Everyone knows this is a big day. It’s a day where we square up against our enemy and say, “You can’t stop us, assholes, here we come.”
I was on high alert all day Friday, as I walked through town going to and from work. I checked out everyone I walked by, wondering if this is the jagoff that’s going to start some shit. Every time I crossed the street, I felt like I had a bull’s-eye on my back.
Such is life for a Steelers fan living in Baltimore, the week before they play each other.
What? What did you think I was talking about?
As far as I’m concerned, if the terrorists are going to blow something up, I at least hope they have the decency to wait until after 4:00, when the game’s over.
This is one of the 2 games all year that I consider “must win.” And I hate that they play each other in the season’s first game. I’d much rather they have a few games to figure out who they are and what they have to work with. Too much weird stuff happens can happen in a season opener.
Idiot Ratbird fans have been hitting comments sections hard, continuing to spew their persecution complex excuses about biased referees. They complain about alleged cheap shots from Hines Ward (who hits people straight up, but hard and when they don’t expect it,) and celebrate their nose tackle breaking our QB’s nose last year with an unpenalized forearm to the face. You can’t reason with people like that, so I don’t try.
My little ragtag band of rebels, the Steel City Underground, did not gather prior to this weekend’s game, like we did last year. My counterpart, with whom I started this group, was on vacation all last week.
Like I’m going to organize a pizza party myself… Organizing the Darwinfish Fries is really all that I can handle. Plans are to get together next week. If the Steelers win, we’ll probably do it visibly, in the cafeteria. If the Ratties win, I foresee a private party in the conference room. No sense in presenting an easy target.
The Mojo Boogie
According to the Ratbird website, they’ll be wearing their white jerseys, putting the Steelers in heat-absorbing black. That’s fine with me. The Steelers will rock the black and gold in any weather. But more importantly, I’m inclined now to wear a black jersey for the game. I usually save my Troy Polamalu jersey for later in the year, but this is a big game and Troy always plays his ass off against the Rats.
Today’s mojo apparel:
Troy jersey, white Steelers shorts. Sorry, Judie, I don’t usually break out the Steelers socks until the 3rd or 4th game.
I’m also trying out a new mojo totem… I’m taking my Steelers Gnome off my desk and posting him at the TV, along side Penguins Gnome. We’ll see how that works.
And now, I am ready for some football.
Director’s DVD Commentary:
Yes, I realize that this is the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks. But I said all I needed to say on the subject last year, on the 9th anniversary. I never said that timing was my strong suit. Regardless, if you weren’t around last year, click here to see my 9/11 post, including some video I shot from the top of the towers in 1995.