Since Gretz is a season-ticket holder, he’s going to take a look at the debauchery and insanity that takes place in the Heinz Field stands after every home game he attends. And yes, this is one very late in the week and yes it’s random thrown together. I mean even more than usual.
Like Ryan, I approached Sunday’s game against New England with no expectations. Even when the Steelers were controlling the game and leading by 10 points in the fourth quarter I still figured the Patriots were going to find a way to pull it out, as they always seem to do.
But they didn’t this time, and if the Steelers red zone offense had been better on even one of those many trips, this game is probably a blow out. It was exciting, it was fun, and it was one of the best regular season atmosphere’s at Heinz Field in quite some time.
Some thoughts and observations…
– That was one of the least efficient days Tom Brady has had throwing the football in about five years. Before Sunday’s game I made a comment to Ryan asking him if he thought the Steelers corners were playing closer to the line this season, and neither one of us could come up with a definitive answer other than, “it seems that way.” It definitely was that way on Sunday.
There were times over the first four games that the Steelers defense looked to be old, slow and done, but they managed to shut down one of the best offenses the NFL has seen over the past 20 years using a lineup that, on any given play, consisted of Keenan Lewis, Cortez Allen, Chris Carter or Stevenson Sylvester. Nobody saw that coming. I mean, I’ve been a bigger believer in the Steelers’ pass defense than most over the past couple of seasons, but that was an impressive showing.
And suddenly, the Steelers (offense and defense) looks like the Steelers again.
– I’m not surprised the Steelers won a game by throwing the football 50-plus times. I’m surprised there are still people (national and local) that are still surprised by this. It’s a passing team and has been for about five years now.
– Bill Belichick is on the field complaining to an official after every single play. This is not hyperbole. He is out there every. Single. Play. This drove my dad and me nuts. And Belichick is not just complaining to the ref, he’s all the way out by the numbers. Every play.
– What a collection of random jersey’s: Packers, Browns, Dolphins, Cowboys, 49ers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets (Thomas Steen — the original, real Winnipeg Jets).
There was also this guy, who appeared in a Terrell Owens Dallas Cowboys jersey. He was apparently dressed as “looking for work” Owens as he was carrying a cardboard sign that read, “Will work for food.” He’s also, as you can see, wearing black face. This is not a good idea.
– Other Halloween costumes: A guy wearing a Gene Simmons costume, a “Terrible Turtle,” which is just what it sounds like: a turtle with a Terrible Towel-themed shell. Oh, and the President! He was holding a sign that said “Vote for Tomlin ’12″
– One of our first Steely McBeam sightings of the season…
– This blurry picture doesn’t do it justice, but Pittsburgh at night is just a beautiful sight…