Forget the running game. Forget the offensive line. Forget fullbacks, Bruce Arians, and Larry Zierlein.
Forget all of those things because it seems as if they have caused us all to forget to talk once more about one serious advantage that the Steelers had over the Titans last Thursday: Revenge for the Towel.
When questioned last week about their motivation for revenge in honor of the terrible towel, most Steelers brushed the suggestion aside as if that romantic notion had nothing to do with the tough business of football.
Yet look at any photo of any Steeler riding atop the motorcade that carried its champions through the heart of their city this past February. What is each man holding high? The Terrible Towel.
I feel informed with access to news and information. I've even made suggestions as to how to improve the situation for the Steelers, yet I know that I have only one job in regards to the team: To wave my towel like the game depends on it because I believe that at moments, it does.
During the playoffs last year, I was forwarded e-mail after e-mail attempting to measure the legend that the terrible towel has become.
The towel played a part last Thursday.
This Sunday, they want to prove to their home crowd that they are a team to be reckoned with.
Chicago has a way of motivating its team.
The last game, the only game ever won by the Steelers in Chicago, was won by Pittsburgh tying the game with less than two minutes left in regulation, then winning it in OT in 1995. This one victory comes not only from the history of the Bears vs. the Steelers at Soldier Field, but also the Bears vs. the Pirates, the "Steagles," the "Card-Pitts," and the Steelers in Wrigley Field.
History is an important guide, but looking at this matchup, it is time for a change.
Pittsburgh's coaches and players have won Super Bowls. They have proven that they understand how to approach a game and come out the victors.
Sunday, they will do their best to do their jobs.
Now lets do our best to do ours.
Sunday, history is there to be made.
This has always been a tough match-up. Let's support our team.
If the Steelers need their history to get them that rare win in Chicago, let us the fans be the ones keeping it old school.
Let's remember to believe and never forget the joy we feel when we wave our terrible towels!!
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