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21 December 2008 @ 04:10 pm
Game 15: 31-14 (L)  
After our win last week, we clinched second seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs, meaning the rest of the regular season can be experienced nail-bite-free. Winning the rest of our games would mean moving up to first seed, but this isn't critical for us.

I was starting to get worried this week when the Steelers were ranked #1 in a bunch of power rankings. I got really worried when we were cast as the heavy favorites to win over Tennessee. The Steelers are not a team that does well in the spotlight. They do a lot better as the underdog: flying under everyone's radar, only to come at you out of nowhere and make you sorry you underestimated them. Whenever the Steelers get a lot of media attention, I get nervous.

So yeah, it was a bad showing today, but at least we can stop worrying about living up to hype, or trying to take first seed. I'd rather take a loss and keep everyone relatively healthy than kick our own behinds to win this game, only to be broken for the playoffs.

(Still: that unsportsmanlike against James Harrison? Where?)

I really think they could have given Leftwich the ball a few times in this game. Ben didn't look up to snuff, and Leftwich knows how to play against the AFC South. Oh well- he and all the other second-stringers will probably see significant time next week, when we host the Brownies at home. Great way to close out the season!

I was willing to say "Good game, Tennessee" and hold no grudges. But just now, I watched two of the Titans take out a Terrible Towel and stomp on it.

That does it. The gloves are off, douchebags! See you in the playoffs, perhaps...
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Mako, Director of The Ancient Order of Sidewalks: stillersjo_mako on December 23rd, 2008 07:11 pm (UTC)
I was willing to say "Good game, Tennessee" and hold no grudges. But just now, I watched two of the Titans take out a Terrible Towel and stomp on it.

Let's just say that there was a little bit of the spirit of Jack Lambert in this house when we saw that...I lost count after a while of the "M*th*r F*ck*rs" that were uttered towards Tennessee...them arses is going down and going down hard!

(I'd have responded to this sooner except I have been insanely busy at work)
Miusheri: steeler_dorkmiusheri on December 23rd, 2008 11:42 pm (UTC)
Oh, no problem. Work's been really insane for me this week, too. This is supposed to be the time of year when our customers slack off! ::stamps feet::

Anyway, what really makes me angry about LenWhale's antics is that a) we lost Myron Cope earlier this year, and b) Terrible Towel profits go to developmentally disabled people, not to the Steelers.

However, I can console myself by remembering what happened after T.J. Houshmandzadeh (half-Iranian, like me! Only he doesn't seem to embrace that part of his heritage whatsoever) wiped his feet on the Towel in 2005. The Steelers knocked the Bengals out of the playoffs and went on to win the Super Bowl, while the Bengals have been a profile in suckage ever since.
Mako, Director of The Ancient Order of Sidewalks: stillersjo_mako on December 24th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
I work for UPS...at night. nuff said.

Oh believe me, we were yelling in this house about what the towel is and what it represents for all those people it helps. Dad was even saying that the ghost of Myron is gonna come down on those sumbitches (a word that has been uttered a LOT around this house) and give em what for.

I even yelled said that to my television when I saw it. Like you, I had begrudgingly accepted that Tennessee had been the better team on Sunday until I saw that. All bets were off afterwards! I believe my exact words were; You arses think yer slick? Go ask T.J. Houshmandzadeh and the Bungles what happens when you fuck with the Terrible Towel?
Miusheri: steeler_dorkmiusheri on December 24th, 2008 02:54 am (UTC)
I worked holiday retail for many years, and thus I believed I knew what Pain was. Alas, I think you'd have something to teach me. =\

A lot of people say, "Who cares? It's just a towel." And I've been trying to take that to heart, but it's kinda hard when you know the history behind it.

Ah well. Hopefully Ben gets his head out of his ass, and we'll be gloating again soon... >=)