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In the immortal words of Gandalph the Grey from Lord of the Rings, “And so it begins.”

The Steelers take to Heinz Field tomorrow to begin their run at another Super Bowl. In facing the Ravens they square off against a team that is such a mirror image of themselves that when they shave in the morning (except for Brett Keisel and his ZZ top beard) they might see somebody from the other team staring back at them in that mirror.

Rashard Mendenhall or is that Ray Rice trimming the facial hair? Derrick Mason, Anquan Boldin and TJ Houshmanzadeh getting a trim or was that Hines Ward, Mike Wallace and Manny Sanders? Lawrence Timmons and James Farrior nicking themselves with a dull razor or is it Jameel McClain and Ray Lewis dabbing the cut with a little TP?

Who might see who while brushing their teeth, Todd Heap or Heath Miller?

Lamar Woodley and James Harrison might gargle and spit only to see Terrell Suggs and Jarrett Johnson. Ed Reed and Troy, Dawan Landry and Ryan Clark.

After combing his hair in front of the mirror, might Haloti Ngata see Casey Hampton?

These teams are so evenly matched that if you add up the score from the past 17 games the totals are 302 to 302.

There’s only one man that stands separate from his counterpart in the mirror.

Ben Roethlisberger.

Is their any magic in that if #7 wins tomorrow, it will be the 7th time #7 has quarterbacked the Steelers to victory over the Ravens in his last 7 starts against the “Dirty Birds” while in the hunt for the Steelers 7th Lombardi in his 7th year in the league?

oooh…where’s my Terrible Towel?

Craig Wolfley Steelers Power of 7

This premise picked up a nice mention from Peter King in his “Monday Morning Quarterback” segment on Sports Illustrated.com Check it out. Factoid of the Week That May Interest Only Me

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