Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Cardiac Steelers

If you gamble for or against the Pittsburgh Steelers (10-3), chances are you've been in cardiac arrest.

Starting back on November 16 with the infamous Chargers/Steelers blown "illegal forward pass" game, Pittsburgh's games are never over, even when they're over.

We all know about the Steelers' 11-10 (the first 11-10 final score in the history of the NFL) victory over the Chargers. Going into the game, Vegas had Pittsburgh favored by 4.5 points.

The Steelers went up 11-10 with 11 seconds left in the game. On the final play of the game, the Chargers tried to lateral the ball ala Cal/Stanford to somehow perform a miraculous win. Troy Polamalu intercepted the final lateral and returned it 12 yards for what seemed like a Touchdown. Ball game over. Pittsburgh wins 17-10 and covers!

But hold on...Upon further review, the touchdown was overturned because the officials said the Chargers performed an illegal forward pass. Pittsburgh still retains the win but the final score is 11-10, Chargers cover?

Even after the game, referee Scott Green said Polamalu's touchdown should have counted.

Less than a week later on November 20, Thursday night, Cincinnati at Pittsburgh. The Steelers came into the game a heavy favorite, -10.5 with the over/unders 35.5.

Late in the game with the Steelers up 20-10 and running out the clock, Ben Roethlisberger scored on a 8 yard touchdown run with 2:22 left in the game. Had Roethlisberger been tackled before he reached the end zone, the Steelers would have been able to kneel the ball and the game would have most likely ended 20-10.

With Roethlisberger's TD, the Steelers win 27-10. Pittsburgh covers! The overs come in!

And just last week Dallas at Pittsburgh. The Steelers -3.5. Entering the fourth quarter, Dallas had dominated the game up 13-3. No way Pittsburgh covers again, right?

But 17 fourth quarter points later, the Steelers win 20-13. Pittsburgh rallied from 10 points down in the final 7 1/2 minutes, scoring their only two touchdowns of the game 24 seconds apart!

So if you plan on throwing money down on the Steelers' game this weekend, you've got Chuck Norris balls.

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