This week’s theme was served up in the early going in post-game interviews after Ravens Thursday night win in Pittsburgh (23-20 OT), a Steelers stumble due in some measure to their kicker, Josh Scobee, whose two field-goal misses (2-4) enabled the visitors opportunity to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.
In locker-room Q&A that queried his foot-fail, Josh closed with this: “It’s time to get beyond it and move forward,” a sentiment echoed by his coach, Mike Tomlin.
The casual tenor Scobee displayed in afterburn of a loss he helped permit took this sport fan back a decade to that day on Capitol Hill (3.17.05) when slugger Mark McGwire spoke in front of Congressional House Government Reform Cmte investigating use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in MLB.
Mark‘s memorable line: “I’m not here to talk about the past.”
The McGwire Line never sat well with Cmte members nor the American public, though, AM radio jocks did their part to dismiss the affair as a witch (warlock) hunt on a matter of drugs that, in their odd expression, didn’t matter one iota.
PED usage and the integrity void that fostered the blight did matter then, matters even more today and McGwire has since ‘opened-up’ on the subject and admitted to having taken performance enhancers. “Little steps and big ‘uns.” It’s a little one, but a step.
But what his bob & weave, evasiveness to a clearly relevant question (Did you use PEDs?) ultimately did was set a troubling precedent for anyone, not just athletes, who chooses to avoid taking responsibility and then the bitter medicine needed to learn, grow and finally move forward from miscues.
Would it’ve been asking too much that Josh and coach reflect on the events that led to failure for some measurable time? Not to a depressive, self-destructive state, but long enough (into the next day) to absorb it’s lessons and toughen-up the psyche a little, build some mental calluses, so to speak. I think not.
‘No pain, no gain,’ is no more in 2015. Today’s it’s outta’ sight, outta’ mind, then check your account for messages.
Maybe Scobee, along with co-workers, did assess what went wrong Thursday as preparations for W5 get underway. If that’s the case, good, but those hours immediately following a loss are a critical time to begin the process. The longer you wait, the more you bury unpleasant memories, the harder it’ll be to engage and learn from ‘em later on.
“They’re (Carolina) clearly the worst of the 3-0 undefeateds, but that’s no reflection on them (Skip Bayless, First Take, Re-Take (10.1.15)).”
A Bit of Alright (Good Spot)
Mike Vick (PIT) QB: 19-26, 124, 1t, run 9-33: Rabbit-habit dies hard
Justin Forsett (BAL) RB: 27-150: Good sign for Ravens
Drew Brees (NO) QB: 33-41, 359, 2td: Getting it back
Todd Gurley (STL) RB: 19-146 (52): Nice debut-in-start
Josh McCown (CVD) QB: 32-41, 356, 1: Johnny Who?
Duke Johnson (CVD) RB: 8-31, rec 10-85-1: Double-duty dandy
Kirk Cousins (DC) QB: 4g, 68.6 C%, 1004y, 4-4: Good enough for this team
Vincent Jackson (TB) WR: 10-147, 1: Like clockwork.
DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR: 9-157 (4g, 31-409, 3t)
Bennett (CHI) WR, Maclin (KC) & Hurns (JAX): 11r: Buy ‘em all a steak
Chris Ivory (NYJ) RB: 29-166, 1
Matt Hasselbeck (IND) QB: 30-47, 282, 1: The old man’s still got it
Tavon Austin (STL) WR: 6-96, 2: ‘Pocket Rocket’ looking a 1st-Rd’er (#8 (13))
A Bit of Bloody Awful (Bad Spot)
Jaguars: 13 penalties (92y)
Jets: 14 penalties (163y)
Vikings OL: 7 sacks (T.J. Ward (DEN): 2)
DeAngelo Williams (PIT) RB: W1-2: 41a-204…W3-4: 3a-7): In coach’s doghouse?
DeMarco Murray (PHI) RB: 8-36 (3g, 29-47, 1): More “touches” might be ticket
Cam Newton (CAR) QB: 12r-51 (4g, 43 (10.8 per) – 195, 2): Run won’t get ‘er done
Jameis Winston (TB) QB: 26-43, 287, 2, 4 (7 (54.9 C%)): Some support, Lovie?
Arian Foster, C.J. Fiedorowicz, Cecil Shorts (HOU): fumbles lost (3), game lost
Ryan Tannehill (MIA) QB: 19-44, 198, 2-2: “Best laid plans of mice & men…”
Chandler Catanzaro K (AZ): 5-5 (42), 1-1 (16p)
Johnny Hekker P (STL): 7-45, 2 [-20]
Andy Lee P (CVD): 4-46.8, 3
Josh (Curly) Lambo K (SD): 3-3 (46), 3-3 (12p)
Dustin Hopkins K (DC): 3-3 (38), 2-2 (11)
Brad Wing P (NYG): 8, 41.9, 4
Colton Schmidt P (BUF): 7, 49.3, 2
Robbie Gould K (CHI): 3-3 (54), GWF (49)
Cairo Santos K (KC): 7-7 (51)
Brian Anger P (JAX): 8, 36.4, 5
Adam Vinatieri K (IND): 3-3, 1-1, GWF (27)
“Here, There and Everywhere”
Broncos: 7 sacks
Packers: Held SF to 8 1st-downs, 6s (Perry 2)
Desmond Trufant (ATL) CB: 2t, 2rf
Josh Norman (CAR) CB: 4-2i-TD
Manti Te’o (SD) LB: 13t
D’Qwell Jackson (IND) LB: 10-7
Daryl Smith (BAL) LB: 9t-4a-1sk
Larry Timmons (PIT) LB: 10-1-1
Tony Hitchens (DAL) LB: 8-3-0.5
Calais Campbell (AZ) DE: 10-1-0.5
Thomas Davis (CAR) LB: 8-3-1i
Corey Graham (BUF) S: 8-5-1sk
Vincent Rey (CIN) LB: 10-5
John Cyprien (JAX) S: 11-3
NaVorro Bowman (SF) LB: 7-1 & 3/5ths of the way back
Week 5 Cherry Picks: Bushel of Upsets
Colts (2-2) @ Texans (1-3): 10.8 CBS 8:25; HOU wins
Bears (1-3) @ Chiefs (1-3): 10.11 Fox 1:00; KC wins
SEA (2-2) @ CIN (4-0): Fox 1:00 (GOTW); Hawks win
DC (2-2) @ Atlanta (4-0): Fox 1:00; Redskins win
Saints (1-3) @ Philly (1-3): Fox 1:00; Eagles win
Rams (2-2) @ GB (4-0): Fox 1:00 (GOTW2); STL wins
Bills (2-2) @ Tennessee (1-3): CBS 1:00; Titans win
AZ (3-1) @ DET (0-4): Fox 4:05 (GOTW3); Lions win
NE (3-0) @ Dallas (2-2): CBS 4:25; New England wins
Broncos (4-0) @ Raiders (2-2): CBS 4:25; Denver win
49ers (1-3) @ Giants (2-2): NBC 8:30; New York wins
Steelers (2-2) @ SD (2-2): 10.12 ESPN 8:30: Bolts win
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Posted: 10.8.15 @ 5:16pm: Copyright ® 2015