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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Into the light of the dark black night

Two takers in the first game today in our charity pro football underdog prognostication contest:

3 BALTIMORE at Pittsburgh (Saturday, 1:30 PM PST) - Larry Legend, Hank

So far, so good for them. Enjoy the game, folks.

UPDATE, 5:23 p.m.: The night game:

2.5 GREEN BAY at Atlanta (Saturday, 5:00 PM PST) - Bad Brad, john dull

UPDATE, 11:27 p.m.: And the Pack crushes Atlanta to inch these two players up in the standings.

Comments (3)

Shouldn't some consideration be accorded those who prudently bet no 'dog points will be distributed from a week's contests? Forced choice without sanctions for bad choices leads to distortion -- hail Marys, for example.

Perhaps the second season needs a new scoring algorithm, with negative points?

That Steelers comeback was awesome and spectacular. Look at those 2nd half Ravens offensive stats. Those two dropped Ravens passes excuses are for crybabies. What a great defense Pittsburgh has. Helluva pass and catch by Roethlisberger & Brown at 2:01. Wow! And they did that last drive with a special teams linebacker playing right tackle. Holy mackerel!

Can't wait for the Jets vs. Pats. Should be a titanic tilt.

The Steelers had a third down and 19 to go at their 38 with 2:07 left with a punt looming to give the Ravens one last shot. Roethlisberger, however, uncorked a deep pass that Brown caught and maintained control of by holding it against his helmet before his momentum took him out of bounds at the Baltimore 4 with 1:58 to go.

"Let's just chuck it deep," Roethlisberger said of that play. "If they pick it, it will be a pick way down there, just as good as a punt. ... [Brown] usually gets short routes, and he's only in for a handful of them. He stepped up big when his number was called and he made a play.''

It took four plays and a penalty, but Mendenhall finally scored from the 2 for a 7-point Steelers lead. It did not end, however, until Houshmandzadeh -- who famously stomped on a Terrible Towel in a 2005 Cincinnati Bengals victory at Heinz Field and who beat the Steelers with a touchdown catch in October -- dropped the final pass.

"It's unbelievable," a distraught Houshmandzadeh said. "I can't believe that happened.

Steelers rally to beat Ravens, 31-24
Sunday, January 16, 2011
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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