Heinz no longer house of horrors

Boy, I love being at a hotel with hundreds of screaming kids in it.

Those in town for the Pennsylvania Little League baseball convention at my hotel apparently had a track meet outside my room at 7 a.m. this morning (or at least it sounded like it) and left me tossing and turning for the next two hours or so.


It hasn’t started to snow here in Pittsburgh just yet, but we might still see some flurries later on in the afternoon/evening. They wind should be an issue throughout the game, however, as we’ll apparently have 15-20 mph gusts blowing until late tonight.

In about an hour, I’ll hop in a cab and head over to Heinz Field to set up shop in the press box and monitor pregame workouts. My eyes will mainly be focused on running back Ray Rice (I’ll make sure he’s able to keep his lunch down), center Matt Birk, and cornerback Chris Carr. Both Birk and Carr missed practice this week because of injuries, and are listed as questionable for today’s game.

Once invincible here in Pittsburgh, the Steelers have seen their traditionally high home winning percentage take a bit of a hit this season.

Three of the Steelers’ four losses in the regular season came at Heinz Field, a place where the black and yellow has posted an impressive 58-21-1 record (.737 winning percentage) all-time.

They had only lost five games at home the previous three seasons combined, but got toppled in the Steel City by the Patriots, Jets and yes, the Ravens this year.

Prior to that Week 4 win, the Ravens hadn’t come out of Heinz Field victorious since 2006 and they had lost seven of their last eight games in Pittsburgh overall.

Will that win give the Ravens any extra confidence that they can get the job done at Heinz Field yet again? Linebacker Terrell Suggs doesn’t necessarily think so.

“What happened earlier in the year is what happened,” Suggs said. “This is a whole new season; it’s a whole new ball game. This is a whole new game. A lot more is on the line now than it was in Week 4, and both teams are different teams than they were in Week 4, and both teams are better.

“You know, they didn’t have (Ben Roethlisberger), we didn’t have Ed Reed, but now everybody’s healthy for this game. You know, we didn’t have Todd Heap in the second game, or Le’Ron (McClain), and I think they ended up losing Heath Miller and they had a few guys out. So, it’s a different ball game. It’s safe to say whoever wins this game has a promising future, so we’re just banking on that.”

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