Notebook: Porter wants more noise

PITTSBURGH – The Steelers and their fans will honor former radio announcer Myron Cope tonight with a "Terrible Towel Wave" at approximately 9:07. However, the team's emotional leader, Joey Porter, wants more from the fans at Heinz Field than coordinated pre-game ceremony.

"We need our crowd into the game from the beginning," said Porter. "The last game they waited all the way till the game got close and started getting into the game. We need them in the game from the beginning. We have the crowd there; we need it as loud as possible. I don't know what else we can do with crowd participation, but we feed off that. That truly is a 12th man."

Porter took his cue from coach Bill Cowher, who spent the week selling to his players the importance of establishing home-field dominance. The Steelers have won 10 consecutive road games but have lost three of their last four games at Heinz Field.

"I don't know if we took the air out of them by losing some tough games at home," Porter said. "I know our fans; our fans know us. They can get louder. I've heard them louder before, and it's going to be Monday night. It should be a playoff atmosphere is what I'm saying."

HALLOWEEN GUIDELINES

The Steelers have implemented guidelines for fans wishing to celebrate Halloween night in costume at Heinz Field:

• Costumes must be in good nature and not offensive or discriminating.

• Masks and props won't be permitted; face-painting is permitted.

• Costumes must not impair another fan's view or enjoyment of the game.

• Clothing must fit within the boundary of an individual's ticketed seat location. No storage of costumes will be permitted.

QUIET WITHOUT KEYDRICK

Keydrick Vincent is gone and playing for the Baltimore Ravens and Brett Keisel is enjoying every quiet minute. Vincent was Keisel's next-door neighbor in the locker room. His spot has been taken by Heath Miller.

"When Keydrick was there, he'd stand there singing and listening to his I-Pod, dancing, telling you guys all kinds of crap," Keisel said. "With Heath, you pretty much have to beg him to say something."

Vincent has been criticized in Baltimore for his play at right guard this season, but one NFL scout doesn't buy it.

"He's not playing as well as he played here last year, but he's not playing THAT bad," said the scout. "Their whole line's playing bad, even Jonathan Ogden. I think that's the difference – the people around him. Keydrick isn't that rangy, but he's strong and when he gets a hold of you he's effective. But he's in a bad situation right now and he doesn't look as good as he might look here."

THOSE KEMOEATU BOYS

Steelers rookie Chris Kemoeatu (6-3, 344) won't be able to play against his older brother Ma'ake (6-5, 350) tonight because he expects to be inactive. Ma'ake Kemoeatu is a starting defensive tackle for the Ravens.

The two played one year of high school and one year of college together because Ma'ake is three years older than Chris. They both played defense at Kahuku High School in Hawaii, but surprisingly they didn't dominate the action.

"I didn't start that year," said Chris. "In fact, his senior year was the worst year at our school."

That was Chris's first year of organized football. He'd spent most of his teenage days working construction for his dad. It's how he grew so big and strong.

"Yeah. Working construction and eating right," he said.

QUOTABLE

Dan Kreider, when asked who he'll "punch in the mouth" with Ray Lewis out of the lineup: "All of them."

Aaron Smith, on what tires defensive linemen out most quickly -- big backs, fast backs or run-blocking linemen: "How about the two-minute drill? If you're not getting off the field, you're going to be tired, but pass-rushing makes you more tired than stopping the run."

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