Not a Bad Start
Strange game. Steelers gift Miami with a TD when Ike Taylor drops the 37th sure interception of his career, and then Batch can't handle the center exchange and that's a TD for us gone. And then, just as things started to look really bleak, bang bang bang. Miller's 87-yard "touchdown", Polamalu's pick, and Porter's coup-de-grace.
The Miller TD was one of the strangest plays I've ever seen. He was definitely out--it wasn't close. Why the hell didn't the entire Miami sideline scream their heads off when they wanted to challenge the call? Saban tossed out the flag like he was playing slo-pitch softball and just sat there like a deer in the headlights. A similar thing happened to Cowher a few years ago--he ran out on the field, threw the flag about 30 yards, and screamed his head off at the ref. Can't believe Saban was so passive. Also can't believe that there isn't a referee tasked with watching the coach to see if he wants to challenge. Very strange.
Charlie Batch, great game. Willie Parker, very good game. Joey Porter...the man's a beast. And secure enough in his masculinty to kiss another man in public.
Nice way to kick off the season, nice way to kick off the weekend. I'm sure everyone who did that Mansion Poker promotion is just as happy as I am that the Steelers won.