- Fred Smoot is one of those guys who could very easily come across as insufferable, but what seems like posturing in so many other players seems like genuine ebullience and enthusiasm in Smoot. Which is a long and roundabout way of saying that I don’t mind his celebrations after he makes a play.
- You know, Tony Kornheiser was very friendly when I spoke to him earlier, but based on the emails I’m receiving I’m pretty glad I’m not able to hear the Monday Night Football telecast. Nobody’s specified anything he’s actually said, but people seem pretty grouchy about it, whatever it is.
- A tough pass interference penalty on Carlos Rogers is the biggest play of the game so far for the Steelers. It looked like one of those penalties, though, where the defender was beaten and it was either commit the penalty or let the ball be caught. From that perspective, not a terrible decision.
- Demetric Evans has been playing really well at defensive end, although largely as a run stopper. So it’s gratifying to see him get a couple of sacks already in this game, on national TV. Nice guy, too — it’s not everyone who has a day dedicated to them in Shreveport. (Or maybe it is. I’ve never been to Shreveport, and so would have no way of really knowing.)
- The flipside of that is Carlos Rogers dropping interceptions on national television. He’d gotten so much better about that, too. That’s just disappointing to see.
- There’s a fan somewhere down and to the left of the press box who has what sounds like the loudest whistle in the world, and he is not shy about blowing it. It is deeply, deeply annoying, not to mention confusing. There shouldn’t be a whistle blowing every time the ball is snapped. That’s just backward and wrong.
- Ryan Plackemeier’s good day of punting screeches to a halt with the Steelers first punt blocked since 2006. That is going to lead to a lot of Danny Smith yelling, and probably a lot of nasty things being written about the special teams around Blog-o-world.
- Going into halftime trailing by four wouldn’t seem that daunting, if the offense were moving the ball and/or were converting on their third downs. As the Redskins meet neither of those criteria at this point — less than 100 total yards and 0/8 on third downs — it’s a grim place to be at the half.