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Live from Heinz Field

December 6, 2009 - Buck Frank

Halftime: Steelers lead 10-6. They're letting the Raiders hang around with them. The way William Gay is covering Johnnie Lee Higgins, the Raiders could take the lead on one play.

If this is so-called hell, then it must not be that bad.

11:00 left in the second quarter: Steelers lead 10-3.

Ben Roethlisberger showed no signs of a concussion on two throws in a row, hitting Hines Ward over the middle for 27 yards, then Santonio Holmes in the end zone from 34 yards out.

The Steelers got just three points off an 83-yard kickoff return and a 60-yard run in the first quarter.

The Raiders aren't as bad as their reputation. If they had a quality quarterback, they would probably be in the playoff hunt.

15 minutes until kickoff: As of yet, no hell has been unleashed.

Very cold today but also very sunny.

The Raiders will be without rookie receiver/disappointment Darrius Heyward-Bey. He developed a foot injury sometime over the weekend. That was good news to Tyrone native/Raiders fan Mike Boytim, who is here taking in the game -- along with a good handful of other Raiders fans.

The Steelers, of course, won't have Troy Polamalu, and Travis Kirschke is going to miss another game. CB Keenan Lewis is a mild surprise on the inactive list with Joe Burnett dressing for the game. Newly re-acquired Anthony Madison is dressed and ready for special teams play.

Philipsburg's Jon Condo and the rest of the Raiders just ran onto the field. Condo, a long snapper, is part of the Raiders' best unit -- their special teams. Shane Lechler is by far the best punter in the league, and Sebastian Janikowski may get a chance to break the Heinz Field field-goal distance record.

Donnie Iris is singing the national anthem. Wondering how many players would even know who he is. 

 
 

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