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Venom
11-10-2009, 07:42 AM
Paige: Whose stadium is this, anyway?
By Woody Paige
The Denver Post
Posted: 11/10/2009 01:00:00 AM MST


Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger leaves the field to the cheers of many Terrible Towel-waving fans after beating the Broncos 28-10 on Monday night at Invesco Field at Mile High. Roethlisberger finished 21-of-29 for 233 yards passing and three touchdowns, guiding a punishing Pittsburgh offense that dominated the second half. (Joe Amon, The Denver Post )The Stealers appropriated the stadium, purloined three passes, took the dais and stole "Monday Night Football" from the Broncos.

Steal Deal, 28-10.

The Steelers came with the no-huddle; the Broncos replied with the all-muddle.

A revolting number of the Broncos' players and coaches and a repulsive number of the Broncos' alleged "fans" were no-shows and no-clues.

The 20,000 season-ticket holders who sold their seats in every section, on every level to the Steelers' true loyalists should be ashamed. That wasn't a home game for the Broncos. It was a neutralized site.

With 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the stadium had been emptied out of orange pompom party poopers. All who remained were Women & Men In Black waving the Terrible Towels in victory.

Sick effort, Denver. If you don't want your tickets, at least scalp them to people who bleed orange, blue, mustard and brown.

Super effort, Pittsburgh. The Steal City can snatch a stadium as well as the Continental Army captured Fort Ticonderoga. While the Steelers' masses were cheering Ben Roethlisberger's three touchdown passes, the Broncos' (reduced) faithful were booing Kyle Orton's three interceptions.

Sick effort, Broncos, who played the chumps to the Steelers' Super Bowl champs. The Broncos brought the Paper Curtain Defense and Monochrome Offense.

The Stealers stole an Orton pass for an interception returned for a touchdown and a 7-3 lead in the second quarter. The Stealers stole an Orton pass in the fourth quarter and scored in three plays for a 21-10 lead. And, for bad measure, the Stealers stole Orton's final pass of the game.

"Once we went to the no-huddle (offense)," Roethlisberger said, "it turned things around."

The opposing team is supposed to wear out at altitude, but Pittsburgh got friskier as the game wore on. The Broncos are supposed to be running the no-huddle, hurry-up offense to wear down the opposing team. But Josh McDaniels wants to shorten games, not lengthen them, with his dink-a-dink-a-don't offense.

The Steelers' Rashard Mendenhall must have felt a rush of oxygen. He blew past the Broncos for 155 yards. Correll Buckhalter and Knowshon Moreno were in no rush 14 carries for 27 yards.

The Day-Glo Orange shoes of Brandon Marshall were no match for the gold feet of four Steelers receivers who had 20 receptions.

"We became one-dimensional," McDaniels said.

How about none-dimensional?

The Broncos are 6-2 at the midway juncture of the season but should have a better-feeling texture, because few outside or, even, inside the locker room believed the Broncos would be so lofty on Nov. 9. But the performances in Baltimore and at home (home?) this month have been more septic tank than antiseptic salve.

The Broncos have been outscored 58-17 and have permitted the Chargers to get back in the race.

Just as alarming, the Broncos have not scored in five of their past eight quarters; they have yet to score a touchdown on their first possession this season (but did burp a field goal after the opening kickoff against Pittsburgh); and the only touchdown scored on Monday night was not by the offense, but on a scoop-and- score fumble return.

One offensive touchdown in two games! That efficient offense managed by Orton has become ineffective and unmanageable. New school has become old-fashioned.

"We just can't listen to all this stuff," said Robert Ayers, who did score the Broncos' only touchdown, and he isn't a running back. "Good teams recover from things like this."

What may help the Broncos recover most is not an improved offense or a return of the defense that was MMA tough in the first five games. The Washington Redskins will help most.

The Washington offense is as mobile as a monument.

"We lost to two good football teams," Orton said. "Move on and get ready for Washington." He didn't call Washington a good football team.

This was a night when the Broncos' followers could have ripped the players. But it also was a night when Marshall could have been praised if he had chosen to rip on the fans. Marshall once criticized the crowd for leaving early. Part of the crowd didn't arrive on Monday night.

The Steelers' tailgate party in the parking lot was even larger than the Broncos'. The Steelers travel well. One young man told me he had ridden a bus from Pittsburgh for 36 straight hours to get to the game. "I am afraid to fly, so I'm the John Madden of Steelers Nation." Only his bus has Greyhound on the side. But his long ride back to Pittsburgh will be sweeter now.

The Steelers and zealots were thieves in the night, and the Broncos and their advocates (those who didn't sell out) stood there and meekly accepted it.:tt02:

HometownGal
11-10-2009, 08:06 AM
:toofunny::toofunny::toofunny::thumbsup:

That article put a huge :grin: on my face!

Earth To The Denver Broncos. . . . "Time to come back down".

Borski
11-10-2009, 08:14 AM
HAHA I enjoy Woody Paige's articles

steeltheone
11-10-2009, 08:39 AM
Great Article. I was really surprised we had such an overwelming presence in Denver. Bronco Fans are known to be very true blue.

Rick5895
11-10-2009, 08:55 AM
Can't wait to watch Around the Horn tonight and hear Paige sound off against the ponies.

RoethlisBURGHer
11-10-2009, 09:08 AM
Orton isn't the type of quarterback that is going to win you big games. He cannot get the ball down field when you need big plays. And when his running backs aren't doing anything, he can't use the play-action pass and it's over for him.

El-Gonzo Jackson
11-10-2009, 09:20 AM
I too was surprised how big of a presence. I thought Bronco fans would be amped up for MNF with 1 loss, but Steeler fans dominated the cheering during the game. Surprised the Broncos didnt have to goto a silent count on offense because of crowd noise.

Great article.

Merchant
11-10-2009, 09:26 AM
Can this guy at least spell STEELER properly (he kept saying steal/stealer)

Dino 6 Rings
11-10-2009, 09:55 AM
If you thought Denver was bad...wait til the game in KC...that is going to be a 50/50 split easy in the stands.

TX Steelerfan
11-10-2009, 10:26 AM
Can this guy at least spell STEELER properly (he kept saying steal/stealer)

Super effort, Pittsburgh. The Steal City can snatch a stadium...
The Stealers stole an Orton pass...
I'm thinking the writer was using a bit of sarcasm.

And when will writers/media for other teams realize that the Steeler Nation Invasion of opponents stadiums is no longer a phenomenon because we "travel well', but a fact that is reflected by the vast number of Steeler fans in every part of the country, if not the world, whether a person has ties to Pittsburgh or not.

arge5809
11-10-2009, 11:36 AM
Can this guy at least spell STEELER properly (he kept saying steal/stealer)


Is that somekind of ethnic slur? :noidea:

fansince'76
11-10-2009, 11:45 AM
Can this guy at least spell STEELER properly (he kept saying steal/stealer)

Is that somekind of ethnic slur? :noidea:

No, more like a very tired and childish barb much more befitting a crybaby butthurt 12-year-old Squawks fan blogging from mommy's laptop than something a so-called professional sports columnist would write.

revefsreleets
11-10-2009, 11:49 AM
Noticed at some point in the 3rd quarter that the Steelers DEFENDERS were raising their arms and calling for more noise....and they GOT IT! The crowd noise rose perceptibly...

That has GOT to sting if you're a Bronco...

steelreserve
11-10-2009, 12:24 PM
Man! Sounds like the kind of devastating ass-pounding that can take the air out of an entire season. It feels good to be the bad guy!

markymarc
11-10-2009, 12:25 PM
Noticed at some point in the 3rd quarter that the Steelers DEFENDERS were raising their arms and calling for more noise....and they GOT IT! The crowd noise rose perceptibly...

That has GOT to sting if you're a Bronco...

I love seeing that. There is no other team in the NFL that can play on the road and ask fans to get loud like that. The Steeler Nation rocks :tt02:

TackleMeBen
11-10-2009, 12:33 PM
i heard gruden or tirico mentioning that when the broncos took the field you could hear the BOOS!!!

FredScott
11-10-2009, 12:39 PM
This is why we are the Steelers NATION! Steelers Nation Rise!

revefsreleets
11-10-2009, 12:48 PM
I don't understand why the apologized to the Cowboys fans when they said the Steelers fans were the greatest.

The Cowboys?

I don't ever see that many Cowboys fans in opposing stadiums....other than at Cardinals games.

Justin Otstott
11-10-2009, 12:51 PM
Always will say this, Woody is a retard!

AllD
11-10-2009, 02:02 PM
Fair is fair. If the Broncos get to play us at Heinz they have the same opportunity to fill the stadium with their "fans".

And Josh McDaniels is a snotty nose punk, just like Mangini and Belechoke.

SteelersMomma
11-10-2009, 02:07 PM
ummm yeah he has the times wrong.. the bronco fans started poring out of there with 10 mins still on the clock. All you seen was us steeler fans waving our towels and a few bronco fans left. This one guy behind me was trying to say he was going to "curse" the steelers for beating his team. I'm like wow your a freaking nut job lol.
All that "this is my house talk" went out the window the last quarter :D

SteelersMomma
11-10-2009, 02:11 PM
i heard gruden or tirico mentioning that when the broncos took the field you could hear the BOOS!!!

no thats not true. I was at the game and when they took the field was when all the bronco fans went crazy. Its just steeler fans are able to stay and watch the whole game even if we're losing unlike them at the end :chuckle:

Steelerstrength
11-10-2009, 05:41 PM
Noticed at some point in the 3rd quarter that the Steelers DEFENDERS were raising their arms and calling for more noise....and they GOT IT! The crowd noise rose perceptibly...

That has GOT to sting if you're a Bronco...

Quite astonishing that it happened! It sure felt good to see, then hear it! :tt04:

Steelerstrength
11-10-2009, 05:48 PM
And Josh McDaniels is a snotty nose punk, just like Mangini and Belechoke.

An extremely accurate description!!! I thought I saw him wiping his nose with his shirt sleeve as well!?! :crying03::binky:

T&B fan
11-10-2009, 06:00 PM
I don't understand why the apologized to the Cowboys fans when they said the Steelers fans were the greatest.

The Cowboys?

I don't ever see that many Cowboys fans in opposing stadiums....other than at Cardinals games.

yea I was saying the samething :tt03::tt03:

Kaeg
11-10-2009, 06:04 PM
Noticed at some point in the 3rd quarter that the Steelers DEFENDERS were raising their arms and calling for more noise....and they GOT IT! The crowd noise rose perceptibly...

That has GOT to sting if you're a Bronco...

LOL! yea, I saw at least Woodley doing that. I was laughing at that one!

Vincent
11-10-2009, 06:14 PM
Any team that dresses like this deserves to be abandoned...

http://extras.mnginteractive.com/live/media/site36/2009/1011/20091011__BroncosThrowbacks101109~p1.jpg

They remind me of that famous photo "French 'Special' Forces". :chuckle:

http://bloggingwithastro.blogspot.com/FrenchSpclForce.jpg

NJarhead
11-10-2009, 06:34 PM
love, love, LOVE IT!! :tt03: