Monday Night Football Live-Blog Week Nine: Steelers-Redskins 2nd Half

Monday, November 03, 2008


Well that was just about the quickest set of questions I've ever seen in my life. Both candidates did a good enough job, and with both sets of questions exactly the same, there was really no room for any mistakes. The Berman impression from McCain was pretty funny though and Obama's pro-College Football Playoff platform was well received. Video later but we're moving back to the game for now....

10:24- 10-6 Steelers at the half and we're seemingly just getting started in this defensive battle/boring as hell game. And wow.....Michele Tafoya is reporting that Byron Leftwich is coming into the game!!! Huuuuuge. Steelers ball to start....

Moore out to the 28-yard line and here comes Leftwich! Amazing turn of events there. I'd be waiting for a steady dose of Parker....and on cue he picks up five going up the middle. Willie up the middle again and it'll be 3rd and a yard....

Davenport this time....first down on the second effort. Heath Miller now out too. That first half was a battle. Leftwich back to pass......avoids the sack.....DEEP TO WASHINGTON! Got it.....wide open for 50 yards. Amazing throw there. 1st down at the Skins 11....1st down run by Parker gets three, 2nd down is thrown out of bounds, 3rd and long....First down at the one to Mewelde Moore. That's a dagger and a half right there....

Parker up the middle....Touchdown....

Extra point is missed though....16-6 Steelers

That was just a dominating drive and a great way to start a second half. Skins go three and out on their first drive of the second half and it appears that 10 points is all the Steelers D will need. Skins punt to Holmes and he's taken down at the 50.

I'd rather watch the Saved By Zero ads than those rollover minutes ads where the minutes look like pogs. I mean, I'm still completely baffled by the minutes being pogs and and why you'd even conceptualized rollover minutes as being physical entities... fuck those rollover minutes ads! (Via Anon)

Amen. I hate the one where the guy spills the milk on them. First down run by Parker gets nothing, and then an end around to Washington loses six as Washington wasn't fooled. 3rd and 17....Moore loses even more yards and that's a three and out for Pittsburgh. Skins ball at their 28 after the punt.

"It's all about penetration."- Ron Jaworski

Ohhhh yeahhhh!

This is the Giants game all over again. (Via SS)

If this was the Giants game all over again, there would be a comeback coming. Tragically for AA, the Redskins are overrated and have no chance of coming back. I bet you guys can't wait for next week's Sunday Night Live-blog where I can display my Eagles' homerism and you can laugh at me as the Eagles lose to the Giants. (Via JFein)

10:46- They just can't move the ball against good rush defenses. Plain and simple. I wouldn't say they're overrated, but they're certainly a one-trick pony. Right on cue, Campbell goes to Portis for four. Portis up the middle for five and it'll be a third and one....

Play action to Cooley and he gets it all the way out to the 50. That was a ballsy yet impressive call. Portis up the middle for three and into Steelers territory. Screen to Portis for sixteen and I've said it time and time again....best play in Football. Especially with a blitzing team like Pittsburgh.

PICK! Fumble......PENALTY FLAG!!!!! Holding....Steelers ball. Pardon me while I lose my s**t.

"Best looking drive the Redskins have in a while." - Mike Tirico....then the interception. (Via SS)

Jaws seems to think the Redskins should challenge the play but there's no chance Townsend didn't pick that one. Skins challenge anyway. The ball is moving, but he seems to have control there at the very end. He doesn't make a step though, which could be something. Don't think it's getting overturned personally.

Can I safely assume that The Steelers and Obama are going to win tonight and just go to bed now, or do I have to suffer abit more yet? (Via Rob in WI)

Yes....you are free to go. The call is upheld and Leftwich is sacked on first down. Parker gets a few back and it'll be 3rd and 15....First down as the Redskins decide to blitz yet again.

"Big long, elongated delivery."- Ron Jaworski

Parker for eight and a Landry tackle saved an even longer gain. Parker is dropped by Horton though on second down and that's a loss of two. 3rd and 4....Moore is wide open and that one goes into Skins territory. End of the third.

Great play by Leftwich (AGAIN!) as he escapes the blitz and dumps to Moore for 25 yards. That's all the way down to the 22. Moore up the middle on first for two is followed by an incomplete pass at the goal line to Holmes. 3rd and 8....

First down to Hines Ward. Nice catch and a TD here will end it for the Skins....

"Steelers up ten. Looking to add Moore....Mewelde Moore."- Mike Tirico

Ugh. 2nd and Goal from the five....

Leftwich to Holmes and that's another TD. Why Carlos Rodgers was giving him 8 yards when the ball was on the five is beyond me....

23-6 Steelers.


After a nice run from Portis, and a lucky roughing the passer call on a fourth down, the Skins are faced with a third and twelve from the Steelers' 23.....Cooley gets the first down over the middle and we're under nine minutes left in the game.

Campbell up the middle....Touchdown. It's going to be challenged because that one isn't even close. Campbell is a good yard away from the goal line and Washington will probably kick the Field Goal they need now.

Did Stewart Scott just say Barrack Abama? (Via Anon)

I think I missed that one, but anything is possible with Stu. Of course the Redskins go for it now. I know it's a half a yard, but it just doesn't make sense to me with just one timeout....

Of course they play action and don't get it. Just dumb. Well wait....if they get a safety then it was a great decision. Ooooh almost on first down. Moore barely gets out.

Steelers opening up the ginormous can of whoopass. If I'm Hooded Sweatshirt Head Coach Who Shall Not Be named next week, I'm officially worried. (Via James Craven)

Not with Ben Roethlisberger's should ailing, but Leftwich isn't that bad of a backup. Berger's punt goes to the 30 and if this were Madden, I would just kick the FG right now. The Skins however decide to go for it on another 4th down and Campbell gets dropped. Just terrible play calling, but then again....what's new right? On two goal line plays when you were down 17 with upwards of 7 minutes left....you lost a timeout for basically no reason, and two attempts to make it a two score game. Ugh.

Steelers will jump up a few spots in the power rankings and the Redskins will obviously drop a good bit. With a bye week, and then the hungry Cowboys coming in, things aren't looking so cut and dry anymore. Great win by the Steelers though and that Week Seventeen game against the Titans is going to be an all out war.

Final: Steelers 23 - Redskins 6

83 Comments:

Hopefully the friggin pace picks up eh?

Anonymous said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:21:00 PM  

Is this the jfein open thread?

Maybe it will be more interesting then this game.

Anonymous said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:21:00 PM  

T.O. and Clinton: BFF

49er16 said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:22:00 PM  

big ben is out? wow

Anonymous said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:25:00 PM  

beautiful pass

Anonymous said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:28:00 PM  

You know you're team sucks when Byron Leftwich orchestrates a beautiful touchdown drive on your defense.

Sorry AA, but it had to be said.

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:31:00 PM  

And the weakness in this team that is the secondary folds once again, 17-6 Steelers.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:32:00 PM  

Berman was surprisingly good. I was waiting on the question on which guys health care plan would legalize Canadian deus, deus, deus.

Mal said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:33:00 PM  

Er...16-6.


BTW, Saved By Zero played twice at halftime, so that's 5 we've had.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:33:00 PM  

Wow, Reed misses an extra point. That's a rarity. I have always viewed him as one of the more reliable kickers in the NFL.

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:33:00 PM  

I'd rather watch the Saved By Zero ads than those rollover minutes ads where the minutes look like pogs. I mean, I'm still completely baffled by the minutes being pogs and and why you'd even conceptualized rollover minutes as being physical entities... fuck those rollover minutes ads!

Anonymous said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:34:00 PM  

Crappy tackling by the Skins, and the Greg Blache 3rd plus 1 yd to gain first down zone works it magic again.


Tirico at the end of the first half made it seem like the Steelers were an offensive juggernaut. Yea, a 20-yd drive off a blocked kick makes you Air Coryell.

jg said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:35:00 PM  

AA, pleeeeeease be a homer, it's more fun that way. ;-)

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:36:00 PM  

jackass.

Anonymous said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:37:00 PM  

"I wonder what this night is like for the current president, George Bush?" - Mike Tirico

Why don't Chris Berman interview him and we find out? And besides, the new president doesn't start until January 20th. The only thing Bush has to look forward to tomorrow is who is replacement is going to be, not the fact that he is going to be replaced tomorrow night.

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:37:00 PM  

This is the Giants game all over again.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

Oh man, Campbell was dropped like a bad habit on that one.

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:39:00 PM  

@ SSR: If this was the Giants game all over again, there would be a comeback coming. Tragically for AA, the Redskins are overrated and have no chance of coming back.

I bet you guys can't wait for next week's Sunday Night Live-blog where I can display my Eagles' homerism and you can laugh at me as the Eagles lose to the Giants. ;-)

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:41:00 PM  

"[Lanover, MD is] about a dozen miles, or an hour drive at the wrong time [to DC] - Mike Tirico

HA!

I'm not from the area, but I've been in the DC area before, and yeah, Tirico isn't exagerating much on that one.

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:43:00 PM  

"Yeah they got penetration." - Ron Jaworski

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

fuckwit commenters.

Buzz Bissinger said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:44:00 PM  

Chris Samuels = Garbage


"Best looking drive the Redskins have in a while." - Mike Tirico....then the interception.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:50:00 PM  

Can I safely assume that The Steelers and Obama are going to win tonight and just go to bed now, or do I have to suffer abit more yet?

Rob in WI said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:52:00 PM  

"Drinkability" is stupid, but I like the way people try to freeze in the commercial.

Mal said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:52:00 PM  

@mal

The guy with the hotsauce is my favorite drinkability.

Rob in WI said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:54:00 PM  

Good to see the ghost of George Carlin has joined us tonight. (see swearing man @ 10:53).

Mal said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:55:00 PM  

Oooooo. And just like a ghost...he is gone. I'm so excited, I'm so excited...I'm so, so scared.

Mal said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:56:00 PM  

@ Rob - I kinda like the chick drinking from the hose. Sorry. That's just wrong.

Mal said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:57:00 PM  

Oh look, Carlos Rogers blows coverage.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

@mal

also a good one...

on that note, g'nite folks. Remember to vote tomorrow, even if you vote wrong.

Rob in WI said...
Nov 3, 2008, 10:58:00 PM  

I'm calling this game over.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:00:00 PM  

BOOBIES!! TITTIES!!! SUCK AND FUCK THE CUNT!

ghost of swearing man said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:04:00 PM  

Blache needs to be fired now

jg said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:04:00 PM  

"It's a play made by Byron Leftwich that looked like Ben Roethilsberger"- Ron Jaworski

The grammar police would be heavily disappointed in Jaws.

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:04:00 PM  

I don't even care anymore Swearing Man. Keep having your fun and hitting refresh.

Nov 3, 2008, 11:05:00 PM  

Jason Campbell, you were given arms, throw the ball away every once in a while.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:06:00 PM  

Bernie Mac's final movie sadly looks like a stupid one.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:07:00 PM  

Did TK just ask which senator wins if the Steelers win? What a total a-hole. I wonder what shoes Barack is wearing tonight?

Mal said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:08:00 PM  

Carlos Rogers = The Suck

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:09:00 PM  

Cue AA's cursing tirade...

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:09:00 PM  

FUCK CARLOS RODGERS!!!!!!!!!!

Nov 3, 2008, 11:10:00 PM  

Oh well, at least this wont be part of NFL replay on NFLN

jg said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:11:00 PM  

Byron: "Del Rio. Tell me how my a$$ tastes".

Mal said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:13:00 PM  

Apparently the only way Chris Samuels can stop somebody is by holding them.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:14:00 PM  

What is it going to take to cut Samuels and Jansen ?

jg said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:15:00 PM  

"Pittsburgh's doing to Campbell what the other NFC East teams did to Roethisberger" - Dr. Kornheiser

His second half talking point is how this game is revenge by the Steelers for the Eagles and Giants did to them.

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:16:00 PM  

"If it's on the Steelers, it's a dumb penalty" - Ron Jaworski stating the obvious on a 4th down.

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:17:00 PM  

Huddling down by three scores in the 4th idiots!

jg said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:20:00 PM  

This commercial is AWESOME!!!! Heidi Klum goes Guitar Hero in her undies. AWESOME. AWESOME.

Mal said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

There has got to be better video of Kenny Albert calling the Packers the Knockers.

Mal said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

Ahh cute, the 'Skins are trying to score.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:21:00 PM  

Did Stu Scott just call Barack Obama, "Barack Abama"?

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:22:00 PM  

Anyone else notice that we haven't had ONE Saved By Zero commercial this half?

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:22:00 PM  

Did Stewart Scott just say Barrack Abama?

Anonymous said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:23:00 PM  

Sweet Christ On A cracker, the Deadskins look like giant bloodclots in the monochrome burgandy.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:23:00 PM  

Taking too much time !

jg said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:24:00 PM  

There is no way that is a TD.....go for it anyway Zorn.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:24:00 PM  

Upon initial sight, I thought Campbell was way short. And sure enough, I'm right.

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:24:00 PM  

yes jfein...he did

it sounded like Ibama...like he's Japanese

Anonymous said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:24:00 PM  

Stay classy, Swearing Man.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:25:00 PM  

That TD call was not even close. Refs across the NFL (or as Jawas always calls it, "The National Football League")seem to be getting very sloppy in all calls this year. At least this can be reviewed.

Mal said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:25:00 PM  

Yeah, jfein. It will be overturned right about...

NOW!

JamesCraven said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:26:00 PM  

FUCK MCDICKY COCKY PENISY SHITTY TITTY CUNTY CUNT CUNT FUCKITY FUCK JAMES FUCKING CRAVEN DICKSUCKER FUCK!

swearing man lives said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:28:00 PM  

OK. Now it is just annoying me. Tirico is doing it too. These guys know we understand what is meant by "NFL". We don't really think it stands for "No Fun League". Please sound all pompous and say "National Football League" as many times as you can.

Mal said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:29:00 PM  

"4th and goal...Redskins have to score" - Mike Tirico stating the obvious.

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

Worst. Play call. Ever.

Mal said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

My goodness that was a Holmgren playcall.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

Steelers opening up the ginormous can of whoopass. If I'm Hooded Sweatshirt Head Coach Who Shall Not Be named next week, I'm officially worried.

JamesCraven said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

BS play call there, ok with decision to go for it

jg said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

"Once again the Skins had penetration." - Jaws

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:30:00 PM  

TK: "I'm totally breathless on this. Who was president when Dick LeBeau was born?"

Mal said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:32:00 PM  

OH WHAT A FUCKING DICK I HAVE!!! FUCKING HUNG LIKE A FUCKING HORSE MOTHERFUCKERS!! EAT SEMEN BITCHES WHO SUCK MY COCK!!!

swearing AND horny man said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:34:00 PM  

If the Redskins kicked field goals, this would be an interesting game right now...

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:37:00 PM  

Does Zorn realize that a field goal gets them to 14 points?


Guess he doesn't have a hurry-up offense still.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:38:00 PM  

game over

jg said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:38:00 PM  

Dont steelers play colts next week ?

jg said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:44:00 PM  

lets see heidi again!!!!!

Anonymous said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:44:00 PM  

"Dancing, maybe Jason Taylor could give him some tips and he, too, could be on Dancing with the Stars" - Dr. Kornheiser

"They're @'s are not the most difficult @'s" - Dr. Kornheiser making no sense talking about the Redskins' schedule.

Those quotes combined with the current discussion about Philadelphia, parades, and the Soul, should be enough to send AA over the edge on what has already been a long night for him ;-)

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:45:00 PM  

Congrats Senator Obama.

ssreporters said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:50:00 PM  

Damn, that was a pretty random ass Penguins reference by Tony. I guess mentioning hockey on ESPN is a good thing, though.

Anonymous said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:52:00 PM  

Niners-Cardinals next Monday Night. You can just shoot yourself now, AA. No one will blame you.

JFein said...
Nov 3, 2008, 11:54:00 PM  

This game might have been closer if it was played at Fed Ex. Oh wait it was???

Anonymous said...
Nov 4, 2008, 12:01:00 AM  

Anyone else think Tony Kornheiser needs to get rid of that comb over?

http://www.tonycutyourhair.com.

Apparently I'm not the only one.

Anonymous said...
Nov 26, 2008, 4:58:00 PM  

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