Monday, February 06, 2006

Let the Hating Begin

The talking heads on TV this morning are getting their .02 in. A few readers are commenting. I understand some of their points. I am admittedly biased as a huge fan of the Steelers. I think that they have been contenders for this since 2001 and blew a big opportunity in the AFC Championship game against the Pats. Still nursing a grudge over that one.

The point? I can understand the "bitterness". I agree that the officiating has been horrid throughout the playoffs. Simply put, the Steelers have been on both sides of the line. They have benefitted and been harmed by poor or incorrect officiating. That is not in their control. That is a problem the league needs to address to keep from disenfranchising the fans. I have posted about that before.

What did the Steelers control? Their destiny. Last night's game was not their best showing. Their wins against the Colts (1 seed) and Broncos (2 seed) were much more impressive. They executed better and were much more dominating. Does that tarnish last night? Not in my opinion. The NFL championship is one game, but it takes 2-3 games to get there. The Steelers beat the top 3 seeded teams in the AFC in each of their respective houses. Impressive. They earned the right to play in the Super Bowl and played well enough to get the victory. I wish they would have been sharper, but I am super excited that they got the ring for the Bus.

I won't be able to change any opinions about Steelers, most people have strong feelings one way or the other about them. I will be able to enjoy the extra four weeks of Black and Gold fun and excitement that they gave us. I am very happy for Jerome Bettis to be able to retire after winning the elusive big game. He is beloved in Pittsburgh and is a great ambassador of the game. Hate Joey Porter-fine. Hate the officials-sure. Respect the Bus-most definitely. He is a class act and a role model of a citizen/athlete/businessman. Much love for you Bussie.

Love it or hate it, the Steelers are Super Bowl XL champions. It was not game I had hoped it would be, but someone had to win it. I am glad it was Pittsburgh.



DuggleBogey said...

When a game is run as poorly as that, the best we can hope for is for fans of the team that was gifted the win actually APOLOGIZING for winning.

You obviously feel guilty about something.

D said...

Actions that constitute offensive pass interference include but are not limited to:

b) Initiating contact with a defender by shoving or pushing off thus creating a separation in an attempt to catch a pass.

Clearly offensive pass interference in my book.

He created a seperation even though a small amount.

Hasslebacks penatly was garabage. Touchdown could not be overturned by the replay but I am still undecided if it was a TD. Why the hell can't the replay be paused, a fricking line be created from the goal line straight up to see where it is in relation to his hands and the ball. Come on television people, that is not hard to do. I think it might be to hard to see the ball in his hand because the glove!!! Added bonus of wearing it.

Live it up, they won and thats all that counts...Seattle did nothing to win the game...Steelers did.

cmitch said...

The most important thing is that....


Enjoy the feeling of your team winning and just put your fingers in your ears when you hear all the negative stuff.

HighOnPoker said...

I lost a slew of bets, but I'm still happy for you and the Steelers. No hating from me (bitch)!

littleacornman said...

Not into US football but Congrats to you and your team.

Had to google the thumb phrase to see what that was about.If you count to five on your fingers do you not start with your thumb? Going for number 6 would be another one for the thumb!( on the other hand!)

I think I'll stick to football with a round ball....

chipper said...

Too bad that it's all downhill from here out.

SirFWALGMan said...

Not a Steelers fan being from MA and all.. but good job. You guys won. Everyone else should shutup. I actually visited Pittsburg and its a very nice city too. Good luck next year.