|I'll Be That Guy...|
|Written by Cotter|
|August 12, 2013 00:00|
So, let's not pretend like there aren't several pretty significant issues going on with the Steelers right now, not the least of which is zero O-line depth behind a line that's combined age is Troy Polamalu, or really, experienced/capable depth at any position, frankly.
But, let's also not allow 60 minutes of a game played four weeks from when the first one that actually counts will be played determine our outlook on the Steelers' collective or individual 2013-2014 fortune(s).
Not that any of you were going to do that necessarily, but like the post title says - I'll be that guy. You know, the guy who says in so many words, "whatevs, it's only preseason."
Now, spoiler alert: I should probably admit that I didn't really watch much beyond the first quarter and a half, so I'm not going to be providing any kind of meaningful analysis of our 3rd string safeties or anything (although I doubt you were expecting that anyhow, and apparently I missed quite a series of Benny Hill theme song worthy mishaps). Plus, you've probably already read that 10 other places by now, seeing as how my "recap" is a solid 36 hours later than it should be (because I do what I want on my own damn time).
In an ideal world, sure, I would've spent all three hours or whatever watching guys that could be mowing lawns in September, but it was Saturday night, you guys, and also - booze.
If you have some unique perspective on any of this feel free to share with us in the comments.
Anyway, as I mean to keep this "recap" as eventful as Saturday's little tea party, let's just talk about the net positives.
Oh yeah, and PS - I'm strongly considering doing Meeting People Is Easy this week, so if you're interested in announcing your presence to all 12 people who read OFTOT...
Now, onward to those "positives"...
1) No injuries.
I said it on Twitter, and I'll reiterate it here...
The reality is, very little of what you see in a preseason game is relevant to the team's veritable regular season success. Starters play for all of a quarter/half at most, and probably only in the 3rd preseason game, and the most exciting thing that should happen is that your beer is always full and no one leaves on the Cart of Sadness.
So, try not to let anything you witnessed taint your view of this year's Steeler team, because realistically, you didn't see this year's Steeler team as it will be in Weeks 1 through 16.
Just be happy we're inching our way through a river of glorified scrimmages to September 8 at Heinz Field.
And that there's beer.
2) The turf apparently looked uncharacteristically pristene.
I would've said "in midseason form," but when referring to Heinz Field, that wouldn't be a compliment.
By the way, shout out to literally every member of the Pittsburgh sports media, who all tweeted about this at least once.
Can't wait to get blocked by a few more of them after this.
Also, nice of the grounds crew to make sure the turf is beautiful for the most meaningless game that will be played there this year. I'll be sure to remember this when we're starting to enter a playoff race in late November and a punt sticks in the mud or something.
3) Tomlin is all business as usual.
The standard is the standard, you guys.
4) Manning face.
Can you imagine if they were just standing there, shaking hands, staring at each other with those puppy dog eyes, not saying a word?
I can, because I have absolutely no idea what these two could possibly have to say to each other.
Maybe Eli was asking Ben to sign a ball for his older brother.
CUT THAT MEAT!
5) No Phil Simms.
Enjoy it while it lasts, folks.
Not that the local media was a welcomed alternative.
Would've really enjoyed that play if I had seen it. Top notch camera work by NBC New York. Instead, I got to see the whites of Ben's eyes while he watched that play unfold. Cute shenanigans.
So, all in all, it's nice to see something resembling Steeler football again, but try not to get too excited or concerned about anything that happened in Saturday's cock tease.
Some guys saw action who wanted it, some guys saw action who needed it, and some guys didn't get action at all because it's not worth risking longer term health for a few snaps in a game that was only meant to simulate what it will be like post-September 1.
Keep your minds right, and let's get after it again next Monday in DC.
Just a few more weeks until the main course, you guys.
Here we go!
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