There’s no better place to be when the Cowboys lose than in Texas, especially when they lose to your team. It’s going to be a great week. I often joke that my two favorite teams are the Steelers and whoever’s playing the Cowboys – today, both my favorite teams won.
There was a nice game preview in the local paper here that gushed over the Steeler D, to the point that it seemed to suggest that the current defense might trump the Steel Curtain. I don’t get the local paper, nor do I routinely read it, so I heard about the comparison from Mr. PF when he and the Mrs. came over to watch the game, and was intrigued by it. On one hand, I don’t really expect the Austin American-Statesman to have the best understanding of the evolution of the best defense in the NFL, so it’s easy to dismiss. On the other hand, the Cowboys were certainly on the receiving end of some defensive smack-downs (including tonight, though the Stateman reporter couldn’t have known that at the time), so perhaps these Texans know whereof they speak.
Could The Troy and company really be the best we’ve ever had? Can we really compare them? I think you know the answer to that, and that’s why such a statement could only appear in the Statesman. Even the brief attempt I made to analyze the situation, comparing our current dominant D to the Steel Curtain caused my brain to freeze up like Mr. TR’s old Honda Prelude. If one defense is better, then the other has to be worse, and that’s just crazy talk. What they have in common is ferocity on the field, a sense of team with each other and community with the city, and a collective homing device that leads them to weakness so they can squash it. I’m glad to be living and cheering during an era of Steeler defensive domination that will no doubt become iconic. I see no reason to pit present against past.
Moving on. So the Panthers are coming to El Paso for the Sun Bowl. Uh, lucky them. El Paso is an armpit.
Finally, am I just the only one who keeps getting all excited when I read a national headline about “pirates” thinking something big and real and great is happening with the Bucs? This African high-seas pirate crisis needs to get resolved pretty quick so I can stop getting my hopes up that the Buccos might do something worthy of national attention. Of course, the last thing they did that garnered headlines was to sign 2 cricket pitchers discovered in a “Million Dollar Arm” contest in India, so perhaps it’s best that they just stay the hell out of the spotlight.