Steelers/Colts Open Thread

Hope things turn out better than they did last night.


Update. Doug here: was that Panama or Dance The Night Away they played going into that ad?

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    Think positive, dude. If the Steelers pull another one out, they’ll be tied with Cleveland for first place, along with those team stealing assholes in Baltimore. If they lose, maybe next week, hey?

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    MTmofo says:

    I hope the Steelers unies don’t make them look like a bunch of French’s mustard squeeze bottles.

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    Mark S. says:

    This game looked a lot better before Manning was out for the season.

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    JPL says:

    OT..because I am swearing off sports. ugh
    Instead of morning bloviating shows, I watched Mao’s Last Dancer The movie might not win acting awards but it’s worth watching for story.

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    Uncle Clarence Thomas says:


    Steelers/Colts Open Thread – by John Cole – Hope things turn out better than they did last night.

    I say, do they no longer give these professional football teams a day off? They should form some sort of union to prevent this type of managerial/owner abuse.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Are all the piglets wearing their Stillers gear? Might we kindly have a photo to prove it is so?

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    Trainrunner says:

    Which one has the rapist quarterback?

    Because that’s the team I want to win.

    Nice goin’, Cole.

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    The Dangerman says:

    …the clubhouse leader in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes…

    I thought Seattle was a lock for Luck; now, they go and actually win a game. I think that makes Arizona a viable Luck winner, but Indy will be tough to beat.

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    Old Dan and Little Ann says:

    Go Steelers!

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    MikeJ says:

    Fuck the Mayflowers!

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    And gotta be better than bobbleheads.

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    The Browns beat the Colts away last week. If the Steelers caNOT beat the Colts tonight, then they suck forever and ever, so help me Gaia.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:


    For want of a nail . . . .

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    I wasn’t aware that the Steelers’ bye week was being televised.

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    It does kind of expose the lack of contingency planning in the Colts’ front office though, doesn’t it?

    This exact point was topic for some heated debate of late. Did not the Falcons conclude the same? Build an offense around one guy, and what happens when that one guy can’t punch the clock that day?


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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    Man, what a game this would have been any point over the last ten years. Poor schedulemakers.

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    The Dangerman says:


    I wasn’t aware that the Steelers’ bye week was being televised.

    NBC must be pissed; their audience will leave at the Half to go watch something more competitive (clubbing baby seals on the Nature Channel, perhaps).

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    piratedan says:

    well thankfully The Amazing Race starts up tonight, so I won’t have to listen to the usual pundit blather about how good the Falcons and Eagles and Jets still are… etc etc etc and settle in for tomorrow night’s Romo lovefest.

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    The Dangerman says:

    Bottom of the 9th, 4-4 Sox and the FY

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    @The Dangerman: Off to that, Steelers pretty well got this one done.

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    The Dangerman says:


    Off to that…

    I haven’t found it on my Cable, dammit.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @efgoldman: I resent that remark. The Dolphins are definitely in that hunt, and possibly in the lead.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    I hope the Colts don’t get Andrew Luck. I don’t have anything in particular against them, but it would be so monumentally unfair. Like how the Packers inked in Brett Favre at QB every week for 18 years, then they turn around and get Rodgers. The Colts should have to struggle for a couple years like the rest of us, and Luck should go to some team that needs a QB, like the Dolphins or Seahawks.

    Or Luck could end up not being any good. Man, wouldn’t that be a hoot?

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    Chris from Arlington, VA says:

    Question for my fellow Steeler fans, why does William Gay still have a job? He’s awful. They just keep picking on him, because he never defends a pass.

    What does Dick LeBeau see in him that seemingly no one else does?

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    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    @The Dangerman: It’s on MLB.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: This is my immediate emotional reaction as well. I am sure this a whole lot of sour grapes, but I mean can you be a Dolphins fan and not wish to have a decent QB that isn’t trash from another team, or Chad Henne? I still remember the halcyon Marino days.

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    burnspbesq says:

    FTFY and Sox going to the tenth. Each team left runners in scoring position in the ninth.

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    Joel says:

    The Bills are 3-0 and leading the AFC East. Who would have thunk it?

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    The Dangerman says:

    @Spaghetti Lee:

    …then they turn around and get Rodgers.

    I would agree except that Rodgers slipped down to 24 (had to look it up). Alex Smith was 1 that year.

    So, it’s all a crapshoot.

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    mr. whipple says:

    ha ha.

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    The Dangerman says:


    Each team left runners in scoring position in the ninth.

    Red Sox better win quick; they brought in Papelbon (sp?) for the last out in the 9th.

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    Oh, man, sucks for Raper-berger

    EDIT: Double-suck for that doooosh

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    mr. whipple says:

    haha x 2.

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    Lojasmo says:

    Dislocated my little toe this afternoon. Ouch

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    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    @Lojasmo: That’s a long road. Get a pair of running shoes that you can cut a hole where the hurt toe is.

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    @Spaghetti Lee:

    Turn around and get Rodgers?! He was the 24th pick of the draft!

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    Ron says:

    Gah. so terrible. 3 turnovers = suck. but the dumbest play was Brown(?) not touching the guy on the ground after he picked off the pass. you can see him avoiding touching him.

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    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): Yo, in the Falcons area, I don’t do sports bars.

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    Will says:

    The rapist isn’t taking very good care of the pumpkin tonight.

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    @Raven (formerly stuckinred):

    Got it. But, fuck, man, I go to the West Side of GR, with my loudmouth sister, to watch the Packers at a sports bar/pizza joint. That’s a dangerous mix- my sis and that side of town, that is. She’s thin and never been a drinker.

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    The Snarxist Formerly Known As Kryptik says:


    The Bills are 3-0, the Lions are 3-0, the Raiders look like a solid contender, the Iggles went from Preseason Beast to Mid-season bust, the Colts seem like an afterthought…strange days. Strange days indeed.

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    Raven (formerly stuckinred) says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again): It’s interesting, Athens is fairly large but there is not really a sports bar like in the big city with hundreds of TV’s. I have gone to Atlanta for an Illini b-ball game or two but it’s got to be pretty important. I find myself more and more of a hermit these days.

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    Cermet says:

    Stillers need to wake up and put these losers away …

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    Arm The Homeless says:

    Something about that commercial where they call ‘Football’, ‘Futbol Americano’ just doesn’t sound right. I think it may be the accent

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    I know Rodgers was 24th. That’s why it’s not fair. They just pick up this guy and suddenly he turns into a great quarterback.

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    mr. whipple says:

    haha x 3.

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    The Dangerman says:

    That was Dance, not Panama.

    Edit: “haha x 3” : Is that a Full Nelson?

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    Comrade Coffin says:

    DougJ: Dance the Night Away

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    Geeno says:

    @The Snarxist Formerly Known As Kryptik: If the Redskins can find a way to lose tomorrow, Buffalo and Detroit will be the last undefeated teams. What kind of odds could you have gotten for that bet in Vegas in the preseason?

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    rb says:

    Doug: it was dance.

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    MikeJ says:

    Who is the Red Sox fan in the ad with Baldwin?

    And why don’t we have another Red Sox/Yankees thread? Bottom of the 12th in the second half of the double header.

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    MikeJ says:

    @MikeJ: NM, google sez he was on the Merkin Office.

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    @Spaghetti Lee:

    It was so unfair that the 49ers Picked Joe Montana with the 82nd overall choice (3rd round). It was so unfair- to the Browns, anyway- that after being cut by the Stillers in ’55, that in 1956 Unitas tried out with the Colts and signed with them before Paul Brown could sign him!

    This song, Spaghetti Lee, is just for you. If anyone else clicks that link, they’ll be in so much trouble….

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    Big Baby DougJ says:


    Thanks, I thought so.

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Lojasmo: Will you be good to go next week? We could put you on injured reserve. OK for now, we’ll mark you “questionable.”

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    burnspbesq says:

    Going to the 13th, tied 4-4.

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    Lojasmo says:

    Relocated. GTG. Thanks!

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    MikeJ says:

    @burnspbesq: I know it’s not yet 8pm, but my plan is to wake up at 4A since I’m hiking in the Olympics tomorrow. They could go 22 and have me watching til midnight.

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    Billgerat says:

    This whole season so far, lockout and all can be summed up in that old, old song: “Yet let’s be content, and the times lament, you see the world turn’d upside down”.

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    Spaghetti Lee says:

    @Temporarily Max McGee (soon enough to be Andy K again):

    Look man.

    I’m a Bears fan. The Bears haven’t had a good starting quarterback for as long as I’ve been alive. Jay Cutler, for all his faults, is able to stay healthy and post passer ratings above 60 for the most part, and that’s a fucking victory as far as this franchise is concerned. So to watch our archrivals roll out the same HOF quarterback, day after day, for almost 2 decades, and then, when he finally retires, instead of wandering around in QB limbo for a while, to stumble, just fucking stumble upon another great quarterback who is learning how to shred us just like the old man…well, it leaves a man a little bitter, is all I’m saying.

    I’m not saying that the Packers cheated to get him or had some inside information or whatever. I’m saying, in a karmic, cosmic-justice type perspective, that it ain’t fucking fair.

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    @Spaghetti Lee:

    I’m a bears fan.

    I really shouldn’t- on today, of all days- let this go, but I will.

    What isn’t fair is that you’ve had the Halas-McCaskeys as owners for all of these years, rather than the Rooneys or the Maras/Tisches. Hell, put the Fords in Chicago and the Bears would actually be better.

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    Corner Stone says:

    How the hell are the Colts tied with the Stillers with 6 minutes left?

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    Suffern ACE says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: O.K. that said, the Packers did go a long time between Arnie Herber and Bart Starr and then between Starr and Farve. Loved Lynn Dickey and David Whitehurst when I was a boy, but I’m not going to feel sorry for teams that can’t field a team with a good quarterback once a decade.

    If it makes you feel better, I still get nightmares that someday I’ll wake up and Mike Singletary will be on the field and all we’ll have between us and that defense and a three touchdown loss is Randy Wright and Gary Elleson.

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    Geoff says:

    @Spaghetti Lee: It’s karma for Sweetness not getting a touchdown in Superbowl XX.

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    The Dangerman says:


    What kind of odds could you have gotten for that bet in Vegas in the preseason?

    Well, 32 teams, the number of possible outcomes in any 1 week would be:


    So, how many of those possible outcomes are Lions/Bills wins? Shit, I should know how to do that (it’s getting late and/or I’m getting old). That would give you P1 (week1)

    Then it’s just P1 x P2 x P3

    Bottom line, it’s snowballs chance in hell. Besides, Vegas won’t give you the real odds.

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    Is Curtis Painter the worst QB in NFL history?

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    WTF was that? NO FLAG?! Without a flag on that touchdown, what will Cole have to bitch about?

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    Big Baby DougJ says:


    He is terrible so far, I agree. Also too, why did they clone Kevin Greene?

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    @Big Baby DougJ:

    He’s not Kevin Greene, really. Kevin Greene wasn’t fat. Painter is fat.

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    I would have bet one of my cats against the Colts scoring here. Good thing I didn’t.

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    Christ! There must have been 12 holds committed by the Colts there! These officials are teh worst ever!

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    burnspbesq says:

    Morales blows away Gardner with runners at second and third. Going to the 14th. This is turning into a baseball epic.

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    Roethlisberger has his “girl’s cornered in the bathroom” face on as the 2 minute warning sounds.

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    Irony Abounds says:

    Gainey is the second coming of Marv Levy. The Bills are the only undefeated team in the AFC. I’m quite sure these are the end times.

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    MikeJ says:


    This is turning into a baseball epic.

    Or just a typical Sox/FY game. It seems like it’s *always* epic (although we usually aren’t this close to elimination.)

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    rb says:

    @spaghetti lee. I’d say it’s worse than that. Cutler is better than his critics admit, but Rodgers is better, today, than Fav-ray ever was. It looks to be a long few years for the NFC north.

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    Corner Stone says:

    I’d be concerned if I were a Stillers fan.

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    burnspbesq says:

    Three-run homer by Ellsbury.

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:

    Jacoby Ellsbury now owns the major league record for RBIs by a leadoff hitter in a season with 103.

    7-4 Red Sox, yes!

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    Chris from Arlington, VA says:

    @Corner Stone

    Our O-line looks worse than the 2008 line, which was god awful. Then again, the Colts D-Line was absolutely savage tonight. I haven’t seen anything like than in a while. Mendenhall can run with the best of them, but he needs some holes to run through.

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    MikeJ says:

    @MoeLarryAndJesus: Now the Sox face the Os and Tampa v the FY.

    Which puts us in the position of hoping for the FY to win (starting tomorrow).

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    burnspbesq says:

    Sox win. They lead Tampa by one and Anaheim by three with three to go.

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    MoeLarryAndJesus says:


    Well, yeah, but Beckett is next. Maybe the Sox can do it on their own.

    The Ellsbury feat won’t get much attention but it’s amazing. What a player he has become.

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    MikeJ says:

    Nick Clegg at the Lib Dem conference is up next. 45 minute speech in which he doesn’t mention the PM that he is in coalition with by name.

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    Yutsano says:

    @MikeJ: Because that would be uncivil, and stuff.

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    Ranger 3 says:

    Colts +10 woo hoo!!! Needed that.

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    2liberal says:

    the Patriots and Cardinals both lost on a field goal. I see the Steelers managed to beat the Colts. Congratulations to capping off a really crappy football day.

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    JWL says:

    The Steelers have looked old and slow these first few games. They might well be looking at a long season.

    Did anyone see the fantastic catch that Ochocinco grabbed that sealed the Patriots win?

    Neither did the Patriots (hardee-har-har).

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    moderateindy says:

    wild rice and sausage stuffing? what kind of pinko/queer/ hippie/liberal monster are you? Real Murkins know a Turkey is only to be stuffed with bread of some kind,possibly hamburger, or for really special occasions, a duck and a chicken? Wild rice,… go back to whatever country you came from!

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