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lloydroid
12-02-2012, 08:43 PM
I don't care even if we are spoiled, jaded Steeler fans. That hug at the last of the game between those two says it all. If this is all we got out of Charlie for hanging around 3 years too long, it was worth it. That image said it all: The win meant everything to Charlie, as he went out as awesome as possible, other than winning the Super Bowl. He went out and found a way to beat the hated Ravens when the season hung in he balance, and now we got Troy back (although, as I predicted, he was looking chubby but will work his gut off), Harrison is truly almost back into full form (sack with forced fumble), DeCastro is back, and will be playing soon, Dwyer actually is playing hard for a full game.

I hate to tell the rest of the league, but if this team makes it to the post season, they could be as dangerous as any AFC team out there.

Oh, and since it's mandatory to bitch about something, Sanders, you almost single-handily cost us the game. Grow up. Man up. Don't take lessons from Wall-@SS.

Go Steelers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

kindlecatsb'ng
12-02-2012, 09:00 PM
Have picture or link?

Kindle
:tt2

SteelBucks
12-02-2012, 09:05 PM
Special moment.

Iron Shiek
12-02-2012, 09:05 PM
It was truly emotional and basically summed up the game in a single image. Climbing the mountain several times in that game and finally reaching the top put a toll on that team and the qb. As the clock ticked down to the 2 minute warning they showed the huddle and batch was taking command and it looked as if he was giving a good speech trying to fire the players up. It was pretty inspiring from the little you could see on tv. But nevertheless, that is what a backup should do. Make up for lack of ability with leadership. At least we got that out of him. If losing the way this team did the last couple weeks meant getting this win, then I suppose it was worth it.

Mister Pittsburgh
12-02-2012, 09:10 PM
Gotta say, I got a tear in my eye on that hug. Batch was amped. Good for Charlie. Might be his last NFL start or even snaps.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
12-02-2012, 09:18 PM
Gotta say, I got a tear in my eye on that hug. Batch was amped. Good for Charlie. Might be his last NFL start or even snaps.

Gotta say, me too.

I think Charlie did too, that's what pushed me over the edge.

DukieBoy
12-02-2012, 09:19 PM
Yeah, that was a great moment. Man, it pumped me up even more. Need the pic for sure.

Djfan
12-02-2012, 09:20 PM
No charge!!!!

fordfixer
12-02-2012, 09:28 PM
No charge!!!!
Thanks DJ ............

Djfan
12-02-2012, 09:30 PM
Thanks DJ ............

We aim to serve.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
12-02-2012, 09:33 PM
Pic is awesome. What is even MORE awesome, is that the real time thing was no different - they were basically immobile forever. Tomlin came in after a while, but it was definitely a Ben-Charlie thing. Hard to tell who was the "father figure" there ... I think Ben was to be honest. But it was sure nice to see how they respect each other so much. "No drama Steelers".

kindlecatsb'ng
12-02-2012, 09:36 PM
Thanks, Dijan, for the pic and Lloyd for bringing this up. This was a visceral win.

Kindle:tt2

papillon
12-02-2012, 09:36 PM
If you had to listen to the fans, writers and anyone else telling you for a week that you sucked, you should be cut, you're too old, your arm is a noodle, etc and you just went out and passed for 276 yards, 1 TD and beat the Ravens in their house you'd be emotional as well. That hug was Charlie giving everyone the finger for the past week of crap he had to listen to for no real reason.

Good for Charlie and for the record I thought the Steelers could win today, but I didn't think they'd score 23 points, good for Charlie, he's a Steeler and darn proud Steeler.

Pappy

DukieBoy
12-02-2012, 09:37 PM
Best pic posted on the board this season. Thx.

fordfixer
12-02-2012, 09:58 PM
We aim to serve.
Really .......... then bring me a BLT:-)

Djfan
12-02-2012, 10:00 PM
Really .......... then bring me a BLT:-)

$6.95, includes fries.

Delivery charge is $2,589.00. Cash.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
12-02-2012, 10:02 PM
v=yvRh7-KV7WI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvRh7-KV7WI

Maybe someone can post that on the board?

fordfixer
12-02-2012, 10:04 PM
$6.95, includes fries.

Delivery charge is $2,589.00. Cash.
Send the bill to Ruthless:p

Djfan
12-02-2012, 10:08 PM
Send the bill to Ruthless:p

One of the perks of being a mod, huh?

lloydroid
12-02-2012, 10:11 PM
It was truly emotional and basically summed up the game in a single image. Climbing the mountain several times in that game and finally reaching the top put a toll on that team and the qb. As the clock ticked down to the 2 minute warning they showed the huddle and batch was taking command and it looked as if he was giving a good speech trying to fire the players up. It was pretty inspiring from the little you could see on tv. But nevertheless, that is what a backup should do. Make up for lack of ability with leadership. At least we got that out of him. If losing the way this team did the last couple weeks meant getting this win, then I suppose it was worth it.

I would have loved to hear what he was saying, but I totally felt the leadership in his mannerisms as he spoke. I am guessing he said something like, "We are GOING to win this Mother _____. When we snap that football after the 2 minute warning, we ARE going to make the plays we have to make to win this game." Or something like that. Or maybe, "Get focused. We got to win this thing. I need your 100% effort from now on."

Both seeing CB speaking in that huddle and the image of the embrace at the end of the game with Ben were special Steeler moments that I will not forget for a long time. Amazing stuff.

lloydroid
12-02-2012, 10:13 PM
Gotta say, me too.

I think Charlie did too, that's what pushed me over the edge.

I didn't want to admit that, but now since others are, yea, me too. He put everything he had out there, and he probably knows it might be the last time ever. And just think if this is the launch that leads to another ring. Then we will remember this forever.

SteelCrazy
12-02-2012, 10:14 PM
If you had to listen to the fans, writers and anyone else telling you for a week that you sucked, you should be cut, you're too old, your arm is a noodle, etc and you just went out and passed for 276 yards, 1 TD and beat the Ravens in their house you'd be emotional as well. That hug was Charlie giving everyone the finger for the past week of crap he had to listen to for no real reason.

Good for Charlie and for the record I thought the Steelers could win today, but I didn't think they'd score 23 points, good for Charlie, he's a Steeler and darn proud Steeler.

Pappy

Well said Pappy. Unfortunately, I was one of the fans that had zero faith in Charlie, but fortunately he paid us no mind.

lloydroid
12-02-2012, 10:16 PM
No charge!!!!

Thanks dude. That is awesome.

Djfan
12-02-2012, 10:19 PM
Thanks dude. That is awesome.

You're welcome, Sir. No sandwich for you, either.

lloydroid
12-02-2012, 10:24 PM
If you had to listen to the fans, writers and anyone else telling you for a week that you sucked, you should be cut, you're too old, your arm is a noodle, etc and you just went out and passed for 276 yards, 1 TD and beat the Ravens in their house you'd be emotional as well. That hug was Charlie giving everyone the finger for the past week of crap he had to listen to for no real reason.

Good for Charlie and for the record I thought the Steelers could win today, but I didn't think they'd score 23 points, good for Charlie, he's a Steeler and darn proud Steeler.

Pappy

To be honest, I was one of the people saying Pgh was stupid to still have him on the team. And to be fair, his play last week was really, really bad, like when he couldn't even throw the ball downfield; I, like most Steeler fans, was like, "Why is he on the team if he can't even throw the ball?" I don't think his embrace was giving the finger to everyone; I think it was more of PURE EMOTION of never quitting, not doubting himself and then pure joy/relief from finally making it to this mountain top after being ripped on all week. I don't think he was giving us the finger; I bet he realized he deserved questioning and this proved that he DID have something to offer in the tank, at least for this one, big time game. The whole thing was amazing.

I said to one of my most ardent Steeler buddies within minutes of the start of the game, "These guys look hungry to me. They are focused and giving 100% today." And that proved to be very true. Just when you want to count this team out, it comes back. Truly amazing.

lloydroid
12-02-2012, 10:27 PM
v=yvRh7-KV7WI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvRh7-KV7WI

Maybe someone can post that on the board?

That was awesome. Moments like these is why there is no better team to be a fan of than the Steelers.

papillon
12-02-2012, 10:39 PM
To be honest, I was one of the people saying Pgh was stupid to still have him on the team. And to be fair, his play last week was really, really bad, like when he couldn't even throw the ball downfield; I, like most Steeler fans, was like, "Why is he on the team if he can't even throw the ball?" I don't think his embrace was giving the finger to everyone; I think it was more of PURE EMOTION of never quitting, not doubting himself and then pure joy/relief from finally making it to this mountain top after being ripped on all week. I don't think he was giving us the finger; I bet he realized he deserved questioning and this proved that he DID have something to offer in the tank, at least for this one, big time game. The whole thing was amazing.

I said to one of my most ardent Steeler buddies within minutes of the start of the game, "These guys look hungry to me. They are focused and giving 100% today." And that proved to be very true. Just when you want to count this team out, it comes back. Truly amazing.

I know he didn't play well last week and no one hated it more than him, but having to listen to all the ridiculous nonsense that was being spewed, because he played poorly was more than anyone should really have to face because they play a game for a living. Batch has been nothing but a great Steeler, great teammate and pretty darn good backup or third string quarterback. He didn't deserve what he got, if he acted and like Jamarcus Russel or Cam Newton or Ryan Leaf or Jeff George then I could see ripping him for a bad game, but not when the guy has been a professional and carries himself the way he has while he's been a Steeler.

I'm more happy for him than I am the Steelers won; he just didn't deserve the beating he took in the media, IMO. He made Steeler Nation proud today.

Pappy

Djfan
12-02-2012, 11:13 PM
I know he didn't play well last week and no one hated it more than him, but having to listen to all the ridiculous nonsense that was being spewed, because he played poorly was more than anyone should really have to face because they play a game for a living. Batch has been nothing but a great Steeler, great teammate and pretty darn good backup or third string quarterback. He didn't deserve what he got, if he acted and like Jamarcus Russel or Cam Newton or Ryan Leaf or Jeff George then I could see ripping him for a bad game, but not when the guy has been a professional and carries himself the way he has while he's been a Steeler.

I'm more happy for him than I am the Steelers won; he just didn't deserve the beating he took in the media, IMO. He made Steeler Nation proud today.

Pappy

I agree completely.

steelsnis
12-02-2012, 11:33 PM
Apparently, Charlie was playing with a heavy heart today as he lost a long time friend earlier this week.

http://blogs.sites.post-gazette.com/index.php/sports/blog-n-gold

Anyone who's ever had a dog knows how tough it can be. I'm sure an emotional win like today's game brought it all right back to the surface for him.

fordfixer
12-03-2012, 12:46 AM
Charlie keeps Steelers in the hunt

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/Charlie-Batch-Pittsburgh-Steelers-veteran-keeps-team-alive-Baltimore-Ravens-120212


A.J. Perze


BALTIMORE
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch turns 38 this week, although in the wake of a 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday he said he doesn’t expect to do much to mark the occasion.

“It’s on Wednesday, so I’ll be working,” Batch smiled.


Thanks in large part to Batch, who led a 51-yard drive to set up a game-winning Sean Suisham 42-yard field goal as time expired, it won’t just be busy work for the Steelers, either. A week after Batch committed three of Pittsburgh’s eight turnovers in a loss to the Cleveland Browns, Pittsburgh exited M&T Bank Stadium with hope (and a 7-5 record).


“A lot of people wrote him off,” Steelers defensive end Brett Keisel said. “Nobody in here did. Charlie has been with this team 11 years and there is a reason for it. They just don’t keep people around just because. He has to prove week in and week out that he should be here. He stepped in before and won. He did it again tonight.”


For much of Sunday, it looked like the Steelers would fall to 0-3 minus starting quarterback Ben Roethsliberger and the Ravens would run their home winning streak to 16 games (including playoffs).


Then came a fumble by Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco, forced by Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison and recovered by defensive end Ziggy Hood at the Baltimore 27. Batch, who had been intercepted by Ravens cornerback Ed Reed in the end zone on the Steelers’ previous possession, needed only four plays to find tight end Heath Miller for a 7-yard TD pass to tie the game, 20-20, midway through the fourth quarter.


“We knew he was going to come in and manage the game,” Miller said. “Obviously, he’s been through it all. He’s seen and done everything. We have the upmost confidence in him.”



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Batch, while inconsistent early, outplayed Flacco — a quarterback more than a decade his junior — in the second half and finished with 276 yards through the air. Batch was 25 for 36 one touchdown and one interception.


Flacco, who will get his share of the blame for why the Ravens didn’t clinch a playoff berth when given a chance on Sunday, was 16 for 34 for 188 yards with a one touchdown and an interception.


“It’s not surprising at all. Maybe a little,” Reed joked when asked about Batch’s performance.



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Batch was hardly flawless as he worked behind a reshuffled offensive line. He missed an open Mike Wallace in the end zone late in the first half and had a couple other passes sail on him. Batch also fumbled once, although the Steelers were able to maintain possession.


Granted, Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders didn’t do Batch any favors with a third-quarter fumble. Sanders had just caught a pass across the middle and looked primed for a touchdown when he coughed the ball up untouched, a fumble Reed recovered.


“That was a really tough one,” Batch said. “Emmanuel really took it hard. He felt that if he didn’t drop the ball, it’s probably a 70-yard touchdown.”


Credit the Steelers defense — which lost cornerback Ike Taylor to an ankle injury early in the game — for making Batch’s late-game push possible. Sunday marked the return of five-time All-Pro safety Troy Polamalu, who hadn’t played an entire game since the season opener because of a calf injury.


“I feel great,” Polamalu said. “Thank God I made it through today.”



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The Steelers’ playoff hopes did as well. Pittsburgh’s final games come against San Diego, Dallas, Cincinnati and Cleveland with all but one of those games (Dallas) at home.


With any luck, Batch won’t be seen the rest of the season if Roethlisberger gets (and remains) healthy. And since he’s on a one-year deal currently, this could have been the last game of an NFL career that began with the Detroit Lions in 1998.


“I think every game I go out there, I look at it that way,” Batch said.

hawaiiansteel
12-03-2012, 01:16 AM
Have picture or link?

Kindle
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http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1820989/steelerbros.gif

RuthlessBurgher
12-03-2012, 11:06 AM
Send the bill to Ruthless:p

Great...we are running a bit low on T.P. here in the office. :o

Oviedo
12-03-2012, 11:17 AM
I didn't want to admit that, but now since others are, yea, me too. He put everything he had out there, and he probably knows it might be the last time ever. And just think if this is the launch that leads to another ring. Then we will remember this forever.

Ditto. I was getting choked up.

Made for TV movie moment!

flippy
12-03-2012, 11:41 AM
I would have loved to hear what he was saying, but I totally felt the leadership in his mannerisms as he spoke. I am guessing he said something like, "We are GOING to win this Mother _____. When we snap that football after the 2 minute warning, we ARE going to make the plays we have to make to win this game." Or something like that. Or maybe, "Get focused. We got to win this thing. I need your 100% effort from now on."

Both seeing CB speaking in that huddle and the image of the embrace at the end of the game with Ben were special Steeler moments that I will not forget for a long time. Amazing stuff.

I think I heard someone say Charlie said don't get a stupid penalty and hold on to the ball. Just real basic stuff.

ikestops85
12-03-2012, 01:10 PM
Who was the coach that came up and hugged Charlie and Ben at the end? At first I thought it was Tomlin but he was busy dissing Hairball out on the field.

Eich
12-03-2012, 01:13 PM
I think I heard someone say Charlie said don't get a stupid penalty and hold on to the ball. Just real basic stuff.

Whatever he said, he said it with emotion and passion. He took control. When I saw that, I said to myself, "We're going to win this game".

NorthCoast
12-03-2012, 01:23 PM
I know he didn't play well last week and no one hated it more than him, but having to listen to all the ridiculous nonsense that was being spewed, because he played poorly was more than anyone should really have to face because they play a game for a living. Batch has been nothing but a great Steeler, great teammate and pretty darn good backup or third string quarterback. He didn't deserve what he got, if he acted and like Jamarcus Russel or Cam Newton or Ryan Leaf or Jeff George then I could see ripping him for a bad game, but not when the guy has been a professional and carries himself the way he has while he's been a Steeler.

I'm more happy for him than I am the Steelers won; he just didn't deserve the beating he took in the media, IMO. He made Steeler Nation proud today.

Pappy

Charlie Batch has been the ultimate professional on this team, or any team. He completely understands his role and is comfortable with it. There is another player I watched yesterday that I consider to be another example of the ultimate professional and wouldn't you know it, he is a former Pitt player. I watched Larry Fitzergald trying to make plays with their 3rd string QB who had about as awful a game as I have seen. No complaints from Fitz, no head hanging or raging with horrible passes thrown. Really felt bad for him thinking he might never get to the big dance through no fault of his own. Just get back in the huddle for the next play. Compare that to a TO or Chad Johnson.

RuthlessBurgher
12-03-2012, 01:26 PM
Mike Wallace still wants Larry Fitzgerald money.
Fitzgerald has 56 catches for 650 yards and 4 TD's.
Wallace has 52 catches for 616 yards and 6 TD's.

;)

Slapstick
12-03-2012, 01:31 PM
Who was the coach that came up and hugged Charlie and Ben at the end? At first I thought it was Tomlin but he was busy dissing Hairball out on the field.

I think that was Coach Kirby Wilson...

flippy
12-03-2012, 02:06 PM
Mike Wallace still wants Larry Fitzgerald money.
Fitzgerald has 56 catches for 650 yards and 4 TD's.
Wallace has 52 catches for 616 yards and 6 TD's.

;)

If Fitzgerald had Ben, he'd have 108, 1266, and 10 by himself.

Oviedo
12-03-2012, 02:44 PM
If Fitzgerald had Ben, he'd have 108, 1266, and 10 by himself.

Exactly. Fitz has accumulated those numbers with terrible QBs throwing to him. Doesn't prove anything about Wallace

flippy
12-03-2012, 02:51 PM
I think that was Coach Kirby Wilson...

I'm positive it wasn't Haley or Lebeau ;)

lloydroid
12-03-2012, 04:06 PM
Compare that to a TO or Chad Johnson.

Or Wallace or Sanders. Sanders really p-ssed me off bad. First he has that sloppy fumble (I didn't think he ever had possession but he still sucked) and then the other drop and then the moping on the bench. Our WRs are starting to show signes of lack of leadership without Hines being around.

RuthlessBurgher
12-03-2012, 05:07 PM
If Fitzgerald had Ben, he'd have 108, 1266, and 10 by himself.

There actually a few guys who aren't all that far away from that at this point:

Brandon Marshall: 91-1182-8
Calvin Johnson 86-1428-5
AJ Green 76-1107-10
Demaryius Thomas 69-1114-8

RuthlessBurgher
12-03-2012, 05:08 PM
Exactly. Fitz has accumulated those numbers with terrible QBs throwing to him. Doesn't prove anything about Wallace

That's why it was a joke.

Jigawatts
12-03-2012, 05:11 PM
http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1820989/steelerbros.gif

That's what it's all about. Way to go Charlie.:tt1

fordfixer
12-03-2012, 10:58 PM
Suisham’s last-second field goal lifts Steelers to big victory over Ravenshttp://triblive.com/mobile/3061087-81/ravens-steelers-yard-batch-field-pass-yards-afc-baltimore-boldin
By Alan Robinson
Sports Reporter


Published: Sunday, December 2, 2012,


BALTIMORE — Ben Roethlisberger was the first to greet Charlie Batch, grabbing him tightly for a 30-second bear hug that summed up everything about this emotional day, this resilient team, this improbable win.


The quarterback who was too hurt to play knew exactly what was going through the mind of the quarterback who was being called too old to play.


The Steelers had just beaten the Ravens team they supposedly couldn’t beat — not in this stadium, not under these circumstances, not with this man at the controls, and it meant everything to both of them.


“You go out there and that was a big win,” Batch said. “It was one of those moments, and he and I shared it. I’ll keep it between us what was said, but it was something that was special.”


Special almost didn’t begin to describe the Steelers’ 23-20 win Sunday over the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium, where it appeared not one of the 71,442 in attendance left before Shaun Suisham decided it with his third field goal, a 42-yarder on the final, stunning-to-the-home-crowd play.


Maybe because it looked to be all over for the Steelers (7-5) when the Ravens (9-3), in position to wrap up the AFC North with a win and a little help, seized a 13-3 lead on Joe Flacco’s 28-yard touchdown pass to Anquan Boldin late in the second quarter.


It was a sizable deficit for a Steelers offense that was averaging a touchdown a game without its franchise quarterback.


“A lot of people were counting us out,” Jonathan Dwyer said. “It was an amazing win.”


The Steelers were without the still-injured Roethlisberger, the one player they can always count on to get them out of these jams. In his place was a man who will turn 38 in three days, the oldest quarterback in Steelers history.


And they were turning the ball over yet again — three more turnovers, giving them an unfathomable 11 in two games — and turning over players on both sides of the ball at an alarming rate, Willie Colon and Ike Taylor among them.


The All-Pro center, Maurkice Pouncey, was at left guard on a makeshift offensive line in which a seventh-round rookie, Kelvin Beachum, was at right tackle and a backup, Doug Legursky, was at center. Top cornerback Taylor was injured and out, too, and Flacco and Boldin spent the first half picking on his replacement, Cortez Allen. About the only addition was Troy Polamalu, who played for the first time since tearing a calf muscle eight weeks ago.


But the team that couldn’t beat the near-comical Browns the week before found a way to beat the Ravens, something no team had done in Baltimore since the Steelers last accomplished it 16 games and two years ago.


The Steelers ended the Ravens’ 12-game AFC North winning streak, four-game overall winning streak and held onto the AFC’s second wild-card spot that might be decided when the Bengals (7-5) — who came back themselves to beat the Chargers 20-13 — visit Heinz Field in three weeks.


“We control our own destiny,” linebacker Larry Foote said. “As long as keep winning, we get a ticket.”


They did it with defense, limiting the Ravens to a dozen yards in a pivotal fourth quarter turned by James Harrison’s strip-sack of Flacco, altered by Batch’s clutch, game-tying 7-yard touchdown pass to Heath Miller with 7:24 remaining and decided by a stirring, game-ending drive that lasted 6 minutes, 14 seconds.


“I challenged the offense: ‘Let’s go out and do it,’ ” Batch said. “We put everything on the line. I wouldn’t say our season was on the line, but we knew we had to come in and get this win because in order to get into that (Super Bowl) tournament we need wins, plain and simple.”


Batch, so dreadful the week before while getting picked off three times by the Browns, went 25 of 36 for 276 yards — his most ever with the Steelers.


“Charlie did an amazing job,” lineman Max Starks said. “It was a phenomenal job.”


It was the first win for the Steelers in the seven career games that Roethlisberger has not started against the Ravens.


More than anything, maybe that explained why a quarterback whose career is not nearly over was so overcome by the play of a quarterback who, depending on Roethlisberger’s health, may have played his last game.


“December football, it’s big,” said Batch, who is very much in the December of his career.


Of course, Decembers are almost always something to remember for the Steelers, who are 9-2 in their last 11 games played in the month.


And the game’s biggest block? It was delivered by none other than Batch, a seal block on Cary Williams that left a running lane wide open for Jonathan Dwyer on his 16-yard touchdown run that tied it at 13 early in the third quarter. Batch set up the score with a 43-yard completion to Miller.


“It shows you what kind of heart he has,” Dwyer said. “I know I wouldn’t have scored without that block.”


The loss likely won’t cost the Ravens the division, yet they begrudgingly ceded the win to the Steelers.


As safety Bernard Pollard was praising Batch, saying, “He’s a professional quarterback. He’s on the roster for a reason.”


Ed Reed, listening nearby, replied with a snarl and an off-color comment.


Typical Steelers vs. Ravens in other words. It was the seventh time in their last eight games the final margin was three points.


Not surprisingly, the Steelers hugged each other, danced in the end zone and celebrated in unison at the end, and that attracted the Ravens’ attention, especially given that Pittsburgh has almost no chance to win the division.


“When you looked at their faces when they ran off the field, man, this wasn’t the Super Bowl,” said Reed, who had a fumble recovery and an interception.


No, but it wasn’t the Blooper Bowl of the week before, either. And just when they seemed to be going away, the Steelers showed their biggest rival and the rest of the NFL they might be around a little longer.


Maybe for some January football

fordfixer
12-04-2012, 12:12 AM
Charlie Batch tears up after showing Steeler grit in comeback victory against rival Ravens
Sun, Dec 2, 2012 10:42 PM EST
http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nfl--charlie-batch-tears-up-after-showing-steeler-grit-in-comeback-victory-against-rival-ravens-034252889.html


BALTIMORE – His has been the uncertain life for so long that after 15 years Charlie Batch simply accepts it. Week after week he practices with the Pittsburgh Steelers, preparing to play quarterback, even though he knows the chance is likely to never come and he will spend the game wearing a cap, carrying a clipboard and celebrating somebody else's touchdowns.
Then he walks back to the locker room, sees the coach – a happy man with a congratulatory hand extended – and he never knows quite what to say.
Great job? For what? Wearing a cap and carrying a clipboard?


So on Sunday night, Charlie Batch wept. He turned away from the last-second field goal that gave the Steelers a 23-20 victory over the Baltimore Ravens, fell into the arms of injured Ben Roethlisberger and sobbed. He cried for the win. He cried for the chance. And he cried because he knows it will go away. But mostly he cried because he didn't want last week to be the final memory the NFL had of Charlie Batch.
You see, last week, he got to start a game. It was his first since the end of last season and it came in Cleveland, a place where the Steelers are expected to dominate. It was a game they needed to win. Instead they had eight turnovers. And even though those miscues weren't all his fault, they felt like they were.
"I was the one in charge of our eight turnovers, I took them personally," he said Sunday night as he stood in an empty Steelers locker room at M&T Bank Stadium.
Batch wasn't sure he would get another chance. Roethlisberger has injuries to his ribs and shoulder, and missed the Steelers' previous two games before Sunday. But Big Ben wanted to play in Baltimore, given the way Pittsburgh's season had fallen apart and the playoffs growing more unlikely. All week Roethlisberger worked to throw, pushing and pushing to play. Finally on Friday, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin told Batch that Roethlisberger wouldn't play.


Batch would have his last opportunity for redemption.
Sunday's victory was not a beautiful thing. Steelers-Ravens games never are. There were fights. There were cheap hits. Players shouted at each other. Tomlin seemed to stalk away from Baltimore coach John Harbaugh after the end-of-game handshake. And Batch was equally as imperfect. He was intercepted once. Another time he threw a pass over the head of a wide-open Mike Wallace in the end zone. He missed several other chances to push the Steelers downfield. Through much of the first half it looked as if the Ravens might blow out the Steelers.
Only they never did. And that says everything about the Steelers, Tomlin and Batch.
There is a resilience to Pittsburgh that is unique. In a league where wins often come because of sheer willpower, the Steelers manufacture victories when they seem most unlikely. Old stars have gone. Current ones like Roethlisberger and Troy Polamalu are worn down by years of the fight. On Sunday, the Steelers not only didn't have Roethlisberger, they maneuvered wide receivers around and juggled running backs hoping to find some dream formula. Somehow they found one.


"We persevered," Tomlin kept saying after the game.
Later, when asked about his defense that forced two turnovers, he said: "I appreciate the fact they didn't let go of the rope."
But Charlie Batch won this game for Pittsburgh. He won it the way Roethlisberger has won so many in the past: moving methodically, creating splendor from chaos. There was 6:14 left in the game when the Steelers got the ball on their own 15-yard line in a game tied, 20-20. They never gave it back.
"You put your heart and soul into it," he later said. "You try to leave everything out on the field."




Yes, he wept when kicker Shaun Suisham's field goal rose into the foggy night and dropped through the goalposts. What else could he do?
Last Monday he sat for hours at the Steelers' practice facility watching the tape of the eight-turnover game and a sick feeling grew in his stomach. All those days practicing for games he would never play and this is what he did with the one Pittsburgh desperately needed? How that memory of Cleveland burned inside.
"You want to prove that last week was a fluke," he said.
Next week he probably won't play. By the weekend, Roethlisberger's ribs and shoulders will be healed and Batch will practice but not play. He's started only nine games since the Lions released him in 2001. In 2002, 2004 and 2008 he didn't get in one game, not even for one pass. No statistical line exists for him in those seasons. It's like he was never there.
The Steelers knew. Players have come to trust him as a leader, as a reason to fight. He's been their union representative, a player-coach, someone who has been around long enough to have an answer for every situation that could possibly arise.


And also, it seems, a way to win the game they absolutely needed.
So Sunday night, with the victory complete and the playoffs a reality again in this 7-5 season, Batch was one of the last Steelers to walk into the tunnel beneath the stadium. There outside the locker room stood Tomlin with a smile on his face and his hand outstretched just as he had all those wins when Batch never played.
"Good to see you got a trick or two left in you!" Tomlin shouted.
And for once Charlie Batch could smile back and say: "Yes."

Slapstick
12-04-2012, 07:20 AM
Or Wallace or Sanders. Sanders really p-ssed me off bad. First he has that sloppy fumble (I didn't think he ever had possession but he still sucked) and then the other drop and then the moping on the bench. Our WRs are starting to show signes of lack of leadership without Hines being around.

Both Wallace and Sanders made clutch catches late in that game...

ROLROC
12-04-2012, 11:26 AM
...and Ben is hated in the locker room. :roll:

Awesome moment that said a lot about the TEAM- players and coaches.

feltdizz
12-04-2012, 12:11 PM
Both Wallace and Sanders made clutch catches late in that game...

shh... he's workin' on something in here and doesn't need facts or logic.

RuthlessBurgher
12-04-2012, 02:30 PM
“When you looked at their faces when they ran off the field, man, this wasn’t the Super Bowl,” said Reed, who had a fumble recovery and an interception.

Says a man whose team did this to its coach following a regular season win in Pittsburgh:

http://nicepickcowher.com/files/2011/11/4eb847722108e.jpeg

Of course, Ed Reed knows all about the Super Bowl from that Baltimore championship following the 2000 season, right? Wait...Reed wasn't drafted until 2002? Oh well, my mistake...I guess the only Super Bowls he knows are the regular season kind.

:ratsuck

SanAntonioSteelerFan
12-04-2012, 02:59 PM
Says a man whose team did this to its coach following a regular season win in Pittsburgh:

http://nicepickcowher.com/files/2011/11/4eb847722108e.jpeg

Of course, Ed Reed knows all about the Super Bowl from that Baltimore championship following the 2000 season, right? Wait...Reed wasn't drafted until 2002? Oh well, my mistake...I guess the only Super Bowls he knows are the regular season kind.

:ratsuck:Bow:Bow:Bow

And this is Harbaugh and his brother when they get together behind closed doors::Boobs:Boobs

hawaiiansteel
12-05-2012, 02:03 AM
Smiles are what it’s all about for Batch

Posted by Teresa Varley on December 4, 2012

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“Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.”

– Excerpt from an editorial in the New York Sun, 1897, in response to child’s letter about the existence of Santa Claus.

On Christmas Eve, a doorbell will ring at a home in the Mon Valley area, and an excited child who can barely sleep in anticipation of Christmas morning will jump off their couch and curiosity will get the best of them as they peek out the window to see if maybe, just maybe Santa Claus is coming to the front door instead of down the chimney.

As mom answers the door, they will peer around her and their eyes will widen as they can’t believe who they see standing on their porch. No, it’s not Santa Claus, but it might as well be. Standing in front of them will be Charlie Batch, holding not just a sack of toys, but the dreams of what Christmas morning is made of.

“Sometimes the kids are excited because I am knocking on their door,” said Batch. “When you see their face on Christmas Eve you are like, ‘Wow, this is what it’s about,’”

Batch gets nothing but joy as he tells the kids that Santa asked him to help deliver the toys, bringing happiness to those who might otherwise go without the simple pleasure of a toy on Christmas morning. And it warms his heart when he sees the tears flowing from a grateful mother who might not otherwise be able to provide for their kids.

Batch is as excited about this Christmas Eve as the kids, so anxious to go out and deliver the toys for the sixth straight year, many of them donated by Steelers’ fan at the annual “Batch of Toys” drive, held at Dave & Buster’s at the Waterfront on Tuesday. Batch and his teammates signed autographs for those who brought toys.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Batch of the support he gets. “This time of year is always special for me. So many people support it, fans believe in what we are doing. We even have wrapping parties and everyone comes over and wraps them.”

The toys will be shared with local women’s shelters, the Salvation Army, UPMC Children’s Hospital AIDS patients, Pittsburgh Housing Authority, McKee Temple and families in the Mon Valley and Allegheny County that Batch will visit on Christmas Eve.

“When you are able to go out and see the expressions on a kid’s face when you are out there delivering the presents, no matter if it’s Christmas Eve or going to women’s shelters or Salvation Army, it’s something that gets me,” said Batch

Batch collects toys throughout the month of December through the Best of the Batch Foundation, combining them with his own donations to help those who are struggling during the holiday season.

“There is so much need for it throughout the year which people just don’t know,” said Batch. “You don’t hear all of the stories. For us to go out and do our small part…we are just trying to make a difference.”

The letters that Batch receives in the days, weeks and months after Christmas are proof that he is making a difference, filled with thanks, love and gratitude. Knowing what it means to so many makes him so excited to do it again.

“I am ready to drive the sleigh,” said Batch. “I am already looking forward to it.

“When I think of this time of year, I enjoy putting on the Santa hat, going out and delivering the toys. That is what it’s all about.”

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. In this case he might wear black and gold instead of a red suit, but it doesn’t matter. He makes you a believer.

http://blog.steelers.com/2012/12/04/smiles-are-what-its-all-about-for-batch/

hawaiiansteel
12-06-2012, 11:29 PM
Charlie Batch Totally Embarrassed After Almost Losing To Joe Flacco

DECEMBER 6, 2012

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PITTSBURGH—Steelers third-string quarterback Charlie Batch told reporters Wednesday that he still felt completely humiliated by the shame of nearly losing to Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in week 13. “Oh my God, I can’t believe that I had to put together a 61-yard drive in the closing minutes just to beat Joe Flacco,” said the absolutely mortified 38-year-old, who has recorded 61 touchdowns and 52 interceptions during a NFL career spent almost entirely as a backup. “That could have been the last game I ever started or even played in. If you lose to Joe Flacco, you know it’s all over. There’s just no way you can call yourself a pro quarterback after that.” Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin expressed empathy for Batch, admitting that he often feels totally embarrassed to be seen in the same huddle as Joe Flacco.

http://www.theonion.com/articles/charlie-batch-totally-embarrassed-after-almost-los,30634/