Sunday afternoon, I lived through a different version of that, getting lost in Westmoreland, Fayette and, in the end, Somerset counties, as I tried to make the drive to Latrobe from down by Nemacolin Woodlands below Uniontown.
Because of my meandering drive through the backwoods of Western Pa., I missed a good portion of Sunday's Pittsburgh Steelers practice, but I did get to see the last 15 or 20 minutes, which, as it turned out, was the best part anyway.
As I walked onto the practice field, Mike Tomlin was calling the troops together before the final session. As has been the case throughout this camp, we're not quite sure what to expect in these cases. In this instance, he was calling the boys together to let them know to keep things clean in their final drill - goal line.
There's no better way to end the first week of practice than that.
On the second attempt, offensive coordinator Bruce Arians showed he learned his lesson running at Hampton and Roethlisberger pitched left to Parker, who made it into the end zone virtually untouched.
Next, it was Najeh Davenport's turn. He took the handoff off right tackle and was stopped intially by the duo of Ryan Clark and Ike Taylor – high and low – before the rest of the defense came in to clean things up.
Hampton made the big move after that, switching over to offense, where he lined up at fullback in front of Davenport. The play went behind right guard and Hampton hit the hole full speed, running into linebacker Clint Kriewaldt. The only trouble was that – as quarterback Charlie Batch put it – he both opened the hole and clogged it at the same time. Davenport was stopped at the 1.
After that, it was defensive end Brett Keisel's turn to line up with the other side. Keisel set up on next to left tackle and ran a drag across the end zone and Batch lofted a pass that Keisel hauled in along the back line with two defenders in tow.
With the defense ahead three stops to two scores, the next play went to Carey Davis – who has apparently moved way ahead of Kevan Barlow at this point. Davis took the pitch to the right, but was stopped by Rian Wallace and William Gay at the 1.
James Harrison missed practice today with what Tomlin deemed a rib injury. Interestingly enough, instead of moving Arnold Harrison into the starting lineup, the team decided instead to move Clark Haggans to right outside linebacker and insert LaMarr Woodley in at left outside linebacker.
That's all I got today. Jim Wexell will have more later.
Dale Lolley appears courtesy of the Observer-Reporter.