Live chat tonight; Heinz Field dominance; Rocky throws in the Towel; playoff odds; poor Cleveland

Written by Dan Gigler on .


*Quick reminder: Live chat tonight! Stop back here tonight for a live game chat beginning at 8 p.m. hosted by Post-Gazette sports editor Jerry Micco and yours truly ...

*Heinz Field is Strong as Steel: That's according to ESPN, which rated the Steelers home sod as the fourth hardest place to play in the NFL. That's pretty respectable, but it might irk Steelers fans to know that Baltimore was no. 1. 

Of the two, Jameson Hensley writes:

"When the Colts played in Baltimore, Memorial Stadium was described as "the world's largest outdoor insane asylum." That tradition has continued at M&T Bank Stadium, where the decibel readings regularly exceed 105.

"It's hard to dispute the Ravens' home-field advantage. Baltimore has won 14 straight at home, the NFL's longest current streak. The only loss at home in the past two-plus seasons came to Pittsburgh, by three points, in December 2010. Overall, the Ravens have won 19 of their past 20 at home. ...

"The Steelers finished No. 4 in toughest NFL venues. Over the past decade, their .728 home winning percentage is No. 3 overall.

"The atmosphere in Pittsburgh is hard to replicate especially when there's snow on the ground and a sea of gold Terrible Towels waving in the stands (see top). This is the one of the few places where reporters experience the fans' excitement. As soon as the song "Renegade" starts playing in the second half, the press box, which is attached to the upper deck at Heinz Field, starts moving up and down because of the fans overhead."

*That home Heinz Field dominance over Philadelphia Sunday apparently prompted none other than Rocky Balboa to throw in the Terrible Towel after the game, as evidenced by this tweet from Dillon's Irish Pub, a Steeler fan hangout in Hollywood, Calif.:


*Updated playoff odds for the Steelers from 

By virtue of their win over Philadelphia Sunday, heading into tonight's game, the Steelers (2-2)  chance of making the playoffs has increased from 28.5% to 37.0%. 

Their chance of winning the division has increased from 16.1% to 19.9%.

Here are the chances for AFC North foes to win the division, and make the playoffs, respectively:

Baltimore Ravens: 54.2% division; 76.3% playoffs

Cincinnati Bengals:  24.4% division; 47.9% playoffs

Cleveland Browns: 1.5% division; 4.6% playoffs

No word on what the chances are of the Browns actually winning a game.

*Speaking of the Browns, the same gentleman that brought world the Factory of Sadness video from last season, has another satirical look at the hard luck fans in his hometown have had to endure ...    

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