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.
HERE WE GO STEELERS!!!