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Why I HATE the Pittsburgh Steelers

February 3, 2009

Perhaps hate is too strong of a word, how about immensely dislike with every fiber of my being?

Like millions of Americans and people the world over, I watched the Super Bowl last night and boy did I hope for an upset.  I was SO tired of hearing about how great the Steelers were, of this much ballyhooed 6th ring was for a new “dynasty”.  Well… I for one, am not buying it.

First of all, this is not the Steel Curtain of the ’70’s, so stop calling them that.  THAT team was 30 years ago!  Different players, different coaches and yes… same stinking town.  THAT team was a dynasty, this one?  hmmpf!

Second, how can a quarterback with the lowest rating in Super Bowl HISTORY return to Super Bowl form?  It makes me puke to hear Al Micheals and John Madden gush over the Steelers quarterback.  Last time out that guy (Big Ben) threw for one yard.  (1)  One yard for the entire game.  (1)   Somehow against Seattle, they won anyway… poor officiating the lead cause.

Third,  against the Cards I read “The Dynasty Against the Doormats” and it makes me think  “show them Kurt Warner” and by golly, he almost does.  The Arizona Cardinals beat the spread and could have won the game EXCEPT for:

1)  James Harrison’s “amazing” 100 yard dash.  Al Micheals asks:  “Did he step out of bounds?”  but we never see the run back on the side lines.  John Madden says, “Aw… with a run like that YOU GOTTA GIVE IT TO HIM!”  and so they do.  I’d like to have seen what Al was talking about way back in the beginning of the run when there was a crowd all over Harrison, but the replay ignored that part of the run back.

2)  Penalties.  Wow, did Arizona rack up the penalties.  15 yard facemask, which looked like the incidental 5 yarder to me.  15 yard roughing the passer, which looked like an inplay follow through which is NEVER called.  15  yard roughing the place kick holder, huh?  Never heard that one called.

3)  It was the SUPER BOWL!  Let them play!  Arizona had racked up 96 yards of penalties to Pittsburg’s 15 by the early parts of the 4th quarter then the officials decided to balance it out.  The big, bad Steelers who LOVE to get physical sure played nice, didn’t they?

But am I the only one to feel this way?  No…


I would have loved to see the Cards pull the upset to avenge the Seahawks loss and the NFC but that wasn’t allowed to happen.

So the Steelers have the 6th ring combined for two different eras (with help)  But a dynasty? Please… put in Joan Collins and John Forsythe then give me a call.

Arizona 23 – Pittsburg 20 … in my mind, the game ended there.  Way to come back, Kurt Warner.

——– UPDATE !———     ———UPDATE!———     ———–UPDATE!———-

Okay,  I rarely do this but since the  post is still current,  I needed to add this post script.  As has been pointed out by several readers, bad officiating is in the eyes of the beholder and I regret that I generalized a little bit.  I did research Super Bowl 40 and found the following on wikipedia:


and I was corrected by one reader that incidental face mask penalties are no longer called so a 15 yarder was the correct call.

Being in Canada now, the local station did show the Super Bowl, but I must not have had the advantage of those of you who COULD see the run back by Harrison, where I questioned whether he ran out of bounds.  Where I was viewing I didn’t even get to see all the commercials ya’ll did so again… my mistake.  (lamenting not seeing commercials?  whoda thunk it?)

This does NOT mean I have to like the Steelers.  I am a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan and have had to endure thrashings by them much too often, but I do respect the franchise and what it has accomplished in garnishing 6 rings of the 43 Super Bowls played.   I cannot discount that effort.

It WAS a good game and it kept our attention down to the very last seconds, which is what we sit down, expect and cheer for.

So… mea culpa mea culpa, I apologize to the fans of the Steelers.  In this instance, I was wrong and I am big enough to admit it.  I would love to see a dynasty of the new millenium to MATCH the one of the Pittsburgh Steelers of the 70’s and who knows?   Big Ben may even rise to the stature of Terry Bradshaw.  The press was not always kind to Terry during that time and I see some comparisons to that great quarterback and Ben Roethlisberger Steelers-Roethlisberger_s.Ribs… so I for one  would be rootin’ for him to succeed.

It was history in the making and I’m glad I got to see it.