Sunday was the first time many Steelers fans turned on their flat screens since the ignominious defeat in the Mile High city. Viewership of ESPN and the NFL Network had been down in Western Pennsylvania since last Sunday and will slowly trickle back to normal by Super Bowl Sunday.
Watching the Houston Texans suffer a tough loss to the Baltimore Ravens took any sweetness out of a rapprochement with football Steelers fan might have. The Ravens had won and thus extended their season, while the Steelers would be getting much needed, but unwanted rest.
After all the emotional dust settled on Sunday night, and Steelers fans were presented with the fact that the Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots would square off in battle to represent the AFC in this year’s Super Bowl, one revelation became clear. Steelers fans must root for someone.
There’s myriad reasons to hold in contempt everything the Ravens stand for, but the Baltimore’s body of work is dwarfed by the colossal douchebag-ery of the New England Patriots. Next Sunday, if a side must be taken, and one would argue that in American football there is no Switzerland, Pittsburgh fans from across the globe will be cheering for, however faintly and painfully, the Baltimore Ravens. And here are the top 10 reasons why.