For Steeler fans, the Super Bowl XLV loss cuts deeply. As an organization and a city, Pittsburgh isn't used to losing in the Super Bowl: This is only the second loss in eight attempts.
However, in football as in all sports, with immediate disappointment comes endearing hope. Steeler Nation will rebound. The sights of many fans are already set toward the draft and, barring a lockout, a successful 2011 season.
Although the Steelers may do well in 2011, the odds of them returning, let alone winning, a Super Bowl next year are highly unlikely.
Here are seven obstacles that will prevent them from enjoying a Stairway to Seven in 2011.