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Steelers Ryan Clark Guarantee's Victory Over Redskins


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LANDOVER, Md. -- The Terrible Towels made for the most embarrassing scenes in recent Washington Redskins memory. Owner Dan Snyder is determined to avoid a repeat.

Thousands of Pittsburgh Steelers fans dominated the lower bowl of the Redskins stadium during the visitors' 23-6 win on a Monday night last season. Steelers players, realizing their unexpected home-crowd advantage, began waving their arms to encourage more cheers. The noise was such that the Redskins had to resort to a silent snap count in shotgun formation.

The view from the sideline below and from Snyder's 50-yard-line box above was discouraging: a sea of twirling yellow towels - during a prime-time game on national television, no less.

"You see it. Believe me, you see it," receiver Antwaan Randle El recalled this week. "The last five minutes of the game, 'Wooo-hooo."'

To counter another expected Steelers invasion - Pittsburgh fans travel well, even in preseason - the Redskins are distributing 50,000 "Redskins Rally towels" for Saturday night's rematch. The game will be an exhibition; the battle for towel supremacy in the seats will be real.

"I think it's great for fans," Redskins coach Jim Zorn said.

"I think it's fun that we're doing the same thing. It's a preseason game, but you now what? We have great fans. Dan wants to continue to show his support and his enthusiasm for this team and this community. I think it's all in good fun.

He's competitive; we're competitive. I don't know if there's going to be 'battles of the towels' or whatever, but it will be fun."

Of course, one difference is that the Redskins are having to resort to a giveaway to reclaim the atmosphere in their own stadium. Steelers fans have always had to buy their towels - currently retailing for $7.99 - with proceeds going to charity.

Told of the Redskins' plans, Steelers safety Ryan Clark - who used to play for Washington - said simply: "We're still going to beat them."

That's an unusual guarantee for a preseason game, and one that's likely to be forgotten once all the starters have been removed. Both teams are expected to have their first-stringers on the field for more or less a quarter.

Besides, for the Redskins, merely scoring would be an improvement from last week, when they were shut out 23-0 by the Baltimore Ravens.

"A lot of mistakes. We've got to cut that out," said running back Clinton Portis, who will make his preseason debut after sitting out last week. "It is really not the points - of course, we need to score more points and we want to come out of these games with wins - but at the same time we can't have penalties, we can't have mental lapses. We need to get rid of that."

The Steelers, coming off a 20-10 win over the Arizona Cardinals, are expected to play without Ben Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger has a foot ailment - he got stepped on by a lineman at training camp this week - but the injury isn't thought to be serious, and he did travel with the team to Washington.

Much of the game's emphasis will be on the usual jostling for roster spots. Both coaches want to see more from the backups, especially the rookies who looked overwhelmed in their NFL debuts last week.

"We need to play harder, we need to play faster, we need to play smarter," Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin said. "We expect those guys to have adjusted to the tempo of the game, they know what to expect and, to be quite honest, we expect the quality of the detail of their work to vastly improve."

At least the fans should be in regular-season form, with all that towel-waving going on. "Burgundy towels are a great idea," Randle El said. "But the bottom line is we've got to play on the field."

http://www.thepittsburghchannel.com/sports/20502497/detail.html

Even for a preseason game, I would love to beat these over confident chumps! Most important, I want to see our starters move the ball and score on their #1 defense. JC and our offense needs the confidence and momentum going into the season.

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What's he going to say, "We're going to lose"? :whoknows:
I know, but the Steelers have sure gotten very ****y since there 6th Super Bowl win, and it's obvious they have no respect for the Redskins. IF our passing game would come together tonight, we could actualy beat them. But that's a bif IF.
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I know, but the Steelers have sure gotten very ****y since there 6th Super Bowl win, and it's obvious they have no respect for the Redskins. IF our passing game would come together tonight, we could actualy beat them. But that's a bif IF.

Uh it's a preseason game so we could beat them because even if their starters are better than ours, its a PRESEASON game which means they will be playing backups and we will be playing backups. They will not be gameplanning or studying film.

WHO CARES?

All you should care about is seeing if our first string offense can get out of their own way and move the ball and score points.

I couldn't care less if Pittsburgh wins but Jason comes out with 2 consecutive touchdown drives then takes a seat for the night.

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I read that when I linked the article in the Rally Towel thread. He's just trying to get things going because after all it is the preseason.
It was your link I found this in wvbred, and that's a slap right in our face. There's no better time for JC to step it up then now, picking their defense apart would give this offense and JC the confidence it needs to go into NY and the season. And it's obvious the Steelers needs humbled by a team who they think doesn't have a chance to beat them.
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Sorry but I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum. He should have not said anything. He is now the enemy and I'd LOVE to see him get his bell rung and have to sit quietly for the rest of the night.

I'm with you on that....Clark was the :pooh: when he was here but I'll take LL over Clark every day that ends in a Y....

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It was your link I found this in wvbred, and that's a slap right in our face. There's no better time for JC to step it up then now, picking their defense apart would give this offense and JC the confidence it needs to go into NY and the season. And it's obvious the Steelers needs humbled by a team who they think doesn't have a chance to beat them.

Again I think he is just trying to get some excitement up over a preseason game nothing more.

As for the towels they should have been burgundy and or gold but I hear they are white which is ridiculous.

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Uh it's a preseason game so we could beat them because even if their starters are better than ours, its a PRESEASON game which means they will be playing backups and we will be playing backups. They will not be gameplanning or studying film.

WHO CARES?

All you should care about is seeing if our first string offense can get out of their own way and move the ball and score points.

I couldn't care less if Pittsburgh wins but Jason comes out with 2 consecutive touchdown drives then takes a seat for the night.

That's exactly what I'm hoping for, I want to see our starters and JC score on their #1 defense. I could care less about our 3rd stringers because most won't be here after next week and the first cut.
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Sorry but I'm on the opposite end of the spectrum. He should have not said anything. He is now the enemy and I'd LOVE to see him get his bell rung and have to sit quietly for the rest of the night.

Agreed. I dont care how or why, he's the enemy now and he needs to be crushed.:evilg:

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