Beyond my inate ability to end up sleeping on the sofa a couple times, per month, and falling victim to a weekend splurge into Three Olives’ Cherry Flavored Vodka, I rarely make many guarantees.
Truth be told, life’s events hold many variables and things change daily. Fortunes evaporate and miracles blossom more often than many of us really fathom.
A kid strikes it rich by inventing Facebook.
A real estate tycoon loses his ass by sticking to conventional wisdom.
A cute girl from Oklahoma becomes country music’s biggest star, because of American Idol.
The Baltimore Orioles win more games in the final two months, than they did in the first four – with virtually the same team !!!!
Indeed, it’s hard to predict the impending reality of life’s plight. Unless, of course, you simply KNOW something is going to happen. And, that’s where today’s thoughts lead me.
The Baltimore Ravens will defeat the Pittsburgh Steelers, tomorrow. Slice it …. dice it …. look at it in any possible way desired. This game is an elementary consensus of football’s realities, combined with a twist of karma.
I’m not diminishing the talent of the Steelers; they’re a solid organization. Then again, the same can be said for the Ravens. The Steelers feature an overwhelming defensive attack. Yet, again, so do the Ravens.
So, where is this distinguishable difference that leads me to forceast a certain win by Baltimore?
Well, it can be simply summed up with a look at one side of the ball and one distinct position. Joe Flacco is better than Charlie Batch. In fact, he’s leaps and bounds better than Charlie Batch.
Heck, Marc Bulger is better than Pittsburgh’s quarterback.
Regardless of Batch’s overblown performance against the powder-puff strength of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, I will implore you to remember there is a reason why Charlie Batch started the season as #4 on the Steelers depth chart, at quarterback.
There is a reason why he gets released and the other 31 teams don’t call. There is a reason why he has found a career calling in holding a clipboard and wearing a headset.
Charlie Batch is starting at quarterback, because the Steelers don’t have a better option. Nothing more, nothing less …..
And, this is why the Ravens win tomorrow’s showdown at Heinz Field.
Last week, Charlie Batch looked like Charlie Manning – the long lost cousin of Peyton and Eli. That performance was an aberration. It was an absolute rarity and it refutes the career of Charlie Batch. Numbers, over a consistent period of time don’t lie.
In tomorrow’s game, Joe Flacco will make mistakes. I’ll guarantee it. But, he’ll also realize some success. How much? I don’t know. But, it will be enough to surpass anything Charlie Batch does during the same sixty minutes.
Two weeks ago, Joe Flacco tossed a resounding 4 interceptions. Yet, Carson Palmer only hung 15 points on the board. The Bengals have a better quarterback than the Steelers. They have better receivers. And, their featured running back has been a bigger pain for the Ravens.
Even if Joe Flacco has a “Cincinnati Kinda Day”, I will still challenge Charlie Batch to outscore Carson Palmer. I don’t think he can do it. I know he can’t do it.
Thus, tomorrow’s game really doesn’t boil down to Joe Flacco. I don’t care if he’s 0-3 at Heinz Field. If Charlie Batch was the quarterback in those 3 games, Flacco would be 3-0 – with a Super Bowl appearance under his belt.
Here’s the blunt truth …..
At some point tomorrow, Charlie Batch will be CHARLIE BATCH. Think about it. At various points, we were teased and even snookered by Jeff Blake, Anthony Wright and Kyle Boller. While each of them played above their true capability in brief glimpses, all of them eventually returned to one consistent image; themselves.
Charlie Batch is no different.
The Pittsburgh Steelers barely survived the Atlanta Falcons in the season opener. They beat an inconsistent Tennessee Titans team – that benched its starting quarterback during the game. And, they bullied one of the league’s punching bags in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tomorrow’s opponent for the Steelers is much different. And, I’m not saying this as a Ravens loyalist. In fact, I’m saying it, because I believe that RIGHT eventually trumps WRONG
At some point, the Steelers are bound to feel the STING of losing Ben Roethlisberger to suspension. It’s a policy of the “Football Gods.” For their team to escape any effect from Roethlisberger’s banishment would seem ….. well, not right.
This is a huge, fitting, justifiable reality.
They’re not going 4-0 without him.
Tomorrow, Charlie Batch will get the reactionary blame for a loss to the Ravens. Yet, over a prudent amount of time, the reality of why the Steelers lost and how it could’ve been prevented, will sink in.
He will be the reason, even if he’s in another city and state. And, justifiably so.
This embarrassing saga in the storied history of the NFL’s greatest franchise (yeah, I just called them the GREATEST) cannot and will not end with an umblemished record during Roethlisberger’s absence.
Life is fairer than that.
At least, that’s the way I see it …..