Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Columnist says Steelers to "smack down the Ravens"

Ron Cook a columnist from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette wrote on Tuesday that, “The Steelers are going to win the AFC North Division. Let's get that straight right at the top. As badly as they played in Philadelphia Sunday, they still are better than Baltimore, Cleveland and Cincinnati. They will prove that again Monday night when they smack down the Ravens at Heinz Field.

“I'm thinking something along the lines of 35-10.”

Just to prove that the statement wasn’t made in jest Cook added, “Seriously.”

Cook went on to opine that, “It's not as if [the loss to Philadelphia] was the first time the Steelers took a physical beating. It wasn't even two years ago that they went to Baltimore and were spanked, 27-0, on a day when Roethlisberger was sacked nine times, once so hard by linebacker Bart Scott that Scott bragged afterward about feeling the air rush out of Big Ben's body.”

Cook’s piece was intended to stir the pot and apparently it worked here in Baltimore, hence this blog posting and the attention it has received on local media outlets. I’m of the opinion that Cook really doesn’t believe everything that he wrote and that’s why he has refused to join me on Saturday during The X Factor on Fox 1370 Sports Radio to defend his poorly thought out conclusion.

His argument is predicated almost solely upon Joe Flacco screwing up. He gives zero credit to the Ravens ability to run the football and sweeps the loss of Casey Hampton under the cow pasture turf of Heinz Field as if the Steelers can drop in any old 350 pound behemoth and the results will be the same.

Sorry Cook, without Hampton Ravens’ center Jason Brown can now control back up Chris Hoke single handedly which frees up Ben Grubbs and Marshal Yanda to get a hat on the Steelers’ inside linebackers, Larry Foote and James Farrior. That means their tackles will take place further down field.

And when that happens, the Ravens can give more attention to nemesis OLB James Harrison. Those treads marks that you’ll see between the 9 and the 2 on Harrison’s jersey by the fourth quarter after the Ravens overload the left side with Jared Gaither and Adam Terry and pound Harrison and DE Nick Eason mercilessly will be the real beat down in this Monday night contest.

All things must pass and that includes the Steelers’ 13 game winning streak at home on Monday Night – a streak that nearly fell back in 2005 (Steelers won 20-19) when the great Anthony Wright led a challenged offense and the Ravens fielded a defense missing Ray Lewis.

Here’s what the game comes down to – if Joe Flacco doesn’t gift wrap the game for the Steelers, the home team will be the recipient of Monday’s beat down, not the Ravens.

And then we’ll save Tuesday for Cook’s beat down.

Little Ronnie, come out come out wherever you are….


Anonymous said...

Big Ben's partially separated shoulder is only going to be the tip of the iceberg as far as problems go for the Steelers. Two other poblems? Bart Scott and T-Sizzle. Ben will know the turf at Heinz field in an upfront and personal way.

Anonymous said...

Umm... Hampton's backup, Chris Hoke, has a lot of starting experience, and has started games against the Ravens which still left them below 100 yards total rushing.

Neither side has had a 100 yard rusher the past 8 games, so I wouldn't be riding the rushing offense too much...

Anonymous said...

Get the facts right b4 u post!! I take it u haven't looked at the RAVENS rush total huh? It will be hard to have 1 back get 100 yards, when 3 backs control the game!! Sorry, but we don't have that problem over here.

Harryos29 said...

HARRY O 29 9/28/08
It seems that MR COOK is smoking something up there in STILLER TOWN. And I would like to get some of it to get me through the next 38 days before the ELECTION. ENUFF of the DEBATES:
...Its Almost October. Lets get on with FOOTBALL.
... I know that the RAVENS MNF Record is not very good...however that streak that the STILLERS have is about to BREAK. I just hope that the Rains will be out of the area, and that field known as HEINZ FIELD will be dry enough for the Ravens TRIO of Running backs to run all over their Defense.
...I think it will happen.
ps Tony.. you looked GREAT on TV!!!

Anonymous said...

Don't worry, everybody in Pittsburgh knows that Cook is an idiot. Great game. Better luck next time. BTW: Flacco looked great.

Harryos29 said...

9/30/2008 6:15 pm

...Tony.. has MR COOK from Pittsburgh accepted your CASE of NATTY BOH and a bushel of CRABs?
...I hate to lose when you have an IDIOT like COOK Breathing down your neck.
.. Hopefully. he will be singing a different tune on DEC 14th when the Steelers come to the VAULT

Tony Lombardi said...

Harry, never made such a bet with Cook...good idea though...will try to make that happen in round 2 when they play in our crib...all things being equal the results will be different...