And to add insult to injury, the faithful in Steelers Nation have been forced to watch historic franchise rivals advanced deep into the playoffs.
With Atlanta heading to San Francisco for the NFC Championship and Baltimore traveling to New England to fight for the AFC crown what is a true Steelers fan to do?
What Do True Steelers Fans When There’s No Steelers to Root for in the Playoffs?
True Steelers fans entertain no divided loyalties.
- This sets Steelers Nation apart.
Having spent over half my life living in as a Steelers Nation Expat in Aspen Hill, Maryland, allows me to assure you that there is no shortage of people in Metro DC that live and die with the Redskins every game.
- But for all their loyalty, a large contingent of Redskins fans lack when it comes to heart.
If it were the Eagles and not the Falcons in this year’s NFC Championship, can you imagine and seeing green and white Eagles logos sprouting up on bumpers while driving down the Boulevard of the Allies?
- No, I don’t think so either.
Black and Gold Should Go for Birds of Prey
The easy answers are off the table. There are no members of the Chuck Noll or Bill Cowher coaching trees remaining in the hunt.
Let’s look at what’s at stake. If…
- The Ravens win a bitter AFC North Rival gets another Lombardi – who wants to see that?
- San Francisco wins the 49ers increase their Lombardi count to 6, tying the Steelers – that day will come, but why rush things?
- If New England wins, Bill Bellnick gets his fourth Super Bowl title, tying Chuck Noll. Manifestly undesirable.
Of course, the Falcons are far from the favorites among the NFL’s final four.
So in Steel Curtain Risings humble opinion, Steelers Nation’s rooting interest in what remains of the 2012 NFL season should follow like this
- First root for the Falcons
- If not them, then the Ravens, yes the Ravens,
- If not them, then the 49er’s
- A New England victory would be the worst possible outcome
It would also make them the automatic division favorites, and everyone knows the Steelers need to be underdogs to thrive.
Beyond that, Baltimore's the most likely team to stop New England, and I am sorry, Bill Bellnick is a cheater and does not deserve a spot equal to or above Chuck Noll in the NFL record books. Period.
So there you have it. Alternative thoughts or opinions? By all means feel free to share.
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