If you missed the Steelers-Lions game on Saturday night, avoided all television, radio, newspaper, and internet, and talked to nobody about the game since then, here's what you missed:
1. It rained a lot, causing a 73-minute delay in the second quarter. The result of this was Edmund Nelson and Bob Pompeani reaching career-highs in face-time. Everybody's a winner!
2. Big Ben did not play, probably a good idea considering the state of the offensive line as an unfinished product.
3. Byron Leftwich was hung out to dry by said line and did not look his best. Nonetheless, I'm still fully behind his cause to be the starter in Week One. It's a passer's league, and he's way, waaaay more polished than Dennis Dixon in that department.
4. Rashard Mendenhall still doesn't know how to hold onto the football, fumbling in the first half. It was a bad night for the running back, who had two yards on five carries.
5. Rookie WR Antonio Brown is very, very fast, showing off his wheels on a 68-yard run-and-catch touchdown from Dennis Dixon.
6. Dixon was scrambling in his new #10 Steelers jersey, trying to make plays with his legs and not his arm, and eerily looking like another player who wore that same number a decade ago. While Dixon moved the ball better than Leftwich, it was against the backups of a bad Lions team. Forgive me if I don't get too excited.
7. WR Arnaz Battle made a spectacular play on a 51-yard pass play but might have an uphill climb making the team. Suddenly, he's at a very crowded position that looks like it might have five locks (Hines Ward, Mike Wallace, Antwaan Randle-El, Emmanuel Sanders, Antonio Brown). That's also bad news for return man Stefan Logan.
8. OT Flozell Adams is still a work in progress and should not be given up on yet.
9. Pompeani compared Steelers free agent WR Tyler Grisham favorably to Wes "346 catches the last 3 seasons" Welker, which is laughable on about a billion different levels.
10. Isaac Redman looked very good and made some moves that looked like they came right off the video game screen, looking like he may be ready to make the jump to the 53-man roster this season.
11. Gerry Dulac nicely recapped this embarrassing moment for the league near the end of the first half:
After Dennis Dixon's 5-yard touchdown run was overturned by an officials review because there were less than two minutes remaining, the Steelers scored on the next play on a 1-yard run by Isaac Redman.
After Jeff Reed kicked the extra point, the unidentified official was irked that the replay official in the booth stopped the game in a driving rainstorm. If he does that again, the official said, "I'll kick his [expletive] [expletive]."
Then he added, "He's trying to get to the Super Bowl already."
The profanity-laced comment could be heard by the fans in attendance at Heinz Field.
12. Teen flavor of the week Taylor Lautner watched the game from the sideline, as did actor Ving Rhames.
13. Maybe it's just me, but it looks like Mike Tomlin has found himself a little gut in the offseason. Nope, it's not just me.
14. Lions LB Jordan Dizon suffered a serious knee injury and might be out for the season. Ahh, the risks of preseason football.
15. Dick LeBeau got a very nice and well-deserved reception from the Pittsburgh crowd prior to the game. The Steeler defense was introduced, prolonging that eventual Roethlisberger introduction that everyone's so looking forward to.
16. Next week, the Black and Gold take to the road, with a Saturday night game at the New York Giants. The Giants continue their recent catfight with the New York Jets on Monday night.Mondesi's House: The Director's Cut (more links, commentary, etc: twitter.com/mondesishouse