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.

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