After enduring the exhibition season, it was nice to sit down last night to watch an NFL game that actually meant something. The added bonus was the Steelers pulling out an overtime victory over the Titans. Here are a few thoughts I had while watching the game. Feel free to chip in with yours.
– Maybe it's just me, but I found it offensive that Nike is selling equipment touted as "Pro Combat." Combat? Really?
– The General Electric ads with the singing factory workers were great.
– Cris Collinsworth did a pretty fair job in his debut next to Al Michaels.
– Michaels remains solid, as always, but he's beginning to look like the picture of Dorian Gray.
– The Titans have a tough defense, but the Steelers’ offensive line had a heckuva time opening any holes, and the running backs didn't do much with the ones they did open.
– The Brett Favre Sears ad showed that Favre has a sense of humor and the ability to mock himself.
– Mewelde Moore was a solid contributor, but the formerly "Fast" Willie Parker looks as if he's slowing down, and Rashard Mendenhall is making me have unwelcome flashbacks to Greg Hawthorne and Tim Worley.
– Am I the only one who deliberately avoids all the pre-game hoopla and turns on the TV just in time for kickoff?
– It's tough to lose Troy Polamalu with an injury, but it's better than losing Ben Roethlisberger.
– Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning might post more impressive raw passing numbers, but if the chips are down, I'd rather have Roethlisberger under center.