Late Game Substitution, Special Teams Play, and a Big Victory

At the end of the half and the game, the quarterback often kneels after getting the snap from center.  This of course is to run out the clock without losing a fumble.   We all remember the Miracle at the Meadow Lands in 1978 between the Eagles and the New York Giants.   With 30 seconds left in the game, there was the muffed hand off between Joe Pisarcik  and Larry Csonka.  Herman Edwards picked up the loose football and returned it for a touchdown.  A 17 to 12 loss turned into a 19 to 17 victory.

From this play, running backs and wide receivers now circle around the quarterback in the event of a fumble.  Teams  will not take chances.  Now let’s go further and review a game back in 2010 at the Meadow Lands.  Eli Manning just threw a touchdown pass to Kevin Boss.  There were seven minutes left in the game with the Giants leading the Philadelphia Eagles  31 to 10.  New York fans were confident of a victory.  The second string was about to play avoiding injury to the starters and giving these reserves some much needed experience.

Merrill Reese was always optimistic except when the Eagles needed a miracle or at least a near miracle.  He was going into the messy business of what had to happen and who had to win or lose  for the Eagles to get into the playoffs .  Reese said there was almost no chance for the Eagles to win this game.  Of course getting into the playoffs was not enough.  We had to consider getting the BYE Week and the Home Field Advantage.  These possibilities made the whole business of coaching much more difficult.

We all know what happened.  With great offensive play, one critical sack on Eli Manning,  a fumble recovery by Reilly Cooper of an onside kick off, and a 65 yard punt return for a touchdown by Eli Manning the Eagles won 38 to 31.  Philadelphia scored four touchdowns in a seven minute span.









Duquesne Brewing Company-Have A Duke

Crossing  the Smithfield  Street Bridge in Pittsburgh to the South Side, we see a tremendous complex of dining, shopping, live entertainment, and education.  Known as Station Square,  it was the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Passenger Railroad  Station.   The station itself has the restaurant at two levels.  The old train sheds are specialty shops.  There is an exhibit of Pittsburgh’s Industrial Age.  At my last visit, there was a Sheraton Hotel.  Someday I hope we will see commuter trains in Pittsburgh to the Great Lakes.  They should never have stopped.


At one time in the South Side stood the  Duquesne Brewing Company.  The building itself is a rich collection of

Romanesque Revival and assorted designs from the late 19th to the Mid-20th Century.  The trademark for the Beer was a picture of a Duke holding up a Pilsner Glass of Beer.  On the top of the building was a clock with the words “HAVE A DUKE” around it.  Millions of people checked their watches every day with this clock.  It could be seen for miles.

Duquesne had a theme which provided music for a song or march.   Until 1962, Duquesne Beer sponsored the Pittsburgh Steelers on WWSW Radio and away games for CBS Channel 2.  As might be expected,  the march style began and  ended the broadcast.  Lyrics were the background for commercials during the game.

As written

Have a Duke, Have a Duke, Have a Duuuke.  Duquesne’s the Magic Million Beer,  a Million Barrels every year,  the certified proof of quality from the U.S Testing company,  have a Duke,  have a Duke,  have a Duke.  Have a Duke, have a Duke and you will see the reason for its pedigree,  bright and sparkling Duquesne’s first, preferred in every favored test, have a Duke,  have a Duke,  have a Duke.

I cannot remember the exact words from another lyric.  Brand B says ???????, Brand C says??????, that’s all you hear from year to year, confusing claims about their beer,  How do you know it’s the truth?,  Believe your taste, When choosing beer, Don’t be mislead by those confusing claims you hear,  Just taste Duquesne and you will see,  How great good tasting beer can be, Believe your taste and Have a Duke, have a Duke, have a Duke, have a Duke.

At intervals during a game,  the announcers just while  broadcasting Have a Duke the finest beer in town

In addition to Duquesne Beer, the Pilsner, the Duquesne Brewing Company had Silver Top its Lager Beer.  As might be expected Silver Top was to provide variety and never matched Duquesne in sales.  It did provide a balance to its major competitor  in Western Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Brewing Company.   This brewery did things in reverse.  Let me spell this out to avoid confusion.

Duquesne Brewing Company-Primary Brew was Duquesne Pilsner and the Secondary was Silver Top Lager.  Pittsburgh Brewing Company-Primary Brew was Iron City Lager and the Secondary was Tech Premium Pilsner.

After Carling became Steelers’ beer in 1962, the Duquesne Company changed their marketing techniques.  The title was simply DUKE beer.  I cannot remember the exact words.  They said you will like the bold flavor of DUKE beer. Where tastes run strong, make it DUKE.   The company abandon its royalty image for something more blue collar.  The pictures were different showing rodeo cowboys, miners, steel workers, or truck drivers.

When the Duquesne Brewing Company folded in 1972,  C. Schmidt’s and Sons bought and packaged DUKE beer at its Cleveland Branch not its headquarters in Philadelphia.  The Duquesne plant on the South Side became a meeting for artists and writers.