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Steelers Beat The Ravens!!!

Last night was awesome.  We were so excited that we pee’d our pants.  While dealing with the clean up, we offered a Facebook follower to write today’s blog.  Brendan Gibbons, former Pitsburgher currently nestled in the wilds of Ravens-land got this to us before we went nighty-night!!

What a difference a week makes or is it what a difference a win makes? The Pittsburgh Steelers come from behind win to down the Baltimore Ravens 23-20 will, unquestionably, have a positive effect on the Steelers faithful throughout Western Pennsylvania.

While they may have questioned the abilities of their aging backup quarterback or the sure handedness of their running backs and/or receivers during this past week’s lead up to the game against the Ravens in Baltimore, this win against the division leaders means that the Steelers season continues with post-season hopes unabated. When the Steelers coaching staff breaks down the film from this game, they should acknowledge, if they haven’t already, that the game against Baltimore was hardly indicative of their collective best efforts this season. But a win is a win regardless if it’s pretty or ugly.

Hopefully today’s game is a talisman of better things to come, despite the injuries to key players. The Steelers have four regular season games remaining in their 2012 season and three out of those four are at Heinz Field. Furthermore, only one of those four teams has a winning record – the Cincinnati Bengals.
But enough about what lies ahead for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Let’s enjoy this improbable win against Baltimore. According to most sports analysts, the rivalry between the Steelers and the Ravens is arguably among the best in sports. These two teams just don’t like one another.

Now the fallacy that the national sports media likes to portray is that Pittsburgh Steelers fans travel well. As if this is the only reasonable explanation as to why our ranks fill NFL stadiums throughout the country twirling our Terrible Towels. The truth of the matter is that many Steelers fan, such as my wife, our two young sons, and myself, live in these rival NFL communities keeping a vigil for our beloved Steelers in the face of scorn and derision from our neighbors and co-workers.

Ours is not an easy existence, especially since we happen to live in Baltimore. My wife and I grew up in the City of Pittsburgh. Her parents still live in Lawrenceville and my parents still live in Squirrel Hill. Our sons, however, were born in Maryland.

Nevertheless, my wife and I are raising our sons to be like us – proud Steelers fans. We know this cannot be the easiest thing when virtually everyone else they encounter in their day-to-day world during football season wears purple and cheers for the Ravens. It’s especially uncomfortable in the run up to the two regular season games between the teams.

Fortunately, there are many Steelers fans here in Baltimore who will utter a kind word or provide a nod of support when they see our boys in their Steelers gear. Such was the case on Friday night when we went out for pizza. Our waitress shook both boys hands for wearing their Steelers snow hats, although she did it quietly so the locals wouldn’t stiff her tips.

It was also the case on Saturday when we went out to cut down our family Christmas tree. The guy who helped load it on the roof was a Steelers fan. Then this morning at church the majority of the congregation wore Ravens attire, but there were a few, including our boys, wearing their Steelers jerseys. We look out for one another and this makes it a bit more palatable living behind enemy lines during football season.

By virtue of the Steelers winning in Baltimore, the season series is even at a game each and the matter of who is a better team, regardless of the final overall record, can only be settled by a possible playoff match-up. More importantly to my wife and me is that both our boys have narrow window of immunity from the taunts of their peers and other followers of the Ravens.

So enjoy this win Steelers and then get back to work because there’s a lot of football left in this season and a lot of jagoffs we expect you to beat.

All we have to say to end this is.. “DAMN that was exciting” and “Hey Rice-man, respect the curse of abusing the towel, Ya Jagoff!!!!”


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Thanks to Facebook follower Brendan Gibbons for today’s blog post!!!

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Steelers Lose To Clev…Cleve..(Can’t even say it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)


Well, things were set for today.  We had ourselves a nice blog post about Black Friday Jags cuz, whodda thunk that we would have needed to write a blog post about losing….(can’t even write that)… NOT WINNING to the Cleveland Browns.  And then it REALLY happened……

It was sooooooooooooooooo bad that, on the police scanner, we heard the City of Pittsburgh Police securing the bases of all of the bridges.  Even THEY knew this was bad and could cuz Steeler fans to take to the bridge…given the phone calls to the post-game TV and Radio talk shows, it seemed like someone could have sold 3-foot personalized jumping plots all along each one of the County’s 446 bridges!!!

So we decided to let fans vent so that they wouldn’t go into work today in nasty moods.  We couldn’t post them all but, here’s a few:

Tom Howie I really feel sorry for the defense, 2 weeks in a row they played great football. only to go home with a loss. The offense had 7 turnovers, most of them on the Cleveland end and still the defense only gave up 20 points. That’s damn good defense.

John Chesno Batch couldn’t be a starting/ backup qb for a peewee football squad..he downright sux

Ona Williams We need Bill Cowher back to get this team fired up…

London Sasse Mike “Fitzgerald Money” Wallace and his stone hands

Ed Kmetz How fitting that the game ended on a fumble?

Tiffany Woelfel Kovalcin What in the HELL was THAT?

Kitty Kress 9 F @*king fumbles??? for real??

Edward Roth Memo to Big Ben – don’t EVER hand Li’l Ben to any of your running backs to hold.

Colleen Kane Pauley They should have put Ben Jr in!

Ray Maguire Can Ben throw left handed ?

Mary McAnallen I’ve noticed Todd Haley is never mentioned in any of this stuff, so I’m doing it. I think Todd Haley is a lousy Offensive Coordinator. I think he’s offensive, arrogant, and a poor stratigist. I think Coach Tomlin is letting him swing so he can watch the fall. I think the play calling and game planning is stupid,poor,ridiculous, embarrassing and not as good as most people can do in their backyards! And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.

Dave Kulwicki How about we look for hungry running backs on the open market looking to redeem themselves, these guys we got don’t seem to appreciate what they have….

Terri Vecchi Bell WTF???

Thomas Hinkelman Can’t wait!!! GOODBYE charlie, byronrashard , woodley and polamalu, have a nice retirement but these guys are just stealing money! loved you as players not into paying you all to WATCH!!!!!!!!!

Teri Gardner Please get a real back up quaterback that is young!!

Chris Twitch Brant …… But there is no excuse for not holding onto the ball. I love the steelers but today was an overall disappointment. It’s time to get a good quality back up for Ben that can shadow and learn from him and take over when Ben is done….

David Fero Charlie did his best. He had very little help.

Bill Harvanek The defense has been LIGHTS OUT the last 2 weeks. Only 9 points given up by them in the past 2weeks that weren’t put on them by the offense

Jere Walkow I have seen better high school football games! And…..I wore my new hoodie today!! Ya Jagoff!!!

Jen Val-Bls Lüc If you can’t back your team up when they’re down & out…You shouldn’t be a fan. PERIOD! Ya Jagoffs!!

Lori Drost Alesson Hold onto the ball for crying out loud….

Mark Molinaro 3rd string QB & 7 turnovers. What did yinz THINK would happen?? BTW anyone have Farve’s cell #?

Shannon Barth Roberts Too many turnovers. Ugh, what’s up with that??

Little Wolfcss :-(

Cindy Bert Way to make a bad team look good, ya jagoffs!

David Fero Cleveland sucks? Yeah but they aren’t the only ones.

Devin Gallagher When the hell are we going to spend some money on a quality back up for Ben??? Love Batch but its time to hang em up dude! Leftwich just plain SUUUUUCKS!! Hell we let him go once and brought him back….WTF???!! And you dumbass running backs, what the hell was up with you today?? No excuse, you get paid a ton of money to do one thing…FIGURE IT OUT JAGOFF’s!!!

Jarid Keith Goodwin Can they just hold on to the ball. Please.

Robby Reid Charlie gotta go

Mary Fran Coulter HELP- Dear Gawd, puh-leeze help!!!

So here’s our two-cents worth….sure, we all knew that Charlie was the 3rd string QB… including Mike Wallace….do ya think he might have worked a little harder to get back and catch a ball or two on Charlie’s behalf?  And, given how much we fumbled the ball, did the Steelers hang out at The Winking Lizard eating sloppy BBQ (something good about Cleveland) before the game and forget to WORSH their slippery hands?????????????

Well, hopefully this has helped with everyone’s blood pressure. In the meantime, referring to the photo above, the only thing it looks like Cleveland DID NOT beat us in is throwing hand signals on national TV.  You see, OUR GUY, on the right… did his on a bigger stage…Monday Night Football!  And as we tweeted yesterday, here’s hoping that NEITHER of these guys are pastors, school teachers, school district superintendents or politicians cuz, those pics could game back to hit you in your wallets, in a Mike Wallace dropped balls, kind of way, YA JAGOFFS!

Photo Credit to Megan Wolfley for the Cleveland Dude Pic on Twitter.


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