Preparing to shoot a few segments of Big Jon in 5 for BEER2WHISKEY in our upstairs studio at Barley's Taproom in downtown Greenville. That's owner Josh Beebe preparing for his closeup.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Steelers Make Me a Believer, Again

I don't think I've ever been as proud of the Steelers and as happy to be a fan as I was last week when they pulled an upset over the Baltimore Ravens.

I sure didn't see it coming: third-string quarterback in, No. 1 cornerback out. But somehow they dug deep and pulled it out.

Charlie Batch, who looked mediocre at best the week before in the embarrassing loss to the Browns, was putting the ball right on the numbers last week. The interception wasn't an issue in my mind; Big Ben usually gets picked off once or so a game.

So, the Steelers without their best offensive weapon and the Ravens without Ray Lewis, their best defensive weapon, eked out a 23 to 20 win with a field goal in the closing seconds of the game.

I was stunned.

For years the road to the playoffs and the Super Bowl for the Steelers has been through Baltimore. So it will be this year. Currently leading the division, the Ravens will probably duel the Steelers again in the playoffs.

After San Diego, of the remaining three games, two are against teams in their own division: Browns and Bengals. Steelers need to win both. Beating the AFC Chargers would be helpful as well.

Can't believe the regular season is so close to being over. Where's that longer season everyone keeps talking about?

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