Today's Pittsburgh Steelers are a collection of championship-caliber athletes, many having already hoisted the coveted Vince Lombardi Trophy more than once.
Steelers Country has been blessed with a vast sum of competitive riches, including but not limited to eight Lamar Hunt Trophies, a football factory full of Hall of Famers and six Super Bowl Championships.
One thing is true about Six-burgh: We are a spoiled bunch. And we could care less.
Forget those snake-bitten franchises who have yet to even experience a Super Sunday. Likewise, fans of the Steelers should not feel melancholy for any of the other NFL teams who have climbed that summit, even if only once. Pittsburgh peeps know how sweet it would be for the 'Burgh to boast seven "sticky Lombardis" before any other franchise earns its sixth.
Spoiled or not, the stance of the Steelers fan towards even the most hard luck franchise is "NO MERCY."
To illustrate the hopes and dreams of every Steelers fan heading toward the 2012 NFL season, I have written the following haiku trio to tell the story:
The colors Black and Gold
Dominate the new season.
Lombardi's raised high!
Terrible Towels twirl
While the Steelers celebrate.
Cry, Tom Brady, cry!
Men of Steel stand tall
And party in New Orleans.
Pittsburgh pride is high!
Despite the most ambitious wishes of every hopeful football fan in the Steel City, the reality is that championships are not born from mere thoughts, prayers and rampant fanaticism. A lot of hard work is required, and any realist knows that the team needs to improve to have a realistic shot at "Seventh Heaven."
A new offense must be learned, defensive standouts must be replaced and rookies need to learn the ropes, among other things.
If 2011 offered anything, in spite of its disappointing ending at Invesco Field, it was a solid reminder that improvements must be made on the path to Super Bowl XLVII.
Here are the 10 key areas for progress to help ensure a fabulous February in the Steel City.