Three quick thoughts on the weekend that was, and the night ahead.
- I'm not going to lie and say that I was able to watch the Steelers' game yesterday, but I will predict what Mark Schlereth of ESPN had to say: "Pittsburgh Steelers football. Smash mouth football. In the National Football League, when you have a football team like the Pittsburgh Steelers, that plays football with an edge, that runs to the football, that has a great football coach, and a great leader like Ben Roethlisberger return to the football field, and Harrison, and Woodley, and those defensive football players, and the football team's identity is run the football, swarm the football, that's a recipe to win football games in the National Football League. Football."
- We've written extensively about Roethlisberger jettisoning the "Superman/Big Ben" name for the more safe-around-your-daughters "Clark Kent/Ben" moniker and Ben certainly said all the right things yesterday. He allegedly teared up when he saw his parents in the private box and gave them a point after a touchdown pass (although, it's also possible that he was pointing to a Slippery Rock student). I think the more appropriate new nickname for Ben should be "16-27" because that seems to be his career stat line. Roethlisberger returned and played a vintage Big Ben game - decent numbers, one stupid mistake, but a win at the end of the day. The Steelers are a team to be reckoned with, obviously, but 270+ pass yards for Colt McCoy is not a good thing. Shore it up, D.
- Sergei Gonchar returns to Pittsburgh tonight. Let's not be like Caps fans, and instead give him a nice cheer before the game. He was a great player for the Pens for 4 years (we've all collectively erased his first season with the Pens from our memories), a calming influence in the locker room and power play, and showed a level of heart and determination that a lot of critics thought he had been lacking. In my opinion, Sergei's best moment as a Penguin: