Hey now, all you sinners ,put your lights on, put your lights on. Hey now, all you lovers, put your lights on, put your lights on. Hey now, all you killers, put your lights on, put your lights on. Hey now, all you children, leave your lights on, you better leave your lights on. Cause there’s a monster living under my bed, whispering in my ear. There’s an angel, with a hand on my head She say I’ve got nothing to fear. (Santana. ‘Put Your Lights On’ lyrics by Erik Schrody)
Last month I penned a piece titled; ‘Delusional’.
The column was based upon a few Pittsburgh sportswriters who were what I considered to be dishonest with their readership as well as themselves when it came objective coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Now according to my Encarta e-dictionary: delusional means; 1. a persistent false belief held in the face of strong contradictory evidence especially as a symptom of a psychiatric condition.
Or as the late comedic genius Richard Pryor might say, “them boys have lost their godd–n mind.” Well at least in regards to their continued Pittsburgh Steelers coverage.
Let’s call this piece; ‘illusions’.
The definition of the word illusion is; 1. something that deceives the senses or mind, e.g. by appearing to exist when it does not or appearing to be one thing when it is in fact another. 2. a false idea, conception, or belief about somebody or something.
One thing that will always keep us on the straight and narrow are numbers. Pretty basic math like addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Hey, the majority of the time numbers cannot nor will they ever be subjective because numbers will always tell the truth and nothing but the truth.
Herein lies my point. The Pittsburgh Steelers have a won-loss record of 2 wins and 4 losses. During that time they have scored 107 points and have allowed the opposition to score 132 points. This simply means the offense has scored a measly 17.83 points per game.
The Steelers defense has allowed 132 points over 6 games. This is an average of 22 points a game allowed by the Big Nasty ‘D’.
Pittsburgh travels to the “black hole” of the late Al Davis’s Oakland Raiders to do battle with the Silver and Black . Get this, and I can’t make this stuff up, guys’ and dolls’, the Raiders defense has allowed the same number of points (132), to be scored on them and they have scored just 2 points less, (107) than the Black and Gold.
This is no time for mirages because the Steelers had better have their “high beams” on when they venture to the ‘black hole’ on Sunday because Oakland has a good defense and coupled with home field advantage, I have a distinct feeling that if the Steelers don’t get off to a fast start, this may be another heartbreaking loss for the men from the Steel City