According to a rumor floating around Pittsburgh, a Super Bowl will be played this weekend.
That`s news to us. When the Super Bowl doesn`t include the Steelers, no one cares.
For Steeler fans, the season came to a screeching halt on January 3rd. Although our team beat the Miami Dolphins in its final game, it could not qualify for the play offs under any of several mind-boggling combinations of circumstances under which it could have squeaked in.
With disbelief at the lost 2009 season, Steeler Terrible Towels have been put away for the season.
Two rounds of National Football
League play-off games as well as the AFC and NFC
championships have been played to enthusiastic national
television audiences except Pittsburgh`s. The fortunes
of divisional champions Baltimore,
Local Pittsburgh taverns are hyping the Super Bowl but to a disinterested crowd. The New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts don`t cut it in Steel City
The Steelers are victims of their own success. The team has won six Super Bowls, more than any in history. In two of the last four seasons including last year, the Steelers took it all.
While most rational fans would agree that it is asking too much to expect the Steelers in the Super Bowl every year, the 2009 team`s failure was unbearable.
After jumping out to a 6-2 first place record, the Steelers lost five straight games to bottom of the barrel opponents that included the league`s dregs: at home to the Oakland Raiders and on the road to the Kansas City Chiefs and the Cleveland Browns.
On the Monday morning following
those ignominious losses,
What few outside of
And `Burg residents have a long standing, unshakeable love affair with their city and their teams.
The Steelers trace their
In those formative days, the early
Steelers were part of the original 10-team NFL, of which
only four others remain: the
The Steelers were not always the thriving team that they are today, however. In their first seven seasons, they won only 22 games.
Professional football wasn`t a
Rooney scheduled Steeler home games
Championships were years in the making. The Steelers won its first division title in 1972 by beating the Oakland Raiders 13-7, thanks in large part to Franco Harris` "immaculate reception"
For the rest of the decade, led by Hall of Famers, Harris, Terry Bradshaw Mel Blount, Joe Greene, Jack Lambert and Jack Ham, the Steelers dominated by winning the Super Bowl in 1975, 1976 and 1979.
This year, I`m taking the Colts -4.5 and over 56 total points scored. How can you bet against Peyton Manning, the best quarterback in history? And anytime the Super Bowl is played outdoors on natural grass, the scoreboard lights up.
I also have an intriguing wager on what Las Vegas refers to as "prop" bets but which I define as assorted creative ways for you to lose money.
The over/under on how many times CBS will show Kim Kardashian, Saints` running back Reggie Bush`s trashy Beverly Hills girlfriend, is 2.5
On the theory that America can`t get enough of non-celebrity celebrities, I`m loving it over.
Joe Guzzardi [email him] is a California native who recently fled the state because of over-immigration, over-population and a rapidly deteriorating quality of life. He has moved to Pittsburgh, PA where the air is clean and the growth rate stable. A long-time instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School, Guzzardi has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It currently appears in the Lodi News-Sentinel.