Here you come again, just when I’ve begun to get myself together. You waltz right in the door, just like you’ve done before, and wrap my heart ’round your little finger. -Dolly Parton
It was third down. The Steelers needed six yards for the first down. Two minutes left to play. Up five. “One more stop,” Darrelle Revis said. “One lousy stop. That’s all we needed.” Nothing doing. Not on Big Ben’s watch. Not this time of year. This time of year, when the air is a little bit crisper. This time of year, when the air is a little bit cooler. This time of year,when the air is crisper and cooler, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are making yet another run at the NFL Championship. The NFL. This is what it’s all about. Ben Roethlisberger is what it’s all about. You put your right foot in, you put your right foot out. You put your right foot in and you shake it all about. You do the Hokey Pokey and you turn yourself around, that’s what it’s all about!
This wasn’t Big Ben Roethlisberger throwing a laser to Santonio Holmes to win the Super Bowl. This wasn’t Big Ben Roethlisberger diving in for a score on third-and-goal and sending the crowd home in Denver. No, it wasn’t any of those. No, he don’t use tissues or his sleeve. He don’t use napkins or any of these. No it wasn’t any of those, in fact, Roethlisberger was thoroughly outplayed by Mark Sanchez throughout the game. What it was, was, classic Ben Roethlisberger. Just win baby, Ben Roethlisberger. The Jets had the Steelers receivers covered tight like Gary Payton. Antonio Brown shook free. Before you could say Jack Robinson, the ball was in Brown’s arms. First down! First down! The Heinz Field faithful let out a roar that shook the place right down to its very foundation. Hooray Steelers! Hooray Ben Roethlisberger!
Jim Harbaugh and Roger Staubach earned the nickname “Captain Comeback” for their ability to win games in the fourth quarter after overcoming significant point deficits. Then there was John Elway. Then there was The Duke of Denver. The Driver. The staying aliver. Ha ha ha ha staying alive. Staying alive in the mud in Cleveland. Staying alive with the most game-winning or game-tying scoring drives in the fourth quarter. The real Captain Comeback. Now we have Big Ben Roethlisberger. As big as a big play quarterback can be. He improvises. He extends plays. He shows the will of a champion. He wins football games. I ain’t betting against him. Not by a long shot.
Peace out homies. Six two and even!