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Everyone can now relax, as the Steelers' 2008 schedule (affectionately called "Murderer's Row") was just released. I believe the NFL Network is having a 10-hour special going on right now if you're so inclined.
Observations? Well, so much for the good ol' days of Sunday afternoon, 1 PM Steeler football. The Steelers have just five such contests in 2008. They'll appear on Sunday Night Football twice (at Cleveland, at Jacksonville), Thursday Night once (Cincinnati at home), and Monday Night twice (vs. Baltimore, at Washington).
The schedule features a variety of other tough opponents, including New England, Dallas, the Giants, Indianapolis, San Diego. Plus, we must face the vaunted Cleveland Browns not once, but twice this season, a team that became the favorite to win the division with the time-tested formula of gratuitous offseason spending.
I now present to you....the Steelers' 2008 schedule:

Friday, Aug. 8 vs. Eagles 7:30 p.m. KDKA/FSN Pitttsburgh

Thursday, Aug. 14 @ Bills (Toronto) 7:30 p.m. KDKA/FSN Pitttsburgh

Saturday, Aug. 23 @ Vikings 8 p.m. CBS

Thursday, Aug. 28 vs Panthers 7:30 p.m. KDKA/FSN Pitttsburgh


Sunday, Sept. 7 vs. Texans 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, Sept 14 @ Browns 8:15 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, Sept. 21 @ Eagles 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

Monday, Sept. 29 vs. Ravens 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, Oct. 5 @ Jaguars 8:15 p.m. (NBC)

Sunday, Oct. 12 Bye Week

Sunday, Oct. 19 @ Bengals 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, Oct. 26 vs. Giants 4:15 p.m. (FOX)

Monday, Nov. 3 @ Redskins 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)

Sunday, Nov. 9 vs. Colts 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, Nov. 16 vs. Chargers 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

Thursday, Nov. 20 vs. Bengals 8:15 p.m. (NFLN)

Sunday, Nov. 30 @ Patriots 4:15 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, Dec. 7 vs. Cowboys 4:15 p.m. (FOX)

Sunday, Dec. 14 @ Ravens 1 p.m . (CBS)

Sunday, Dec. 21 @ Titans 1 p.m. (CBS)

Sunday, Dec. 28 vs. Browns 1 p.m. (CBS)
As for highlights of the NFL schedule, the season kicks off Thursday, September 4 at 7 PM, as the Redskins visit the Giants. There will be two regular season international games (Saints-Chargers in London and Bills-Dolphins in Toronto) and eight regular season games being played on the North Side (sorry...North SHORE).
The season concludes February 1 in Tampa when the Steelers conclude their 19-0 season against a helpless NFC victim to be named later. Or so we hope.


CapitolMAN said...

Kindly refrain from posting fights between biker skanks. I demand compensation for the brain injury I just suffered.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Brutal schedule for the Steelers. Without a HUGE step forward by the O-line, 10 wins will be an accomplishment this season.

Louis Lipps is my homeboy said...
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Louis Lipps is my homeboy said...

Am I the only one that thinks the overexposure of the NFL is getting out of hand?

There was like a two hour special on all afternoon on ESPN just to tell us what the fucking schedule is!!!

Is that REALLY necessary? I mean REEEEEEEALLY?!

I mean we already knew what teams we were going to be playing (not to mention where we were going to be playing them) months ago for Christ sake! So it was just a big afternoon of crappy programming telling us what dates the games I already knew were going to take place were taking place on.

So, two hours to announce a bunch of dates and rehash a bunch of information we already knew. But please ESPN, hold the Stanley Cup coverage to two 5 minute bursts with Barry Melrose per night.

Overexposure is a totally foreign concept to the NFL. In the offseason the only NFL related program I want to see is the draft.

Robert Ullman said...

I was flipping around this past weekend, watching something on NHL Network, when I landed on the NFL was the draft, and I thought "Holy shit, I forgot that the draft was this weekend!", until I realized it was last year's draft...seriously, how bored does one have to be to watch a re-broadcast of one of the most drawn out, anticlimactic bore-fests in all of sports. Read a book!

Anonymous said...

Yes, there is plenty of NFL on the tube these days. That said, I never tire of it.

The reason you see so little NHL on ESPN and so much NFL/NBA/MLB is b/c ESPN no longer carries the rights to the NHL broadcast package.

HotDog_Zanzabar said...

souldrandyj, I wouldn't quit my day job