Sunday, January 10, 2016

The importance of 33 seconds

Anyone tempted to throw in the towel on anything should go back and watch the Steelers-Cincinnati Bengals Wild Card playoff game last night. A group of we stalwart Steeler fans had gathered at the center of our universe here in Cave Creek, aka Harold's Cave Creek Corral, along with about 1,000 other fans and tourists here to watch the National College Football Championship on Monday. In the last two minutes of the game, Cincinnati scored on a 25-yard pass from AJ McCarron to pull ahead 16-15. A collective groan could be heard by the college bowl fans celebrating 30 miles away in downtown  Phoenix. Then a Bengal pick on the Steelers' next possession seemed to seal our fate. We started to collect our terrible towels and coats so we could beat the crowd departing Harold's but wait - Bengals fumbled the ball and amazingly the Steelers gained for one more possession. Despite Ben Roethlisberger's return to the game (out with a shoulder injury) and advancing down the field, the last 22 seconds seemed all but a foregone conclusion with the Steelers out of field goal range. It's a good thing we stuck around because two personal fouls by the Bengals gave the Steelers a miracle 30 yards so Chris Boswell was within shouting distance for a 35-yard field goal.

Final Score

So to mark this victory, I thought I would share some of my recent beading creations for Steeler fans.

I have made these bead embroidered heart pins before but this one was for my friend, Sandy, shown below with the rest of the regulars who meet during football season to watch the games. If you look really closely at her shoulder (second in on the right) you will see she is wearing her pin.

Here we have some earrings made using the beaded bead tutorial by Debra Schwartz of DatzKatz Designs.

Lastly, I have a cocktail ring inspired by a tutorial by Stephanie of Bronzepony Beaded Jewelry. I am not normally a ring person but this looked like a fun and fast tutorial and apparently, it brought good mojo for the game.

So we live to fight another day when the Steelers play Denver next Saturday.


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