Alright, first let’s just clear up one teeny tiny little thing about the “breaking the plane” controversy. The officials saw the ball break the plane. The league saw the ball break the plane. I saw the ball break the plane. So of all the people whose opinions about the play we could listen to, I can’t help but draw the unmistakable conclusion that Ray Lewis, aka Frontal Lobe Disorder, has the opinion that matters the least. So there’s that.
Now, home field advantage. I, like many people smarter than me (Blitzburgh, e.g.), am on the fence about our “advantage” at Heinz Field. We have without question the best home crowd – it’s just an inhospitable climate for opponents. And it’s outdoors in the cold, which is a big handicap for warm-weather teams like the Chargers.
But Heinz Field also goes from zero to sloppy in less than a quarter, and its wind patterns foil field goals, even those attempted by The Jeff. These issues do disproportionately affect the visiting team, because they are disadvantaged by the other stuff that makes Heinz Field the Steelers’ home, but they affect us too. We are 3-3 at home in the playoffs.
Let’s thank Baltimore for giving us the chance to change that.