First and foremost, allow me to apologize to all my fans and the Bleacher Report readers for taking a hiatus. I have been dealing with some personal and financial issues recently that have kept me from writing.
However, nothing has kept me from football. I am very aware of everything that has been going on in the NFL so far this year. One glaring thing I have noticed in the recent weeks is the abundance of bandwagon fans.
Leading up to the 2010 season, everyone outside of Steeler Nation (and even some inside) predicted the Steelers' demise because of Ben Roethlisberger's suspension. Even the so-called "experts" all said the Steelers would miss the playoffs this year, some even putting them 18th in their power rankings, saying they would go 0-4 without Ben.
Well, guess what? The "experts" were wrong.
Three quarters of Ben's suspension is over and the Steelers are undefeated. We have shot up in power rankings from 18th, to 10th, to fifth, and this week some even have us first. I watched as the AFC North blogger for ESPN predicted the Steelers to finish third in the division, only to turn around after Week 2 and try to make some fans eat crow for the same thing (not before you eat your crow, Mr. James Walker).
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One thing the "experts" are right about, is how the Steelers have been winning.
With a punishing defense, the offense doesn't need to go out and light up the scoreboard. Opposing teams are averaging only 11 points a game against the Steelers so far this year, to go along with 10 turnovers. This makes things easy on the offense.
Well, the offense wanted their time to shine also. Last week, a 35-year-old fourth-string quarterback, Charlie Batch, lit up the scoreboard with 31 points (seven came from Brett Keisel).
So while the Steelers are looking dominant, they could potentially get Roethlisberger back with a 4-0 record. To quote Hines Ward:
“The league does not want us to be 4-0 with a mad Ben [Roethlisberger] coming back, I’ll tell you that."
That couldn't be farther from the truth. The defense is already playing with a chip on its shoulder: just wait and see what Ben will do with the chip on his shoulder.
So the Steelers sit 3-0 going into a division game in Week 4, in prime position to take the division this year. And with all the success comes the bandwagon fans, all you fans who said in the beginning that we were doomed. Steeler Nation has a message for you, brought to you by James Harrison:
"A lot of people wanna jump on the Steelers bandwagon right now. Don't do that. We didn't need you in the beginning, we don't need you now."
There you have it. There are plenty of other teams that still need a few more fans, but Steeler Nation is full. Full of believers. We don't need anyone that will jump off the bandwagon with the first loss.
And to all you Steeler faithful that support the team through thick and thin, I commend you! You are the real meaning of a fan, and your faith will be rewarded!