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.

– And so it is: Steelers vs. Ravens, Round 3. As if it were going to be any other way.

The Jets found a way to steal another one late on Saturday night and the Chiefs couldn’t get out of their own way on Sunday resulting in an epic slate of AFC Divisional games. Patriots-Jets will get all of the national love and attention, and that’s just fine with me. It’s not the path we wanted, but you know what? Super Bowls are hard to win, and any path with any opponent was going to be difficult. And if you think there’s no way the Steelers can go through Baltimore and New England/New York, I’ll just kindly point out there was no way Seattle was going to beat New Orleans on Saturday.

On a semi-related note, I’m calling it today: Seahawks vs. Packers in the NFC Championship game.

In other news, I’ve already received one absurd offer for my tickets and politely laughed. It’s on. And now onto the links…

– Early motivation. [One For The Other Thumb]

– Home Field Advantage: Is it real? [Behind The Steel Curtain]

– And again it comes to this… [D.C. Steeler Nation]

– And for your random YouTube of the day: The best safety in the NFL…

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  • Anonymous

    Does anyone know if Tyrone Carter’s brother will be available for the game this week?

    • countertorque

      He should be out by now, right? I thought it was like a 4 year sentence.

  • Anonymous

    I am still hoping to see Atlanta in Dallas. That is the only team Ben has not beaten and barring SuperBowls, he won’t have another chance for four years.

  • Stillerfan

    I am curious what you mean by absurd offer. What I see as absurd are what people are trying to fetch for them.

    If you don’t want to watch the game, sell your tickets to someone who does.

    • Gretz

      By absurd I mean if I would have taken it I could have paid for next year’s tickets.

      • GlennW

        Ticket prices for this game on StubHub really aren’t too bad– starting at $175/each upstairs, with a ridiculous 5400 tickets available on StubHub alone. I think there are plenty of these fair-weather (literally) season-ticket holders willing to cash in and watch from the warmth of their homes. This is an ugly phenomenon related to the move from Three Rivers to Heinz Field that I’ve commented on before. The hardcore fans are still there, but a significant number of them have been replaced with wannabee poseurs.

        • GlennW

          I should also point out that if this many tickets are available at these prices on Monday, by my experience there will be plenty of tickets floating around on the street on gameday at around $100 (or less). Just in case anyone is thinking of going but doesn’t have tickets. (My brothers held a ticket for me but I’m holding out for the AFCCG likely here in New England, if we take care of business. Already enough expensive trips for me this season.)

  • Anonymous

    Ed Bouchette asked Tomlin about the improvement in Ben’s interceptions this year and Coach said he was always pretty good.

    Interceptions/attempt (regular season):
    2007 3.46%, 2008 3.40%, 2009 2.37%, 2010 1.29%

  • David

    This game scares me. I’m calling it us, 17-16.

    BTW, the Jets are now the luckiest team of all time. The Clots, I mean Colts, have the worst STs of all time. Yes, even worse than us last year.

  • Anonymous

    They couldn’t keep Jerome Bettis out of the end zone. How can they keep him out of the Hall of Fame?

  • David

    BTW, if you have a hour of free time, here’s a great article discussing the NFL vs. Players battle based on the economics:

  • NohSpinZone

    Is it Saturday yet? This week is going to draaaaaaaaaaaaaaag, I just know it.

  • David