1. Whoa, downtime, WHOA! Sorry about that.
2. Mike Tomlin says re: Willie Parker’s sudden bout of inflammation of the fumble:
The reality is that with that being excuse making, we aren’t going to make them. We have to hold on to the ball. Willie has to hold on to the ball. … That standard is not going to change. You have to hold on to the football. … I will ask him to hold on to the football in the future.
In light of the upcoming game with Satan’s Football Team led by Satan’s death angel and coached by Satan himself, I think all of Steeler Nation joins me in asking Willie Parker to HOLD ON TO THE FREAKING BALL.
We opened up to Cleveland on the road and it was a non-issue. We played at Cincinnati and it was a non-issue.
4. Surprisingly, this is NOT what I dreamt about last night.
At the cry of “Pull!” a pigeon is catapulted from a small spring-loaded metal box in the middle of a field at the Pike Township Sportsmen’s Club. A shooter poised 30 yards away with a shotgun fires, sending the gray and white bird plummeting to the ground.
But I sure hope I dream about it tonight! I think I’m going to just start shouting out”Pull!” whenever I’m downtown in the hopes that somewhere, a pigeon will be catapulted to its certain death.
Some birds are killed instantly. Others land wounded, flapping helplessly on injured wings.
That warms the icicles of my frozen heart. Tis the season.
5. Oh, I’m going to miss Recchi. I mean, I know he’s not much on the ice anymore, but he’s so much more than that. Sigh.
6. Oh my God, Anthony Smith.
A day after he guaranteed the Steelers would beat the Patriots Sunday free safety Anthony Smith didn’t back down from his comments.
Please shut up now.