The Perspective Of An Average Steelers Fan: Felt Good Waking Up Monday Morning

Well, fans of the Black & Gold from all over Steelers Nation must be feeling good this morning. A little more pep to the step; a smooth glide to the stride. A Pittsburgh Steelers victory has a way of chasing our troubles away – at least for a little while.

Monday morning, I woke up in a hotel room following a homecoming visit to my alma mater in Pennsylvania. Was driving south toward Maryland when I spotted Steelers spoor. 61 miles from Heinz Field and still in Steelers Nation.

Arrived at the Outta the Way Café in Derwood, Maryland a full two hours before kickoff. Hearing reports of the Baltimore Ravens getting emBEARrassed. Not many fellow Steelers fans around at my Steelers bar – national broadcast. They have a San Francisco 49ers game on the big screen – just hoping it does not go to overtime. Finally, it is kickoff time for the game. Arrowhead Stadium is loud. I can attest to that after going to last year’s playoff game.

The Steelers came to play. The defense just shut down Alex Smith and Kareem Hunt. I don’t think the Kansas City Chiefs got a first down until late in the 2nd quarter. Le’Veon Bell was playing with alacrity. I like it. Don’t talk about your worth; demonstrate it on the field. Antonio Brown made a fantastic catch; he saved Ben from an interception and turned it into a 51-yard touchdown pass. AB more than made up for the miscues early in the game including not fielding the kick after the safety. Shame on Danny Smith; he should have reminded him that it was a live ball like a kickoff.

I liked the mix of passing and running. It was old school. 25 passing attempts versus 37 runs. A nagging issue remains the lack of scoring. This offense could be explosive but continues to sputter points. Just 17 this game. The defense is stepping up; though again the Steelers had to make the end of the game exciting. My big bold prediction was James Harrison making a pick 6. He failed me; but helped put the game away with a sack that put him over 80 for his career. I’ll take it!

To be fair; the Steelers started this game very healthy compared to the Chiefs that are banged up and missing some key defenders. No matter; Arrowhead is a tough place to perform and the Steelers did well enough to win. I’ll take that too!

There were 2,067 comments on the Steelers Depot First Half & Second Half game threads. SkoolHouseRoxx was excited at seeing James Conner make a strong run: “Nice run, rook!” However, Zarbor captured a lot of our feeling with, “All that dominance and the score is waaaaaaaaay too close.” Darth Blount 47, “Say what you will, but we came to play today. Will it be enough? We’ll see.” It was and I’ll take it.

In the end; all that noise in Arrowhead Stadium was reduced until the only sound that could be heard was the twirling of all those Terrible Towels whirling in the wind. The sweet sound of silence.

Of course, no Steelers game is complete without some off the field drama. This week’s episode of “How the Steeler’s World Turns” included a report from sport’s gossip columnist Ian Rapoport trawling the tweets of Martavis Bryant’s girlfriend to report that he had demanded to be traded several weeks ago.

Here is what Martavis had to say:

I’ll Take it!

I swear if Ben Roethlisberger farted; we would be evaluating its odor and resonance.

I will luxuriate in this feeling for a day or two; then start to worry; we got another game coming up. In the meantime; I bet a lot of you were excited for this win; no time to worry just now; because Bird is the Word for the day!

  • Reader783

    This week’s 5 Questions can feature:

    1) What will the tabloid story about the Steelers be next week?
    2) Which reporter will break that tabloid story?

    I think the front-runner would be Jeremy Fowler reporting that LeVeon Bell is starting to focus on a boxing career.

    Nice piece Dave.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Thanks Reader. You smoking on those Friday Night Questions.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Very good feeling getting a win and a timely storyline thereafter. Not going to lie it gave me a headache, but it is what it is! On to Cincy.

  • Todd Borax

    Look forward to these every week – keep up the good work!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Thanks!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    You up to 10th place in Friday Night leaderboard.

  • Constantinople

    It felt oh so good, love getting those 4:30pm road wins!

    Now, on to the bungholes. . .

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    9 more to knock off! 😉 👊💥

  • Constantinople

    that picture at the top, is that a t-shirt? if so, i want it.

  • AndyR34

    Cute!

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    It is. I’ll have to ask the war department where we got. I’ve had it for years.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Pow! 😂

  • Darth Blount 47

    Nice one, Beav! As always, I thank you for the shout! I must also confess that my day and then week, is somehow always a little bit brighter, after a Steeler victory.

    Also, on a somewhat related/not-related note to your article, I’ve never been to Baltimore, but I have been to Maryland. Driving through on the way to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, my friend and I stopped in Maryland for a spell. I bring that up for two reasons. First, I too, remarked to my friend as we passed a watering hole, how much Steeler stuff was on the outside. This was a decade ago, so I can’t recall exactly where I was or the place, but I gained quite the chuckle at seeing that. And two… I’ll never forget the vibe in Maryland. I’ve been to something like 30 states now, and there was just something about Maryland when we stopped, and then drove through, that sort of gave me the creeps on one hand, and sort of fascinated me on the other. I’ve never been able to put my finger on what it was, honestly. It’s just that, after having been through and spent time in so many other states, each one sort of has a general vibe. And the one I got from the topography, the people, the sites, and the weather in Maryland that time, was unique. Strange little state you got there, IMO. Lol.