posted on Jan, 23 2006 @ 11:28 PM
Well, Fried, your game plan is sound, if it can be put into effect. However, Plummer has to be one of the worst QB's ever to start a conference
championship game, and he only got to do so because of what a bunch of zebras--who should be interrogated by other, equally incompetent hacks at the
FBI--did to New England. I know New England stunk in the second half, but even then they did so with zebraesque [SIC!] help, and the last 3 minutes
of the first half made a fine emetic.
Oh, and one other flaw in your game plan: Hasselbeck is 10 times the QB Plummer is. Shanahan is a great system coach. For several years, he has
turned just about any lead rusher into a statistical peer of Jim Brown, and he's turned Plummer into a much better passer, on paper, than he really
is. Yesterday, the emperor had no clothes because he faced a real defensive unit and real zebras, forcing him to be what he's not: a real NFL QB.
So, let's not forget this Steelers team:
(1) Likely would not have won in Round One, except for Carson Palmer's horrific injury. That's something I cannot prove, any more than I can prove
the Lakers would have beaten the Pistons the year Magic and Scott suffered season-ending hamstring injuries at the start of Game One of the NBA
Finals, but any reasonable person will have to admit it's DAMN LIKELY Cinci beats the Steelers without that injury. Let's be charitable and say the
game would have been a tossup. SO, instead of a 50-50 game, the Steelers had a game where they were a what, 5-1 favorite.
Then, in Playoff Game 2, they played an obviouslly flat and off-kilter Indi team, one which I think should have been coached by someone else that day,
as I've commented at length before. Now, I think the Steelers deserve a TON of credit for that game, considering the (take your choice)
atrocious/corrupt/blind-but-consistently-anti-Pittsburgh officiating in the second most poorly officiated game in the most horribly officiated NFL
postseason I've ever seen; AND
In Playoff Game 3, they faced perhaps the worst starting QB to start a conference title game since... who? Did Kordell Stewart ever start one? I
know David Woodley did, and I would consider him worse than Plummer, I suppose, but that's a long time ago.
And, of course, it shouldn't have come down like that, anyway. When Pitt was overcoming the Colts' great offense AND those horrible zebras, New
England was falling apart in the second half because 11 men cannot beat 11 inferior men plus 8 (take your choice) weasels-zebras/blind
IF New England properly wins that game, THEY would have played Pitt yesterday. Assuming the title game was played before sighted, competent, etc.,
officials, would anyone have liked to bet on Pitt against New England, in Foxborough? I doubt it. I'd have given at least 2-1 to any such, um, brave
However, you can't hold the atrocities in the New England/Denver game against the Steelers. They beat the Bengals, and their hit on Palmer was a
clean one. They beat the consensus #1 team in the NFL AND the slings and arrows of officiating so outrageous the league (i) apologized for it
and (ii) didn't even fine a player for calling it corrupt, which I thought would cost him a six-figure sum.
In other words, the Steelers did EVERYTHING THEY WERE ASKED TO DO. They didn't Romanowski Carlson Palmer out of Game One, and it's not their fault
New England wasn't around for the Title Game.
If I were they, I sure wouldn't expect to encounter in Detroit anything remotely like the generosity of Denver.