What they’re really thinking: YMCA Edition

Really, Burghers. How excited can we be about the fact that we beat Tampa Bay? Unless we did it 140-3, I don’t think it’s anything for the Steelers to be freaking out about.

That said, it sure is nice to have a Monday where we’re not all pissed off about a loss.

1. So, how badly does Jon Gruden want Bill Cowher’s job when he vacates it come January?

So bad he tried to show he can be The Chin II.

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Not a bad effort, but I think Melissa Hart would kick his ass at a chin-jutting contest.

2. I spent a lot of the game feeling badly for Bruce Gradkowski. Poor guy. He made it to the NFL, managed to get the starting QB position when God smote Phil Chris Simms (Boy, Bill Toland was quick to point out my mistake. Thanks, Bill. Wink.), makes it home to play in front of his family and friends at Heinz Field, and he didn’t throw a single touchdown.

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It’s okay Bruce. You’re still hot.

3. Benny tried to encourage Bruce after the game:

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4. Everyone is saying the fact that Tampa kicked a meaningless field goal at the end of the game was a lousy move on Tampa’s part to stop the Steelers from having a shutout. What the hell?! If I’m Jon Gruden and my poor team is playing 3-8 ball and playing the Super Bowl Champs, like hell am I going to go to the locker room being shut out. I’m going to kick a damn field goal so that when all is said and done, we weren’t shut out and we can say, “Hey, at least it wasn’t a shutout.”

“I’m sure I’ll be criticized for that,” Gruden said. “I just wanted our quarterback to leave Pittsburgh with something. We left Pittsburgh with a field goal.”

Awesome. I love Jon Gruden. That is all.

4. Speaking of field goals. Jeff Reed, what the hell?! You can’t put a 32 yarder in the uprights but a 50 yarder, no problem? Not to mix my sports up but maybe you should work on your short game a bit?

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5. Benny. Benny finally vacated the pocket and scrambled like he should have last week. Hallelujah.

All in all, it just wasn’t an exciting game. No Hines. No Troysus. I was more occupied with the giddy joy of the four new sweaters I got at Old Navy (yes, Old Navy) than I was with the game.

However, did ANYONE else out there catch that play in the beginning of the fourth quarter I think it was, when Willie Parker tried to block while Ben threw, and just got completely ran over and thrown back about five feet onto his ass? Yikes. Cracked my shit up it did.

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Yes, Willie. You da man. You da little man who ran for 61 yards yesterday. Get on with your bad self.


  1. dukey11
    December 4, 2006 10:55 pm

    you sound more like a tampa bay fan today…

    I’ll forgive you this one time.

  2. Chase
    December 4, 2006 11:40 pm

    Gruden should be kicked in the nuts for kicking that field goal. That’s a bush league move. Totally classless. Go for the touchdown, you’re basically giving up and being an asshole by kicking the FG.

    And the kick Reed missed the wind blew just before he kicked it and carried the ball to the left. So said Craig Wolfley.

    And to say Ben should’ve left the pocket last week…LOLOLOLOL. Where was he gonna go? He had six guys in his face every play. You crack me up.

  3. pittgirl
    December 5, 2006 7:41 am

    Not a Tampa Fan by any stretch of the imagination, but I do like local boy Bruce Gradkowski and I have always loved Jon Gruden.

    Also, no Troy or Hines to talk about.

  4. notayinzer
    December 5, 2006 8:46 am

    I heart Jon Gruden too, Pittgirl – but from what I understand he drinks the Jesus koolaid big time…maybe he and Ben could combine their magical Jesus powers…

  5. theatregirl
    December 5, 2006 9:44 am

    Been lurking for quite a while, but had to chime in this time. I’m a native ‘burgher living in Tampa Bay. Never been a TB fan, but originally liked Gruden when he came here. Ever since he won the title, it’s been going downhill, and we can clearly see why- it was Dungy’s team and all they needed was Gruden to give them a kick in the butt to get things moving. Unfortunately, when some of the players left for more money, Gruden brough in his idea of good players, some justified, some not. Since then, we have been earning the nickname “succaneers”, and rightly so. He is not as revered down here like Cowher is in the burgh, at least not anymore. Most of us in TB would not mind seeing Chucky leave…

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