Since the Steelers rarely beat the Ravens anymore, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Baltimoreans – ahem, me included – can’t get past that smelly home loss to the Black and Gold last Sunday.
It’s still hard to stomach.
The Ravens lost to Charlie
Or did they?
Did someone else actually do more damage than Batch?
Well, after kicking Pittsburgh’s coach in the family jewels on Monday with THIS BLOG about his bush-league treatment of John Harbaugh in the post-game handshake, you’re going to be surprised by what you read next.
Mike Tomlin beat the Ravens on Sunday.
And do you know how he beat them? By letting it leak out last Wednesday that Ben Roethlisberger was OUT and Charlie Batch was IN for Sunday’s game in Baltimore.
Think about it — why on earth wouldn’t Tomlin have tried to keep that a secret last week, like every other coach in the league would have done? Wouldn’t nearly every other coach in the NFL think to himself: “I’ll keep this quarterback thing up in the air and make the Ravens think all week that Roethlisberger might be able to play.”? Answer: Yes. Every coach would.
But Tomlin went the other way and allowed word to get out right away that Big Ben was OUT and the old man was in.
Why? Because he knew once word got out that Batch was playing, anyone and everyone – including the 53 players on the Baltimore roster – assumed there was no way in hell Pittsburgh was winning.
And, as my late, great Mom used to say: ”When you assume, you only wind up making an ass out of “u” and me.”
Insert your own punch line here.
We all assumed – and some of you probably even invested in that assumption…if you know what I mean – there was no way the Ravens would lose at home to Charlie Batch.
Stroke of genius by Mike Tomlin.
Stroke. of. genius.
Can’t believe I’ve been forced to write that this morning, but it’s my final thought relative to the 23-20 Steelers win in Baltimore last Sunday.
I’m putting the game behind me now and getting focused on the Redskins.
Mike Tomlin, you got us last week.
Don’t get used to it, though. We’ll be watching you more closely next time.
Both before AND after the game.