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.

- Another week, another game Big Ben gets clubbed in his ginormous melon and it goes uncalled. Standard response from the official not paying attention: “Oh, they’re just playing football!” [Tribune-Review]

- Assessing the Steelers’ offense vs. the Bengals [Behind the Steel Curtain]

- Troy Polamalu after the game: “First and foremost, I want to apologize for that play at the end of the game. It was incredibly arrogant and selfish and foolish of me. I represent something bigger than myself, my faith, my family and this team. I’ll try not to let that happen again.” [Observer-Reporter]

- Not to get too far ahead of ourselves here, but Rex Ryan admitted after the game that he thought about benching Mark Sanchez. [Star-Ledger]

Like there was any other candidate for today’s (not-so-)random YouTubage:

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  • http://www.google.com/profiles/100857546184516732260 Dr Obvious

    Vick got a shot out of bounds last night too. No call.

  • GlennW

    Regarding Ryan’s prior comment about Polamalu “struggling” earlier in the season, I think that was purely a matter of deployment. Being at the Patriots game, I was scratching my head as to why Troy was regularly setting up 30+ yards deep in the defensive backfield. One explanation I read at the time was that Timmons had been given Troy’s role as a disruptive play-maker at the line of scrimmage. Didn’t make much sense to me, but LeBeau and company appear to have gotten this straightened out. Let’s face it, in the playoffs (especially in a matchup against the Patriots) we’re going to have to be aggressive and take some gambles on defense, given the offensive injury problems.

  • Anonymous

    Peter King makes a nice point on MMQB.
    “I can only imagine how bad he might look now had he played the first four games instead of being suspended for them.”

    • Randy Steele

      …so maybe the suspension was a blessing after all?

  • Randy Steele

    One of the good things this morning about living in the greater NYC metro area is that I get to listen to the Jets’ fans on sports radio whine and wail about their team’s surrender yesterday to the Fish.

    (Loved the drop by Santonio Holmes in the end zone, by the way. That’s what happens when you don’t change the bong water for a month.)

  • Ted

    Among my many wrong predictions over the years, the biggest may have been buying into media hype in picking a Jets team with Mark Sanchez at QB to win a loaded AFC this year that still includes Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Ben Roethlisberger and Phillip Rivers at QB. What was I thinking?

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

      That he had Santonio Holmes?

      • Dean Keaton

        I know the Santonio trade has been beaten to death, but why could we not have traded Santonio for a good OL player?

  • Randy Steele

    As incredible as Troy has been playing lately, it seems a bit disingenuous to ask this, but does anyone else think he’s looking fat?

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

      Hahaha.

      He did look sorta like Skippy from the waist down, but I’m blaming it on the yellow stretch pants.

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

    Also: I’m firing up WFAN right now to hear Francesa talk Jets.

    • Randy Steele

      I’m listening to Francesa right now, too. It’s glorious. Francesa and the Jets have had a running feud all year, and it’s so bad that Jets’ players won’t come on his show for interviews.

      Now he’s getting even.

  • http://www.carlnatale.com/about-carl-natale/ Carl Natale

    Not so random thoughts and questions the day after:

    It’s time to give Troy Polamalu a cape.

    As beautifully as Troy played, am I crazy for wanting to give the game ball to Antwaan Randle El? He had catch worthy of a SI cover and a fun trick play that gained some yards.

    Speaking of trick plays. Are they working better these days or am I suffering from selective memory?

    Can someone ask Terrell Owens to define “soft?”

    Peter King suggests that Ben Roethlisberger benefits from missing the first four games. Those were four less games he was abused.

  • Dean Keaton
  • Dean Keaton

    Another. I love trolling Ravens blogs & message boards, it’s the best pick-me-up on a Monday.

    http://baltimoresportsreport.com/video-hines-wards-dirty-hits-on-the-ravens-10530.html

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

      Oh my. Thanks, Dean. Just tweeted that one out.

    • Anonymous

      I love the smile on Hines’ face after the Landry hit. I mentally added a thought bubble reading “Why is this guy bothering me? I’m on Obama’s advisory commision on asian-americans and Pacific islanders.”

  • Cols714

    The Ravens were lucky to win tonight. Oher looked awful and the Ravens just looked tired at the end of the game. I wonder if all that BS dancing crap at the beginning of the games gets these guys too hyped up and they just run out of gas at the end.