What a night in Pittsburgh.
Heavy snows that began in the afternoon blanketed the roads and made getting home from the Steelers offices an adventure.
Those of you who have been on the Southside can appreciate the fact it took me nearly two hours to get from the Steelers offices to Greentree hill.
I-79 wasn't much more fun. The roads weren't all that bad and I didn't see a single wreck, but everybody was driving like we were in Washington D.C. and there was an inch of snow on the roads. It was ugly.
© Leaving the Steelers' practice this afternoon, I couldn't help but laugh as a number of the players remarked about the amount of snow falling. Several of them had never really spent much time in the snow.
It's been cold in Pittsburgh this winter, but the snow really hasn't stuck all that well - particularly in the city.
This snow, however, isn't going anywhere and will be there for this weekend's game.
© The Steelers look to have an interesting game plan from what I saw at practice today. Because we agree not to report what we see in terms of plays and such, I can't share it with you, but suffice it to say, it will be interesting if they do some of the stuff they were working on.
Now, maybe they were just taking a look at it live to see what things looked like, but with in a situation with one game for all the marbles, there's no reason to leave any plays in the book unused.
© Troy Polamalu will play Sunday, though he didn't practice Wednesday. Justin Hartwig was the same.
Polamalu, by the way, did not have the flu Sunday against the Chargers as was reported somewhere. Don't know where that one came from.
© As this week wears on, I'm really liking the Steelers more and more in this game. They are very loose and confident.
James Farrior called it a different feeling than, say, 2004, when the team was 15-1 and expected to beat the Patriots.
They expect to win Sunday, but with the majority of this roster having already won a Super Bowl, they know not to look past this game.
They've beaten the Ravens twice and largely shut their offense down doing it. They know if they don't turn the ball over or give up a return or two, they'l beat the Ravens again.
Ravens' coach John Harbaugh, on the other hand, seemed a little uptight when we spoke to him today.