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Six just happens to be my favorite number. It is the first perfect number: its factors’ (1,2, and 3) sum and product are both six.*

 Six is also the number of SuperBowl wins for the Steelers. I’m sure Brendan will write more about the game later (once he gets out of bed).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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* That is to say, 1+2+3 = 6 and 1*2*3 = 6.

Here we went!

Ben Roethlisberger with Vince Lombardi trophy

I eventually did get out of bed at about 8:30 and tried going back to sleep, but found it difficult, so I came downstairs and re-watched the game. This was necessary due to my condition yesterday. I wanted to make sure I saw what I thought I saw. I also realized that the DVR had been recording from 6:00 last night, so I now have 15 hours of NBC 4 recorded.

So here are my thoughts on the game.

First half:

The Steelers were dominant. They did exactly what they should. Controlled the clock, kept the Arizona offense off the field, and kept Fitzgerald to only one catch. Our defense was awesome, and the Harrison interception runback was incredible.

I didn’t see any egregious errors by the officials (although there could have been a hold called on Townsend on the runback).

The touchdown that was reversed, I felt was too close to call, so I’m not too disappointed that it wasn’t allowed.

Second half:

I guess that could have been an incomplete pass by Warner instead of a fumble. I wasn’t pleased with the call, but what are you going to do? 

The roughing the passer penalty against Arizona was suspect. They could have let it go. The hit was a hell of a lot closer than the spear Ben took in the back against the Ravens two weeks ago, and they didn’t call that.

There will probably be a lot of whining about the personal foul for running over the holder. It was a legit call, though. You just can’t do that. The outcome remained the same, though, with only a field goal, so I don’t want to hear it.

Ike Taylor probably did deserve that personal foul, but Boldin was definitely not innocent.

I’m a huge fan of James Harrison’s, and I love his intensity, but he probably could have been thrown out of the game for that. 

Parker got out of the end zone, no doubt in my mind.

I can now see how a hold could be called on the safety, but that’s the type of hold that could be called on any play during the game.  I think the difference was that they fell down.

The defense laid back in the 4th quarter. They were way too deep and allowed plays to develop over the middle. That’s how the Cardinals got everything in the 4th. The prevent defense prevents you from winning.

Holmes definitely had a touchdown. There really is no question about it. Take a good look at any replay and  you can see it. Even if it wasn’t called on the field, it would have been a touchdown on review.

Kurt Warner 100% fumbled on the one at the end of the game. If the replay official didn’t even call for a replay, then it’s pretty clear. His arm was not going forward when the ball was hit.

Overall:

The run game kept the Cardinals honest, but still couldn’t get going very well. It’s something they’ll need to work on next year. It just wasn’t where it should have been all year.

Ward did very well coming off an MCL sprain two weeks ago. He came up big when needed, as he always does.

Santonio Holmes made a name for himself last night. He came up huge in every situation. He only had one mistake, and that was the miss the play before he made his TD catch. As for the MVP, I don’t know, but the way he came up big in that last drive certainly makes the case for it.

Ben simply made plays all game long. He extended plays with his legs and didn’t make dumb decisions. The good Ben showed up, and it made all the difference.

I was a bit disappointed we couldn’t score a touchdown on 1st and goal twice during the game.

Ike Taylor did a great job on Fitzgerald. A couple of big plays, and all his work went down the drain.

There was seriously no doubt in my mind that Ben would win this game for us. I told everyone in the room that I was confident Ben could take them down the field and score. He’s done it his entire career, and did it again in the Super Bowl.

I’m also wondering if Brenda Warner is a pirate. Maybe there were some left0ver puffy shirts from that episode of Seinfeld.

What was up with the Seahawks colors on all of the Super Bowl clothing?

In summary, I’m extremely happy with this win. I’m sure some people are going to try to make it like the Steelers had help from the officials and that we should have won, but that’s garbage. The Steelers deserved to win, they dominated the entire game, and they came out with their 6th trophy. They navigated through the toughest schedule the NFL had seen in decades and came out on top. I couldn’t be more proud of my boys. 

Ravens Fans Now Cardinals Fans

Long lost brothers?

So, we went to witness the Steelers take care of business against the Ravens in-person yesterday (pictures and video coming soon can be found in the gallery and on the YouTube page). In a word: Fantastic! We froze our butts off, but it was totally worth it. I debated going to last week’s game, but decided to take a chance and sold my tickets just in case the AFC Championship game would be played in Pittsburgh. I have no voice right now.

 It was a great game for us. The offense did its job, and there should be no debate about who has the best defense in the NFL. 

Jess put it best: The Ravens offense was wearing black and white.

And that really does describe it. Aside from a long punt return, then a b.s. pass interference call, and a shanked punt, then another b.s. pass interference call, the game wasn’t nearly as close as the score made it out to be. I’m sure I’ll have more comments after watching again on the DVR, but the key things I remember thinking was that we held on to the ball (except for the one fumble, but that didn’t amount to anything for the Ravens, as they turned it over on downs), got in Flacco’s face and forced mistakes, and didn’t allow any big plays. I was, however, horribly disappointed in the final drive of the first half. Terrible clock management, and terrible hands by Limas Sweed. He sort of made up for it with the block on Corey Ivy, though (maybe there will be a "bounty" on his head next year, ooooooh scaaaaary).

I will say that I hope McGahee makes a full recovery. From what I hear, he’s going to be fine. It did kind of put a downer on the end of the game, though. I hope Clark doesn’t get a "bounty," either.

So go ahead, jump on the Cardinals bandwagon, haters. You’ll have all year to be bitter about your third loss in a row to a superior team.

I won’t even talk about how dumb the Ravens name is, but I will link to this article.

I think Jess will post later about the trip itself, but I wanted to get some initial thoughts in. Bill, feel free to leave the obligatory comment about the refs or whatever other excuse you can think of to try to use.

some statistics

I am almost officially a good luck charm at Heinz field. I’m two for two. It was awesome. I could have done without some of the people around us in the crowd at times. Extra-drunk 40-something women with cow bells are not a good combination. The loudest and most annoying disappeared for a while and came back much mellower. The best moment was clearly Troy’s interception and run back. The whole stadium just went totally insane. Hugs all around. The snow just made it all very festive — like confetti. 

And I was extra-careful not to dislocate my shoulder this time. No picking up anything from under my seat, and my towel was frequently in my left hand. It was hard to swing anyway because of my arm warmer/hand warmer/thick glove combo.  Last time I learned that pregnancy will make my loose joints even looser. Yes, that’s right dear internet:  I’m pregnant. My magic uterus in Pittsburgh = Steelers victory. 

DirecTV, Football, and Stereos

As Jess mentioned, there is no hope for DirecTV in the new house.

This upsets me.

Greatly.

Damn trees. This is the type of thing that I should have thought about prior to buying the house. It just never occured to me to look at which way was south or southwest.

So right now we have nothing but over the air TV. It’s like living in the stone age. I have all of this beautiful equipment, and nothing to watch. We’ve been watching a lot of movies. The cable will be installed in a couple of days, so at least I’ll be able to see something. Now, I don’t have anything against cable, it’s just that I’ve become a loyal DirecTV customer over the last few years. Mainly because of the football package so I can watch the Steelers every week. I couldn’t even see them on ESPN last night. We had to go to a bar down the street. Luckily the bar is a member of the Virginia Black and Gold, so there were other Steelers fans there. We left at halftime.

Great game last night, though. The Steelers first team offense was barely on the field because of the defense and special teams play. Even when the Eagles were on their first touchdown drive, most of the Steelers defense were 2nd-stringers. Beautiful.

The season has started, and I’m finally starting to get excited. Without DirecTV, however, I will be missing the preseason game this Saturday (which doesn’t even play on NFL Network until Tuesday anyway), as well as the final game against the Panthers on September 1. I’m even going to miss the other nationally televised game because of vacation.

Glen’s going to have a buddy to watch games with for most of the season. It works out for all but 5 games when the Cowboys and Steelers games coincide.

On the positive side. I’ve got a new home theater/stereo on the way. The receiver was delivered yesterday, and the speakers should be here early next week. I’m eager to see these speakers in action, as the company is pretty new and has developed quite a following. Word is you can really crank them. Jess doesn’t really like movies too loud, so we’ll have to ease her into them.

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