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 Post subject: Refuge in a Shitstorm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:15 pm 
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Greetings, Steeler brethren. Some of you have commented on my hiatus from this esteemed website. It's actually a yearly event, post Stanley Cup playoffs, as I have little use for the boring-ass baseball season, and for even more boring-ass pre-season football.

I re-emerged from the hibernation yesterday, and came back into the sunshine at Irish Exit, 978 2nd Avenue, New York City. Y'see, as one that is absolutely a soft touch for my kids, even now that they're full-grown adults, I'm oft talked into driving my boy back home to his Manhattan haunts after his visits to the 603. My choice then, was to watch the game upon my return home, on VHS tape (you heard it right...as in VCR), or watch at a Steeler bar in NYC. With a little research, and an endorsement from our colleague, CT, we determined Irish Exit to the be the place. And....a great time was almost had by all.

First, the game. I returned home to the Granite State late last night, and was greeted by the teeth-gnashing and bellyaching of this esteemed website's populace. All of your complaints were legit, but I must say, I'm not nearly as piiiiissssed as are many of you. Why, you might ask? It's because I really don't have high expectations for the 2018 edition of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Why, you might ask? Answer is that the Steelers are still coached by The Fuckin' Douchebag, the What Am I, A Potted Plant Fuckin' Idiot Mike Tomlin. The guy whose greatest skill is An Exceedingly Well-Developed Line of Bullshit was on full-on dipshit display yesterday, and all of you were on point with the criticisms....
*Running the wheels off our substitute running back....and whaddaya know, a late game fumble opening the floodgates for a Clowns comeback.
*Playing for a winning field goal on a soaker of a day, that was hardly a gimme.

Ya, I know all about Tomlin's winning percentage, his never having had a losing season, blah, blah, blah....I also know, as has been pointed out, that his job in Pittsburgh is safer than that of the mother-fuckin' Pope (and sorry if I'm being disrespectful to the Pontiff.....but fuck him, too!!).

As I've said repeatedly, I don't give a shit any more about the PIrates, but here's the comp between the Steelers and Penguins:
-Coaches: Steelers have Mike Tomlin, whose foibles are well-chronicled. Penguins have Mike Sullivan, who almost without exception, always, always, always makes the right moves....AND...isn't scared of his own fuckin' shadow as is Tomlin.
-Owners: Steelers have the Douchebag Art II, the real owner's kid, who is pleased as punch to rack up 10-win seasons, regularly following short at playoff time. Penguins have Mario Lemieux, la Magnifique, who's satisfied with nothing but Stanley Cups, who has showed that he's not afraid of firing a Stanley Cup winning coach who's no longer getting it done.

I'll say it again. Mike Tomlin will never beat Bill Belichick in a game of any consequence. Please prove me wrong, Mr. Tomlin.

Ben...what the FUCK, Ben??? Wake the fuck up, willya??

Okay, the venue....
The Irish Exit is an amazing place to watch a Steeler game. It's an absolute legit Steeler bar, unlike others that have Steelers on the prime TV, some others, but then have the rest of the game. Not the Irish Exit, run by dudes from the Emerald Isle. At Irish Exit, ONLY game on are the Pittsburgh Steelers. There's five projections screens behind the bar, then regular TVs on the back wall. Not a big place, and narrow, as are alot of the Manhattan joints, it's definitely SRO, definitely all-Steeler clientele, and yesterday had Amos Zereoue pouring shots behind the bar. He appears in a vid that will hopefully posted.

No commercials at the Irish Exit. Nope, either loud pump-up music, or Steeler Fight Song or Renegade. Drinks aren't badly priced. Irish Exit will be my home away from home.

As many of you know, I'm a inveterate techno-dummy, and will prevail upon my Steeler colleagues, namely Jack Lambert58 to post pics and vids of the event.

All that said, I'm not getting my hopes up. I'm actually going to try to vary from my approach of.....We don't enjoy these game, we just suffer through and hope we're happy in the end....and will actually try to enjoy the process this year. Who knows, might actually go barefoot during games, connect with the freakin' universe!! Adieu until next week!! Watch for the pics and vids.


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 Post subject: Re: Refuge in a Shitstorm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:25 pm 
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Hmmm....2nd and 52nd---I may have to come down from CT the next time you are there to watch with you...then I'll treat you to the Heidelberg on 2nd and 85th--best beer in NYC...then I'll take Monday off...


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 Post subject: Re: Refuge in a Shitstorm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:26 pm 
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Maybe this is the right approach, basically just not caring or getting that hyped up since we know what the end game looks like already.

Always been hard for me, but maybe I will try this year.


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 Post subject: Re: Refuge in a Shitstorm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 12:47 pm 
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JJT wrote:
Maybe this is the right approach, basically just not caring or getting that hyped up since we know what the end game looks like already.

Always been hard for me, but maybe I will try this year.


Mike Tomlin's post-Ben/AB/Bell Steelers are NOT going to be fun to watch, at all.

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 Post subject: Re: Refuge in a Shitstorm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:13 pm 
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With the benefit of 10 years hindsight, the Steelers are lucky to have won a Super Bowl with Tomlin as coach.


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 Post subject: Re: Refuge in a Shitstorm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:23 pm 
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SteelWill wrote:
Hmmm....2nd and 52nd---I may have to come down from CT the next time you are there to watch with you...then I'll treat you to the Heidelberg on 2nd and 85th--best beer in NYC...then I'll take Monday off...


Let's get something set up. I'm out in Queens (Used to live in CT myself, obviously) so I can get in quickly. I wanted to go yesterday but I was far too hung over after a wedding. Frankly, that game would have had me three sheets to the wind and missing work today.

I think there's a few other folks from NYC on this board too if I'm not mistaken.

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 Post subject: Re: Refuge in a Shitstorm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:25 pm 
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Kodiak wrote:
JJT wrote:
Maybe this is the right approach, basically just not caring or getting that hyped up since we know what the end game looks like already.

Always been hard for me, but maybe I will try this year.


Mike Tomlin's post-Ben/AB/Bell Steelers are NOT going to be fun to watch, at all.


Well with Ben and AB yesterday they weren't all that fun.

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 Post subject: Re: Refuge in a Shitstorm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:07 pm 
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StillerInCT wrote:
SteelWill wrote:
Hmmm....2nd and 52nd---I may have to come down from CT the next time you are there to watch with you...then I'll treat you to the Heidelberg on 2nd and 85th--best beer in NYC...then I'll take Monday off...


Let's get something set up. I'm out in Queens (Used to live in CT myself, obviously) so I can get in quickly. I wanted to go yesterday but I was far too hung over after a wedding. Frankly, that game would have had me three sheets to the wind and missing work today.

I think there's a few other folks from NYC on this board too if I'm not mistaken.
Yup. I might join you guys if invited. Better a 4:00 pm or 8:30 start, though. I just hope you don't mind me looking the other way while on a bar stool during the anthem. 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Refuge in a Shitstorm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:13 pm 
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Agreed about the Steeler ownership and the idea that they won't pay two HC's at the same time(unless something unforeseeable happens).

One thing I loved about Sullivan during the back to back cup run-he stressed that he didn't want his teams to EASE into the game. He wanted his Birdies to dictate, to force the issue. Worked out pretty well.

Swiss, all coaches have slumps. I don't think Sully was particularly good last season. Maybe it was Tocchet being gone but there parts of the season where there were definite 'WTF' moments.

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 Post subject: Re: Refuge in a Shitstorm
PostPosted: Mon Sep 10, 2018 2:20 pm 
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JJT wrote:
Maybe this is the right approach, basically just not caring or getting that hyped up since we know what the end game looks like already.

Always been hard for me, but maybe I will try this year.



I need to find a better approach, that is for sure.

I have been a member of a Steelers fan club here in Kansas City for 23 years. I don't get up there as much as I used to because I have a 2 1/2 year old. I went yesterday, arriving an hour early so I could catch up with everyone as many of us don't connect much during the offseason. The game ruined my whole fucking day. Nothing like feeling like you're getting nut punched 68 times.

As soon as we punted from their 35 on 4th and 6, I told everyone sitting around me we would lose the game on a last second field goal. I was wrong, but not by much.

I am sick of Tomlin, sick of his stupid fucking sayings and sick of seeing him on the sideline looking bewildered and surprised. He is clearly in over his head and we are wasting good years. We won't win another trophy with him as head coach and unfortunately, it will probably take until five years after Ben retires before any Rooney pulls their head out of their asses.

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