Thursday, December 10, 2009

It is freezing here

As I turned right on East 9th off the Shoreway around 5 p.m. it looked more like Pittsburgh than Cleveland, judging by all the black and yellow clothing fans on their way to the stadium were wearing.

It is freezing - and we're in the front row of the glass-enclosed press box. I cannot imagine how cold it must be in the stands. Kickoff is 30 minutes away and the stands are nearly empty. The wind chill is minus 6. Wind gusts of 46 miles an hour are forecast.

. . . We just got the inactive lists from both teams. Hines Ward is playing for the Steelers despite a pulled hamstring. After calling out Ben Roethlisberger for not playing against the Ravens because of a concussion, Ward had to play against the Browns.

Brian Robiskie is on the active list for the Browns. Brady Quinn can not ignore him. The cold weather works against the Browns. The Steelers have the No. 1 rush defense and the Browns don't have anybody to equal Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall.


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