Drew’s Morning Dish — Tues., September 17

September 17, 2013 | Drew Forrester

Two games into the 2013 NFL season, I think we would all agree the jury is still out on this edition of the Baltimore Ravens.


I don’t know about you, but with 120 minutes of football to evaluate, I have no idea if the Ravens are going to finish 7-9, 8-8, 10-6 or something better than that.

And, honestly, that doesn’t bother me much, because that parade last February reminds me that we’re blessed in Baltimore with an organization that won’t be down for long if, in fact, they do take a brief slide in 2013.

Well…the jury might still be out on the Ravens, but here’s one thing for sure:  The verdict is in on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

They.  Freakin’.  Stink.

I watched with great delight on Monday night as Pittsburgh’s ancient defense and woeful offense fell 20-10 to the Bengals and my hopes were confirmed — The Steelers are going to be terrible this season.

And, much like you, I love it.

It’s so fun to watch them sputter and stagger like a ’79 Pinto.  It’s glorious, really, because everyone in America gets the Steelers shoved down their throats season after season.  Are you looking for a break from watching Mike Tomlin’s team?  Well, you won’t get it this week, because they’ll be on NBC on Sunday night when they host the Bears.

That’s OK, though, because there’s only one thing better than watching the Steelers lose on national TV like they did last night in Cincinnati…watching them lose at home on national TV, as will be the case this Sunday night when the Bears go to Heinz Field and win 23-20.

I don’t know what’s going to happen with the Ravens this season, and that’s part of the fun of it all, frankly.

But I absolutely know what’s going to happen with the Steelers — they’re going to be hard pressed to win half their games and, if the Football Gods really want to smile on all of us, they’ll go 4-12 or 5-11.  They certainly looked like a 4-12 team last night in Cincinnati.

Hey, give ’em credit in Pittsburgh though.  They do have a winner up there this year.

The Pirates are going to the playoffs.

The Steelers aren’t.


Thanks to the Texas Rangers, the Orioles remain firmly in the playoff race in the American League East.

Losers of seven straight games at the worst possible time, the Rangers have given life to the Orioles, Indians, Yankees and, yes, even the Royals.

Tampa Bay could just about sew up a spot in the wild card game if they sweep these four (the next three) games from Texas.

And Texas could eliminate themselves, almost, by going 0-fer in St. Petersburg.

As crazy as it’s been, and the Orioles play over the last three weeks hasn’t really been playoff worthy either, this unforseen slide by the Rangers gives even more substance to that old adage “you never know what might happen…”

The next seven games should decide it all for Buck Showalter’s team.  These three games in Boston and the next four in Tampa Bay will likely require at least a 5-2 mark if the Birds hope to garner a second straight playoff berth.

One thing I do know about the playoffs though:  The Steelers won’t be in them this season.  Again.


6 Comments For This Post

  1. Robert Says:

    GM Drew:

    Although it’s easy to gloat on the Steeler’s current misfortunes, be wary of the perils of that German phrase “Schadenfreude”; I too fall pray to it at times. It reminds me somewhat of the Ravens-Browns game when some of the local yokels saw fit to give grief to Cundiff, who made both his field goal kicks, while Tucker missed both of his attempts; paybacks can be a b*tch sometimes.

  2. unitastoberry Says:

    Since Cowher left the team has not re-loaded under Tomlin. I think Mikes a good coach but there’s a problem in the front office in ketchup town.

  3. BK Says:

    After last night, I feel much better about the Ravens chance of winning this division, regardless of their own issues. Yes, the Steelers are going to be terrible this year, which most of us knew already, but I was also equally unimpressed with Dalton’s play. He was awful if you ask me, regardless of the stats. He threw so many terrible passes and missed so many receivers. He looked lost at times. Most of his yards were mainly on YAC that his backs and receivers got on their own. Until he wins a meaningful playoff game, I am not sold on him taking the Bengals anywhere, even with all of their talent. I would still take the Ravens at this point, bias aside. Give us AJ Green and see another possibly SB run. Not in Cincy, at least for now……

  4. BK Says:

    It is easy to make two FG kicks in a meaningless week two game for the Browns, who know they are headed for a 4-12ish season. Apparently it is not so easy to make a 32 yard chip shot FG in the AFC Championship game….

  5. Rich Says:

    An uncertain fate for 2013 is fine with me. All I need to do is Google “Super Bowl XLVII Champion” and see what comes up.

  6. Bill Says:

    Hopefully this goes better than your Yankees are done prediction both 2012 and 2013 editions. (DF: Huh? The Yankees aren’t going anywhere this year. Check the standings. Read them from top to bottom. It’s easier that way.)

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