I have been told that I am too positive on occasion. I don't deny that. I have been called a homer more than once. I don't really care.
With that in mind, I am giving you fair warning...if you are negative or do not like the Steelers or their die-hard fans, I would leave about now.
I have been reading so many negative articles lately, that I can not help but write my own in response.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are in the midst of an excellent season—one for the ages. They should not be looked at in any light other than one of admiration for what they have accomplished so far, and for what they still can accomplish.
Think back to the beginning of the season and try and remember what the majority of people felt their season would be like.
Their franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was under investigation for his second sexual misconduct in as many years. And, they traded their MVP wide receiver Santonio Holmes away for a mere fifth round draft pick. It was a very low time for the team and its fans.
Not many people thought they would be any good, let alone gave them a shot of winning the AFC North...but look at where they are now.
And lets not forget all the injuries this team has been playing through this season...and yet they are still winning.
They lost both of their starting offensive tackles Colon and Starks and have had back-ups backing up back-ups in their patched together offensive line. They lost both their starting defensive ends including Kiesel and Smith, as well as the best safety in the game, Polamalu, for multiple games.
And all that following a six-game suspension of their two-time super bowl winning Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, that had them playing their first four games of the season without him. Then to top it off, Byron Leftwich got hurt forcing them to have to start their third string QB.
Yet they are an 11-4 team with a good possibility of ending the season 12-4. They have almost wrapped up the No. 2 seed in the AFC, a conference jam packed with quality teams.
After all the adversity this team has been through, no team deserves more praise for what they have accomplished, not all the negativity for what they have not. Especially from their fans, and I will tell you why...
The Pittsburgh Steelers are more than making things up to their fans, and there is more to come, a lot more...a late Christmas gift unlike any other.
To all the people worried about our defense come playoff time...don't!
Polamalu is not too hurt to play. They have made a decision to rest him with the hopes of still being able to pull off the bye. If and when they do, this becomes one of the smartest moves this entire year. It's a calculated risk, but one in which they must be confident in pulling off.
I just can not believe the number of fans I have seen thinking he is too hurt to play, and not realizing what this is actually going to do for the team. It is not a negative, but a positive!
Do you remember our defense early in the season, before we started getting injured and beat up?
Sitting Polamalu out for these few games will do wonders for him come playoff time. And if we still succeed in getting this bye, not only Polamalu, but the rest of the defense will be rested as well. We already got Kiesel back, and they are expecting to get Smith back.
Our defense will be that strong again!
Now imagine that early season defense but with Ben running the offense. Are you starting to get the picture?
DOMINATION BABY! Even greater than that New England has shown.
So if the haters haven't left, call me a homer, but that is what I am expecting...and it is truly what every die-hard fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers should expect to see come playoff time.
Quit worrying so much and stay positive. Bleed black and gold. Support the team, don't doubt them...as this is a team that not only knows when to give their all and step things up, but also knows when not to by resting starters.
They do not win so often just by chance.
Once they make the post season, with Roethlisberger under center, they make it to the AFC Championship game 75 percent of the time, and to the super bowl 50 percent of the time. Best of all, when they make it to the big show, they win 100 percent of the time with Ben leading them. And i expect no different this time around.
Lombardi No. 7 is going to be brought to town on the back of the 2010 version of the Steel Curtain...as well as the Steelers decision to rest Polamalu.
Have faith in that!