Morning Links (and Daily Thread)…

A quick daily look at what’s happening around Steelers Nation. And consider this your open thread for discussing the days events and, well, anything else that comes to mind about the Black and Gold.

– Hey, it’s another Friday, so it’s time for your predictions for Sunday’s game. It’s a big one as the best record in the AFC is up for grabs. And it’s up for grabs, in part, because …

– The Ravens lost to Atlanta on Thursday night, and it turned out to be a great game. At least the fourth quarter, anyway. Baltimore was thoroughly dominated in the first half, running 17 plays to Atlanta’s 43 and trailed 10-0. They then came out in the second half and opened with a sack, a two-yard run, and then an interception. Eventually, the Falcons built a 20-7 lead in the fourth quarter before Baltimore scored a pair of touchdowns, including a go-ahead score with a minute to play. That possession for Baltimore was set up because the usually sure-handed Roddy White flat out dropped a third-down pass that would have kept a drive going. Matt Ryan then had one more chance, taking over on his own 20-yard line with a minute to play, and proceeded to move the Falcons down the field — aided by a pass interference call on a third down — and completed it with a 41-yard touchdown pass to White. The game ended when Baltimore attempted to run a Stanford band play, failing because two receivers ran into each other. So there’s that.

Also worth pointing out: The NFL Network’s announcing crew is perhaps the worst trio ever assembled.

– Here’s another reminder that you can win tickets for Tuesday’s little get-together at the North Shore Saloon in Pittsburgh. [Us]

– And here’s Steelers Lounge Podcast #16. [Us]

– Former college offensive lineman Ben Muth takes a look at the Steelers offensive line. [Football Outsiders]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: Continuing with the Steelers that were in the NFL Network’s Top 100: Terry Bradshaw.

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  • Cols714

    The NFL Network announcers were miserable. At one point one of them was gushing over Matt Ryan like he was the best QB ever.

    One of them also stated that Deion Sanders was one of the top 5 players of all time.

    Ridiculous. Nice to see the Ratbirds lose.

  • SteelerBill

    I sent a Twitter message to Jason LaCanfora last night (not sure what good that would do) to let him know that the muted crowd noise was annoying. It was almost as if the announcers were watching the game on TV and then announcing it.

    Also, earlier this week on Twitter (very Twitter intensive today) Kordell Stewart called the Ravens ‘flawless’ and challenged people to challenge him on it. I did – and with all the stats during last night’s game (# of 80 yard drives given up etc..) you would think Kordell would have done his homework..

    • countertorque

      Hearing that Kordell Stewart is saying nice things about the Ravens is heartbreaking.

  • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

    For some reason, the NFLN’s Thursday night games always have audio issues. As Theismann and Millen were praising various players last night I had to remind myself that it was Theismann and Millen. Whatever they said, the opposite was most likely closer to the truth.

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Gushing over Matt Ryan… Didn’t an announcer do that during our game against them even while we were keeping their offense from doing almost anything? It’s not as bad as the Favrellatio, partially because Ryan is less annoying. But “Matty Ice” does seem like height be getting more credit than he deserves. Maybe it is because he fits a stereotype of what people tradtionally think a QB should be.

    • RoB D

      LOL>.love the new term of irrational Favre love.

      Matt Ryan seems like a nice kid and he’s obviously a good developing QB. But the hysterical love fest that Millen and Joe had going was just tooooo funny. And annoying at the same time.

      BTW, according to the announcers last night, it’s Ray Lewis and the defense. Ray Lewis’s defense. Ray Lewis’ Baltimore defense. When did he take ownership of the unit? How much did it cost him cause I think I’d like to have my name in front of the Steelers D. Rob D’s Steelers D….lol

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    Uh, “height” was the iPhone autofill because I missed a space between he and might.

  • Cols714

    I feel like I spend a lot of time here defending Bruce Arians. It’s not because I like the guy or think he’s done a great job, but because criticizing the OC is what every fanbase does. It doesn’t matter who your OC is. Take Cam Cameron from the Ravens. Steelers fans love the guy for some reason, yet Baltimore fans are not nearly as enthralled. I was checking the Ravens SBNation site and this is just a sampling of comments from last night’s game…

    I honestly think Cameron is retarded.

    Editor at Baltimore Beatdown – SB Nation Baltimore Ravens Blog

    by Baltimore Warrior on Nov 11, 2010 6:17 PM PST reply actions
    Not retarded

    just VERY stubborn

  • GlennW

    At the height of the gushing over Matty Ice, his numbers were at something like 5 yards/attempt and the Falcons’ offense was sputtering. But in the end he did have a very nice game, coming through on that final drive. Even if Roddy White did blatantly push off on the TD. I think the defender would have been better off keeping his feet and demonstrating the forced separation than flopping to the ground like a dead fish. Live at first look it did appear that he’d just tripped up and fallen on his own.

    Yeah, year after year these NFLN broadcasts come off as minor league. Some of it, like the absence of annoying sound effects and the like, is refreshing. But then they have to go and ruin that atmosphere with the blatherings of Theismann and Millen. My most enjoyable observation of the night was Millen carrying on about how as a personnel guy Bill Parcells knows football and more importantly “knows people”. Because, well, Big Matt certainly didn’t…

    • Cols714

      The announcing really took away from a pretty good game. The gushing over Ryan was pretty insane. I think one of them said he was going to make a DVD of every pass thrown by Ryan and watch it because he threw such a beautiful ball. They compared the guy to Peyton Manning over and over again. It was pretty gross. And I can’t let the comment by Millen that Deion Sanders was a top 5 all time player go by.

      Roddy White did push him down, but on first look it looked like he just tripped. Definitely more blatant than the play that got Hines Ward penalized.

      It was sweet to watch the Ravens defense get pushed around at the end though. Watching Ray Lewis hang is head is pretty awesome.

      Oh yeah, prediction:
      Pats 31-27

  • GlennW

    At the height of the gushing over Matty Ice, his numbers were at something like 5 yards/attempt and the Falcons’ offense was sputtering. But in the end he did have a very nice game, coming through on that final drive. Even if Roddy White did blatantly push off on the TD. I think the defender would have been better off keeping his feet and demonstrating the forced separation than flopping to the ground like a dead fish. Live at first look it did appear that he’d just tripped up and fallen on his own.

    Yeah, year after year these NFLN broadcasts come off as minor league. Some of it, like the absence of annoying sound effects and the like, is refreshing. But then they have to go and ruin that atmosphere with the blatherings of Theismann and Millen. My most enjoyable observation of the night was Millen carrying on about how as a personnel guy Bill Parcells knows football and more importantly “knows people”. Because, well, Big Matt certainly didn’t…

  • Randy Steele

    And has everyone read this dandy little item this morning? (Courtesy of the Post-Gazette)

    “The league informed the Steelers the penalty against Hampton should not have been called because he hit quarterback Carson Palmer on the thigh, not below the knee or to the head, after an incomplete pass.

    “On the next play from the Steelers 21, Taylor was penalized for pass interference against Terrell Owens, a call that was made by the official in the back of the end zone, not the side judge who was right in front of the play on the left sideline. The league told the Steelers no penalty should have been called.”

    • GlennW

      Pretty much the consensus opinion on both these “penalties”. Although I thought the single biggest reason that Hampton shouldn’t have been flagged was that he was engaged with a blocker and was spun/flung towards the ground coming out of that block. Even if Hampton had hit Palmer square in the knee he didn’t go low by his own initiative and could not have prevented the contact, which isn’t supposed to be a penalty. By comparison von Oelhoffen’s contact might have at least been avoidable (post-Brady-rule change).

    • RoB D

      Wow..Just wow..

    • David

      Well, we won, so it doesn’t hurt as much, as say, the failure to stop the clock at CLE after Kent Graham was sacked, or when Philly touched an onside kick before 10 yds, or others when we lost.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

    Why the bleep is Dennis Miller narrating these segments? I saw and heard more from him than I did the players in question.

  • David

    Preaching to the choir comment:

    Watching the game last night, the Raisins are still thugs. No team talks more, dances more, or complains more after plays and the game. The worst perpetrator is that McClain guy.

    In all fairness, if that was OPI on HInes at NO, then the Roddy White TD play was OPI+unnecessary roughness. That 3rd D catch, though, was a catch on the fingertips.

  • David

    I disagree, the worst crew is the MNF crew. Not b/c of Gruden, but b/c the other two bring the whole team down to below “Heidi” Bowl depths.

    Tthe best crew would be: Gus Johnson, Gary Danielson, and … Erin Andrews.

    • GlennW

      MNF is bad too, and Gruden only helps out a bit by bringing some unintentional humor to the table, which is fast getting old. But for my money Joe Theismann sinks a broadcast team like no one else in sports television history. The guy loves to hear himself talk and just will… not… shut… up. Jaworski is similar in this regard but at least has something meaningful to say once in a while.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UR6KXGPFIFYZSVJNCXCJNHDQJQ Bob Costas

        Both of those crews are awful. Every single one of them. I usually avoid those games whenever possible because of them but I couldn’t avoid Monday night last week and I got sucked into the game last night. I can literally feel the brain cells dying as either group gibbers on.

      • Cols714

        I don’t mind the MNF crew. But Jaworski is starting to annoy me. It’s nowhere near the level of awfulness that was and is the NFL Network announcers.

  • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

    Mork Florio is smart.

    • GlennW

      Why do you tease us into clicking on these PFT links, Ryan? Why why WHY?! I fell for it again…

      • http://www.steelerslounge.com/ ryan

        Haha. I was torn. I don’t want to feed the idiocy, but at the same time, Florio’s logic is so flawed that I couldn’t not do it. My apologies for making us all dumber.

  • EasyaLikeSundayMorning

    I refuse to give Florio a click. Don’t feed the troll!

  • EasyLikeSundayMorning

    I’m not typically an Arians basher. But if Simmons’ prediction that Houston will tank and Kubiak will be fired comes true, how quickly would you want Arians fired and Kubiak hired? Would a microsecond be too slow?

  • Randy Steele
    • Rob D

      Very nice..hope Aaron can make it back for the playoffs..what a boost that would be for the team.Aside from being my fave Steeler, he seems to be the ultimate glue guy in the lockeroom.Down to earth and very good at his job. It’s hard to watch anyone bear up under the pain of a child in peril. Been there, done that in my own life.