WHOA. It’s been a minute since I’ve been able to check in with all of you. I had to dedicate a little bit of time and a lot a bit of brain power to move from State College to Pittsburgh to New York. Yeesh. But now I’m here in the Center of the Universe, as I like to call it, and I’m ready to talk some football.
The teams of my childhood and beyond, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Penn State Nittany Lions, are off to winning, albeit unimpressive, starts to their respective seasons. PSU cruised past Akron in a game that wasn’t a great indicator as to how the rest of their season will pan out, followed similarly by an easy win over a soft Syracuse. Penn State notoriously soars through their non-conference schedule, only to suffer a hiccup-loss mid-season to a Big Ten team they should have beat. I need a few more Saturdays, specifically Saturdays where Penn State is challenged, to provide my full impression. For now, I’ll say that having a seasoned Daryll Clark at the helm is comforting, but the loss of key players on the O-line, receiving corps, and secondary leave me a bit skeptical.
The Super Bowl champion Steelers opened at home Thursday night against former Nittany Lion Kerry Collins and the Tennesee Titans, taking the win from visiting Collins and company, 13-10. Neither team was able to mount much offensively, resulting in a defensive struggle and an overtime field goal deciding the entire game. It was hard-nosed, grind-em-out football–which tends to be expected in any Steelers game, but has become a Titans trademark as well. Sloppy showing for both squads, but I don’t think it spells doom for either.
Check back for some musings on Week 1 NFL action… oh, and that guy Tom Brady is back on the field tonight for the Pats opener.