It took me long enough, but I finally did it. I watched the 2008 Steelers' season highlights.
After taking an enjoyable trip down memory lane, I realized a few things. Here they are, in no particular order:
1. Is there any better rivalry in pro football than Steelers-Ravens?
After three colossal battles in 2008, I can't wait to see what these two have in store for one another this season. This rivalry is close to the intensity of the old Steelers-Raiders rivalry of the '70s. You better have the ambulance standing by, because they're going to be carting someone off the field before it's over.
2. Did any Steeler ever have a better postseason than Santonio Holmes in 2008?
His punt return for a touchdown in the San Diego game got things rolling. He followed that up with an awesome catch and run for another touchdown in the AFC Championship Game against the Ravens.
But, he saved the best for last in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIII when he capped off the greatest drive in Steelers' history with the game winning catch in the corner of the end zone.
The sky is the limit for this guy. Expect bigger and better things to come.
3. God, I love to watch Ben Roethlisberger play!
I find it hard to express the feeling I get watching Big Ben operate the offense. His skills are truly one of a kind. No other quarterback is as adept at making something out of nothing as Big Ben.
He reminds me of his idol, John Elway in his ability to improvise when things break down. Few quarterbacks in the NFL are more dangerous outside the pocket, and his coolness under pressure as all hell is breaking loose around him demonstrates his ability as one of the best clutch players in the league.
4. I can't wait for the season to start.
I am always anxious for the start of every season, but I can't recall being this excited as the new season draws near. The Steelers return 20 of 22 starters from last year's Super Bowl Champions.
The schedule is more favorable this season, and there is great anticipation over the emergence of Santonio Holmes as a big-time receiver in this league.
There is also the possibility of a super showdown with the mighty Patriots in the AFC Playoffs that could decide which team is crowned the team of the decade.
It all seems to signify that a great season lies ahead. Let's get it started!