PMS 2.0 035 – Hot Topic Thursday

 On today’s show, Pat and the guys cover a vast range of topics. They discuss whether or not they think Urban Meyer will coach again and how the cult’s of college football teams impact a coach’s legacy, and get into the feedback Pat was given after calling his first NFL game and if he thinks he’ll get another chance to do so and in what capacity and where. The guys also discuss the first few days of the weight loss challenge and how the participants are battling through it, dive into a little movie talk ranging from Kevin Costner’s athletic skills, to Avatar, to Goodfellas, which results in a conversation about the current state of the mafia, and if they still operate. They also cover all the drama going on in Pittsburgh with the Steelers and talk about a couple of the potential landing spots for AB if he is to get traded, chat about the NFL playoff games this weekend and who they’re leaning towards, get into a little bit of a fast food discussion, and question where the phrase “bless you,” came from and if it should be extended to other things as well. It’s a hilarious one. Come and laugh with us, cheers.

Little Brother Ravens are Dead

Nov 4, 2018; Baltimore, MD, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner (30) is tackled by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Kenny Young (40) in the second quarter at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Each week I will be doing Steelers recap blogs and I’m so excited that the first week is about this game. My thoughts on the game:

The score does not give the ass whooping that occurred in Baltimore Justice. The result of this game was not a surprise though. Baltimore had lost 2 in a row, Steelers had won 3 in a row, Baltimore is not good, the Steelers are. Seriously Baltimore is garbage and I’m not sure how they’ve won any games. Flacco is horrible. He does 2 things. Under throw curl routes by 3 yards or throw the ball as high as he can and hope for a Pass Interference. The ladder happens at an alarming rate. They have mediocre at best WR’s and I can’t get enough of Crabtree dropping passes. I can never keep track of what average RB they are playing that week and they have 16 TE’s they think are superstars. We all knew the Ravens had no chance when Tomlin basically said the Steelers were made up of Volunteers…not Hostages, and Ben was rockin the stronger than hate cleats. I’d go to war for these men.

Speaking of Lev Bell, he’s never been needed less. The Man, The Myth, The Legend James Conner is on absolute fire. You’re not going to win a one on one battle with Sir Conner at the goal line. Not even you and your glorious beard Mr Weddle.

Lets check in on how hot Conner is.

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It’s no secret that I hate Joe Flacco but there is nothing more that I love then hate and Joe Flacco HATES Lamar Jackson. You can feel the hate seeping out of Joe every time Lamar steps on to the field. He hates him so much that he’s willing to not throw a TD pass because it would lead to more playing time for Lamar. Look at this, didn’t even think about looking his way.

AB makes things look so easy sometimes. So happy that him and Ben are now on the same Wireless network and fully back on the same page.

The biggest point in the game for me was easily the 8 minute touchdown drive to start the 2nd half. You can tell that crushed the Ravens. Until fucking Boswell missed another XP and gave them that sliver of hope.

This image below is something that I have nightmares about once a week. 

Fat Fucking Ben still thinks he has any speed at all. No Ben, you’re Fat and slow. Get on the ground. No reason that you gaining 3 yards on a scramble is worth you breaking your collarbone and having it puncture your lung so that we have to try out the Josh Dobbs experiment. Huge Shoutout to Josh Dobbs coming in though for 1 play and picking up 22 yards and a first down from his own end zone. That was HUGE. Seriously though, get on the ground Ben. Somehow every Steeler fan eventually realized that Ben was being dramatic Ben and everything was going to be ok.

Seriously though if Dobbs doesn’t come in and pick up that first down, this play to Jesse James doesn’t happen and who knows how the game turns out. The outlaw Jesse James did his best to fuck this up too.

One final shoutout to the defense for holding on late. Bend don’t break isn’t the easiest to watch but I’m fine with it.  

Overall great W for the Steelers. See everyone Thursday night in Heinz against the Panthers. Wish they would wear color rush every game.

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The Greatest “Rivalry” In The NFL

In preparation of Sunday’s matchup I’d like to highlight some of the best moments between the Steelers and Ravens. If we are being honest there isn’t going to be a lot of Ravens highlights because well they are absolute garbage. To Quote the Little Rascals, “I hate their stinking guts. They make me vomit. They’re scum between my toes!” The Ravens have a hard time accepting that they are little brother so here are the greatest moments in the rivalry to remind them. 

2010 Divisional Playoff Round – Antonio Brown Helmet Catch: Welcome to the rivalry Antonio Brown. Imagine giving up a 3rd and 19 with 2 minutes left in a tie ball game to lose in the divisional round. That would suck.

2008 AFC Championship Game – Ryan Clark Ends Willis McGahee: Night Night! This was just a nice little icing on the cake to an AFC Championship that had just been won by a Troy Polamalu Pick Six of Joe Flacco. That’s gotta sting. 

2007 Monday Night Football – Hines Ward destroys Ed Reed: Oh just another Ravens player getting laid out, what else is new. Hines was so sly just lurking in the weeds stalking his pray until the time was perfect. You know its a kill shot when Ward immediately starts calling for the Ravens trainers. Poor Ed didn’t deserve that.

2010 Troy Polamalu Strip Sack followed by Issac Redman 3rd & Goal TD that led to Division Title: 3 Minutes left on the clock and counting, all the Ravens had to do was pick up a couple first downs and this game was over. NOPE. Troy of the edge untouched… Might want to block that guy. The Ravens still had a chance to hold the Steelers to a FG but Issac Redman had other things in mind. Imagine losing because Issac Redman steam rolled through your defense. Hysterical.

2008 Santonio Holmes game winning catch to take division lead: Down 3 with 3:30 left on the clock and Ben Roethlisberger leads the Steelers on a 92 yard drive to win on a pass to Santonio Holmes that crossed the Goal line by an inch. 

2016 Antonio Brown TD To Win Division: hahahahaha Antonio Brown is 5’10” 190 lbs and just bitched 3 Ravens defenders to win the division. 

2008 AFC Championship Game – Troy Pick 6 to go to the Super Bowl: My favorite sports moment of all time. Don’t even have words to describe it. 

Could honestly run through a wall after all of those. Lets Fucking Go. Can’t wait for Sunday. 

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There is No “Hard Knocks” Curse

Scrolling through Twitter I saw a “Moment” (still not sure what even qualifies as a moment) with tweets discussing a so called Hard Knocks Curse.

Look at that list, this is not a curse. This is water finding it’s level. The Madden curse exists because good players with high expectations are hurt or perform poorly in the year they appear on the cover. These were bad head coaches with awful teams and mostly low expectations. Obviously in the wake of the Hue Jackson and Todd Haley firings (lol Cleveland) yesterday, everyone was reminded of this iconic moment from earlier this season…

We all knew it wasn’t if, but when Hue would get the axe. What we didn’t know is that Todd would be hitting the unemployment line for the second time in a calendar year. Turns out the Browns are BAD. A tale as old as time, but still rings true to this day. Hard Knocks is a fantastic series, but can also work as a phenomenal propaganda machine spreading misinformation even more powerful than any Russian hacker or North Korean dictator. A few slow motion shots of a spiraling ball, a killer beat in the background, some fiery coach speak dubbed over top, and as a fan you’re ready to run through a damn brick wall. The excitement around the Browns was palpable, #1 overall stud QB, two of the best WR’s in the game, a stable of productive and high quality RB’s, a promising rookie CB. This was the year… until it wasn’t. 

To put it simply the thing about Hard Knocks is it’s a TV show. NFL Coaches, GMs, and owners absolutely HATE distractions. You can essentially pin reality TV show at the top of any certified list of distractions, it’s the poster boy. Teams DO NOT want to be a part of Hard Knocks, especially good teams. For years the only teams Hard Knocks was being “gifted” to were not great. Most of it is a collection of some the NFL’s most forlorn franchises. Let’s look at the list of teams and their records.

The first year is their previous record/The second is their record after appearing on the show:

Baltimore Ravens – 2000 record: 12-4   2001 record: 10-6
Dallas Cowboys – 2001 record: 5-11   2002 record: 5-11
Kansas City Chiefs – 2006 record: 9-7   2007 record: 4-12
Dallas Cowboys – 2007 record: 13-3   2008 record: 9-7
Cincinnati Bengals – 2008 record: 4-11-1   2009 record: 10-6
New York Jets – 2009 record: 9-7   2010 record: 11-5
Miami Dolphins – 2011 record: 6-10   2012 record: 7-9
Cincinnati Bengals – 2012 record: 10-6   2013 record: 11-5
Atlanta Falcons – 2013 record: 4-12   2014 record: 6-10
Houston Texans – 2014 record: 9-7   2015 record: 9-7
Los Angeles Rams – 2015 record: 7-9   2016 record: 4-12
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 2016 record: 9-7   2017 record: 5-11
Cleveland Browns – 2017 record: 0-16    2018 record: 2-5-1

Outside of Baltimore in 2000 and Dallas in 2007 none of these are exactly powerhouses rolling out the red carpet for HBO cameras. The Ravens actually coming off of a SuperBowl win was a huge get in the premiere season, but let’s be honest they were bound to suffer a setback after letting go of Trent Dilfer… There’s a reason you don’t see the modern successful franchises on this show, the Steelers, the Patriots, the Packers. Great organizations do not want to deal with the distraction.

The argument there is some kind of curse seems silly. These are honestly just average to bad teams that are being featured. Expecting them to suddenly become playoff teams or post double digit wins is fairy tale stuff. The NFL and HBO know this and that’s why they changed the requirements for Hard Knocks a few years ago. Teams are now exempt from the all seeing eye of HBO if they meet any of the following requirements:

1) They have a first-year head coach in place 
2) They have a playoff berth in the past two seasons 
3) They have appeared on Hard Knocks in the past 10 years

While #2 hurts the chances of seeing great teams featured the other two rules certainly helps increase the odds of not seeing the bottom feeders every single year. If the show continues long enough eventually you will see a more storied and successful franchise featured, but until then any curse talk is misguided. No curse, just stink. 

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