Black and Gold Primetime–Again!

Black and Gold Primetime–two weeks in a row. Can’t remember if that has ever happened in the 17 years I have been doing them. It was so cold, had to go out and buy a warmer coat this morning. No one was at Paul Brown Stadium here in Cincinnati Sunday night, where we all appeared in the 6 and the 11 o’clock newscasts. So the guys parked our news car in the parking place for Bengals’ QB, Carson Palmer.

Earlier in the day, we all waited for the Steelers to arrive at the hotel, and it occurred to me how tough it is to play three away games in a row. I don’t care if you are on a charter or not. Not sleeping in your own bed, taking a day to travel, and flying through the middle of the night after a primetime game all have to make them tired.

This is nose tackle, Chris Hoke getting off the bus. After the MNF, he was so relieved that the Steelers pulled it out at the end, 27-21.

And as Guy and I stood there watching the team file into the locker room, you would have thought they lost. Tomlin stood at the door, practically shouting, “It is never easy, 6-2, we are at the turn.” Over and over. As Troy Polamalu walked by, looking like he had lost his best friend, Tomlin shouted, “What, What? Don’t do that.” It was impressive how he quickly wanted to remind them how tough this game is, and a win, at the end of  three road trips, is a satisfying victory. Even if it was costly in injuries. Word that starting left tackle, Max Starks may be out for the season with a neck injury is disturbing. Especially with the Patriots this week-end, and ANOTHER primetime match-up. But being at home, in front of the fans

who travel better than any others in the league, will be a welcome boost.


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