Dear Mr. Cowherd, with my sincerest apologies to former Arizona Cardinal head coach Dennis Green, I would like to ask you if you are ready to admit that your precious Pittsburgh Steelers are not quite the organization or team you thought they were?
On Tuesday, November 10th, after the Steelers beat what has turned out to be a mirage, but what was once an undefeated Denver Broncos team, you said, "I felt like I was watching this year's super bowl champion." Since that day, the Steelers have become a .500 team that has been beaten by the Chiefs in Kansas City and the hapless Oakland Raiders, at home. As you know, these two teams have a combined 7-17 record.
Organizationally, they've been marred by locker room controversy and a complete mishandling/miscommunication of an injury situation by their head coach. Now, these things happen to all teams on occasion, but what I think is inexcusable is the lack of credibility exhibited by you when these things occur to one of "your" teams.
You spent more time singing your "Tony Romo December struggles" Christmas song than you've spent talking about the Hines Ward vs. Ben Roethlisberger controversy, unless you want to call the five minutes you spent talking to Steelers apologist Jerome Bettis an example of your "hard hitting commentary." Pardon me if I don't think your "investigative" queries into what "the great" Big Ben must be like in his spare time, impressive.
You constantly make disparaging comments, and rattle unfettered about "SEC, Cowboy, and Notre Dame Fan," but you are exactly the same. Your blind loyalty and unwavering disregard for anything negative regarding the Steelers is the very thing you campaign against.
When Tony Romo goes on vacation with Jason Witten and his girlfriend in Mexico during a bye week, you can spend an entire show talking about his "lack of commitment." When Jerry Jones tells a member of the media that he would like to see Felix Jones carry the ball more, you spend hours talking about how "the meddler" has reared his ugly head again.
When Notre Dame loses to Navy, you can open every segment with a new comment about how "Notre Dame Fan needs to give up believing they are a top program." When Urban Meyer suspends Brandon Spikes for a half for an eye gouging incident, you can wax poetic about the south's "lack of perspective," for days.
However, when Roethlisberger takes his lineman to perform at a WWE event during his bye week, you say it's an example of his leadership. When Mike Tomlin doesn't explain to his team the process by which their star quarterback will handle his injury during the week leading up to the game against one of their division rivals, you say nothing. When Ward calls out his own teammate for being soft, you ask Bettis to come on and explain how everything is still okay in your beloved Steelers fantasy world.
I realize this will quickly be marginalized by you as simply mean-spirited commentary from a person who hates life and takes things too seriously. I also know that you'll say, once again, that you really don't care who wins or loses games, and that your primary objective is to be "polarizing" so that you can generate opinions and ratings. Maybe I'm just another guy who bought in hook, line and sinker, just like you intended. That's fair.
What I hope you do, however, is just maybe for one second, accept the fact that you're no different than all of the t-shirt wearing, face painting, and autograph hounding dullards that you talk about everyday.
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