Arizona 21, Pittsburgh 14.
How sweet it is! Team Rooney, now you know what goes around comes around.
As a loyal Redskins fan the only team I really dislike is the Dallas Cowboys. But that support lives beyond the playing field…and because of it, as I noted last January, the Steelers seemed to be itching to get on my list.
The reason? The insulting treatment of Russ Grimm as they selected their new head coach following Bill Cowher’s retirement. At first it seemed like they would select Grimm. As events played out it turns out they probably never really wanted to hire Grimm but kept him dangling as a safe fall back. Their offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt saw the handwriting on the wall and grabbed the head coaching job in with the Arizona Cardinals when it was offered. Grimm, a Pitt alum, a Pittsburgh guy from birth, Assistant Head Coach and Line Coordinator under Cowher, thought he had a shot.
Shoot, I was ready to fall in behind the Steelers as my #2 team if Russ got the job. Instead, Team Rooney picked Mike Tomlin, Defensive Coordinator with the Vikings.
In retrospect, it made some sense…Tomlin, like Cowher and Chuck Noll before him, was in his mid-thirties and a highly regarded defensive coordinator. So why not tell Grimm up front they didn’t want him? I think they owed him that. Instead, the Steelers dangled him and dumped him. Professionally speaking, it was a crime against a good man.
Whisenhunt, not being a Rooney syncophant, recognized talent and hired Grimm as his Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coordinator…and guess who the Cardinals were scheduled against in Week 4?
You got it.
Seems like in this blood match, it was the Arizona defense that stood tall. Arizona 21, Pittsburgh…..14
Now the blood has cooled and I doubt the Steelers will ever reach the level of the Dallas Cowboys. I mean, black and yellow is just too good a combo to hate for too long (as opposed to blue and silver). Nonetheless, I am glad to see Whisenhunt and Grimm get a little back today. The Steelers did a good man wrong, and it is my sincere hope that:
(a) During the Tomlin era the Steelers are “0 for Arizona”
(b) Russ Grimm gets a fair shot at the Redskins job after Coach Gibbs concludes his current stint.
Brother Rooney, now you know the wages of sin and the ravages of Karma…what you will learn is that it is the gift that keeps on giving.
ALSO: In the Karma Category, the SD Chargers under the tutelage of Norv Turner dropped to 1-3 today.
You may remember that this is the team that went 14-2 under Marty Schottenheimer last year, and that Marty was fired for his troubles due to the personality issues between him and the team GM…and that the team waited to fire him until AFTER their offensive and defensive coordinators took head coaching jobs with other teams.
Yep, Karma lives…