Pittsburgh Steelers

2010-2011: The Year Of The Pittsburgh Steelers Haters

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Owner Dan Rooney (L), Team president Art Rooney II (2ndL),  and head coach Mike Tomlin (R) of the Pittsburgh Steelers recieve the Lamar Hunt Trophy as CBS sportscaster Jim Nantz looks on after their 24 to 19 win over the New York Jets in the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Bill KostkasContributor IIJanuary 24, 2011

One of my favorite terms to throw around. Steeler Hater. Well, you guys had one hell of a run. Let me tell you.

I'm sure most of you were dancing around your living rooms each night while watching SportsCenter and hearing the daily update of the Ben Roethlisberger saga in Georgia. You all knew a suspension was imminent, but were even more delighted at the thought of the two-time Super Bowl champion actually going to prison.

You couldn't have imagined a scenario worse for the team and fanbase that you have come to fear. Here the Steelers were. Beginning the season without their franchise quarterback for the first four games.

As far as you knew, the Steelers were done for. History says that not many teams make the playoffs after starting 1-3 or 0-4 because the Steelers were staring either one of those starts right in the face.

Unfortunately, the combination of Dennis Dixon and Charlie Batch helped them get to 3-1 in the absence of Roethlisberger. What you hoped for didn't come to fruition.

The Steelers suffered injuries all season long. The offensive line has been decimated all year with Max Starks suffering a season-ending injury and Maurkice Pouncey going down on the first series last night. They lost their best run-stopper in Aaron Smith and their best player in Troy Polamalu hasn't been 100 percent for the entire second half of the year.

The league higher-ups even came down on this team. James Harrison was made the poster boy for the NFL's crackdown on violent hits. After that, it seemed that numerous calls made against the Steelers were simply made in order to change their style of play. Still, for some reason you think the Steelers still have the officials in their back pocket.

Last night, you were forced to watch them hoist the Lamar Hunt Trophy for an NFL record-tying eighth time and have a chance to extend their Super Bowl trophy shadow over the rest of the league to seven.

It couldn't be more perfect. All of the haters that rooted for things to go wrong for this team had to be squirming last night. Things went wrong. As a matter of fact, it's kind of hard to pick out a team that's dealt with such adversity in all of NFL history, but still was able to make it to the Super Bowl.

Everyone rooted against Ben Roethlisberger. He had more adversity than anybody on this team. Yet, despite all of that, he is still able to lead his team this far. What a story.

It's time now for all of you to simply realize that the more you choose to hate, the more idiotic it makes you look. The fact is that Steeler fans are just better than you, simply because of the greatness this franchise exhibits.

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