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Some 'food for thought'

| Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2011

Here's a little food for thought to help get you over the hump:

- I told my son Monday night if Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens drive 92 yards for a touchdown in the last two minutes, the Steelers don't deserve to win the game.

The Ravens did and the Steelers lost, 23-20, and deservedly so.

End of story.

Really, there was so much blame to go around in that game, from coach Mike Tomlin on down, to just pick out one culprit.

But in the end, a defense that is one of the game's best couldn't stop for one series an offense that didn't get a first down against Jacksonville until the third quarter.

- Add Steelers I: Tomlin's explanation as to how the Steelers were called for delay of the game before attempting a field goal late in the fourth quarter was, at best, laughable.

If he truly was concerned about the distance, the holder, etc., then why not take time out to discuss the situation and think it through before losing the five yards and not having the chance to try the kick?

- Add Steelers II: Just because the Ravens have the inside track on the AFC North crown doesn't mean the Steelers are done.

Baltimore could still choke away a couple games and, in the playoffs, could get upset before it gets a chance to host the Steelers in a third meeting.

Isn't that what happened to New England in the playoffs last season?

I keep telling people, the season is a marathon, not a sprint. Monday's loss hurts, but it isn't damning.

- I can't wonder what kind of football season Belle Vernon Area could have had without the rash of injuries suffered by key players that hit the team like an epidemic, especially in light of how BVA battled unbeaten No. 2 seed Franklin Regional in the first round of the playoffs.

- If Monessen football coach Andy Pacak ever made one true statement, it was his pre-season prediction about junior quarterback Chavas Rawlins.

Pacak said that by season's end, people would realize that Rawlins is one of the best quarterbacks in the state.

After the show Rawlins put on Friday against Springdale, who can argue with that assessment?

He is already being recruited by schools such as Pitt and Penn State and that list will grow considerably during his senior year, if he does not commit early.

- The more I read about this Jerry Sandusky debacle, the more I am sure that Joe Paterno and every leader at Penn State need to go immediately.

Apparently, in 1998, there was an allegation made against Sandusky similar to what he has been charged with.

At that time, authorities were informed and the end result was no charges.

That being said, once the 1999 allegation came to light through a witness, I find it even more amazing that the university didn't run to police with what it knew.

Again, winning football games and drawing recruits must mean more to Penn State than the rights of a child.

- Add Paterno: It is simply a shame that it might take something like this for Paterno to step down. As great as a coach he was in his career, his presence has hurt Penn State more than helped it in recent years. He is simply incapable of serving as the head coach.

Coaching aside, there are many who look upon him as an icon. Somehow, I don't share that view any more in light of the Sandusky travesty.

- Whatever happened to Larry Aldrich?

- The area lost another of its sports gems with the passing of Paul "Jake" Martin on Tuesday.

For those who don't know, Martin grew up in Fayette City, was a graduate of Marion High School and played with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1955.

He pitched two scoreless innings against the Brooklyn Dodgers after signing his pro contract, which included a $20,000 signing bonus, and later that season suffered an arm injury that cut short his career. He pitched in seven games for the Pirates before the injury.

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