Steelers notebook: Batch's winning performance belies his age
• Charlie Batch became the oldest Steelers quarterback to start and win a game when he beat the Ravens, 23-20, on Sunday, three days shy of his 38th birthday. Mike Tomczak was 37 years and 64 days old when the Steelers beat Carolina, 30-20, on Dec. 26, 1999. Batch, Tomczak and Ed Brown (1965) are the only Steelers quarterbacks to play past their 37th birthday.
• Batch might have to play another week. Ben Roethlisberger wasn't close to being game-ready at the end of last week while recovering from an SC joint sprain and a dislocated rib and fracture. Roethlisberger continues to experience discomfort, and he has been unable to throw with any velocity.
• The Steelers need two more wins to become the first AFC team to win 600 games. The only teams ahead of them on the NFL's wins chart are the Bears (736), Packers (715) and Giants (676), all of which are older franchises.
• The Steelers pretty much know their 2013 schedule. They will play the Ravens, Bengals and Browns home and away, plus the Bills, Dolphins, Bears, Lions and an AFC South team — almost certainly the Colts — at home. They'll go on the road to play the Patriots, Jets, Packers and Vikings (in London) plus another AFC West opponent, likely the Chargers.
• Ryan Clark is the Steelers' nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, which recognizes a player's off-field community service and playing excellence. Clark and his wife, Yonka, created Ryan Clark's Cure League, which raises money for Sickle Cell research and clinical care. He also is active in a number of local charities plus the Play 60 program, which encourages youngsters to be physically active for at least an hour per day.
— Alan Robinson
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments â either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.