amazing at eluding the rush, but the costly pick-6 he threw came back to haunt them. It was also nice to see “Not-As-Fast-As-He-Used-To-Be” Willie Parker (25-93 w/ a Rec TD) approach the century mark on the ground.
Rookie Mike Wallace (7-102) was a bright spot in the 3rd receiver spot over Limas “Butterfingers” Sweed (who dropped a TD catch). Sweed (1-5) has been a total bust since coming out of Texas last year. Another pseudo-bust, Rashard Mendenhall, didn’t play a snap, as he is seemingly in Coach Tomlin’s doghouse.
Finally, can Santonio Holmes (1-18) catch a ball?! I’ve seen him drop at least 7 balls in this game and the last one against the Chicago Bears. He’s a Super Bowl MVP, but he currently letting his team down.
So, it looks as if the Cincinnati Bengals got the best of the Steelers today. I don’t know what it’s going to take to wake the Steelers up from this slump they are mired in, but it better come soon or this season is going to be a LONG one.
Tags Ben RoethlisbergerChicago BearsCincinati BengalsCoach TomlinLimas SweedMike WallaceNittany Lions FootballPanthers FootballPittsburgh SteelersRashard MendenhallSantonio HolmesTroy PolamaluWillie Parker