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Old 09-06-2009, 08:28 PM   #1
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Default Titans: Still bitter over missed chance at Pittsburgh


Titans: Still bitter over missed chance at Pittsburgh, see champs as chance for fast start

By: TERESA M. WALKER
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09/06/09 4:10 PM PDT
http://www.sfexaminer.com/sports/ap/57613332.html

NASHVILLE, TENN. The Tennessee Titans know last season is long gone and Thursday night's NFL season opener with Pittsburgh is the start of the chase for a new championship.

That doesn't mean they still don't feel like the Steelers won their Super Bowl.

"If we would've had a chance to play them again in the AFC championship and those guys would've beat us, it would've been a little easier to swallow," Pro Bowl safety Chris Hope said. "Being we beat the Super Bowl champions and never had a chance to compete and go play for the Super Bowl left a bad taste in our mouth.

Remember, the Titans went an NFL-best 13-3 in 2008 and beat Pittsburgh 31-14 Dec. 21 in what both teams thought might be a preview of the AFC championship game. But Tennessee tripped in the divisional round and lost 13-10 to Baltimore, while Pittsburgh rolled through the playoffs.

That missed matchup helped land this rematch in the NFL's slot for the first game of 2009. The Steelers start their defense against a team still upset over how last season ended.

"We've got to get that bad taste out of our mouth," defensive end Jevon Kearse said.

Most Titans sound as if they're following coach Jeff Fisher's cue for this game the past is gone, now is all that matters.

"Reflecting back in the past does you no good as far as moving forward unless you use the experience wisely," Fisher said Sunday.

Tennessee quarterback Kerry Collins agreed.

"It's dead and gone. You take your hat off to them. They did a good job, won the whole thing last year, but that was last year. They're saying the same thing. Last year's last year. You move on and focus on what you want 2009 to be," Collins said.

True, but Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin admitted during a conference call that he knew his Steelers would run into the Titans again if each team handled business.

"We had a feeling when we left Nashville that in order to do what we wanted to do we'd probably have to come back there," Tomlin said.

Pittsburgh did, running through the postseason. Tennessee didn't, losing at home. Titans tight end Alge Crumpler has taken a philosophical approach to the AFC championship they didn't get to host the Steelers.

"They took 31 other teams' Super Bowl if you want to look at it that way," Crumpler said. "They're the ones that won it. They're the defending Super Bowl champs. Everybody's going to be gunning for them. We get the first crack."

Pittsburgh and Tennessee are very similar to the teams that played last December. Each return all but two starters, and defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, the Titans' biggest loss in free agency, didn't play in that game. Defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch sees playing the champs means a quick chance to see where the Titans are now.

"It's going to be as good a test as we can get for the opener, not just because they're the Super Bowl champs but have a great defense and a great offense. It's going to be as tough an environment to play in as we'll see all season," Vanden Bosch said.

The opener has been hyped through national TV commercials for over a week now, featuring shots of Titans running back LenDale White stomping on a treasured Terrible Towel after Tennessee's win last December. White is among those who wishes they had been able to play the Steelers in the playoffs.

"That would mean we'd be playing for a chance at the Super Bowl. I definitely wish I had a chance to play them. We didn't. Baltimore handled their business. We were at home watching ...," White said. "This is our time to go. We can't thrive off anything that happened last year."

White can't wait for the opener and an intense atmosphere, if only judging from how Steelers' fans challenge him almost daily via his Twitter account. The vocal running back isn't backing down either so Pittsburgh fans should hold tight to their towels.

"If they throw a towel at me, I'm going to kick it and stomp all over it," White said.

(Hey LenWhale you are not worth the cost of a Terrible Towel. The poor little Titans have their panties all in knot because they couldn't beat the Ratbirds. Pathetic. - mesa)
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:29 PM   #2
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Damn all them dirty Japs and wetbacks taking all our jobs!

(Same logic.)
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As for the Titans, if they want the taste out of their mouth, we can show them what their own teeth and blood taste like. F*ck 'em.
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Maybe Fisher aka The 'Stache can get everyone ready for Thursday's game with the following speech:

"One year ago, we knocked on the door. This year, we beat on the door. Next year, we're gonna kick the son-of-a-bitch in."

Since the Titans are really the Oilers, it would be fitting.

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WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!
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Well, the taste is about to get 10x worse!
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You freakin' nipple-head - one of YOUR players stomps on OUR Terrible Towel and YOU have a bad taste in your mouth?
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Man I can't wait until thursday night.

Granted they beat us last time but thier are things to take into consideration.

The Steelers were winding up THEE toughest schedule in the league. The Steelers previous 3 opponents were the Patriots, Cowboys and Ratbirds. Going into tennessee coming from the slugfest with the ratbirds was FAR more difficult then the titans 3 games prior. They had detroit ,cleveland and houston. NO COMPARISON!

The very team we faced the week before is the team that knocked them out of the playoffs.

Besides the towel stomp and wipe WILL play a factor in this one, bank on it!
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We must really be in their heads if they have to resort to whining about how bitter they are that we won their Super Bowl to jack themselves up for a game against us.
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The opener has been hyped through national TV commercials for over a week now, featuring shots of Titans running back LenDale White stomping on a treasured Terrible Towel after Tennessee's win last December. White is among those who wishes they had been able to play the Steelers in the playoffs.

"That would mean we'd be playing for a chance at the Super Bowl. I definitely wish I had a chance to play them. We didn't. Baltimore handled their business. We were at home watching ...," White said. "This is our time to go. We can't thrive off anything that happened last year."
Maybe if fatboy could hold onto a football as adeptly as he obviously can a triple cheeseburger, they might have had the chance.
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:02 PM   #10
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Whaaaa, we lost in the divisional round of the playoffs!

Whaaaa, the big bad Pittsburgh Steelers won the Super Bowl that we didn't get to!

Well guess what Tits, you get to come to OUR HOUSE on the night that we celebrate winning out SIXTH SUPER BOWL (that's six to your zero, just to remind yinz).

Bring it bitches, get ready to get STOMPED!
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