Through eight games played in the 2013 season, the Steelers sit at 2-6. Two measly wins in half of a 16-game season. You'd think six losses were embarrassment enough, but it was how that sixth loss occurred that turned this Steelers year from a Frank Caliendo joke to a Mitch Hedberg joke. What I mean to say is this loss to the Patriots was a pretty huge joke.
55-31 New England.
For a while, the Steelers clawed back early in the second half, tying the game at 24 with a chance to pull off the improbable. But for those who didn't watch the game itself, yes, those 24 Patriots points became 55 and another game came and went with a crippling result. I cannot forsee a a better product over the final eight games of the season, but we'll keep up with the recaps because beds have been made and they must be slept in.
Ben: Ben had a pretty nice game all things considered. When you put up 400 yards of passing, four TDs and 31 total points, your team should win that game. And that's even with Ben's two INTs, fumble and 20 incompletions. He was let down by Manny and Le'veon dropping some sure catches in critical spots, and it was yet another game where it took drive after failing drive to start the game before the offense got going. One of his INTs was in garbage time, so throw that out. His other INT came when Antonio Brown was literally tackled on an underthown ball (see above pic) which led to the safety picking the ball off uncontested. And with the pass interference calls that went against the Steelers later, it's stunning that nothing was called in that moment. But whatever, that's another two INTs and a fumble on an opening drive deep in Patriots territory. Ben has played this good/bad game far too often this season. 2.5 of 5 motorcycle helmets. Jerricho Cotchery made Ben's day better than it should've been.
RBs: Pretty poor. I actually wanted to like the day they had, with Bell nearly averaging five yards a carry and Jon Dwyer going for 30 on his one tote. Only Bell finished with just 76 yards and I'm tired to trying to spin sub-100 yard games in a positive light when the team really needs an efficient ground game early. Bell went off for a nice 25-yard romp in the second half, and his 29-yard screen reception on 3rd-and-30 to set up a 4th down conversion at the start of the second quarter were bright spots, but they were too infrequent to really matter. Yes, Bell is a young one and he's showing just what he'll be capable of once he gets a few more games in him. It just hurts when the team needs those future positives now. 2 of 5 motorcycle helmets.
Defense: Easily the worst game I've ever seen from this defense. The 55 points were the most given up in Steelers history. New England scored on nine of their 14 drives on the day. Tom Brady went for over 400 yards passing and four TDs, with the entire team going over 600 yards as a team. The Patriots ended with three WRs catching a TD with over 100 yards each, and had a RB do the same on the ground. That's...pathetic. CBs Ike Taylor and Willie Gay are just no longer capable of covering anyone, which only gets compounded when Ryan Clark provides little to no safety help. Troy was frustrated early by the lack of coverage and had a few gaffes himself. And he tried to make up for it early in the second half with a forced fumble that started the Steelers' mini-comeback. Only that fumble was the brightest spot of the day for the defense, because they literally did nothing else to support the offense. Like I said above, 31 points scored, four passing TDs and a 400-yard passing day for the QB should put your team in position to win, not lose by 24. 0 of 5 motorcycle helmets. There was a time when the Steelers could win with a third of those offensive stats. Now, not so much.
Cotchery: On a day where I could not even be happy about the stats and points put up by the offense because of the repeated failures of the defense, I'm glad there was at least one player that put up a 100% positive performance. And it's staggering that it came from 1,000-year-old Jerricho Cotchery. Seven catches on eight targets for 96 yards and three TDs. At one point early in the second half Cotchery had two receiving TDs in under four minutes to help the Steelers tie the game at 24. The Steelers needed more guys on offense converting at Cotchery-type levels, as well as the defense doing Cotchery-relative defensive things. That didn't happen. But Cotchery's performance did. 4.5 of 5 motorcycle helmets.
Bills at Heinz next week. I'd normally be excited about playing a crappy team like Buffalo but they have three wins compared to the Steelers' two. Any criticism of a team like the Bills just magnifies how much the Steelers have blown this season.no comments
OH EM GEE, psamp... Check out Mister Buddy's Halloween costume!
Yes, it is technically November and yes, Halloween season is now over. Only I have a weekend Halloween party to attend tomorrow what with the holiday falling on a weekday, so this picture is still within my own personal constructs of "Halloween." Stores and such are probably already bypassing Thanksgiving to get the Christmas decorations and sales ready, so we'll keep it balanced by keeping Halloween alive for at least another day or two.no comments
I gotta thank usbzoso for the tip on both of these shirts back in April. And we had to sit on them for six months for Halloween because get real.
Above, we have a lovngly-rendered zombie version of captain Sidney Crosby, titled as the CROZBIE APUCKALYPSE. I got this in early April, so I'd imagine it was riffing on Sid's then-fresh broken jaw. Only that's now in the distant past, so we'll enjy this as a typical unlicensed Pens shirt for Halloween when coupled with the one below.
This one came from Kelly originally before being sent over by usbzoso, and the colorful end result is perfect. Instead of using typical generic tropes like PITTSBURGH HOCKEY or fake versions of the logo, this shirt has Pens mascot Iceburgh wielding a stick and riding the Zomboni...which is taking care of zombie versions of division rivals Alex Ovechkin, Scott Hartnell and Henrik Lundqvist. At least I believe that's a zombie version of the guys...Ovechkin is the only zombie face seen and he's pretty ugly to begin with.
My only question is if Iceburgh would use the Zomboni against zombie-Crozbie, because the mascot seems to have a disdain for said zombies and Sid being one would definitely create a conflict. But oh well, that's a conundrum for after Halloween.
Thanks to Stacie for this. She says:
a friend sent me this last night. I thought of you, psamp
I woulda been somewhat disappointed if we didn't have at least one Halloween mini pony submission for the 31st. Sure, the past few days have featured pumpkin fest mini ponies out the wazoo, but a fully-costumed mini pony is where it's at for this day of the year. And I couldn't just go back into the archives and re-use one from years past, so scarecrow mini pony is a go.
Plus I bet he wants to eat all that straw and hay used in his costume. I would if I was him. That's like his candy.no comments
Yesterday, Deadspin brought us the story of the Cleveland Browns using fake, misattributed or just completely bastardized quotes as team motivation throughout the halls of their training facility. And in this tough 2013 season which sees the Steelers sitting at a poor 2-5, we'll take every advantage to rag on any other AFC North bottom-feeder...Browns included.
Here's the actual quote from that Steelers-featured image at the top of this post:
I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection.
Not too bad, considering some of the other offerings on Deadspin. I mean, at least Cleveland got the author of this quote correct and merely changed some words around to fit. It isn't like the one attributed to Thomas Jefferson...that originally came from a Reader's Digest article not about Thomas Jefferson.
If you're gonna use some snazzy quotes to pump up your team, please leave the Steelers out of the backing image. The team has nothing to do with Cleveland's poor understanding of literature and quotations.
Or, you know what? The Browns and Steelers have both crapped out five losses so far in 2013, so maybe fake quotes are the way to properly motivate. Or at least it would get the Steelers as far as they've gotten to this point. With the Patriots on tap for Pittsburgh, the Steelers should "JUST WIN, BABY!" I think Aristotle said that.no comments
Thanks to Ian for this. He says:
Mini ponies and a mini donkey at this petting zoo tytgbhfdfjnf
This was taken at Trax Farms, a place I went to a bunch as a kid because my mom loved it. And now I can share in the fun of Ian and his son as they party with mini ponies at the farm.
As mentioned yesterday, this completes the mini-featurette of kids with mini ponies at petting zoos and pumpkin fests, because it IS end of October, after all. We're seasonal here at PSAMP.no comments
Thanks to Adam for this. He says:
Wait until psamp gets a load of LilBurgher mugging for the camera with some mini ponies. 'Tis the season.
That was taken 5 minutes from our house at Harvest Valley Farms in Gibsonia, PA.
It's late October, and last week kicked off the awesome trend of mini ponies at Halloween and pumpkin festivals. Today starts a mini-trend within that featuring young kids and mini ponies at such festivals. Tune in tomorrow for more.no comments
I'm going to forgo the traditional "pick out a few spots on the team and rate them from one to five" MMCNY recap style for that 21-18 loss to the Raiders. It just seems like too much of a chore after that sloppy a game...one that was available for the taking the entire 60 minutes. In my seven seasons of covering the Steelers on PSAMP, Pittsburgh has played the Raiders three times not counting last season's preseason tilt, and yesterday was the second of three which ended in a mind-altering loss.
In 2010 the Steelers crapped out a 35-3 win at Heinz Field. And in 2009, now-backup Bruce Gradkowski led a 27-24 comeback win for the Raiders in Pittsburgh with :09 remaining. Let's spot the "Raiders game" similarities.
That 2010 game recap uses the word "sloppy." despite the win.
The Steelers went 2-5 in the red zone in 2009...their record now sits at that pitiful ratio in 2013.
2009 and 2013 had the Steelers losing to an amped-up local kid playing the hometown team.
And both 2009 and 2013 had the Steelers losing to an awful Raiders team with failure after failure to take control of the game.
Terrelle Pryor had 88 yards passing and two INTs. Ben Roethlisberger had 275 and a TD and two INTs, only one of which really hurt with the Steelers in FG range in the 4th quarter. And the defense forced three turnovers! Only that Ben pick (or AB giveaway) happened. And the defense letting up the longest run by a QB in NHL history on the first play of the game. And last week's Special Teams Player of the Week Shaun Suisham missing two FGs in critical spots.
So with as sloppy as this game was, to borrow that word again from 2010, the Steelers still should've won the game and it pains me that they channeled 2009 and lost. Factor in the Bengals winning to get to 6-2 and the division is pretty much out of reach. Next week brings the Steelers and Patriots together while the Bengals play the Dolphins. I'm an eternal optimist about my Steelers but Miami flushing a big lead and losing by 10 to New England yesterday sorta has me feeling blue about the chances of a Steelers win AND Bengals loss to get the team back to only two down in the loss column. Sometimes it takes the Raiders to show you just how bad the season has gone.
You can go back in the 2013 season archives of the MMCNY recap and see the moments I've pinpointed in every loss that would've turned the game in the Steelers' favor. But the harsh truth is that the losses occurred, and the 2-5 record is very real for this team. And as hot as it burns to accept your team's mediocrity by just the midpoint of the season, doing so brings the reality needed to accept the 2013 season as it currently stands. The team will still play every game to win and I will cheer for them because it's football and watching it is better than the wasteland of the offseason. Only expectations and hope for 11-5 and a playoff spot turn to prayers for no major injuries and maybe a handful of competitive games.
And no, I don't and won't cheer for the Steelers to lose to improve our drafting spot. I cheer for the team, not the players that won't be drafted for another six months and won't dress in Black and Gold for another 10.
The Steelers lost on Sunday, and the awful Raiders were the ones to kick the corpse. 0 of 5 motorcycle helmets for the entire team for that result. Suisham, man.
Again, the Steelers travel to New England Sunday and something will happen. That's all I got.no comments
what about this sick hoodie my mom made for my pup? Lol
I was pretty bent up over the fact that there isn't currently a human person equivalent of those fleece Steelers dog PJs. Now seeing that same fleece Steelers pattern in a custom dog hoodie makes me even more mad. Not for the dogs, mind you, they're well covered in both theory and execution. Mad in that people are making unlimited awesome handmade Steelers fleece clothing and none of them can fit me.
Is it too much to personally ask for the same love and affection given to dogs?no comments