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Presently Peaking (Steelers Are Rockin')
Tribune-Review ^ | 12/31/05 | Joe Starkey

Posted on 12/31/2005 5:20:27 AM PST by beyond the sea

The record doesn't show it, but the Steelers unquestionably are better prepared for a playoff run than they were a season ago.

That doesn't mean they'll go further, or even as far as last year's team, which won 16-of-17 games before it was blown out of the AFC Championship Game. Once this team officially secures a playoff spot -- yeah, we're assuming as much -- it might not even make it out of the wild-card round, given the unusually strong field.

But the Steelers will be a tougher out than last year's team. They will play better.

Remember, the 2004 Steelers turned in one mediocre playoff performance -- they got lucky against the Jets -- and one abomination. That won't happen again.

Whether that means the Steelers become the only team besides the 1985 Patriots to advance to the Super Bowl via three road wins, who knows? As Bobby Bacala Baccilieri of "The Sopranos" might say, I'm no Notre Damus.

But I know this much: If the 2005 Steelers played the '04 Steelers in a New Year's Day bowl game, I'd give a couple points and take the '05 club.

Here's the seven-reason rationale:

(Excerpt) Read more at pittsburghlive.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: football; nfl; steelers
The Steelers are loooking good, real good.
1 posted on 12/31/2005 5:20:28 AM PST by beyond the sea
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To: beyond the sea

New England will romp once again. The Colts are a paper tiger. The Bengals lack playoff experience, and Brady will pick apart the Broncos secondary when the season is one the line.


2 posted on 12/31/2005 5:22:44 AM PST by montag813
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To: beyond the sea

The Steelers are loooking good, real good.

If the Pats stay the fourth seed, the Yellow Towels won't make it past Foxboro.


3 posted on 12/31/2005 5:23:43 AM PST by ConservativeGreek
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To: martin_fierro; Petronski; PennsylvaniaMom; RightWhale; Dane; unix; MadelineZapeezda; HamiltonJay
Anyone who may have a Stiller ping list, I'd appreciate it if you could stick it on here.

This article is pretty darn good. The post season is looking excellent to me.............. yes, we're not there yet.

;-)

4 posted on 12/31/2005 5:25:40 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: beyond the sea

Until Cowher gets his jaw and spittle problem fixed, I will have to root against the Steelers.


5 posted on 12/31/2005 5:26:59 AM PST by frankjr
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To: beyond the sea
Been a fan since the Seventies--I hope they go all the way.
6 posted on 12/31/2005 5:27:26 AM PST by A Jovial Cad (The updated AJC profile page for 2006 is now available!***)
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To: montag813; mainepatsfan
New England will romp once again.

LOL. Yeah, that's possible. They're such a smart team. Ask 'mainepatsfan' how I feel about Brady and Belichik. They scare me always.

7 posted on 12/31/2005 5:28:01 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: A Jovial Cad

As much as I don't like the steelers, it is a team that you rarely hear trash talking out of. Well coached.


8 posted on 12/31/2005 5:29:42 AM PST by P3pilotJAX
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To: frankjr
LOL................. and quit chickening out on the two yard line early in the second half like last year in the playoffs against New England.

;-)

9 posted on 12/31/2005 5:30:09 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: P3pilotJAX

Yep, they're mostly all down to earth. Joey Porter spews some trash, but for the most part, they're all business.


10 posted on 12/31/2005 5:31:57 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: A Jovial Cad
Us too.

Go Steelers!

11 posted on 12/31/2005 5:32:43 AM PST by ncpatriot
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To: frankjr

The Steelers are definitely hot as is New England. The question is "Can they go all the way despite Cowher?" He always chokes in the big one.


12 posted on 12/31/2005 5:37:34 AM PST by Wristpin ("The Yankees have decided to buy every player in Baseball....")
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To: MikeinIraq; BluH2o; akorahil; albee; A message; andyland; Argh; b4its2late; BADROTOFINGER; ...

Steeler/NFL ping


13 posted on 12/31/2005 5:40:12 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: beyond the sea

Its simply going to be Da Bears this season.

The Steeler got the better of us once this season, but I assure you it won't happen again if we meet at the big dance.


14 posted on 12/31/2005 5:43:03 AM PST by RWR8189 (George Allen for President)
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To: P3pilotJAX
I agree, but then I'm a fan.

I think part of that might be that he's the longest currently serving coach in the NFL. That kind of stability tells, over time, IMHO, no matter the team.

15 posted on 12/31/2005 5:45:58 AM PST by A Jovial Cad (The updated AJC profile page for 2006 is now available!***)
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To: beyond the sea

My parents went to a highxchool basketball game because Jack Lambert's daughters' team were playing against the local highschool team. He sat right by my mom for a few minutes and then moved to their side. Everytime the girls shot a foul shot, the students under the basket would chant "here we go steelers, here we go! LOL! I remember when I was young, my dad took me to the local university where he had a football camp so I could see him. Go Steelers!!!


16 posted on 12/31/2005 5:46:02 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (Honestly, did anyone really get a Lexus for Christmas?)
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To: beyond the sea

Sorry...but the Pats will win once again. everyone will choke except Brady and the Pats. I am not a Pats fan. I am stuck with the Forty Whiners. LOL


17 posted on 12/31/2005 5:47:11 AM PST by JackDanielsOldNo7 (If it wasn't for marriage, I would not have this screenname.)
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To: ncpatriot
And I grew up in Oklahoma, Dallas "Cowboys" country!

It hasn't always been easy, but I'm still proud to say, with you, Go Steelers!

18 posted on 12/31/2005 5:48:32 AM PST by A Jovial Cad (The updated AJC profile page for 2006 is now available!***)
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To: Wristpin; Petronski; martin_fierro; mainepatsfan
The question is "Can they go all the way despite Cowher?" He always chokes in the big one.

I agree with you. I've been around sports in Pittsburgh for over 50 years, and you are right about Cowher. He's too afraid to go "out of the lines", he's just not self-assured enough to take the grief if something fails.

Jim Leyland of the Pirates was very similar. Leyland was a FREAK SHOW when the Pirates got into the playoffs.

They both get so uptight, the players see and feel the change in their demeanor, and they then can tend to get a little up tight themselves.

Here is something that Cowher should consider!!!REMEMBER?

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At Super Bowl XVI, San Francisco head coach Bill Walsh got to Detroit earlier than his team. He had gone somewhere to pick up an award, so he decided to meet the players when they arrived at the hotel in Detroit. Dressed in a bellhop's uniform, Walsh greeted the 49ers and kidded with them, telling them they were going to get their butts kicked. Several players absorbed the abuse before Walsh was recognized.

****

If Cowher would consider doing something funny to lighten up his players every once in a while, he may be better off. I'm not saying he should do it, but he has to cool it in the big games. I'm not sure he ever can. Some guys just never can!

19 posted on 12/31/2005 5:54:40 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: RWR8189

The Bears are in a horrible conference. Your record is very misleading. Forget about it.


20 posted on 12/31/2005 5:56:07 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7

To tell you the truth I would rather the Steelers play the Pats in the first round. The Pats are hurt, the Steelers are on top of their game and have a point to prove .. What a boost to move on to gsme two .. Won't be the three times and out like the Eagles .


21 posted on 12/31/2005 5:59:09 AM PST by Renegade
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7

The Pats have a poor record against the top AFC teams and are only thriving in a weak division. They'll probably have the misfortune of facing Manning inside the Dome with a depleted secondary, if they make it that far.


22 posted on 12/31/2005 6:00:48 AM PST by ScottfromNJ
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To: WV Mountain Mama

LOL. Jack was/is a game warden up here around Pittsburgh. They say he keeps to himself a lot and just loves the quiet of the outdoors.


23 posted on 12/31/2005 6:01:23 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: JackDanielsOldNo7
I am stuck with the Forty Whiners. LOL

see post # 19

24 posted on 12/31/2005 6:02:24 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: ConservativeGreek

If the Pat's stay the fourth seed, they will face the Jags in the WC round.


25 posted on 12/31/2005 6:05:56 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Iraqis thank our troops more often than Democrats.)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

If the Pat's stay the fourth seed, they will face the Jags in the WC round.

Sorry, you are absolutely correct.
The Pats need to be the third seed, which is possible, to host the yellow towels.


26 posted on 12/31/2005 6:08:10 AM PST by ConservativeGreek
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To: HEY4QDEMS; ConservativeGreek; mainepatsfan
Brady and Belichick's cool and brains are always hard to beat.

It's a bummer to acknowledge that being a lifetime Stiller fan.

27 posted on 12/31/2005 6:08:57 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: beyond the sea
The Steelers are going nowhere.
28 posted on 12/31/2005 6:09:34 AM PST by KenmcG414 (wHAT'ST)
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To: beyond the sea

Yeah, my parents heard that he has been known to say "no" when people ask him if he is indeed Jack Lambert.





29 posted on 12/31/2005 6:14:29 AM PST by WV Mountain Mama (Honestly, did anyone really get a Lexus for Christmas?)
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To: beyond the sea
The 'Stellers' need another Super Bowl!

Go Steelers!

30 posted on 12/31/2005 6:15:33 AM PST by maestro
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To: beyond the sea

"The Steelers are loooking good, real good."

They do look good...real good. They are healthy, everything is clicking on offense, defense is swarming to the ball and punishing the ball carrier. They will get another shot at the Bengals in Cincy and I think it will be just like the Oct. 23 game.
They are a sleeper in the Super Bowl tourney, a team to be reckoned with. I think the fact that they wont have a home game in the playoffs helps them too.


31 posted on 12/31/2005 6:16:21 AM PST by skimask (I'll march through Hell wearing shorts soaked in gasoline, if needed to get the job done)
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To: beyond the sea
If Cower has the ball in the red zone with two minutes left and goes for the scoring play on first down without running down the clock thus giving the league's best final drive QB over a minute and a half to win the game like he did in September, then the Steelers will miss the big dance again.

That was probably the stupidest display of coaching I have ever seen. I don't think he will make that mistake again but I will hold out hope.

Go Pats!!
32 posted on 12/31/2005 6:18:30 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Iraqis thank our troops more often than Democrats.)
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To: beyond the sea
It's a bummer to acknowledge that being a lifetime Stiller fan.

If it makes you feel any better, although I'm a lifetime Pats fan, I consider Bradshaw and Harris two of my all time favorite players.
33 posted on 12/31/2005 6:22:01 AM PST by HEY4QDEMS (Iraqis thank our troops more often than Democrats.)
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To: HEY4QDEMS

If there's any team in the AFC I wouldn't want to play right now it's Pittsburgh. Yes, I'm biased but the last three games they've played are truly scary for opponents to watch game film of.

For all the reasons listed in this article plus the inconsistencies of many playoff teams, the Bungles included, I wouldn't want to be playing the team with the hot hand. Much like in hockey you don't want to be in a playoff series with a hot goaltender.

Cincy fans, I truly hope you finish with the 3rd seed. We're going to come to town and dominate you like we did in October. New England? You may think you have history on your side but payback is an absolute bitch. Don't think this team has a short memory.

The only team in the AFC I know nothing about is Denver. I haven't seen one game all year. Given that I don't want to talk smack on a H2H matchup with them. I will agree that Indy is a paper tiger. Much like the 15-1 Steelers were last year, yes I said it. Their record last year included no dominating "HOLY %&#!" kind of offensive or defensive performances.

We have three in a row to build on. Sunday I feel sorry for those Lions because this is one hungry football team.


34 posted on 12/31/2005 6:29:18 AM PST by PittsburghAfterDark
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To: beyond the sea
Fact is, if Roethlisberger hadn't been knocked out of the lineup, the Steelers would be shooting for a 13-3 record and a possible No. 2 seed. Their only losses would be to New England, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.
The Tommy Maddox factor, far more than any other, put this team in the hole it's in.
"Fact is"???
The "fact IS" that Roethlisberger WAS knocked out of the lineup.
Yes, Maddox sucked Big Time, but it is still just speculation that the Stillers would've won.

Please don't misunderstand, I'm still gonna be rootin' for the Stillers...
and I'm glad to see Ben back in the lineup...
But he still has two bum knees, and I'm not convinced that he's 100%.

35 posted on 12/31/2005 6:30:24 AM PST by Willie Green (Go Pat Go!!!)
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To: beyond the sea
I too have been a lifelong Steeler fan, though I live in California, my parents were from Bethlehem PA. I'll always remember that fourth super bowl victory over the LA Rams... at the end of the third quarter the Rams were ahead 19/17 and everyone was calling and ragging on me. Swann was knocked out of the game on a touchdown pass he caught in the third quarter. The first play of the fourth quarter was third and eight from the Steeler 25. Chuck Noll called 60-prevent-slot-hook and go. Two Ram defenders collided with each other and Stallworth caught it over his right shoulder and raced untouched for a 75 yard TD.
36 posted on 12/31/2005 6:34:19 AM PST by skimask (I'll march through Hell wearing shorts soaked in gasoline, if needed to get the job done)
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To: beyond the sea
Defense wins big games.

You gotta love the way the "D" is playing right now.

37 posted on 12/31/2005 6:57:10 AM PST by Pietro
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To: montag813
If the Cowboys get in, watch out. They are the kind of team that can literally beat anyone on a given day. Or, they could lose to anyone, including the Texans, on a given day.

I think the Colts would annihilate the Steelers, and I think either the Patsies or Colts will whip them.

38 posted on 12/31/2005 7:04:46 AM PST by LS
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To: ncpatriot
"Us too."

Us three.

GO STEELERS!!

39 posted on 12/31/2005 7:15:44 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: LS
If the Cowboys get in, watch out. They are the kind of team that can literally beat anyone on a given day. Or, they could lose to anyone, including the Texans, on a given day.

I agree. I could see Mr Jones running for 200 yards and 3 TDs vs. Seattle, plus a TD runback by special teams. Seattle had the easiest schedule of the top tier teams, and could have lost 3 TIMES to the Giants, had their kicker not choked.

40 posted on 12/31/2005 7:21:23 AM PST by montag813
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To: mass55th

We won't be able to get the Steelers game tomorrow. We'll be seeing the Buffalo/Jets game, then the Seahawks at four.


41 posted on 12/31/2005 7:31:52 AM PST by ncpatriot
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To: skimask
I think the fact that they wont have a home game in the playoffs helps them too.

Me too.

42 posted on 12/31/2005 7:40:21 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Great post.

Btw, you can get a look at Denver later today.

43 posted on 12/31/2005 7:42:31 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: ncpatriot

More than likely, we won't get it either here in central NY State either. It's either Buffalo, Jets or Giants. My son has a subscription online where he can listen to the Steelers games. It's better than not getting it at all I guess.


44 posted on 12/31/2005 7:46:32 AM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway~~John Wayne)
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To: Willie Green
But he still has two bum knees, and I'm not convinced that he's 100%.

Yes I hear you, he's not 100%. His thumb is still a problem and he's got some leg problems. But after playing a little and watching pro sports for five decades I have often noticed that some player play better when they are a little physically challenged. Sometimes it's best to be a little hurt. But saying that, I still would like Ben to be 100%.

Anyhow, we'll see.

Go Stillers.

45 posted on 12/31/2005 7:47:21 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: skimask

I almost had a heart attack that game. That QB of theirs (Ferragammo) had a good game, and we were in trouble. That was one of the greatest Super Bowls ever.


46 posted on 12/31/2005 7:59:07 AM PST by beyond the sea (If you need a really new idea ..................... read a really old book.)
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To: beyond the sea

"They're such a smart team."

And the refs love'em (no, I'm not talking about the Snow Job).

A couple of weeks ago, the Pats were playing a must win game. On a critical 3rd and short, Brady takes a quick snap and sneaks for the first down. The defense was caught flat footed and the announcers were squealing about what a genius play it was.

Just one problem, the O-line was not set, not even close. Illegal procedure call, right? Wrong. After that non-call, and about 55 others I've seen this year, it's apparent to me that the refs will do anything it takes to get the Pats to the AFC Championship Game.


47 posted on 12/31/2005 8:46:07 AM PST by Go_Raiders ("Being able to catch well in a crowd just means you can't get open, that's all." -- James Lofton)
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To: PittsburghAfterDark
Remember back in 69, when handratty was promising the future with bradshaw. I miss the sports & ethnic foods more than anything else (living up here on the Yukon); but ain't ready to move back. If I was though, would be the burgh.

Cincy is going to get pounded, but after that its a new season. Injuries can change the entire picture.

48 posted on 12/31/2005 8:46:28 AM PST by Eska
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To: beyond the sea
Here we go Steelers, Here we go!!!
49 posted on 12/31/2005 9:22:07 AM PST by baclava
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