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No, I will not go on a one-slide diatribe over how the Steelers are America’s Team, Dallas is not and there’s no other possible choices out there.
Why? Because that’s about as dumb as the Cowboys being called America’s Team in the first place.
The truth, as far as we know right now, is that the Steelers were asked to be “America’s Team,” but the team’s officials turned it down because it was too gaudy and they didn’t go in for that sort of thing. That might be as much myth as anything, but it seems to hold a lot of water.
My misconception here is that there is a team with a better fanbase. I’ve seen several polls throughout the last several years where the Steelers are considered to have a “top fanbase” but someone else always is winning the top honors. Green Bay and Dallas are favorites.
I have seen evidence of Terrible Towels and Pittsburgh jerseys in multiple countries, in space and in every one of the nation’s 50 states.
There are Steelers-themed bars in Dallas (yes, that Dallas), Italy and other nooks and crannies of the globe. Does Pittsburgh have a Cowboys bar? Has anyone seen the big blue star in space? How about it, Italy?
I didn’t think so.
The Steelers have the finest fanbase and probably one of the most widespread in all of sports worldwide. That makes them America’s team in one sense of the word.
If you want to know what I think of the America’s team business, though, I’ll simply say that whoever wins the Super Bowl should be America’s team until they’re dethroned.
Just in case you forgot, by that measure, we’ve been America’s team longer than anyone else!