Did anyone else expect to see Ben Roethlisberger go all Jim Valvano and run across the Heinz Field turf desperately looking for Charlie Batch after Sunday’s game?
Aren’t Batch and Roethlisberger supposed to engage in a minute-long bro hug whenever Shaun Suisham kicks a last-second field goal in a Pittsburgh Steelers’ win over the Baltimore Ravens?
Suisham’s 42-yard field goal as time ran out gave the Steelers a 19-16 win over the Ravens Sunday. The game ended the same way the last game between these teams ended, only without the impassioned embrace between Roethlisberger and Batch. The latter quarterbacked the Steelers to that victory in place of an injured Roethlisberger.
No one knew it at the time, but that emotional snapshot last December in Baltimore captured the moment in which things were as good as they would get for the Steelers. They improved to 7-5, but lost three of their last four and missed the playoffs.
So if it turned out that 7-5 was no reason to get excited last yea...