Sunday, September 11, 2011

Terror-ifying Game


Today, for the first time in my life, I was scheduled to work through the first game of the Steelers season. Significantly, it is 9/11/11 and I work in downtown Manhattan. So there's a lot of things going on today--lots of events and speculations that are out of the ordinary. Of all the things that could have happened, the least likely in my mind was for the Steelers to play a real stinker of a game against the Ravens. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened!

I received frequent text messages from my cousin Rachel describing something gamelike I could not really imagine. Troy throwing punches after the play? Ben not working at all (unfortunately that one is imaginable...)? NO SECONDARY??? My responses ranged from 'WTF???' to 'S*%#' to 'UGH f*#@!*' to 'Is anything working???!!!!', back to WTF!!!'.

I don't know what to say, other than "this sounds like the worst game of my adult life" AND "gee was I lucky to be scheduled to work during this game of all games". I think I was seriously spared some trauma. Most notable observation from the game 'highlights' on the internet is that Ben appeared to be passing to Ed Reed.

Cue magical thinking:
1. Maybe the Steelers have been watching too much True Blood?
2. Maybe Ben's off his stride after having an allegation-less summer?
3. Maybe the Ravens are going to win the Super Bowl and the Steelers just had their worst game of the season

Let's hope for a better game next week, when Ms Pittsburgh will attend the 2011 home opener at Heinz Field.

Remember: there is no Yinz without the Yang.

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