The following comments are listed in the order they were received with the most recent entries at the top. This isn't a "guestbook" format... I read and manually insert every message, so you may not see your submission show up for a day or two.
By the Fans!
Pittsburgh vs. Carolina
Submitted by Scott Springer
Dear Fellow McMilleniacs,
This week can be summed up in two words - LINE PLAY.
Despite the defense's sudden inability to stop anybody, the offense was
able to step up and win one for the team. This defense thing concerns
me, though, since it was the Defense at the beginning of the year that
was winning games for us. Is it the injuries that could be causing so
many problems, or is it something deeper than that.
For example, Lee Flowers got beat in the second quarter big-time, and it
was because he bit on a play fake and let the receiver behind him.
These mental lapses are becoming more and more alarming on a team that
is supposedly well coached. I'm not ready to lay blame at Cowher's feet
yet, but maybe Haslett is the problem.
It's obvious that there are problems on the defensive side of the ball,
but the cause is still up in the air. It might be the injuries, but the
Steelers have been able to overcome injuries before. It might be lack
of talent, and although I would tend to agree in the defensive
secondary, the front seven is as good as any in the league despite
injuries. I also see good players making stupid mistakes (see Lee
It was nice to see the O-Line show up. If Bettis runs for 135 yards in
the majority of games this season, Stewart would still be under center
and we would be talking about who we would be playing in the first round
of the playoffs - probably hosting a wild-card game. If Bettis wasn't
getting hit three yards deep in the backfield all year (exception being
yesterday), then he would have run for 100+ yards in almost all his
games this year. There are other areas to point blame this year, but
the O-Line is the biggest culprit this year!
The area that must be solidified for next year (when Kordell goes back
under center - mark my words) is wide receiver. Other than the finally
emerging Edwards and the occasional solid play of Hines Ward, this teams
receivers simply suck! T-zak's INT yesterday should have been caught by
a Steeler's receiver, but the receiver popped the ball up into the air
(which is amazing since the pass was thrown low) and was picked out of
the air by a Carolina Panther. These guys can't get separation, don't
run the right routes, can't catch the ball when thrown to them, and
don't scare anybody's defensive secondary. In fact, I would go so far
as to say that the poor receivers contributed to the poor play of the
offensive line; the defenses could essentially run a gap-8 style defense
and win the numbers game with the O-line. This could have been
countered with better line play and execution at the point of attack,
but it was definitely a contributing factor.
I guess I should just be happy with a win. Okay, I'm happy! I'll be
even happier next week with a win vs. Tennessee, but I'm not going to
get my hopes up too high!
Steeler's Fan stuck in "Raven's Country"
(At least according to the local TV and Radio stations)
Submitted by Tom Bragg
This Steeler win over the Panthers proved one thing for sure about
the 1999 season. Jerome Bettis is definitely not "over the hill" as
some very foolish people have made him out to be. For all you so-called
experts that said Bettis was ready to park his bus for good, I have one
thing to say... GET A FRIGGIN' LIFE! This Steeler team has without
question one of the worst offensive lines in all of football. Plus the
fact that Jerome's carries have been way down this year because the
Steelers are constantly playing catchup on the scoreboard. Yet, with the
latest win over the Panthers, Mr. Bettis will still rush for over 1000
yards when all is said and done! Considering this guy only averages 12 to 15
carries a game and behind one of the worst
offensive lines in the game, what Bettis accomplished is truly an
amazing feat! For that, Jerome, you are to be commended!
Submitted by Tommy "Fleetwood 'N' Julio" Coleman
This is the very bestest Christmas I've ever had!
I asked my girlfriend to marry me! And, oh yeah, the game... we knocked the Panthers out of the playoffs! Hello, Coach
C-fert! And Tim, your comments are right on. Couldn't say it any better,
so since the Steelers haven't any place to go, "Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!"
P.S.--She said Yes!
Submitted by McMillen & Wife
'Da Bus had the snow chains on today, folks, and he delivered Steelers fans a much-deserved gift in the form of a win! Bettis passed the 1,000-yard mark for the season as he piled up 137 yards and a TD on 33 carries, and put the nail in Carolina's playoff coffin with a huge 4 & 1 run late in the 4th quarter (not to mention his back-breaking score a few plays later)! And, don't look now, but the offensive line was actualy DOMINATING Carolina's front seven. Faneca was superb, and we had this new Iranian guy up front who's name I can't remember (believe me, I'm gonna look it up now) who really held his own. Huntley added some real punch with 72 yards on just 7 carries, including a great 25-yard TD burst. Yeah, the season's a wash, but for 3 glorious hours at Three Rivers Sunday, it seemed like old times.
On defense, it was Kirkland (who else?) leading the charge, forcing 2 fumbles (one of which was returned 102 yards by Travis Davis for a TD), leading the team in tackles (as usual) with 10, and recording a huge sack. Yes, the defense gave up their seemingly obligatory HUGE plays for TDs (a 41-yard breakaway run, a record 88-yard TD pass, and a disgusting 40-something yard Hail Mary for a TD at the end of the half), but they buckled down in the 2nd half and didn't allow a single point. And besides that, Lee Flowers beat the living crap out of a Panther. I'll take it, my bruthas!
Hopefully, we can find a way to beat the Tuxedos next week and finish the season on the rise. Frankly, I'm so high after after the win today, I almost believe we can do it!
Webmaster, McMillen & Wife
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