Good Wednesday (Gameday) to you Steelers fans.
When I was much younger, the was a computer game (on floppy disk mind you) called “Tuesday Night Football.” There were no graphics other than the field and an ‘X’ that marked where the ball was. You could only play as the Houston Oilers or Pittsburgh Steelers and all of the players were given generic names that closely resembled their real ones. You could choose from a list of offensive plays and a list of defensive plays and once you did this, a running dialogue of the play would start on the screen. For a brief moment this week, I thought for the first time in my life we’d actually see pro football on a Tuesday night. While that didn’t come to pass, ‘Wednesday Afternoon Football’ appears to be here and it couldn’t feel more surreal.
Perception Meeting Reality
It’s no secret that many in Steelers Nation believe there is a significant bias in favor of Baltimore from the League office and more specifically, from Baltimore native Roger Goodell. The past week has once again illustrated this point with teams dealing with similar problems being forced to play while the Ravens have gotten one reprieve after another. The cherry on the sundae came last night when the Ravens arrived in Pittsburgh. League protocol requires that all players, coaches and staff travel together for away games (and must arrive the day prior) or those who don’t cannot play. Here’s the document stating this.
Tweet of the Day…
— Dejan Kovacevic (@Dejan_Kovacevic) December 1, 2020
The fact that Dobbins and Ingram are scheduled to arrive on gameday should disqualify them from playing this evening. If they do, it will be a direct violation of League protocol. Yet I’m willing to bet nothing happens. This has been a huge embarrassment for the NFL but they and Goodell do not care. This isn’t about player safety it’s about money. Plain and simple. If you haven’t figured this out by now I don’t know what to tell you.
The Steelers got some good news yesterday when they announced that Isaiah Buggs and Kevin Dotson had been removed from the Covid-19 list.
The more I look at this game tonight the more I realize the Steelers are in a ‘no-win situation.’ I say this because if they lose it will be a huge upset with so many important Ravens’ players out. If they win big, they were “supposed to” and if they squeak by then “they aren’t that good if they can’t beat a JV Ravens’ team.” I can tell you confidently that Mike Tomlin and company should not care and I’m guessing they don’t. The goal is simple for tonight. Win and move on.
The Three-Point Stance
Here’s our game preview that I’ve had to edit so many times now for all I know we are playing on Mars, in a snowstorm and the Ravens have Vinny Testaverde at QB! Absolutely nuts this week has been!
Have a great day Steeler Nation!
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